Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Well - six days further on and the effect of stopping iced water has not lasted. I shall wait to hear from Dr Lechaux.
After my mini gastric bypass last year I was ambulanced back into hospital because I got a clot in my right leg. Having now seen the vascular chap at Guingamp he has referred me to a vascular surgeon at Clinic du Littoral for 17 October to discuss having the vein removed as he says it is dead and liable to clot. I would now want to have this operation before any revision to avoid another post op clot.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
I originally weighed 143.1 kg and now weigh 71.5kgs/11st3½lbs/157½lbs. It seems unbelievable to me that my skin could have held two of the people I am now, athough, as I have said before, my skin is very saggy. I feel it looks like hanging unironed curtains! Luckily not too much of the spare skin is hanging round my face so when I'm dressed I don't look so dreadful.
I put on a new Asda size 16 t-shirt this afternoon to go up to the Clinic in Guingamp and it was a little too big. I did wear it, but was aware that the neck gaped rather a lot. I had a mammography today and although there always has to be a second opinion which they will confirm in a letter enclosing the mammograms, the first doctor who looked at the results said there was no problem that she could see, so that's good.
I then went on to a supermarket and bought three fleecy round/scoopy neck jerseys for winter, all the same but different colours, and a lightweight zip up fleece, so I feel equipped for colder weather now.
It seemed really chilly when I got home and it was just raining too - only 18.7°C outside - so I got a fire going in the woodburner and inside it's now 23.5°C so I'm a happy bunny.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
I wrote to my surgeon, Dr Lechaux to find out what the Créon dosage should be as Dr Picot hadn't told my GP, Dr Quarck, what he wanted me to take, and Dr Lechaux had prescribed it for me before. He wrote back to say 25,000UI gelules three times a day, so I had to pop into the surgery and ask for a new prescription just for Créon. I picked it up yesterday afternoon and will collect it from the pharmacy on my way back from bowls training tomorrow. Then I'll start taking the correct does from Friday morning with the Surgilene - vitamins - which I keep forgetting. I'm going to put them in an open container on the worksurface each night so in future I can't forget when I come downstairs in the morning.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Last week I bought a whole lamb for the freezer. Lamb is expensive here in Brittany and this was an organic lamb raised by some Brits over here. I'm looking forward to eating the chops I've just got out of the freezer for tomorrow's supper.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Thursday, 16 August 2012
I've stayed the same as last week so far. Before the mgbp I always expected to gain weight when the family come to stay as I cook much more than normal and someone is usually snacking and I join in. It doesn't seem to be making much difference to me now though. We went out this evening to a Pizzeria after a walk along the Nantes/Brest canal bank at Gouarec. I couldn't eat all my pizza so the remainder is now in my fridge, brought home in a takeaway box. Since I've been home though, I've had Carr's Water Biscuits with brie and little home grown cherry tomatoes - lovely!
Tomorrow we're having lasagna. I made the meat sauce today and fridged it. Tomorrow my daughter's boyfriend will make the béchamel sauce and we'll assemble and cook it for supper. We'll be having a picnic lunch down by the lake if the weather's fine - I've got lots of bits and pieces, prawns, cheese, homegrown cucumber, tomatoes and salad leaves, paté, etc. etc. so it should be good if the sun shines.
I had the result of my stool sample tests. All the infections, parasites etc. that they checked for were clear. As my doctor said, it's perfect. The diarrhoea continues. I'm going to start some candida treatment when the family go home, although the test showed I don't have it, but we're clutching at straws a bit.
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
So obviously, to me, I can afford to get down to BMI 25 which would, for me, be 62 kilos, and still be just in the overweight category.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Here is another bit about the vagus nerve from the internet.
Vagus nerve: A nerve that supplies nerve fibers to the pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), lungs, heart, esophagus, and intestinal tract, as far as the transverse portion of the colon. The vagus nerve also brings sensory information back to the brain from the ear, tongue, pharynx, and larynx.
Wikipedia has this information:
This means that the vagus nerve is responsible for such varied tasks as heart rate, gastrointestinal peristalsis, sweating, and quite a few muscle movements in the mouth, including speech (via the recurrent laryngeal nerve) and keeping the larynx open for breathing (via action of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle, the only abductor of the vocal folds). It also has some afferent fibers that innervate the inner (canal) portion of the outer ear, via the Auricular branch (also known as Alderman's nerve) and part of the meninges. This explains why a person may cough when tickled on the ear (such as when trying to remove ear wax with a cotton swab).
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
I am just so glad to be celebrating it. It was an operation I didn’t want but needed to have. I had to convince myself to be there at the hospital I was so frightened at what the future would hold. If only one had the advantage of being able to see into the weeks, months and years ahead, how much simpler life would be.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
So, forty-seven weeks post op and I weigh the same again, smack bang on 81 kgs, 12st11lbs/179lbs, so I guess I've stabilised at this weight for the moment at least having been there for four weeks now.
I went out for dinner at my favourite local restaurant, Le Pelinec, courtesy of my son, and with his partner and another friend last week.
and had a lovely meal, but couldn't eat all of it which was frustrating. No plate is packed with food, but we had five courses, which is a lot to get through.
The puddings were lovely - this had been started before the photo but not by me! I had a fig and apple tart with cream.
This morning I did half an hour in the polytunnel before I go off to bowls. I've done loads of work in the veggie garden and polytunnel over the last two weeks. I haven't been able to bend so well for years and it's good weeding, sowing and planting without feeling ill bending over. I've been really enjoying it.
Prawn salad with bread and butter in my poly box for lunch today at bowls. I'm eating loads of fish rather than meat, plaice, mackerel, trout, prawns, bass - lovely - and much cheaper in Brittany than in England.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Here's me today, wearing a skirt for the first time in 24 years!
My fifteen day course of Questran and Créon finished on Wednesday last week and I was then prescribed a two week course of Loramyc. This is a drug which I have been given in case I have Candida (thrush). I am showing no normal signs of Candida but it was the next stage in trying to combat my diarrhoea. It is a strange drug which is taken by putting the tiny tablet on one side of the mouth between the lip and gum and keeping it there. The Pharmacy didn't have it in stock so I had to return the next day to collect it.
Sunday saw a return to the old diarrhoea day, but Monday was slightly better and today has been good so far.
I'm not entirely sure it was the Inexium now, but am still staying away from it for the time being and I'm just glad that overall things are slightly better than they were. I am finding black coffee difficult to drink at the moment, even weak instant black coffee. It tends to give me stomach cramps immediately and this is a real pain as it's my favourite hot drink.
Yesterday I met for the first time since my operation two French friends who were amazed to see me at this weight. It's so good to get this sort of feedback.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
I saw the dietician last week and she asked me how much more weight I wanted to lose. I didn't really know, but replied that fifteen kilos would probably be enough. This would see me at about 68 kgs/10st10lbs/150lbs. I asked how I would stop losing weight and she just said "Eat more". Well I couldn't eat any more than I did on Sunday and I still lost weight, so I'm not sure that would do the trick.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
I saw Dr Picot at Clinic St Yves, Rennes on Thursday late afternoon. He is a very pleasant chap, easy to talk with and it was a good meeting. He had several comments.
He has also prescribed Créon which I took before with not very good results. We shall see.
He examined and listened to my tummy, tested my reflexes and the quantity of hydrogen in my breath. He was very thorough.
So, hopefully one of the above things will work. If, however, nothing works, then it will be another appointment with him and then a week in Clinique St Yves for them to try and sort me out.
Actually, thinking about it a bit more, I suppose it might not be photosensitivity but just a straightforward reaction to the drug. It's so good not to spend so much of my day worried about accidents and trying to be near a toilet. I am also pleased that in spite of having the diarrhoea controlled I have still lost weight.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
I saw Dr Lechaux on Friday and he gave me a prescription for an antibiotic which I am to take for seven days now and every three months for a year. When I went to collect it from the Pharmacy I was told it had to be made to a specific formula and wouldn't be ready for about a week - ooer! He always seems to be amazed at my weight loss, but then this is more than partly due to the persistent diarrhoea. We talked about the loose skin I now have and he confirmed that he will remove the stomach spare skin at some point. He knows of someone in Rennes who may do my upper arms, but this would have to be paid for by me. His secretary made an appointment for me with Dr Picot, Intestinal Consultant at Clinique St Yves in Rennes for 9 May late afternoon, so not too long to wait until then.
I have now managed to find a bra which actually fits me. I couldn't find anything in the few shops I visited in Cornwall when I was there for my birthday, not one bra was in the size I wanted. The assistants said they didn't have the size in their range at all. However, unbelievably, I did find the right size
bra in a supermarket here. They only had one in stock in my size, but I visited two other branches and found a black one and another white one - good news. I had lost more than nine stone and was still in the same bras as I wore before the weight loss which obviously were not doing a good job - nice not to fall out of them when I lean forward now!