- Name: Tina Owusu-Berchie
- Username: Buttermilk1
- Location: Arnold, MD, USA
- Member Since: 9/18/2006
- BMI: 25.0
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (05/06/08)
- Surgeon: David von Rueden
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Surgeon TestimonialDavid von Rueden My first impression of Dr. Von Reuden, was that I was not quite sure about him, but after the seminar he had won me over. He and his staff are very proffessional, understanding and helpful. He is very layed back in a caring kinda way. He always takes the time to explain and answer all questions no matter how technical or simple they were. The risk and complications were talked about in detail, and he didnt sugar coat anything. In fact when I had my 2nd appt with him and had gained 2 1/2 lbs, he was all over me, and reminded me of the decision that I had made and that if we are to move forward this cant happen again. THAT I LIKE... HE IS A NO B.S DOC! I feel absolutely comfortable with him. The wonderful staff... Sloan, Cathy, Rose and all of the other ladies are just wonderful. They care and you can feel it in your soul.... rnUPDATE: Well, did I tell you that Dr. V is awesome... HE IS...After my surgery the appointments that followed are just fantastic... and he gets in your a-- if your not doing what you should be doing.rnAll in all..... HE IS FANTASTIC!! Couldnt ask for a better doctor.rn rn
- Computer Games - like to play any
- Gambling - love going to the casinos, spending $50-75, is all I can afford to lose... heehe
- Figurines - Thomas Blackshear.... WOW... check him out
- Roller Skating - makes me feel like a child again
- Jewely Making - i just got into this .... working on my first piece... yeahhhhh
- Grandchildren - they are my HEART!! I JUST LOVE THEM
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help..... on December 9, 2012 8:54 pm
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I know that it has been years since I have been on here but I need HELP! If there is anyone out there that can help with that unearthly smell.... have tried "just a drop" and devrom... with not much luck.... what will it take to get rid of this embarrassing odor....
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!
A New Me!! on September 29, 2009 6:51 pm
It has been a long time. ... but by the grace of GOD, I'm still here. I trust and pray that everyone is doing well and all sitting on the losing side!!! God is soooo good and merciful. It has been 16months since my surgery, and it is a NEW ME!
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I continue to take one day at a time and still struggle with getting my protein in, I have reached my 100 plus mark (142lbs) and feel really good. Now if I could just get rid of all this back, leg and arm pain I would be just wonderful....but such is life. So other than working on getting my protein, and vitamins in and the constant pain I'm in... all else is good. No need to complain anyway. Been having a few heart issues, that I'm trying to get under control, so keep me in prayer.
CONTINUE TO STAY ON THE LOSING SIDE AND BE BLESSED.
WOW... 4 MONTHS ALREADY!!! on September 10, 2008 6:25 pm
Well ... it has been awhile since I have been online and alot has happened since then.... First I pray that all is well with everyone and that GOD is bringing you to the place you need to be.
Things are going OK, and I am down almost 80lbs... I am down from a 30 to a 22/20....(clothes are just falling off me... yeahhhhh) It has been a little bit of a struggle, lots bathroom time and not getting as much protein as I should be, but it is getting better. Not able to exercise because of my back,leg and arm pain, although my doc wants me to try to get to the gym if I can. That has been really hard, since the pain never stops.... trying to move around more, just not that easy... its day by day. I am having alot of problems with sleeping and walking. I am preparing for another back surgery as the weight loss has not helped my condition. So with GOD's help, that will all get better when I have the surgery. As for everything else ... all is well, and my grand daughter is preciois and FAT..
PEACE AND GOD'S BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!!
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My 3 week update....yeahhhhhhhhh on May 20, 2008 8:45 pm
OK…. I would like to say THANKS to EVERYONE for all the emails of encouragement, well wishes, welcoming to the LOSERS side, love and PRAYERS. You will never know just how that touched my heart… being a part of the OH family is indeed as blessing. MUCH LOVE AND THANK YOU!!!!!
So here we go…. today makes 3 weeks since my surgery and with a little more energy I am ready to give you all the details.
I arrived at the hospital and was taken immediately to the back to be prepped for my procedure, while getting the third degree on my medical history which for me was very long. I was finally whisked away to the OR… I don’t remember anything till I woke in the recovery room and then nothing till the next day. When I was finally coming back to myself they told me that the surgery took 4 hrs instead of the 2-2 ½ hrs because while Dr. V was operating he found that I had a hernia. A WHAT…What was that???? I was asking myself, then I asked a nurse and she explained it to me…whew! I was almost going off the deep end. So…. my pain was not that bad, I did however have (and still do) awful right leg pain and after they ruled out a blood clot with a Doppler test, I just had to wait to schedule an appointment with my neurosurgeon…. the drugs and the jello (I think) was making me nauseous and sick, and nothing was staying down, then I started to run a fever, pressure was up and down, soooooooo instead of coming home Wednesday evening, I didn’t get to come home till Friday afternoon. The staff was wonderful through out everything…
Sooooooo now I’m home….was very, very, very tired in the beginning, but getting better now as the weeks pass, plus he gave me a B12 shot at my appointment which helped a lot. Still not much pain besides the leg pain, which makes me want to cut it off at times…ugh. Eating is going ok … just trying to find the right things that agree with me, that taste normal… my tasted buds have changed completely, one day something is good the next its not… go figure, but Dr. V says that is normal. OK… so I went to my 1 week appointment (5/14/08) …..GREAT NEWS…. Dr. V said I was doing well and that my pressure was REALLY GOOOOOOOD, 120/68 and I’m down 14lbs …yipeeeeeee!!!! Still concerned about my leg so I had an appointment on Thursday (5/15/08)…..well my neurosurgeon says that more than likely while laying on the OR table I popped a disc, which affected my sciatica, which is why I’m in so much pain, so at this point all I can do is endure the pain, since he can’t give me anything till I’m cleared by Dr. V, good thing I have a VERY, VERY HIGH tolerance for pain … otherwise I would be turning this world upside down…heehee.
Weighed myself again on 5/19/08 Monday, and down 20.5lbs, won’t weigh again till next appointment, can’t make myself crazy…. I’m not scheduled for another appointment till 5 June 08…. Can’t wait!!!
So that’s about all for now ... All is good and GOD IS WONDERFUL what else can I say!!!!
LOVE, PEACE AND MANY BLESSING TO YOU ALL….
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TOMORROW ** MAY 6,08...YEAHHHHHHHH on May 5, 2008 8:02 pm
OK... before I lose it........ you need to know that my daugher had her baby on saturday May 3,08... a girl TaMiya, 7lbs 4oz, 20inches .... and a blessing!
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Check out her pic.... can you say adorable..hahaha... this is the #8th grand for us.
Now on to me....
It is finally here..... and I am so excited! No problems .... just excitement. Can't wait to tell you how I'm feeling and what I'm looking forward to. For those of you that are still waiting, keep checking, gonna give you all the details and be telling you just how FAB I am.....
Till next time, take care, be blessed and always love youself, no matter!!
Peace and Blessings,
I have back problems which resulted from a car accident over 20 years ago but my weight makes it worse, high blood pressure, borderline diabetic, and poor mobility. All of my health problems have changed my life and now it's time to get HEALTHY!!!
Most of my life I was small (size 8-10), but once I got married for the first time and moved to Germany with my then husband, I then learned to bake and cook. I think that was the beginning of my love for food and loving to watch others eat my creations just fueled my soul. My weight started to slowly come on, by the time I came back to the states (after 3yrs) I was a size 16. WOW... seeing that in print for the first time, I just didn't know!! Over the next few years I continued to bake and cook, and my weight began to climb...I had gotten comfortable in my larger body, until one day..... I made up my mind after numerous attempts to lose the weight to really do it and I did! BUT.... I did it all WRONG.... I used Herbalife and speed tablets together, did I mention WRONG..... well I lost the weight, I went from a 22 to a 10... in 2 MONTHS.... YEAH.. 2 months. I looked good, but you know the story it all came back in about 2 1/2 years plus some. I kept climbing... I met my current husband at about size 18-20, and because he loved me for me and told me that all he wanted was for me to be HEALTHY... but I guess I got comfortable with him and my weight continued to climb, and a long with the weight came more health problems ... now I am at my HEAVIEST ever..... now I am wearing anything from a 28-32.... WOW, HOW DID I GET TO THIS POINT....did I give up on life and me? The sad thing is now, I don't eat much at all.... maybe 1 meal a day if that... I am no longer baking, except on occasion, rarely cook, an d I don't do any type of exercise, so of course whatever I eat, just sticks like glue. NOW is the changing point of my life and I will make this happen and change my life once and for all..... I know that it will be hard, but with support,faith,determination and GOD's help it can and will be done.
I AM SPEAKING THIS INTO EXSISTANCE! **this was my long story short**