Saturday, September 18, 2010


I have noticed some interesting things since my surgical ERCP.  I was always kinda disappointed after my  gastric bypass that I was an inconsistent dumper at best.  I did this surgery this way because I wanted those very specific rules to help me eat right.  The inconsistency allowed me to test the waters which was always a little scary.

But since the surgical ERCP - I dump like a truck.  The littlest bit of sugar and I am miserable ... for hours!  I talked to my bariatric surgeon about it when I had my follow up appointment with him earlier this week.  He said it kind of made sense because now that they opened up the sphincter of oddi the bile, etc... is making it to the intestines much better - that would be assisting in the dumping syndrome.

Also, since the surgical ERCP my weight loss has kicked back in.  I have been quite steady for at least 8 months.  Now I am losing weight again.  I am down to a weight my scale has never seen and only 6 pounds from my goal weight!  I am more motivated than ever!  Especially since I am very limited in whatever exercise I can do because of my foot.  If I can't exercise I need to pay closer attention to what I'm eating.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Catching Up

Whew!  It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  I'm sorry I haven't posted.  Recovering from the surgical ERCP took way more out of me than I anticipated.  The hematoma that developed at one of the incision sites is still giving me a bit of grief.  I am getting it checked out tomorrow.  And last week we took a much needed family vacation to Orlando, FL.  So I am just now getting back into the swing of things.

I am feeling so much better.  I have felt like crap all summer long and I am finally feeling "right" again.  It is re-assuring to know that I wasn't losing my mind - something was wrong with me.  I'm hoping that this ERCP really fixes things and I don't have this problem again.  At least not for a while - I'm so done with hospitals right now.

Vacation was incredible.  I haven't had a vacation like that in years.  None of us wanted to leave at the end.  Usually by the end of vacation I'm ready to get back to the real world and I'm sick of all the people I'm with (yeah - you know who you are wink wink).  :)  I don't know if it's just the timing of the vacation after all the crap I've been through this summer, or if I maybe imbibed a little too much of the happy pills or pain killers and was just really enjoying myself, or what, but this vacation was simply heavenly.  We did go to Disney, but I think that even if we had not done that we still would have enjoyed ourselves immensely.  Everyone just had a really great time. 

Not everything went perfectly while we were there, but it was all good.  I had planned a surprise for the kids that would make me the coolest mom ever.  I got them tickets to a Jonas Brothers concert.  Unfortunately, there were flash floods in the area and they flooded the amphitheater the concert was at and the concert got cancelled.  So I'll have to find something else to make me the cool mom, I guess.

And as if on cue, when we got back - I could not walk without a lot of pain in my right foot.  Apparently, practically being in bed all summer is not conducive to then getting up and walking for 2 days through Disney, and I now have a stress fracture in that foot.  I think I may have officially kissed my chances of doing the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon this year goodbye.  Whoever has the voodoo doll of me - seriously - I think I've paid my dues.  Whatever I did to you - I'm sorry - please stop.