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Unread 09-26-2011, 10:21 PM
Really terrified - obesity risks

Actually I think beyond terrified is more accurate much of the time. I am worried about so many "small" things as I mentioned in another thread; but the big one, the one that causes all the fear is will I even wake up after surgery? will I survive it, and then the post-op recovery time.

Risk factors include being morbidly obese; having had previous pulmonary embolisms; high blood pressure and probably other things as well. I'm not ready/wanting to die

Six more weeks of waiting, and stressing
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Unread 09-26-2011, 10:36 PM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

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Originally Posted by zadie View Post
Actually I think beyond terrified is more accurate much of the time. I am worried about so many "small" things as I mentioned in another thread; but the big one, the one that causes all the fear is will I even wake up after surgery? will I survive it, and then the post-op recovery time.

Risk factors include being morbidly obese; having had previous pulmonary embolisms; high blood pressure and probably other things as well. I'm not ready/wanting to die

Six more weeks of waiting, and stressing
The best thing you can do is try to calm yourself and get prepared for surgery.
Eat only small meals and healthy foods. No sugars, too many carbs, or fats. Lay off salty foods.

Exercise every day, at least for 30 minutes a day.

You will lose some weight before your surgery. This may help.

Good Luck!
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Unread 09-26-2011, 10:47 PM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

Thanks! I've been walking the last few months trying to get ready; and trying to lose weight but nothing has happened with the weightloss for some reason. I wish I was better at calming myself, but it's hard not to worry
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Unread 09-27-2011, 07:11 AM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

I am glad that you are trying hard.
Are you breaking out in a sweat?
If not, try to walk a little faster, in order to do so.
Keep it up.

Have faith. It will come off eventually provided you to not eat more food than you burn in exercise.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 07:52 AM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

Hi Zadie. I too am overweight and my surgery is scheduled like yours for November 7th. My OB sent me to see an Gynecologic Oncology to have my ovaries removed. Once he checked out all my test results he spoke to me about having a TAH with removal of the ovaries. I am at a high risk of endomentrial cancer and lately since my first visit with him I have started feeling worse. Even my symptons are worse, I am looking foreward to November 7th. Like you I am trying to lose some weight before my surgery. I have partial compled seizures, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, heart mumur and overweight. But my doctor did not seem to mind my weight, he was more concerned about my health and getting me the help I need. I think I can lose a few before my surgery, but we should not stess about it, it will only cause more problems for us. I think once we have the surgery and get back on our feet we will really lose some weight. My constant pain is so ubearable I wake up at night with pain in my abdomenial area and it stays with me all day 24/7. I had not had my visitor for about a month and now I am like a river and full of pain. But lets take things slow and we will be fine. Just keep your faith and trust all will be okay. Find some bible versues if your can that will offer comfort or a good book which ever you choose. Just stay positive and think all good thought. I am with you in the same boat, but I know we both will be fine.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 07:56 AM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

Have you discussed these concerns with your doctor? I can understand being worried -- just want to be sure that, for your, the benefits of having this surgery outweigh the risks.

And as far as losing weight -- I hear you, I have been stuck in a plateau as well!! I was told that a better indicator of how 'hard' you're working is if your heart rate increases or not. I'd have to look up how to figure your target heart rate, I think it's 220 minus your age? Anyway, the goal for burning fat is to keep your heart rate in the target range for 30 minutes per day. If you can't, you're still doing yourself a huge favor by getting up and walking around anyway . . . so keep up the good work!!

Best wishes . . . hope you get the answers you need and that the next six weeks go by quickly, and that you have an uneventful surgery and a fast recovery!
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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:15 AM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

I, too, am very overweight. I am trying to diet and excercise, too. Keep going! You can do it! I had some of these same feelings that you describe before my surgery. Please remember, many average sized and thin ladies also have these same fears before a surgery.
I asked my doctor about my fears concerning my weight. She felt confident that I would be fine, that she had operated on ladies far larger, and that the surgery was needed and couldn't be put off any longer. Talk to your doctor and see if he/she can answer your questions. Hyster Sisters is a great place to enable you to make an informed decision.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:29 AM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

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Originally Posted by zadie View Post
Thanks! I've been walking the last few months trying to get ready; and trying to lose weight but nothing has happened with the weightloss for some reason. I wish I was better at calming myself, but it's hard not to worry
I am overweight, but my doctor did not find a problem with my size. He was kind and caring, which among doctors is most rare these days. Ask your doctor questions and this should help you feel better. I have started an count down calendar, and I am so waiting for 11/7 my surgery date. I am so tired of the pain, and bleeding. Will keep you in my prayers and since we are having our surgery the same day we should definetly keep in touch.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 11:32 AM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

Walking has been what I have been trying to do also. We live in the country, therefore we have no sidewalks so I am walking around my house about four times a day. Trying to work myself up to doing it four times a session twice a day but my pain is so bad at times. I am taking pain medication but this makes me tired and sleepy. We will get to our goal and at the end of this road look back and wonder to ourselves how did we ever manage without all this positive fresh outlook. I know it is hard not to worry, but just keep telling yourself it will be okay. I am still afraid, but after talking to my neighbor last week have found a sense of calm. We here for you if you need to talk, I have lots of faith in you and knowing you will be okay too. Just take it one day at a time and this to shall past. Your stronger than you think.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 02:06 PM
Re: Really terrified - obesity risks

The miracle is that when you lost a little weight, you not only feel better, but you are not as tired.

I am walking more than ever, and I am feeling so much stronger every morning.

I no longer snore. I no longer use my two inhalers in order to breathe.
My blood pressure is way down, and my blood sugars are normal.
My cholesterol is down by 50 points!

This is only since May 2010, when I started my healthier foods and exercise program.

I didn't need to lose 4 pounds a week; that would be unrealistic.

I wanted a target of approximately 1 or 1 1/2 pounds a week.

One pound a week is approximately 50 pounds off a year.

I don't care if you are 100 pounds overweight.
Try for 1 pound a week. It is better than not exercising and continually gaining weight, pound by pound.

The time is now. Not after the surgery, not in the next 6 months. You can put on your tennis shoes and walk around the yard or your house, then move on to your neighborhood.

I started my exercise program about 3 months after my surgery. I started eating better without exercise about 2 -3 weeks after my surgery. Losing weight starts with eating less and less of the bad foods, and eating more of the good foods.

You are the princess. Be good to yourself. Eating bad foods that are horrible for you is not being good to yourself.

Once you lose a little weight, you can move around more and do more exercise.

At my cancer hospital, they were teaching those of us in the community how to get a good workout while sitting in a chair or wheelchair! I was so happy that they were showing others how to work out while sitting.

Many of us have no excuse, because we can walk.
It is all about choices.
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