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Chelle B.




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  • Comment by sykoeve 1/17/08 2:39 am
    Congratulations on your surgery day! May you have a quick surgery and a speedy recovery!!
  • Comment by Chelle B. 1/16/08 2:52 am
    Nicola! You have made such a brave and wonderful decision to pursue lifelong health through lapband surgery. With 4 kids I I know you will enjoy how much better you will feel. Good luck tomorrow! Prayers and good thoughts being sent for an easy and uneventful surgery. Chelle
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Hi!  My name is Nicola.  I am 39 and a half and I am starting my 2nd half of life healthier and thinner with the Lap band  on Jan 17,2008.  I am the proud mom of 4 great kids. Andrew 12, Kathleen 10, Brandon 7, and Elena 2.  I also work part-time as a Speech Language Pathologist in a Skilled Nursing Facility.  My DH(dear husband) Brian is the love of my life and increadably supportive of my weight loss efforts and still thinks I'm "sexy" regardless of my size.  I have battled my weight for 20 years and have finally chosen surgery to finally get me to the "loser's bench"!  

So, I am back at 47 to try again.. I had some success with the Lapband losing close to 70 lbs getting to 215 lbs. about 3.5 years ago I started having reflux issues. Not all the time but enough to notice. I was also diagnose with asthma and put on steroids. On top of that, my dad's health started to decline. Between the Reflux, asthma, steroids and stress of family issues, my weight gradually creeped back and now I am over 300 lbs. I returned to my surgeon who did the Band and proceeded to begin the journey of converting from the band to the sleeve gastrectomy.  It was determined that the band had slipped and rotated so luckily this led to an insurance approval for both surgeries. I am due to have the Band removed Aug. 3rd and the Sleeve done on the 31st of August.  

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January 17, 2008 11:55 pm
Today was surgery at 7:30 and I was home by 11:15.  Pain isn't  too bad.  Taking pain meds regulrly is managing it well but they taste awful!  Slept most of day.. Also was on the phone alot with friends and family checking up on me.  I am so blessed to have great support from coworkers, friends and family!  All liguids are going done fine.  I definitely glad it is over and I did it and didn't chicken out!  Loser's bench here I come!!!!!
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Tomorrow is the day!
January 16, 2008 2:23 pm
Well, I can't believe B- day is tomorrow!!  I have been soooo nervous all day!!  I don't know if I am ever going to get to sleep tonight!  My 10 year old daughter was so sweet tonight!  She asked me if she would come home someday and I would have lost so much weight she wouldn't recognize me.  Her voice got alittle wavery and her eyes welled up with tears!  I reassured her I would always look like me and be her mom.  So sweet! 
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Tomorrow is the day!!
January 15, 2008 11:49 pm
I can't believe its almost here!!  Last night I was calm but this morning I'm a little freaked out again but excited too!  I dreamt last night about going shopping and everything was too big!  That hasn't happened in a very long time!  I am definitely ready for this.
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3 days to go!
January 14, 2008 11:49 am

Three days til surgery and I am finally more excited than freaked out!  I have lost 5 pounds on the pre-op diet and feel better about making a success about this. 

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