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The daily thoughts, ramblings, trials and tribulations of the journey to weight loss surgery.

Let me tell you what you can do with $5

Before I go off on this little diatribe let me send you to the story that has my blood boiling today.


This story was brought to my attention by a member over at the Thinner Times Forum.

Unbelievable. I’ve been overweight most of my life. I’ve also been getting my nails done and getting pedicures since before I could drive a car, back when my mother used to drop me off at the salon with my girlfriends and pick us up hours later. Back when my mother used to go with me as little bi-weekly mother daughter adventure because I talked her into wearing acrylics.

I’ve gotten my nails done and gotten pedicures every other week for most of my adult life and an average day at the nail shop for me ranges anywhere from $50-$100 dollars depending on what all I decide to get done that week. You know sometimes I decide to add an eyebrow wax, some extra designs to my nails, a facial, what have you.

And that’s not even counting the tip I usually leave. I can tell you right now if my nail salon tried to take on an extra $5 charge because I’m overweight, they’d have one hell of a scene on their hands when I raised holy hell in that salon and made sure every person in there new that in addition to the $5 tip I just gave every girl that worked on me that day, they also thought they needed to charge another $5 because of my weight.

If I lived in the town that happened in I would be outside that salon right now with picket signs and encouraging every other woman in the community whose BMI qualified her as “overweight” to be doing the same. If you want to ruin your business and your reputation in my community over $5 dollars lady, rock on.

Oh the cliche` things I could say about $5 dollars – but I am not racist nor am I a bigot like the woman that owns the nail salon in question is.

There are some things I understand. I understand the airlines having to charge an overweight person for an additional seat when they infringe on the personal space of the person sitting next to them and cause the airline to have to have an empty seat next to them. I understand that there are times that my weight and my size affect those around me and I understand there having to be situations where that costs us more money. Heck I pay more for larger clothes, for better quality furniture that can handle my weight, all sorts of things, but something like this, where it is all about discriminating against someone with no real purpose at all. That’s just infuriating to me.

If you ask me all this woman did was make an utter fool of herself, and probably lost herself a great deal of business in the process. I sure hope so, I can promise I would never do any business at her shop again, and I doubt many in the Weight Loss Surgery community would either.

Thoughts of a new Gastric Bypass Patient

It started pouring rain here the day I got home from the hospital and I’m prone to pneumonia so Jason won’t let me walk in the rain. I’m only getting to walk up and down the hall in my little one bedroom apartment. I thought about going to the gym tomorrow and walking a slow mile on the treadmill but some wise friends here advised against it for a few more days. I’m going to ask the Doctor if I can at my post op follow up on the 27th. Until then I’m just pretty happy that I’ve been home for three days and I can already get all my protein vitamins and about 32oz of water in each day.

The one thing I can’t do is room temp liquids I can do warm like tea and soup and cold but room temp make me bring it right up. How weird is that?

I haven’t been hungry since the day of my surgery. Today was the first day that the smell of food did not make me a bit nauseous. I have been getting that “I want something” feeling but I’m replacing the old boredom eating habit with a hot tea habit. Decaf of course. It makes me feel spoiled and gets some of my fluids in. Win! Win!

I’ve had very little pain since my surgery on the 19th. Even the day after in the hospital, I was sorer than anything, I never really gave them over a 3 or 4 in the pain department.

Since getting home I haven’t experienced any real pain, in fact the IV site on my hand has hurt worse than any of my incisions.

Last night I started getting a sharp cramping feeling in my lower abdomen, very low, almost near the pelvic bone area. Started passing some major gas and felt better and pretty much assumed it was the gas pains I’ve heard so much about.

I woke up this morning at 6am to take my vitamins and I have that same sharp stabbing pain again.

I’m amazed that through all of this I have had so little pain and now it’s going to be the silly gas pains and need to fart that makes me feel so uncomfortable. I can’t handle the GasX Strips; I’m having a hard enough time with how terrible the vitamins all taste that I can’t stomach something else that tastes disgusting and medicine-y in my day.

I hate my chewable vitamins they taste nasty, I am having to dissolve my b-50 Complex in an ounce of Diet Cranberry Juice and it is still disgusting and medicine tasting, the B-12 sublingual is not THAT bad. The Liquid Vitamin D doesn’t taste but it leaves an oil residue in my mouth that feels nasty to me. The only part of my vitamins that are not horrid are the Lemon Calcium Chews and I’m spending 90 Calories a day on them to eat the ones that are more like Starburst candy then the disgusting mint explosion of Mylanta tasting crap in my mouth. But 90 Calories a day to have something like Candy is so worth it to me right now, I have to put far too much yucky tasting stuff in my mouth right now.

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