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Surgeon TestimonialDemesvar A. Jean-Baptiste M.D.There is NOTHING I could say negative about my Dr. Dr Baptiste has a new office staff...a new nurse and a new nutritionist. I have not havd the pleasure of meeting the nutritionist as of yet but she must be better than Judy the old nutritionist. She was never heavy a day in her life and spoke to us weightloss patients as though it is as easy as the flick of a switch to just stop eating. If it were that easy We would have no need for Dr Baptiste.
The new nurse (sorry i cannot think of her name off the top of my head) is extremely cxoncerned for us as patients and our success. She actually takes us into a examining room (unlike Kathy previous nurse, who ONLY conversed in her office)I truly believe this new nurse is truly concerned about each and every patient.She literally takes the time and answers all questions she possibly can and NEVER makes you feel rushed!
Dr JB is a skilled professional with a personality that surpasses any other Dr I have ever HAD THEPLEASURE OF MEETING.HIS BEDSIDE MANNER IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.
I would recommend Dr JB and his staff in a heart beat!
- Cats - too many to list...RIP MADAM LINX 6/07 - 7/08 you will always be in our hearts!
- Dogs - Holly, Lilu,Bella, Spencer,Thor, Pennington...Nasty bearded dragon, ZILLA.
- Cars - I enjoy taking a fast ride with my husband on nice days in our 71 red Firebird!
- Needlework, Knitting & Crocheting - and oil painting..and plastic canvas!
- Parenting - My 5 kids can make me crazy at times...but wouldnt trade them for the world!
- Movies - horror, suspense,comedy..whatever
- Karaoke - I enjoy karaoke at home or out...I just love to sing.
- Radio & Television - NETFLIX on my pc play instantly! and THE FAMILY GUY!
- Married - To MY BILL...the greatest, sweetest most thoughtful man on earth!
- Reading - I enjoy reading but never seem to find the time anymore.
BACK SURGERY SCHEDULED JUNE 14, 2012 (my... on May 26, 2012 11:21 am
ok so now we know why I have had back pain in spite of my pain box stimulator that was inserted last march 2011. The leads or paddles as some refer to them that were placed on the thoracic spine have actually SHIFTED! They are no longer n the center...so when I put my pain box on my whole left side and ino my chest and ribs vibrates and gets tight and feels annoying and does NOT help any of my back pain. I went to pain management Dr he sent me to the surgeon that did surgery last March 2011. Dr did X Rays and clear as day you can see the paddles are towards the left no where near center! How and why they shifted and in such a short amount of time is unknown and baffeling to me as well AS THE DR! But fact remains it must be corrected. So I can use it again and stop taking oral pain meds.
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This will be a 4-4.5 hour operation. longer than first bec they have to remove paddle that shifted, chip away from built up scar tissue and bone and the replace it once again in its CORRECT position and space to get the best overall pain coverage.
I have already been told I will be kept in Overlook Hospital for a min of two nights post op for observation. Although I dread staying its prob for the best after what happened with my fever and blood infection after recently removing my gall bladder. Also if I go home I will not take all the pain meds by mouth as i do not want to become addicted again...so if I stay in hospital they can give to me thru IV and I can just stop no problem cold turkey when I am released (have done before...it is safe short term.) OHH and the most imp thing!!! If I stay in hospital I WILL NOT be tempted to do something stupid too soom like vaccuum, cook, lift heavy wet laundry from washer etc! I am a very bad post op patiend bec I think I am wonder woman and I can take on all my regular household chores as soon as I walk through my front door.
Well...thats the story for now...if I dont get on here soon I will def be back after back surgery to give whom ever still frequents my blogs an update.
There is a higher risk involved with thhis surgery bec of the removal of the paddles/leads and the increased amount of time it will take and I will be under general anesthesia...so all I ask is that my OH friends keep me in prayer for a safe and quick recovery.
God Bless you all...Some of you have become like family to me over the years...and for that I thank you! You all know who you are!
iron transfusions post Gall Bladder removal on May 26, 2012 10:54 am
Had gall bladder removed...been about a month now...doing well. After bout in hospital with a blood infection for 6 days post op! Was not too thrilled with the bariatric Dr's bedside manner that did the surgery...would not recommend him to anyone in New Jersey. (My Dr is no longer practicing in NJ and I miss him!)
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Lost weight prior to GB surgery but managed to gain it back by GRAZING...all day long taking a bite here and there of what ever I liked. Took a while but I went up to 130lbs again...now I started my thyroid meds bec my levels were out of wack again (bec I stopped takin the meds bec I hate the way they make me sweat when I sleep! I wake up soaking wet and must change my clothes at least 3 times a night.) But sinse I started taking again I lost 5 lbs...now I am 125lbs. But its ok...I like being 125 it gives me some wiggle room to play with! If I maintain between 125 and 130lbs I will be happy.
Ever since the Gall Bladder removal I discovered I have chronic anemia...so I have been getting Iron transfusions every week. I had several while in the hospital as well as potassium and 2 blood transfusions! Was not thrilled about getting the blood...but I had no choice. I hope to get my iron levels normal but the Dr thinks that I am one of the patients that had Gastric Bypass and just will not absorb iron no matter what. Therefor probably end up getting iron transfusions the rest of my life either weekly or bi weekly. I would not mind bec I never have to wait in waiting room and the transfusion only takes about 40 mins....but I have NO VEINS! They either collapsed or blew on me from all the use in the past from meds and blood draws. (never an IV drug user!!) This week took 4 tries before they found a vein that would allow the transfusion to flow THROUGH! They get the vein it lasts a few mins and then it closes up from old scar tissue around it!
JUST REALIZED 18LBS MORE THIS TIME THIS YEAR... on March 30, 2012 4:10 pm
WOW NOT SO BAD JUST REALIZED AS OF TODAY I AM ACTUALLY 18LBS HEAVIER TODAY THAN I WAS THIS TIME LAST YEAR! HOWEVER TWO WEEKS AGO I WAS CLOSE I WAS 106LBS... BUT EVERY DAY I GAINING AND EATING A LIL MORE!
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new updated pics 2011 on November 25, 2011 8:15 pm
check out some new updated photos...my favs are from 2011 halloween...never would have had the courage or self esteem to even dress up let alone choose something so cute for myself! what a fun day! Think I had more fun than my son! lol and yes I did eat some candy and no dumping...but my back was killing me from all the walking! Was def worth it though!
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also some spine shots of my surgery in my neck when they took out one of my disks and replaced with a cadaver bone and held together with plate and screws...but it helped immensely with some of my pain...Dr was the best! He had blessed hands!
Yo-Yo dieter...always end up back where I started or HEAVIER! I am NOT asking to look like a Barbie Doll....Just fit into an average size pair of jeans WITH A ZIPPER!
Wow what will it be to own a pair of pants that are NOT stretch and actually have a button
and a zipper! DARE I DREAM!
My Name Is Robyn I will be 40 in June 2008. I have been overweight & on diets my entire life. I remember being 8-10 years old & the pediatrician putting me on a "stop, go & caution" eating plan!
I recently married the worlds most loveable & handsome man. I have 4 of the greatest kids in the world (+ my step son) I count myself very lucky. I want 2 be able 2 enjoy my time I have here on earth with them. I cant do that while being out of breath & in pain due to excess weight.
I want 2 be able 2 get frisky wt my spouse without MY OWN PERSONAL hang ups getting in my way. He in NO way makes me feel like my weight should bother me but I do NOT feel comfortable in this body.
I was a dancer for15 yrs growing up and managed to eat everything I wanted and keep my weight under control.Since my 1st of 3 knee surgeries in 1982 I have stopped dancing & began the life of a yo-yo dieter.
I am on Meds 4 high B/P & high choles,have GERD, Hiatal Hernia, fatty Liver& I deal with a C Pap machine 4 sleep apnea (real romantic! argh!)
I want my life back!
Oh I 4got 2 mention I ws on the waiting list for this surgery about 7-8 yrs ago and I chickened out! NOT HAPPENING THIS TIME! I am tired of Dr's blaming EVERTHING for my obesity! If I get a chin hair I am told its because of my weight! argh!
OK DONT STOP READING NOW!!! You have come this far!
Read on to see some of my favorite quotes and poems! Some things you will find yourself shaking your head in an agreeing NOD!
"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with REGRETS.
So LOVE the people who treat you RIGHT, FORGET about the ones who don’t
And BELIEVE that everything happens for a REASON
If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said that it would be easy.
They just promised it would be worth it."
~~"'Twas the Night Before Bypass'"~~
'Twas the night before bypass, when all through my gut
not a morsel was stirring, not even a nut.
The suitcase was packed by the back door with care,
in hopes that a new me would soon return there.
I lay nestled, snug in my bed
while visions of calories danced in my head;
and me in my plus size pajamas and wrap,
had just settled in for a long, restless nap.
When deep in my mind there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my dreams to see what was the matter.
Away to my fridge I flew like a flash,
ripped open the door and drooled at the stash.
The moonlight reflecting off the beautiful snacks
gave a luster of radiance to all on the racks.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but an array of the comfort foods I hold so dear.
With a familiar feeling of all those I'd pick,
I thought in a moment I just might be sick.
More lovely than angels their voices they came,
and they whistled and shouted and called me by name;
"Now pizza, now French fries, now chocolate galore
on cheesecake, on ice cream, on donuts and more!"
From the tip of my tongue, to the end of my toe,
I will miss you all more than ever you'll know.
As an addict that shakes and stirs as he sits,
I'll mourn the loss of my delectable hits.
So back to my bed I went with great haste,
and settled back down with nary a taste.
And then in an instant, in pre-op I sat,
nervously waiting to no longer be fat.
As I sat deep in thought and adjusted my gown,
In came my surgeon in one single bound.
He was dressed all in scrubs, from his head to his feet
and he seemed very calm as he eyed me like meat.
He looked at my chart, with his scope gave a listen,
I don't think he noticed my eyes starting to glisten.
He was chubby and plump -- he could lose some himself,
and I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke barely a word as he prepped for his work,
he paused for a moment, then turned with a jerk.
And laying a finger aside of his face,
and giving a nod, out of the room he did race.
He checked in the next day, to his students gave a whistle,
and away they all flew like a down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight,
"speedy thinness to you and a healthier life!"