the13thfairy: (Everafter)
I get to bring him home today!!!


Jan. 8th, 2009 06:18 pm
the13thfairy: (Cailleach - Winter Crone)
So - last night [ profile] cruz531 was running a low grade fever. Not uncommon after surgery - in fact they state quite clearly to expect it and keep an eye on it. However, at one point it spiked to 101 and we both made the mental note to keep a closer eye.

This morning it was up and down but hit 100.1

Um no...

THEN he tells me that last night, on one of his self propelled trips to the bathroom, he noticed a "fizzy" feeling. He described it as "kinda like when you only partially open a soda can and squeeze it"... This feeling is mostly located around the large incision where they had the JP Drain in (this item continues to baffle the doctors and the PA's).

Um no...

AND The Norco they gave him for pain isn't hardly helping. He took a dose at 8:30am, and is supposed to take it every 4 hours for pain. By 10am it had worn off. THIS does NOT bode well.

So he calls the surgeons office - their response? "How soon can you come in?"

So we get over there and they admit him. Urine and blood tests all came back fine, but showing his potassium as a little low so they are adjusting for that with his IV fluids. The surgeon wants a chest Xray. He is apparently a model patient on the incentive spirometer but they are taking NO chances with his Asthma history vis a vis his lungs.

Another good thing is that one of the PA's from the surgeons office went and found the surgeon and brought him in to take a look. He poked, prodded and palpated - His belly is soft (and that is a good thing). It means that at least some of the gas buildup has processed out.

They gave him IV morphine to drop his pain from a rating of 9+ to 3/4 and he was able to get up and start walking (which helps the body to process out the toxins of the anesthesia and such).

Now I get to haggle with the insurance about whether or not this counts as a whole new admittance for the purposes of charging us the $250 hospitalization copay. Cause MAN we CANNOT afford TWO of those. When I called them today their systems were down and all the lady could tell me for sure is that if he were discharged and readmitted within the SAME day, it would not count as two visits. When I asked "what about if it's less than 24 hours or even less than 18 hours later cause they let him go home too soon?" She said she did not know. So I get to call back tomorrow. But this? THIS is money we REALLY don't have.

I am now going to finish what is sitting in front of me and currently passing for food, drink my Iced Coffee, and work on some stuff that has gone languishing due to various things eating my focus this week.

Hopefully he will come home, again, tomorrow. There is no telling until then however.
the13thfairy: (Default)
The surgeon (the same one I had) says it went fine and could do it all laparascopically.

He is still in recovery and we are currently waiting in the room he will be in.

Thanks to all for the good thoughts and candles and wishes, etc.
the13thfairy: (Default)
So will the rest of the week - right now at work it's not only month end, but year end for me.

And now we have a whole new twist to things that are trying to make my head explode - no matter how good they are.

My sweetie, [ profile] cruz531, finally got approved for and is having his Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery on Monday, January 5th. It will be at Summit Hospital in Oakland and he will have the same surgeon I had (which helps with his confidence and stress levels amazingly). It should be laparoscopic - but they will switch to open if it is necessary.

He has been doing really well with the pre-op diet and has visibly lost more weight (as well as trackably per the scale) and every little bit he loses is good as it increases the various positive outcomes of the surgery - starting with making it through. But this is not a diet that can be done long term without the help of a tool like the surgery - 600-800 calories a day, mostly liquids is crazy hard.

His procedure is scheduled for 1pm with check in at 10:30am. He could easily be in surgery until 7pm or longer. By the time he is out of both surgery and recovery and into a room it will be well past visiting hours, so trying to see him Monday may be difficult.

I HAVE to go to work Monday morning. No choice really - but I will be coming home to get him and take him to the hospital and will be at the hospital the whole time. His mother has indicated she wants to come and wait with me, but she has been very sick for a couple of weeks now with something she cannot shake and she really should NOT be at the hospital. And it will make me crazier and not be helpful to me.

Unlike when I was in for my surgery I do not think I will be sleeping at the hospital (like Cruz did) as my body just won't let me do that (and they may not let me do that). And I have to work as much as possible this week due to month & year end. But I will be there as much as I possibly can be.

I will be calling family once he is out of surgery and recovery and in a room. I will be posting when/where I can further details as I have them. Burning up my phone with calls may or may not be helpful - so please keep in mind that he will very likely may not be able to answer his phone and that I may not be at the hospital to have the most current update.

He should be released to come home by Thursday, unless he is super special like me and has some odd thing pop up on Thursday while trying to get ready to go home that makes them say "Uh no, you're staying one more day". We should be home Friday at the latest.

More info as I have it. Good thoughts, lit candles, best wishes for a speedy recovery, all are welcome.
the13thfairy: (Cara)
Just because I want to capture them somewhere...

These two pictures are from Sunday night at PantheaCon, when I got a bit dressed up for dinner in the fancy restaurant with a group of friends:

I am wearing a size XL crinkle dress from Lotus Traders, SIZE XL!!!!! Wow.... And a leather corset that is, IIRC, a size 36 or possibly a 34 (the waist of the corset itself when measured with the sides completely closed - and no, the sides do not close on me).

Then a candid of me from the wedding Saturday in the Lehenga and matching jewelry. Cruz took this real quick but there are other shots full length I hope to have soon.

Wow - what a difference 160 pounds lost makes.


Dec. 8th, 2007 09:28 am
the13thfairy: (Nap)
Me? I just did a 30 minute, 2 mile, walking DVD, and did not break a sweat. I even did the boosted walking parts where they were JOGGING for two minute stretches with NO PROBLEM.

Ahem.... I feel I must say this now...

GO ME!!!!!

I need to do this more often.

And it's not like I don't have fluids in my system to sweat out as I actually got all my fluids in yesterday as well as my supplements and meds. So yeah, the walk was good. And I have already started on my water and supplements for today. I have not been very good about them this past week or two, and am trying to be better.

I saw an infomercial for the fluidity barre this morning. Oh man was it HARD to not pick up the phone and order it. The one thing I miss about my High School dance class? The Barre - the stretches and balance assistance. And even though this thing folds up there is still no space for it in our place, and it being $200 is daunting. It makes me very sad, as I LOVE dancers stretches and isometrics (which is pretty much what the fluidity system is based on with a little pilates thrown in).

*SIGH* So I get to be all happy about the walking time today, but have one more reason to be cranky about being stuck in the teensy weensy place. I just have to cope, we're rather stuck here it seems.

Now I just have to find a way to finagle more walking time into every day.... yeah that'll happen...I am happy with the weight I am at but not the body I have (the configuration of the weight - cause I still have all that skin the weight was inside and I have lost a LOT of muscle). I know I can make some changes, I just need to figure out how to carve out the time, and I just don't know where it'll come from.
the13thfairy: (Vavoom)
I went to see my endocrinologist this morning. She always weighs me, like every doctor does.

What did her scale say?


And that was WITH my clothes on. No Shoes or belt, but underwear, jeans and t-shirt.

That makes it 160 pounds I have lost since my highest and 130 since my surgery. Like officially.


My scale this morning, sans clothes, said 220. Hrrrm.... anyways... I updated my weight ticker on my user info page.

Mebbe I should do some current pics or something. Whatchoo all think?
the13thfairy: (Default)
Since I am like 6.5 monhts out from my surgery, and since I saw my surgeon for my 6 month follow up a week and a half ago, I thought it would be good to keep my PCP's office in the loop on me.

So here we go, I walk in and there are two of the office crew sitting there. One of the two who usually does appointments and stuff and the one who usually checks people in. The appt girl looks at me, does a double take, and says "WOW - you look GREAT", I say "Thanks, 130 pounds", she says "130 POUNDS?" and I say yeah. And she just sits there and boggles.

I go the window to check in, but that girl is on the phone so I wait and kinda chat with the other girl a bit.

Girl B gets off the phone and looks at me funny. I tell her I am there for an appt at 2:30 and I give her my name so she can pull my chart from the stack. She hears my name and blinks and says "OH my GOD I did not recognize you! You look AMAZING!" I thanked her and told her that there were people who have known me for over a decade who don't recognize me the first time they see me, and that the other girl got the gold star cause she did. And that it wasn't common.

I paid my copay and took my Ikea dream book, I mean catalogs, and sat down to drool and wait. And they kept just staring at me between checking in patients and scheduling appts. My docs office has said that they've dealt with Gastric Bypass patients before - but today made me wonder. Or perhaps I am the most extreme post op they've had in a while.

I have gone to this office, to see one provider or another, for the last 10 years. And both of these girls have been there most of that time, so they have a frame of reference for me. And apparently I blew them away by just walking in the door.

It was surreal and cool at the same time.
the13thfairy: (CruzSilly)
So I got on the scale this morning, before eating or drinking anything and after going to the bathroom, wearing only my medic alert bracelet and wedding ring, and it seems I have broken that plateau I was on...

I was yoyoing between 261 and 265 for the last month, this morning I was..


256. Woot - and I was 265 last Friday. This Weight loss surgery is wacky man - nothing for weeks and then *plop* 10 pounds just goes *poof*.

So yeah - I might just hit my next goal on time - to be 247 by 12/31 - and that is only 9 pounds away.

Since my highest ever

Since surgery

the13thfairy: (Modelling)
I have been so large and felt so revolting for so long I had forgotten.

So here are pictures from LosCon and me all dressed up Friday night. It's a black velvet pant and top set in size 18/20 (woot) and then the sparkly burgundy sweater over it. I think I look bigger than I am in these pics - but I don't hate them. I've been on a weight plateau for about a month now - gaining and losing the same 4 pounds. I went back to curves today and hope to keep it up 3x a week, and that should help.

Clicky )
the13thfairy: (Modelling)
OK - so lemme think here... Some of these I have put up before, but they're no less true now. I am about 4 and a half months out from surgery.

* The pants I bought a month ago, the day before my Disney Trip, require a belt to stay up and are all baggy and saggy.
* That would be because I am down over 15 pounds since then and it all appears to have departed from my butt.
* I am on the smallest holes in my belt.
* I bought new shirts in size 18/20, down from 26/28 or 30/32 depending on the cut.
* I got my hair all cut off and razor cut into short layers - and it looks GOOD. I LOVE my Hair Goddess!
* Got flirted with by the Barista at the local Starbucks.
* Had two periods since my surgery and while they were both heavy they STOPPED after a week (I spent 5 months straight bleeding last year so this is GOOD).
* Since getting my stricture fixed I have been able to eat more variety and am not bored to tears by food nearly as easily.
* I have lost over 110 pounds but my wedding ring, while a bit loose, still fits. Seems like it would be too big by now.
* My Dansko clogs, which I was considering trying to sell cause they didn't fit (were WAY too small), now fit and are a little loose. So maybe I will need to try to sell them after all. HHmm..
* Went and got a bucnh of my skin tags removed. I paid out of pocket but some of them were starting to really bug me with the change in skin and size.
* Getting better with my protein - internalized that I have a mini fridge of my own at work and maybe I should USE it. *DUH* So I have hummus and cheese and other protein stuff I can keep in stock.
* Am actually a size and shape I could live with rather well if I didn't lose any more weight.
* Am actually starting to get comfortable with myself - and have sewing stuff planned.
* Starting to have that extra energy I kept hearing about.
* Am constantly hearing "you look amazing" etc etc etc.
* My scars have all shrunk to about half their starting size, and the one for my gallbladder looks like a large freckle and not a scar at all.
* My friend [ profile] arianrhodstorm is a certified Aromatherapist and made me some scar ointment - and I LIKE it.
* My husband is amazing and wonderful and I could not have done this without him.
* Starting to think that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that it may not be an oncoming train.
* Started going back to Curves.
* Starting to think I might actually look like the user pic on this post again someday.

* The pants I bought a month ago, the day before my Disney Trip, require a belt to stay up and are all baggy and saggy. Yeah I know - complain complain.
* I cannot find my leather punch in order to help my belt continue to help me. Crap.
* My low back issues have decided to leave my sacral/lumbar area and travel up to the upper thoracic/lower cervical area and my left shoulder. Wow it hurts. I am probably sleeping on it wrong and aggravating it - but MAN *OW*
* Been having headaches a lot - and tylenol doesn't work on me, and I am not allowed to take what DOES work (ibuprofen or exedrin).
* My face thinks I am 13 - oil all over the place and breakouts. Argh.
* My eczema is acting up - likely due to the hormonal and dietary changes. Luckily I have Aquaphor in house.
* Gotten really bad about my water - I think the only reason I am not all constipated is cause I am back on the Metformin and it does a number on your digestive tract.
* Likely won't be able to go to West Kingdom 12th night like I was planning - other things have eaten my life. I still want the cotehardie though.
* The mood swings come and go and I am tired a lot.
* My scars randomly itch a lot.
* Having separation anxiety from my old clothes - but it's WAY past time to clean out my closet and dresser.
* Realized that while we have been pretty good with getting pictures we forgot to get 3 month post ops pics. Sigh.
* On a plateau and have been here for a couple of weeks.
* Only got to Curves once this week

Lap RNY with Gallbladder removal
7/10/06, Dr. ajay Upadhyay, Oakland, CA
(376) 347/265/180
Age: 36, Height: 5'10"
Crossposted to [ profile] wls
the13thfairy: (Me? or what?)
But the pants I bought a month ago are falling off. I am wearing my belt at the smallest notch and it barely keeps my pants up AND I cannot find my leather punch.




I just HAD to share. Cause man, if I thought I had NO ass a month ago? Heh - I have even less ass now. I've only lost about 10 pounds in the last month (it's slowed down a lot) but it seems to all be in the ass cause that's where my pants have decided that a couple extra yards that get to flap in the breeze are a good thing.


REALLY don't want to go buy more pants - may have to knuckle under and unburry my sewing room so I can alter stuff.

the13thfairy: (Coyolxauhqui - Aztec Moon)
I got it all hacked off today. I like it, and it's longer than I though it would end up.

And I will post pics once my hair calms down a bit.

It feels so DIFFERENT - wow....

And it looks MUCH less thin now too.
the13thfairy: (Modelling)
We cut because we care )
the13thfairy: (Modelling)
Wow - today I am TIRED, like I didn't sleep or nothin (but I did and even went to bed earlier than normal for me). Argh - I hate this.

* My scale at home said I am 269.6 pounds as of yesterday morning. That's 107 down from my highest and 78 since my surgery almost 4 months ago. That leaves 23 pounds to go in the next two months to reach my end of 2006 goal of being 100 pounds down since surgery. I might just make it.
* They found and fixed the stricture that was preventing me from eating or drinking much of anything. The opening between my pouch and my intestines was so small that they could not get the scope through and it took 4 baloons to stretch it to 12mm. I am now taking Prilosec to thwart any further excess scar tissue build up.
* Only missed one day of vitamins in the last couple of weeks.
* Getting better about my fluids and protein - mostly due to the stricture being fixed.
* Had salad for the first time in AGES last weekend and BOY was it GOOD. I missed it more than bread.
* Nioxin Scalp Treatment smells like ButterMints - *YUMMY*
* Starting to see the difference 100+ pounds makes. It's startling.
* My Klingon Costume, and many other of my fun costume/dress up clothes fit again - and they are all going to be too big soon! I sense alterations in my future. In addition to the Klingon costume I have two different victorian/civil war ball gowns, Rennaisance Germans (Landsknecht), two sets of Medieval Normans (which were made to measure for me but were too small by the time I received them), A Victorian Middle Class lady, several different fun bodices and skirts, and misc Rennaisance fantasy garb.
* Starting to feel comfortable with my new body - I would be OK if I didn't lose any more cause I could live with me where I am.
* Planning a couple of new costumes - primarily a Tribal Dancer (Turkish) and Norse/Viking garb - and I already have a bunch of the fabric for this. I am also planning on making a cotehardie and houpelande for the 12th Night Revel and attending for the first time in AGES (and making a houpelande for my husband).
* Starting to look at my extensive collection of Folkwear patterns to plan new clothes. I *LOVE* their stuff and could happily live out of a mix 'n' match wardrobe made from their patterns - and now I may just be able to fit into them!
* Got my period (only the second one in almost 4 months), but considering I have both PCOS *AND* Complex Hyperplasia? That's pretty good. The first one was heavy but short (a blessing actually)- we'll see how this one goes.
* I am currently wearing a pair of standard Army Green BDU camouflage pants - that I have had for almost 15 years and have not been able to get into in ALL of that time. WOOT! Sometimes being a packrat is useful.
* Not only do I have almost ONE chin and a jaw line AND cheekbones..... I also almost have COLLAR BONES.
* Started the process of stepping away from something that was eating my soul and my time and my energy and not giving anything back. I've got another month or so to wrap things up - but it is the right choice.
* I am starting to actually look like I see myself in my head (see the userpic on this post for reference). Almost every time I have looked in the mirror in the last 15 years there has been this cognitive dissonance as what is in the mirror has not matched what is in my head - the thing is if I am matching what's in my head now? How will I deal with it if I do get smaller? HHmm - going to have to ponder that one.
* My sister called me on Halloween! She lives in Illinois and I haven't seen her in like 2 years or more and almost never get to talk to her. We spent AGES on the phone and it really made my week.
* I am currently drinking V8 joice - and MAN is it good!

* More than half my hair has now fallen out and you can see my scalp through my hair quite clearly and I am starting to panic about losing it all (luckily I look good in a turban). We had to have RotoRooter come out and power snake the bathtub drain and they pulled out a chunk of hair the size of a small animal... *argh*. I wish it would stay on my head. I'm using Nioxin shampoo and scalp treatment and it doesn't appear to be helping. I also religiously clean out the drain trap after my shower - but lots got down there anyway. Now I have to figure out just how short I want to cut it. Gonna call my Hair Goddess on Monday when she's in.
* My costumes that currently fit will soon be too big - I may sail right past being able to wear them if I am not careful. And I have relatively few options for wearing the costumes any time soon. *SIGH*
* Even though the stricture is fixed - I am still eating pretty much the same stuff I was before it was fixed. And it's BORING - but I have not yet seen the nutritionist in my surgeons office and so have little clue as to what I could add to my diet.
* My father passed away last Sunday.
* I've been extra cranky this week.
* I haven't made it to Curves in like two weeks. Just been either too tired or too busy or too sad.

Ticker Time!!!

WOW!!! Almost half way to my goal! I honestly never thought that would happen. Next week is roughly
4 months since my surgery, and since I did before and afters at 2 months, I think it's a good time to do another set of afters. I'll post those next week.

Roux en Y with Gallbladder removal
July 10, 2006
Dr. Ajay Upadhyay, Oakland, CA
the13thfairy: (Dorie Swimmies)
Wow - it's been a while. Here goes.

First a question: What have you done to deal with the hair loss? Products? Haircut? Etc.

*Hit my third goal of being less than 275 (two weeks late, First goal was to weigh less than my husband, Second goal was to be below 300)
*Bought Some size 22 Jeans and they're loose
*Getting many comments about the weight loss
*Went to Lane Bryant to try on some clothes - and a size 24 dress fit
*Went to Disneyland and had almost zero pain issues - got to ride in the front row of Space Mountain (and got a picture), went on Grizzly River Rapids twice in a row, went on Tower of Terror twice in a row (and got a picture), went on Mr. Toads Wild Ride, went on Indiana Jones and didn't feel that I was going to break the ride.
*Started going back to Curves two weeks ago

*Lost more than half my hair (my ponytail is less than half the size it used to be, one brushing of my hair leaves what used to be more than a weeks worth of hair in the brush, and showers involve multiple handfuls of hair coming out even after brushing - I am alread using Nioxin shampoo and scalp treatment - I got a special treatment thing they make and it makes my hair act like I crazy glued it or someone sneezed on it, I am SO not impressed with it so far and only used it once).
*Seem to have hit a mid 270's plateau - gotta get back to Curves to break it, that's what worked last time.
*Lost more than half my hair (see above)
*Feeling really depressed the last few days - partly cause my dad is in the hospital with double pheumonia and an at best 50/50 chance of making it through.
*Lost more than half my hair (see above)
*My normal disproportionate sizing is reasserting itself - at Lane Bryant I tried on a brocade corset/vest top in a 24 and it fit my waist and hips perfecty but was WAY to big in the bust. The size 20 fit my bust perfectly but was indecently tight in the waist and hips. *SIGH* and it was such a PRETTY top.
*Lost more than half my hair (see above)
*Need to figure out what to do about my hair - I am currently resisting the urge to chop it all off and go with a crew cut or somesuch. My mom is freaking out about me having "Berkeley Bull Dyke" hair. ARGH
*Discovered that my addiction transference was to shopping. I've been a shopping fiend - it's bad.

A bit of both
*Found out what the discrepancy between Avenue sizing and Lane Bryant sizing is. At Avenue I am in size 22 jeans and size 20 stretch twill pants, at Lane Bryant size 24's barely fit me.

Cross Posted to [ profile] wls
the13thfairy: (NodwI)
Ahem - your attention please.

I have an announcement...

My Klingon Costume fits!

YES - you heard me... my Klingon Costume FITS.

Now I get to wear it to the wedding tomorrow (just the costume, not the headpiece, cause I cannot cope with the makeup right now).

We now return you to your regularly scheduled LJ patter.
the13thfairy: (Modelling)
*This has been crossposted to [ profile] wls

So - as very few of you know I have been having post op problems since about 6 weeks after my surgery (for those of you keeping track that would be for the last 6 weeks as I am almost at the 3 month mark).

I have been continuing the mostly liquid diet as anything more solid just wasn't happy - and the reality is that I should be able to eat something semi soft more than once a day (or twice if I was lucky).

So - I had an Endoscopy this morning and they found the problem. I had a stricture (a build up of scar tissue) in the join between my stomach pouch and my intestines. The opening was so small that the scope could not pass through - that's pretty bad. They used some small baloons to stretch it out (to where the scope *could* pass through) and my surgeon feels that I should have MANY fewer problems moving forward.

So - a little late but here they are. The P's & C's:

* Started going back to Curves - I have lost 30+ inches since January of this year.
* Was 282.9 as of my scale this morning - that's 65 pounds since my surgery on 7/10/06
* No longer on the month long plateau where I was stuck at 294
* Within 8 pounds of my goal for next weekend (275)
* Going to Disneyland next weekend!
* Getting better about my protein
* Had a Sleep Study the other night and they found NO apnea!!
* Saw both my Endocrinologist and my PCP this week and they are starting to wean me off of the blood pressure meds!
* Getting my hair done next week - hopefully we can come up with some way to deal with the hair loss.
* Starting to be able to see some difference in how I look - most of the time I can't.

* Not getting enough water (should be easier now)
* Not getting enough protein (should be easier now)
* Have lost about half my hair (one day's worth of hair in my brush is what a weeks worth used to be and my ponytail is half as thick as before).
* I have lost 65 pounds since surgery and my waist has not changed - but everything else has. My hips and but are somewhere around a 22/24 but my waist is a 28 - so pants look extra stupid on me.
* Still very constipated - and Colace still tastes worse than constipated feels, and so does Milk of Magnesia. This should ease up now that I should be able to drink more.
* Apparently I picked up a cold from somewhere - all stuffed up and sneezing my head off. *ARGH*

Roux En Y 7/10/06
Dr. Ajay Upadhyay
Summit Hospital
Oakland, CA
the13thfairy: (Modelling)
I know today is one kind of anniversary for the entire world - but today is *my* 9 week post op anniversary. And I finally decided to take a good look at my before and after pics - cause most of the time I cannot see the difference.

So here they are for the curious. )

Now I am starting to see a difference. Especially in my face. I am roughly 5'10" (I say roughly cause my back is so bad my height actually changes depending on how frequently I see the chiropractor). My wedding ring is starting to be loose and I am wearing size 28 jeans instead of 32's, and am wearing 3x tops instead of tents. I don't know for certain how much I weigh as I have not been on a scale I remotely trust since early August when I had my one month check in with my surgeon. On 8/29 I got on a demo scale at Costco and it said 302.4 and I just now got on my cheesy old and never trusted it scale I have here and it indicated roughly 285 (it's an old rotary dial scale and they are notoriously innacurate). I have ordered a good digital scale that weighs in tenths of a pound and tracks body fat and BMI and such but it won't arrive til next week. I SO cannot wait!

My ultimate goal is 180 - and I have not until now remotely believed that it might be possible. As I have said before I will be happy with 220-240 (the user icon on this post is of me at 19 and roughly 240 pounds). I would LOVE to get back there - anything more is icing.

FYI: This has been cross-posted to [ profile] wls and [ profile] wls_pics - my apologies to my WLS friends for the redundancy.

Lap RNY 7/10/2006
Dr. Ajay Upadhyay
Summit Medical Center
Oakland, CA
(376) 347/302/180
the13thfairy: (Danu - Celtic Mother)
So yesterday I went to Costco - had to pay our annual membershp fees and spend our nifty rebate (we're executive members).

So I went and grabbed the Dyson vacuum I've been coveting for YEARS (more on the amazing dyson later). I also found that they have various colors of sheep skins: white, off white, red and BLACK. So I got two black ones, cause they won't show the dirt when camping as bad. And I picked up two DVD's, V for Vendetta and Elizabeth I (the HBO mini series with Helen Mirren - which was really good).

And whilst trudging down the aisles I came upon the aisle where they have scales - and I stepped on the demo scale. Now if it is to be believed I was 302.4 yesterday - 2.5 pounds from my second weight loss goal of being under 300. Wow - 7 weeks post op and I've lost upwards of 45 pounds! It's still not real to me - I can barely see any difference, even in the before and after pics (we're taking new after pics next week). Hopefully if I can keep my water up, my sugar down, and get more exercise I can break 300 by my 8 week post op day. THAT would be cool.

So anyways - I get home, fiddle about a bit, and then assemble the Dyson (amazing self control I tell you). And all I vacuumed was the 4 feet of hallway between our kitchen and the office - and there is like a INCH of dirt in the collection bin on the thing. WOW... from just a few feet of carpet! Yeah - Dysons work. I may actually be able to do something about all the gunk and dust that's making Cruz miserable.


I really didn't want to be quite that spendy so soon after getting my new laptop - but the Costco rebate helped a lot. And Cruz's allergies have been so bad the last few months I just couldn't NOT spend the money and get the precious!


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