- Username: bethlaf
- Location: north central, WI, USA
- Member Since: 2/16/2003
- BMI: 37.6
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (10/06/03)
- Surgeon: Amjad Ali
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Surgeon TestimonialAmjad AliMy first impressions of Dr Ali's office was on the over all very negative
my impressions of dr Ali , i honestly didnt get a chance to form one till my final pre surgical appointment , he is a wonderful dr, and very concerned about the health problems the m.o. causes , he is approachable and generally just a very nice man.
i would and have reccomended him to others
hes very concerned about his patients, its just up till right before surgury, i think he is very rushed , his practice has literally exploded, he is a very busy man , and beacause he is one of the surgical teachers, he seems to take that end of his responsiblity very seriously as well
i know, one of my residents ( student dr's) showed me his notes from dr ali , and they definately show the dr's concerns about our feelings both as patients and as people
on a scale of 1-10
i would rank dr ali at about an 8.5 ( i would rank higher, but honestly, i think the only lack i felt was his lack of time , due to high patient volume)
surgical competence, well, i had my surgery laproscopicly, i went under at 8 am , at 11 30 am , the dr was out talking to my finacee...
hows that for competence!
bedside, hes very solicitious, i am extremely pleased so far with Dr Ali
- Crafts - i do flower arrangments , and tole painting,as well as acrylics
- Cooking & Baking
- Gardening & Horticulture - YEAH i finally moved to a house where i can have a garden!
- Horseback Riding - ride a painted pony and let the spinning wheel spin
- Oil Painting - Actually , i paint acrylics,& have been doing it for several years!
- Horses - I have been riding since i was 6 , i love my hoofed honeys
old profile transfer of info on December 28, 2006 7:01 am
Mother of 3, and half mom of 3
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Live near Green Forest Ar.
Start Weight 322.5 ( highest weight was 345)
1 month 295 -27.5lbs
2 month 279.5 -43
3 months 268 -54.5
4 months 259.5 -63
5 months 253 -69.5
6 months 245 -77.5
7 months 238.5 -84 lbs !
and CENTURY CLUB , From my highest personal weight of 340
current weight 9-15-05 182
10-06-06 3 years out, and maintaining at 178 to 182 (varies, Im only human
My Dr has changed!!!!! Dr nespory will not bill medicaid for his bill, and needs the $7000.00 upfront, in full, before he will even schedule an appointment after finding this out yesterday , (****note , i was told recently that Dr Nespory , is no longer performing bariatric surgery*** 4/19/04)I called every Dr in the state, I finally got hold of Dr Amjad Ali, and he accepts medicaid , so , he will be my surgeon now.
3-21-03 just got a call from Dr Ali's office, they moved my appointment up a week , i wasnt supposed to go see him till the 4th of april , but now i will be going up to see him next FRIDAY ! , wow !, things are looking up
Well, I met with the office of dr Ali on friday , I wish I had known to expect a 4 hour appointment , I had scheduled soem thigns back home, job interviews, and it would have been helpfull to know that I was going to be there all day, its a 3 hour drive for me from home ,one way, so , it was quite the ordeal , even the drive, made my kidneys ache , but thats nothing new, I hope that goes away post op, when some of the weight dissapears,
Hopefully I will be starting a new job next week, I find out for sure tommorrow , x fingers for me !
The appointment with the Dr was very frustrating, it felt much like a cattle call , audition, walk in , take wt, go sit in a room, wait, talk to someone wait some more , then another tiny "class" and then wait, then , get this , while he had all 6 pre op patients waiting, the Dr went to lunch !!!, while we all sit there waiting !!!!!!
finally over an hour and a half later, he comes back , i was in a fine fettle by then , let me tell you, i was all ready to give him a piece of my mind, when i decided, it might not be wise to bit@h at the only dr in the state that accepts my insurance ....
so I bit my tounge, i am sure he is a nice man, and for the minute and a half that i actually saw him , he seems ok, i just think the office made a huge mistake in overbooking him...
thats my rant ...
my PCP is doing my bloodwork on thursday , and scheduling the other work , so , i will have no problems with that
let you know more as it happens
well i had my second appointment with dr Ali on friday , i have done all the lab work they wanted, and was adamant about a surgery date, so i have a tentative date of october 6th , thats 4 months away, and 2 days after my birthday , now is it time to get nervous????
i have to call the insurance office tommorrow , and make sure all my little ducks are in a row, and will see what hppens then
x fingers and pray for me !!!
well , i have insurance approval , and apparently , a small error in the office, i actually have had approval since april , after my first appointment , but , it got misplaced, i have an appointment with the surgeon , next friday , the 27th , and hopefully, we will confirm my surgery date , and set up any testing they need
im excited,nervous what a ton of emotions to add in to regular life
My Surgery is scheduled for october 6th , 2003, thats 2 days after my birthday, less than 90 days away, i am beginning to get nervous, .....it seems so soon all of a sudden
37 days away, i have my final pre surgical appointment with dr ali on next friday , i have still been having trouble losing the weight he requested i lose before surgery, its been so hard, i bloomed up to 326, and am now down to 316, but thats still 4 lbs over what i was last appointment, im so scared my surgery might be cancelled because i havent lost the weight,
its scary to think that it mght all be pfffft, out the window just like that.... i dont know what to do ....
i feel like i should just go on a total liquid diet from now till my surgery, after all, what the heck , right, thats what i will be on post op.... the more i lose now, the less i have to lose then, right , i dont know, i know i tend to be very hard on myself, and perhaps its not fair, but, right now, i feel like a total failure , and complete loser, and i dont mean in a good way either
9/14/03 22 days till surgury, i am getting extrememly nervous, and worried about ths surgery, I wish I were one of those people that seem to breeze through everything , but heres my big secret , i worry about things i have no "actual" control of ....
September 20th , 16 days till surgery
Something I posted on the message board, when someone else was reconsidering her dec. to have surgery , I wanted to share with others !
on occasion I come up with soemthing truly brilliant, and here was my brilliance yesterdaY,
If you have already come to terms with the 40% complication rate, then you're ready ,
If you have worked and got the pre testing done, then youre ready,
If you have had appointment after appointment, then youre ready
If you have researched all the protein needs , and diffrent vitamins,
and know you will be eating nothin but mush for a month after surgury,
If you have made the commitment to changing your health , and your life,
then you know this is a commitment to your self , to your heart and soul !
And then my friend you are READY ! ,
Before we make anything like an important decision , we get jitters, and this is good,
it prevents foolish choices, and scares off the weak ,
HONEY, you're not weak , you're strong, You can pull through this to the other side! ,You will be healthy and you will be happy and you will be reborn into this new version of yourself !
you can do it , god bless you for making this decision, its not an easy one to make !
post op, was in the hospital for 2 1/2 days , total
went pretty much uneventfull, the nursing staff, wow i had a "vicki" everyone should have a "vicki of thier own , if the hospital doesnt provide one ! go hire one, she was wonderfull, from letting me rinse and brush my teeth the first night , to helpingme with a sponge bath the second morning, and finally , finagling a full shower for me , always had a smile and a laugh , just wonderfull, i cant say enough about this woman !
she is AWESOME !!
i was discharged on wednesday night, the 4 hour drive home was very very painfull! the drain tube hurts like crazy, i have to drive back up there on friday , pulling my son out of school to ride with me , and keep me awake, its a 3 plus hour drive
burping a lot it hurts like crazy, do not underestiamte the power of GAS !!!!!!
drain pull was uneventfull, most of my steri strips are off, it still aches where the drain was, but its getting better, tired an awfull lot , and achey, im babying myself a bit, and recovering, when i feel up to speed then i will worry about activity, dr on friday said , if you cant sip without burping, use a straw ! , funny, after they had said before NO STRAW !, the doc on friday said, well its better to use a straw than to not get enough liquid ! FUNNY ! but it still hurts to laugh , the tugging pulling pain on my side near the incision near my belly button is annoying ,but everyone keeps saying it wil get better
sorry for the delays, i have jsut been soo busy healing and really self centered , kind of like towards the end of pregnancy, andyou can think of nothing but the baby, well, in this case the " baby" has been my new tummy,
had maybe 5 episodes of dumping, 4 were from the actigall, this stuff has become the bane , of my recovery, thank goodness we dont have to take this for very long !!!
i hate it , even this mornign it started making me sick, but i took my compazine
im on normal food, i think if you look around you hear enough complaining about the soft pureed food stage , so im not gonna do it here, yes its kind of yechy, but it doesnt last long, anyone want some baby food, i bought some and i never ate any of it , i just stuck with beans and soft foods i made at home
the only thing i kind of miss now is vegetables, yo know crunchy ones, i just havent had the nerve to eat any yet,
i am probobly messing up with protien , i dont take it but once a day , for 30 grams of protien , then i get about 40 from food , so , 70 or so grams a day , it seems ok , vitamins, chewables still taste nasty ! , i dont like them , but i take them , again , no big deal , ok , the numbers at 1 month
the day of surgery i weighed in at 322 lbs
as of monday morning , using my pcp 's scale i was 287
down 34 lbs !!!!!!! in one month !!!!!!!!
I still run the ozarks group , and am fairly active in the october 2003 buddies group over on yahoo , for october surgeries,
thats my main support right now
i did go to one post op group from dr Ali's , on his orders, but it wasnt that valuable for me , since no one there was really where i was, it was ok to meet people though , so , that part was ok , of course , for me , meeting people is like a sport :D
i love meeting new people !
#### 12-06-2003 #####
Well here i am 2 months out , and i am down 44 lbs, i love this, i finally went shopping for some smaller sized clothes, i loved hitting the clearance racks ! since i am only gonna wear it for a couple of months i know its ok to have cheaper clothing , so to walmart it was !
down to size 22-24 top, still in 26 on the bottom , but thats due to the very large apron i have , its shrinking , but not as fast as the top , which is ok,i know it will all come sooner or later
i am just so happy to be out of the 300's , and now even out of the 280's!
this mornings weigh in at my personal physicians office was 278!!! thats just so fantastic!
Well welcome to the new year !!!!
if youre from southern mo/northern ar. you probobly will be hearing from me or my groups co-manager LaShonda
we had a great holiday party in january for the group , its great to meet people face to face , and see how much weight they have lost, its just amazing the transformations i see, and its wonderfull to start seeing some of them in me
i now where 18/20 in shirt
and am down to 24 in the pants, but thats cause i have such a huge apron, im really concerned about that shrinking, but i know it will with time
but since thats the part of my body i guage my appearance by , its hard to not be disgusted with it not shrinking faster
interesting thing happened, i had these awesome calf high boots, the kind with the strtchy top , so they fit well... i have now lost too much weight to wear them , i tried to wear them last night, and was forever bending over to tug them back up as they slid down my calves, i have always had a lolipop figure ...
i look like a big ball on a stick , i have as my future sister and law said "little tiny bird legs" she is a size 18 , but has thicker calves, so she cant wear the boots, so if anyone needs a nice pair of calf high black boots, size 10 1/2 let me know ...
this goes back to shoes, i threw a pair of my favorite summer clogs out, they are simply too big , who qwould have thought that i had lost enough weight in my feet !
even the black shoes i wear all the time ( loafers) i have to toss them , my feet drown in them without thick socks, i guess im lucky its winter ....
lets see, current weight is 263.5 1 more pound to 60 gone forever !
i lost 4 pounds the first week of the month while i was moving , wow, lots of work !!!!
struggling with carbs , but managing ok .
yes , still no food intolerances, except venison, havent tried beef
sick of eating meat all the time.... it gets old pretty darn fast .....
Well here is april
i currently weight 245, which is 75 lbs gone, i am very happy with this constant downward trend!
I get Frustrated when i compare myself to others who lose a lot faster, but I constantly remind myself that the speed of the loss doesnt matter, the consistency does !!!
WELCOME TO MAY !!!!
i am seven months post op now, and down 84 lbs , and still losing, i am in size 18 tops and bottoms, and some of them are getting loose, i have a lot more confidence as the looming goal approaches, i cant wait to get under 200, i know its gonna take a couple more months, but im still pleased with my progress
5-10 lbs a month is good ! which means by august i should be under 200, if all goes well 14 lbs and i will have lost a 100 lbs from my surgery weight, and when i broke 240 ,i had lost 100 lbs from my highest weight , this has been life changing to say the least, i feel so much more confident to put myself out there to help people
its an awesome thing , i tell you !
Wow, i havent updated in a while, sorry all
i am currently 182, my daughter is now a month and a half old , shes a gorgeous baby !!!!!
im nursing her, so still my food intake is higher than many other post ops, because i need to keep it up for nursing
yes nursing is possible, just like pregnancy is possible, you just have to watch your nutrition LIKE A HAWK!!!!
take vitamins fuel with good foods only
and eat a bit extra, when i got pregnant i was at 218 , during pregnancy i lost down to 198 , but had a
healthy pregancy ~healthy home birth~ and a beautiful healthy baby girl
my support group is in stasis, we have all moved away from needing the regular meetings and constant reassurances, and just now occasionally email each other, i see this as a good and healthy thing , now its nearly 2 years since my surgery and i know what to do food wise and vitamin wise, that doesnt mean i always do it, im not any kind of paragon of virtue, but i do try to take care of things, i take my vitamins and try to eat right , though im not perfect
the funny thing is , youre cruising along, and the surgery is not really that high in your head , then poof, i had a bad food problem today , yacked my guts out over 2 hours
ok so this might not be sweet and nice, but its true, don't ever forget what you did to your body.....
my bellydancing classes are going great getting geared up for biking again this coming summer, buying a baby trailer for the toddler to ride in ...