A New Journal Rule!

I had three doctor’s appointments Wednesday; two specialists and my family doctor. It was exhausting. The first was Dr Amson, my abdominal guy. The reason I don’t just call him my weight loss guy is that he not only did my bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the banana because my stomach is now the shape of a banana) but he also repaired one of my hernias. We went over my needs: more weight loss and the repair of a huge hernia. It seems it would not be a good idea to do the hernia repair until I lose some more weight (insert more sighs here).

He asked, “Are you exercising?”
I said, “I’m not walking much because of the pain in my right knee. I need it replaced.”
He said, ” Get into the pool.”
I answered, “I couldn’t go swimming because of my shoulder and need the OK from my shoulder doctor.”
He looked at me and said, “You can walk in the pool without using your arms. You need exercise.”
I sighed and said, “OK! I know. I’ll try.”
“Now,” he said, “are you still keeping your food journal?”
At this point I told him, “Of course, It’s on my computer and I designed one that had emotions before, during and after eating included. I also keep track of my activities beyond my normal ones.”
He countered with, “Who do you show it to?”
I shrugged, “I sometimes put it on my blog.”
He said, “Good. Now, what I want you to do is get a little ring-bound notebook and each day, write the date and the things you are not to eat. Then, as you eat, write down exactly what you are eating and how much. You said you were going to see your family doctor every two weeks?”
“Yes.”
“Then show her your food journal every visit. That way you won’t lie. Not that you lie, but just in case you want to.” He said. Notebook 1

So, I went out and bought a new notebook and a nice gel pen. I started it the next day. More about this later.

After seeing Amson I got to see Dr. Zane Zarzour, the shoulder specialist. It has been 3 months since I had my right shoulder replaced and he said it was recovering remarkably well and he would see me in a year. I asked if my file said anything about my right knee and he said, yes, I’m on the waiting list and they (Joint Replacement Clinic, the hospital, and or Dr. Tortenson) would be calling me. More sighs.

After visiting the library, which was near the orthopods and I had a hour to kill, I got to see my family doctor, Michelle Fretz. She was wonderful to me and said my blood pressure was perfect and it shouldn’t have been with all the doctor appointments and pain I’ve been in but she would be pleased to see my notebook and me every two weeks again.

So…I’m back on track with a new rule to my food journal and the support of all my doctors. But..it looks like I will have to have three horrible surgeries in the next while. I need the knee done soon, the hernia repair preferably within the year and then the other shoulder. I wish, wishes burned calories, I would be one skinny woman.

Well that’s enough for today. My break is over. Thanks for listening. ;D  Diane

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on January 30, 2015.

One Response to “A New Journal Rule!”

  1. Sounds like you have a long road ahead of you! Keeping track of your food is a great way to keep accountable! Update us all with your progress 🙂

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