- Name: Lori Pool
- Username: lavender1125
- Location: Chanhassen, MN, USA
- Member Since: 12/4/2006
- BMI: 26.3
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (02/22/07)
- Surgeon: Thomas A. Jones, M.D.
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What a wonderful life!!! on March 17, 2008 6:34 pm
I am so completely amazed every day of how much I have lost. I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize myself. I have said it before, this is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel so great and have so much energy. All I want to do is keep busy and have fun.
Another new thing that I haven’t mentioned- I now work at Fairview Southdale. I work the night shift in the Cancer care floor. Am I crazy? Possibly!!! I really like working with the patients (I just wish they weren’t asleep). Although, most of them tend to wake up a few times a night (wishing they would sleep more). Wait! What? I have no idea what I want. Do I want them to sleep? Well, yes; but I also want to get to know them all (can’t do that when they are sleeping). I guess I can’t have everything.
Life is good. I joined a singles club called Events and Adventures. I have been to two events so far. There are some pretty cool people in this club. I am looking forward to doing more events. I have also decided to do Plentyoffish.com. Yes, I am putting myself out there. We’ll see how it goes. BUT, it is definately time for me to get out.
So, that’s a little update. I hope all my friends here are doing well too. Keep smiling.
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Been a while on October 7, 2007 6:51 pm
I can't believe I haven't posted in a while. Well, things have slowed down for me. I'm not losing weight as fast as before. BUT I am happy with where I am now. I posted a new pic taken just today. I am wearing 16 junior capri's and size large brown shirt. I can't believe it! I went shopping today and bought some more large tops. Yeay!!!
I am still not working out. I kick myself every day. I am certain that is why the weight loss has slowed. Tomorrow........ I'll start tomorrow.
I have been enjoying all the ladies nights and events that have been taking place with my OH friends. This month it will be uptown with the girls. I have a cute outfit I can't wait to wear.
My house isn't selling. So, it looks like I'll be in Minnesota for a while yet. I'm planning on taking it off the market. I will re-up it Feb/Mar of 2008.
Well, that's about it. More later.....
Lactose INtolerant? on July 15, 2007 1:48 pm
Well, it turns out that I may be Lactose intolerant. See previous post. I did start feeling better and was getting ready to make it into work. I decided, too be safe, I would stick to just liquids. So, I drank myself a glass of milk for lunch. It only took 10 minutes before I was going through the syptoms all over again. Then it donned on me.... hmmmm..... what is the common denomiator with the last two times this has happened? Well, dairy was it! Oh sucky! I LOVE dairy!
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So, I have laid off of the dairy this weekend. It was HARD!!!! I have an appt with my PMD this Wednesday. I am hoping he will be able to set up some tests for me. I want to know for ABSOLUTE sure that this is what it is. So, glucose tolerance testing here I come...........
Dumping on July 12, 2007 7:24 am
Well, I had my third experience with dumping today. At present I am still nautious; but am finally able to sit up. I was on my way to work and started to get HORRIBLE stomach cramps. Then my back started hurting from top to buttocks. Then I started to get dizzy and feeling like I wanted to faint. Good thing I was only a block away from home. So, I turned my car around and went back home. I called my boss and told her I was ill; but hopefully it will pass and I can still make it in.
I did manage to vomit. Only a little bit came up (it was just saliva and bits of my breakfast). Then I had a whole bunch of drive heaves. Well, that helped with the pain. Now I am just working on the nausea. I am drinking my water like a good girl. I hope this passes soon. I need to go to work and make some money!
Good news! I am now down one more dress size! Yeay me! By weight loss is at 82 lb loss. It has slowed down a bit; but as long as I keep dropping sizes, I'm not too conceerned.
meds on June 24, 2007 9:15 am
I keep forgetting to take my meds. It's really starting to concern me. Why do I forget? It should be routine, right? Yes, I try to take them in the am before work. But sometimes I still forget. I still haven't bought B1. I just now put it on my grocery list. So, hopefully I remember. I'm going to go take my meds right now. Geesh! This is tougher than I thought. I'm not use to having to remember so many different supplements. And some you can't take with others. Well, here's to keep trying..........
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Onerderland I am, I am!!! on June 16, 2007 10:32 am
Well, I am finally below 200 lbs. I can't believe it. When I saw that scale start with a one, I was in SHOCK! I actually got off the scale, and back on, three times. I though maybe my scale was broken. I'm so unbelievably HAPPY!!! I have a permanent Kool-Aid smile. lol.
Well, I guess this thing really works. It's the best thing I ever did for myself. I remember how icky I felt on first coming out of the surgery. And for a while I had "buyer's remorse." I look back at that and think... hmmmm... what was I thinking?
Things are going good. I am eating regular foods. I'm still having memory issues. My short term memory is REALLY bad. I was told to get Vitamin B1; but I keep forgetting to buy it. Irony.
I'm eating regular foods. I have been for a little over a month now. It's going really well. I have my trigger point for when I know I'm full. I usually belch. How lovely and lady like.
Well........... more later.........
down 51 lbs on May 10, 2007 4:46 pm
Ok! So I am now down 51lbs. I can't believe in just three months. It's so amazing. Pants that didn't fit last year (I actually had to go up one size) are loose on me. How cool is that? I have an outfit that I want to wear one more time before I can't fit in it anymore. It use to be I was afraid I'd gain weight and the outfit wouldn't fit. NOw, I'm hoping I can wear it one last time before I LOSE weight. I love my life!!!
Here's to losing more.........
new haristyle on May 4, 2007 5:47 am
I have decided to get a new hairstyle to go with my thinner face. I have had many helpful comments aiding in my decision. I have decided to go with the one below with some carmel highlights. I can't wait until June.
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nausea on April 15, 2007 9:47 am
Well, on my seventh day of extreme nausea and almost passing out, I finally went to urgent care. The doctor said I most likely have an acid stomach and possibly the start of an ulcer. So, I am now taking Pepcid Complete twice daily. AND... I haven't had any nausea since I started the Pepcid. Well, just a little bit the next day; but it went away very quickly with the Zofran they gave me. I'm just so excited to feel good again. And NO, I wasn't dumping or dehydrated. The bariatric people are quick to say that's what's going on. I was suppose to document everything I was eating and drinking and see where the "problem" was. Meanwhile, I was SO miserable. I'm glad I went to urgent care. It was a good decision.
Nausea on April 4, 2007 5:51 pm
So, I have this new thing that seems to be occuring for the past four nights. I get extreme nausea, feel like I'm going to pass out, and shaky chills. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday it began around 6pm (before I ate dinner, and 5 hours since my last meal). It prevented me from getting dinner in my belly. I was just too sick. Last night I thought I was in the clear. I drank extra milk and ate crackers for dinner. I was hoping it would help avoid the nausea. But then, around 930 pm, I got nautious again. It lasted until 2am. I was tempted to call in to work, because I still didn't feel 100% in the am, but I can't afford to.
I can't figure it out. I'm not eating anything unusual. I'm getting PLENTY of fluids in. I called Barb today and she told me to log my food down. So I did, and I am. I look back on the past few days, and I still couldn't figure it out.
I am hoping the nausea does not come on tonight. I had saltines with peanut butter and banana slices.
New Scale on March 19, 2007 7:04 pm
Ok! So there was some inconsistancies with the scales from my doc office, the surgeon' s office, and the office I work for. So, I decided that I want a scale at home. I need something that is constant so that I can get a TRUE weight loss. It's my first scale that I have ever purchased. WOW! Anyway, I am down 31 lbs!!! Yeay me!
More weight loss to come......
One Week post-op! on March 5, 2007 10:15 am
I can't believe it! I am down 24 lbs today! Woo Hoo! This is the most awesome thing I have ever done for myself. Every day I get more energy. I have been getting out of the house, and that feels really good.
Oh yeah! I start pureed food today! Yeay! I thought I'd have to wait till Wednesday; but Barb advanced me. Yeay!
Now I can't wait until my one month follow up appt. Until then..... here I go........
Advanced to full liquids on March 3, 2007 6:14 pm
Yeay! I advanced to full liquids yesterday. Ah! Milk! It tastes so yummy. I have found that my favorite drink, water, now tastes like metal. I am hoping that goes away. I love my Malt-O-Meal. I can't believe I am so excited to be on full liquids. I start pureed next week. That's going to be awesome. It's weird only eating two tablespoons at a time. It just doesn't look right. It's less than a toddler would eat. hee, hee.
My feet finally don't look like Shrek's feet anymore. Yeay! I can see my ankles. I guess all the peeing I've been doing has finally paid off.
My abdomen is still not 100%. It gurgles all the time. I am hoping that goes away as well.
My engergy is slow in coming back. Very little still wears me out. I get worn out just taking a shower. I get up and walk as much as I can. My cat stares at me when I walk back and forth in my house. Ah! He's so cute! I did do a lot more today than I should have. I went to coffee, Menard's, then Scratch-N-Dent furniture. I was sooooo worn out. I felt like I ran a marathon. Well, I am just going to have to keep at it and it will get better.
Surgery is DONE!!! on February 28, 2007 7:59 pm
Wow! I can't believe I haven't logged since my surgery. Surgery was last Thursday, Feb 22nd, 2007. I woke at 4am to get there by 5:15. My friend Tollie was gracious enough to bring me there.
1st they took me to the pre-surgery area where I was prepped for surgery. An IV was placed in my left hand, my vitals were taken, and I was fitted for my pneumo boots. I was able to meet with my surgeon and his team before the surgery.
At 7:20 they brought me down the long hall way to the operating room. There I was instructed to get on the bed. The next thing is putting on the heart monitors and strapping my arms down. I am not sure why they do that (the arm thing, that is). Before I knew it, the anesthesiologist was telling me he was going to give me something to relax me. Then he put a mask on my face.
Two seconds later (really 2 1/2 hours), I was waking up... still intubated. I was so out of it, and pointing to my mouth. The guy was like, "you want that out?" Ummm, Duh! I barely remember recovery. I do remember the nurse. I met her back when I was going through my testing. She was doing it the same day. What a small world.
I was up in my room by 11:00am. I was so groggy I could barely speak. And I was in sooooooo much pain. The morphine only lasted about 5 minutes. And I was only allowed to push the button every 10 minutes. They eventually did advance me to Roxicet which worked much better... the FIRST time. The second time I had Roxicet I dumped on it. So, they switched me over to Vicodin.
Day two was not a good day for me either. The nurse woke me at 3am to try to pee. I had just got comforable in my bed. I wasn't able to pee so they did a bladder scan, then a fluid flush. Try #2 was no good either. So, I was straight cathed. Also, My pain was not controlled, I was so nautious, and I itched like crazy from the Morphine. I called my friend Bridget and asked her to bring a back scratcher with her when she visits. I was lucky to get through my visitations that day without too much effort. It was the night time that things just didn't go well. I couldn't pee or poop, or pass gas. So, I was sooooo uncomfortable. They ended up putting in a Foley cathetar and leaving it in.
Saturday, Day 3, was to be the day I was discharged. When the doc came in he had already heard of my misery and decided I wouldn't be discharged until Sunday. I was totally okay with that. The Foley was finally removed... and yes, I peed. Yeay me!!! I have never been so happy to pee in my life. And yes, I pooped and passed gas. So, day three was much better. I also met another WLS patient. She was my walking buddy for that day and night.
Day 4, Sunday, I was finally released. It's nice to be home. Though, I am getting bored of being in the house. I am hoping to get out soon. Sounds like a bad snow storm out there. Hmmm.....
Mag Cit Day! on February 21, 2007 9:07 am
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I can't believe it is finally here! My Mag Citrate day and only clear liquids. My toilet is my friend, my toilet is my friend......... I bought the most yummy lemon flavored Mag Citrate. It is cooling in the frig now. WOW! Surgery is tomorrow at 0730. I have to be there at 0515. I wonder if I'll be able to sleep tonight. I am just so excited!!! Woooo Hoooo!!!!
Day four of liquid diet on February 15, 2007 5:15 pm
Well, today is day four of my liquid diet. I have been doing 4 slim fasts during my work hours and one glass of milk for dinner (dinner.... hee, hee). I also do chicken broth, diet tea, and sugar-free popsicles. I dream of food every night. The past few nights I have been having nightmares. I think it may be this liquid diet thing. I am hoping that will end. Oh yeah! I also pee every 45 minutes.
Liquid Diet on February 13, 2007 5:53 pm
My liquid diet officially started yesterday. Today was day two. This is seriously the hardest thing I have done. I am only two days in and am already going crazy. Last night I dreamt that I was making eggs and potatoes. I ate a couple of times before I realized that I'm not allowed to eat.... I'm on a liquid diet. Tonight I plan to dream of eating a juicy steak.... yummy! Okay! - only 8 more days to go. I can do it! I can do it!
DT - The last hoorah! on January 28, 2007 3:29 pm
So, me and some friends went out downtown last night for, what I like to call, my last hoorah! I had so much fun!!! However, I now remember why I don't do stuff like that anymore. The most I've had to drink in the past year is one, maybe two at most, beer(s).
We started at the Lyons Pub for some watermelon shots and a bite to eat. Jen F brought in some Saki. Ick!!! I will NEVER do that again. It went down, came up, then went down... eventually... again.
Next on the the Annex; but we couldn't get in. One of the guys only had the "clipped" liscense. So, on to the 90's. It was a lot of fun there. I like the Retro bar for the music and dancing. We danced all night. Well.... just until 1am... when they kicked everyone out.
So, today was a killer! I felt so sick! And my head felt like it was going to explode. I was in bed most of the day. But was it worth it? Oh, heck yeah!!! Fun was had by all!!!
Time off approved.... surgery on! on January 19, 2007 7:39 pm
Ok! So I freaked out for a moment. What's a girl to do? Today I found out that the time off was approved. So, yeay, surgery is on. Wow, everyone was right. I got way too ahead of myself. So, from now on, I leave it all up to faith. This is going to happen. It's really going to happen!
surgery cancelled? on January 17, 2007 7:49 pm
So, yesterday I was told that my boss may not let me have the time off for surgery. I have not worked there for a year yet. My year date will be July 17th. Man, I really don't want to wait until then. I posted on the Minnesota forum and recieved some wonderful advice. So, I will be patient once again. And I will take things as they come. And if I have to wait.... well, I guess there is nothing I can do about it. So, why worry?
Nutrition consult on January 12, 2007 7:03 pm
I met with the nutritionist today. I am so happy that I can do Slim Fast. Yummy! Although I may not think so after the liquid diet. Ick! I am not looking forward to that. I am actually very nervous! My job is quite active. I can be on the move from start to finish. I am worried that I will burn all the calories before I get them in me. Well, if everyone else can do it, so can I. I am also excited that I can have toast and peanut butter when I graduate up to soft foods. Yumalicious!!! All went well with the nutritionist. I was only there for 1/2 hour. I had read the book like 50 million times before I got there. So, I think that helped. I can't wait for surgery!!!
Surgery Date!!! on January 7, 2007 11:35 am
Wow! I have a date! I met with my surgeon last Thursday. What a long day! I had my abdominal u/s at 0715. The guy at the front desk was so hilarious and made me feel so comfortable. But the tech that did the u/s had no sense of humor. I kept making jokes and cracking myself up... no response from her.
Then came the info meeting with the nurse. It was suppose to be at 0830. It didn't start until 0930. I felt so bad. My friend Tollie came along for the ride. She could have slept in another hour. I guess they had a meeting in the am; but I never got a call to come in later. I was fine; but I felt bad for Tollie. Well, the nurse went over the pre-op instructions. Very interesting. Wow! I'm learning about pre-op!!! Have I really come this far?
Finally, I meet with Terri Barker. She has been such an angel for me through this whole ordeal. I don't know what I'd do without her. I need to send her an ovation!! Must remember..... Okay, anyway, Tom Jones is my surgeon. The meeting with him was short. But only because I didn't have a lot of questions. He seems really cool! He is like a cuddly little teddy bear! Hee, hee.
After I saw him I went on to set up my surgery. It is set for February 22nd. Wow! That's only six weeks away. I have so much more to do. I still have my nutritional consult, then my pre-op physical, then surgery.
My house is a mess. I want it spotless before surgery. I also have to go grocery shopping for all my liquids and pureed stuff. I bought a Magic Bullet. I can't wait to use it!
I'M SO EXCITED!!!
OH! I almost forgot! What a doodle head! I met with the ladies for SW coffee yesterday. Everyone is so nice. I had a blast.
surgery approved on December 4, 2006 7:43 pm
I found out this past Friday that surgery has been approved. I meet with my surgeon for the first time on January 4th. I have a very big day planned that day. I meet with the nurse, the surgeon, have my ultrasound, and the nutritionist. My hopes are great. I have heard a lot of good things about Tom Jones. I am very excited to meet him. More later....
Hi. Lori here. How do I begin? The stories I read on here are all so familiar. I started gaining weight at the age of 23. At 23 I was a size 14. Now for me that was huge. In high school I was always a size 6/8. I was very athletic. So, I couldn't understand why I continued to gain weight. At 24 I was a size 16 and was told that I need to lose weight or I would need to leave the Army Reserves. Yes, I was in the Army. I worked so hard to lose just enough weight to stay in. The following year I had gained it all back plus more. Did I mention I was athletic? Yes, I continued to run 3 miles every other day. Nothing seemed to help. I just couldn't lose the weight this time. So, at 25 I left the Army Reserves. Then nursing school really kicked my butt. I stopped working out like I did. I was working full time as a waitress and going to school full time. I went up to a size 20. The years to come just got worse and worse. I would diet, lose some, then gain it all back plus more. Now at 36 years old I am a size 26/28. What woke me up to finally making the decision to have this surgery was when I trained and walked the breast cancer 3-day. For a whole year I walked every night to train my body to walk 60 miles in three days. I was doing this for charity; but in the back of my head I had also hoped to finally lose weight. I did manage to lose 18 lbs in that year; but, of coarse, gained that plus 30 more in the past year. So, here I go. It was not a decision made lightly. I have done extensive research. Wish me luck! :-)