It has taken the week to get thoughts in order. Though Monday was the “big” day, the office is undergoing a complete remodel, which I am coordinating, I was in Birmingham for meetings on Wednesday and of course full time school! I have been a bit exhausted.
The appointment went well on Monday. I was a little overwhelmed when I arrived. The office is on the third floor of a four story building connected to St. Francis Hospital in northeast Birmingham. Apparently they have this down to a science. The orientation process is definitely designed to weed out those whose interest may not be sincere.
When I arrived the lobby was packed full, standing room only. A nurse comes at thirty minutes after the hour, speaks to the group, hands out your specific folder, and explains the process and the required pre-op testing. We were called back individually, our vitals measured and we were put into our respective rooms. Not long after Dr. Schmidt came in and introduced himself. He spoke about my records, allowed me to ask each and every one of my questions and did not rush me in any way. I had learned that he was the surgeon who brought the Gastric Sleeve to the State of Alabama and we discussed that information. I soon left armed with instructions and anticipation all the while holding fast to a feeling of overwhelming mindfulness.
In the days since, I have seen a PCP to begin the testing procedures and am making some physical changes as well. I will be with my mother this weekend and will restart my walking regimen. I am also working on being aware of the size bites I take and making sure I masticate properly. I am becoming aware of just how much this experience will be life changing. my approaches to the very little things will all have to be relearned and I know it is better to begin working on those lessons sooner than later.
Thank you all for your patience in waiting for this post. I know I had hyped up the trip quite a lot and needed thought time to process. It is a new day and I wish you all a very Happy Independence Day weekend. I will be celebrating my independence as I prepare for my own “revolutionary war”!