Thursday, August 30, 2018

Aug 30th Finally, Progress!!

Just popping in to say hello. 

I am finally scheduled to have my surgery for endometrial cancer this Friday. At last! I’ll be glad to have it over with, and get on with the healing. It’s going to be Robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Smaller holes drilled into the tummy, faster healing time, so that’s cool. 

I’ve been working hard these last few months on weight loss and getting healthy for the surgery. I can gratefully say that for the first time in THIRTY THREE YEARS, I am in the 2’s!!!!! This last Monday I busted through the barrier and hit 297. Barely into the twosies, but if it has a 2 in the front… I’ll take it!!!!

Good news also about that leg wound that was being stubborn to heal. There were 2 wounds, and I started going to the Wound Clinic a YEAR ago. The littler one has finally closed up 2 weeks ago, and the bigger one is now only about 1 1/2 inch diameter. Huge progress. Yay!

One of these days I’ll get a new progress pic put up. Just not been a priority. I’ve not really had much to say. I’ve been watching a tv show that both irritates me (cuz I see my own flaws in the behavior of the people on it) and inspires me, called My 600 LB Life. And today the doctor on the show, Dr Nowzaradan said to a lady who was still in the “excuse phase”: 

She can SAY whatever she wants, but I’m interested in what she DOES.

Ouch. I think that is why I’ve been so quiet on my blog. What’s to say??? I just needed DO it, not jabber about it. (Edited to add: that's aimed at only ME, no one else. I needed to DO, not just talk about it. I think that since I was writing/talking about it, I somehow felt like I was DOING something. I finally got the message that they are not the same, ha ha!)

Anyway, that’s about it from smokey Oregon. Hugs to all,



Amy said...

Prayers for a successful surgery and quick recovery. And congrats on the numbers going in your favor!

Retta said...

Thank you, Amy. I appreciate that very much! :-)

Deb Willbefree said...


Second, Oh, my! I thought that CA surgery happened months ago...and have been praying for you--almost nightly--thinking that. I pray for you and I (and other friends of mine who struggle with weight) every day, asking that the Lord enables us to eat in such a way as to lose weight and gain health. Clearly, you're doing that! :D

Will pray abut surgery and healing!

Glad you posted.


Retta said...

Thank you, Deb, I really appreciate what you said. I'm sorry I wasn't clear on when the surgery was. It kept be putting off due to the infection in my leg. A year of twice a week Wound Clinic took it out of me. But, it's getting better now, so they went ahead with the surgery. I made it home late Saturday, and just wanted to sleep alot. Went thru the "blow torch down there" phase. Holy moley, they didn't warn me!! But that's already improving, so I'm encouraged that maybe I'll make a speedy recovery.

Wanna hear a funny? I weighed at home Friday before check in for surgery. Was 284. Naturally I did that the same way I always did, with not much on. Then they weighed me at Check in. And insisted I keep my shoes on for "traction and safety." It was 286. Two pounds for shoes and clothes. Aaargh! Only someone who has fought this weight thing for so long would understand the resistance of adding in shoe weight, ha ha! I really had to laugh at myself over that one.

Anyway, thank you so much for the prayers. I appreciate them very much.

PJ Geek said...

I have been watching the show 600lb/ about dr. Now. I don't want surgery. But I see myself in their journeys and I'm inspired when they become resolved.

Retta said...

Hi PJ, so nice to hear from you. Yes, I'm like you; don't want the surgery, but find inspiration from the show. And one thing that screamed out loudly to me after watching several shows, was what every single person said... it's hard. Oh, this is hard. But it's so hard. Over and over, in various versions, "it's haaaarrrrddd". I realized that had been MY mantra. Whining about how HARD it was; "I'm trying", but it's so HAARRDD. Yeesh, like holding up a mirror to myself.

Last night I saw a show (Diana's story, I think). They sent a therapist to see her. She did the poor me, it's hard routine to the therapist. The therapists response: "So??" Uh, kind of put it in perspective for me. Yep, I learn a lot from that show.

I wish you well on your own journey!

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