First, I want to apologize to any of my readers who have been checking my blog only to find nothing new in terms of updates or posting. I have been out of commission for a while now. When I was able to function, I had to work, and life just generally got in the way. I wasn’t able to knit for a little over 5 months, and I have only started to pick my MIL’s shawl back up in the last week or 2. Even then, I wasn’t able to do a whole lot on it. I certainly have not met my goal of one complete 8-row repeat each day. Obviously, it wasn’t finished by the time she got here. I am very disappointed in myself about that. **Sigh** However, I also know that I am my own worst critic, so I should probably give myself a break and realize that when one has tendinitis AND one has surgery within weeks of each other, one is usually out of commission for a good long time.

The surgery that I had was called the BPD/DS or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Those are a lot of scary words to say weight loss surgery, wouldn’t you say? It is and was a major surgery. I was in the hospital for 5 or 6 days, I cannot remember for sure. I slept almost all of that time, and even though I took my little shawl project with me to work on.. that was a joke for sure! I was so wasted on pain medications that when I tried to do just 1 row of the shawl, I messed it up so badly that I had to rip back to my lifeline. So, that went into the project bag which then went into my duffle bag to go home and be picked up at a later time. You don’t have to tell me twice. I made a note to self that day. I told myself that I can’t knit when I am high as a kite with watery eyes and an unfocused mind. I just thought I could. Luckily, I had just put the lifeline in right before I went into surgery, (I was in the waiting room waiting to be called back for preoperative workup,)

Anyway, I had my surgery on May 7, 2013. When I went in for the surgery, my recorded weight before surgery was 399.8 lbs .  To date, I am down 89 pounds, WOO HOO!  If you are interested in weight loss surgery, then you can go to this web site to learn more about the surgery and if you are interested in reading more about my history, then you can click on the 2nd link. I won’t use this blog to discuss this type of thing. It has nothing to do with knitting. However, I will say that you can write to me using the comment form below, and I will try to help you or answer your questions if you wish.  You will have to remove my name from the comment boxes and put your info in instead. That said, here are the 2 links..

This is me, several years ago, at one of the highest weights I have ever been. I think I was about 425 in this picture. I can’t remember for sure though.



I think I am going to end this post and start another one that has to do with knitting! This one got off on a different tangent, and it seems odd to go on with  the post talking about knitting now. 🙂

See you in a bit!