- 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.
posted on 7/26/04 12:00 am
I just can't tell everyone how much I enjoy this site! Everyone's
profiles has been a help. I have gained a lot of knowledge from you
guys. You are all in my prayers. I am down to 3 weeks till I go for my pre-op work and down to 4 1/2 weeks till surgery. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. You all know what I'm talking about because I've read just about the same thing or the same thing in a lot of your profiles. All of you are so right tho, the waiting is the hard part. I know people get tired of me talking about it so much. Anyone who needs to learn about the surgery can go to the message board and get all the knowledge and help they need. Weight loss surgery is not a vanity operation, it is a LIFE SAVING operation. We are not people who are having surgery to “take the easy way out”, but people who want to LIVE. Not having their feet amputated or going blind because of diabetes –
not dying of a heart attack before 40 – not ending up in a wheelchair. We want to add years to our lives! Keep it up you guys! You are all
July 11, 2004
Well, tomorrow is my 38th Birthday (7/12). Just think! A year
from now, I will have a different body to celebrate my birthday in! I
cannot wait! My son and my daughter are excited to see their Daddy skinny. They say I'm going to look funny to them! Although I am anxious to be smaller myself, my main concern is to be able to just add some years to this life! My son is 15, his name is Torey. Allison, my daughter is 11 going on 21! They are awesome! So is my wife Joie. We have been through a lot in our 16 years of marriage, but she has stuck by me! I love them all dearly! My wife will have a new man and my kids will have a new daddy in 4 weeks! WOOO HOOO! Love you all! God Bless!
July 11, 2004
I have an angel today! Thanks Bea! Just a month from today
and I can say the words "Post Op". Boy this waiting is something else!
I'm glad I have you guys! My wife and kids I know are getting tired of hearing me chatter all the time about this! They don't say it, but I
know I go on and on about it! I guess I'm just too excited! Can't wait to give them a new me.
These days are our happy days!
July 15, 2004
I did a good deed today. I really don't feel as if I did anything at all. I just made a couple of phone calls and helped a lady so she could have WLS. To her, it was something tho. I had to go to my PCP today and while I was there, the receptionist called me into an office and said that she needed to speak to me confidentially. Kind of got me worried there for a minute. She said that they had a patient that really needed to have WLS, but was only on Medicare. She new I was on Medicare, but I have now gotten C+ from BC/BS of Alabama. She said this lady had surgery scheduled for this coming Tuesday and she went for her pre-op admissions and they told her she had to pay 00.00 up front. She had gone through all the test and everything and no one ever said anything to her about this. The receptionist asked where I was having my surgery and what Dr. was doing it and if I had encountered this problem. I told her no, that I had not. She called the lady while I was there and I spoke with her. I told her about Dr. Sherer in Birmingham and that I would get his # to her. I got back and did some investigating and called the hospital there that I am using, Brookwood Medical Center. They told me they had a co-pay for Medicare patients of 0.00, but they new that this was a lot of money for people on disability to come up with. She said if the patient didn't have it all, all they asked was they bring what they could. I told her about this lady that I had spoken with and she said to get her to my Dr. and get her going. I called the patient and told her what they said. She began to cry and thank me for what I had done. I didn't do anything. Just a couple of phone calls. I called my PCP's office and told the receptionist what was going on and she informed me that this lady was seriously obese and that she really needed this surgery. I teared up big time. We never know when we are helping someone. We should all be ready and willing to go the extra mile to help someone out. I didn't do anything in my eyes. If you are on Medicare and are in Alabama, I recommend Dr. Rex Sherer and Brookwood Medical Center. God Bless you all. Randall
July 18, 2004
Well, it's Sunday morning. Time to get ready for church. I love church. It is my whole lively hood. I teach Sunday School, volunteer as the Church Secretary, play piano, work with the youth, coordinator of the Breaking Bread Ministry where we cook for 85-130 kids a week in our community, and do anything else my Pastor ask me to do. It's awesome. I just want to be a servant for God.
I have 3 weeks to go till this surgery. I'm so excited. I have a lot of people giving me the negative remarks, but I just let them rant and rave. I know who I'm doing it for, why I'm doing it, and whose hands I am in! Every things gonna be fine. God
I'm back again. I got to church today and found out that a young lady in our church, a great friend of Joie and my self’s, named Angie was rushed to the hospital this morning. She had WLS on Wednesday at SEAMC in Dothan. She was having shortness of breath which alarmed her and her husband. They thought she had a blood clot and found that she didn't have one, then did exploratory surgery thinking she had something that went wrong with her WLS. They found nothing. They found out she was about to go into Ketoacidosis due to her Diabetes. We are praying and believing God for her Miracle!
July 19, 2004
MONDAY! I'm back to report on Angie! I just talked to Shawn, Angie's husband and she is fine. She's off the respirator and sitting up in the bed talking! God is a good God! They are going to move her to a regular room out of the Unit tomorrow! Praise God! He still answers prayer! THAT'S MY GOD! To me, it's a miracle, to Him, it's just what he does! Randall
July 20, 2004
Angie is sitting up and eating in bed. God is sooo awesome. She is in a private room and probably going home one day this week! Is this not a miracle? Randall
July 15, 2004
HERE IS SOME INFORMATION I FOUND VERY INTERESTING!
IDEAL MEAL PROCESS (rules of the pouch):
1. The patient must time meals five hours apart or the patient will get too hungry in between.
2. The patient needs to eat finely cut meat and raw or slightly cooked veggies with each meal.
3. The patient must eat the entire meal in 5-15 minutes. A 30-45 minute meal will cause failure.
4. No liquids for 1 ½ hours to 2 hours after each meal.
5. After 1 ½ to 2 hours, begin sipping water and over the next three hours slowly increase water intake.
6. 3 hours after last meal, begin drinking LOTS of water/fluids.
7. 15 minutes before the next meal, drink as much as possible as fast as possible. This is called "water loading," IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN DRINKING OVER THE LAST FEW HOURS, THIS 'WATER LOADING' WILL NOT WORK.
8. You can water load at any time 2-3 hours before your next meal if you get hungry, which will cause a strong feeling of fullness.
THE IDEAL MEAL FOR WEIGHT LOSS:
The ideal meal is one that is made up of the following:
½ of your meal to be low fat protein,
¼ of your meal low starch vegetables and
¼ of your meal solid fruits.
This type of meal will stay in your pouch a long time and is
good for your health
July 26, 2004
Well, I'm 2 weeks away from my WLS! I'm so excited! The days are going by faster it seems! I go next Monday for all of my pre-admission work EKG and blood work. Angie is doing better and is suppose to go back to work Wednesday. My friend Lisa has her WLS next week on Tuesday! I'm so excited for both of them! I know they will do awesome! I am so blessed. I have two angels, Bea and Gen Gen! They are both awesome! Joie is gonna call them
as soon as I come out of surgery. We will call them both the night
before we leave! I love OH! You guys are the best. Randall
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