Time and Tide
It has been over a year since I posted to this blog, but some recent activity, spam though it was, poked me to update the site. Basically, all is well with me. My weight is stable, although I struggle to keep my iron and vitamin D levels at a reasonable level. All of my other labs are good. I wear a size 14 with forays into 12 territory and I feel blessedly normal.
A bit over a year out from my last surgery, I have healed very well. After 6 mos. I went to a new PCP and he looked at my scars and asked "How many years ago was that surgery?". The scars are very light, the miraculous "belly button" still remains, and I am so glad not to have the blockages anymore - those attacks were very scary and painful. Having a very flat stomach has also been great for my self-esteem in an odd way. I never realized how much having a big belly - and, later, a lot of skin - reinforced my sense of being a fat person. Now I'm a normal-sized, middle-aged woman with my mother and grandfather's big thighs. If I had one more plastic surgery, it would be to remove the excess skin from my upper arms, but nothing is planned for the immediate future.
On a sad note, Tess, my beloved nurse cat, became very ill in December and had to be put to sleep in early January. It was a tremendously difficult decision and a huge loss for all of us. We miss her very much.