Whatcha Doin’ Wednesday is me giving you a snapshot of a week in my life. From last Wednesday to this Wednesday.
So this week I had the MRI on my left leg. This is monumental because you may recall that the last time I needed an MRI I was turned away because I would not fit in the tube. And then I was referred to the zoo.
But not this time.
And it was wonderful going in there knowing that. Knowing that there would be no technician looking at me with fear in his eyes because he did not know what to do with me.
So I showed up at their office and the waiting room was literally one of the smallest I have ever seen. It was extremely small. There was no way I would have been able to maneuver around that place at over 400 pounds. I would have felt like Alice from Alice in Wonderland when she grew too big for the house.
What a difference life can be at 284. You’re still obese but you fit.
I was met in the waiting room with this chair
It looks kind of big from this angle, right? But it’s not. Not when you’re obese. However, I fit! And my daughter took a picture of course for the special occasion.
As you can see I’m still spilling out of it a bit BUT it was not all that uncomfortable.
In the past, I’ve squeezed into chairs that literally cut into me to the point of me bleeding underneath my clothes. So a little bit of a tight fit? That’s nothing!
Me and the chairs I can fit in….
This seems to be our new thing now.
“I wonder if you can fit in that chair, Mom?”
“Maybe that one?”
It’s our new hobby. Seeing what chairs I can get in and out of!
If only people knew how chairs have been my nemesis for so long now.
Soon it was my turn and I was led into a changing area to put on the hospital gown.
THE DREADED GOWN
If you’ve been obese, you already know this story. They don’t fit. You need two. I talked more about it here.
But not this time.
Wow I say that a lot lately, don’t I?
It was actually really big with plenty of room to spare. Amazing!
And now we come to the MRI.
You have NO IDEA how badly I wanted to get a picture of me in that tube!!! Seriously, I was obsessed with it! But I also had anxiety about the experience so I couldn’t bring myself to ask the technician to do it. I was still worried about getting on the table and going in the tube. While I was laying there on the table I was continuing to come up with ways I could ask them to just snap a quick pic of me in there so I could put it on my blog! And this was such a big deal for me that I really wanted that picture!
But alas, I didn’t get it. Sorry.
But I fit! And that’s amazing. Now I have a fighting chance at figuring out what is wrong with my leg because I could have the MRI done. 7 months ago I would have just been turned away.
I’m able to do so many more active things. Things I could not handle before because I didn’t have the energy.
My 11 year old daughter wanted to have a slumber party. She’s been wanting to for a long time. but before I couldn’t deal with the planning of it. And my energy level was so low that I could barely deal with myself much less 4 screaming 11 year old girls!
But not this time! ….Oh there we go again!!
Ok…Ok…I know what you’re thinking. Take out and sodas are on the table. But I didn’t eat any of it. And I’m a work in progress where my kids are concerned. I know I need to transition them away from a lot of the junk they’ve been accustomed to eating. But I did stop buying the sugar cereals and TRUST ME that was a battle. But they’ve adjusted. I don’t buy soda any more but this was a special occasion. I let them splurge. Not sure if I should have. But I did. Well, one step at a time.
The next day when the slumber party should have been over, the girls wanted to go to the mall. Normally I would have been exhausted but NOT THIS TIME!!
Even with my knee acting up, I’ve still got triple the energy I used to have. So off we went.
My oldest daughter, Savannah, walked around the mall with the slumber party crew. And I took CJ and Charlotte to Inflatable Wonderland.
We haven’t been there in years for all the obvious reasons. I just couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t fit on their picnic table style benches or their wooden tables with chairs that are not made for people of that size.
But finally we went!! And they had a blast.
And guess who was able to sit on a WOODEN chair?? The exact kind of chair I have broken in the past.
And a cool car he saw in the parking lot
My son, CJ, had been growing his hair out for months because he wanted the Justin Bieber hairstyle. Well, the hairstyle Justin Bieber had before he cut it (and you could never believe the controversy that caused in the world of my 11 year old daughter and her friends but that’s another story!…)
But he changed his mind and announced that he would much prefer to look like “Twist” from the “Fresh Beat Band”
And that is right about the time the kids started begging me to take them to Sharkey’s. This is a kids salon specifically designed for them. I took them a long time ago when it first opened but have never been able to go back because of my weight.
For one thing, it gets crowded and they have these tiny stools to sit on. We all know there was no way I was going to be able to sit on that when I weighed over 400 pounds! And I couldn’t just stand and wait because of the pain. So whenever the kids begged me to take them there, I would have to say no.
But not this time!!!
And here are the tiny stools they expect you to sit on!
And here I am sitting on it!!
On the way home, we saw Elmo waving on the side of the road!!
One of the restaurants was having a Kids day and there were all kinds of characters dressed up. Face painting and balloons! I SPONTANEOUSLY pulled over for the kids to hug all the characters and take a picture with them as well as enjoy all the activities.
I can tell you I did NOTHING spontaneously at 417 pounds. I definitely did not hop out of the car to do anything that was not absolutely 100% necessary because half the time I wondered if I would make it home at all.
But here I am now. Hosting slumber parties. Taking kids to the mall. To Inflatable Wonderland. To Sharkey’s the kids salon . And still having enough energy to spontaneously pull over so the kids can see Elmo. In the past, they would have wanted to but known they couldn’t. More disappointment.
You know what’s nice? Not having to disappointment your children–CONSTANTLY
I’d say that was a good week!
How was yours?