Happy Exhuasted Wednesday Evening, Blogland.
Thank you, Everyone, for your well wishes for the boys. My husband's surgery did not go. (It did not go well, Ann?!! No, I mean, it did not happen.)
Everyone showed up, except the surgeon, who ultimately decided he didn't want to drive in the snowstorm. The anesthesiologist. made it. The nurses made it. The orderlies made it. The billing department made it. Heck, even all the morning patients made it. The one guy who decided "I don't think so?" Yes, the surgeon.
We call that "Surgeon World" ... must be nice.
I'm glad the doc didn't risk his life, but it sure would've been NICE if he picked up a phone and had someone call everyone, to save the rest of us from the danger. We only knew the storm was coming THREE DAYS in advance.
So, it wasn't bad enough we braved the middle of the storm to get there (leaving HOURS early, to ensure we walked in the door on time). We had to then get in the car and drive home again, in deteriorating conditions, and not even have anything to show for the effort. It was scary. And the normally 25-minute drive took us 3 hours. Roads were literally shut down. Accidents - everywhere - but we finally made it back.
It was a very long few days. Dad's stuff was successful. Monday's thing was moved to Tuesday, of course, and his Tuesday thing was moved to today. Dad is in pain, but doing well otherwise. His cancer treatment will resume next week. They have the port in again, and so far so good. My husband's surgery has been rescheduled to the next available timeslot - a month from now.
After all the medical stuff, I spent the day today breaking up ice chunks and attempting to clear part of the driveway. I've used muscles I didn't even know I had - but I do now! It was great exercise. Exhausting, but a real workout. After the snow, came the ice storm. So, we have a layer of wet, heavy snow, covered with 1/4" of ice. Pretty to look at, hazardous to walk or drive on. Our road isn't really passable yet, but we're hoping tomorrow will be a different story. The melting started late this afternoon, and should return tomorrow - the sun is a wonderful thing. Right, so onto the weight loss stuff, because this is about getting healthy, after all.
I remained on plan, to the best of my ability, throughout the long drives and hospital stays, the "nurse Ann" duties at Dad's, and all that stuff. I did NOT get in a walk in the last three days. That isn't good, but the situation and conditions just didn't allow for that. I'll do some walking tomorrow, and Friday as well. I'm playing catch-up at this point. Still, I think the heavy-duty snow/ice shoveling of the driveway should count for either cardio or weight training. Anyway, I will try to get caught up in the walking.
I just now ordered myself a Kate Spade wallet, not 60 seconds ago. It isn't the Anabel Tote I had my eyes on (for the last goal I met - leaving morbid obesity behind), but it is what I can afford right now. The milestone was reached a month ago, and I didn't want to let it go by without something special. I worked hard to get there, and leaving morbid obesity behind is a huge deal.
Speaking of morbid obesity, my doctor's appointment was rescheduled to the end of the month. His nurse called today to rebook. She asked me if I managed to maintain my weight loss (I was in the 270s at my last appointment). I told her, no, I did not maintain my weight loss. She started to get all understanding on me, Christmas and all that, blah, blah, blah ... when I stopped her and clarified that maintaining isn't accurate. I was STILL LOSING. Really?! Yes, really ... except for this past week or so, but that is another story. How much more have you lost? Well, that is for you to tell me, when you next weigh me.
Oh, this will be SO FUN. I'm down about 30 lbs from the last visit - yes, even though we've had Halloween, Thanksgiving AND Christmas since then. hehehe This is gonna be FUN! I only hope I get off this plateau soon. And, of course, I'm hoping for improved numbers, which equates to improved health - the reason I'm doing all of this.
The end-of-the-month doctor appointment should tell all. Well, the labs always seem to take forever to come back, so more accurately, the lab results, back around mid-February, should tell all.
I used to dread doctor appointments. Not so much lately. Go figure!
One last notation. We found out today that one of our dear friends may have to have his arm amputated. Scary stuff, and life-changing! We are keeping him in our prayers, hoping for the best. He is desperate to want to save his arm ... now.
It is like my weight loss journey. I've known what I needed to do, but there was always tomorrow. Well, he ignored his health too - there was always tomorrow. Only this week, his tomorrows ran out. He said if he could just turn the clock back ... but of course he cannot.
If you are ignoring a skin lesion or lump - anywhere - see your doctor. Do not put it off. Our friend ignored something for years - just didn't want to be bothered with it - and what was a minor nuisance may end up costing him his arm now. It is a high price to pay for ignoring something.
Ignoring my health (and weight) can have an even higher cost, if my tomorrows run out. Anyway, pay attention, take action and catch stuff early folks.
Gosh, only Wednesday, and I feel like I've already had an overflowing week! No stress here or anything.
Here is to a normal Thursday! I'm going to catch up on my blog reading now ...