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A little bit about myself -- I am a 54 y/o gramma of 3 beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson.
I grew up in the Florida Keys (Islamorada,Lower Matecumbe,Key Largo) in the land of flip-flops, sandy beaches, coral reefs, and beautiful sunsets.
I just found this site!! I've had a weight problem most of my life, and it is steadily getting worse and really taking a tole on me. I began putting my life on hold back in the early 70s...always saying "when I lose weight I will do....." What a terrible way to live life. Here it is all these wasted years later and I'm now excited that maybe there is a chance for me to make a change and be able to live life as a "normal" person, not having to be embarrassed to be seen in public and not having to always wonder when you hear laughter if that person is laughing at you. There are so many things that normal sized people do that I would give anything to be able to do...little things like wearing a bathing suit or going sleeveless in public. It wasn't until I met my current husband that I allowed myself to even wear shorts. For years and years I only wore long pants. It didn't matter if it was 98 degrees outside and everybody else running around in shorts and tank tops, there I was in long pants...burning up from being so hot. I always worried too much of what others would say. My family always said I kept my house cold enough to be a meat locker. Well, when you're wearing jeans on a hot summer day you have to cool off somehow!!
I have been researching the different surgery options and also the physicians in my area for quite a while now. I read everything I can get my hands on about WLS and was even considering traveling out of town to have my surgery. I will continue to do my research and make a decision when I feel the time is right.
October 10, 2005 - Well, here it is a few months later and I am still researching and trying to make an informed decision on whether or not this surgery is for me. Of course I would like to lose my weight, but at the same time I don't want to make the decision lightly without thinking it through. I know that if I decide to have the surgery, that I also have to be prepared to have some plastic surgery, and I don't want to begin the process if I'm not willing to finished it through to the end.
Dec 2005 - Here I am, still trying to get things worked out. I've seen so many people come to this site, begin their process and go on to get fit and trim. It is such an inspiration to me and gives such great hope that it will be my turn some day.
May 12, 2006 - Run into a snag in regards to insurance and preferred provider. Dr. Lord told me during my consultation that he was in my PPO's network. I told him I had called them and they told me he wasn't. He said he was and had already done someone from my PPO. Well....I called and asked someone in Dr. Lord's office if they could double check it because my PPO was still showing that he was not in the network. She said she had a call in and would get back with me.
May 31, 2006 - Still on clear liquids. This is the second day and it is miserable. I have never been able to drink clear broth (makes me nauseated), and my doctor's instructions say I can have popsicles but nothing red, orange, purple, green, etc., so that doesn't leave much else. I couldn't find any other popsicles, so I am just having water and decaf coffee. I tried one Sprite but it didnt settle. I can make it until after my tests in the morning though....I think. LOL
June 5, 2006 - Talked to Dr. Lord's nurse, Traci, and she said my biopsies were negative and there was no sign of H. Pylori so there is nothing to treat. She said she would tell Ruth that I was done with all my preop testing and ready for her to proceed with my approval process. Hopefully Ruth will get back with me soon.
June 7, 2006 - Talked to Ruth at Dr. Lord's office today. She said everything thing is set to go except for she is waiting on Letter of Medical Necessity from my PCP. I thought this had already been done! I purposefully made an appointment with my PCP (Instead of just calling) to go over what the letter needed to say, etc. She told me that she would dictate the letter within a couple of days. Well....that was on May 14th. Anyway...Ruth is right on top of it and called my PCP and and got that taken care of. It is supposed to be transcribed today and they will fax a copy to Ruth so Ruth can get my approval package submitted. Thanks Ruth for your efforts!!
June 12, 2006 - Ruth confirmed that my package was indeed sent for approval as of this morning. Yipeeee! Now the waiting begins. I'm have tried to let things happen as they will throughout this whole process. My belief is that if it happens it was meant to be and if there is a delay then there is a good reason for it. I've prayed and prayed about the decision to have the surgery, and when I finally made the decision I decided I would take the "what will be will be" approach and try not to get too upset if I run in to a snag or delay. I feel everything happens for a reason, so if I run in to a delay I will believe it is in my best interest. On the other hand, as things fall into place pretty smoothly I look at it as I must have made the right decision. Am I making sense? Probably not. LOL
July 21, 2006 - Called Dr. Lord's office today. It has been a week since my approval and I had not heard about a surgery date. You know how us preops are...we can get pretty antsy when we don't hear anything. LOL Anyway, April told me I would probably hear something next week. She couldn't tell for sure. She said Jan was out and Ruth was having to cover for her too and there was a stack of charts on Ruth's desk that needed to be scheduled for surgery. She assured me that people were scheduled in the order of which they were approved. I asked if they would fax me a copy of the approval. They only got verbal approval though. That concerns me a little. I will check with my insurance next week to see if I can get a written approval. Hope to hear about a surgery date soon because my primary doctor said she needs to start treatment for diabetes if it is going to be delayed too long. She has already waited a while for it.
I am SO glad this part is almost over. It has been hell the last couple of days...and I feel beaten down and horrible at this point. I know it is all for the good though. The hospital called and told me they bumped my surgery up from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. so for me to be there at 8:00 a.m. That is okay; the sooner the better at this point. Can't wait for tomorrow when they can put me to sleep for surgery and out of my misery!!!
August 22, 2006 - I made it!!!! I made it through the preop liquid diet. I made it through the bowel prep and antibiotic days. I'm up and ready to head to the hospital. I look and feel like crap, and family says I look like one of the zombies from The Night of the Living Dead movie! After seeing the picture, I definitely agree with them. LOL
My surgery took a little over 3 hours due to a lot of scar tissue that they had to first get out of the way before they could do the RNY. Dr. Lord told my family all went well, it just took longer than usual.
They finally took me up to my room about 4pm. It had been a long day. I was feeling pretty good though. Thankfully I had no nausea.
Everyone on the bariatric floor was so nice. It was the nicest hospital experience I have ever had. They had me up walking that evening for a short walk.
I started doing my laps around the bariatric wing the next morning. I made lots of laps each day! I felt so good most of the time and couldn't believe I was doing so well. The only thing i hated was having to depend upon someone to wipe my arse for a few days. That was SO humiliating and embarrassing. I just couldn't get twisted into a position to do it. Too much information, I know, but maybe it will help someone else know that they are not the only one if it happens to them.
September 22, 2006: At end of one month I am down 31 pounds. YEAH!!! I'm beginning to see a little bit of difference, especially in my face.
October 3, 2006: Down 35.8 pounds. Seems to be slowing down a bit now. I hear that is normal though, so I am trying not to worry too much. I need to increase my exercise. Have been doing Walk Away the Pounds workouts.
October 4, 2006: Went to support meeting tonight. Got to meet Angela Brown from the message board. That was fun! And it was good to see Connie again. She is always so sweet. They had a guest speaker at the meeting (a facial plastic surgeon). It was interesting, though I will have to sell my home and all my belongings to have everything "fixed" that will need fixing when I get done. LOL The last meeting was a plastic surgeon who does TT and arms and body lifts, etc., so when I add it all up.....geez....let's just say I hope I win the lottery! LOL
Connie had her surgery today! You're in my prayers, Connie!
October 5, 2006: Had appt with Dr. Lord today. He seemed in a hurry today. Dr. Freedman was having to see some patients and Dr. Lord the others. I get to move to stage 4 food plan. He said I was right on track -- have lost 23% of my excess weight. I've been doing wonderful except for the usual things to expect after having major surgery. Doing real well with my food. A couple of times have begun to feel slightly clammy and sick, but it passed pretty quickly. Both times it was because I ate too fast. If I don't keep that on my mind the whole time I am eating (that I should eat SLOWLY) I end up shoveling bites in just to get done and that can be big mistake. I guess it will take time for it to be second nature. I don't eat fast because I am starving but just to eat and get it over with. Laying fork/spoon down inbetween bites is a good habit to get into; that way you don't subconsciously pick up the fork and take another bite so soon.
The only problem I am having is dry, DRY, cracked skin on hands, fingers and feet plus palms of hands are extremely itchy with red blotches. Having a hard time walking with the cracked skin on feet (and working too since I keyboard (type) all day in my work and the tips of my fingers are all cracked.) It is wierd! Dr. Lord suggested I add some olive oil to my diet. I hope it clears up soon. I'll probably go to dermatolgist if it doesn't. Don't know if it is an allergic reaction to something or what it is. My body is so weird though, there is no telling. But I digress......
October 14, 2006 - Husband and I made decision to stop the Actigall because of the severe burning down my esophagus and my voice changes getting worse. After taking it this morning my voice was almost completely gone in a matter of about an hour. It is scaring me, so we decided that I would stop taking it. I will touch base with Dr. Lord's office after the weekend. Still have the extremely red and itchy palms of hands and the cracked and bleeding tips of fingers. It will be interesting to see if the itchy hands gets better, as itching and voice changes is listed on side effects for Actigall. We will see.
I'm having a little problem swallowing liquids and/or foods. This is something I am monitoring and keeping an eye on. Doing a lot of burping and/or what seems like a burp that comes all the way up to top of throat but doesn't "come out." I pray this is not the beginning signs of a stricture.
October 16, 2006 - The burning in my chest and esophagus got better almost immediately upon stopping the Actigall, and my voice is a whole lot better today. I'm going to give it a few days and then restart it and see if the problems occur again.
October 17, 2006 - Today is my weekly Tuesday weigh-in. I lost 3.9 pounds! Weight loss slowed down for a couple of weeks but seems to be moving again. Would probably be more if I could do more walking. That is a total loss to date of 42.4. Not bad for an old broad whose metabolism was shot to hell. Dr. Lord had discussed with me about the fact I might not lose as fast as someone who is younger, but I'm satisfied so far!! Will keep on pluggin along!
Cindy has her surgery tomorrow!! Angeles finally got her surgery date!!! Good luck to both you girls!!
October 21, 2006 - Tried putting my rings back on and they fit!!! It has been 8-9 months since I could get them on. That was a nice surprise!! DH and I were running errands and in town all day. We decided to go in Logan's Roadhouse. I was nervous as this was my first real restaurant experience since surgery. (I had eaten at Wendy's fast food one time...had chili.) I ended up getting the roadhouse salad with grilled shrimp kabobs on top. We had such a nice waiter. When he asked what dressing I wanted I explained that I wanted it on the side and that I couldn't have anything with sugar in it. He thought for a second and then said "I'll be right back." He came back in a couple of minutes with all the sugar gram count from the salad dressings!! I thought that was so nice of him. I ate 3 shrimp, a piece of zuccini from the kabob and a few bites of the salad dipped very lightly in my dressing. I experienced quite a bit of sadness that I couldn't dig in and eat everything, but I worked through it and all in all it was a good first visit to a restaurant.
Started back on the Actigall today. My throat and voice problems had disappeared since stopping it. The cracked skin on my hands and the itching had greatly improved. We will see if all this starts again now that I am going back on the Actigall.
October 22, 2006 - TWO MONTH ANNIVERSARY SINCE SURGERY. Down 45.4 pounds!!! Yes!! AND, I reached my first scale victory of being under 250!! Next goal is getting under 200. Here is today's picture.
October 31, 2006 - Happy Halloween! I lost 2.6 pounds this past week. Total loss is 48 pounds. Weightloss has been creeping along for a few weeks now. Guess that is better than not losing at all (or gaining). I'm trying to stay positive and am thankfull for each pound lost.
Nov 1, 2006 - Went to my primary doctor today. Wanted her to check my ears as I can't hear at all from my left ear and it seems like my right ear is beginning to get that way too. She couldn't believe it when she looked in my left ear. She said it was extremely red and inflamed in there. She said it was like she has seen in little kids when they have to have tubes in their ears. I've NEVER had trouble with my ears!!! She gave me some med and told me to call her back if it did not improve. I don't know what to do at this point...first my voice and now my hearing. It has me concerned and I really don't know what to think. I still say my skin problems, voice problems and now my ear problems could be attributed to the Actigall, but Dr. Lord would probably laugh at me for thinking that. I stopped the Actigall when I lost my voice and it immediately improved the next day. I waited a few days and started back on it and the voice started changing again. Sorry to ramble on, but this is where I document my journey, and I don't want to leave anything out. Everything went super with my surgery so I definitely can't complain there....but for some strange reason I've had all these strange things happening. Maybe my body is rebelling. LOL
November 07, 2006 - Today is my regular Tuesday weigh-in. I finally hit the 50 pound mark!!! I am now down a total of 50.3 pounds. Slowly but surely it is coming off. I would like for it to be faster but still am thankful for each pound lost. I still find it wierd that I haven't gone down more in size with this much weight loss. I've talked to several others who didn't go down in size very much to begin with, so I guess it is common. One girl I talked to didn't really start dropping in size until about six months out!! I go to Dr. Lord for follow-up visit tomorrow afternoon.
November 8, 2006 - Had appt with Dr. Lord today. His scales agreed with mine, so I am officially 50 pounds lost. I had discussion with him about the strange "issues" that I am having with my skin, voice and now loss of hearing. He didn't have an answer. I showed him the data I had gathered about Actigall and asked him if he thought it could be that since everything was listed in the side effects for Actigall. He said he had never had anyone have all that from Actigall, but ended up telling me to stop the Actigall. Now we will see if these things clear up again. I'm pretty concerned at the moment, especially about my voice and my hearing. I went to my PCP to get second opinion, and I think I will go ahead and see an ENT to try to get some answers.
November 14, 2006 - Today is my regular Tuesday weigh-in. I lost three more pounds and now am down 53.3 pounds. I actually tried on some old 18/20 pants today and they fit! They are elastic waist, but they fit. My stomach will have to go down some more before I can wear regular pants with zippers. I can wear some of my smaller tops now too...like 1x. If my arms were smaller I could probably go smaller. Have lost a good bit in my arms, but can tell already that I will need plastic surgery because I already have folds of skin on upper arms. I expected this to happen though. My arms have always given me the most problem in terms of size....that and my abdomen. Love this nice cool weather!!!
November 22, 2006 - Three months ago today I was headed to the hospital for my surgery and rebirthday! As of this morning I have lost 56 pounds. My weightloss is still creeping along at about 2.5 pounds per week. That seems pretty slow to me at this stage in my process, but considering I was losing 0 pounds per week prior to surgery I will be happy with the 2.5. LOL It seems like my new little tummy can hold more now......and I am starting to think about eating more now. I don't like that. I would rather stay like I was the first month where I didn't have the urge to eat at all. I sure hope my appetite doesn't continue to increase. LOL there is always something for us to worry about. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. I'm trying not to stress out about being around all the food. As a matter of fact, I'm sort of looking forward to it. I'm cooking most of the traditional stuff and several sugar free things that I can enjoy too. Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
November 28, 2006 - Weekly weighin and down just 1.3 pounds. Seems like my body has slipped into a pattern of only losing 1.3, 1.2, 1.5 pounds per week. You would think I would be losing more per week at this stage but my body just won't give it up easily.
I'm starting to feel a little bit hungry now and then. I was hoping that hungry feeling would stay away forever. It seems like one day I am hungry and the next I might not think about eating all day long!
Well...made it through Thanksgiving day and week of looking at people eating yummy leftovers. The worst part was watching them eat leftover dressing and gravy and sweet potato souffle. I ended up throwing away a whole SF pumpkin pie and part of a SF cheesecake yesterday, not to mention the other leftovers. I always make enough for an Army...I can't help myself. LOL I could have eaten on the SF desserts, but I don't want to get in the habit of eating dessert-like foods all the time.
December 5, 2006 - Down 60.5 pounds as of this Tuesday weigh-in. Lost 3.5 pounds this past week...Finally had a week where I lost more than 1.5 pounds! The past 10 pounds have been slow in coming off. It would be nice if I could return to losing 3+ pounds a week...I would love that! My weight loss has been slow, but so far I haven't had a week where I gained or didn't lose at least a pound something. I know it is inevitable that I hit a plateau but I am dreading it. Keep on keepin on!
December 12, 2006 - Lost another 3.6 pounds this past week for a total of 64.1 pounds lost. That makes two weeks in a row where I had decent weightloss (well, decent for me anyway lol). It is almost like I was eating enough or something, and when I upped my calorie count a little the weightloss got better. Go figure! Next goal is to get to onederland...that will be a while at my rate...still have to lose 30 more pounds to be below 200. I'll keep on keepin' on! LOL
December 19, 2006 - 2.9 pounds lost this week for a total of 67 pounds. Have had some sort of intestional thing going on this week...ugh! I'm just kind of crampy all the time and almost feels like gas is trapped all up under my ribcage. Someone said I might be getting to be lactose intolerant....hope not! I would be lost without my dairy products. We'll wait and see what happens. Still have some Christmas shopping to do. I have family coming into town on Friday for a week and I'll be gone a few of them days to husband's parents because we promised them we would come there for Christmas. I feel bad leaving my house guests here by themselves for a few days but they've agreed to dog sit, so that is good. LOL Tomorrow is my birthday, but I've convinced husband to just wait until after first of year to celebrate (maybe he will forget). LOL
December 27, 2006 - Down a total of 71 pounds this morning. Was gone for a few days to the in-laws for Christmas. I'm so glad to be back home. I did good with my eating. I went well prepared, though, with lots of things I could eat. They had pizza one night and that bothered me a little, but I made it through the temptation without giving in. Other than that I didn't have much of a problem. I'll be glad when all this holiday business is over. Will be having some friends/family over on Friday night, so I'll be back in the kitchen making plenty of "legal" and pouch friendly foods.
January 2, 2007 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is going to be a good year! For once I didn't have to make the resolution to lose weight, only to fail. This year I will be able to be successful at it! I'm so glad to get all the holiday cooking and entertaining behind me and to get back to my normal routine and eating plan. 72 pounds gone....almost half way there!!!
January 17, 2007 - Still plugging along. 76.3 pounds down. Weightloss has slowed to snails pace lately. Hopefully that will change sooner than later. If it doesn't pick up again soon I am going to do a week of just liquids and protein drinks to see if I can jump start it again. It sure is hard not to worry yourself sick that the weightloss will stop and this thing won't work anymore. I guess that is normal. Loosing a little bit of hair now, but not realy bad yet -- Just a lot of hair lying around after I comb or brush or shampoo. I don't have a lot of hair to begin with, so hope it doesn't get too bad. I've noticed my joints aching real bad...especially in my legs. Don't know what the problem is there. Have had killer cramps in my left leg which is the one that swells so bad and the one I've had so much trouble with through the years. I'm happy that the swelling has finally gotten to where it is not as bad as it was, but still pretty bad on some days. I'll be getting my blood work done later this month. I'm anxious to find out if all my numbers are okay. Hope so! Hugs to all who are reading this!!
NOTE: Will use the new blog area for the rest of my story.