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Surgeon TestimonialDonald Waldrep, M.D.Dr. Waldrep and his staff are extemely professional and well-organized for the most part. Dr. Waldrep is very relaxed and easy to talk to. He has a bit of a dry sense of humor, which I love, and is also a bit silly as well. But, always professional. His PA, Mike, is also quite personable and easy to talk to. And again, silly and has an easy sense of humor. I think that a sense of humor is essential when in a doctor/patient relationship, as it takes the formalness out of the situation and makes it easier to feel free to talk openly with those providing care to you. rnThe before and aftercare programs are first rate and ultra important in their practice. Dr. Waldrep's office has a great relationship with Sutter Roseville Hospital and they definately work hand-in-hand to ensure the best possible results for their patients. Dr. Waldrep and his office staff are quite open with regard to discussing risks and requirements of weight loss surgery. rnDr. Waldrep is a fabulous surgeon with an impecable record of successes, and an amazingly low rate of complications.His bedside manner is easy going and comfortable. I don't have a single complaint about the care that he or his staff have provided for me.
- Humor - Doesn't everyone love a good laugh?
- Pets - Two black cats, and lots of tropical fish.
- Music - Nearly anything except country! Mainly alternative or hard rock.
- Camping - Love it!
- Hiking - Loveit! Miss it! Can't wait to do it again!
- Tattoo - I have one on my back, but I would like to get a few more.
- Basketball - I try to never miss a Sacramento Kings game.
- Married - Married for 16 years (4.27.92), and have worked really hard to stay that way.
- Nursing - Working on my ASN as we speak.
- Gardening - Just like to get out and get my hands in the dirt...see what grows!
On a lighter note... on November 30, 2007 12:07 am
I am officially 10 months out today. I stand at 6 pounds below my original goal of 150. I feel fabulous...inside and out. I look better (or so I am told ) than I have in a long time. My son just said to me yesterday, "Mom, I just can't get used to you being skinny and looking so good." At least now I know that I don't look like hammered sh*t anymore! lol.
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Anyway, I will make every effort to update my photos with 10 month pics today. I have a pair of new size 4 jeans that make my butt look pretty darn good, if I do say so myself...so, perhaps I will wear those for my new pics.
On a different subject, I got one of my two test grades back last night in class. I got a 94% on my lab test!! I missed 6 points, which is really 3 questions. I am sooo relieved...on that one at least...still waiting on the lecture exam results. I'm not too worried about that one, but I know that it won't be as nice a grade as the lab was.
I have joined the Christmas card exchange on the main board...I don't know what came over me! I never jump into stuff like that...I'm just not that outgoing. Anyway, I am nearly finished filling them out, and have tons of stamps to get them mailed off hopefully today. They are the absolute cutest handmade cards...but that also means that they all need to be hand cancelled at the post office. They are so worth waiting in that line for!
What else?......I'm thinking........I have nearly all of my Christmas shopping done. The only things left are the ingredients and jars for some layered cookie jars that my oldest daughter, MacKenzie, and I are going to make for most of the adults and some of the families that we know. I am making my Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip cookies for some of the jars...mmmm....I definately have to have at least one...okay maybe two cookies. I am going to make them lower in sugar than the original recipe...but, most of the ingredients are low in sugar anyway...even the chocolate is bitter-sweet.
Well, it's late (12:30am Friday) and I have hardly eaten today. I am going to drink more Crystal Light, take the rest of my vitamins, and call it a night!
Stirring up sh*t on the RNY board :x on November 29, 2007 11:45 pm
Let me start this off by saying that normally I can let things roll right off of my back...people's bad moods, nasty comments from others who don't think before they speak, all kinds of things. However...this drama and constant upheaval on the RNY board is just unbearable. Why oh why are DSers trolling the RNY board looking to stir shit up?? I am absolutely disgusted at the immaturity of a select few of these people. A recent thread was started with a question to those with a RNY about why we chose that particular surgery. What does a DS patient really have to add to that discussion? NO ONE asked why RNY and not DS. NO ONE asked which we like better, RNY or DS. NO ONE asked for any DS input what-so-ever!! It was not, by the op's question, supposed to be a free for all to spew out any and all opinions about WLS. I am just amazed that these so-called "helpful" posters have this much free time on their hands as to volley back and forth between the DS and RNY boards. If they are so appalled with the prospect that someone might actually *gasp* choose RNY over any other option, then why do they feel the need to keep reading? We are generally a group of people that "Love My RNY!" Isn't that enough? Love your DS...what the hell do I care? If it works for you and gives you the life and results that you are looking for...fantasic. But, don't put down my choice just because it is different or (in your eyes) more restrictive than your choice. What f*cking difference does it make to you how I choose to live my life...you don't have to live my life with my surgery, and vice versa. Grow up already!! Perhaps if these people had a bit more respect and class with regard to other people and their lives they would make the DS look more attractive to people without having to shove it down people's throats.
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What are you thankful for this year? on November 20, 2007 1:58 pm
Okay, so Thanksgiving is upon us again. Wow, this past year has just flown by! At this time last year, I was preparing paperwork and submitting to tests related to having my surgery approved. I have noticed lately that I am seeing things in a much more positive and festive light this year, and I thought that it might be nice to have a post dedicated to each of us reminding ourselves, and each other, how much we have to be thankful for, today and everyday.
I am thankful for the blessings that my family provides me.
I am thankful that my children are happy, healthy, and full of joy.
I am thankful for my husband, for so many reasons...too many to list.
I am thankful that my husband and I continue to re-commit to one another, even through the hard times when most couples give up.
I am thankful for good friends, and even the not so good ones...they remind us how great the good ones are!
I am thankful that my family is provided for and almost never really wants for anything that we truly need.
I am thankful that our country even through frequent political turmoil, is in most ways, still free.
I am thankful for every day that the sun still rises...silly, I know, but it is quite amazing.
I am thankful for the blessing of being insured, while many are not.
I am thankful for the amazing gift that my wonderful, skilled surgeon was able to provide me.
I am thankful that I have been given a second chance to live a life of fullness and joy.
I am thankful for the new-found confidence to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.
I am thankful for the gift of renewed health.
And finally, I am thankful for each and every one of you January Lovelies! It has meant the world to me over the last 10 or so months to know that I can always come here for understanding and advice. I know that we all have "real lives" and "real friends" away from this (January) board, but I am sincerely thankful to have a place to go for unselfish support from friends that really understand me and what I am going through. I can't express how much that comforts me and what it means to me. I thank you, ladies.
So, let's hear it...what are you thankful for this year?
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I've been a bad girl! on November 14, 2007 8:29 am
Alright...so here I am to make a confession. To be truthful, it's really not that dramatic, but I did notice something pretty damn important last night.
It started innocently enough...just wanted a snack while watching tv late after everyone had gone to bed. So, I got the box of shredded oat cereal (man, that stuff is good!!) and proceeded to munch. Okay...see what I did? Or, more importantly...didn't do? There was no measuring involved. Bad news for a food addict. Normally, since surgery, I measure or count out every snack to keep me on track with portion sizes and so that I can't overdo or kid myself about my intake. Last night? I seem to have lost my mind. I continued to eat that fucking cereal until I was stuffed!! I knew that I was waaayyyy past one serving, and yet I kept eating. WTF??? I really know better than to behave this way!!! I am so disappointed in myself and the choices that I made because it just set me off for the rest of the night. My mind started telling me that I wasn't quite finished eating...keep eating because you're just not satisfied yet...surely you can fit something, anything else in that pouch, how about a popsicle, it'll melt, it'll fit!
So, obviously, something else is bugging me. What is it? I have no idea. But, what I do know is that eating to comfort myself, or whatever was going on, is not a choice that is an option for me any longer. Today, I am going to measure and count everything. Today, I am going to log my food like I used to in the early days. I must be honest with myself if I am going to have success in the long run.
I even ordered 15 pounds of protein powders yesterday, 3 different kinds of Matrix 5.0. I can't wait until they arrive, thank goodness they have already shipped out. I chose to order so much because I could already feel my resolve beginning to slip a bit. I haven't really gotten off track so much as I could feel it coming. The overload with the cereal was just the first tangible sign that I was right to be afraid. I also ordered some ISS Oh Yeah Chocolate Caramel Protein Bars...my gawd these things are good! I can only eat about 1/4 to 1/3 of a bar at once, so they make a great treat if they are cut up into portions.
Okay, I feel much better now that I have blogged....I feel ready to get back to my program with the confindence of knowing that I can, and know how to, do this. I don't know how many, if any, actually read this. But, if someone is reading besides me...thanks for listening.
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