- Name: Sheila L.
- Username: babe2babe
- Location: Greenwood, SC, USA
- Member Since: 8/7/2008
- BMI: 39.0
- Hoping to have surgery
- Surgery Type: REALIZE Band (11/12/08)
- Surgeon: Edward Rapp
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Surgeon TestimonialEdward RappI thought they were awful at first.rnYep I was thinking they were totally against me. WHY didn't they send in my paperto the Insurance company???rnNow I realize they are just trying to help me, they are looking out for me. They seen the big whimp in me.rnI had to get it in my head that getting WLS wasn't just a \"FIX ME BUTTON\"...rnI'm all ready to work with these people now, and now I actually feel they care. rnI haven't had the opportunity to meet with the surgeon yet, but I heard many great things about him. He's not like some surgeons that don't have time for you, I heard he really cares and he's got a great bedside manner,and that he gives great advise... I can't wait to meet him. Hopefully it is soon, and he see's me as a candidate for WLS. rn
- Arts - I enjoy doodling, and looking at art.
- Cats - I have two cats, foxy is a inside cat, and the other,Stripes is an outdoor cat.
- Poetry - I enjoy writing poetry
- Writing - I write poetry and enjoy writing to my friends.
- Board Games & Puzzles - pogo.com and jigsaw puzzles, they keep my mind off of eating.
- Collectibles - I collect metal bells, brass, nickel, silver, pewter, it's fun.
- Cooking & Baking - I love to bake the most, I love finding a good recipe.
- Fishing - One day I would love to live on a lake or pond
- Computer and Internet Surfing - I just enjoy learning new things each day, and the internet is full of stuff.
- WLS in your 40's - I like meeting new people, especially if they have a sense of humor.
Im a Great Grandma on February 12, 2009 2:16 pm
I've got a picture of him in my photo's, he was born on Thanksgiving, and his name is Skyler
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20 Day's Post Op on December 2, 2008 7:34 pm
I am feeling so much better, at the beginning I was thinking that maybe I might have made a boo boo, I hurt so much. I had the worst gas pains and I was hurting in my belly and chest. I realized that it was just part of the healing, and now I feel pretty good. I'm so glad I had this done.
I can tie my shoes without gasping for air now, don't get me wrong I still have a hard time tying my shoes, but it's so much easier. Every morning I look in the mirror and see me shrinking, this is so totally cool...
I lost 28.50 lbs. and lost 20 inches so far. My hubby keeps telling me that I look so much happier now. And I am....
God I am so thankful. I've got another chance in life.
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2 days Post-Op "I Got it!" on November 14, 2008 4:54 pm
I finally got my Realize band, this is my second day out of the hospital, I feel pretty good, besides the bloatiness and gas. Wow this gas is a killer. But I will make it through this. Just think, I'm on the loosers bench now. Can't wait to see the weight fall off. I'm so excited to get my life back, this weight was taking away everything in my future. So far no complaints. All my friends at the Church have been so good to me, the Preacher and his wife came over and brought me a fiberoptic angel, it's so pretty. The Church is backing me in all this. My husband has been so sweet to me, he's a great guy. The Surgeon Dr. Rapp did a wonderful job, and he's really a nice guy. The hospital was great, all the nurses were helpful. I'm home now and the rest is up to me now. Wish me luck please. I got a head start on my New Year Resolution, and I'm so glad.
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Got Good News on October 30, 2008 11:53 am
I've got a Date with Dr. Rapp on November 12th 2008 to have the Realize lapband done. I'm so ready, I will work at it til I get my New Me. And I will never allow myself to get this way again... So Happy. And excited. I need all your help, and if anyone needs mine I will surely be there. Thanks to all my friends on OH.
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Not Banded and Denied on September 24, 2008 3:43 am
Today I opened up an Insurance form saying I was denied the Lap band surgery. Even though the Insurance Co. considers candidates for Bariatric surgery with the BMI of 40+... Even though I have a BMI of 46, and I have the presence of obesity related diagnoses (Hypertension and Obstructive sleep apnea) there was no evidence that I have undergone pre-operative medical, psychological and/or nutritional evaluation and education as required by the medical policy SURG.00024, Surgery for clinically Severe Obesity "Don't that sound "AWFUL?"
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My Doctor didn't sent in my information yet, they were holding off because I had red flags all over me, warning them that I wasn't giving it my ALL. I showed no presences of exercise...I wasn't showing the Dr's office that I was willing to do my job in this WLS Man I never thought I would be in this condition. My physician in this WLS has all the evaluations, but they are holding onto them to see if I am willing to follow the program, I know that this is a good thing now, I'm sure they have a lot of people come in thinking that this is an easy way out... Anyway's I realize now that the Surgeon and nurses aren't against me, they're against my attitude "I wasn't trying to help myself"... Also the Lapband or any WLS isn't an easy fix, and I realize it now.
"IT'S NOT AN EASY FIX"!!!
I always thought that WLS was a BIG..."COP-OUT",
IT'S NOT These people work hard to get this operation. They have to prove that they deserve it, if that makes sense. It does to me now, I got busy, I guess you could say I got my inner MOJO. This Lap band isn't just a button that you push and loose weight, it's a tool that you have to use it properly or it doesn't work. I think of it as a hammer, if you hold the hammer at the iron and hit a nail, it will take forever to get that nail knocked into the wood, you've got to hold, that hammer at the end of the handle and give it a good whack, and that nail drives into the wood easily. I've learned that through many of my WLS sessions, and from many of you that wrote in their profiles. I thank each of you for that. It's time for me to be a better Me. Yesterday I joined a fitness workout program, I worked out for about an hour and a half. I thought I would wake up sore, but I was surprised I felt a lot better. I'm so motivated now, and ready... Today is orientation at the gym, a personal trainer is going to show me around the gym and help me get acquainted to each machine. And again this is a tool, there's that tool thing again, I heard that before...You actually have to work it, YIKES!!! But here I am, I'm going into this "head first"... It's like testing the water, but jumping in without testing it, JUST jump in and get use to it right away, because this is your New You... I didn't quit there, I joined a Water Aerobics class also, I went last night to my first class. There was about 15 women and one man, they were all so friendly and none of them had as much weight as I do, but they all welcomed me with open arms... I had a blast, it was so much fun, but it was painful at times, I never realized you could sweat in the water... The instructor was this 72 year old lady that looked like a model, she was so pretty and fit, it showed me that I have hope... The water was warm and the water really gives you a great workout... I'm going to go out today and find me something to wear, I wore shorts and T-shirt and it didn't help me maneuver about, it was like a weight when I was trying to do some things...Hopefully I can find a store with bathing suit still on sale. I also need water shoes, the pool has a rough floor and I heard that it can cause you to have sores... I hate myself in a bathing suit, and I dread it, but just think "what a inspiration" I'll be to me, and others when I start looking like a normal human being...Anyway's this is my story and I know now that I'm sticking to it...
My name is Sheila, I'm working toward getting lap-banded, hopefully as soon as possible. It's not exactly what I wanted or figured I'd ever need in my life, but here I am "ALL 251 lbs OF ME" I'm one of them big people I never wanted to be, and swore I'd never be... Something good I learned from being Obese is that even though the person is huge and not as pleasing to the eyes, they still have that inner beauty that no one see's, they're people just like everyone else is. I will always look at an obese person with a different view than before. I love you all. People ask me aren't you afraid of getting this done. No, I am not afraid of dying if that's what you are saying, I'm afraid of living like this for the rest of my life. I've wasted too many years of my life, I'm tired of feeling helpless. I use to be this really slim, petite person (110 lb) I was that fun in the sun chick, it was my favorite thing. My husband and I use to take off and drive down the coast line, and walk the beaches, in a little small bathing suit... Believe it or not I even use to be an aerobic instructor, I use to wear them little leotards and tights, but then all of a sudden here came this big huge fat person, and gulp, she ate me... Now I'm this little sexy momma inside this huge obese person, fighting to get out. The big thing wrong with this, is that this huge person has me captive, this big person won't quit eating, I do believe she ate another person, and I now don't have anymore room inside her, I've got to get out of here!!! I am being squished, and I am feeling as though I am drowning. I can't breath in here anymore, I can't walk anymore, and guess what? I feel invisible where I am. Yep especially when I'm around people. I've been left out of a lot of things, especially if it involves any kind of walking, or fun stuff. And of course I don't blame anyone but myself for letting this fat person eat me... I love being with my family, I'm fixing to be a great grand ma, yep 55 year old great grandma... I'd love to go shopping with them and help with the baby shower. Also I want to be able to hold that new baby when it come, I'd like to be able to live a longer life to see all the kids prosper... Now a days when we go places I feel that I hold them back, they're always say "poor Mom" "Are you OK"?... It's no fun anymore doing the things that I once enjoyed doing, believe me, "this is not me". I use to not mind posing for pictures, now I hate having my picture taken.
I enjoyed walking, I use to walk from one peer to the next peer at the beach, now I'd be lucky to make it to the sand. I love the beach, I love the sun, I love the mountains, I love to lay in the sun, and get a golden tan... But obesity and sun don't mix. I stay hot and sweaty, I tell my husband that one day he'll come home and find a pile of ashes on the floor, and it'll be me... I don't get enough sunshine anymore, my doctor says that I have a severe deficiency in vitamin D. I get overheated in the sun.
My Grand kids can't sit on my lap anymore, there just no room, shoot even my cat has a hard time finding room on my lap now-a days... Sometimes my cat will just sit next to me, she still loves me... I even found her laying on top of my stomach while I lay side-ways in bed, it's like a heated water bed to her... I have sleep apnea now, The day I brought home my CPAP machine (sleep apnea machine), I believe foxy kitty thought I was some kind of predator or monster, it took her awhile to come around the bed, I guess I do look scary... She's cool with it now thank goodness...Wish I was :( I'm hoping to get my life back, and also I'm needing help from who ever there is that wants to share their knowledge of lap band...