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Surgeon TestimonialRoberto A. Rumbaut, M.D.I have decided to go with Dr. Rumbaut here in Monterrey. He gave me a surgery date yesterday...October 10, 2008. Finally! It has been a long row to hoe...since my decision to do this. I am excited, but anxious about the 2 week liquid diet I must follow before surgery. I know I can do it...if I have to...rnrnHis staff is friendly...really a very pleasing experience to visit his office facilities. Dr. Rumbaut is friendly and speaks excellent english. I am looking forward to becoming better acquainted with his nutritionist during the coming months.rnrnI raite Dr. Roberto Rumbaut as \"Excellent\" both on surgical competence and bedside manner.
- Computers & Internet - I do a lot of computer work related to our ministry.
- Musical Performance - I play the piano and organ in our church, and teach piano in our Bible College.
- Writing - My husband and I write self-help booklets in spanish.
- Sewing - I make my own clothes, and sew for family.
- Administrators - I am Director of the Music Department in our Bible College.
- Beadwork - Beading fascinates me...but I just do it for fun.
- Grandchildren - I have five grandchildren. Four boys...one girl.
- BMI over 50 - I would like to have friends in this category, in order to help each other out.
One year later...much later... on July 23, 2010 11:48 am
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Well, busy me! Time has flown by since I last wrote here. I have steadily lost weight...not super fast...but constant...which has been good for my health. I started this weight loss journey, weighing 395 pounds. Four days ago, I went to see my nutritionist who works with the bypass doctor. I weighed in at 185 pounds. So far I have lost a grand total of 210 pounds! Fantastic! I really thought that I would never be this size again. I still need to lose 20 pounds, and am looking forward to saying that I have reached my goal.
To those of you who are just getting started, take heart, you CAN do it! I thank God for my weightloss surgery...I could have never done it on my own.
Keeping on Track... on September 14, 2009 8:25 am
It has been too long since I visited my blog....A lot has been going on in my life. The summer months were fruitful and full of family and travel. I spent the month of August preparing for my music classes in the Bible Institute here in Monterrey, Mexico. We have 68 music students...120 Bible students all together.
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Yesterday was a "Big Day" at the church here. We celebrated the Mexican Independece Day. Many of the people came dressed in their native costumes. I tried to look as Mexican as possible, but it is a losing battle.
Speaking of losing battles...
As of this morning, I have lost a total of 125 pounds. It seems to me that it has come off very slowly, but when I look at the words that I write, I am astonished to be able to say it...."I have lost 125 pounds!"
I can get around a lot better. My overall health has improved greatly. My breathing is great. There are still days when the Lupus and the Arthritis, and the bad back try to get me down. But it just doesn't seem as bad as it used to.
I still have 100 pounds to lose. And I need friends to keep me focused on the goal.
One Huge Step... on May 10, 2009 7:41 am
On April 15, I had surgery to convert the VSG to an RNY. The next day, it was obvious that I had a leak, so....emergency surgery was performed. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks and 2 days. I am now at home, feeling well, a little weak maybe, and on the road to complete recovery. I am glad that this step is over.
The reason for the leak??? I have taken prednisone for several years. The doctor says that it is like sewing two pieces of jello together. I have lupus, and other chronic diseases. I also have an excellent doctor. The care that I received from him and his staff as well as the hurses was phenomenal. All this took place in Monterrey, Mexico, with Dr. Robert Rumbaut. He was the doctor who did the VSG in October.
I am looking forward to a time of steady losing...regaining my health and stamina. This certainly was a Huge Step for me in my journey,.
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A Small Step Backward... on March 29, 2009 10:00 am
I have a terrible cold...congestion...cough...asthma. Went to see my Pulmonologist Thursday...didn't feel too awful bad, but Friday started with chills and a high fever...102 F. That is a whopper of a fever for me! On the phone, the doc said that this could be caused by starting the antibiotic that he gave me. I had never experienced a fever starting AFTER I began taking antibiotic...but whatever.....
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When I get over this nasty thing, I will take a few nebulizer treatments...blow into the machine...and get OK'd for the surgery.
I am hoping for April.
The Next Step for Me At Least on March 27, 2009 3:33 am
Well, I have been to my doctor twice and discussed further surgery. The VSG is just not enough for me. I can see that it would be great for a NORMAL person, but there is nothing normal about me. I just need more restriction. After all, I am 61, and habits of a lifetime are not only hard to break, but near nye impossible, for me that is.
I was surprised when he told me that he would not do a DS on me. The age limit is 55 for one thing and I'm over the limit. Then, at my age I don't need the more malabsorbatime procedure. So, he explained that the RNY would be more beneficial to me.
I agree. You know, the RNY is what I wanted in the first place. I was such a high risk patient...lungs...weight...chronic illnesses...that I had to have the sleeve. It was great in the beginning, and the doc says that I will still lose weight very slowly, but I need "fast" because of the situation with my lumbar. I do not want to wind up in a wheelchair.
When the doc did the VSG, he went in with the intention of an RNY, but found that my stomach was stuck to my liver with scar tissue from previous surgeries. He spent 3 hours taking out the scar tissue piece by piece. Did the VSG. And that was that!
My health is much improved since then. My breathing is fantastic. My oxygen count is 96 as of yesterday! And I have a cold in my chest! I get around much better. My sciatic nerve has calmed down significantly. Only when I really abuse it, does it scream for attention.
So I am happy with the VSG and what it did for me.
But, the next step for me will be the RNY...as soon as I get over the cold, and we can arrange the details.
But sometime in the month of April....
Pray for me.
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My Story I love to eat...any time...any where. Plus, my metabolism is on the slow side...so, now you know why I am like I am, huh?
This was fine as long as I was young, active, and loved and admired by family and friends. But, now I am old, (61), sick a lot, and STILL loved and admired by family and friends! (Gotcha!)
I am so tired of being sick. (I have lupus, hypothyroidism, asthma, a very bad lumbar, and so on.) I want to be able to do things around the house. I want to be able to go out and shop and to help my husband with his stuff. My doctors say that this surgery will relieve a lot of my pain so that I can get around easier. I pray that they are right. Pain is a terrible bedfellow to have year after year.
My husband and I are Baptist missionaries in Monterrey, Mexico, where I will have my surgery on October 10th, 2008. The doctor plans to do an RNY. However, if he encounters an overabundance of scar tissue do to previous surgeries, he will be doing the sleeve. Whichever is fine with me. I just need help to lose weight...and feel better.
We have three children...the oldest, our only girl, is a missionary wife in El Salvador. She and Henry have three of our grandchildren with them. The next, Stephen, lives here nearby. He and his wife are both teachers and have two sons. The baby, Jonathan and his wife Jenny are missionaries with us in our ministry. They have no children so far. ( We are hoping for red headed girls from them, though)
Our website that tells about our ministry is www.mthebron.net