- Username: Anewmein08
- Location: Canal Winchester, OH, USA
- Member Since: 4/9/2008
- BMI: 40.9
- Surgery date scheduled
- Surgery Type: RNY (04/24/08)
- Surgeon: Ronald B. Spier M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialRonald B. Spier M.D.-I had heard great review's about Dr. Spiers from other patients he has performed Gastric Bypass surgery on. rnrn- Dr. Spiers nurse is also a veteran of Gastric Bypass Surgery, eight years I believe. I enjoyed talking with her, she was able to give me alot of insight about what to expect from having the surgery.rnrn-Dr. Spiers is very upfront with explaining what to expect from the surgery. I appreciated his honesty. He did not hold anything back!rnrn-Dr. Spiers explained to me that he does have a structured post op instructions. It is up to you as the patient to follow those instructions.rnrn-Since I haven't had the surgery yet, I'll wait to rate him after.rnrn |
One Month Post Check-Up on May 26, 2008 2:37 pm
Well I went on Wednesday for my one month check-up and I am down 33lbs. Dr. Spiers is very happy with my results so far. I have graduated to a regular diet. I am also going to be taking some vitamins, that I am not so happy about, considering I am not a pill person. So when I went to purchase the pills, I tried to find everything that was in a chewable form.
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Well there really not much to update on, other then the fact that all my clothes are getting to big. But I guess that's the whole purpose!
I go back to the Dr's in another month for a check up. I am hoping to be down to 50lbs lost.
Until next time......
2 Week Post Op on May 11, 2008 3:52 pm
Well I've hit my two week post op point. I had my appointment with Dr. Spier on Friday for my staple removal. I was down 33.8 lbs in two weeks! I can't believe that. He seemed to be very pleased with my beginning results.
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I had got myself so worked up about having the staples removed, I didn't even realize that he was taking them out. It was over before it started. He put this glue substance on my incision and then used tape strips and told me that I could take them off in about a week.
I graduated to crunchy foods, along with my liquid diet. I can now have chips, pretzels, melba toast (I never had that before) and thing crunchy that turns to powder in your mouth.
I have to come back in two weeks for a check up, other then that, he says that everyting is going great. Back to work next week full time..... I can't wait to see how much I'll be down in two weeks.
Until next time.
Back to Work on May 5, 2008 2:59 pm
Well it's only been 11 days since my surgery, and I went back to work today. Could it be too soon? I am feeling great. And I am not doing anything at home except for sitting, I could be doing this at work. Then that way I don't have to exhaust all of my time off.
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Everyone welcomed me back with open arms. It was good to be back. I did not work a full 8 hrs shift. So it wasn't so bad. By noon I was instructed that I had worked enough and needed to go home.
I will try it again tomorrow and see how I work out.
Until next time.......I have four days until the railroad tracks are removed from my stomach. (Staples)
One week Post Op on May 2, 2008 8:04 am
Well it is exactly one week since I have had my surgery. And It's turned out to be better then what I thought it would be. I guess I expected to be in more pain, then what I have experienced. The first couple of days home from the hosiptal was an adjustment. Considering that I had an Open Procedure, the staples are what gave me the fits the most, or was it the tape they used to cover my incision.
It's funny though with the eating, I really don't feel like eating, or I don't have that urge to eat. I am still on a full liquid diet at this point, I have to admit that I am very tired of eating Soup. I advanced myself this week and had some mashed potatoes. And that was heaven eating, although I could only eat about three tablespoons. I have to try and remember to get my water intake. It's hard breaking the habit of drinking while you eat. I have made that mistake a couple of times and I fill full really quickly.
I have not weighed myself yet to see if I have lost any weight. I wanted to wait until I go back to see Dr. Spier for the removal of my staples, next Friday.
I am feeling great, I haven't had to take any of the pain medication that the Doctor prescribed. I have taken some Tylenol, for me to rest alittle easier at night.
I have been getting my walking in everyday. I went to Walmart and walked around for about an hour and felt great.
I was beginning to worry about the fact that I had not had a BM yet, I called the doctors office to see if there was anything I could take, or should I be worried. The day I ate the mashed potatoes, was the day I had my first BM, talk about excitement.
My son has really been a great help with me since I have had my surgery. Sometimes if I drink to fast and it feels like it is stuck, He will come and pat me on the back to relieve the burp. Which I do a lot of, along with passing gas. I understand the gas is to be expected, especially after having surgery. It hasn't been excessive, but I know when I have gas, because my staples hurt, and once I relieve the gas the pain from my staples go away.
I am actually thinking about going back to work next week, working part-time. I feel great, I not tired or exhausted. I have just as much energy now, then I had before the surgery.
The family and friends have been freat so far. Making sure I am ok, doing what I am supposed to be doing. Right now I am waiting to see the doctor, and advance to the next stage in my diet. I am getting tired of eating liquids.
Well I will updated more next week once I have had my two week post-op visit with Dr. Spier...
Until next time........
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Well I did it! Surgery Day! on April 28, 2008 9:18 am
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I am officially five days post-op. And boy has it been a tremendious experience. I arrived at the hospital on Thurday. Things seemed to be moving pretty quickly. I arrived at same day surgery, they put me in a room where I had to strip down and put on a hospital gown. At that point there were alot of nurses coming in and out explaining what was getting ready to happen. My surgery was scheduled for 11:45 a.m. I had an IV line placed in my hand, which I learned later would go to a central venous line in my neck. I also had the inflatable legs that woud be attached before surgery. Then taken down to the post-op anestesia room, where they would administer the local anestheisa. I was told that Dr. Spiers would come and see me before they took me back. I began to get very nervous. They asked if I wanted them to give me something for my nerves, and I denclined. They came to take me to the operating room. I remember someone giving me something in my IV, and he said that this was going to make me very happy. I tried to get a look of the operating room. All I remember is the music that was playing reminded my of a funeral home. Not quite what I wanted to remember as I'm going into surgery.
The next thing I remember is someone telling me that it is all over. And I could hear my aunt telling me that everything is ok! Only thing I could think about was that I could not breathe, I became very nausea, They explained that that came from the tube being down my throat.
I was being asked on a scaled from one to ten, what was my pain level. I have to say that the entire time that I was in the hospital. My levels were really never overa six, and that was probably, because I was up moving around. They encouraged me to get up and walk as soon as I could, the walking thing was no so bad, it was just getting up out of the bed.
I was so dying for something to drink, but I was instructed that I could not have anything until the next day. They finally ended up giving me some gylcerin swabs to run across my mouth. Talk about cotton mouth. Tomorrow could not come fast enough. I continued to follow my instructions. Dr. Spiers came Friday morning to see how I was doing. He says that everything went great. My gallbadder was good so he did not remove it. I had very little drainage, so he did not put a drain tube in. He told me that I could go on a full liquid today, try to get in at least 3 cup fulls. I had not had a BM yet.. Probably because there isn't any food in there.
I was feeling alittle more energetic today, I walked the halls several times, and was able to take a shower. I really enjoyed that. Made me feel really revived. I watched alittle TV and talked with my family on the phone.
I did seem to notice that I asked for the pain meds before I went to bed. That was actually the best sleep that I had in a whle, dispite the pain that I was in.
Day three: Dr. Spiers came in and said that the nurse's were very happy with my dedication.. I was walking the halls several times a day and eating what I was instructed. He asked me if I wanted to go home, and I told him I would wait one more day before I would leave, considering that I don't live in Springfield.
I began to experience alot of gas, I still hadn't had a BM, but alot of gas and burping. I made the mistake and took a gulp of water, and boy did I pay for it. It felt like I was having a heart attack. I guess that's why he says to sip not gulp. Day three was normal routine, I was getting excited because I knew that I was going home tomorrow, and I could wait to see my baby.
Sunday did not come fast enough. Dr. Spiers showed up at 7:30 asked me again if I was ready to go home. I think I said yes before he could get it out. the took the line out of my neck, and that point I felt free. I took another show to get refreshed, and waited for my breakfast to come. I also go a dressing change that day. And I did not realize how long my incicision was, it goes from my breast bone, to my belly button. But it really doesn't hurt, more annoying then anything. I was around 10:45 that my aunt and son arrived to take me home, it was so nice to out of there, alive and well onto my recovery.
I will check back in afew days for an update.
I have battling back and forth whether or not I was going to have gastric bypass surgery. And have decided to have it. I have been overweight majority of my life, more so since I have gotten older. I am 31 years of age, and I am tipping the scale at 301. Is that outrageous or what? How could I let me self get this way.
I have tried numerous diets, exercised...been there and done that. But with the results that I am trying to see, it would take all of eternity to acheive them. Sure people think that having WLS is the easy why out. By all means it is not. Especially after I have taken the time to read others journey through the weight loss process, it is not an easy road.
My weight has never been a challenge for me in life. I believe that I am a very successful young woman. I have overcome many obstacles in my life, and I believe that there is alot more in store for me. And having the opportunity to have this surgery is going to bring so much more.
As in my childhood, I was never really considered overweight. My weight increase came more so after I got have my son. Whom is 10 years old now. I really wasn't one who watched what I ate, counted calories, or even at in moderations. I just ate. And now I see the effects of all the years of having poor eating habits can do to you. You have to consider having weightloss surgery.
I have some opinions as to: When you have your surgery you are going to have to watch what you eat, and exercise. Why can't you do that without having surgery. I think that with me having the surgery it will be the push over the edge that I need. A jumpstart to my weightloss journey.
So please take some time and follow me through my journey.