The Next Chapter - Las Cruces, NM

By the time I have my Extended TT, BL/BA, I will...

By the time I have my Extended TT, BL/BA, I will be 44. This is my birthday present to myself (bday is July 7). I am 5'7" and weigh between 165-170, depending on what day it is. I have had 2 csections and I had Gastric Bypass in 2007, before the bypass I topped 300 pounds. Having the bypass was a wonderful decision. I have done well using my tool, but my tummy is a constant reminder of the major damage I did to my body, for years and years. I feel so good about the weight loss and then when I look in the mirror, or even just look down in my clothes, it is depressing. I am so blessed to be able to have this opportunity. I can't wait to have the pouch gone. It is funny, because people have told me how good I look after the weight loss (and I am very grateful that I have lost the weight and I am sooooo much healthier), but I tell them that they don't see or know the naked truth. They are not there when I have cried myself to sleep over this, or felt that I would never want to be naked in front of anyone, or hid so that people wouldn't see me. I know that a having these procedures will not solve any of my problems, but I will feel better about myself. As a matter of fact, I already feel better about myself since I am writing another chapter in my self improvement journey.

I have been an emotional roller coaster......total excitement one minute and then scared the next. I had preop today and that calmed me a great deal. I am ready!!! It will be here next Tuesday and I can hardly believe it. I have been looking forward to this for a very long time and thought I would never be able to have it done. Well, this opportunity is such a huge blessing. I want the days to fly by!! I can't wait to not have a big apron hanging there all the time.

I have gained so much knowledge and comfort reading many of the reviews, posts and questions here. Thank you to all that post!!!! Reading about the various procedures and experiences has been wonderful...priceless.

Ugh, my surgery was postponed!!!! My bloodwork...

Ugh, my surgery was postponed!!!! My bloodwork came back saying I have an abnormal thyroid function. Have to get that fixed before surgery. Very bummed out.

PS office called this morning and the T3/T4 tests...

PS office called this morning and the T3/T4 tests yesterday came back normal. Seeing a regular doctor Wed morning. (too bad I couldn't get in today!!) He has to give ok and I could have surgery as early as next week. Trying to stay positive!!! Most of what I have read on internet says surgery will be ok if T3/T4 levels are normal, but will still have to get high TSH levels taken care of. We will see. Thank you all so much for the encouragement, it kept me going yesterday.

OK, went to doctor about my thyroid today. I am on...

OK, went to doctor about my thyroid today. I am on meds again. Not a big surprise. I told her that I needed clearance for surgery and she said it was plastic surgeon's decision to do the surgery, not hers. She said she would give me a statement stating the summary of my visit. So, called PS office and they then called. Well, it seems they got a verbal clearance and my dr office is to fax the written clearance. Whoohoo.....so based on this, they changed my date once again. My original date was the 10th, then it went to the 24th and now it is set for the 18th. They will let me know for sure on Friday. Please send positive thoughts and prayers as I need the extra week to recuperate. The countdown has started once again. YAY!!!!! I know that anything can happen, but I am trying to remain positive that it will take place on the 18th. We shall see. Again, thank you all for your support.

Update....regular doctor won't clear me for...

Update....regular doctor won't clear me for surgery, just states that they are treating me for my condition and that it is my plastic surgeon's decision to do the surgery. After back and forth phone calls between me, reg. doc office and ps office and faxes back and forth, the ps office said that since my freeT3/freeT4 levels are normal and I am being treated for the thyroid issue the ps and anesthesiologist say it should be good. PS will double check this weekend but said to go ahead and leave the date for Wed, the 18th and they will let me know 100% on Monday. I totally understand their point, but the waiting is so hard. So, trying to be reasonable and positive, but not get hopes up too too high!

Please send prayers, positive thoughts, cross fingers toes and eyes that it is a go and that everything will be good. Thank you!!

Keeping fingers, toes and eyes crossed as a friend...

Keeping fingers, toes and eyes crossed as a friend of mine says. Also, saying many prayers. Got a call from ps that they still did not receive clearance from regular doctor's office and the person that saw me wasn't in today. So, went to mom's doctor and they did a ekg and chest xray and reviewed bloodwork. He said he would clear me as soon as the coagulation test results came back. Thing is my surgery is scheduled for Wed, the 18th. So, waiting to see if he can fax it first thing in morning so I can have surgery on Wed. I really liked this doctor and believe I will now be seeing him. I feel better too, at least he did a physical and other things to give me clearance. Other office did not, just gave thyroid meds and said it was ps decision. This has been so frustrating, but now hope to be on the road to the flat side!!! Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers my way in hopes that my surgery gets done. Thank you!

Wishing those who recently received their new flat tummies are healing well.

Whoohoo, it is gonna happen tomorrow. I can...

Whoohoo, it is gonna happen tomorrow. I can hardly stand it, I am so excited!!!!!!!!! My mom and I will leave to Cruces tonight, tomorrow is surgery, and then we will come back on Thursday. Thank you to all who have been rooting for me!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
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Procedure was postponed....I am sure it will be worth it when it happens!!! Praying it happens soon.

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