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Today is my first day working in the office since my surgery.

I had planned to be back last week, but I vastly over-estimated my capacity to do so.  There's a world of difference between feeling pain-free(-ish) at home doing very little, and being able to get out and, for instance, walk from the train station to the office.  So last week I worked from home - I had thought ahead to that being a possibility, and had some things with me so I could do just that.

So, today's the day.  Now, they haven't seen me since the surgery.  Actually, they haven't seen me for nearly three weeks.  And thanks to the pre-surgery liquid diet and the post-surgery liquid diet, I've lost 15 kgs (around 33 lbs) in just four weeks. 

I look different.  I feel different too, much more full of energy and now blessedly free of pain from those gallstones.

And the wonderful wonderful women I work with have made today just so great for me.  I've been greeted with hugs and kisses and huge smiles, and loads of compliments and excited questions, and "I can't believe how good you look!"

And they've made it abundantly clear that I have been missed.  Not just missed as in "Great, now you're back and I can stop doing your work as well as my own", but missed as in "I've missed talking to you/seeing you/hearing you laugh."

Man, that feels so good!  Especially when I think of the last five years or so that I spent in my former toxic workplace, where most of that was totally absent.

And just to put the icing on the cake, I was in the ladies room this morning, and ran into a colleague who works in another part of our office (three "rooms" on two floors) who also hasn't seen me since prior to the surgery.  Now, I admitted to the gallbladder surgery openly, but the news about the banding I've kept quiet, mostly just to my team.  So I don't think she knows - she may not have even been aware I've had any kind of surgery.

And her eyebrows went up and she was just gushing about how wonderful I looked, and was it that I had changed my hair. 

Talk about an ego boost!!


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Sep. 17th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
ohhh hun, that's wonderful! you're blessed to have such caring and wonderful friends in your life. i'm so happy that you are starting to feel better now.. and 33 lbs! wow!! that's great! not that i know what you weighed before, lol, so as long as you weren't like 130 lbs before, then it's great!!! lol
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
not that i know what you weighed before, lol, so as long as you weren't like 130 lbs before, then it's great!!! lol

-falls off the chair laughing-

Somehow, I doubt they would have put in a gastric band if I weighed 130lbs! Let's just say I weigh quite a bit more than that! So a 33lb loss is a great start!
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
uh ohhh...*picks you back up*

ohhhh, you had that done?! a friend of mine has been talking about having that done lately. i didn't even know what she was talking about till i started seeing the commercials for it. i thought i remembered you posting a pic of yourself for the pic meme and you didn't look big at all. at least, i think that was you..maybe i'm remembering someone else..lol i get people confused sometimes on here!!

but good for you!! that is absolutely a great start. i work out every morning for about 90 mins. it's just my routine. i don't work so i've got to do something to fill up my morning. lol and i'm sure if i didn't work out my husband would make me get a job lol i tell him if i go back to work i won't have time to work out and i'll get fat. and it'll be his fault. lol whatever...sometimes i want to go back to work just cuz i'm so bored most of the time all day long...just me here. it's deathly quiet in the house while my son is at school. lol but then most days i enjoy it...eh i don't know. i never went to college. the only jobs i've really had were bank jobs (as an adult, anyway). i like working with money. i was a teller for a few years.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
I like my thirty minute sessions on my exercise bike - that's when I catch up on the wrestling!

I'm thinking I should send the WWE a thank you card, because the better the matches are, the more I'm inspired to work hard!

I've had to go back to very gentle workouts while I'm still healing from the surgery, and then I get to work my way back up to my more usual levels and then hopefully beyond! And I'm going to meet with an exercise physiologist to come up with a workout plan to help me build muscle while I'm shedding fat.

Good for you for working out as much as you do - that's a way better use of your time than sitting on the couch watching Dr Phil and Oprah -snickerfits-

the only jobs i've really had were bank jobs (as an adult, anyway). i like working with money. i was a teller for a few years.

Get outta here! I spent eight years working in banks before I decided to go back to college and get a better job. Small world, ain't it?
Sep. 18th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
yeah, i'm not into talk shows or soap operas, at ALL! lol the only time i really even watch tv during the day is if i'm catching up on some shows that i have recorded. evening shows. i have so many that i watch, i usually just record them all and watch them later.

yep, bank teller!! that's me. i love it. lol i worked at 2 different banks in the 4 yrs we lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. i haven't worked at all since we moved here to GA. we lived in Charleston, SC for a year before we moved here and i didn't work there, either. so maybe when we move next year i'll go back to work. this is a really small town that we live in now and there aren't that many jobs available anyway. and with my husband always gone to work all day and night sometimes, or out to sea for months at a time it's just easier for me not to work. that way i can take care of the house and my son and his school and soccer and everything. i'm kinda like a single mom in that aspect. most military wives are. lol

girllll, can you believe this jeff story that's going around??!! i so hope it's not true. cuz if it is i'm gonna have bigger problems with beth than just petty jealousy. (yes, i can admit it. petty. lol) the lady can not be that stupid. i refuse to believe it. not after everything they've been through. poor jeff. i know a bunch of crazy fangirls that would just loooove to comfort him in his hour of need;)
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
girllll, can you believe this jeff story that's going around??!!

Chica, I know!

But it's all such wild speculation and nothing else at the moment, so I am clinging (perhaps naively) to my faith in Jeff.

However, should it be true that it was Beth . . . I may well fly over there, hire a car, swing through GA and pick you up, and speed on down to Cameron and open a can of whup-ass on that skanky bitch!!

Okay, I'm good now XD
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
ooooooooooh, i'm all for that plan!! lmfao!!! NC isn't that far from me lol 8 or so hours!!! she's in for a world of hurt......:)
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
So it's 8 hours to Cameron?

"It's 8 hours to Cameron - we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's night and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it!"

8 hours of fangirling over Jeff and ranting and working ourselves into a frenzy over Beth . . . "world of hurt" doesn't even begin to cover it!! XD

Um, I wonder where the nearest Australian consulate is from Cameron? I should check that out first - I may well need diplomatic intervention when we get arrested. You're gonna have to look after yourself at that point! :-p
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
yep, something like that. just gotta go up through GA and SC to NC!!! woo hoo!!! lol

well, i just read on insideaway.net that according to beth everything is fine. i just posted about it...

uh oh....all on my own? with jeff? but..but...he might not survive!! ;)
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Awwww! That totally rocks! I wish my co-workers were that considerate. They're the type of "Come back soon, I hate doing your work."

*much hugs!*
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I totally win at having great colleagues - I'm so lucky!

Thankies for the hugs!
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Awww! So glad to hear everyone's been so cool to you. ^_^ Hope you continue to feel better!
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thankies hon!
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
You're lucky...the idiots I work with just keep telling me that I'll be back. Which I won't. I think I've wasted just about enough time at that place!
And congrats on the weight loss! My sister-in-law had gastric bypass surgery, and it took her FOREVER to loss her first 20 pounds. Now she looks like a skeleton. Guess she got used to eating thimble-sized meals lol.
Sep. 18th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Guess she got used to eating thimble-sized meals lol.

-laughs- Before I'd even had the surgery, I got the diet sheets for the period immediately after my surgery, and then the pureed food stage after that. For the pureed food stage, it said I'd be eating half cup size portions. And that I should aim to take 20 minutes to eat those.

I laughed my ass off - take 20 minutes to eat half a cup? Were they crazy?

And then I got to start on pureed food last Friday and you know what? It took me over 20 minutes to eat that half cup! And I was sooooo full afterwards!

Hey, I wouldn't mind getting used to that! Not if it means dropping another dress size or two in a month ;-)
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