This week seemed to fly by for me. Aside from work being,well, work, I got some things accomplished.
I posted the other day that I was going to try to get some of my weight loss surgery stuff done. And I did. I had called about the local bariatric support group, about setting up my nutritionist visit, and my psych eval. I received a return call from the nutritionist that day, and set up my first appointment with her on May 27, as she will be unavailable. I liked her though. She seemed nice, and easy to talk to. I think that will make things a lot easier for me. She also said that she has a small support group she’s just started, which if I can manage it, I’d like to attend.
Speaking of support groups, while I was at work yesterday, I got a call from the leader of the bariatric support group that meets at the hospital. They meet the third Monday of each month, (this month will be the 18th) and I think the woman in charge is great. We talked for 15 or 20 minutes on the phone and I think shes fantastic already. She was also a patient of Dr Ali, and thinks that I made a great choice. I’m really looking forward to the first meeting. It will be the Monday after my trip to the surgeon, so I think I’ll need it.
I received a call back about my psych eval as well. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get it done locally. I’m going to call Northshore in Erie on Monday to set something up. The advantage to that, Val at UPMC told me, is that they do their evals in one visit, while some of the other regional providers do them in two or three. She said that the fact that I understand the “why this happened” part of it so early on is great, and will benefit me in the end.
I received another call yesterday. My sister called to tell me that my uncle passed away. (He had been my Dad’s best friend as they were growing up, and now I just imagine them together, playing golf.) My mom knows what a sap and crybaby I am about stuff like that, so she asked my sister to do it. When I got home from work, I called Ma to tell her that no, I had no fallen apart. Yes, I’m sad, but I’m okay. We had a very long, really nice talk, and she offered to go to Erie with me to my appointment with Dr Ali. I’m so happy she’s going. I could’ve gone alone and I would have been perfectly fine, but having my Mommy with me just makes me feel better. I love her so much…
So I’m home this weekend, staying off my knee and icing it often, doing my due diligence to learn as much about the weight loss surgery techniques available, so when I see Dr Ali on Wednesday, I can make an informed decision. I think it’s only fair to myself. This is my way of enjoying the #SummerOfLinda.
Take care, have fun and be kind to each other,