Saturday, 31 March 2012

Come on...Guess who is home!!!

That is right, I am at home since Friday 30 March and today Saturday 31st March 2012 starts the very first day of my new life. I am fully geared up for it. I have been drinking, walking and even went down to meet people on the Kibbutz today. People couldn't believe that I had just been in hospital and was walking about.
I limited myself to an hour outside, yet the fresh air and the good friends made it all worth it. I feel good!!!
Never thought that plain chicken soup could be so tasty.
So for those of you that have joined my blog a few days ago here is quick rundown of what my last week has been like.

 I had the (VSG) Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on Wednesday. I was pretty much out of it on Thursday although I made sure to get up and walk around as much as possible. The hardest part was trying to take a leak. Took me three takes over three hours. I guess it was after the nurse said that he would insert a catheter that I made a break for it. A day later I opted for morphene to hide the pain.  The morphene meant no pain but I was barely awake to see all of my visitors. I was discharged yesterday and today I am feeling great. I have been carrying on with the walking and I have been sipping a lot. I have started eating simple liquidized yoghurts and soups. Gotta be careful not to gulp like I used to eat. Bad habits are hard to change and will take time.

So now I am back home and I made a list of things to do after the op. One of them was to invest a lot of time with my family which I intend to do. The other things can wait. Believe it or not I have a two week vacation (I planned it that way) and I intend to do just that. Have a relax, learn my new body and get on with the rest of my live.

Take it away James Brown

Friday, 30 March 2012

This clear chicken soup look alike isn't half bad!

Clear soup of a chicken flavour never tasted better. It's warm, salty and just what the body needs right now and I am managing to sip it without a problem.
 Here is a picture of me outside the hospital. I put the mask on because my face is frowning because of the sun and I am really not feeling that expression. That is why I am hiding it.

When I get home I will take a pic for you again. Let's hope that is today because the room service sucks here. On a good note, the scales say that I have lost over 6 kilos since I started the pre-op diet. Hells Bells that is good, isn't it?

If I don't chat to you again later, then have a peaceful Shabbat and and a lovely and relaxing weekend.

And Jen when you read this, I want everyone to know how supportive you have been and a power of strength by my side. 

Technology is a great thing

For those of you living in Israel, I hope you rememebered to move your clocks forward an hour. Otherwise you will be reading this later than usual. Time now is 7:04 and a realtively peaceful night was had for Jen and I. Only woken a few times to do all sorts of tests. According to the docs etc I am making progress and I can certainly feel that now that I am off the morphine. I'm drinking as much as I can, about a cup an hour and water never tasted better. 
I am using the time here to learn how my new stomach can hold out and how much it can hold. So it is sip sip sip as much as I can. 
For those of you who have commented and encouraged I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me.
And for now, I am going for my walk up the beautifully decorated corridors of Surgery Gimmel.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Hello....I'm back

So I am back on the other side which is actually the same side as before except different. Just a very quick one to say that all is OK. Very difficult to type with morphine so that is it for now. Speak sssssssssooooooon...out!!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

And there I was thinking....

I was told to be here at 10:00am fasting since 7am. I now have a room and I am fully content. I have my own suite. Well to tell the truth it is sweet but far from a suite. Jen has a place to park off. I joke, I don't even have a curtain around my bed coz there is no need to hide. The TV is from yesteryear
But I was just called to say that the first operation was cancelled. So I have been moved up one. I am now second in line and have been checked and stuff. 
So the seven pm call has now been moved forward so I will be called any time from NOW
So this is a goodbye from the ol Howie and a special guest will be reporting on-line as I B"H come out of the anaesthetic babbling some bauble. 
So its time to make the food my friend and I have to realize hat every new day is a new learning experience
Thanks to Eyal Geffen for the book  "Bakitzur - Keva"
To infinity and beyond

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

This is it - No more Countdowns

Tomorrow is the day, my life is going to become NORMAL again. I am referring to my food intake. I know, I know, the beginning is SIP, SIP, SIP. For a few days. But no more huge plates of food. Controlled, thoughtful eating. I like it.
So I am due at the hospital at 10am. I will get all the paperwork that I still need to process out of the way and then I will spend time with my lovely wife until the valet comes to call me. This should be anytime from two.
Just to play it safe, please do not call me between 14:00 and 17:00 as I may be sleeping. Hopefully a very dreamy sleep as the doctor who I trust performs his magic on my tummy and I receive a brand new gastric sleeve.
Hold thumbs, pray, do what needs to be done. I will be fine and back on my feet in no time.
Please keep well and healthy and I will meet back with you on the other side after the op.
So until then, g'night, layla tov, extremely sweet dreams.

Monday, 26 March 2012

The third day is the worst...

I read somewhere in one of the articles that the third day is the worst. Now that I know that I can prepare for it. Yet yesterday was a strange day and I was having ups and downs about the op. Note to self: Maybe they were talking about the third day before the op.
Now that is behind me I look forward to the next few days and the rest of my life. As I move closer to the operation, I know that this is right for me. Thanks for all the words of encouragement I receive through all forms of the media. Phone, Whatsapp, Gmail, Google forms, Facebook etc. There is a feeling of change in the air. The rain is coming back this week and with this rain, brings a new dawn. No I am not on any drugs...yet. I just feel good about the whole thing.
Remember Alley Mcbeal with the lawyer singing...There's a new man in town. Well this is me, here I am
Tomorrow night is the night before. See you then.

Sunday going on Monday

Just came back from guarding the gate at the entrance to the Kibbutz. Trying to run my life as normal as possible. That is one of the "jobs" one is required to do by law, guard your settlement. Truth is there were so many cars arriving to see three different shows on the kibbutz. I lost count and I just waved through. I did glance at every car. I have got tennis head syndrome if that is what you call it. I am sure you know what I mean.
Other good news is that I am going for an interview tomorrow for my MA. I am going to be attempting an MA in Education and Computers...just up my Silicon Alley. I will keep you posted.
I have all this renewed energy that is slowly coming to an end tonight. So I will end off with a Good Morning for the 26th. Have a great day and make the most of it. I know I will.
See ya later today or tomorrow.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Have you checked out the timer?

At the time of this blog entry, I have 4 days to go and then it will be D-Day - and this day is good. Because change is good.
It's late at night (early in the morning) and I just wanted to share my thoughts to whoever is listening.
The last few days have been playing mind games with my mind.
The time draws nearer and I am a little nervous. The thoughts are mixed and I have to stay on the path of my decision. I made the decision and I am truly content and at one with the decision.
I saw an article today that read that most gastro patients are ore afraid of what will be after the op as opposed to the op itself.
Yup that is me.
I spent most of the day today searching forums and asking questions to receive info about what will really happen after the op and what I can and cannot eat.
There are some really helpful people out there and I received a bunch of stuff and recipes.
It's not going to be easy. I need to channel my energies to cherishing what I have and what I will gain from this op and not dwell in the negatives of if, what, when and why.
How is that for Sabbath philosophy.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and the final Friday night before my new me.
As for something else...I was going to put in the Monty Python skit of a man overeating and blowing up...
Having just seen this video, I will refrain from such an act.
I already feel a lot lighter for doing that. Instead I will put a picture of what I would like to be doing in the future.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

What did the walrus say?

The time has come, the walrus said to talk of many things. No I am not a walrus, I am th eggman. I really haven't lost the plot. Check out Beatles Songs, "I am the Walrus". I don't want to lose you so I will get to the point. I am not going crazy, just that my mind is extremely active and its amazing how many thoughts can run through your head in a matter of seconds.
Thoughts like...
  • Why am I doing this to myself?
  • Look how many people have succeeded?
  • What will be the first feeling I feel when I wake up after the anaestheic?
  • More importantly, what will I say when I wake up that won't incriminate me?
  • Will everything be Ok?
  • I have lost 6 kilos already, why not just carry on eating greens and whites?
  • Who really stole the Prisoners from Alcatraz (for viewers of the Alcatraz series on TV only)?
  • What will the long term effects be?
  • Will I manage to sustain this "new look"?
  • What will be in twenty years, thirty etc.?
I do not have all the answers. A wise woman once said, lets just take each day as it comes.
This wise woman reads my blog regularly and a big thanks to her... aka MOM

So I am about to do just that. I will wake up each day,and take on the day at a time. 

Until next time... Even though today is Wednesday, here is an oldie that relates to today's topic.

This time, next week, you know where I will be???

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Pre-op - An organized group wait.

Hey, what are the benefits of pre-op?
1) to meet new people that will become friends later on in the ward
2) to wait hours and hours for 20 minutes consultation overall
3) to get all the paperwork done before the op
4) to test your patience and belief that you are supposed to be there for the better good
5) all of the above.
And the correct answer is (5).
Today was important in that I got everything organized. They did tell me that I was in for a little wait. Next time they should write, might be five hours or more.
Oh and by the way, the wireless internet downstairs in Tel Hashomer doesn't really work.
But on the other hand, me, myself and I are ready for the op. Just have to redo blood tests as the last time I did  the tests, was over a year ago.
Note to self...Go for blood tests on Thursday.
Second note to self. Go to bed dude. You are tired!!!

Here is me in the line

Oh by the way, I am behind the girl in jeans.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Ha Ha I tricked myself

I thought I was going to post on Facebook and I didn't. Tricked myself silly. I wanted to wait until the end of tomorrow before I announce to the world and present my wares. Tomorrow is pre-op and more than anything I hope I can get a few alternatives to my white and green diet. White - cottage and yoghurt, chicken and fish; Green - all vegetables and beans That is my staple diet for the next week and it has been going quite well. Funny thing is that I am not hungry. My sugar levels have gone right down which is good. I am so stoked for tomorrow where I am sure I will find out all I need to about the needs for the next few weeks before the op. Not sure if all of you know but I started thinking of this op over a year ago. I wanted to do the op in Pessach for two reasons.

  1. So that I would not have to eat mazza, and I would have a doctor's certificate to prove it.
  2. I am a teacher and I need a holiday and tome off to get well. 
So there you have it. Will let you know what tomorrow what it is all about. According to the doctors, I will have a lot of spare time on my hands tomorrow at the hospital, so I will just have to be patient.
Ha ha...

Friday, 16 March 2012

I have a new Ticker

Today is the day that I am posting on FACEBOOK. Every huge change gets a space on Facebook. My new change also deserves a mention.
Friday nights and the lights are low...
Getting ready for Shabbat and I have a few things to let you know.
I was at another hospital today, visiting a friend that had an intense Gastric op and is trying to bounce back. Does that scare me? It frightens me a lot that I will have all sorts of tubes in all my orafices. Good news is that I won't even know. That should all happen when I am under the influence of an anesthetic.
I also read on one of my forums that one needs to practice chewing. Well the practice begins tonight. I will chew and chew and chew until I can swallow the food well. Might be hard to chew yoghurt - 20 odd times.
Especially when it is plain white.
So please have a great weekend and I am off to search more forums and find out more info

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Falling a bit behind are we?

No, I do not feel I am falling behind if I don't write everyday. The important thing is that I have regular posts and keep up the constant writing. If you look at my counter you will see that I have exactly two weeks to go until the op.

A few good things happened today that are worth mentioning...

  1. I received authorisation in writing for the op...Now I have a def green light.
  2. I have started to let the cat out at work, more and more people now know my fate in two weeks
  3. I had my second Reiki course... 
  4. The pre-op eating plan is going well and I am not even hungry or craving. Where there is a will there is a way. and I have the will to be on my way.
One downside is that I have a cold today and a ruddy dose. 
The second downside is that I sat in the dentist's chair for three hours and she examined my roots. I told her that I was ex- South African and Jewish. That did not deter her to painstakingly search for roots of another kind. I have never had my mouth open for so long.

This reminds me of an advert in South Africa about tires. 
It's so wide...that's the whole point. Dunlop made these tires ---as wide as your mouth.

To end off today I have put Mr Bean in my shoes and show you how the dentist can be fun.

Have a good evening and have a great steak for me.

Monday, 12 March 2012

It's not that I am offended...

The amount of people that told me that they enjoyed beating me up. Including my mother. Ok that could be for the teenage years. But admit it was finally time to give me tazer treatment.

Here is a small pic...Why did I choose him. He is not really an amazing role model or in any way a friend. He was a friend when my kids were younger. He used to keep my children very busy. That what friends are for. Thanks Whitney!

Ok I am way off the topic. I chose this catch phrase as the sky is the limit to how far I can go, get healthy and get rid of the DD. Damn Diabetes. I am about life changes and this is where I am starting.
So for now it is TIAB.

BUT there is one important thing that I haven't told you yet. The best news of today. Besides picking my wife up from school...Good News!!! or Even Great NEWS!!!
 I have a telephonic authorization for the op. Just waiting for it in writing. I am so excited. As Buzz LightYear would say...To infinity and beyond. 
Gonna put some some ice on those Tazer burns

Saturday, 10 March 2012

End of Purim Welcome Pessach

New addition to the blog. You can now follow the blog via your email Just register and authorise the email that you will automatically receive. It is as easy as that.

Saturday night and I am getting ready for it all. I am not sure if I need to get ready for an op or for a fight to have an op. I sent a letter to the Kupat Cholim before Purim. I can only hope that there was no answer because they were talking about it and deciding YES YES YES
Purim was a lot of fun. It was a long week of pretending, disguises, makeup, fun and dance. I love the Purim Holidays. It allows one to be silly and you can get away with it. Just mention that it is Purim. Everyone understands.
Anyway the good news is that I have started a stringent eating plan which is made up of mainly white things. But it is a means to an end. I am only at the beginning yet I am still positive.

I have added a little application to show how I feel about the treatment I am getting from the Kupat Cholim. Feel free to add your say. Punch, kick slap away. By the time you are finished I should have an answer.
And for those of you who have always wanted to do this to me...Enjoy

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Post 14

You know what this means, don't you? I have been writing this blog for at least two weeks and I wish I could say that all is well. I am feeling great and ready for the challenge ahead, yet I am still fighting a bureaucratic war. I wrote a long and truthful letter yesterday with the  help of a friend and it was sent off today. I really do hope that I will get an answer tomorrow. It is getting late in the day to be playing around with dates and venues. If I have to go to another hospital at this late stage, it just won't be fair. I am not starting the whole process again. I have been planning long enough to have this op in Pessach 2012 and nothing is going to stop me. Maybe I should do a hunger strike. Ha then I may not need the op at all.
On a spiritual note I started a Reiki course tonight and it was very interesting. Just trying to get at one with my body and soul before the operation. No I am not crazy, but as I said before, it is great to be a little "woohoo"
Looking forward to a positive answer from the kupat holim and would love to hear from you guys.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

 Frustration. The doctor's appeal to have my operation authorised at Tel Hashomer was rejected.
I will write a letter tomorrow to the powers that be to state my case. As I have mentioned before, I am due to start the diet on the weekend. What am I supposed to do now? Does anyone know of anyone's brother or sister that works in admin at Tel Hashomer that could pull a few strings for me.
Bureaucracy is for the clerks to feel important. I am sure that the clerks that are signing the pages have family and friends that have had medical issues and they must have a side that I can appeal to.
So tomorrow I am writing a letter that will make or break the stalemate. I will have the operation at Tel Hashomer on the 28th of March. I cannot accept any other solution.
Thanks for listening.
Hope I will have good news in a day or two.
Happy Purim. Tomorrow is the day that I get to dress up and run around like a kid again. Mind you that is most days.
G'night all

Sunday, 4 March 2012

The 12th Blog Entry

Every now and again I get hit in the stomach with reality. AM I CRAZY? And then I calm myself down a little by maintaining that it is OK to be a little bit "woohoo" . In two days time I am due to start the official pre op diet. I have to tell you that it is no gourmet menu.
I have to eat a whole wheat toast with some white cheese for breakfast. I can have sugarless coffee
Mid morning I can have two yoghurts and then lunch I can spoil myself with a chicken breast with salad.
Mid afternoon I can have more yoghurts or leben. Not sure how to explain leben to those living outside of Israel. But it is white and runny and has a strange yet refreshing taste.
For dinner I can have a piece of toast and some cheese or pastrami.
This diet is specifically for this operation and please DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
I am quite excited for the challenge. I thought today about what will I do when I have the craving to nush...(binge)
These are the ideas I came up with
Exercise, Guitar, Piano, Knitting (ok, not really) spending quality time with the people I care about, watching TV and organising the sock drawer. (Jenny! Why do you add things in my blog)
As for now, time for winding down a long day and getting ready for bed.
Good news. I don't have to change out of Pyjamas tomorrow. It is a day before Purim and our school is celebrating with a Pyjama day. Come to think of it, I don't sleep with Pyjamas. What will the kids say?

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Logged 11

Had a really nice weekend. Lots of family around and lots of talk of the pending op. Interesting to see the diverse opinions and to hear what people think. Everyone and anyone is always willing to offer help and support. That is greatly appreciated. I have come up with a new term - "blogprehensive" This refers to people that are apprehensive to put their comments on the blog. I mention this because it is OK to not post a comment. It is not OK to not say anything. How will I know if you have read the blog if you do not comment somehow? Feel free to call, fax, sms, email and/or comment So there, I have put it out there.
The ball is your court.
I also think that a good idea for this blog will be interesting things I find on the web in my daily musings, or things that my father in law sends me.
So here is the first of many I hope.


Friday, 2 March 2012

Entry 10 - My first double digits

No videos and no extra gimmicks today. A nice shabbat dinner and nice time had for all. All the grandparents under one roof. Three generations under one roof. Good times and good food. According to my countdown clock - I have 25 days to go. But this also means that in a few days I begin my pre op three week diet. Doctor's orders - to get my liver ready for the op. 
I can think of other reasons for such an op.
1) To get ready with proper eating habits before the op so that after the op is easier
2) To get slimmer for the op to maybe do a turn around (not for me)
3) To get the liver ready for the op...
4) All of the above
Beautiful cold and wet weather upon us, snow in Jerusalem and plenty in the North
My cousins barmi tomorrow and I am wishing you a pleasant and peaceful Shabbat.
If you are in the North, please keep warm
If you are in the South, please drink a lot and remember sunscreen
Shabbat Shalom

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Next Entry 9

I was at the doctor today and I am officially ready for the op. All my tests are in order. One small problem, the issue of the Medical Aid not allowing me to do it at the hospital of my choice. Our doctor on the Kibbutz has a lot of contacts and I believe that he can and will sort it out. I cannot stress about that now.
Who would have thought the the Clintons would have time for me in their busy schedule. If this is the first time you are reading this blog, please see previous entry.
I wanted to re-thank all the friends that are showing support. You may not see the comments as some of them are calls or emails that I can't put on this blog. So keep up the posts, follows, tweets, calls etc.
Thought I would end of with a thought for today. I can really relate to the video.
If you find it offensive...move on
Thought to self...You spend too much time with little kids.