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!SURGAVERSARY! on November 29, 2011 4:17 pm
SoOO today is my 1 year !SURGAVERSARY! so TO DATE BY WAY OF SURGERY I'VE LOST 132 lbs AND TOTAL FROM My HIGHEST PREPARING FOR SURG I've lost 186 LBS, could have been more but I've been slack gotta grind! But happy didn't gaining it! :)
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Started school and was suprised! on July 4, 2011 10:12 am
SO I started school (college) for the summer semester. OMG I don't recall any of this math in HS. LOL! :( LOL! Just one class to get my feet wet. My professor speaks very fast, I hate that, c'mon man I'm old! have mercy! LOL! My class is 3hrs long so we had a 20 min break half way through. I went into the hall to make a few calls while looking out the window, up close beautiful views of skyscrapers (School is in lower Manhattan NY across from world Trade Center) As I'm looking @ the view while on the phone and this slim beautiful Middle Eastern young lady came into my window space remarking how beautiful the view is and kept talking (I'm on the phone) so I moved and told her U can take my space she started taking pics of the view. I soon got of the phone she said this class is so boring the professor is boring and speaks so slow. She's in another class I asked what she is taking and it was the same math I'm taking. I told her I wish I had her professor LOL!
She went on to say besides that there are no cute guys in my class. (Thinking, OK, this is why u come to school for?) SO I said my professor speakers very fast and he's animated, (very flamboyant in every way) I've been out of school for so long all this is crazy to me. She said well how old are you? I said how old do u think? she said about 21, around there. (flirty flattery?) When I lose weight I always look younger that's crazy! My ppl tell me I'm looking like a Lil boy now. LOL! OK so I told her add 20 yrs to that and that's what I will be @ the end of July. She said OMG ur a yr young than my mom. (I WAS SPEECHLESS N DEAD! LOL!) I said how old R u? She said 18 (What?) I said I would have never guessed. She asked why I said BC U seem so much more mature than that, she said yeah I am and ppl tell me that all the time, I don't like to be around ppl my age I like older ppl, BC I'm so mature. I thought she was about 24yrs old.
(Hint, seen this movie B4 LOL!) she said soooooo do u have any children u married etc told me her name reached out her hand to shake mine and continued to flirt! I was like wow! (nasty Lil girl!) Na, just kidding, "To each their own" right? LOL!
But I had to rap it up BC break was over, she told me she hope to see me around again. And we did outside by the main building
(it was pick up ur I.D. day) we said hello she blushed N we kept it movin'. (Guess I was the cute guy) LOL!
But It's crazy when I was heavier no one really looked, even the gay guys look now (don't want that) LOL! But young girls were the worse saying things to their friends laughing under their breath. Funny I get flirted w/spoken to better @ store checkout,s women always smile whether @ Dr's office movies even all the running around and registering for school (my school is 60% female it's known for that in amongst the colleges in NY) I get looks/smiles from females B4 it was looks of like disgust. SMH I did nothing to U! I remember when I had my first surgery in 2000, as I stated I had a revision in 2010 this time BC my old Surgery VBG (Stomach staple) was a failure no good in general. But when I was partying women would dance/talk w/ me but when I gained a lot of weight it stopped after surgery honestly I had more than I could deal with. It's sad why can't we love even like one another for what we see? OK, ur taste is ur taste, but what happened to just being nice to ppl? Smh. Why does society have to be this way? Honestly I work in the public and found myself this way many yrs ago (attractive v. unattractive) and showed more favor to the ppl that were attractive. I had to chide myself and make a change (this is B4 i gained crazy weight) I did my Job well but showed a Lil more to the beautiful ppl (so called beautiful) SMH. Just love folk! Oh, I hope her daddy don't get me. LOL!
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6 months post-op! on May 30, 2011 11:26 am
WOW I'm 6 Mons out! I got on the scale just to see whats up, I have not been on in a while due to water weight (my fault) BC I loves me sum SALTY foods! (food I cook) no chips. I also over exerted myself, (walking too much) I had a pain in my chest for about a week. I knew I was doing to much but I pushed and paid for it! :( LOL! But Doc says I'm good, took a physical day B4 yesterday :) but I said I gotta cut back on the salties. OK. I just finished eating when I realized wow today I'm 6 Months out! lets see what's up? TO my surprise I'm 102LBS down from surgery! Yaaa 4 me :) Thank u lord! :) And 156lbs in total from my highest weight!
I feel much better about a lot in life, besides getting up the confidence to enrolling in College this Fall also 1 Summer class, I took N pass the NYC Correctional Officer test! :) (stated in last blog) I've also passed my CDL (Commercial Drivers License) permit test. Looking to start CDL training in June! All good things in my life, to bad my girlfriend quit me 3 days ago :( (Not by my doings) Some ppl just don't wanna know truth about ppl/things around them in life and want to be blind and stubborn to truths.
(She also admitting I was correct about them.) I've always been very honest and up front about issues. (asked or not) LOL! OH Well whatcha gonna do? But I gotta keep pressing N do me! :)
Another accomplishment: I can type on my Keyboard and Laptop while it sits on my lap, can sit in the movies with both armrest down! LOL! Good stuff! :) Going to the movies 2morrow, been going for the past 3 weeks! Last time I was in a theater was in 2004! WOW! 7yrs ago. I can cross my legs and reach across myself and put my hand in my other front pocket, car seat belts not a problem anymore! :) I can run down stairs also do a Lil Running! Oh I forgot I gotta RUN to the store N get my 2 liter well shaken diet cherry Pepsi and put it in the freezer for the movies 2 morrow. This theater allows outside food n drinks. LOL! Later ppl! :)
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1 month 12days post op clinic Weigh in. on January 10, 2011 6:00 pm
Well Today I went to my primary Dr's Office weighed in and nurse told me my weight. I was not satisfied BC I didn't want to go through the drama of stripping BC MY new scale was to arrive today! My DR praised N encouraged me about my weight loss and go on w/it. He wanted me to do labs to check my levels . As I went to get my blood drawn I stood in the waiting room l@@king
@ the Lil' tiny seats! Yikes! The seat U use to get ur blood drawn is a smaller padded seat w/padded arm rest on them (I hate armrest!) :( LOL!
As I stood waiting to be called, I had for some reason forgot all about the Lil' seats w/ the armrests. These seats have been an enemy of mine for many yrs, BC I would have to sit in this type of seat @ least once a yr for blood work @ the job (Annual physical) As it was my turn to be called I went and stood B4 the person drawing blood. The 1st thing out my mouth was my (prerecorded message) "UM, that seat is to small for me, I'll just stand" And he look @ me as if I was crazy. So I thought let me just check N see if i will fit, how embarrassed will I feel by someone already looking @ me like I'm crazy? SO I sat down and
(OMG I FIT IN THE SEAT!!!!!!!) WOW! This has not been for like in 15yrs! I was so happy! :)
As I (walked) home shopping and (walking) all over the place I ran N2 the UPS man a few blocks from my home. He recognized me and waved, (I do a lot of online shopping, it's easier BC of my weight) I thought oh yeah I have the scale coming today. So I told him I was expecting a package he gave it to me and I (walked) a few more blocks to the supermarket. I also picked up some (sugar free hard candy) (Wow!) LOL! OK Cut to the chase. B4 I weighed myself I put a 4lbs steel weight on first to make sure the scale was accurate and it read 4.0 lbs. I weighed it a few times, it was a go! OK so I got on and to my surprise, I lost 11LBS since my last Dr's visit 11 days ago! :) SO all together I'm 99LBS down from my highest weight and 45LBS down from the surgery weight. I'm very happy N pleased w/my progress! Thank U Lord! :) Oh, and my blood pressure was 129/70! WOW! :)
I'm very encouraged to keep it up and especially (WALK) :) Thanx for reading.
This is the scale I purchased. This is the cheapest I've found online. It's Max capacity is 550 Lbs. (gonna have to cut copy N past. (OH won't let U go through link)
They also sell it on Ebay.
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1month post op weigh in w/a Lil Drama on December 30, 2010 6:46 pm
Well today I went to my see my DR. w/o an appointment *Shrugs* I wanted weigh in, so (Me No Care) LOL! Since I was a walk in I had to see another DR w/ a nurse I didn't know (GREAT!) :( MY DR. N Nurse are cool so I didn't know what to expect
"Hated it!" (In living Color) LOL! This is my primary Dr's office (Hospital) The one I work @. When she called my name I said hello, she said U know ur going to C another DR not Ur's? I said no, but OK. We get in the office she says, w/an attitude get up on the scale! I let it slide. I told the nurse I wanted to take off all my clothes to get an accurate weigh in. Shes starts saying "NO!!!!" I told her I just had WLS she was still like NO! U can't! Now this is something I do @ my other Dr's office @ the Hospital I had Surg @, both are City hospitals w/ the same policies. This Woman tells me, No, if U strip, it's in front of the DR not me! Another nurse was in the room she began to back her up. Um? 1st off I wanted the other nurse to leave BC she had no business there she was getting specimen bottles. I tried to explain I was just coming down to my skivvies (yes, I actually said "skivvies") I don't know why. SMH! LOL! she kept insisting I was wrong. I said well @ lest let me take off my boots! She was like "Go Ahead." Then the other nurse leaves.
But B4 I got on the scale N took off my jean shirt (I took off my shirt anyway!) She was mad. (IDC) I said Ur talking about how wrong I am. But that other nurse had no right to be here she had nothing to do w/ my case. Ur asking me personal Q in front of her (HIPPA VIOLATION) I have the right to privacy U have the door open where all can see, curtains not drawn, (now shes closing the door N pulling the curtains.) I said 2 her I work here, I've been employed here since 1989! I've been coming to this clinic for over 10yrs! I was working her B4 they turned this block N2 CLINICs! And I've never heard a patient does not have the right to come down to any garment they chose to as long as a gown is giving them privacy! I flashed my ID N she stars saying well maybe we got off on the wrong foot, I didn't understand what U were saying earlier. (likely story lady!) I told her I was going to inquire if the whole no stripping except for the DR is true, she said NOTHING! She stood there looking sad. I asked her for her name N got her title! She weighed my and after I got home I weighed my pants LOL! My jeans are thick/heavy cargo pants w/a belt N I forgot to take my camera out my pocket. It all weighed 4LBS! (Every ounce counts!) LOL! I saw 2 co workers they were like WOW Ur looking good I see ur WL! I knew she was telling me truth BC she described it the same way my mother did. I was very plzed! :)
OK on to the numbers. So Today would make me 1month N 1 day post op I've now lost a total of (((37 LBS)))! I'm very grateful (to God) for this! As I said in my last blog I caught another gout attack and can not take water pills so I'm retaining some water but as soon as it's over I'll get back to walking. But not gonna rush the protein. Protein along w/ rapid weight loss and water pills stirs gout. But other than this I'm good and very happy for the progress. Just a Lil greedy BC If I didn't have the extra water The WL # would have been greater. Well there is always next time :) Thanx for reading.
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My story is kinda sad but I try not to let it get me down. I had a Vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) (stomach stapling) in June 6,2000. So @ this point it's been 10 yrs. I had a bad DR. and only 2 follow ups. I've gotten so many side effects from GERD to GOUT! In btwn gaining more weight than I lost Approximately gaining 80LBS MORE! Hitting a max of 610! I meet my DR @ the hospital I work @ (NYC public Hospital) when I went to my clinic appointment by speaking to one of his cronies (another DR.) I was asking about a WLS he told me our facility didn't do them there but he knows some one that does and ask if I was willing to go to another hospital? I said yes! (I had great insurance, why not!) He sent me N2 an empty room w/only a desk N phone in it and told me to answer when it rings. The phone rings it was Dr------ he asked if I was interested N WLS my reaction was sure! (10yrs ago it was kinda hard to get wls done. He told me not to go back to the clinic N2 just leave now and don't tell them what had just happened on the phone. U C he works @ this hospital also. I took his info down N gave him a call from home to set up an appointment w/him.
He has a private practice in a house (renovated house N2 DR. office) I was impressed degrees plastered the walls N all, nice phat new Lexus out front. He told me the surgery would not take place @ our hospital but the private one he works @. I went to the private Hosp we spoke he drew blood told me he was going on vacation be back N 2weeks and I would have the surgery!!!!!! I was like wow! Kool! Who knew it was so simple. :) I told him I wanted the gastric bypass he said Oh no U don't want that it's toooo complicated u want the VBG! (found out the VBG cost more to do) I said but that's the old 1 I want the new one. He said trust me no u don't. What can u do but trust the DR. (funny I remember during the intake the PA said to me why do U want to have the surgery? I said BC I'm fat N wanna be fine. LOL! She was dying laughing, and saying I'm sorry I'm sorry! But i meant it to be funny. :)
OK He comes back I have surgery this is the 3rd time I've seen him. This all takes place with in 3 weeks. surgery was to be 2hrs which I found out for that operation was way to long, Was told it should have been 45Min 1hr tops, I was in there for 4.5 hrs. My family was worried! I remember waking up after it trying to jump off the table and run BC I thought they were trying to hurt me, but I could not get down BC my feet were strapped to the table. My arms were free, they ran in and held my down and talked to me I was moaning I was in so much pain! This surgery requires a 9" incision so I was freshly opened. At that point I should have been in recovery but NOOOOO! they didn't have the morphine drip they forgot to order it, so what did they do!? They knocked me back out w/ anesthesia! My DR. told the anesthesiologist to do it he told my DR. NO! He starts to tell him there is no morphine and they were talking something about my levels then My Dr. did some calculations on a paper and the Anesthesiologist corrected them DR. said ok, they talked to me nicely and I went back under!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I woke up later on in recovery this is why it took so long 4.5 HRS! I awoke in pain. why? no morphine! They told me the morphine is here but the battery to the morphine pump is dead. They had to move me from the Gurney to my bed w/my 9" wound freshly stapled w/o morphine, OH GOD THE HORROR, THE PAIN. It took like 7 ppl to help me, I was still groggy from the anesthesia so I was no help. (God I feel like crying now) I finally realized something, I was like WHAT?!!!!!! I realized I had an NG tube (drain tube down my nose) and a catheter (urine drain tube) I asked my DR. why? U didn't tell me this would be. He said if I told u, U prob would not have done the surgery. (WHAT?!) Like I said I was still sluggish from the anesthesia but I was trying to reach up N choke him, BC all he was putting me through! I got up to the floor a day N a half later being the battery finally came. I Stayed in bed for 2 days (u should be walking the same day. Day 1-2 They gave me clear liquid, day 3 cube steak potatoes N carrots! I threw up all over the place! I told him I can't eat this, he said try. I did threw up again! I asked him why? He said the surgery is designed to discourage you from eating. HUH??!!? That made no sense to me! I stayed like 5days eating reg food throwing up! (anything w/ sugar stays down) He asked me a funny Q. He asked if I had to do it all over would I? I found this funny being post op when I got sick I would call him but he was Allllllllways in emergency surgery, in fact the day of my surg it was postponed 3 hrs BC he had an emerg surg. I think he sabotaged pts for the money. long story short I had two follow ups w/him to remove the staples on the outside of my stomach and never seen him again, he never called or anything and I could never get an appointment. Just as well during the visits all he wanted to do is talk about sex BC a couple of female DRs was trying to holla @ me N he was advising me to get @ them BC he wish he could, BC he had been trying. I could not think about women then, ur only priority is getting the pain out. LOL! One of the DRs was tending to me during my stay everyday she was so sweet, by the day B4 I left she was mean BC I wasn't paying her any attention. I was shy also(Missed op) LOL!
So I've been sick for 10yrs hospitalized w/all kind of ailments. Even had a unconfirmed stroke/heart attack (but didn't know it) head CAT scan & EKG confirmed later. but I thank God I'm scheduled for a revision 9/13/10 Ive been through 5 DRs having to meet as much as an 80lbs weight loss only to do it then fail and gain it back B4 surgery :( 4 insurance companies denials and a whole lot of sickness N disappointments I've lost 25lbs so far in prep for my surgery gotta lose 15-20 more b4 it will happen I know I can do it w/in 2mons period. This is the short version. LOL! hit me up if u wanna know more. :)