A few weeks back I wrote about my husband and our decision for him to undergo gastric bypass surgery. It was a very difficult decision for us to make as there were so many unknowns. Several years ago Alex had surgery to repair a hernia which ended in serious complications. There were several days that I was not sure that he would be able to recover. With God's protection and wonderful doctors he was able to make a full recovery. It was very frightening for us to relive that event and our minds turned with all the "what if's". As Alex went through all the requirments for surgery--meeting with all the specialists and doctors, we continued to quesion our decision. Even as the day of surgery was upon us doubt filled our minds. I left the final decision up to Alex and told him I would support whatever decision he made. He really thought about it and he knew that he was just not healthy and had not been feeling well for such a long time. Even after countless attempts to lose weight, it was at the highest it had ever been at 417 lbs (I checked with him before I shared that bit of information) and he was on many medications for his diabetis and high blood pressure. Several of the medications had frightening side effects if taken over a long period of time. After thinking it through again, he decided to continue on with the surgery. I wanted to share some before pictures with you all because I am so proud of his progress so far......
Last year at Christmas.
The morning of surgery.
At the hospital waiting to be taken in for surgery. Even through his nervousness he maintained his sense of humor.
As he was getting ready to leave for work this morning, I looked up to kiss him good-bye and was so amazed and proud of his accomplishment I just had to take a picture. He has lost 104 lbs so far and is feeling terrific. He is off all of his medication and has more energy than he has had in a long time. I love you Alex.I am so proud of you and so thankful for the sacrifice you have made to become healthy for our family.
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.