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Surgeon TestimonialWilliam O. Richards, M.D.Dr. Richards was wonderful. he went in did what had to be done. And had no problem. I had no scare tissue, so he was able to go lap. I was home in 2 days. And I've healed fast, even for being a diabetic. It has all been so wonderful. I would suggest him to anyone. He is very quiet, but does know his business.His staff is very friendly. They prepare you for your aftercare, and have the 24 hr. call. use it if needed, for any questions. On a scale from 1-10 he is a 10 in my book. He did what he needed to do, and I am very happy with him a dr.I think that his surgical competence is the best. That is my #1 concern, even though he does care about his patients, he makes sure all is taken care of the right way. |
2 yrs out on March 21, 2010 2:56 pm
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Okay ya'll I'm 2 yrs out! Wow what a difference! And so many changes to my body & spirit. I've often wondered, what or where I'd be if I hadn't done the surgery. Well I should know never to second guess decisions. It was on path by the grace of god to give me this opportunity, for a new and better life. Thank you lord for the days you've given back to me & my family! There are some changes, but none that I've got any control over. I met so many wonderful folks, some just starting their journeys, during their journeys and some that have hit their goals on their journeys. And the good lord has blessed me with knowing them as well as what is right for me and my system. Rather it be the support of the hospital staff, support groups or support friends & family I've been blessed with it all.
Happy New Year on January 11, 2009 5:08 pm
Hi Dear Freinds, I've not updated for awhile now, but I've been on the board, in the forum. I just love everyone, for the sharing and caring, Thank you so much for your help and support. I'm almost there. As of today I am 189lbs that is a far cry from 326lb. I know that it seem slow. But ok I admit I'm slow. but it has been worth every minute. I'm do'n great. Still on cpap, but I wondered about that, they said it does happened to some folk, I raised my hand and that was me. I am in a size 10-12 it's according to how it's made, Hooray!!!! I would of never thought I could ever get into this size and a large sweater, never me. Again thank you all, I love each and everyone of you so much. Barb
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4-23-2008 update on April 23, 2008 1:16 pm
Hi everyone, I know that it has been awhile, I've grown smaller, it is great. Alittle scary when, I put on a pair of draws and they go all the way up to, well you know, they don't fit no more. I've gone from a size 30 to a 24 & 22, and finally fit into the tops that I used to wear when I worked. It is an awesome feelin cause I really thought that I would never be this small again. And really it's not small, it just not the 326 lbs.I still hurt, but finally hear my family say you look like the old Barbie Jean. And please don't call me that. I have two aunt Barb's on both sides so they use both names when they talk to me. Anywho, my face is taken' on a different shape, maybe a alien???? Naw just one that I've not seen or haven't been familiar with, Wow what a change. And each and everyone on the board are so special to me I really wish that you knew, as well as Brian, he is the #1 puree apple of my eye.Oh by the way have I metioned that I am still in the puree stage. It's alright I don't mind. I am mak'n it, not problem.One more phase in my journey to a new life without the diabetes, high b/p, and the list that used to go on and on, there is still a list not near as long. I have Dr. Richards and his staff to think for that. Well hugs to all I'll write soon. Did I say I am 256 this morning. Only 114 from my goal Hooray!!!!
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Alway do everything in love on October 29, 2007 6:48 am
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I look back I had a wonderful family, who oneway or another found humor in whatever happened. If we didn't find it , it would find us. LOL. Our family to date is close, I remember going into family get together and from the time you go in the door, your there is constant laughter.
It was early spring, my two aunts were in Carbondale one at College and the other at work, the one had called my gram, saying that she was gonna pick up KFC for supper so if gram would make a apple pie gram wouldn't have to heat the kitchen up. As the day went on, of course it go hotter, and gramps had metioned a couple of times what was we gonna have for supper? He headed outside, the next thing you know he was over the neighbors, shout'n the breeze, I started watch'n gram would go over to the door, and check he was over there I know a good hr and half. You see gramps was blind but he could get around as good as anyone of us could. anyway. Gram howlered " Wesley are you com'm home to set the table?' Well I think that gram wasn't pay'n to much attention of what I was do'n I had set the forks and napkin and she had already sit the pie so it would cool after she had baked it. But gramps came in a short time later sit rite down bowed his head and said " Go ahead Helen" He was ready for prayer, with nothing else on the table, No food, but there was pite, and forks, and no KFC!!! Man did we have a laugh that nite at the real supper table. you see that is why our family is the way were are.
Patience isn't my thing on September 12, 2007 10:29 am
On 9-7-07 I went to my seminar. I tried calling to get my appt. set up when I got home, go figure, voice mail. Left a message, and also e-mailed info. Of course I figured, weekend kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk-I'm mak'n it. Monday came and went, so Tues. I called again. Wed morn. I finally got my return call. I was so excited when I answered the phone, and guess what now it's another wait'n game. My appt. is not until Nov. 27th. what's up with that. I know they are busy, buttttttttttt. Come on now. Just venting. Why does it take so long to get set up. Now again, it will be next yr. before getting everthing done and I will have all of the deductables again.
As it is I will be changing the surgeons name,again. Dr. T left, So I get to pick another one in the practice. That's ok I don't mind, from what I understand they are all good folks. I just need to learn patience. I just keep saying to myself, that is only alittle over 9 weeks. It don't sound so long compared to 21/2 mos.
I'll just use this time to get things in order.
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My Story Hi to all, it feels as though I've been on this trail so long, that I'm waiting to see the end of the tunnel. You know the one with the light. Things are getting brighter.
As I was growing up, I remember being told to push away from the table. All of my friends were dating, I was the one that didn't get asked. And when I did, it was a rear. My sister which was very thin, always had a date, good friends that never said " Oh so- n- so is going to ask me out. Or no dates again this weekend." I always felt like a 3 rd. wheel.
My own dad told me'"Sis do you realize how pretty you would be if you would lose the weight." No one could except me as I was. Because I was bigger I was offending them. I would stand in front of the mirror and just cry. The bad things is that for some reason they couldn't except me for me. Or here's Barb shes the bubbly one. Or fat girls look better with short hair. That long hair made by face look fatter.
I was married at the age of 18, at the time, as I looked back, size 14 wasn't a bad size. Not that big, While pregnant with my son, I lost more weight, then through a divorce, back came the weight. For 3 yrs. I can't say that I found anything or one that enterested me. But food did. Back up to 265.lbs.
Then in 1981 I met my husband, he didn't look at me for the weight, he never tried to make me something different. A yr. later gave birth to our daughter, after her birth I lost down to 174 with the help of the Doctor. But after 7 mos. put 30 lbs. back on.
I stayed at 206-210 for several yrs. I even had a manager of a telecommunications co. hire me as a admin assistant. But he let me know that he hired me because I was big enough that I wouldn't make his wife jealous. And never let me forget it.
I stayed at the 210 for so long I honestly thought maybe that was the weight I would be the rest of my life. But there was something different in my lifes plan. On Dec. 2003 I went into surgery for my Ackilles Tendeon that I had ruptured. When I came out a walker was handed to me. I was still loopie from the surgery, as I put the walker down so did I put my foot down that was in a splint. re-rupturing the tendeon. Back into surgery for the second time that day.
During the next yr. I was in a wheel-chair for 4 mos. In 7 different cast. and had to learn to walk again. During that time my weight had risen to 310 lbs. and then to 326 and that is where it has stayed.
Now I not only have the tendeon complication, but a list of co-mobidities. as long as the arm. I know this second chance has been along time coming. But lord knows I can't wait to see the thin me inside this lg. unhealthy body. Even if it don't take everything away, hey just half will do.
I am scheduled for my Seminar on 9-7-07. This will be the second one for me. Because of the insurance, and Doctor change. I know there is a reason for everything, and god has a plan. I know there are better things for me. I just want to thank the folks that have gotten me this far.