- Name: Christy Sanchez
- Username: christy_sanchez
- Location: Acworth, GA, USA
- Member Since: 7/8/2007
- BMI: 29.8
- Post Op - Planning a revision
- Surgery Type: Revision (06/08/10)
- Surgeon: Virginia McGrath-Weaver
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Surgeon TestimonialVirginia McGrath-WeaverDr. Weaver has been great - she has given me so much encouragement and support. I have heard horror stories of other bariatric doctors in my town. Thank God I was referred to her in the first place. I have nothing but praises for her. She will answer all your questions and recommend what she thinks is best for your care. All we have to do is follow the plan we've been given with our new tools.
- Parenting - I'm the mom of 5 boys under 10!
- Scrapbooks - Life Stories of my 5 boys and our family
- Amusement Parks - We love traveling especially to Disney World!
Upcoming Revision Surgery getting close & making... on May 18, 2010 4:10 pm
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I'm scheduled for my Lapband to RNY revision on June 8th. Last Monday, I went to my doctor (here in Georgia) for all my preop testing. She mentioned my low heart rate, it was in the 40's. I told her I've known about the Bradycardia or low heart rate for 5 or 6 years. I've been told about it before. She wasn't worried about it, since I was not light headed, passing out or suffering from lots of headaches. Well, they faxed all the results yesterday to Dr Weaver's office. Her nurse, Vanessa, called me and told me that I need to see a cardiologist for a pre-op cardiac clearance. She said, that the EKG results showed low heart rate & T wave abnormalities. I called my doctors office back for a referral & she told me she didn't think I needed a clearance because the T wave abnormality was because of the low heart rate but did give me one. I'm seeing the cardiologist tomorrow. Please pray that everything is ok. I'm not too worried yet. I'm glad I got an appointment quickly. I've been tinkering around the message boards but got pretty discouraged because so many responses told me not to waste my time with the RNY but go for the DS. I don't even think my doctor does the DS & my insurance was already approved. But after reading Dr Davis's from Big Medicines book I feel better about not having the DS. He doesn't even do them because of the risk and only recommends them for super obese. I have gotten a couple people to give me good positive feedback that have had the revision to RNY. I'm so grateful for them. I'll post again soon.
Changes on February 26, 2010 4:32 am
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Life is always changing....since I've last posted I've had a couple fills. One of them was so tight I lost 23 pounds in 5 days. I couldn't eat or drink anything. Honestly, I haven't lost a lot of weight in the last year. I have struggled with vommitting everyday since I've had surgery. I have a 4cc Inamed Band. My port has always been funny. The doctor previously told me I might need to have it adjusted. I don't know if this has caused some of my problems. I finally went to the doctor and asked for a revision to RNY Gastric Bypass. (That was last week...the insurance request was sent last Friday.) I found out yesterday that it is approved. My doctor is in Memphis and in December I moved to Acworth, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). I have to come back to Memphis for the surgery. Well, I have a date set for June 8th so my kids will be out of school. We will be staying with my family. I am hoping that I will finally be able to have somewhat normal life again. By that I mean, I have not been able to eat much at all since my original lap band surgery. My family has expressed to me many times that they were concerned at how sick I was and how none of them wanted to have the surgery despite being overweight. This happened so fast so I will be honest and say that I'm nervous or anxious about the surgery. Please keep me in your prayers. I would love to hear from anyone who has had this revision previously.
Getting Back on Schedule on July 17, 2009 8:33 am
Life is life....always hectic. My journey has been long with some bumps but I'm doing ok. The first year I stayed pretty sick and didn't lose that much weight(about 30 pounds). In November, I had the Essure procedure done where the doctor puts springs in your fallopean (?sp) tubes and you grow scar tissue to prevent pregnancy. It's a small procedure done in the doctors office and you are fine the next day. During the first 3 months of this procedure you're not protected so he gave me the Depo shot. I was starving and at the time couldn't understand what was going on. In January, I went to OB doctor for my check up and he scheduled the follow up. I did not get another depo shot but got birth control pills to make sure i was protected until the radiologist cleared me. You have to go to the hospital and the radiologist puts some fluid in you and makes sure the tubes are closed. Well mine were and I don't have any more birth control. Also in the end of January I went and had a fill done, I lost 35 pounds over the next 6 to 8 weeks. More from the birth control than the fill I think. Plus I started exercising at Curves again in February. I was doing good but just miserable because I was overfilled and couldn't eat anything. I was sick all the time. No one wanted to be around me because if I had to eat it was going to be horrible. In May, I went and had an unfill. It was wonderful at first because I could eat. I didn't realize how much I had missed food. Well, I have gained about 5 pounds back. I want to get more weight off and have scheduled another appointment for a fill. I don't want to get as much as last time but need a little more. Oh how I wished I would have just had the RNY, I don't enjoy messing with the fills. I plan to be more diligent and always struggle with healthy snacks. I need more variety but have always been picky. I welcome any comments or suggestions. I hope my story helps someone one day. I'm going to try to do better updating and tracking my progress. Reading others stories always helped me.....Christy
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Snack List on April 1, 2008 3:43 pm
Almonds, 1 oz (about 24) with a clementine (tangerine) = 199 cal; 7g pro
Baked chickpeas w/savory seasoning, 1/2 c. = 135 cal; 7g pro
Edamame, 1/2 c. shelled or 1-1/8 c. in pods = 100 cal; 10g pro
Protein coffee (1 scoop body fortress, 1/2 c. 1% milk + coffee) = 151 cal; 28g pro
Protein Smoothie w/ fruit and 1% milk = 216 cal; 28g pro
Cottage cheese, 1/2 c. 2% with fresh fruit & 1/4 c. Kashi = 202 cal; 19g pro
Fage Greek yogurt, 1/2 c. mixed w/ 1/2 c. Cool Whip & fresh fruit = 189 cal; 10g pro
Kashi TLC Crunchy bars = 180 cal; 7gr pro
Wheat Thins whole grain, 11 crackers, with 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light = 125 cal; 3.5g pro
Yoplait Thick and Creamy Light Yogurt = 100 cal.; 5g pro
"Cheap" snacks that don't break the "calorie budget":
Claussen's mini dills = 5 cal.
Jello SF cups = 10 cal.
Cool Whip (for jello) = 25 cal/2T
SF fudesicles: 40 cal.
Shaved ice w/ Crystal light = freebie ($25 for ice shaver from Walmart)
Green tea = freebie
Healthy Snacks - wanted to keep these in a safe place.
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Plateau Diet on March 26, 2008 6:43 pm
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#1 Do for 10 days to break plateau
#2 Drink 2 quarts of water a day
#3 You must have 45 grams of protein supplement and all your vitamin
& mineral supplements each day.
#4 You may consume up to 3 oz. of the following high-protein foods,
5 times a day:
* low-fat cheese,
* cottage cheese,
* plain yogurt (or artificially sweetened),
* peanut butter,
#5 You may also have:
* sugar-free popsicles (avoid juice popsicles),
* tea or coffee,
* sugar-free sodas,
* sugar-free Jello,
* broths & bouillons,
* Crystal Lite drinks.
For Vegetables eat from only this list:
Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, Brussels sprouts,
Asparagus & Cabbage
For Fruit choose only from this list:
Cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon and strawberries
#6 IF IT IS NOT ON THE LIST YOU MAY NOT HAVE IT!
#7 Keep a food diary and try to get 30 minutes of exercise daily.
I think I might try this soon.
As far back as I can remember I was always overweight but attractive. As a teenager, I was always busy going to school, working and going out with friends. Always busy and eating on the run.....probably never really hungry. I remember joining TOPS with my grandmother at 17 years old and I weighed 281 pounds. I didn't look like it but I did. I spent the next several years yo-yo dieting. At 27, I gave birth to my 1st child and remember the horror I felt when at the end of the pregnancy I weighed more than 300 pounds. After that I joined weight watchers and lost 30 pounds but guess what I got pregnant again, but I gained another son. After his birth, I did really good with my weight and got down to 250 pounds. I was on my way to good health and was exercising daily. During that time, I was gaining self confidence although having marital problems. My husband and I seperated for a while but decided to give it another try for our two sons and I got pregnant again, all the while on birth control. In 2005, I had another beautiful son. I, again, knowing I needed help with my weight joined weight watchers. I lost down all the baby weight and got down to my average 265 pounds. In fall of 2005, once again wanted to try to lose more weight, so, I spent the hefty expense of joining LA Weight Loss. It was quite expensive so I figured it had to work because it cost so much. Needless to say, I lost a small amount of weight. I was very disappointed with the program but it wasn't long and I realized I was pregnant again. So, August of 2006 I gave birth to my 4th son in 5 years. I now had 4 active little boys I was too tired to properly take care of. I knew I was in serious need of help. I have always been a pretty happy person but now I was fat and tired. Never had so much responsibility been on my shoulders, I continued to work but often in the evenings I'd buy some unhealthy fast food dinner or throw some hot dogs on the stove. My body also now was sagging and I looked like I weighed much more than I did. I knew I was making the weight problems worse and potentially causing problems for my young sons. I have been lucky so far they seem to be slender like their father. Part of the problem is his profession being storm recovery he has been working in New Orleans for the last two years and just recently came home. Everything (my job, the boys, paying all the bills, taking care of 3 dogs, etc.) started getting so overwhelming - I knew I had to have some serious help. I was getting depressed and kept blaming it on post partum depression. Finally, I had the nerve to seek help from a doctor inquiring about WLS. I got a referral on May 25th and made the call on June 5th, I'm in my last stage of pre-op requirements. Tomorrow I'll be attending my second nutrition class. I've have two doctor referral letters and will be submitting a request for insurance approval probably by early next week. It looks like this is going to happen. It's been so fast and I don't know a whole lot about WLS. I've chosen the band because I know I can be successful with the more non invasive surgery. I've had 2 other family members who have chosen the band and have lost lots of weight and look great. I'm getting really excited although I know it's going to be so hard to say goodbye to my one constant in my life...Food and how it seemed to make me feel. I'm hoping to change my relationship with food and make it more like a necessity for health/energy but what I'm looking forward to the most is having the energy to take GOOD care of my Boys!