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Dr Huse, is a very straight, forward man. His manners are wonderful, he is a small man with a big heart.His staff are wonderful, very friendlt, caring and just like their boss. He is honest and does not hold back any punches. I give this man and his staff a 12 on a scale of 1 -10! If any one has the chance to have him as your surgeron, grab him ! He saved my life and since surgery, I have had a couple of issue's but he has been there and made me better. I love this man. He is a god send.
Latest Surgery Support Comments
July 12, 2005
I am a 42 yr old,mom of a 21 yr old son who is married and has given me my first grand child.I also have a 13 yr old daughter and a 6 yr old step son who lives with my boyfriend and myself.I have always since i can remember ,had a weight issue.I am 6ft and always been big boned.In school the kid's always made fun of me being so big.I was called Jolly Green Giant alot.I never dated,back then ...guys didn't date FAT GIRLS.I have alot of health problems,and I know this surgery will help them if not take them away.I have been thinking of this surgery for about a yr now but was told my insurance which is Medicare and Medicade would not pay for it.Well I hav ea wonderful family doctor who told me about Dr Lindsay and how good she was.So tonite I attended my first seminar.I learned alot and of course that is why I am on here now .I am finding out anything and everything I can to help speed my process along.Not only before surgery but after wards.I want to be able to have more energy,I am soo sick of being tired all the time.I walk daily but my problem is I am an emotional eater always have been.I am starting counsiling soon and with the proceedure and getting my self esteem back it will help me so much.I want to live to see my daughter marry and to have more grand children.I am afraid I will die at an early age without this surgery.I have already started on some of the things on the checklist now it's a matter of getting the rest done.I hope to have the surgery before long.
August 9, 2005
I have been able to check everything off on the check list..woohooo.I called Eileen last week,I go see her and the Nutrionist on the 18th of this month.God, I can not wait!I am walking every day, cutting out the suger,and alot of other things i know I am not going to be allowed to have.I just hope and pray I am a canidate for this surgery.I took the Pysch Eval,had to go back retake it because I was told I checked too many yes's lol.Please....I did not know they were talking about what your problems are NOW that are bothersome.Haven't heard back on that one so YEAAAA.I am going to another meeting this month and taking my 13 yr old daughter with me.She is scared for me to have this done.I totally understand where she is coming from .I have tried to explain to her,there is a risk in what ever kind of surgery you have.She has had a few to save her life since birth, so she knows this first hand.But her main problem is we know a few people who had severe problems and one died and was revived a couple of times and is still having problems but her surgery was done in Kentucky not Indiana and not by Dr Lindsay.i think if my daughter can go and hear from people and see people who have done this,it may help her some.My 6 yr old step son keeps saying " Mommy ,when do you go to the hopital and die"...we are trying to make him understand Mommy is not going to the hospital or hopital as he says to die.Mommy is going to become a better person and to feel better.He just doesn't understand at that age.My boyfriend is happy and not happy about this.He is worried what if I do have something go wrong,he has been reading alot on this site.But as I keep telling all of them.I have to do this for ME not for them.It is my decision and mine alone and I say YES.I am now working on my letter to Medicare.It is a lil hard since I am not sure what I need to say.
August 11 ,2005
My boyfriend is an over the road Trucker and oddly made it thru home this evening for the night.I had him go with me to the Columbus Support Group meeting.I wanted him to be able to atleast hear some things from folks,which he did.He is reading things on here but it is alot better when your face to face.There were alot of wonderful people there tonite.One lady tho was looking bad.She has had problems since surgery,operation after operation.Her hair is still very thin,she looks very weak.Her story ,I will admit scared the shit out of me.But I realize it is a risk.Is it a risk I am willing to take? HELL YES I AM!My boyfriend of 2 yr's said he is behind me 100% which I am glad and thankful for.There was a husband and wife there that had the same surgery on the same day,now that is great I thought.They are doing good and had Dr Lindsay also as most people there had.I am soo damn freaking ready for this...please hurry I want on the losing side........Please god .....please god.....give me this second chance at life.
Today, I met with Eileen (bariatric cordinator).I was nervous as hell.She is such a sweetheart of a gal.We went over all my paperwork and to come to find out,my damn own doctor's office gave me copies of my past medical history ...BUT...did not incluse their own office in this.I was pissed! Eileen called them while I was with her and afterwards I went by there and picked it up.I came home busted ass and faxed the paperwork over to her.Now I just have to wait the 48 hours..ya..I was shocked when Eileen told me I would hear from Dr Lindsay's office within 48hrs.I am patiently waiting.
YAHOOOOO........Dr Linndsay's office called this morning,I go see her on Sept.6th @9am.Omg I can not wait.I am so excited and nervous at the same time.
I met with Dr Linday this morning.She is top notch.The nurse had me drink this liquid that she said and I quote"Most people say it taste like unsweetened LEMONAID"Let me tell you,it puckered and ached my jaws so damn bad.It was nasty!!!I was examined with clothes on,feeling and probing of the belly.Dr Lindsay asked me if I smoked and of course YES,well she got my cigg's out of my purse and threw them in the trash and said COLD TURKEY IT,I am dieing here lmao.I told her I had my sleep study and was waiting for the results.She said if I did hav esleep apnea,I would have to be on the C-PAP for 2 weeks before my surgery.I went home called my doc's office asking if the results were in yet.NO!Well a few hour's later they called ,results were in and Yes I DO HAVE IT.So i waited for the call from them as to when i go back for the sleep study again with the machinery on me,it is scheduled for September21st,I was told I would have the Cpap by the 26th.I get gung ho and call Dr Lindsay's office on Friday the 9th and let the nurse know this info.She said Doc wasn't in but would talk to her on Monday and see if they could go ahead and schedule surgery for October.Let me tell you I was shocked as hell when in the afternoon on Friday ,they called and had talked to Dr Lindsay and my date is set for October 19th.My paper work will arrive by mail this week.I am so excited.I started my diet,i am not liking this SKIM MILK crap.Rather drink water.But hell it's all worth it to know I will be on the loosing side in about 5 weeks.God I hope this time flys by fast.
I AM SO DAMN PISSED !!!!!!!!!!!!! I just got a call from Dr Lindsay's office.They heard from MEDICARE and now within a month of my surgery ,Medicare says I have to do the following before surgery!" SEE MY DOCTOR MONTHLY FOR 6 MONTHS,DIAGONIS HAS TO BE MORBID OBESITY,WHAT TYPE OF DIET AND WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE I AM DOING.I MUST START SEEING MONTHLY FOR 6 MONTHS A REGISTERED DIETITION ! I have been crying ever since I hung up from the office.I was only a month from today from my surgery.Now it could be March or April of 2006.Medicare pays my damn bills they know what problems I suffer from with the weight problem,I am at the doctor monthly,and I am always weighed but thats not good enough for them.I am so depressed,I bought a pack of cigs I have been a few days without smoking and now I am ready to kill.I am not the only one the office said,they have alot of others.
My boyfriend of 2 years and I got into a very heated argument over my daughter.Things got out of hand and he kicked us out.Rather funny, we were buying a home together but I had to leave.All in all was a good thing,I had no family down there so I moved the hour drive back to Indy on the South West side.I have moved in with my parents for the time being.I used all of my social security check as I always have ever since we been together to pay all the monthly bills,that way his check was for food and what ever.I had no money, thank god my for parents,they got me help and a uhaul to move.The ex gets to live bill free all month.He was not checking the fluid's in the van , as I always asked him to do, well guess what.It blew the engine.I am lucky enough to have a loving family,my brother found me a car and it is a great car, small but hell it runs good.I called Eileen to let her know I moved and till I could save money to get my own place again I would be spending a few months at my parents.She informed me that Dr Lindsay was no longer taking MEDICARE patients due to as usual " MEDICARE'S BULL SHIT", i cried like a baby.Now I reckin it is a wait and see thing.Only in Indiana is this happening.
I been doing good,I have lost 40 pounds on my own,which is nothing new been doing that all my life.Lose it gain more back haha.I talked to Eileen this week and on Feb 24th the new laws go into effect on medicare. I will know something the first of March.Finger's are crossed I get the surgery.I been seeing my Doctor and missed October, so I had to start my damn 6 months over with him which puts me into April and the nutrionist till March, unless Medicare changes the 6 months crap! I have been seeing an old boyfreind, whom I dated for a while before I met the "JERK' and started living with him.Soon as Troy found out through my familie's "GRAPE VINE" that I was back in Indy again and single again, he made sure to contact a family member to give me his number.It has been wonderful.It is partly him and my depression that has made me lose the 40 pounds.But It is great to have clothes that used to be so tight be baggy now.He bought a new "FATBOY" Harley, so I need the surgery done and over with so I can get back on the bike,when my Panic attacks allow.This is going to be a new and wonderful life for me.I am expecting my 2nd grandbaby in July,I am soo excited about that also.New life all the way around.I have cut down on everything but smoking, soon as I hear from Eileen, then I stop ! I need this surgery to live.I have been on my C-PAP machine for sleep apnea, it really makes a differance, I was surprised , how good I feel in the morning's.I am ready for the 24th to get here and Dr Lindsy's office calls to tell me what I need or need not to do now.I am out of here for now.
April 12th 2006
I received a call from Dr Hughes office on Friday. He is willing to do my surgery.I am so damn excited.Medicare changed all the rulings but now you have to go to a Hospital of Exellence and St.Vincents is the only one in Indiana so far.I was actually considering going to Ohio to have it done, crazy I know but that is how desperate I am for this surgery. I go next Tuesday to a seminar with the doc, I am taking my mom so she will know what to expect and hopefully change her outlook on this surgery! My boyfriend is sceptical about it is as well but I told him it is for me and nobody else.I want to live a long , healthy life and at this rate I will NOT !
June 14th 2006
It has been awhile since I been able to get online.Computer has been down. Went to my meeting , met with the doctor and he is very nice. Surgery date is June 27,2006. Had to go get my testing all done, which included, blood work,x-rays,pulmo testing. The gal's at the hospital were very nice. One young nurse and I was talking about and comparing our ( TATTOO'S ) lol.Fran in Dr Huse's office is wonderful and very caring. She had called me a few days after my testing and told me they found a NODULE in my right lung and I needed a CT Scan. I freaked, I have had cervical cancer in the past so of course you know that's the first thing to jump into your mind, specially with 30 plus yr's of smoking in you! Well I went last Thursday for the scan, worried all weekend and was bitchy. Monday talked to Fran and THANK YOU GOD. It is nothing just a spot from where I had , had a lung infection. So as of today I now have 13 day's till I will be in surgery starting a new life. Everyone I have come into contact with at St Vincent's in Carmel has been great.I went up and checked out the Bariatric unit, the nurses were very nice and showed me around. I am feeling more confident about this now after seeing the surgeon and meeting with some of the nurse's on the unit. My 2nd grandbaby is due anytime and I am hoping that she comes before my surgery since she will be delivered at Methodist hospital and grandma will be so far away. Anyone who has issue's about having this surgery , this site will help alot. I have had my question's answered and talk to very caring folks.
Well folks, last Thursday I became a grandma again for the second time to another beautiful little girl, Allyssa she weighed 5lb's 15oz 19 1/2 inches long and very small lol except she has her daddies big ole feet and long toes. She and mommy came home yesterday and both doing well.
Tomw is my surgery, I have been crying alot today and tonite.I am scared and excited at the same time. My 2 brother's called tonite trying to talk me out of it, my 14 yr old daughter is a mess,my son is not thrilled either. I have told them all I need to do this, I will be ok.I have prayed and prayed to god to see me through this and I beleive I will make it just fine but I am still scared.My boyfriend took the day off work to spend it with me, he is not excited about it either but he loves me and knows I want this for a longer, healthier life. I will post when I get home and am up to it.
I came home Friday afternoon, feeling pretty damn good given the surgery I been through. I was doing well enough to come home in just 3 days.My favorite nurse at St V's in carmel is Sam, she is wonderful and has a sense of humur, I asked her a question that really didn't seem to shock her but she had never been asked it before. LOL....It was a personal question that I needed to know for my boyfriend ( wink). Anyways, I got all my protein in yesterday but I started at 6am and between worrying about doing that and taking all my med's , I feel like I am only doing those two things. After surgery, my stat's started dropping, I was put on oxygen for I think a day then i started doing good. It hurt believe me. It is so worth it. For any of you thinking of having this surgery, do it.
It has been along time since I posted. I am sorry for that. I have been hospitalized a few times and stay tired alot , so I am not up to par on the computer that much . I have another Ulcer, it is as they are getting larger with each one. I stay Dehydrated, Malnutrioned. Nothing taste good, I am nauseated alot, I don't have much energy, amd bitchy as all get out.I am down to 160# now. When Dr Huse released me from the hospital this last time, he said he wanted me to gain 20 pounds! I have still continued to lose weight! I am scared I am going to die. My blood pressure stays low, I am dizzy most of the time.I had alot more energy when I was fat!! But don't read this and think OMG I don't know if I want to have this surgery. Everyone is differant! I just am having problem's.I never in my life, would of thought people would tell me how bad I look and how damn too skinny I am. lol. I wanted to live, that is why I had this surgery, now I want to live and gain some weight. Odd, how things work out.. My stomach isn't what it should be in size, I do everything I am supposed to but the weight keeps coming off. I look and would feel great at 190 or 220 pound's, I just have to figure out how to get to that weight. My family is scared to death, I am not going to make it, I am scared of it myself. The excess skin, honestly for what I started out at is not as bad as I thought it would be. I would love to have it taken off but my insurance does not cover that and I am on disibilty. I see Dr Huse next week, he had said I may have to have a feeding tube. I asked him about enlarging my opening this last time, he doesn't like to do that because you could gain all your weight back. With the way I look and feel, it would honestly be a risk I would take. I don't want to die! I have 2 kid's, 2 granddaughter's and the 3rd one will be here in Jan 2008, I have a wonderful, loving man in my life who has been there for me.I have alot to live for.