Thursday, February 7, 2013

Not Sleeping That Great

This week has been a bad week for me sleep wise.   Sunday night I didn't get much sleep for obvious reasons.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights I haven't been sleeping through the night or waking up REALLY early.  On the waking up really early front, at least that means I can cook myself an egg substitute & cheese omelet (like I just ate).  I think it it is combination of excitement and nervousness about my surgery that I will be having in just over a month.  So many questions are racing through my mind.  How much skin will be taken off?  How much weight will I lose during the procedure.  How screwed up am I going to look once it is all done?  For that last one, when the plastic surgeon says things like "We will try to save the belly button" and "It is possible you could lose your nipples" (which are pointless on a guy but a nippleless man, possibly without a belly button, would look pretty strange).  The reason for those last two caveats is just how much excess skin I have and where they need to cut it out from.  There are also the normal concerns about surgery, plus the excitement of getting some of my excess skin taken away.

So, hopefully this won't continue all the way until the 11th.  Otherwise it is going to be a looooong month.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Going Under the Knife in March

I am headed in for another surgery, but this one I am looking forward to.  Insurance approval came through for my skin removal surgery for my abdomen and chest.  For those of you who haven't been reading along at home, I had gastric bypass about 19 months ago and have lost a total of about 300 lbs since my peak weight.  Due to this, I feel like Rocky the Flying Squirrel with all of my excess skin right now.  Come March 11th, that will change, at least some.

For my mid-section, they will be removing a belt of skin.  If you want a disgusting photo of what that looks like, look here.  I am going to end up scarred across my midsection from that, but since I am Grade 3-Grade 4 case, it will be worth it.  On my chest, it will be the equivalent of a breast reduction to get rid of my "man boobs."  I don't know exactly how much skin will be taken off exactly, nor how much it will weigh, but I look forward to the results.  I would be lying if I didn't say I was a bit nervous.  It is surgery, and significant at that.  But for my quality of life, it is necessary.  So, now I count down the the 11th of March.  Wish me luck!

PS - I also just got back from the gym.  An hour on the treadmill + some time in the weight room.  Followed that up with some breakfast for dinner (a nice cheese omelette) and some DVRed TV.  Happy days.