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Surgeon TestimonialEugene W. Rumsey M.D.Had surgery 9-27-10, and had very minimal pain. By the time I was released from the hospital day 4, I wasn't on any pain meds. I was a bit sore in my stomach area however, nothing I couldn't handle. I was able to get in and out of bed with no help. Dr. Rumsey is a great surgeon. I would recommend anyone to him considering going through this procedure. He truly has a good hand. With my gall bladder surgery I had extreme pain post op compared to my RNY. Go figure :) |
My Weight Loss Summary on December 27, 2010 8:15 pm
Weight at Bariatric Referral - 303lbs
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Start Weight on Surgery day - 275lbs (28lbs lost)
1st Month Oct 2010 Lost - 28lbs (247)
2nd Month Nov 2010 Lost - 10lbs (237)
3rd Month Dec 2010 Lost - 7 lbs (230)
4th Month Jan 2011 Lost - 10 lbs (220)
5th Month Feb 2011 Lost - 0 lbs (220)
6th Month Mar 2011 Lost - 5 lbs (215)
Total weight loss from RNY: 60 lbs!
Total weight loss: 88 lbs!
3 months post op! on December 27, 2010 7:48 pm
Unbelievable how time flies. It's already 3 months that i had my RNY. I am very thankful that I haven't had any complications thus far from the surgery. I am able to tolerate more types of food compared to last month. I am no longer dumping anymore from eating too fast and too much at one time. I am getting useto reading my body when i am starting to get too full. It is still tough though to chew chew chew and chew x20. Still some bad habits to get passed.
I am able to wear a size 18 pants which fits lose, which means I might be able to squeeze into a size 16! Maybe next month I will go try on some jeans. I had a great Xmas. I didn't feel food deprived in the least. I am getting useto eating the small portions of food I have to eat now. My mom made tamales for Xmas. For dinner I was able to eat a small cheese tamale, which made me feel like I had eaten 3! Which is what i was useto eating preop. I am still not able to tolerate any type of meat. I was able to do tuna and chicken early out however, now it just sits to heavy in my new stomach. So for protein I drinking a protein drink and eating cold cuts. Fortunately I can do cold cuts. I can eat 3 inch turkey breast subway sandwich. I usually have the inside of the bread removed, and ask for fat free mustard . I can't tolerate tomatoes too well, so I get everything in my subway except for tomatoes, cucumbers and banana peppers. I only eat subway about once a week to get my sandwich fix. Sometimes for lunch I have trader joe's whole wheat crackers with low fat provolone cheese and turkey breast. I make them into a cracker sandwich and it taste good and it fills me up.
This month I lost 7 lbs which I am pleased with considering I made it through the holidays. Total weight loss since surgery 45 lbs! Not too shabby.
I started a new job last month which of course with the added stress of starting a new job I got my period twice last month. That completely threw me off since I had gotten useto knowing when I could expect to be bloated and have no weight loss however, now I have to readjust to a whole new menstrual cycle. Oh well hopefully next month I will see double digits!
I will post updated photos. I am terrible at taking pics of myself. I wish I could be like others that take photos of themselves daily. lol Anyways until next time.
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6 weeks post op on November 10, 2010 9:53 pm
I was out at the mall this afternoon with my niece and mother. As we shopped the mall, my niece wanted to go into Forever 21. We proceeded onto the store, and she pointed out as we entered that there was a plus size section in the store, Faith 21. I shrugged and thought I was likely too big to fit in any of their clothes. Boy was I WRONG!
As she shopped around the store, my mom and I browsed the plus size section. I then came across these skinny jeans and a size 20 was on top of the pile staring at me. I picked them up and asked my mom if she thought they would fit. She said yes. I grabbed them and went over to the fitting room to try them on. To my suprise they fit and pretty lose from my waist and a big from my thighs. I was so excited...I haven't been a size 20 in so long. As I walked out looking for my niece and mom, I wondered if possibly a size 18 would fit. So I headed over and grabbed a size 18. I tried it on...and it FIT!!! I was so happy. I haven't been a size 18 since I was 19/20 years old. The best part the jeans were $11.50, which in my mind is a bargain compared to how much I am useto spending on plus size clothes at Lane Bryant and the Avenue. So I grabbed two pairs of jeans and bought them.
I am amazed at how much my body has changed in such a short amount of time. I haven't lost since I weighed myself two weeks ago, however I can tell that in losing 30 lbs, I have lost a great amount of inches. In 6 weeks I went from a size 26 pants to a size 18. I still find it so amazing to believe.
Anyways, I just wanted to share my wow moment with my friends, since it is one of my first with many more to come that's for sure.
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1 Month Post-OP! on October 27, 2010 12:47 pm
It is so hard to believe a month has already passed since I had surgery. The first couple of weeks were rough since I seemed to struggle with not being able to eat what I was useto. Watching food commercials on TV bothered me. I am glad now that food doesn't phase me anymore. I don't really have much of an appetite. I have to remind myself to eat, get in all my protein and water.
PMS was hell for me as I seemed to retain alot of water and it stalled my weight loss for 2 weeks!!! It was frustrating since I didn't know if maybe I was doing something wrong? maybe eating too many calories? But fortunately today the scale finally moved. My start weight preop was 275, and this morning I was 247.8!!! That's almost 28 lbs in a month. It feels so good to be in the 40's! I don't remember when it was the last time I was at this weight.
I will admit that this first month I haven't really been exercising much. The first two weeks were pretty draining since my body was still adjusting to eating 300 or so calories a day compared to the 3000 calories I useto to fuel my body. I started to feel better with a little more energy week 3 however, I would still get exhausted easily. It wasn't until after I had my period that I feel with lots more energy. I am doing Leslie Sansone 1 mile walk DVD which is really great. It is low impact and short enough to get me upto a sweat, and its only 20 minutes! I am considering joining curves to add on to my 1 mile walk. I wanna take advantage of the special they are having until the end of the month.
I am not working right now, although I am eagerly seeking employment while I go to school, I am considering volunteering at the local hospital where my sister works, to hopefully get my foot in the door PLUS it will help with getting exercise instead of sitting at home. It's amazing I have so much energy now and its only been about 28 lbs lost! I can only imagine how much better I am gonna feel at 50 lbs!!
I will admit the first few weeks post op, I wondered if I had made a mistake since I wasn't able to sleep that well, since I wasn't able to eat what I was useto, and because my hormones were out of whack. I felt so emotional, lonely, weepy alot of the time and I didn't know why. It helped tremendoubly to have OH and understand that what I was feeling what normal and that it will pass.
I was also pretty concerned since I was at a stall for about 2 weeks. I am so glad the scale is moving right along and I hope it keeps moving! lol My clothes fits me so much loser, some outfits are just huge. Fortunately my mom is a seamstress so she will take in some of my clothes so I can save money and not have to consistently buy clothes that I will just have to replace in a month or so.
Lastly, I am so glad I took this step in my life. It was much needed, and although it was pretty rough in the beginning it has been well worth it. Having a good support system really helps tremendously!
I will continue to post my progress, so keep checking back :)
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10 days post op! on October 6, 2010 5:25 pm
My surgery day came and went without a hitch! I was scheduled to be at the hospital at 8:30am for my 10:30am surgery. We left home before sunrise and arrived in 2 1/2 hours, considering we hit san diego morning traffic jam. Thank godness for the carpool lane.
Anyways, at about 945am I was called by a nurse who gave me my surgery gown and socks. The gown was totally awesome. It was purple (my favorite color) and purple socks. Its silly but when I saw what I had to change into, I felt it was a sign that I was making the right decision to have surgery. I got changed and shortly thereafter a nurse came in asked me several health related questions, then started my IV and hooked me up to different machines. At that point I asked her if my family could come in to be with me. She said it was okay and went to get them. At this point it was about 10am or so. The nurse came back in and told me the scrub nurse, Dr. and anesthesiologist (sp) would come in to see me before surgery to talk to me.
I have to admit I was a bit nervous but not as much as I thought I would be. About 10:10am, Dr. Rumsey came in to see me. I was so happy to see him. He asked me what surgery I was having. I assumed he asked to verify what was on the paperwork. He then came over and held my hand and asked how I was doing. I told him a bit nervous but okay. He told me not to worry it would be over before I knew it. He smiled and told my family not to worry that the surgery team would take good care of me. He left. Then the scrub nurse came in to introduce herself. She was very nice, she held my hand as well. The anesthesiologist peaked his head in asked a few questions and left.
At 10:20am a nurse came in and said they were ready for me. I said goodbye to my family and I was wheeled down the hall. As I was going down the hall, it all felt so surreal. After all these years of wanting to do this.....it was finally happening!!
Before we entered the Surgery Dept. (the room where all the surgeons are, with different doors to different OR's) the nurse put a blanket on me since he said it would be very cold in there. Boy was he right...I was trembling from nerves and the cold! lol He stopped right in front of the OR, and someone who I couldn't see wheeled me into the room. All the people I had just met a few minutes ago was there. At that point the scrub nurse asked if I could scoot over to the OR table. I was strapped in, and as I layed there, I guess I had a scared look on my face. The scrub nurse held my hand and said I was having thee best surgery. She added that she had this same surgery a few years ago and it was the best decision she had made. I just smiled at her.
She continued to hold my hand, which was so nice. I felt so much more at ease. I didn't see Dr. Rumsey but I heard him say they were ready. The nurse at some point asked me if I felt anything. I said no. However, I do remember seeing the arms on the big light over me, start to bend and curve. lol I then had a mask put over my face, and she told me to start counting. I think I got to 3 and it went dark. After that I remember waking up in the recovery room. I was soooo sleepy but I made every attempt to wake up. I saw the time and it was 1:45pm. I called the nurse. I then noticed my throat hurt a bit. I asked her if i had something down my throat, and she said yes. I asked her when I would be moved to my own room. She said she would check on it now that I was awake. I doozed off, not sure how long. I woke up and called her again. I told her I needed a private room cause my mom was staying with me. I also told her I wanted to see my mom since she was so worried, that I wanted her to see I was okay. She smiled at me and said she would check on it right away. A few minutes later I overheard her say something about a room. I asked her across the room if that was my room? lol She said yes and private room with a comfy bed for my mom. I thanked her and knocked out. Next thing I know I am being wheeled down the hall to my room!!! Since I didnt have to worry about getting a private room anymore, I touched my tummy feeling the stitches. I had no pain at all. I just knew I wanted to sleep!!
I got to my room, and shortly thereafter my mom, sister and brother in law came in. I was so pleased to see my mom and for her to see me. My sis stayed for a bit then left since she had a few hour drive to get home.
I really don't remember much from there since I fell asleep. I know a nurse came in and checked on me. She and the nurse assistant helped set up my mom's bed next to me.
At about 7pm or so the nurse assistant wanted me to walk. When I attempted to get up I was so dizzy I almost fell over. My mom came to my rescue and I sat down. At that point I started drive heaving. I told her I wasn't gonna walk while I was dizzy so I laid back down. The next shift came in, (which were my favorites). Rex the nurse assistant came about 8pm to get me to walk. I told him I was really dizzy when I last tried to. He said it was okay, I could use a walker to help me plus he would be there with me. I said okay and we started our stroll as he wheeled my IV chart behind me. I did stop once when I started dry heaving again. It seemed to pass after a few minutes so I continued. I noticed the more I walked the better I felt. I went to my room after one spin around the floor and layed down and knocked out for the night.
Days 2 & 3
The next morning I got up to walk and I felt so much better I walked several times around the floor with my mom. Dr. Rumsey came in that morning. Asked how I felt, I told him about the night before however that I felt so much better today. He said my surgery went great. It didn't take as long as others. He approved me to go back to taking my antidepressant. He also said I could start eating ice chips.
The nurse brought me a few minutes later ice chips. I chewed on a small amount and my pouch I guess didn't like the cold. She insisted I needed to chew on ice chips before I could go on to the next stage. I guess since it was the first thing in my pouch it screamed, since after that I was able to chew on ice chips with no problem.
The next day was pretty much the same. Nurse checking vitals, giving me pain meds and pepcid twice a day. I would also get a heprin (sp) shot in my tummy to prevent blood clots. I did have the leg pumps on from the moment I was in the recovery room to the time that I went home. I walked 45 minutes (spaced out in 4 sections) on day 2 and 3.
The doctor came in early to discharge me since the day prior I had told him I wanted to go home as early as possible since I have a long drive home plus my kitties miss me. He showed up at 8am to discharge me. He gave me my discharge orders and off he went. I was on the road home by 9:30am. We arrived about 12:30am. I said hello to everyone, and crashed on the bed for a few hours.
When I woke up I felt miserable. I had no pain or anything. I was just depressed I guess since it had hit me that I couldn't eat the usual food I was useto. I also had diarrhea so that didn't help. I was sad and just mooped around the house. At about 11am I tried to go to sleep however, I couldn't sleep so I stayed up all night.
Today was the day, I felt like I had made the biggest mistake in my life. I didn't feel like myself. I didn't feel like watching tv or using the computer. The things I was useto keeping my busy were no longer appealing to me. I hadn't slept the night prior so that didn't help how I felt either. I continued to sip, sip, sip praying I felt better soon.
Still much of the same. Still had diarreah, however I wasn't running to the bathroom every 10 minutes anymore. I had a meltdown that night...I felt so bad I told my mom how I felt. I was trying so hard to keep it from her since I knew she would worry and that's the last thing I wanted her to do. She was very encouraging and reminded me it was only temporary.
I just sipped on crystal light and water through the day. I figured it would get easier as the days passed to just be on liquid's however, it just seemed harder than ever. My body was screaming for FOOD! I guess I didn't feel bad being on liquid's only at the hospital so much. however it felt so hard at home since home is where I usually did most of my eating.
Still unable to sleep through the night or day. I am glad to say though that I had no pain so I really had no need to take the vicodin the doc gave me.
That morning my mom gave me 2 oz. of yogurt.
WOW you would not believe how great it felt to put it in my mouth and just savor it. I ate it pretty slow enjoying every bit and allowing time for it to settle in my pouch.
It was like night and day after that point. My mood completely changed. I felt so much better having something besides liquid in my mouth.
That night I slept like a baby.
I woke up this morning feeling pretty good compared to the days prior.
I had some yogurt in the morning and went to the market to buy some pudding, creamy soups, refried beans and pam spray.
Came home sip on some crystal light. Later that afternoon, I had 1 oz. of sugar free chocolate pudding. I have never been of fan of pudding but wowers did the pudding taste soooo good. I would've wanted to eat another ounce however, my pouch wouldn't of allowed it.
I have been trying so hard to reach the 30 oz of water the doctor recommended. I have to call his office next week to schedule my followup and find out what if any additions or changes will be made to this coming week.
Days 9 & 10
I continue to feel so much better and amazed on how little food fills me up.
I do notice when I see food commercials or food around the house, it makes me want to be able to take at least one bite to taste it. However, I just remind myself the reason why I am doing this and that at some point I will be able to eat normal food in moderation.
I did weigh myself day 9 and was utterly shocked at the scale. I didn't really expect to lose already.
My starting weight before surgery was: 275
On 10/5/2010 my weight read: 261
I can't believe I am 14 lbs down!
This is truly amazing and definiately worth the misery I felt.
I do want to add that Dr. Rumsey and the staff of Scrippes Mercy Hospital are truely amazing. The hospital isn't new or fancy it is an older hospital however, I can't put into words how great my stay was. The nurses were always there to help me and assist me in what I needed. I admit I would buzz them quite often and they never seemed annoyed at me. It was surely worth the drive and time I waited to have rny.
I will continue to post on my progress.
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Hello all, I will start off by saying I am 36 years old, native Californian. I am soon to be divorced so I am really excited to be here and sharing my story with you all. I have been overweight as long as I remember. I was even a fat newborn. I weighed 12lbs and some ounces when I was born. The family joke is I didn't even fit in the newborn bassinet at the hospital. In my adolescence I was thick but I wouldn't of considered myself fat. I remember my teens being the first time I realized I had a weight problem. All of my friends were really thin and I was the thicker one. They all weighed about 110-120ish while I was weighing 180 lbs. Looking back now at those photos of my teens I really looked good yet I was so obsessed with my weight, that I saw myself like a 300lb person when I looked at myself in the mirror. My weight after high school just kept going up and up to the point where I am now. My highest weight was 308. I have been able to lose weight so now I am sitting at 275.
My journey so far with my weight has been rough. I finally broke down a few years back and started researching weight loss surgery. I was so afraid to take my research further since I was married at the time, and I was afraid to take this step since honestly I was comfortable with the routine in my life. It wasn't until April 2009 that I finally got sick and tired of being overweight. I hated not being able to go to an amusement park and fit in the rides. I hated how I looked in clothes. I think what I hated the most was getting so exhausted and tired when I had to go grocery shopping or run errands. I would get winded just walking to the car.
My rude awakening was when my PCP told me back in April 2009 that I had hypertension. I was in denial....I refuses to believe it. I went to see my psychiatrist for medication adjustment and I mentioned the hypertension to him. He took my blood pressure and it was way high....he said he was gonna give me a choice, take the medication I was prescribed or he would have kaiser admit me cause my blood pressure was borderline for me to have a stroke or heart attack. I knew then, I had to admit that my lifestyle and my relationship with food had to change. That is when my journey towards Gastric Bypass Surgery began.