That’s how I feel today. I had to go get some blood work done. Of course, I had to fast, so no food since dinner last night. I also did not have much water this am. I have since eaten, but they took 7 vials of blood, so I’m still a bit woozy.
I went to my primary care doctor, who I have not seen since just before the surgery. I had one phone conversation with her after the surgery, but all of my follow-ups have been with surgeon. I am scheduled for my annual physical, which is coming up soon.
The nurse in her office did not recognize me. I saw the look of confusion on her face as we walked back to the dreaded scale. “I’m going to have to weigh you,” she tells me. I knew she would definitely be surprised.
Most of the staff in her office knew that I was having the gastric by-pass surgery. I’m not really sure what they expected. The nurse weighed me and then entered my weight into the little mini lap-top they carry around with them. Everything in their office is very high-tech.
“Wow! Oh my God!”
“A hundred pounds!” she continued.
“Oh you look so good, Colleen. I didn’t recognize you. Wait until the doctor sees you.”
The nurse takes me back to the little room. She does the standard, “What brings you here today,” routine. Checks my temperature, my blood pressure, my pulse. All are normal. Still no meds on my part.
The nurse leaves and I hear excited chatter up at the nurses station, but I cannot really make out what they are saying. Then I hear the hurried clicking of high heels on linoleum getting closer to the door. A quick rap and my doctor enters not waiting for me to say anything. She is all smiles when she enters the room and I can tell she is excited to see my progress for herself. “Wow, Colleen! One hundred pounds! You look so good! How are you feeling?”
We had a nice conversation about everything I have been through. She asked me specific questions about different things. I told her about my struggles with constipation and feeling unsteady. I also told her all of the good things like being able to breathe and walk.
She’s very happy that my blood pressure is normal. I shared with her the blood test results from the health screening my employer did. She was happy to see my triglycerides were way down. My blood sugar is normal. My cholesterol is normal. My good cholesterol still needs to come up some, but she’s not overly worried about that just yet.
After the appointment, she sent me across the hall to get blood drawn. The surgeon’s office wants to check my vitamin levels to make sure I’m taking enough vitamins. Malabsorption is a serious problem after the gastric by-pass surgery. They take so much blood for that test though. It may take me all day to recover.