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Jeannie A.'s Journey
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I have tried to lose weight all of my life, from different diet plains too diet pills and doctors. These things only helo for a short while. Then I would gain it back plus, until now with the new tool that I will be given on the 27th of July. I finallly will be able to keep it all off for a life time with a new life stile. This is going to be so wonderful.
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02/15/07, My name is Dorothy Jean Armstrong ( Jeannie). I'm 47 years old and I have been over weight all of my life. I was born in a small town west of ATLANTA, GEORGIA, to Mr. & Mrs. William E. Akins, ( Gene & Dorothy Jean). They were high school sweethearts and were married 1958. My father was a hard worker and he raised two wonderful daughters.
Well, I guess I will tell you my story now! As a small child I was large in Elm. , Jr High, Sr. High, and too in College. I have been up and down with my weight. I was even married for a short time with my ex-husband saying that he could not be with anyone that was FAT. That was news to me since before we married he said that it did not matter. Until one day he found someone that was doing all the things that he was doing. (DRINKING, DRUGING) ect........So with all of that happening I began to gain my weight, and usely the weight that you lose you gain back two times over. Then I would lose it again and then I lost both of my parents a few years ago. Then my sister began to get into trouble so I was depressed and then gained it all again PLUS.
Then as I started looking into having WLS something would happen and I would not have the insurance to have it done. So after a couple of years I was finally able to start the fight again and see if I was going to be able to be approved to have WLS. But to not avail my insurance was not going to cover it. Then I had something happen! I was able to pay cash for my operation. I started looking here in ATLANTA, GEORGIA and I was finding that I was not going to be able to afford it here. Then I had a friend of mine tell me about the doctor she used in Alabama and she said that he was really good. So with the advice from her I looked him up and I went to see him. My first visit was on July 13,2006 and I was able to have my surgery July 27,2006.
Even thought he was a great surgeon, my hospital experience was not that great. The morning after my surgery I went down to have my leak study done and they looked good. I was told that when I got back upstairs I could start having my liquids. As the time went on that day I was never given any liquids and my body went into shock, with dehydration. With that happening I went into renal-kidney failure. I was going to die if they could not get my kidneys to start working again. They told me that they were going to have to put a central line in me so that they could give me all the meds that I was going to need. But that was a failure, they made 2 attempts and nothing. (I STILL HAVE NOT FEELING IN THE SIDE OF MY NECK ) to this day. So times I really think that the hospital did not want to listen to me. They do not know my body like I do. I told them that if they did not do something really soon I was going to call my surgeon and a LAWYER. That is when things started happening. My friend had to come out of MACON and RAISE the ROOF on the hospital. But I'm doing better now.
02/19/07- today I'm 7 months post opp and 3 months after my WLS I had to have my gallbladder removed but I'm better. I'm now only 50 pounds away from what my surgeon said I should get too. But this has really been a long journey.
03/31/07- Sorry for not updating in awhile! But here goes. I have been doing well over the past month. I have had just a few ups and downs and my doctor has put me on med's for depression and they are working OK. But I know what my problem was. I've since then gotten things straighten out and I hope in the next few weeks that it will be even better. I did find out though being cash pay that my surgeon does not see you any longer after your are 6 months out, He will see you if you can pay for his office visits but they are over 100.00 plus. My insurance did not cover this operation and so I have to depend on my PCP to pick up where he left off. I have a wonderful PCP she is the best I think in the ATLANTA area.
04/17/07, Well it has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have a wonderful support group that I'm over seeing. We are really small right now but I expect that we will be growning soon. I'm so glad that I have this group because it really helps me in all the things that I want to be able to do. Since my surgery back July 2006 I have come a long way and I'm really happy with my life and how things can really change. Before my surgery I was really tired all the time and I really had no energy, but to this day I have more energy and I really love being able to help others through their WLS. So as life goes on from here I will be telling a lot about my life and how things are going. So until next time I hope that all is well.
07/29/10; Hello OH family, I know that it has been a long time since I have been here; but today things have been really wonderful in my life and this week I celabrated being 4 years post op on July 27, 2010. This has been a wonderful JOURNEY and I would not change anything about the way I feel today. I have so many things to be THANKFUL FOR, and just to name a few OBESITY HELP and all the SUPPORT that I have been given.