It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here; interactive chat with friends has been more appealing than writing a blog post these days. But I’m feeling delinquent and out of touch, especially with those of you I only see in blog-land. Rather than try to catch up, here’s a sum up of 2011:
Year of Surgeries:
- Surgery #1 on March 2: elective plastic surgery to remove hanging belly skin and upper arm lifts. I was out of work for 3 weeks and took another 4-5 before I was really feeling good. The arms look amazing and I relished wearing sleeveless tops this summer. However, I also had complications – abscesses along the lower suture line, and the discovery of a serious infection in my lapband port area. The surgery wasn’t connected to the lapband at all, but the moved belly button was less than 2 inches from the port and, well, things happen.
- Surgery # 2 on August 2: removal of the infection, surrounding tissue, and the lapband port. I had an open wound that is still not 100% healed up, tho it’s not a problem. I ended up missing work time due to daily nurses for wound care. Necessary but annoying.
- Surgery #3 on Nov. 22: Lapband port revision, aka putting in a new port to replace the one that was removed during the infection surgery. Went extremely well and I’m now starting the process of getting fills to complete
This did not go well in 2011. All the surgeries didn’t help, as my ability to exercise was limited for long chunks of time. My personal trainer moved to a different gym 45 minutes away, which is just not convenient for me. Rather than switch to a new trainer, I’ve decided to let it go for a year, save the money, and work on my own. I know it’s not the best solution but for now, it’s my choice. And $110/month adds up nicely. I still have my gym membership, mind you – just gave up the training.
I’ve been eating off-plan since the March surgery. Major abdominal surgery will do that to you, especially with the fear of having to throw up under those conditions, but I continued to maintain the loss until my surgery in August, which removed all lapband restrictions. They’re still not back and I can really see the difference. I can and will improve my eating choices but this has really shown me how much it helps to have the band in place. I have weight to lose again, and it WILL happen.
I visited my parents and brother and sister-in-law in October. Everyone is doing well and staying busy. My niece/goddaughter got engaged this year and is getting married next summer. In Houston, in July. Can we say hot? Her brother, Football Nephew, is now a member of the Washington Redskins, and was promoted to the active 53-man roster from the practice squad two weeks ago. We’re so very proud and happy for him.
Tessie and I celebrated our four-year anniversary last month, and I love her more every day. She was a wonderful therapy cat when I was home recovering, and sticks close unless I’m vacuuming.
I’m moving! Not far, just to a different building in my same complex. I love where I am but will be happy to move to the 55+ building (most residents are retired so I will be the young one) where rent is almost $200 cheaper and I’ll have a walk-in shower, which my knee will love. It’s the same layout as what I have now, but flipped and a tiny bit smaller – but still over 1100 square feet, so what’s not to like? I’ll be on the second floor in the SW corner in an elevator building. Yayyyy!
I move on Jan. 27th so am applying a Peter Walsh approach to looking at my stuff before packing. Stuff is going to Goodwill or the trash so I can just pack up everything that’s left.
I’ve completed a full year in my current position, and love what I’m doing, aside from the concern of how to be sure there’s work for my staff on a consistent basis. Preferably that doesn’t involve too much of my time to dream it up, document, train, produce “work from” lists, and then do clean up.
In July, I celebrated a wonderful annual meeting educational program for my national professional association, after months of work, worries, and details as chair of the program committee. I also turned down the chance to run as vice-chair/chair-elect of one of our special interest sections. I’m ready for the next generation to move up and am happy NOT to be in charge of anything.
Have a happy and healthy 2012. Do the necessary things, but also do what brings you joy.