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Brian Gluck, D.O.
My first impression with Dr Gluck was that him an his staff are very dedicated to helping the morbidly obese. they are respectful an extremely helpful with questions and answering any questions or fears you may have. wonderful group.The team that works with dr gluck is like an extended family everyone works with you to choose what is best for you. i would recomend him to everyone. He has a wonderful bedside manner and a warm caring sense of humor. that puts you at ease.His staff is dedicated to helping you in every aspect of the surgical process. I look forward to working with him an his staff to achieve my ultimate goal.
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God I looked awful BMI 61.4 11/30/04 My before photo taken thanksgiving day. at a big 392 pounds and miserable. along with my daughter and my Boyfriend. Whom are both my biggest fans.
12/27/04 Well the day is quickly coming and I believe i've gone threw every emotion on the planet. After the Sybil episode of quitting smoking then the headaches an migranes from lack of caffiene. I'm finally feeling somewhat human again. My dentist is thanking god himself for making me feel more myself as well. after giving up all my wonderfully bad vices i gained an old habbit i once thought long gone. Grinding my teeth. I never knew how much pain a person can do to themselves by just clenching their teeth when they sleep. Well let me be honest here its a good thing I have such a caring family. I bruised my jaw an the nerves running along the side of my face so badly it was like having dry socket after having a tooth pulled. which i had not had done. If anyone out there has ever gone threw that kind of pain they know you wish for death soon or to have someone knock you out cold so you don't feel nothing. but finally that is now subsiding. I never knew how badly I had been treating this tired old body of mine no wonder it's been getting even with me. I'm just looking forward now to getting to the other side without any problems. I don't think I will forget my Xmas experience however. while fueling up my car for the long drive to my mothers. I was talking to a friend of mine who works at the station she had just asked me when my surgery date was an i was telling her when this very pretty petite woman asked me what surgery i was having. When I told her she walked up to me gave me a big hug an whispered in my ear that she was so happy for me an that she was 20 months out an down 190 pounds plus. I had to do a double take. This pretty young woman looked as though she never needed to diet a day in her life. She had just made my day. I needed to know things would be fine but just those words of encouragement meant so much an helped to calm so many fears it was as if i'd met my X-mas angel. I now look forward to what is coming my way. I know there is going to be alot of work involved but i'm more then ready to face it head on. i'll up date again soon as the liquid fast begins in 14 days.....
1/29/05 Well i'm home from the hospital an all is going very well the home nurse was in an removed the drain tube an boy did that make a difference in ridding me of alot of what i called gas under the rib cage. I'm getting my fluids in fine however it takes a long time. I would love to go out for a walk an stretch my legs but right now its just to icey an i have to climb stairs yet and thats just alittle rough yet. but i truely feel wonderful.
2/21/05 Well here I am just about a month out and I'm Doing wonderfully I've lost 46 pounds to date so far and I'm astonished at how fast it is coming off. I had a minor set back this past week after just getting started with a regular workout at the heart center I developed a wonderful sinus infection that has really laid me low. so my exercise format has been screwed up for the week. I'm starting to feel better and i'm planning on starting back tomorrow as long as the roads are nice. I am so tired of winter I feel like cabin fever is setting in. well i will write again soon.
3/8/05 Well here I am again. as of yesterday i am down 58 pounds and couldn't be more pleased. It hasn't been easy since i was allowed to do the pureed food deal its like every other item i try on my ok list makes me dump. God that is such a rotten feeling. It pretty much ends my entire day. I have what i call a grouchy pouch one day it likes me other day's it hates me. i'm hoping soon we will come to some kind of agreement but right now mr grouchy pouch is winning. either that or after all these years of me abusing food it is now foods turn to abuse me.
3months post op
6/7/05 Haven't been around for awhile here been having serious trouble with my back. And undergoing spinal injections for pain which is helping some but still not 100%. My fight with food has finally slowed down some and I'm able to eat some meat but not much before the nausea starts and I have to give up. at my last check up my iron levels were very low so i'm taking iron 4 x's a day to bring it back up. i'm feeling fantastic I weighed in at 264 yesterday down 98 pounds from where i started and I'm just amazed at the difference. I've gone from a size 32/34 to a size 22/20 and cant wait till i can reach goal. I'll write again soon good luck everyone :)
8/3/05 Well I'm now at the 6 month mark. And if I ever hear oh you did this the easy way I'm gonna smack someone. Since surgery i have not been able to tolerate meats in most any way causes me to be violently ill. however veggies arent so bad if we learn to spice them up a tad. I just got back from the first vacation I've had in over 20 yrs and I'm ready to go again. I spent 9 days of fun in the sun in the U.P. of Michigan camping an fishing and exploring places I havent ever been. I did get dehydrated a bit due to extreme temps in the upper 90's after doubling the water intake it took me 4 days of my vacation to be able to eat a small piece of fish and about a 1/4 cup of salad. But on the brighter side of it. since I've been home I've discovered I've lost about 8 inches around my backside *big grins* and went from a size 22 to a size 18 in less then 2 weeks. That made my day. I walked more then I have in a decade I even walked the falls it was so refreshing. I've added a new picture to my profile and YES that is a 10 wk old black panther cub I'm holding. Ok so i have strange pets lol kidding a friend of my uncles owns a mini zoo and I had the time of my life with the babies. Besides I dont think I could of found a litter box big enough for him.
I'm still not eatting like I should protein is difficult at best due to the meat problem. and shakes are getting sickening sweet to me. I average about a half cup of solid foods if I'm having a good day. but since getting dehydrated I've had to reintroduce solids slowly. mostly soft veggies and soups. But I'm sure some day I'll be doing a little better. at least I sure hope so.
Here it is Sept. 2nd already I'm offically down 178 pounds from the time I started the process. I've gone from a size 32/34 pants to a size 16 as of today. I've never been so happy with myself as I am now. I am still not getting in enough protein and have begun losing some hair. I can't blame the cat for sheading anymore because her hair is grey an mines red :) I'm averaging around 800-1000 calories per day sometimes less due to a grouchy pouch yet. I have alot of trouble with meats and still to this day they don't like me very much. I have to continue to remind myself to eat which I'm thankful for. My exercise is slow due to several injuries I've been dealing with. On the 20th of Oct I have to under go a spinal fusion with the removal of two disc's in my neck. After that I am hoping to get back into some kind of program to help me tone up. I have arthritis bad in my legs not to mention numerous injuries to my spine. Things are getting better for me however I am able to actually walk threw the grocery store now without alot of pain. I was told that the more i lose the better it will get. I do have good days as well as bad. where walking is so much pain I have to use the help of a cane. But it's so much better then having to use a wheelchair. Back in 1999 when i was seriously injured in an accident at work I was told I'd be wheelchair bound within 10 yrs. If I did not lose weight. Well thanks to WLS I'm slowly getting my life back. I will up date more when i can.
12/23/2005 Well here it is the eve of Xmas eve and how things have changed. My life is so much busier then it had been before and so much fuller with the new friends I've made here on OH. I love you all. I'm happy to say I just put on my first pair of size 12 jeans and they fit me. I have never known a time in my entire life where I was ever able to wear a size 12 much less breathe in them. I'm down 196 pounds and countless inches. I love my new life.
8 Months post op Boy what a difference a few months can make.
January 21 2006 190 pounds
Now I know this Photo isn't WLS related but no album is complete without the coffee stealing bird Buffet My coffee addict.
March 26 2006 Here I am getting ready to head off to work. Ok more or less to play. As I love my job.
May 5th 2006 Life after WLS just continues to get better and better for me. I have now lost a total of 220 pounds and am enjoying my new life more then I ever thought possible. I have just bought my second Karaoke system and hoping to aquire a third one can never have enough backups just incase something goes south equipment wise. A few days ago I was flogged on the Msg board because of what I do . I found it a bit amusing to say the very least I never knew that being a KJ was the next thing to being a pole dancer LOL but hey to each their own on that account. My job is unconventional I make good money and I support my family without help from anyone so I guess it's not such a bad job if I can love what I do and at the same time pay my bills. And make so many new and interesting friends along the way. So dance baby dance :)
July 31 2006 It is confession time for me here. I am feeling like the worst WLS roll model ever. As most of you know I lead a very stressful life always on the go always taking care of someone else chasing after endless jobs and working my tail off. Well while doing this I have done the one thing we are told in the beginning never to do. And that is take ourselves for granted.
October 16th 2006
Well Today was a good day. My labs are not as bad as they had been and after an 8 week IV iron infussion so far so good things have become more stable. I've lost another 7 pounds and was told once again by the doctor ok enough is enough already. Which just made me smile as he was smiling himself. I have been cleared to look into plastic's to remove my panni. I'm happy and nervous both at the same time about this. I might not look like I have alot of extra skin but I look like a flabby wrinkle dog is sleeping around my middle LOL. I'm working very hard still at getting my protien in I find no matter how much I try I seem to still fall short. But like the doctor told me don't not try keep my eye on the prize and I will get it one day.
October 26 2006
Welcome my beautiful little grand daughter into this big ole world Miss Lillian Marie born October 26th at 6:28pm . I love her to pieces and can not smooch her enough.
October 31st 2006
I just wanted to say happy Halloween everyone its been a wonderful couple of days.
Here are a couple of photos of me in the costume my mother and I made.
I am sharing some photo's of my little Xmas elf Lillian Marie my beautiful grand daughter who is truly the light of my life and whom has given me the biggest reason for enjoying the new me.
Well Today is my 2 yr surgery anniv. And what a ride it has been. I have lost a grand total of 256 pounds and I feel better then I have felt in years. This surgery has given me a whole new life with endless posibilites. I have gone from wearing a very tight size 28W jeans to a size 10/12 depending on the maker from a 5X shirt to a junior size Med. and still can not believe it. I do still find myself heading for the plus sizes when I'm out shopping its funny when the sales clerks will come up to me and have to lead me over to the junior misses section of the store to tell me I may find these sizes more fitting. I believe it takes awhile to see what others do on the outside when for years and years all you have ever seen when looking in a mirror is a plus size person looking back at you it takes time for your mind to see what others people see. But its a wonderful feeling when you do.
And the WOW's keep coming. Last evening My sister in law decided to kidnap me for an evening of just girl stuff which as a nice change in the rutine of the months past. We went shopping and figured we'd hit the hot tub afterwards the heat would do my back good. Well for one I didn't have a swim suit so this is first on the agenda. We head on over to walmart as it was late and the mall was closed by then we get over there and let me tell you thier selection of suits are really limited unless you want to wear a bandaid I choose not to be so exposed. Anyway my SIL whom is MO takes the lead an wanders me over to the junior section of the store for one I wasn't really paying much attention to the size area we browsed a bit and i found a nice looking suit but at a complete loss as to what size I needed. So we hit the fitting rooms. Lets just say after trying on 6 suits I found the perfect fit in a size 10/12 L juniors not a misses not a womens but a juniors ME? I have not owned a swim suit in over 20 yrs i was to embarased to ever think about wearing one in public let alone actually buy one in my former size which was a 26/28W that was snug to say the least. Granted I'm still a bit on the shy side when it comes to exposing alot of skin I probably always will be but I have to admit i wont be ashamed to wear a bathing suit again in public. Life is to short not to get yourself out there and enjoy it. And I plan on living each an every day as if it were my last.
April 12th 2007
Wow it is so hard to believe where the time goes anymore. It seems as if it were only yesterday I was beginning my wls journey and here I am now 28 months post op and down 268 pounds. I am however currently struggling with some eating issues. And I have had to admit I need help with. My life has become very stressful and instead of the head down full speed ahead type attitude I've always taken when facing things like this. I started to self distruct and not take care of myself. I've always taken care of everyone around me and tend to neglect myself more often then not. But this time I went about it in a bad way. I've been trying ever so hard to keep on track with vitamins as I am exteremely anemic that a paper cut could cause me to bleed uncontrolably for hours. I've had to take on alot more work then I am supposed to due to the unexpected departure of the BF who went out to Washington DC for his job only to return and tell me he was going back in a week and that will be it basically. Even though I know his son needs him I have to admit to myself it hurt deeply to once again believe in someone enough to spend close to 5 years with them only to be once more left behind. However I'll be fine with it I understand why he did what he had to do but I would of liked just a little more warning then what I was given. After being laid low with my back for almost 7 weeks unable to hardly get out of bed on my own I am now back to work full time because the rent must be made and the kids need to be taken care of. So I have ended up back into the old mold of taking care of everything but myself. I've been skipping meals forgetting my vitamins and over loading myself on water. Which keeps me full all the time with little room for food. This is NOT the way to go so please if you are reading this do not do as I have done it does nothing but cause problems. I had to be taken into the ER with chest pains brought on by a depletion of postassium in my system from so much fluid intake which caused my heart to work faster and irregularly. The anemia is also at an all time low because of the Iron that I am supposed to be taking tends to cause me to vomit almost daily. The pills are so large i have to cut them and even then they get stuck which causes the foamies and eventually I hurl. The food issues the doctors are sure of are instead of turning to food for comfort now I am in an avoidance pattern I water log myself to get through the night at work and once the evening is over I attempt to eat then get sick because I'm so full of fluid my new pouch can not handle the dence food it was finally given. This is a dangerous pattern to follow. I have become serverely malurished to the point I have needed IV infussions to balance out my electrolites and help replenish some form of nutrition. I am now journaling all my food water and working with my doctors to help me get on track to a healthier lifestyle pattern. My hair is once again thinning because of the lack of protien in my diet which has become nearly non exisitant which is also a bad thing as my once thick hair is now very thin and lifeless. I have a lot of work to do on myself in the months ahead but I dont I will do it with the help of my friends here on OH and my family who are behind me every step of the way.