November 13, 2011

Less than 24 hours until surgery!

I’m so irritated right now because my internet has been down since just after I wrote yesterday’s blog. I can’t stand not being able to check my e-mail and blog comments and all that! Oh, and yesterday morning, Jerry was driving to work when the van overheated, so he came right back home and had to use a vacation day (there wasn’t enough time for him to get the Jeep and make it to work on time). I just came to my mom's for a minute to post this with her internet.

My surgery is less than 24 hours away as I write this—I’m SO excited!  Yesterday, I had Jerry take a whole bunch of “before” pictures of me and my saggy belly. I’m not at all sad to see it go, but I just want to make sure I get all the pictures I want before it’s gone. I can’t wait to compare photos a few weeks and months from now.

Here, you can see why I don't wear form-fitting clothes! I had to tuck my skin into my capris, and it bulges out).

Last night, Renee, Jessica, and I went out to dinner at La Pita. It’s an AMAZING Middle Eastern restaurant that I love, and Renee and Jessica had never been there.  I ordered my usual chicken kabob, which comes with hummus, warm pita bread, salad, rice pilaf, and my favorite—garlic sauce. It’s a pure white dip that has the texture of mayonnaise, and tastes like pure garlic heaven. LOVE that stuff! My kids asked me to bring some of it home, so I bought a 12 oz container of it for home.

Renee and Jessica really liked the food, which made me happy—since it was my idea to go there, and because it was kind of far to drive (40 minutes). I wish we had taken a picture of us there! Totally forgot about it. We were too busy inhaling garlic and hummus and pita bread!

Today I’ve been trying to get my house ready for when I come home on Tuesday. I want to have everything clean and ready for me to just relax for the next 10 days. I still have to get a few groceries, but I have no car today (Jerry had to take the Jeep to work, and my dad is going to fix the van later today). I have to pack overnight bags for the kids, because they are going to stay at my parents’ house for 3-4 days.

The kids were invited to a birthday party this afternoon. I feel so rushed to get everything done, but I already told them I’d take them to the party. After the party, they’ll go to my parents’ house for the night, and I’m going to bed at about 8 PM tonight. I have to leave at about 3:45 in the morning! My surgery starts at 6:30, and it’s supposed to take about six hours. I showed Jerry how to write updates on my blog. I apologize in advance if he updates a little too frequently! I am going to have him take lots of pictures and a video or two and I’ll post them as soon as I can. Maybe Wednesday?  I’ll be home on Tuesday evening, but I don’t know how I’ll be feeling.

Don’t forget to watch my Dr. Oz episode on Friday!! As soon as it airs, I’m going to publish the posts I wrote about the whole 24 hours I was in NYC for the taping.


  1. Good luck tomorrow! I wanted to ask you about your Garmin and running on the dreadmill. Can you still use it to keep track of everything except the distance? I know they sell a foot pad, I am just wondering if you can use it besides being outside. Also do you ever use it to monitor your calories you burn during a day? My brother just bought my nieces the 600 series, he got a really good deal.

  2. I'm so excited for you! I've been reading your journal/spark page/blog and following your journey for awhile now. I went over to the Dr Oz show page to watch the preview for the episode and there is a little flash of you in the clip -- love the blue dress you're wearing btw! Good luck with the surgery, and I can't tell you how happy I am for you. This week will be a big one for you :)

    Take care!

  3. I'll be praying for you with your surgery...for your doctor, nurses and quick recovery with no complications!

  4. Thinking of you Katie....wishing you well and safe and a speedy recovery.
    Michelle in Canada

  5. Good luck! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Can't wait to see you on Dr. Oz!

    Katie G.

  6. Good luck! You'll do well and here's some wishes for a comfortable and quick recovery :)

    Just think what the scale will be like when the swelling goes down!!

  7. Wow, now I'm craving Middle Eastern food...haha. Good luck tomorrow!!! :)

  8. Holy shit!! Good luck!!! I hope you feel comfortable posting the before pictures!!!

  9. I miss middle eastern food SO much! I was just in Michigan last month and didn't think to have any. That garlic sauce is friggin crack to me. Mmm.

    Anyway, good luck tomorrow. So excited for you!

  10. Katie,

    I am SOOOOOO excited for you!!!! I will be sending you positive vibes all day. I am headed over to Dr. Oz now to see the clip someone mentioned. :)
    Good luck!!


  11. @♥ astor

    GGGRRR! I can't find the Dr. Oz clip! I tried clicking on Friday's show over on the right hand side of the site....a video comes up but it won't play!! I really want to watch it and see the blue dress. :0

  12. Good luck with your surgery tomorrow! I already have Dr. Oz set to record on my DVR ~ can't wait to see Friday's show :)

  13. Wishing you the very best of luck with your surgery and recovery!

  14. Good Luck tomorrow! Wishing you a quick healthy recovery! DVR is set for Dr. Oz Friday!

  15. So, so , so excited for you!!

    And you are so good for taking all the before and after photos...IF we get to see some of them that is...ha! ;-)

    Just know will be sore but as with any thing each day is a brand new day and it will get better!! Good Luck!!

  16. So glad to hear you got one last "hurrah" in before your surgery! We're all praying for a safe surgery and a speedy recovery!

  17. Good luck tomorrow, Katie! Really glad that Jerry will be able to post for you, but it will be great when you can do it yourself again. Also looking forward to Dr. Oz on Friday. Glad that you got to have the middle Eastern it myself.


  18. I will be thinking about you during your surgery!!! You are going to do great! It's all about that mind over matter, and with your running and journey, you got that MASTERED! I can't wait to see the episode on friday!!! I've never tried middle eastern food, but I'm going to make a point to do so! I love, love, love Garlic!!!

  19. I am so excited and nervous for you, I feel like it's me getting the surgery! I will definately be praying for you before I go to bed. I know that there is so much sacrifice wrapped up into this surgery but it will be worth it and you deserve it. Take it easy and get well soon, I can't wait to hear all about it!

    -Jen (jennygump21)

  20. Katie,
    Good luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery. Can't wait for Dr Oz on Friday.

  21. I love Middle Eastern food too!!!!!:-)
    Your surgery is in 15 minutes, so you won't see this until after, but I will be sending positive vibes your way for today and a quick recovery!!!!
    You look great in the blue dress!!!! Only a few days till Friday!!!!!

  22. I've enjoyed reading your blog so much (just found it last week). Thinking of you this morning and wishing you a fast recovery. --Joan

  23. I'm always so nervous when I talk up a restaurant and then take someone else there. I'm not sure why since them not liking it wouldn't be anything against me personally. HAHA! The garlic sauce sounds amazing. I think it's great your kids like it too. I'm always happy to hear or see kids trying different types of food.


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