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Surgeon TestimonialHoward Beaton, M.D.My first impression of Doctor Beaton was that he was freindly and approachable. He listened, explained, and was willing to answer any questions. I am now post-op, and my impression has not changed. He has always been willing to be available by phone for any questions or concerns. He always makes sure to personally return any calls he may miss, no matter how minor the concern may be. He came to see me a couple of times when I was hospitalized, and he is on top of making sure he has me scheduled to see him for follow-ups. There has been no serious complications to date, and my scar is healing very well. Overall, I think he is an excellent surgeon, and I would certainly recommend him. |
It's 7/7/07 and 8 months today since surgery! on July 8, 2007 6:38 pm
God bless everyone. I am happy to say that I not ony have officially hit the 100 pounds lost mark, but have in fact now lost 105 lbs. I am down to 210 from 315. I have also found a job and have been working for the past 3 weeks now. I went to an amusement park in Long Island today and I got on the rides with a little more confidence than before, when I had to be asked to get off a couple of rides due to my weight at the time. I was still a little hesitant this time, perhaps just traumatized from before lol, but everything was excellent and I fit so much better in rides. It was a great feeling! On another note, I have been doing okay. Hair loss finally stopped about a month ago or so. I am just waiting now for what I loss to come back in lol. I had to miss my recent appointment with my surgeon due to work, but I plan to try and make it for Thursday the 12th. Going to the gym has been slowed down too due to work schedule, but I am going to do my best to fit it in 'cause I definitely don't want to stop that completely. In the mean time I have been trying to make up for things by doing a lot of walking every chance I get. Thank God I have always loved walking lol, and now with being 105 pounds lighter, it's so much easier and less tiring. Well thats all for now. Again, I must say thank you to those who always show me love and support here, but above all, THANK YOU JESUS! God bless.
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TODAY MAKES 6 MONTHS! 5/7/07 on May 7, 2007 6:38 pm
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It's hard to believe that 6 months have already passed since my surgery. I still remember coming out of it thinking, my God can you please let the time speed up so I can get through this emotional mess lol. I am still losing at a slow pace with long stalls, but still losing none the less. I am now weighing 228 lbs. That is now a total weight loss so far of 87 pounds in 6 months. Sometimes I still wish it would pick up speed, but I am still grateful and thrilled for what has happened so far. I feel soooo much better in terms of energy, attitude, and health. My only major complaint at this point, which has been a problem now for past couple of months or so, is the hair loss. Like I said in a previous post, I have always suffered from thinning hair, so I think thats why I have lost a lot now. Yet as mentioned before also, it's not to the point where I have these very visible bold spots, thank God, but it is noticible to a degree, especially depending on how I have my hair done. Well anyways, that is suppose to stop with time, so I hang on to that expectation. So overall, I really can't complain. I am still looking for work, but I am trying to remain optimistic on that. Again, I feel great, clothes are starting to fit better in stores, I can walk better and climb stairs better without getting tired as quickly as before, the eliptical machine in gym, which I had considered my enemy because just getting 10 minutes done on it was a struggle, is now my friend since I can easily do 20 minutes now, I am feeling more better as time passes with having pictures taken of me, and people have started to notice and say good things lol! So I am counting my blessings and trying to stay focused on my walk with God because he has also gotten me through so much. Until next time, God bless.
5 MONTHS TODAY! 4/7/07 on April 7, 2007 7:34 pm
Today makes 5 months since my surgery. I am feeling good, thanks to God. Soooo many people here have been great and supportive through the information they share, and the personal advice and encouragement I receive from others. Thank you all so much, May God continue to give you strength and guidance.
I finally went to see my surgeon for a follow-up this past Thursday. Everything went well. He said that I am losing weight well, in fact a little bit above normal even at the rate I'm losing, in spite of slow downs.
I asked about the problem I fealt I was expriencing in eating more than I should, and how I took advice from others in cutting out my small sips of water intake while eating, and how after doing so I start feeling fuller now, quicker. He said it could be a number of factors to cause this, but since I'm doing better with it now after cutting out water during meals, then I guess that's what I should continue to do since all seems fine now.
So everything else was okay. Incision healed very well. Hard to believe it's been 5 months already and how great I feel, considering how I fealt before and that it was like hell, lol. Until next time, God bless.
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An update 3/29/07 on March 29, 2007 8:09 pm
I know I said I would share what happend with my next appointment with surgeon, which was for today, but I had to reschedule it. I will be seeing him next Thursday, April 5th, so I will let you guys know how that goes then. I have lost an extra 5 lbs. since my last update on March 12, so it took about 2 weeks and 4 days for me to lose that, but I'm not complaining as long as it continues to come off and not the opposite. So I now weigh 235.
I had recently posted a forum question because I was concerned about the fact that it seemed I was able to eat more than I should be before feeling full. I also added that I would take sips of water here and there as I ate. I thought this would be okay at this point, but most people advised that I still shouldn't be doing that at all. I should still wait 30-45 minutes after eating to drink anything, and same time before eating. Something about the water flushing out the food and allowing you to take in more food. I have since stopped doing this, and have noticed that I do feel fuller now after eating less, so maybe thats why I finally took off a few extra pounds in the past couple of days, lol. Here is a link to that forum post, in case you would like to see what others had to say: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos/a,messageboard/action,replies/board_id,4856/cat_id,4456/topic_id,3253014/
Constipation continues to be a problem here and there. I think the water intake is not cutting it anymore, I may need something prescribed or over the counter for this now. Nothing is fitting me right anymore in closet. Too big now. I desperately need a new wardrobe, but I can't find anything on the free clothing exchange here, not enough selection and sizes. I'm going to try a thrift store 'cause it doesn't make sense to spend alot if it may end up getting too big also. I NEED A JOB! LOL! If anyone in the New York City area knows of anything, drop me a line.
As far as my hair falling out problem, it continues in small clumps, but mostly when I wash it. I don't think it should be that much loss for most other weight loss surgery patients, it's probably 'cause I have always had a hair thinning problem. I don't have this major bald spot problem, but a couple of sections of my scalp is visible unless I comb it or style it a certain way. It sucks, but I am looking past it and looking ahead, grateful for the weight loss, and knowing that eventually the hair loss will stop.
I had previously mentioned using Murad for hair, which I know works from what I have seen in another person, but I think I'm gonna start using that again only when the hair loss stops, 'cause this seems inevitable right now.
I have been seriously slacking on the gym, but I know that will start up again when the weather gets nicer and I can walk it there, unless I find a job now, and can take the bus more often. Other than all I just mentioned, I am feeling great and thanking God for His love, strength, and Mercy. Until next time, God bless and take care.
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A Few More Pounds 3/12/07 on March 11, 2007 10:22 pm
Got on the scale today and I am now at 240. Lost an extra 2 lbs. since my last post. Total weight loss is now 75 lbs. in 4 months and 5 days. Thank you Lord.
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Hello my name is Elizabeth. I am 33 years old from NYC. I was born in the Bronx, grew up in Brooklyn, am currently living in Manhattan. I was told about this site by a wonderful person who underwent weight loss surgery with success and cared enough to listen to and answer my questions. I have Medicaid/Community Premier Plus. My weight before surgery was 315 lbs and I am 5ft. 6in., my BMI at that weight was 50.8. I have had hypertension since I was a teenager and diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol last year. As I get older, I am most concerned with my health, and am hoping that weight loss surgery will improve things. I am very excited, but also very nervous. I have read many testimonials here, and it has been very encouraging, as well as, informative. Allow me to thank you all for your courage and for sharing. God bless.
Taken in July of 2006-Weight at time was 293lbs
Taken just 2 days before my surgery. I was at my highest, weighing 315lbs.