Edmonton - Weight Wise
on 4/18/08 11:52 am - Canada
on 4/21/08 11:29 am - Canada
on 4/22/08 9:45 am - Canada
on 5/18/08 5:35 pm - Canada
on 5/21/08 1:33 pm - Canada
What I want to know is...has anyone made it through and is scheduled for surgery? or completed surgery in Edmonton clinic? I am prepared to go the distance...wish I knew how long that was. The kicker is that I may not be a candidate...after all this time they still cannot tell me. Perhaps it is a waiting game...
One other question...was anyone on more than one waiting list? A woman I know had it done in Medicine hat and seems happy and didn't have to go through all the counselor, modules etc...I am wondering if I should be on a waiting list somewhere else in case I am not "approved"
on 1/5/09 2:39 pm - Canada
my wait time was 1 year into the clinic and 1 1/2 till surgery, granted the 1 1 /2 flew by because I was in the swing of things every month with all the support I received. I meet with the internist, dietitian, surgeon, went to 2 course on eating after surgery. The support is so worth the wait. the weight didn't come on over night so take your time. Also they team helps decide what surgery is best for you, the band, bypass and now they are preforming the sleeve. The post op care has been awsome!! Good luck on your journey and what ever you find best for you!!
The program is wonderful and I am thankful for all the support. It is well worth the wait and I feel like it has prepared me in ways I never thought possible. It has helped me with more than just weight loss. I think through the whole process I have meet the whole team and each part of it will better prepare you for what is to come. At first I just wanted to rush through and have the surgery but now im glad I have waited and gone through the steps.
It is very much a waiting game but it is a journey worth pursuing. I wish you the best on your upcoming appointments.
on 4/23/09 11:09 am - Canada
on 8/10/09 2:05 pm - Edmonton, Canada
on 4/23/10 4:02 pm - Canada
I also waited a year to get to the orentation date. Since then I've had 2 seperate blocks of appointments with the satff at the Clinic. One the first visit I met with the Nurse, pshycologist and the OT group. On the second I met again with the Nurse and Dietition and this time the Surgeon. In between appointment I have been doing the required modules.
I also wanted to say that when you start seeing Weight Wise team at the clinic that there is no guarentee of having surgery. They will ask you what your thoughts on having surgery are but again there is no guarentee you will ever have surgery. They push life style change. You have many tools given to you by this team, that must be followed. You will have to a daily start food journel, chart your exercise, steps per day. Your emotions and progress. It really makes you look at your daily routines in a different light.
I wish you success in this journey Denise. Knowing that you are never alone in this battle against obessity makes it a little easier to fight.
on 10/13/09 2:40 pm - Edmonton, Cayman Islands
In early January I received a telephone call from the program advising that they had a cancellation and asked me if I wanted to bump up my surgery to a date the following week. i jumped at the opportunity. I completed the pre-admission work on Janaury 12, 2009 and had the first of two surgeries on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 (the second surgery was on January 14, 2009). The procedure that I had was the Roux en Y. Needless to say, I had some complications - I had a leak that could not be located exactly. My doctor went in the second time to see if he could locate the leak. He could not find it and so it was decided that we would let the leak heal itself naturally. Making that choice meant that I would not be able to eat or drink anything while the leak healed. Unfortunately... I didn't think that it would take 76 days to heal... but that was the case. No food or fluid for 76 days. It certainly helps you change your relationship with food.
Needless to say, after all that time in the hospital... and there were times when I thought that I would go stark raving mad, I came out of the hospital and have lost 150 pounds. I am on my way to my goal and will lose 100 more pounds before I am done. The decision that I made to have the surgery was the best decision that I ever made. Not a single regrret.
Make sure that you follow everything that you are told... keep your journal and change your relationship with food. Remember that this surgery is a tool... a tool to be used in conjunction with good eating habits and exercise. The three combined will help you to lose weight and reach your goal.
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I have been meaning to drop you line after reading your recent postings.
It's nice to see that there is at least one other former "fiver" on the list. I think that we probably have a slightly difference perspective on the world being super morbidly obsese. Not to take anything away from other folks on this list.
I was just curious to know. When you were in the hospital for those 76 days, did you lose 150 in the hospital or did you lose it between your surgery and just recently. I am just trying to grasp the concept around losing that much mass over such a short period of time. You would think that you were beaten to death on "Biggest Loser" to attain that kind of loss.
Also, what was your rationale for going with the RNY bypass over the sleeve? From my readings, it is preferred to start with the VSG and then move to the RNY, if needed. Was the clinic not offering the sleeve at the time? That's can't be becuase the first one was done in Nov 2008 in the pilot project. Anyway, just curious.
Anyway, it's good that you're here. I look forward to hearing from you.
on 11/12/09 2:35 pm - Edmonton, Cayman Islands
My loss in the hospital was about 60 pounds or so. I lost 40 pre surgery and the rest has been post hospital stay. I have now started my slow down but I have been in the gym now for the last 8 weeks doing 45 minutes of cardio (recumbant bike) and then 1 1/2 to 2 hours of weight training. I have muscles on my body that I didn't know should have muscles on them. I have never felt as wonderful as I feel right now in my life.
All told, I have lost about 160 pounds now and that is in one year. The journey started on October 20, 2008 and one year later I was down 160.
When I met with Dr. Birch in December, the sleeve was not offered to me. Dr. Birch talked with me about the lap band and the RNY. His recommendation to me, based on the amount of weight that I wanted to lose - half of where I was at - was that I have the RNY. Yes there could be complications, but it would allow me the best opporunity to lose 250 pounds. I did more research and decided that I had nothing to lose. If I didn't lose the weight then I was going convinced that I was going to die by the time I was 50. I wasn't ready to give up... I have a whole lot of living that I still have to do. And now I can do it. LIFE IS GREAT!
What I do know is this... I don't ever want to be a member of the 500 club ever again. I am on my way... and if I can help one person be motivated to make a change... then I have done something positive,
Please keep in touch Xcalibur. I would love to know about your progress and I will keep you posted on mine.
cheers for now,
Thanks for the additional information. I'm glad to hear that you're doing so well, particularly with the exercise. If you don't mind me asking, where do you work out? I am thinking that I am on the other side, I need to kick up my workouts. So, I am contemplating finding a partner, if I can manage it.
on 11/17/09 9:19 am - Edmonton, Cayman Islands
I work out at the Londonderry Leisure Centre in East Edmonton. I like it there. I feel relatively comfortable in the gym there. There are not as many juice monkeys and close minded individuals there. Don't get me wrong... there are some there, but its not like going to a World Health Club where you are made to feel totally uncomfortable. I like the atmosphere and I can do my workout in relative comfort.