Saturday, March 20, 2010

I’m the Distraction

So why haven’t I been posting as much as I used to? Well, I have been hyper-focusing for several months – on myself. I finally hit rock bottom as far as my own health goes last year, so starting in June of last year I was bouncing from doctor to doctor to get myself thoroughly checked out . . . and cleared to have gastric bypass surgery. All the medications and such weren’t even making me comfortable, so it seemed like a real necessity. I felt Thane was finally old enough to handle my being away and needing to be treated gently (he used to love to head-butt me in the belly).

I don’t want to go into huge amounts of detail, but basically it seems like it was a good choice. I had the surgery on January 20th, so just two months ago now. I have lost 46 pounds since surgery, and had managed to lose 75 prior to going under the knife. Unfortunately, I would still like to lose about half my body weight from here, and even then I wouldn’t be skinny, but . . . I can breathe a lot better with the weight I have lost so far, and that was my main motivation. Not being able to breathe is awful!

Part of the reason for the hyper-focusing is that there is really only a short window in which to get this weight off my body – the bypass helps for a finite, but not precisely known, amount of time. So basically I really need to try to see how much I can get rid of within the first 6-12 months. Some of it would be humorous if it wasn’t kind of sad – trying to exercise and not get hopeless tangled in the oxygen tubing and my various wires and gismos. Half the battle is trying to get the aerobic exercise in so that I can perhaps not need oxygen for exertion anymore.

So wish me luck and please excuse me if I am not around as much.


Heather said...

Good luck Bec! I'm so happy that you were able to have the surgery and things are looking up for you! The most important thing is for you to be healthy for your boys :)

Anara said...

Hi Bec,

Can you email me when you get a chance? I want to see if you have time and are interested in writing a post with tips for parents who just learned their child has ASD/Aspeberger's. I want to create a directory of parent to parent blog posts. Thanks!