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Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Surgiversary To Me!

May 9, 2012.  It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I had gastric bypass surgery.  I could write a summary of the past year...but if you've followed my blog as I've embarked on this journey, you already know the story.  And if you're new...well, the entries are there already - so feel free to read them.  ;-)

So that left me with the issue of trying to decide what to blog about.  Of course I want to give you the info from the bariatric center so I guess I'll start there.  I first saw nurse who really is a sweet lady.  She's always so encouraging.  Here are some numbers she gave me. (Yes, numbers - they may not be "important" per se, but they're something quantitative that helps me see what progress I've made in a year.)

Highest weight at bariatric center: 282.8
Today's weight: 152.2 (remember their scale always weighs me slightly higher)
Difference: -130.6!!!

Highest BMI: 44.8
Today's BMI: 24.5
Difference: -20.3!!

Neck today: 12.5"; difference of -2.5!!
Waist today: 33"; difference -17" (17 inches!!!! holy smokes!)
Hips today: 41.5"; difference -19.5"  (NINETEEN INCHES!!)

BP 100/60  (pretty much my new norm)

She did ask me if I was where I wanted to be.  I thought for a second about the little weightloss ticker on this blog and how I had placed a number there. And then I thought about the extra skin that I'm carrying around and realized I'm probably a LOT closer to that number than I even realize.  So, yes, I'm where I want to be...if this is where I'm suppose to be.

Next, I saw the md for a bit where he went over my blood work and such. All my blood work came back good.  The only exception is that my blood platelets were a little low at 130,000.  I don't know what normal is and I don't know what that actually means for me.  He told me that they're not low enough to worry about, but he was going to be sending all my labs to my PCP anyway and if she seems concerned, he's sure she'd check them again.  Everything else was "perfect"... not anemic, no low iron issues...no vitamin deficiencies at all.  YAY!  Clean bill of health there.  I asked him if I can take a baby aspirin before my transcontinental flight in 2 weeks.  He said that'd be no problem.  Good to know.

He asked me if I was still walking and doing weight training.  Though I'm walking some at lunch, I still need to be more consistent.  I also made mention that I knew I should start weight training again because my muscle mass is low.  Other discussion included my constant runny nose (which he said he'd not heard of before) as well as food intake.  RD was out sick today so I didn't get to talk to her - although md mentioned that I should be getting about 1g protein per every kg I weigh, and that if I have issues to let them know, but otherwise just keeping doing what I've been doing.  So far, so blessed!  

And that, folks, was the extent of my appointment.  LCSW was out of the office as well, so I didn't get to talk to her either.  But I'm not sure what I'd tell her that's any different than what I post here, so I wasn't there long at all.  I think md summed up my visit with a "You've done great...keep doing it!"

And, with today being my surgiversary, I pulled out the old pair of jeans that I kept specifically for this day.  Pictures are below.  CME mentioned that the outfit I wore today may not show of the weight loss as significantly as it should.  But an NSV for sure - I didn't panic, I let him take the pictures anyway.  Oh yeah...another NSV... in past I wouldn't eat or drink anything prior to seeing a doctor.  Because if I starved myself before going to the doctor, I may weigh a little less.  Not today.  Today I ate... breakfast and lunch and I didn't take off any jewelry!  Little things, I tell ya... little things!

So before I post some pictures, let me say thank you.  Thank you to those of you who have been my prayer warriors for this adventure.  Thank you for the words of encouragement, whether those have come via blog comments, text, calls or forum responses.  You are blessings!  And of course, thank you CME.  You are my rock here on earth and I am blessed to be your wife!

Now on to pictures...and a new day of the life God has called me to.  May He be glorified by this process and the transformation He's made in my life!

Happy Surgiversary to Me!

My size 28 jeans that were snug this time in 2012!

I didn't get shorter...I promise!

Two legs...one leg hole!
Side view.

Yes...I'm excited!!!  God has done awesome things!!!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14


  1. Deedra, I'm so happy for you and you look WONDERFUL! You are right to be excited and very, VERY, proud. You have (with God's help) done something amazing.
    Happy surgiversary.

    1. Thank you Deniz!!!! Thank you so much! :)

  2. Happy, happy surgiversay, Deedra!! You have done such an amazing job with your tool. You are an inspiration to so many! Congratulations and may God continue to bless you!


    1. Thanks Kelly!!! I am blessed, indeed!!!

  3. WOW!! You are beautiful! Its wonderful to see a Christian in this journey praising Him !! I am 5 days post op and looking forward to my own 1 year surgiversary!! Excess skin or not, God formed you as His own and loves you!

    Fellow Christian on the same Journey. :-)

    1. Thank you so much. And yes, I am His and He loves me...how much more awesome does it get??

      Blessings for your journey!

  4. Congratulations! Just read "Loving Yourself" on


    and thought you might enjoy it too.

    You are certainly on an Amazing journey!