I thought maybe I should post a 6 month post-op blog update so that when I look back I can see where we were at this point. Alex's current dose of hydro is 13.75mg at 7:00 am and 2.5 mg at 2:00 pm. She's taking 2.5 tabs of Florinef daily and 25 mg. of DHEA. She is still on several other meds, but those are the adrenal replacements.
The good: Total weight loss to date, 18 pounds. It comes off in fits and starts, it makes no sense, but anything is better than nothing! The acne is almost completely gone. The stretch marks are gone except a few high on her abdomen. The hump is still there, but smaller. Her face shape has changed, she is smaller around the rib cage and her shoulders are shrinking. She goes to bed around midnight, instead of 4:00am. As far as anxiety, the Rx for Xanax says it was filled in August, and it's still 3/4 full.
The less than good: The weight isn't coming off fast enough :-), she is tired, really, really, tired, all of the time. She has a headache much of the time (not the killer bad ones from before). Her GI stuff is still not great; it comes and goes (pun intended). She still needs Nexium to control the reflux. She still doesn't feel "well enough" to do a full load of school work. Her memory is poor, and so is her ability to focus/concentrate.
I think that about covers it.