Thursday, May 27, 2010

So far, so good....

The knee surgery went well and I am doing great.  I'm only using one crutch and can probably lose that one in the next day or two.  I'm so grateful that the doctor was able to repair and not remove the meniscus.  He found two tears that he fixed and that was all.  Less chance of arthritis later down the line.  Woo, hoo!  I'm very thankful to God for this.  Now we just need it to heal well. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Another Battle to Fight

So, while waiting patiently (not!) to hear if the insurance is going to allow a new lapband to be put in, I am taking care of another medical matter.  You would think that, as a health care professional, I would have my fill of medical things, but no, I get to have knee surgery.  Just a minor menisectomy.  I like to use big words, this one means, Dr. Tucker (very good looking doctor :)) is going to take out the torn portion of the meniscus in my left knee.  He won't give me any assurances that it will be better but if all goes well, it should cut my possibility of having to have knee replacement surgery down from 5 to 15 years from now.  I'll take the odds.  I believe that all will go well and God will make all of those icky, yucky bugs that can infect incisions die before they can get into my knee :) and I'll be back at work in a week and a half.  I hope I can get my daughter's wedding veil beaded while being forced to sit around.  I really need to get that done.......

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A New New Beginning

I started this blog with a post called A New Beginning.  That was several months and a lapband in and out ago.  I saw the surgeon (a different one than before) today to reassess the possibility of replacing the lapband.  I do this with some trepidition.  I have never been scared of surgery, maybe a little nervous, but I am scared of the possibility of another infection.  Some people have told me I'm nuts.  I agree with them of course.  However, I have thought about this a lot and have come to the conclusion that in order to lose the weight, keep it off and be able to maintain a stable cardiac status, I need to have it put back in.  In the small amount of time I had the lapband in, I found that it really helped me to control how much I was eating.  I came to a screeching halt at a banquet when I found that if I took one more bite, the pain and threat of throwing up was definitely real.  I need that, I believe, to lose and maintain my ideal weight.  That said, I went to see the surgeon  He is the one who took out my lapband when it was infected.  I evidently am at a higher risk now than last time due to having had the infection.  He will have to not only put the band in but will have to take out some scar tissue and may have to do an "open" procedure.  This would entail a large incision and several weeks off work and a longer recovery.  Despite all of this, I want to go ahead.  Now we just have to see if the insurance will approve it.  God is in control, God is in control, God is in control......  As you can see, I keep wanting to take back that control but God will take care of everything.