- Username: AwesomeForever
- Location: Marlborough, MA, USA
- Member Since: 11/15/2007
- BMI: 25.2
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (01/03/08)
- Surgeon: Pablo Gazmuri, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialPablo Gazmuri, M.D.When I sat down to write this review, I thought of the words in the song from the movie To Sir with Love. Dr Gasmuri made an impression on me even before I met him. A good friend at work shared his experience over the months before he had the surgery in June 2007.rnrnHe kept emphasizing that Dr Gazmuri will answer all your questions, and that you could call the office at any time and your call would be returned.rnrnMy friend said he would take me to an informational meeting, and I finally said I am ready to go with tears in my eyes. I had been losing weight meeting with a nurse practioner at the Harvard Vanguard clinic. Yet, I needed something more. I had researched the operation online so the informational meeting was helpful to fill in gaps and present the philosopy of the surgeons in this practice.rnrnI met Dr Gazmuri at the second meeting, and just felt completely at ease even in that big setting. He took time to listen to me, and I was yet to become his patient.rnrnI had been given a date for the initial consult which is a 5 or more hour day meeting with many people. I liked Darlene the psychologist, and loved that she believed in hypnosis as I had tried that many years ago. I saw Renee, and went over all my medications. Of course, my picture was taken, and my weight recorded. rnrnNancy, the receptionist, and I talk quite a few times over the next few months. She is quite helpful. I even spoke with Marina, though, she was just coming in to keep the books having just had a baby. rnrnTina has been a help to me both in the office, and answering questions in the hospital.rnrnI have been very impressed with the staff and the efficiency of the appointments. I went for my pre op and my weight was down so it was recorded with an arrow down. rnrnDr Gazmuri was very caring in the times that I met with him. In the hospital he came in just before surgery, and looked cold from the brisk weather. rnrnI saw him in the hospital after the surgery and when I told him of two incidents that bothered me he held my hand. He also said he would use his influence to allow me to sleep better.rnrnI had problems with the first protein juice, and he said I did not have to have supper. I could just relax. I had had the dry heaves from the juice. This plus my blood pressure being quite high meant that I would stay one more day. rnrnI missed one vital check up and was able to sleep three hours. I have sleep apnea, and a problem getting to sleep, and staying asleep. It helped that Dr Gazmuri authorized one less check.rnrnThe nursing staff was excellent at Newton Wellesley Hospital. I was given a private room by Diane Hansen because of several issues the patient in the next bed was experiencing that caused me to be exhausted. I was moved near one and slept until 3 when I needed a shot of lovenox.rnrnDr Gazmuri came in or Dr Sheila Partridge came in to see me every morning. I was up moving about the hall and my room without any use of pain medications. I felt terrific though I had the jp tube, the IV, and the catheter. I asked about my intolerance to the milk, and was advised to use yogurt as it had less lactose. I will continue to attend the support meetings. rnrnI think the whole experience was great. I was calm and so ready for this operation. I was encouraged by Dr Gazmuri for my pre op weight loss, and committment to the use of this tool for more weight loss.rnrnI would say that Dr Gazmuri has the best bedside manner, and listens to you. The surgery was a major operation yet the pain was minimal. I just felt pain on the ride home over rough roads!rnrn
- Books & Literature - My favorite books are historical fiction. I am reading one written by a friend.
- Crafts - I taught crafts at a Christian Camp in RI for 15 years.
- Museums & Art Galleries - I have often been found walking around museums, I toured Washington and Philly.
- Theater - Local theater where I put my support from Gilbert and Sullivan to comedy.
- Adoption - We adopted our third child. She is 23 now.
- Meeting People - I am a people person. I love to travel, and meet people of all cultures.
- Movies - I don't see as many movies now. I spend more time with gr kids and computer.
- Grandchildren - We have four grandchildren. Boys 18 and 11, girls 8 and5 and 11 months.
- Computer and Internet Surfing - Lots of surgery surfing lately, and OH.
- Classical - Love some haunting oboes, violins, percussion...Aida etc.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I felt that my excess weight would always be a part of me. I struggled to keep a happy face when I heard comments from strangers and friends about my excess weight.
I would promise myself each day to lose weight. Yet, sometimes at night the promise forgotten I would search for that roll of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies to eat one or two which would morph into eating every single one. I would try to stop myself by freezing the cookies. It did not help.
When I found a new diet I relished in the weight loss only to rebound when the spark of newness wore off.
I spent hours pouring over weight loss magazines or cook books just to lose interest in cooking. I would cook and freeze recipes. They would be there in my freezer waiting to eat.
Yet, I chose the...
This will be my New Year on December 31, 2007 11:16 am
It is just a few days till the surgery that will change my life. I expect that I may get nervous at some point during the next three days. I have not experienced any nervousness at all.
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I was hoping to have today off from work. It would have meant three days off in a row. It seems like the rest I will have for the six week recovery will be my only respite except some vacation time.
So pray for me on Jan 3rd.
Christmas Eve on December 24, 2007 11:09 am
Well, I am at work and just answering the phones today. I think the most calls are about our closing early or the name of their letter carrier to leave a tip.
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Other than that, it is slow. I am on this web site to pass the time so I do not fall asleep. Another call...and ending with a pleasant Merry Christmas. That is so nice.
I am just a few days from the WLS. I had to sew up my uniform pants because they were dragging in the wet muddy snow. I decided since I only had 7 days left to just sew up two pair of pants. I do wash them nightly, though.
I have not ordered pants for post op as yet because I am not sure how much I will weigh.
Another opportunity to tell someone came today, but I just let it pass. I was in the bulk mail office where my husband works with another clerk. A customer who owns many Domino's Pizza Shops said his friend lost weight because he had surgery. I let it pass as I had not told my husband's friend, the postal clerk, and did not want to share it with the customer.
Yet, I am telling more people. I even find that friend's are discussing it with other people. A friend whose daughter and grandson were coming up the stairs at church stopped me and told me that a mutual friend, who is in need of surgery spoke to her about my upcoming surgery. Yes, I said. She said, she needed to have her jaws wired shut. I looked at her as she left going past and up the stairs and noticed she had perhaps put on an additional 60 pounds since I had spoken with her last.
Is that normal to start noticing others who need the surgery? Or is it just me and my caring nature?
I know that I have lost weight, and am encouraged by the people who notice. One tall, handsome man at work said,"Hey, look at Linda she is melting away!" I know that his wife must have told him!
I am comfortable with this at this stage of the pre op!
So, I continue to clean, and do nesting activities at home. It is in part because of Christmas, and the family coming over, but also, I expect company after the operation.
I have a lot of freed up space, but still do need to declutter, and get rid of things.
I will work on it more when I have my strength back, and the rest periods between eating tiny portions, and drinking water. Oh, I mean, sipping water.
I am all ready for Christmas. I thought I was all set on Saturday, when my husband said you have more gifts for Kris then Amy. I was not quite sure this was true, but knew that I did get several clearance items for Kris.
We headed to the mall, and I saw a Macy's so sent him in with a hundred dollars to purchase a gift certificate.
She works at Macy's and this will be perfect for her.
So, there are so many gifts that it will never be an under the tree Christmas. He wrapped and I bought. This morning, I wrapped three things for him. He does not know that I even bought them.
Two days until Pre-testing on December 18, 2007 11:59 am
This should be easy as pie. I have had operations in this hospital before for polyps. I know, I will have a great surgical team and wonderful follow up nursing. It is terrific that they spend so much time seeing if I have any issues before surgery.
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One other thing that they will do is check my gall bladder with an ultrasound an hour before the pre op pre test.
I am not in school any more but pre test??
It had been a terrific week up until the snowstorm of Dec 13th where I spent almost thirty minutes getting a few hundred yards in my vehicle back into the post office lot. Next thing, I discovered that some who had meant to leave work from the post office at 2 waited out the early rush. I mean early because there had been a snow emergency called and the children were being released from school, and businesses were letting their employees leave early.
So, perhaps we had a self induced gridlock by all hype about the storm. It caused the plows, and sanders a lot of problems because they could not get the job done. Next morning, it was clear down to the pavement on the main roads.
Just to let you know it was a terrible ride home. Every hill was causing the drivers to slide back, the trucks were impeded, and the slush was freezing on our windshield. It took us 4 hours to get home. We did stop at a Dunkin Donuts for coffee for my husband, and hot chocolate for me. I needed it. I had been doing without caffeine for so long that I am almost weaned off it.
We rode the last half hour without wiper blades, as the motor went. Luckily, it just needed to be reset the next day and the blades replaced. I thought they looked as if they were praying for us. It was necessary.
Next, we got an icy sleety storm on Sunday, and missed church, and the Advent Workshop which is a craft workshop that I have a large part in at church every year. I was glad it was cancelled as I am a wimp on ice.
Major concerns that I am praying about this week. I do not want to fall or be hurt before the operation with the ice remnant on the walkways and driveways. I do not want a major snowstorm on Jan. 3rd (2008). I am praying the weather is okay to drive.
I also pray that I get sleep the night before the surgery!
Less than a month to go on December 5, 2007 7:35 pm
I have been sharing my story of weight loss, and letting my friends, coworkers, and members of my church know what I intend to do in Jan.
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There are a few overweight individuals who are beginning to listen to me with an open mind. Some, though, continue to be concerned that I will have problems further down the line.
I am nesting. Yes, I think, you can call what I am doing nesting. I am making a better home with less clutter..........giving away those clothes that have 3x on them. I dropped two coats off at church for Rosie's Place. I know that the clients there will love the chocolate brown coat with the fur hood. I loved it. I also gave up a Hornets jacket that my sister had given to me after her weight loss surgery.
My sister, Judy, and my cousin, Sherri, have both had the RNY surgery. I am learning a lot from them. I also know that there is a better support system at Newton Wellesley Hospital then where they had the surgery.
Tomorrow, I will go to one of their support meetings that meets at 6 30 to 8 pm. We have a small notebook with instructional pages, recipes for the blended diet, and a sheet where we get an initial to show that we have attended meetings, and all the pre op testing.
Monday, I was in a large group of women and one man who will have the surgery done within the next month. One woman will have another doctor in the practice operate on her the same day as me...January 3rd.
It is a large group, but after seeing each other in the meetings over the past months, and listening to each other Monday. I am sure there will be more comraderie.
After all, we are morbidly obese, and we did not shun each other, did not make insulting remarks, or stare!
I am down to 262 pounds. I would like to be down to near 250 by Jan 3rd. I do not know if that is realistic with the holidays. I am a visual eater...if I see it...I could eat it.