Most of you know I had abdominoplasty surgery on 4/21/2010. Since then my weight has been all over the place with the fluid retention! I gained 8 pounds the day after surgery. I have been as high as 222 pounds and weighed in this morning at 207.4 with a small amount of swelling and fluid around the incision in my lower abdomen. Quite a range of weight. The recovery is continuing to go well and I push myself just enough each day without crossing the line to cause damage to my abdomen and core. I must again thank Polly for encouraging me to do this and supporting me along the way.
We have experienced a number of other UPS and DOWNS over this same period. Polly’s parents are both continuing to recover from falls and health issues in Columbia. We have both been back and forth to Columbia to spend time at Polly’s sister’s (Sue)home and help with Effie and Garvin (my in-laws). We have gotten poor news and great news along the way. The good news now is Garvin has had his procedure to repair his fractured L3 and is in some pain, but recovering. Effie is in rehab, but GOOD NEWS, I will be there to discharge her on Wednesday from the facility an bring her back to be with Garvin at Sue’s home. All good and encouraging news!
The book has seen its UPS and DOWNS, too! Polly and I have worked to get our hands and heads around the rough draft during this time. Thanks to some concentrated efforts we were able to meet with Marjory on Thursday afternoon to review our input and edits. I was able to put it all in binder form with an edited version, a section for Polly’s notes, and a section for my notes. Although we are not where we thought we would be at this point, we are happy with getting here and being able to sit down with Marjory to discuss the UPS and DOWNS of the project.
There have been plenty of other UPS and DOWNS over the same time that we are dealing with individually and together. We deal with the DOWNS and celebrate the UPS!! Some UPS include, Polly being able to maintain and even lose a few pounds throughout everything going on and crazy schedules. Polly has gotten great support from her school and fellow nurses during the times she has needed to be with her parents. I have been able to realize that my health and fitness have put me in a much better place to deal with the UPS and DOWNS. I have maintained perspective on my journey and all that goes with it. I also got to do a great interview with David Quick of the Post and Courier this past Thursday at Stoney Field while working out. The article should be in this Tuesday’s (5-11) Post and Courier. I thank David for his time and true interest in my journey and the Childhood Obesity Epidemic.
All in all the UPS outweigh the DOWNS!!
NOTE to YOU: Choose your attitude each morning and make it a positive choice! A positive attitude can go a long way to dealing with the DOWNS each day and make us all more thankful for the UPS!
LIVNG, LOVING, LOSING, LAUGHING!!
THE FAT GUY!!