10 NEW things to add to my bucket list – POST OP!

Do you have a bucket list? I’m sure most of us do, or even if we don’t have an actual written list, there are things in our head that we dream of doing one day. Some of mine currently include things like: living overseas for at least 1 year minimum, going to Greece, and learning a new language (and actually speak it!).

But, I’ve been thinking recently, are there things that I never added to my list because of my health or weight? Yep, there sure is. So, I decided to think up 10 new things to add to my bucket list that I think I’ll definitely be able to do post-op.

1. Go Zip Lining
Ah, zip lining! I’ve had so many opportunities to do it but I never did because of weight limits or because I didn’t think I could handle the course! No more!

2. Go to a public pool party
I know this one isn’t extreme and I’ve never been one who’s hid herself in bathing suit covers, but being somewhere like a pool party in a bathing suit did wreck my nerves. I’ve always wanted to be on vacation and just be comfortable enough to attend one and be comfortable to swim up to the bar (even if after RNY, it’s just for water! lol)

3. Go go-kart racing
Normally, go kart racing doesn’t appeal to me. It’s not something I immediately think of doing, but the last time I went go-kart racing, I couldn’t buckle the seat belt which was horrifying! So, I want to do it again, just because I can. Period.

4. Attend a large music festival
Again, this is one that doesn’t seem like it is weight related, but for me it kinda is. I’ve attended music festivals, smaller ones, and have always been uncomfortable because of my weight. Either dancing around or just from the temperature (since they’re typically in warm weather). I want to be able to attend a music festival and not feel like I have to cover up or be sweating like a pig and being self conscious about it. I want to just enjoy the music and move my body!

5. Run a 5K
Since I’ve started to put weight back on, I haven’t been able to run. I never was able to run a full 5K. I’m praying post-RNY that I will be able to get back to running and run a full 5K!

6. Climb an indoor rock wall
This always looks super dope and I’ve always been too chicken, again because of my weight and well, my lack of strength in my arms.

7. Go to an indoor trampoline house and bounce around like a kid!
Read that sentence again. ‘NUFF SAID.

8. Do a boudoir photo sheet.
You would think this would be about my husband, and yes, he will be a recipient of the photos, but this is on my bucket list for ME. I want to do a classy, but sexy photo shoot of me loving my body (even if I have extra skin!!). Embracing my new beauty.

9. Renew my wedding vows in a brand new dress.
I didn’t lose weight for my wedding like I had hoped. In fact, I gained. Thankfully I still fit into my wedding dress (after being altered though) and I was just not happy with my size during that time. I want to do a new photo shoot with my husband, maybe to celebrate one of our anniversaries and renew our wedding vows and renew our photos together.

10. Take dancing classes.
I danced for 15 years and when I stopped in my late teens, I packed on the weight. Dancing is a passion of mine and I would love to be able to get back into dancing all the time, without feeling self conscious or out of breath within a minute!

What will you add to your bucket list?

Oh BTW, you can’t do the gastric sleeve

Yesterday was quite the unexpected day. I started my day going to get the required blood work needed pre-op, thinking this is the last thing I have to do until my next appointment! Yeah, well, that lasted a short while.

The blood work was easy. I signed in, stuck out my arm, as usual she struggled to find my veins, she took my blood and I left. Easy transaction.

I did not expect to get my results back within 4 hours and have a call from the PA and my Endo doc in the same afternoon. Most of my blood work came back perfectly fine which I had expected. My blood work is usually all good, it’s just my high blood pressure that is a pain in my ass. I need to start a B12 vitamin now. It’s technically in the normal range, but they’d like to see it a little higher for surgery. Easy enough, grab another vitamin and go. 

My clotting test was not in the range they’d like to see, but after talking to my PCP they think it was just an error. So I’m going to stop my garlic supplement and test again since I think that is thinning my blood which I def don’t want right now. 

The PA happened to see my Endo results before the Endo office had a chance to call  me, which showed that I have Barrett’s Esophagus. Which from what they explained to me is technically a pre-cancerous condition (insert PANIC) but mine is benign (breathe out panic). Because of the BE, they do not recommend doing the sleeve because you’d still have acid reflux, which I certainly don’t want if I have BE. 

Needless to say I was a little panicked after we hung up. For some reason, gastric bypass freaks me out more than the sleeve. Maybe it’s the malabsorption thing or the dumping or the higher risk of complications, who knows. But on the same note, I know it’s been around much longer, many people have successfully had it, and I don’t have the slightest clue as to what issues I may or may not have. After researching more, talking with my husband,  and thinking it through I am still going to go through with the process. But, I will be asking a whole set of new questions at my next appointment later this month. 

I then, spoke with the Endoscopy nurse who out my mind at ease about the whole Barrett’s Esophagus thing. Long story short on that, I will be on a PPI (like Prilosec) for some time, and will have a follow up with me in 6mo and yearly endoscopies done to check on my Barrett’s. So that really put my mind at ease. And with having RNY instead of my current stomach or sleeve, I won’t have to deal with acid going into my esophagus., further worsening it, *phew.

Even though I got news that I didn’t really want to hear, I thank God for starting this journey. Had I not started, I wouldn’t be on the right path to getting healthier and I would have never known that I had BE which would have not been good. 

So I’m on new meds, new vitamins, and now just waiting for my next steps.

….. until next time.