About VSG

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

1.            What is your occupation right now? 
I'm a commercial property and casualty insurance underwriter for a major insurer.  I moved over to this job in January from doing commercial automobile insurance.   
2.            What color are your socks right now?
3.             What are you listening to right now?
TV sounds.  I'm not watching, I'm surfing.  But I like the background sound.  Have NO idea what is on right now... last show that I glanced up at was "Big Bang Theory" 
4.            What was the last thing that you ate? 
1/4 of a Turkey pot pie, minus the top shell 
5.            Can you drive a stick shift?
Nope.  We have a vehicle that's a stick and hubby always has to be the one to drive us.  He keeps saying he's going to teach me but ... not yet! 
6.            Last person you spoke to on the phone?
Hubby!  He's driving home from Vancouver Island today. 
7.            Do you like the person you stole this blog from?
Yup, sure do! 
8.            How old are you today? 
9.            What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Hockey. duh... I'm Canadian.    ;) 
10.          What is your favorite drink?
Coffee I think.  Things have changed alot since my surgery.  It used to be diet coke but I haven't had that in a few months. 
11.          Have you ever dyed your hair?
All the time since I was in Jr High.  I love changing my hair, its the one thing you can change in an instant! 
12.          Favorite food?
Indian butter chicken.  Haven't had it since I had surgery though... too heavy for me now!  I need to find a new favourite... wait does snow cones count!? 
13.          What is the last movie you watched?
Green Lantern.  mmmm..drool... Ryan Reynolds... 
14.          Favorite day of the year?
Oct 31.  Halloween... AND Hubby's birthday! 
15.          How do you vent anger? 
I rant to hubby usually. Or my blog. 
16.          What was your favorite toy as a child?
I had a Puffalump.  A teddy bear one.  I LOVED THAT THING! 
17.          What is your favorite season?
Fall.  Totally.  It's just so pretty 
18.          Cherries or Blueberries?
19.          Do you want your friends to blog this survey?
Heck yeah 
20.          Where is you favorite place to escape?
Find a beach and a water source and I'm happy. 
21.          Favorite TV Show(s)?
hmmm... these days I'm really diggin Family Guy and Big Bang Theory 
22.          Living arrangements? 
We own 2 mobile homes right now.  We chose mobile home living so that we could enjoy to travel and not worry about saving up for it or dipping into savings.  It works for us right now.  One of the homes is currently a rental property which we are planning to sell in the next couple of months.  We're looking at moving to the West Coast in the next year so that's the plan right now.
23.          When was the last time you cried?
A couple of weeks ago maybe?
24.          What is on the floor of your closet?
Laundry basket 
25.          Who is the friend you have had the longest?
Whew... I have no clue... 
26.          What did you do last night?
Hung out and updated my online presence, downloaded pics from my camera, generally a whole lot of nothing actually. 
27.          What are you most afraid of?
Being abandoned, emotionally and physically.  I really struggle with the fear of being left.  Stupid parental stuff haunts me. 
28.          Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? 
29.          Favorite dog breed?
Havanese.... here's my Bailie!  He's normally very fluffy but the groomer shaved him right down! 

30.          Favorite day of the week?
31.          How many states have you lived in?
None, I'm a Canuck!  But I have only lived in 1 province, Alberta 
32.          Diamonds or pearls? 
33.          What is your favorite flower?
Gerbera daisies

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

46 pounds down!!

3 month bloodwork results

I talked to the nurse that is going to spend some time with me on diet/etc post-op... the one I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I met at a Weight Wise seminar.  I told him my blood work was done a couple of weeks ago but that I hadn't heard anything yet... so he looked it up!

His comments as he said them to me....

B12 - 468.  DOUBLE what normal is. 
Thyroid - Perfect
Proteins - Good
Electrolytes - Great
Cholesterol - Great
Liver Function - Good
Sugars - Good   5.3 Normal
Coagulant - Normal
Blood Count - Perfect

There's still a few tests to come back (like Vitamin D) but he said this is the best blood work he's ever seen in a post-op bariatric patient!  Yay me!  I asked him if this meant I had to start exercising and stop using my surgery as an excuse... lol... he laughed.   I see him on Aug 18th to go over my food logs etc.

In the words of Charlie Sheen .... WINNING!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

been a few... updates!

Well I'm home from the amazing beautiful hated-to-leave Vancouver Island.  It was a really lovely 10-ish days with a 2 day drive across BC, my first ferry ride and many many days of sitting beside the crystal clear mountain fed river, Puntledge River.  It was so beautiful there.  Hardly any skeeters like crappy Alberta has although a FREAKING HUGE SPIDER did manage to run across my bed while we were there.  Thankfully I had my hubby to rescue me <3

I managed to manage my weight/eating while on vacation pretty well.  I didn't get sick once.  Wahoo!  I even managed to lose weight!

I'm now OVERWEIGHT!!!!  I'm no longer OBESE!!  This is so exciting!!!  I'm (as of yesterday) 45 pounds down and feeling really good.

I even bought a goal dress!  Check it out on my facebook for now.  If I get better pics... (i.e of me IN it) I'll post them here too.  My badge is found to the right on my blog, Happy Sleever is my FB :)