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Surgeon TestimonialThomas ClarkMy first impression of Dr. Clark is that he truly cares about his patients and wants us to become healthier and happier people. He outlines all the risks and benefits and will answer any question you have. He stresses that aftercare is extremely important to our success after WLS. So far I am extremely pleased with him and the WLS program is very well organized. His office staff are friendly and professional and always there for you when you have a question or a problem. rnrnDr. Clark, is one of the BEST Surgeons. Low Complication rates, Successful patients, fantastic support team. Awesome office staff. He doesn't to Laproscopic, but he makes the timiest 3 1/2 inch incison. He's awesome. Can't recommend a better surgeon. Come to VA to have your Surgery with Dr. Clark!!!
- Crafts - Like to creative historical replica items from the Dark/Viking Ages.
- Travel - I'm headed to Europe and Turkey next Summer 2007!
- Cats - Have a siamese kitten. Her name is sugar.
- Needlework, Knitting & Crocheting - I do embroidery, crochet, spin my own wool and weave. Ask me about Sprang!
- Sewing - My machine probally has over 1 million miles on it!
- Amusement Parks - Is it just me or are Roller coaster seats getting smaller?
- Genealogy & Family History - Researched my family back to the dark ages.
- Historical Reenactment - SCA- Society for Creative Anachronism. Member since 1989.
- Baseball - Yes, It's a miracle. Boston Red Sox are WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!
- Beadwork - I make my own lampworked beads (Glass)
It's been a Long Time on February 13, 2008 7:35 am
Well, I'm doing good. I have had some food sensitivity issues related to allergies that have basically caused me to cut out a lot of stuff from my diet. No wheat, milk, soy, nuts or any sugar of any kind. At least this will help me maintain my weight. I gained some pounds during the holidays and found out I'm low on Zinc, B-5, B-6, B-12 and because I cna't have most dairy, I had to up my calcium Citrate to 1800 MG a day. Oy Vey, the supplements are piling up. I'm also on natural treatments for a Parasite I picked up while overseas. The stuff makes me nauseated like morning sickness. I thought I was gonna puke in the middle of Macy's Shoe Dept yesterday. I found I have to eat something about an hour before taking my pills or else that's how I feel.
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I see my PS tomorrow to talk about my Left Boob. My thin is so thin on my breast that my implants are poking through at least on the left side. We have to do one more surgery to correct it. He's going to put in cadaver tissue to strengthen my own tissue. Kinda yucky just to think about it but I think it's my only recourse to fix this problem. MY Right leg still has the hard spot on it. He can fix that in the office, I think. It sucks but It was worth it. I'm using Viamin E oil and coconut oil on the scars and they have completely flattened out. You just have to make sure you put it on several times a day.
As for my personal life, It's good. Still with my boyfriend. It will be a year in May. We are going out to a beautiful restaurant for Valentine's day. I want to make it special. I'm so glad he came into my life. I adore him. We are very suited to each other in every way. Internet dating does work folks!!
November Update on November 29, 2007 6:29 am
Well my friends, I've had some complications with my right thigh. It got worse before it's gotten better. I've had to have it aspirated every 6 days for the last 4 weeks. My doc decided to cut a 1/2 inch incision to let it fully decompress (2 inflamed lymph nodes). It was good for a few days then 2 days before Thanksgiving started hurting, swelled and was very angry looking. I started antibiotics and spent most of my days with ice packs or warm compresses on it. It's better now. I am most likely going to have to have my inner thighs revised. I'm not happy about this, but I was tld it could be a possibility when I signed my consent papers. It's sucks, but what can you do?
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One side effect of being under anesthesia so much in a short time, is memory loss. MY short term memory has been terrible of late. So much so that I'm starting to take Brain and Liver function vitamins to help me. I have my Medical Coders Certification Exam on December 29th and I need all the help I can get. This is a big deal for me. 18 months of school to get to this point. It's not an easy exam. 40% of the people who take it fail the first time around. that's a huge percentage. No wonder we get paid well!
So, mom is very sick now. She has lost a lot o weight. 40 pounds since September. the cancer is going to take her from me. Her options fr medicine is running out. The only good thing is that it has not invaded her organs but the cancer is quite extensive. I've spent a lot of time reflecting on her plight. Cancer sucks. Plain and simple. When you watch your loved ones suffering, it hurts you too. I'm not worried about me in the end. I'm worried about my son. He lost his grandpa and his daddy at age 7. Now is grandma who is a second mom to him. She's my co-parent. The poor kid has seen more than enough death and sickness than any child should at his age. It's reall effected him. He's a very smart kid with a high IQ, but he's not doing well in school. I think he's really worried about losing his grandma. I feel very bad for him. He's all I'm going to have left in this world and all I want to do is protect him, but it's not possible in this situation. Heck, If I didn't have Perry to talk to, I would go insane. I can vent to him and he listens. I'm lucky I found him.
I've gained a bit of weight recently, not enough to freak out about, but enough to bother me. I admit, it's emotional eating. Cookies, candy etc. I'm getting back on track this week. 80 grams of Protein, 100 oz of water a day and 4 days of exercise a week. It's my formula and I'm sticking to it!
Update for the Month-Plastics Complications on October 9, 2007 8:14 pm
Well, I'm a week post op from my last plastics round. Not doing so good this time. I've had some complications but not anything that I can't get through. I had a build up of excess blood and clots in my right leg. I had to go in the day after surgery and have a clot suctioned out of my groin. Lovely, I assure you it was not! Then today I had to go back because I started gushing old blood from the same thigh. It was probably close to a pint of old blood stuck in me. So I have to massage my legs twice a day to get any excess clots out. I will not be doing any more surgery for quite awhile. I only have my arms left, and I'm tried to bulk them up through weightlifting.
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I do not regret any of my surgeries. I wish I had never gotten to the point that I needed WLS to lose weight and then having the excess skin afterward. But I just think that because of it all, I'm a better person in the end. I have so much empathy and sympathy for people now. I see obese people on the street and a small part of me wants me to help them, but I know that this is a decision that people have to make for themselves.
I am now over 3 years post-op. It's hard to believe that. It actually feels like a long time ago when in reality it was not. My life have changed significantly since that day I was wheeled into surgery. For better and for worse. I lost a lot along the way. I'm not just talking about weight. But I think in many ways I discovered the real me underneath all that fat.
Surgery #3: Walk like a Zombie on October 7, 2007 8:04 pm
Ok, I had my Medial Thigh Lift and Breast Implant exchange on Monday October 1st. Surgery went well. Went home and had to go back the next day because I had what I thought was a rather large hemotoma forming in my groin area. Turned out it was a huge clot of clood and fluid and I had to have it sucked out. He numbed me first and then did some digging around in me. I immediately felt better.
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This surgery has kicked my butt. I can't sit down. Walking is tough. when they split open and filet your thighs!! Think bad Zombie movie walk. Really...it's just like that. Sitting on the toilet is next to impossible and I feel like sex may never happen again. I don't want anyone going anywhere remotely near my crotch for awhile. I'm not kidding.
On a high note, I finally got my boobs fixed the way I wanted them to be. High, Full projection and soft and natural. I went with the Inamed Cohesive Gels in the 410 FX Model. these puppies are awesome. Very expensive though and since you can only get them through the clinical trials, not available to everyone. He did an awesome job and can't wait for the months to pass by to see my end result. It takes about 6 months for the implants to drop and fluff and stabilize. Not a lot of women know this. You have to be patient with the boobies. they will look funny for awhile but then you will start to see suttle changes as time goes by.
I will state this..I will not be doing anymore plastics for a longgggg time. I am done. Surgery is hard on you physically and mentally. I just started crying the other night for no reason at all. It's the surgery, not me!!! Makes my hormones nuts, my skin break out and makes me moody. I'm very bitchy right now about a lot of stuff. Can't help it. It's a good thing my boyfriend is patient with me. I told him, you have now seen me at my worst. Hey, he still loves me!!!
Third Round of Plastics and a little rant. on September 24, 2007 4:38 pm
I have my 3rd round of plastics and hopefully last round next Monday October 1st. this is it. I still want my arms done, just want to wait ans see if laser technology improves for a non-invasive procedure for arms.
So I'm having a medial Thighplasty and removal of my saline implants and replacement with Gummie Bear implants. I will be apart of the Inamed Cohesive Gel Implant study and will get paid to come in for the next ten years. They will also pay for a MRI if necessary. These are the "Rolls Royces" of implants. Pricey, natural looking and feeling and they have been used in Europe for some time with great success. I have never been happy with my boob job. Mainly because of the shape and feel of them. they did start to sag again. I think I will finally be happy after the implant exchange. Wider in width, contoured and textured to keep them in place. The thighplasty is gonna be a bitch to deal with. I understand this is the worst of the lot. Yeah, I would leave the most painful for last. I least I know what to expect now. The Lower Trunk lift had some healing issues but I learn to deal with it rather well. I will not rake leaves 8 days after surgery...I promise.LOL
So I go in early monday to the Plastic Surgery Center. I have great faith in my Surgeon. He's fantastic and knows what he is doing!!! He's not the cheapest, but I guess you get what you pay for!!
I have gained some muscle weight. I've been doing some weightlifting in my arms and leg areas. But my size has not changed so that's good. I look healthier now. I think I got too skinny for awhile. My mom was concerned, but you know moms. My boyfriend doesn't complain. Ahh...he's a sweetheart. I think he's my good karma for all the bad things I've suffered. My dark angel, my partner, my love. He is going to care for me for the first few days after surgery. His house is more conducive to rest. My mom was upset that she was not going to have me at home. But between the phone constantly ringing, the dogs barking, Dylan banging the door and the street noise, it's just not restful at all. Besides, I have a king sized bed, a bathroom in short distance an a TV and Laptop at my disposal. Quiet country air will aid in my healing.
So, I had this lady write me the other day telling me that I was selfish for having so much plastic surgery. WTF! It's non of your business lady. This fomer fat chick doesn't give a flying Monkey's ass what you think. and yeah, I am selfish. Selfish enough to cash in some investments so my mom can get cancer treatment not covered by insurance. Selfish enough that I regularly donate time and money to a local wildlife foundation. Selfish enough that I spent ten years, "Yes dearing" a man and sacrificing my career because he wouldn't let me work for a living. Yeah, I'm selfish. I spent ten years unhappy because I gave up everything. It's my turn. So screw you....
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Been overweight since I was about 10. By high school I weighed in at 180. By the time I got married I was almost 200 lbs. After a difficult pregnancy, I gained nearly 70 lbs and could not loose the weight, no matter what I tried. Weight Watchers, Slimfast, Atkins, Low-Cal, Low-fat, 1000 calorie a day, The Cabbage Soup Diet, Pritikin. I'd loose about 20 lbs, stop loosing and then get frustrated.Then I'd gain the weight back plus more. I ballooned to my highest weight of 328 in 2004. Lost 27 pounds before surgery and never looked back.
I decide to have Gastric Bypass in 2001 after seeing Carnie Wilson on TV. We weighed about the same and I though maybe there is hope for me yet. After fighting Cigna Insurance for several years, I almost gave up and then got lucky with BC/BS. I had my surgery on 9/8/04 with the wonderful Dr. Thomas W. Clark and have never regretted one momment (Well, maybe once). It's been an amazing journey for me and It still continues as I pursue reconstructive surgery. Fight the fight! I did and I won!
Highest Weight 328,
Consult Weight: 318,
Before Surgery 301,
2+ years post op 135 and below GOAL.
193 pounds lost and maintaining.
Extended TT, Breast Lift w/ Augmentation on November 6, 2006
Lower Trunk Lift (Buttock/Lateral Thigh Lift)w/ TT revision February 14, 2007.
Inner Thigh Lift, Titan Laser Skin Tightening on arms, Breast Lift revision fall 2007
PROTEIN HELP-TRY PROTICA PROTEIN, IT'S EASY TO DRINK! SEE THE LINK BELOW~~
Protein Shake Recipes
Protein Shake ala Orange Julius
1 scoop of Fuzzy Navel Nectar (Syntrax Protein)
1 Scoop of water-mixable Vanilla (Mixes with water, not milk)
12 oz of water
4 ounces of Orange juice (low Sugar)
1 can crushed pineapple
1 dash of Vanilla Extract
Mix in Blender, keep refridrated. This will give you 50 grams plus of protein a day. It taste as close as you will ever get to an Orange julius
TRY THIS STUFF! I SWEAR BY IT!!
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