- Name: Carole W.
- Username: Carole1450
- Location: San Marcos, TX, USA
- Member Since: 9/21/2007
- BMI: 25.4
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (03/31/09)
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I'M ON THE OTHERSIDE - on April 7, 2009 10:02 am
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Well it is done..Actual, for real, unchangable date of my surgery was March 31st. I feel at times like I died and this is my new life.. Well, let's see, today is April 7th 2009.
Now I am going to try my best to explain my experience in words that will be of help to others who are looking forward to their surgeries...
Well, one thing that I have been surprised at, is all the surprises that came up, both good, but mostly bad, that no one told me about before the surgery. Maybe it might be a bad view for the website or something but I have always lived a truthful life, and it is is going to be a bad experience, in any detail, well, tell me.. I believe that is so much better than "going through it" and wondering "why didn't they mention this one??"!
So, this blog my be on the blunt side but it is a rendention of my experience with Bariatric surgery.
my support team on March 29, 2009 7:58 pm
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I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT A BLESSING THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN. I ACTUALLY HAVE FRIENDS... ME... SOMEONE WHO HAS REALLY NEVER HAD 'GIRL FRIENDS'.. I EVEN HAVE A ANGEL! VIVIAN! AND WHAT AN ANGEL SHE IS!
WELL, ONE DAY TO GO.. MY STOMACH IS KINDA SORE & I THINK IT IS STRESS... I HAVE SPENT HOURS TODAY AT THIS WEBSITE, JUST READING ALL OF THE BLOGS/MESSAGES./ AND PROFILES... I JUST READ SOMEONE WHO WAS WEINNING ABOUT BEING ONLY A 8 - 10 SIZE! LORD, SHE WAS A SIZE 3x A YR AGO.. OH PLEASE GOD, KEEP ME FROM BECOMING COMPLACENT AND UNAPPRECIATIVE FOR THE SECOND CHANGE AT LIFE THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME.. I BELIEVE THIS IS, FOR ME, A GIFT! THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, LOVING GIFT THAT MY FATHER COULD EVER GIVE ME.. ACTUALLY, I THINK HE GOT DISTRACTED THE FIRST TIME AND HAD HIS BACK TURNED WHEN I WENT THROUGH THE CONVEYOR BELT.. I SHOULD OF BEEN BLOND AND THIN, AND BY MISTAKE I BECAME BROWN AND BIG! SO HERE'S TO A SECOND CHANCE...
I AM NERVOUS AND HAVE HAD TO PUT UP WITH CHRIS AND RICHARD'S STUFF REGARDING THIS SURGERY. I DON'T KNOW...RICH THINKS "I AM GOING TO GO STRONG FOR AWHILE AND THEN (QUOTE) GIVE IT UP JUST LIKE I GIVE UP EVERYTHING I DO AFTER AWHILE".. YA, WELL I ASKED HIM IF I MADE AN INVENTORY OF HIS 'CHARACTER DEFECTS' A DAY BEFORE HIS SURGERY!?? THAT SHUT HIM UP... I THINK DEEP DOWN HE DOESN'T WANT ME TO BE THIN, AS I WILL LEAVE HIM.."WHICH, I MIGHT ADD, WITH THE CRAP I TOOK FROM HIM TODAY, THAT MIGHT NOT BE A BAD IDEA!... MOVE OVER BACON, IT'S TIME FOR SIZZELEAN!
NO, I JUST WANT THIS OVER WITH.. IT IS LIKE 1000 CHRISTMAS EVE'S ALL ROLED INTO ONE.. WAITING... WAITING.. I JUST WANT TO SLEEP TIL IT IS TIME TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL.. BUT NOW IT IS 10PM AND I AM GOING TO CLOSE AND PLAY SOME POGO AND GO TO BED! OH, JUST TO PROVE MY POINT, RICHARD ASKS TODAY "WELL, I JUST WANT TO ASK, WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SLEEP WHEN YOU GET HOME"... HOW THE HELL DO I KNOW WHERE I WANT TO SLEEP...CHEESE AND RICE.. MEN'S BRAINS MUST BE MADE OUT OF SPEGETTII NOODLES!
THANKS GOD, SO VERY MUCH, FOR THIS PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE AGAIN AND THANKS TO ALL MY NEW FRIENDS...MAY I NEVER TAKE EITHER FOR GRANTED!
3 DAYS TIL MY SURGERY! on March 27, 2009 12:32 pm
Well, I believe I have finally discovered my way around my own website! I never could figure out on how to add to my profile... so here goes...
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Gosh, think the last time was, what, July... so much has happened since then. I had to redue my 6 mo diet around that time as I had changed dr. and skipped a mo of getting weighed so that was about the last time I blogged on here. I went down in drepression so much and it was only thanks to a good psychitrist that I had that pulled me through it.. and here I am today..
Let me try though to go back and see what I might pull out of the archives that might be of interest to you...
Well Aug is a nightmare of dispare, Sept ? and Nov Richard came home for 12 days and Thanksgiving. He had been diagnoised with hi prostrate levels and would have a bioposy while home.
It was so wonderful having him home but it went so quickly. We had a large gathering at our new home. Richard and I had decorated the house for Christmas as he was leaving the day after Thanksgiving. Anyway, his visit was ok, but I could tell he absolutely did not want to let, nor me have him...He had the bioposy done and it was malignant... It was decided he would go home and simply pack up and come home for an operation... what a nightmare that was and it hurts to just go back to talk about it... but we got through it... he had the surgery, the cancer was only in the prostrate and they got it all... God was definately in control!
After the surgery he has been great. Oh he was sore for about a week but after affects of the removal of the prostrate have been minimal and he has recovered so well.
now it is my turn... In 3 days I will have my surgery. I had a date if March 23 but there was a problem. The surgeon saw me, saw that I had gained 40 lbs since I last saw her in July. She also smelled cigarettes on me... She, point blank, told me to quit smoking and loose enough weight to convince her that I was serious about this surgery and that she would see me on the 23rd.. There went that date.. I wasn't as devistated as I would of thought I would be. In a way, I was pissed and with my Irish temper that was a good place for me to be... I'll show her... I quit smoking and went on a liquid diet.. By the time I saw her the 23rd I had lost 16 lbs and was well over the smoking (or at least the worst part)
She was pleased with me, and set me up to have the surgery on the 31st of March.. That leads me up to 3 days from now...
Some other great new has happened.. I went to the Wimberly Art League's monthly meeting and took my "Bluebonnets in the Backyard" as an entry in the
'artist of the month'... shock! mine was choosen. i will be getting a writeup in the Wimberly gazette as well as the San Marcos paper... Also I have volunteered to have a artist booth at the May Art Walk in Wimberly.. I have been painting like mad to get ready for "my first showing" ... Also, I met a gentleman who owns a gallary in Wimberly and he said I could have a whole wall in his store to feature my paintings... Wow... I was over the top with happiness... Since then I have painted "Springtime in Texas" and am finishing up "Blarney Castle - Ireland"... I can see my progress with each oil I do and am so pleased to have gone back to oils instead of watercolors... Oils is my first love, and I am so looking forward to becoming a local artist in this area! Wow... has my life changed or what... and now I am getting a new body as well... I owe everything to God. It is so evident that he is in my life...
Well, next time I get back to this I will be on the loosers end of the bench! Can't wait...
Quiting smoking and diet like crazy! on March 15, 2009 8:42 am
Well here it is March 15th and no surgery. In fact, there have been quite a lot of changes. After getting approved and so so happy to be ready. I went in for all my pre op tests. That was a long, long, frustrating day, mainly due to all the walking it involved. Next appt. was with the surgeon, Dr Marquez... Well that didn't go well at all. She looked at my weight and refused to do the surgery. Also she smelled cigarette smoke and said she would not do the surgery if I was smoking. So so made me kind of a deal, or at least that is what I am trying for. She said if I lost weight and had a blood test for thyroid and nicotine she would maybe do the surgery on the 31st. We will see but let me now tell you and myself just where I am today.
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It has been 3 days since I have seen the dr. As we got into the car, Richard gave me a cigarette. That was the last 1/2 of a cig I smoked up til now. I am in my 3rd day and although throwing up quite alot I am not smoking. I am so so happy, it is going better than I expected. As far as the weight goes I don't have a acurate scale (need to buy a new one) so will wait til Monday to do that... Poor Richard, he is being ever so helpful. She scrounged through the cabinets and ref. hunting for carb free or low carb foods and we discovered just how many carbs I was consuming in a day... Wow, even the BOOST had 41 carbs in it.. Not to mention slim fast. So he is at the store right now getting me Atkins and protein powder. Not sure exactly how to mix the protein but know that all I need do is ask and all my many, blessed, wonderful friends here on this website will give me the answer I need. (not want always, but need!)
I cannot believe all the loving, and tough love responses to my last 3 days. Thank God for each and everyone of them!
ALMOST HAVE A SURGERY DATE! on February 26, 2009 9:09 am
WELL HERE I AM AND IT IS FEB. 26TH... IT SURE HAS BEEN A LONG, LONG PROCESS BUT I "FINALLY" GOT APPROVAL FROM THE INSURANCE CO. AT FIRST THEY OK'D ME FOR A LAP BAND, AND SW BARIATRIC HAD TO RESUBMITTE EVERYTHING, BUT THEN I BELIEVE MY "ANGEL OF MERCY" DEBRA, AT THE OFFICE, STEPPED IN AND GOT IT OK'D WITHIN A DAY OR SO!
I WILL BE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL ON MARCH 3RD FOR THE LONG DAY OF PRE SURGERY TESTS.. IN THE BACK OF MY MIND I KEEP THINKING SOMETHING WILL GO WRONG THAT THEY WILL DISCOVER AND MEAN THAT I CAN'T GO THROUGH WITH THE SURGERY! WHERE'S MY FAITH IN GOD! IT HERE, WITHIN ME, BUT AFTER 18 MONTHS OF DENIALS, MISTAKES AND ERRORS I AM JUST A BIT ON THE LEARY SIDE.. EVERY TIME I FORGET SOMETHING I THINK I MAY HAVE ALSIMERS; EVERY TIME I HAVE AN ACHE I THINK IT IS CANCER... OH DEAR LORD LET ME BE HEALTHY ENOUGH TO HAVE THIS SURGERY DONE...
SO TO SAY I AM EXCITED JUST DOES NOT EXPRESS HOW I FEEL. I TOLD MY PHYCHITRIST YESTERDAY THAT THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE HOW I AM FEELING IS IF SOMEONE GAVE ME A MILLION DOLLARS, ONLY MORE THAN THAT!! NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN COMPARE WITH HOW I FEEL..
WELL, I WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW, FOR SURE, WHEN I HAVE A SURGERY DATE! YOU WILL ALL HEAR ME SHOUTING FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BLDG!! OR AS HIGH AS THE HIGHEST CLOUDS ARE..
THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD!
BE GOOD TO MYSELF AS I DESERVE IT!
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Today is Feb. 20th and I have been approved by the insurance co... What a long long road it has been... It was 18 months ago, in Cyprus, that I first decided I wanted to have this surgery done. After moving back to the US to have it done it turned into a circus with me the "biggest" clown. Most of the delays were my fault; like knowing that I have to have a 6 mo. diet monitored... duh! and then being fired by my family doctor for adding a test to a blood order.. (one that the insurance co told me I would need)... After that incident, and taking a month to find another dr. I have to start the diet all over again, after being on 4 months... All said and done it has been a nightmare... Lots of problems towards the end, with the Bariatric center, believe it or not. The patient advisor was a real pain in my big ass, but after I contacted the "coordinator" of the center things started to happen.
Last Saturday, Valentines Day, was my 59th birthday... and on Monday the 16th I got word that I was approved... what a birthday present...
I have 4 new friends on my friends list and plan to go on this daily to make more wonderful friends... I will be adding to this story soon, WITH A SURGERY DATE!!!!
What a long road it has been but I am so happy it all seems like a bad nightmare....Thank you God and Jesus!