- Username: Ktzmeow
- Location: Lexington Park, MD, USA
- Member Since: 1/5/2006
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (06/20/06)
- Surgeon: Joseph Afram
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Surgeon TestimonialJoseph AframDr. Afram was the first face that I saw when I walked into his office. He was standing at the reception desk signing off on some paperwork. He called me over and showed me the reception desk, which is great....because I was really lost, his office was just that BIG.
His office staff was excellent, they spoke to me politely and did not treat me like, oh gosh, here comes another fatty trying to sign onto the easy way out of obesity. They were very cordial, no attitudes. The woman at the desk gave me all of the paperwork that I needed to fill out before the seminar.
There was nothing that I liked least about Dr. Afram.
I feel that future patients should know that he Dr. Afram knows his stuff. He has been doing this for over 20 years and has performed over 3,000 surgeries. He is very nice, friendly, knowledgeable, and also a little funny.
There were no bad feelings or uncomfortable feelings toward him, his staff, or his other two surgeons.
He emphasized aftercare as a part of his normal routine to all patients.
Future patients should also know that your surgery will be performed at George Washington Hospital in DC, which he is just a 5 minute walk from his office to the hospital.
He did address the risks of the surgery. Some things I knew and some I didn't, but I feel that I learned a few things that day. After the seminar, he took you into his office one on one (along with his other two surgeons) to see if you felt that the surgery would be something that you would want to do. Also to see if there were any questions that you may have had that you did not want to ask in front of all of the other prospects. In private, he asked you personal questions pertaining to your health, medications that you are currently taking, along with any allergies, etc. He asked me about all problems whether they were medically diagnosed or not. He even asked about whether you feel that you snore.
I would rate Dr. Afram, on a scale from 1 to 10, a 10. Finally a 10.
I think that surgical competence and bedside manner are both important, because you need to feel that your surgeon is able to be trusted with your life in his/her hands. Plus you feel great that IF you have a problem, that your surgeon would be passionate and sympathetic to your needs and concerns. Also, it's good to know that he will be willing to begin to look into ways to assist you in correcting them.
- Books & Literature - I love to read books, mostly fact, it's a great stress releiver.
- Business & Career - I work in the Property Mgmt field and appearance is everything.
- Family & Friends - I have very supportive people around me regarding my decision for the surgery.
- Birds - My family has two parakeets, their names are Yankee and Jet.
- Parenting - I have one son.
- Bicycling - After surgery and some weight loss, the bikes will be pulled out.
- Cards - I like to play cards of all kinds with friends and family.
- Bowling - My son, husband and I love to bowl. We like it when it's alot of people.
- Nail Technician - I went to school for nails, but few benefits...like hubby, son and myself.
- WLS in your 20's - In August, I will be 30, so I had to quickly put this quote in before I turn 30.
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
My behavioral and emotional battle with my weight before learning about WLS was very frustrating, fed up, and looking for an outlet. I went through a lot of emotional issues as well. I have been self concious of my weight and the way I look. I have very low self esteem. I think that everyone has something better to offer the world than I do, because of my weight. So, it has been rough, for sure.
10/30/2006 / Eighteen Weeks, Six Days Post-Op! on October 30, 2006 4:30 pm
Hello All. I have been in a training all day long, so I am just being able to sign on. Look, guess what everyone, I ate several bite sized Kit Kats today, while in training. I thought that I would dump off of the smallest amount of sugar, but as long as it's in moderation, and I don't go Kit Kat crazy....I am good.
My supervisor, who also had surgery, told me that I can have it. So, I was telling her that I was apprehensive and that I did not want to dump, and she assurred me that I would not dump from that small amount of sugar. So, I tried one, and it gave my stomach some turns, which I think was not from the candy, because I felt that before surgery, but I was fine.
So, I am sorry to say that I ate a total of 4 of them, but they were good and it felt good too.
Well, take care, this was just a quick post to tell all 4 month post-oppers, that some sugar is ok, as long as it's in moderation. I would not recommend anyone else 4 months or shorter post-op to try this. This will not become a habit for me, I can assure you of that. If I get too hooked, I will want a Kit Kat daily, so, I am not going to wild out.
Anyway, take care, until next time.
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10/28/2006 / Eighteen Weeks, Four Days Post-Op! on October 28, 2006 9:23 am
Hello All. I am at work, bored. The phones aren't ringing. I am extremely tired of working six days a week. I am just drained like never before. I have been looking through resumes, but they all want too much money for this position. I still have a few more to call, which I will do before I leave here today.
I decided to make my page a new color....you like, you like. I love brown now. I want to paint my walls in my apartment just like this. Have a main wall, the light brown and an accent wall, the chocolate or a little lighter brown. I did not want to have the black page anymore, although my little cute cats that I had on my page and my Ktzmeow name showed up very well on there. I felt like I am changing, my taste is changing, my look is changing, and now my page has changed. Hope you all like it.
I have not had my protein today, but I do have the South Beach Diet High Protein Cereal Bar from Kraft. Those are very tasty. I am going to eat that soon, along with taking my vitamins for the day. Well, as you all can see, nothing much to post really.....just shooting the breeze. Well, keep in touch, and take care until next time.
10/27/2006 / Eighteen Weeks, Three Days Post-Op! on October 27, 2006 7:41 am
Hello All. I just wanted to post a quick update for all to see. I have been so busy, but I finally got my page up and running. I am a perfectionist, so I felt that I had to get my page the way that I once had my other one. I was shocked to see Nicole has a new name and has new pics on her page. I can really see the weight loss. You look good. I think it's great that you can find things in your closet that you can wear, without having to go out and shop for all new clothes. You go Girl.
I cannot seem to figure out how to place all of my pictures on this new site. Because all of the photos that I have taken up to now, I would like to add them to my page. (You know, to show all my progress.)
My dog, Cori has gotten a lot better. She has not had an accident in the house for a few days now, which means, me getting up between 6:15am and 6:30am every morning, is helping her out. I am going to now committ to working out again as of Monday, October 30th, 2006.
I have not worked out since some time in September. I know that I should have been working out all of that time, but I am serious, this dog is like a urinating machine. I think that I am now comfortable with her and I will just place her in her crate while I get my workout on. So, again, as of Monday, October 30th, I will begin working out again.
It's strange, but I kinda miss it. It was becoming a part of my routine and I feel tired daily, but I miss working out.
I am drinking my protein today (as I type) and I am taking my vitamins daily and I feel great. I am still at 190 pounds, which is fine with me.
I'll take what I can get. I am pleased with all results, thus far and I thank God for all the blessings he has bestowed upon me with having WLS. Well, it's now time for me to go and get some work done.
I have to go through so many resumes pulled from Monster.com to see if I can find me an assistant.....so, I am signing off now. Later.
10/25/2006 / Eighteen Weeks, One Day Post-Op! on October 25, 2006 8:16 am
Hello protein, once again. I went to the grocery store last night and purchased my Welch's Grape Juice to put my protein powder (UNJURY) in. I had some with my dinner from last night, and today to start my day.
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I am bummed that I could not go to my post-op appointment today. I really needed that. But, it's also so cold outside, which I cannot stand the cold. I would have to walk from the Metro station to the Doctor's office.....so, I guess I cannot get out of it now, because winter is here and I still will have to go in the coming months......I guess we cannot have it all.
I have sent out my most recent pics to close friends and family, who said that I look really good, which I am trying to find out once I get to 150 pounds, how do I stop the weight loss?
I would rather not lose any more than 150 pounds. Even though the BMI calculator states that I should be 145. If anyone has any knowledge of that.....let me know. It baffles me that I only have 40 more pounds to lose and I am not even 6 months out of surgery yet.
I am so pleased with the results thus far. Words cannot explain. Well, I am just posting a quick note. I will update more later. Take care, until next time.
P.S. Thanks Nicole for checking up on me. Later Chick.
10/24/2006 / Eighteen Weeks Post-Op or 4 Months... on October 24, 2006 8:15 am
I had to actually print out my entire profile, which was 111 pages long in order to create my new page as my old one was. Nicole told me that my page (at the time that she printed it, was 100 pages), which I was like, I don't have that much to talk about....do I?
The ObesityHelp staff emailed my page to me, when I decided to upgrade my old page to my new page, and I have to actually cut and paste it into the new way of ObesityHelp. It's time consuming, but I try to do a little everyday. With Cori....that's a bit hard to do.
I also added three new pictures of myself today that I had my son take for me. That's because I thought that I looked 1/2 cute today.
Well, this was just a quick post. Don't stop emailing.....stay in touch. Until next time, take care.
10/23/2006 / Seventeen Weeks, Six Days Post-Op! on October 23, 2006 6:19 am
Today I had to cancel my monthly appointment with Dr. Afram because I have no one to cover my office on the day of my appointment, which I cannot leave the office unattended. I sure hope they allow me to place an ad in the Washington Post to advertise for a new one.
Next week, I have to be at the main office for training all week, which I cannot leave the office unattended. They really need to do something.
Anyway, I am feeling fine, just happy that I got my profile up and running. Yesterday, I saw my sister (Black Butterfly) and she told me that she has lost 300 pounds. I cannot beleive that. She is looking great. She also asked me if I had any clothes to give her? I asked her what size she was, and she told me a 16.....but she is soooo tall, I don't even think that my pants would fit her height. But I have five pairs of dress pants that I was going to take to the cleaners and have cleaned in order to give them to someone else. She was saying that she could fit them, but we don't see one another that often. I try to call her everytime I know that I am going to Maryland so that we can see one another.
So, I will clean the pants and take them to her, and ask her to try them on, if she cannot fit them, I will give them to a friend's daughter. I was so anxious to get to the mall to go back to H & M to get at least five more pairs of dress pants. I am losing five pairs, so I need to buy five pairs. I will be going once I am off from work today, before I pick up my son from daycare. So, wish me luck. I like to use my bonuses when I get paid to clothes shop so it does not interfere with my bills. So, I have the extra to spend this week. I cannot wait to get into that mall.
Oh, and I want some of those boots that comes up over your calfs so bad. Mine has always been too big, and they are still too big, but I have several skirts that would look good with those type of boots.....so I just have to probably take them to a cleaners and have them put some additional elastic in them. We'll see if I can find some when I go shop today, of course after I buy my five pairs of pants for work.
I just wanted to log on to make this post. I will be chatting later.
10/22/2006 / Seventeen Weeks, Five Days Post-Op! on October 22, 2006 7:40 pm
Well, this site is harder than I thought to update. I have been trying to get it right, but it's not working.....I will keep trying.
I am doing ok, my weight today is 190 pounds and I started at 251. I have less than 50 pounds to lose.....or just that amount. I am very excited about that. I just cannot wait until I am at a comfortable weight that I can deal with as well as my clothes. I have not purchased this many clothes in a long time. It feels great though.
Well, take care.....just a quick post so that way I can get back to trying to update my page. Until next time, take care.
10/19/2006 / Seventeen Weeks, Two Days Post-Op!
Hello ObesityHelp members and visitors. I have been away from the site for about two weeks, and I did not know that the look of this site has changed, let alone how I post my updates. Well, I have experienced a tough time trying to cut and paste from my old page. So, I may as well familiarize everyone interested with my story since having WLS.
I had Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery on June 20th, 2006. My starting weight was 251 pounds. To date, I have lost a total of 61 pounds. My goal weight is 145, based on the BMI calculator. I would be comfortable with 150, but the BMI calculator states 145 would put me in normal weight and no longer morbidly
obese. I started at a 18/20 pants and now I am in a very comfortable 12. I am so pleased with my results thus far, and I am not even at the six month mark.
I cannot even explain how much Dr. Afram has given me back my life. I felt in the past that I was not losing weight fast enough for me, but now I am pleased with whatever weight I lose. My eating is still controlled. Eating small portions of everything, protein first of course. I can have more than I could eat about two months ago, which I really have to monitor.
I am taking two Citracal pills for calcium. I take two multi vitamins (Gummy Bears), I take one iron pill daily, and I take a hair growth pill because my hair started to fall out really bad. It has gotten a lot better since I have been taking them.....I guess a few weeks ago.
I am still struggling with getting my protein in, but at least I know what I have to do. I run out of Grape juice often, and when I go to the store, I forget the Welch's Grape Juice. I have daily one of those South Beach Diet Peanut Butter Bars, which taste sooooo good. I guess you can say, I would do this all over again if given the chance. I am so happy.
10/11/2006 / Fifteen Weeks, One Day Post-Op! on October 11, 2006 12:00 am
I just wanted to log on to update my weight loss. Although I have been a bag girl....I am still losing weight. I have a lot of obstacles right now in my life......not makes excuses, but I do. I am soooo overwhelmed. I need a break, in every way possible. Pray for me that I get back on track with protein, exercising and to make sure that this dog gets her stuff together. Until next time....take care.
10/8/2006 / Fifteen Weeks, Five Days Post-Op! on October 8, 2006 12:00 am
Hello All. I have not noticed how long it's been since I have posted on here. I mean, for me....seven days is very long. I have been through so much in my life, work life and personal life since the last time I posted.
On Tuesday, of last week, I had to terminate my assistant. On Wednesday, I got a new 9 week old baby girl Dachshund, named Coriander. She is great. Except for her eliminating herself on my carpet every now and again. I have fallen in love with her and so has my son, Khyree. My husband treats all animals so funny, it's just funny, but I know he likes her too. She just has to grow on him more. She chills and watches television with him and curl up under him while he plays the video game. It's cute.
I have not worked out since the week before last, I think and I know that I should have, but my life has been in an uproar. I find that this dog needs to be on a tight schedule according to my Dachshunds for Dummies book that I purchased from Barnes and Noble the other day. I need to get her on a schedule according to the book, then I will be able to get back to my life.
Well, I just wanted to update and say what's been going on with me. I have not weighed since I discovered that I was 200 pounds, and I have my next appointment on October 25th, so I guess I can hold off until then, right.
It makes more sense. Plus the scale at the doctors office is more accurate. Well, let me get back to Desperate Housewives. Until next time. Take care.