- Name: Randall Culpepper
- Username: jrcpepper
- Location: Guntersville, AL, USA
- Member Since: 5/25/2004
- BMI: 29.4
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (08/11/04)
- Surgeon: Rex A. Sherer M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialRex A. Sherer M.D.Dr. Sherer is an awesome Doctor and awesome man. I know that God placed him in my life. When I went for my 1 year update visit, Dr. Sherer saw me and was so very helpful in asking ME questions. He gave me information that was and still is very helpful. He is a very thorough Physician and such a professional at everything he does. I am 20 months out now and I have had no trouble with my surgery. Recently I have had some sharp pains in my left side. They are always so good to return my calls. I would recommend Dr. Sherer to anyone considering WLS! Randall Culpepperrnrn~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~rnrn
- Family & Friends - I have 2 wonderful children, Torey (son) and Allison (daughter).
- Humor - I love laughter and being full of joy!
- Dogs - HUGE dog lovers in this home!
- Movies - I love suspense, thriller (not horror), and mostly, comedies
- Music - Play piano for our church
- Cooking & Baking - I LOVE to cook! Is that why I was OBESE?
- Dating - I am in love! I can't believe it!
- Christianity - I am a born again Christian and I am not ashamed to say so.
- Road Trips - Sometimes I just love to get in my car and DRIVE!
- Notary Public - I am a Notary Public.
Questions To Ask Yourself BEFORE WLS on July 24, 2007 12:10 pm
* I copied this from another site. I am not the author but I thought some of the questions were useful.* Thanks Gina!
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Important: BEFORE you consider weight loss surgery, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I at least 100 lbs overweight?
2. Am I doing this for vanity or health reasons?
3. Are the benefits of surgery worth it EVEN if I have the serious post-op problems some people have?
4. Have I honestly given 100% to a serious diet and exercise program?
5. Am I willing to put my family through this ordeal if I have problems post-op?
6. Do I understand that not everyone has the same results, good or bad?
7. Do I understand that my very life will depend on me having the self-discipline to take my vitamins and protein everyday for the rest of my life?
8. Am I willing to live with the hair loss? Even cut my hair? (Your hair will eventually come back in)
9. Am I willing to live with excessive wrinkly and sagging skin? This is worse on people who refuse to take their protein daily and exercise daily. Sags occur in the underarm area (making me uncomfortable in sleeveless shirts or bathing suits), sags occur greatly on thighs and results in skin hanging over the knees (making me refuse to wear shorts in the summer), the butt becomes flat and hangs over the back of the thighs, and the bust drop toward the floor (lol...of course, that depends on the size of your breast, my little ones only dropped to my midriff area).
10. If not willing to live with the wrinkles and sagging skin, can I afford the 10s of thousands of dollars for plastic surgery (most of which will come out of your pocket)? If you've got the money and the time off of work, I've seen wonders done with plastic surgery. I've met women on the internet who have had plastic surgery done on their face, their bust, their arms, their tummies, their thighs, their butts. Some of them have had it ALL done.
11. Do I realize that every problem I have now might not go away with WLS? Some people honestly think their problems will disappear with their weight. That's not always the case. I have a personal friend who is now on Prozac and seeing a psychologist weekly because she is devastated that her problems didn't go away when she lost her weight.
12. Do I realize that I may be overeating as a comfort to aid me in dealing with issues in my life? After you have surgery, that 'comfort' will be gone and you'll have to deal with any issues head on. (Some people require counseling after surgery because their 'comfort' has been taken away. Kind of like taking an alcoholic's liquor or a druggie's drugs away from them...cold turkey...with no therapy or treatment).
ADHESION NOTE: If you have had more than 1 abdominal surgery, you may want to seriously considering asking your physicians if they encountered any problems with adhesions/scar-tissue while performing your surgery. If the answer is YES, please, please be sure and discuss this with your WLS surgeon PRIOR to having WLS!!! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND COULD PREVENT YOU GOING THROUGH THE PROBLEMS I HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
Happy Wednesday on July 18, 2007 9:18 pm
Well, here's the latest news in my life. I'm being ordained on August 4, 2007 and it's about time. I've been called to preach since I was 10 years old. I didn't want to be a preacher. I tried to deal with God but I knew deep in my heart what I was suppose to do. Now, I have the most peace in my life than I have EVER had! It's wonderful knowing and BEING in HIS perfect will. Next, I'm going on another cruise. The 3rd in LESS than a year! God is so good to me. I NEVER thought I'd get to go on a cruise although I always wanted to. I just hate I never took Joie. She's with me in heart though. I love my babies and I'm loving my life. It has taken me 1 1/2 years to come out of depression since her death, but GOD IS FAITHFUL! I LOVE LIFE and I am living it to it's CHRISTIAN FULLNESS! Whoever said you can't LIVE and be a CHRISTIAN never tried!
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I'm so Humbled! on July 5, 2007 5:03 am
I am humbled and happy to say that I am being ordained! This is something I have longed for and waited for, for so long. I knew at age 10 that I was called into the ministry. I told my Pastor at age 10. He told me to pray and "listen" to God and to read the Bible everyday. Then, as a teen, I wanted to do my own thing and I shunned my teachings and what I knew was right. I drank, did drugs, many things I regret. I would come in at night and go to my Mom's room just to listen to hear her breath, grunt, or snore to make sure she hadn't gone to heaven and left me. I was SO convicted. Then at age 20, I came back to God. Thank God for salvation and forgivness. Still knowing that I was ''called'' I didn't pursue that calling. It took me many years to get pass the THINKING that I couldn't and I wasn't good enough (all related to obesity thoughts) to get to the point to REALIZE that GOD HAD CALLED ME. If He calls you, He equips you. Now, at age 40, I'll be 41 next week, I am being ordained. August 11th I will be an Ordained Minister. I only wish Joie were alive to see this. She wanted to see this the entire 18 years we were together. I don't mean to keep bringing her up in things, but she was my life. I KNOW SHE WILL BE THERE THAT DAY TO SEE IT though. For once in my life, I feel so SECURE! I KNOW that I am in the PERFECT will of God. What a feeling. Will you keep me in your prayers? I would NEVER want to let God down. I would NEVER want to let HIS people down! I realize that this is an awesome responsiblity and I NEED YOUR PRAYERS. You are my family and I LOVE YOU!
God bless you and thanks for letting me ramble.
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