So ... I'm in the process of trying this video posting again. I took advice from Holly from Ft. Eustis, VA and imported the video into Windows Movie Maker and changed it to a compressed file. It's still taking a long time to download, so we'll see what happens.
The weekend was spectacular. We spent three days at the most beautiful condo you can imagine, in the most beautiful valley, with the most wonderful family ... mine! A few months ago my daughter found a rental property that was big enough for our entire family. This place was incredible. It had three levels and we all had our own bedrooms with bathrooms. It had a huge media room which held everyone and included surround sound with a huge big screen TV. The property had a swimming pool which we made good use of on Friday. Saturday it rained so we spent our time watching movies, reading, and napping and visiting. We were each assigned a meal to prepare. Everything worked out wonderful and we all had a great time! We celebrated 4 June birthdays ... three of them being on the same day, yesterday, along with Father's Day. (I'll post some pictures as soon as I download them from my camera.)
This morning I attended my pre-surgery class and met with a dietitian, nurse, and psychiatrist. I was the only one in the class so had a great one-on-one. I think I got all of my questions answered. I have the surgery on Wednesday and I may be able to go home on Thursday. That's amazing! For the first little while I will have a diet which consists of clear liquids, jello and broth ... only 2 ounces. They showed me the little cups that were an ounce. Holy Cow ... I can consume an ounce in one gulp! the psychiatrist had the same surgery 4 years ago. He weighed 365 pounds prior to his surgery and now he's slim. He was so heavy, prior to his weight loss, that he was breaking the bones in his feet just by walking. He said that on the Today show this morning they were talking about the surgery and how it's the 'easy way out' to losing weight. He said that really makes him mad when he hears that remark. It's not the 'easy way out.' It's a hard, life changing way of eating and it's not easy. It's very hard. You need to commit to exercise and staying away from carbs and sugar forever!
Tomorrow night I get to do a cleansing. You know what I mean if you've ever had to have a colonoscopy or stomach surgery. Basically it's a super, duper enema and I was told not to plan anything away from home tomorrow night ... if you know what I mean.
I just noticed that the video showed up, so it just may work. (Thanks Holly!) Keep in mind I was running the camera myself. Geez, how I miss my Pitt and my Tom who used to do all of my video work for me. Oh well ... those were the good ole days!
One quick update on my son, Reese, who is at Boot Camp in South Carolina. He called to wish his Dad a happy birthday and father's day yesterday. He said it's hot! He also said that he's doing very well. He's the third biggest guy in his platoon but hasn't quit or given up on any task assigned to him. He's carried 75 pounds of gear on his back and walked for miles. He said that men that are in much better shape than him have fainted and gotten sick from the physical exertion but he's endured. I know that God is carrying him through. He has a great attitude and says that he never gets in trouble because he knows how to obey the rules! He's thankful for his testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has had the opportunity of sharing it with others as well as bringing a few to church services with him.
I've got to run to do a video shoot that will be posting on UStamp with Dawn and Friends. You won't want to miss it!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Posted by Linda Lou at 12:39 PM