- Username: debgore
- Member Since: 10/7/2011
- BMI: 25.8
- Surgery date scheduled
- Surgery Type: RNY (11/02/11)
- Surgeon: Mark R. Gibbs
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Surgeon TestimonialMark R. GibbsI met Dr. Gibbs for the 1st time at a seminar he held with his staff. Dr. Gibbs was a very informed Dr. and let you know his honest opinion and never sugar coated anything, which I liked a lot. Dr. Gibb's staff is very wonderful, anytime I have a question I can email them and receive an answer right away. My 1st visit to Dr. Gibbs before the surgery, I had a list of questions. He was very straight forward with me and answered each question as honestly as he could. Dr. Gibbs took the time to answer each question and made sure I understood the answer to each. The day of the surgery Dr,. Gibbs and his staff were wonderful, made me feel comfortable and ready to do this. After the surgery, Dr. Gibbs skilled surgical knowledge, I was not in any pain after the surgery at all. I was pleasantly surprised. I never had any pain from the surgery at all.. I am 7 days post -op and walking 3 miles per day now, have so much energy. I cannot thank Dr. Gibbs enough. Dr. Gibbs has given me something back that I was trying to achieve on my own for years. Dr. Gibbs gave me a tool, a wonderful tool that I will be able to use the rest of my life.
Dr. Gibbs advised me at the seminar, at our 1st appt and each time he came to the hospital to visit me about aftercare. Dr. Gibbs wanted to make sure I was on the same page as him for the aftercare, which I certainly was. Dr. Gibbs also recommended the support group and made sure I was aware of this most valuable and informational group. Dr. Gibbs went over the surgical risks with me and made sure I understood everything.
THANK YOU DR. GIBBS. I recommend Dr. Gibbs highly!!!
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I had a love/hate/love relationship with food. Food always made me feel good. When I was stressed I would reach for the worst possible food to chew on and I wasn't even hungry. I would look in the mirror and curse myself out. No matter what I did the fat would not leave my body. I could not get a full nights sleep I was always getting up multiple times to use the bathroom because all of the fat on my organs would be pushing on my bladder. I could not sneeze, cough, or laugh my bladder would let go. This was very embarrassing. I would cry, I would hate to go shopping because people would look at me and I can only imagine what they were thinking in their heads about me. Children would stare at me. I would feel horrible and what did I do, I...
November 30, 2011 will be 4 weeks post-op on November 27, 2011 5:07 pm
WOW!!! 4 weeks and 42 pounds lighter. This is great. I am feeling great, my clothes don't fit anymore. Getting into clothes I have not been able to get into for 2 yrs now. Bought a new pair of boots 2 yrs ago and haven't been able to wear them. Today I wore them, they looked great.
Tuesday, I start my water arobis 2x per week and will also be swimming 5 days per week, and I still get up in the morning and walk a mile before I go to work. So fat and loose skin, this is your warning, I am going to kick you off my body!!!.
Like my new profile pic? I am changing each day, so I figured it was appropiate until I get at least 3 months post-op and can post some pics that will look awesome!!!!
I look at the before and after pics on this site and think wow, I can't wait for this to happen to me!
Have a great day, enjoy life and your new found energy, like I have been doing. I FEEL GREAT!!!
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Life is great at 2 week post-op on November 14, 2011 4:01 pm
WOW 2 weeks tomorrow post op. Doesn't seem like it. Time sure does go by fast. I have healed up nicely, eating soft food. Still still very small meals every 4 hrs, still 2 protein shakes a day until I find something else to replace the shakes. Walking alot, joined the gym today for the swimming pool and the water arobics. Can't start until after my 3 week post-op appt to make sure everyting is ok. Then Friday Nov 25 I'm jumping in!!
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Life is getting better and better everyday. I have lost quite a few pounds. More inches though. I fit into clothes I have not been able to get into for years. This is so cool. I am so glad I did this. I hope everyone who does pursue the surgery have wonderful luck with it, just as I have had so far and hope this wonderful feeling continues forever.
Most wonderful expereince post - op on November 8, 2011 6:09 am
What a wonderful expereince during and after surgery. I am very fortunate, I had no pain at all after surgery. I was able to get up and walk just a few hrs after surgery. While in recovery the nurse was talking to me and I asked her if I could get up and start walking now. She told me not now, it may be too soon, when they get you up to your room they will have a plan for you to follow. I knew the sooner I got up out of bed the faster the healing would take place, this is what I gathered from all the information I have read on this site.
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Walking the hallways of the hospital the 1st day, I seen this great sign on the wall. "Bariatric Center of Excellance" I had my pic taken under that sign 5 hrs after surgery with a great big smile and I.V. close.
The doctor came in to see me the next day and said, "My OR staff did nothing but bragg on you." I remember saying to the staff before surgery I am so looking forward to this surgery and I have a big smile on my face and when I wake up I hope I have a big smile as well. When the nurse came to me and woke me up and said Debra, wake up it's all over. I spawned a huge smile from ear to ear. I continued a conversation with the nurse until I left for my room.
I did have 2 bouts of naushea, the nurses quickly gave me something in my IV to help with that. I think it was frimj getting up and being too active after surgery. Did not have that episode again and hope I never will again.
My first fluid by mouth was apple juice, wow did that taste good!!! I took a few sips and deciced that was enough. The next day this huge tray came in and it was filled with broth, apple juice, jello, coffee. Wow coffee, haven't had that for awhile. It tasted so good black. I had 2 plastic teaspoons fulls of each and 1 jello cube and I was full. I thought wow this is great!!! I have never ate so little before and felt so full and satisfied.
Coming home was a treat, out of that hospital which I was tired of already. My husband and I worked on the house to make it post surgery friendly for me and made all of my food ahead of time and froze it, as he would be returning to work soon and I would need to fend for myself.
Today was my 1st day of soft foods. I had 1 TBSP of oatmeal and 1 TBSP of pears. 30 minutes later I had my protein drink and then I will sip on a bottle of water and maybe a popsicle in between to get my additional fluids in. I held down the food and was like wow 2 TBSP and I am full this is too cool!!! I am loving it!!!!
My 1st support group meeting will be Nov 10, my 3week post op doctor visit is Nov 22. My husband has me registered at this health club he works at so I can go swimming each day after my post op appt.
This has been a mst wonderful experience for me so far and looking for more great improvements.
Down to 16 hrs on November 1, 2011 11:50 am
I am so very excited. I had my 2nd nutritionist appt before surgery, my pre-op evaluation, the only test that hurt was when they had to pierce my artery in my wrist to draw blood to test the oxygen. It was worse than a wasp sting. It was funny after the nurse was done being vampira, she says, Deb put pressure on your wrist as I had to go into your artery to get the blood and it will squirt out. Well...wait a second, I wanted to see that! I only seen that in movies, so i wanted to see if it was really true. Let me tell ya IT IS!!!
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Now at 3pm I will see my surgeon and he will then decide the surgery will be open or laproscopic. I hope for the latter, but I don't want to know. I don't need to know right now anyway, cause I can't change the outcome. So surprise me! I will find out when I wake up.
So while at the hospital before the pre-op eval the nurse took me to the recovery room and showed me where I will come to from the operating room. She also told me they have an entire floor dedicated to bariatric surgery, so thats nice that all the nurses will know exactly what we need and want.
So this is my plan. Be at the hospital at 5:30am, prep at 6:30am and surgery at 7:30am. **Hope I get a good cocktail prior** I figure I will be in my room by 9:30am and I would think by 5:30pm I should be able to get up and start walking lil baby steps from my bed to the door, then later from my bed to the outside of the door. Then the next day, from my bed out the door and a few tiles down the hall and keep on taking baby steps until I am able to get down the hall and back (hopefully before I leave the hospital)
Home..well I have put my cream of chicken and cream of mushroom seperatly with milk in the blender, blened and chopped real good and placed in ice sube trays and froze so I do not waste an entire can of soup. So when I am ready to have my few spoonfulls of soup I can pop a soup pop out of the ice cube tray and place in microwave.
I made sure my entire house is clean, laundry done, and everything picked up and put away. My walk way in the house is about 300 feet from the bedroom to the foryer (maybe a little longer) so I have a walker from a previous knee surgery like 5 yrs ago, so I will use the walker to help me be steady on my feet for the 1st few days. Went shopping for my post op diet no reason to have to run to the store.
Sounds like a plan, hopefully will stick to it. I am so very excited!!!!!
15 hrs now woohoo!!!!!!