Monday, August 13, 2012

Two Days

I have the rest of today and tomorrow to try to finish the mess in my office.  May not make it but if I can get things figured out with my schedule after surgery, it'll be okay.  Everything is cleared for surgery and I see the surgeon tomorrow morning to sign the consent and ask questions.  Paul is coming with me so he can ask questions too.  I'm ready for this to be over and to get on with the weight loss part.
I had a great time seeing part of the family and staying for a few days with my mom.  We had a good time and enjoyed being together.  Got to eat lunch with Lily and took a picture on my phone to show off my oldest grandchild.  Labor Day the family will be together.  I'm really looking forward to that.
Say a prayer that all goes well please.  Have a good week.

Monday, August 6, 2012

One and 1/2 weeks to go

Date Change:  surgery will be on the 15th of August.  The Lord will take care of everything.  The PA says that the surgeon can make the scar from the 2nd surgery smaller.  Okay, one good thing here.  Hopefully they will be able to do all they have to, revise the lapband, repair the hernia and repair some scar tissue and I won't have to stay overnight.  I'd rather go home.  Less things to catch.
Headed to Dallas for a mid year sales conference.  We have no air conditioning and I didn't sleep well, only about 3 hours, in the heat.  I turned on the air conditioning in the office, as that is the only place we have it right now.  but I really just want to lay down and sleep.  Maybe on the plane, we'll see.  Everyone have a great week and God bless.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

And the saga continues.......

We have the date set for the surgery.  It is set for August 13th.  This is causing problems with work because there are no TTS' available to cover my two installs that were set for the 13th and the 20th.  Looks like I will do 2 installs (one in San Rafael, CA and one in Fresno, CA ) in the same week.  I think I'll be tired at the end of the week but it must be done.  That only will leave one to be done after I get back from surgery.  Found out today that the surgeon who did the original surgery has left town.  Hmmm...... I wondeer why........his reputation is preceding him I hope.  I wish I had some recourse to have him investigated by the State Licensing Board but I have no proof of what he did and did not know.  I know what he said but that's just hear say.  The statute of limitations on malpractice claims is 2 years so that would be out too.  I'm not out to sue him, just get him to stop messing up people's lives.  I am now officially ranting.  Time to stop that and be grateful for insurance and finding a new doctor.  I am praying that this will fix the issue and I will go back to losing weight.
Ya'll have a good day and do something nice for someone else!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Starting over again

Today was very frustrating.  I have decided to change bariatric doctors.  I wasn't totally thrilled with the original surgeon and the second surgeon has left the bariatric practice.  I hadn't been back to the doctor for at least six months.  So......I went to a new doctor.  He has taken over the bariatric center at Tucson Medical Center.  I went because I had been having problems with heartburn and pain.  I also felt like the port had dropped lower.  And the saga goes on.......
I really like Dr. Monash.  He had gotten my surgical records from all three surgeries and asked me  a lot of questions that made a lot of sense.  The end of the matter is that there was a hiatal hernia initially that was not repaired when they put the initial lapbands in.  Now there appears to be a larger hernia that the lapband is going through the area.  So.........I will be having surgery again when we figure out the financial side.  Right now, they may or may not be willing to pay for a revision of the lapband even though it was the surgeon that caused the problem.  I'm waiting to hear from the insurance person at the doctor's office.  My choices would be to do nothing and leave the band as it but without any solution in it or to have them take it out or to have them to repair the hernia and revise the lapband or to repair the hernia and do a bariatric sleeve.  Not sure what to do, Paul and I are talking about it.  He feels very strongly about the bariatric sleeve and doesn't want to go that way.  I need to do some research to decide.  What I'm not happy about is that I have to have surgery again.  I am praying for God to send us the right answer and the money if the insurance won't pay for it.
On a brighter note, I get to sing in the concert Let Freedom Sing again this year.  It will be a wonderful day on the 4th.  I hope you all have a wonderful day too.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Yes, I am still alive.  It has been almost six months (very busy months) since I wrote anything.  I kept thinking that I would post when I lost more weight but I'm still stuck.  Having a bit of a problem with throwing up too.  2 of the 3 doctors in the practice that I initially went to have left and the one who is still there is not my favorite.  I have an appointment with a new doctor who I have heard really good things about.  I'm not sure what the best thing to do will be but my eating habits have to get under control.  I've only gained back about five of the 45 pounds lost but I'm supposed to go the other direction so I need to figure out the best way to do this. Exercise is obviously a great idea but my knee is still disliking me and that is an issue.  I haven't decided when I'll have to give in and have the knee replaced but it will happen sometime.  I am very grateful that we have hired a new technical specialist and when she is trained, my life will be easier.  I am able right now to go and do some extra training and working with the account managers and their customers.  This is a part of my job that I have not been able to do much of until now.
I am also starting an online course that will cover everything that will be on the Specialist in Blood Banking exam.  I hope to take that exam in the fall of this year.  Small steps but I'll get there.
I hope to post a bit more often than I have been.  I was teaching an adult ladies class but have switched to the baby class again (it's what they needed) and so will get to play with the babies again for a time.  God is good and has allowed many things to happen in the past months.  He will always take care of us and love us.  I am so grateful for that knowledge and assurance.  God bless you all  as you go about all that you do.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Long Time, No Post

No, I haven't forgotten my blog, I've just been so busy I haven't had time or energy to update my brain or anything else for that matter.

My job is keeping me hopping, literally from one end of the west to the other.  I have been to Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, San Diego, Brawley, Whittier, Anaheim, Ontario, Santa Barbara, Livermore and a few more I can't remember.  Everything from San Diego on is in California.  I still like my job and I really enjoy the people for the most part.  Our TAM's (Transfusion Account Manager) keep me busy with training people who either have new ProVues or gel systemss or with those who need refresher courses.  Soon I will also be trained to train customers in advanced maintenance.  This will save time and money for both the customer and the company.  I go to Atlanta for the National Sales Meeting week after this one and we will be trained there.  It's going to be fun.  I'll also get to meet the other TTS's (Transfusion Technical Specialist) in person.  We talk on the phone but this time I get to see a face :).
As to weight loss, I'm still about where I was.  I've gained five pounds as of two days ago but I had lost those last week.  I'm having problems staying away from the junk food in the hotels.  Still working on it and will continue to.
Having knee problems with my left knee primarily.  Came off the plane last week on Wednesday and could barely walk to pick up my luggage and get to my car.  The shuttle driver was a real sweet heart who put my luggage into my car for me.  The long term parking lot at Tucson International has a great group of people who drive their shuttles and are wonderful to the travelers.  So the doc put me on steroids to decrease the fluid and inflammation in the knee and I have an appointment with the knee (orthopedic) doc on Tuesday morning.  My customer was great, she said that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were actually better days for her than Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so I can go to the doc and then catch a flight to Albuquerque, drive to Gallup, stay the night and drive to Ft. Defiance the following day.  I'll stay in Gallup at night and go back and forth, about 30 minutes drive, while validation and training happen.  Will come home on Saturday evening.  Hopefully Paul can drive the truck to Albuquerque on Friday and pick up some of the furniture from Mother's house to bring back to Tucson on Saturday.  Like I said, it is a busy time.

God continues to work in wonderful ways. I find myself having interesting conversation on planes with people and many times I can encourage them or point them to someone in the city they are going to who can help them.  Last week, I attended a Wednesday night Bible study and afterward starting talking with a young mom with a teenage daughter who I was able to encourage.  She said that she thought that God sent me to her that night because she didn't know what to do and then there I was.  I feel encouraged and scared when people say that but I know that God will help me in those situations.

We had a wonderful thing today at church.  Paul baptized one of the deaf men who had started coming to church.  It was also slightly funny as it turns out that the water was really cold and the waders that Paul had on had a hole in them.  He had to go home and change clothes before we could go out to eat.  This deaf man is very sweet and I am so grateful that he has found the truth.

God bless you as you go through your week or at my rate of updating the next six months :).