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I am considering a revision to my 1998 VBG..
On 6/21 I have an appt with the Nurse to go over health history and such.. From there I will most likely have to have tests run to see if there has been breakdown of any sort.. It will be nice to find out if there is actually something wrong, OR if my consistent weight gain has been self inflicted... There is SO much I wish I knew then, what I know know.. This website is a godsend!
Appt with Nurse Joyce @ St Paul Surgeons. Went over the health history. VERY nice lady and definately knows what she is talking about. She set up an appt for an Upper GI for me on Friday... I am thrilled!! (not)
Can you say gross!!!! UUUGH!! I basically had to drink liquid chalk and they video'd as it went down.. That was at 8:30 and I still feel yukky! The radiology Dr was nice and professional but also said that my original 1998 - VBG looked good. This depresses me even more!! I AM a failure!! I called to schedule an appt with the surgeon to go over the tape.. Maybe he will see something different on the video.. who knows.... All I know right now is that I am feeling like I failed WLS, not it failing me. Its just all too much and definately making me sad.
Long time, NO post.. Nothing new to report. Just waiting till my appointment with the surgeon on 8-21-04. In the mean time, I have accepted that I may have sabotaged my WLS, and am faithly trying to relearn the use on my TOOL. Who knows, maybe the surgeon will see something total different, and may there is some sort of breakdown. Until then, Heads up, thinking positive on a healthlier ME.
The guy was nice but he kinda creeped me out a little. I behaved well considering I am currently hormonal. Get to take the lovely MMPI tomorrow, I am thrilled. (ficicious) Meet with the surgeon next Thursday 8/12 to see if there is any break down.. Who knows, we will see.. I have to keep telling my self to THINK POSITIVE!!
I am NOT a failure!!
I went to my appt and met with Dr Rupp. He is the best! He reviewed the video and had found that I DO infact have a staple line break down, however, the radiologist who wrote the report said there was NO problem!! Dr R says YES definately a problem. They are sending the tape back to have it re-read and the proper report filed on it. As my eyes are welling up, he says to me..
"SO... THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT AND IT JUST HAPPENS SOMETIMES.. SO HOW ABOUT REVISING TO A GASTRIC BYPASS?" Im like uhh..uhhh..uhhh.. OK.. It is looking like late Sept, early Oct...!! I asked him if I could hug him and he let me. I am so happy I was refered to this guy because I have never met a more caring person. SO.. thats it.. all in a nut shell. Tape is going back to be reviewed and rewritten, insurance will be filed then... O-M-Gosh!!!
Time line of events..
OK.. so this was back in 1998.. In September I got in for the info meeting with Dr Buchwald at the U. At that time, it wasnt required to have the Pyshc appts, nor the dietician appts. I had surgery on in November...
4/04 - Started researching the possibility of a revision.
5/19 - With the help of a VERY dear friend, got into the info meeting with the St Paul Surgeons group.
6/21 - had appt with the bariatric nurse
6/25 - had cine upper G.I.
8/4 - Initial appt with the NUT dr.
8/6 - MMPI
8/12 - appt with Dr Rupp. Got GREAT news..
8/16 - follow up with pyshc dr.
9/04 - final follow up with psych dr.
10/04 - still waiting for psych eval to be sent in.
Pending insurance/psych dr approval, I probably will not get in for surgery until November. I delayed (by ignorance) in setting my psych appts (final one last Thursday 9/2) and as it stands, he will not be submitting his final report for at least 3 weeks due to he said he is really behind.. AAARRGGGGHHH!!!! Ofcourse until the surgeon receives that report, they will not submit for insurance approval ( not that I expected them to). Patience will have to be my virtue. I am just kicking myself in the butt for not following through on a couple things I wasnt sure of. I guess that must be the passive aggressiveness in me.
Well let see... YEP, still waiting for answers. The psych dr still hasnt gotten eval to the surgeon yet. TODAY is 6 weeks! I did speak to Ginger @ Dr Rupps office and she has gotten confirmation from him that he will fax it by Friday. Yipee! We will have to see where and when it goes from there!! peace...
Got a call today... apparently my psycho dr finally sent my paperwork over to the surgeons. WHAT@#!#$ In such a timely fashion as 6 1/2 weeks!! I am so fortunate... SO I guess we are now onto the next step, hopefully... Just wanted to share with y'all...
Spoke with Ginger @ St Paul Surgeons (the very best person in the world) to check on the progress of things and she says, "BCBS called this morning to advise of us of your approval!" speechless... WOW!!
Decided again to call to see how things were moving along. Ginger at St Paul Surgeons said I should have heard something by now.. She pulled my file and apparently the scheduler either looked at my file and had seen that I had VBG and didnt notice a revision, OR my file was missed and just returned to the file cabinet.. OH WELL... Whats a little more waiting.. I should here something by Friday.. hopefully..
OH MY GOSH!! I can finally say after 7 months, "I HAVE A DATE" I have never been so excited!! I am so excited and nervous right now that I feel sick to my stomach... WOOOOHOOO
Happy New Year!!
WOW.. lookie here!! Long time NO profile update!! Everything is going great! I had my revision surgery on 2/08/05 (revised from a VBG to a RNY) and surgery was text book. Got my appendix out too.. WOW ~ bargain surgery!!
I am 2 1/2 months out and down 45lbs. I had my 2 MO checkup last week and all is right on track according to my surgeon. I even met the wonderful Ginger at St Paul Surgeons and she is just as beautiful in person as she is on the phone!!
I really feel that I am doing pretty good at my pouch rules.. (except for the ice cream cake I tried and was hoping I would dump and didnt) Oh well.. Gotta stay away from that.. My biggest helpful hint is VARIETY.. I will have anything from a lean cuisine for b-fast (usually just the protein) or maybe a cheese stick and a slice of lunch meat all the way to a b-fast burrito from McD's (usually just the insides of it). I have learned SO much and gotten SO much support from OH and the wonderful people I have met thru this site.
I would not be where I am today with out them or OH.. KUDOS TO ALL!! I will try not to wait so long in between posts!! GOD BLESS!!
WOW.. again I have not posted in a long time!! Life has just been busy for us with work, Jens sports etc..
I am currently down 68lbs and feeling fabulous and loving life! Just not feeling to comfy with my "bat wings" and wearing tank tops or short sleeve t-shirts, but I am working on that. Eating is going good. I will say that there is the occasional slip up, but ocassional is what it is.
My typical day of eating goes like this..
5am - BIG glass of Milk
6am - take all my vits with a big glass of water
7am - eat b-fast, protien first!! I will eat anything from the meat off of a b-fast sandwich or the protein from a Lean Cuisine.
10am - snack..sometimes.. s-flower seed or a power crunch bar.
12-1 - a small salad with lots of cheese/meat, or a lean cuisene or maybe 1 crispy taco.. yummmmmy
3-5 - very difficult time for me.. really try not to snack..
5-6 - supper with the family. Smaller portion of what they eat.
exp: last night we had steak and baked potates..
8-10 - another difficult time slot for snacking, but trying to
find more ways to keep busy..
I drink anywhere from 50-100oz of water, propel or crystal lite.
I am so greatful for being given this 2nd chance!! Thank You GOD and to all my OH friends! I wouldnt be where I am today without you!!
Had my check up this morning at St Paul Surgeons and all is well. Currently down 72lbs and couldnt be happier.
Personally... I have been trying to deal with the self-image thing and also that I have kinda stalled when it comes to the weight loss. DONT GET ME WRONG... I am eternally greatful for the weight that I have lost, but Im scared that its done and that it whats bothering me.. I have been neglecting my journey and need to get back on track.. I know I need to "kick it up", so to speak and today everything is going a-ok. Things have been wicked crazy this past month and I finally am seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Just felt like posting this AM.. Feeling extremely excited that I am almost in "onederland". Still havent quite got the exercise thing going and I really, really, really need to! Hugs to ALL!!
Well.... today marks my 6 mo anniversary from surgery and I couldnt be happier! I am grateful everyday for the second chance that I have been given and even more grateful for my new friends and family from OH!! I was dunk'n with Dan this past weekend and all is good. 78% of my weight loss is FAT and my BMR is hanging in there in the low 1800's. He is impressed and hopeful that I should have NO problems obtaining the 150lb goal weight he has set. I, however, say "in my dreams"! I cant even begin to imagine that person. Total loss to date is 78lbs, with 8 lbs to go to "onederland" and 17lbs to go till my lowest weight lost with my 1998 VBG and 38lbs to MY personal set goal. Anything more than that will be an added bonus! AGAIN, I say... I definately would not be where I am today without all of YOU. Thanks for being there for me and for that, you are all loved!! OK.. there I go getting all weepy again!!
Just a quick not to say I absolutely LOVE my new profile!! THanks, 'bobbisox' Barb!! You are my hero!! WOOOHOOO!! I also just checked my BMI!! :-)~ I am just .5 away from being "overweight"!! Almost have that "obese" title, something of the past!! Couldnt be happier!!
WELCOME TO ONE-DERLAND, BABY!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!
Obviously, I couldnt be more happier!! Many thanks to alot of folks here for your constant support and encouragement!! I WOULD NOT BE WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT YOU!!
This morning I weighed in at 199 . Although Saturday morning it said 198, Mondays are my days that I make it count. As of today, I am..
9lbs away from my lowest VBG weight!
15lbs away from the "century" club!
29lbs away from "MY" personal goal!
49lbs away from Drs Careys goal!!
I hope everyone has a GREAT day and a SUPER week!! I only have a 2 day work week so I couldnt be more pumped!! Gonna do some long overdue bonding with my sixteen year old, before the crazy schedules begin on Sept 6th!! Lov'n Smootchies to all my PEEPS!!
WOW.. How time flies when you are having fun.. Yes.. I know last week I was a little down on myself, but pms, b@st@rd scale, and the rain made me low.. I am better now and on a more positive track.. Thanks again for listening to my whining and your offers if encouragement and butt kick'n. IT HELPED!!
Todays weight : 188...!! OH MY GOSH!!
I have never been so happy!! I also put on a new pair of 14's yesterday and low and behold, they fit nicely, but not for long.. Size 12 LONGS anyone?? ALSO looking for 9 1/2 shoes as my current budget is not allowing for new clothing. OK.. got to talk to that boss to find out when that commission starts kicking in!!
3 lbs below my lowest VBG weight! Holy Cow!! PTL!!!!
4 lbs from joining the century club!
18 lbs to MY goal weight!
38 lbs to DR CAREYS goal weight!
Statistics show that a revision procedure does not have the success rate that the original procedure would. I think I have proven them wrong!! OK.. who in the heck are "they" anyway??
I owe it all to my OH family and dear..dear friends that help me see the light. You all are the most amazing people and friends anyone could have. Again I say that I am ever so grateful to you all for all of the knowledge, support, encouragement and love that you have shown me. I would not be where I am today without you!! sniff...sniff...
Hugs and Smootchies to my PEEPS!!
WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!! LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE CENTURY CLUB!!!! I FRICK'N MADE IT!!
Stepped on the scale this morning at 184... one..fricken.. eight four!!!!!! A total loss of 101 lbs!! I dont think I have seen that number since middle school! I know I weighed 185 when I met Randy.. Just kinda seems unreal!! I am 14lbs away from MY goal and 34lbs away from Dr Careys goal!! Thanks so much to everyone for your unconditional love, support and encouragement!! I WOULD NOT BE WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT YOU!!
Love, Hugs and Smootchies to all my PEEPS!! Gonna go shower and head out shopping for the day!! YES at 6am!! Gots lots to do!
I hope everyone have a super weekend and GO VIKES!!!
Went to visit my favorite people at St Paul Surgeons yesterday and the when the wonderful Anitra called my name she said... "I didnt recognize you....." GOTTA LOVE THOSE WOW MOMENTS!!!!
Went over my labs and everything looked great and fell into the "normal" range for everything. (hopefully the BMI will be in the normal range soon..) WHo'd a thunk I would ever be normal?? Even got a free b-12 shot when I was there!! Decided that I still want to lose 15-20lbs to consider my self "at goal" and said see ya in 6mo!!
AGAIN... I WOULD NOT BE WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!! YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and ARSE KICK'N HAS BEEN MY INSPIRATION!!! THANKS FOR BEING THERE FOR ME!!!
LOVE, HUGS & SMOOTCHIES TO ALL!!