20 November 2005

Almost unrecognizable

I drove down to where my parents live today to go to church, and upon entering the church, I found my dad at the entrance to the sanctuary being the greeter (he's also the minister). When I walked up to him and said good morning, he leaned over and whispered that he actually didn't recognize me when I first walked in the door. It's only been a couple of weeks since I last saw him, so I was pretty surprised by this admission. Maybe it's that I was wearing my new diva boots that make me appear taller or that I just got my hair cut a little shorter, but when it hit me, I almost started crying. I really think it says a lot that my dad almost didn't recognize me. I just can't wait until my sister and nieces see me in January.

I wish I had a shot of myself prior to surgery (the left one's from a month and 9 days post-surgery when I'd lost about 30 lbs and the right one is from today), but seeing this comparison of these two shots really helps sink it into my head. Yes, I am changing; yes, I am changing.

Speaking of change, this might be of interest to you other PCOSers out there. I was diagnosed with PCOS in October of 1997, and since that point, I've been on the pill to regulate (read: make happen) my periods. Now, since surgery, I've been getting my period _before_ I start taking the sugar pills (or whatever the placebo pills are). This has not happened since, well, who knows?! But, every month now (including the first) since surgery, it's been a few days before. Makes me really curious what my PCOS specialist is going to say when I see her next month. Maybe I can stop taking some pills?! Oooh, that reminds me, I've been meaning to pose a question to the other post-WLS patients out there who read this. After surgery, were you told to take your pills separately leaving 10 minutes between each one, and if so, are you still doing this? I'll obviously ask my Dr at my 6 month follow up next month, but I'm just curious if this is something that's going to have to continue for the rest of my life?

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