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Surgeon TestimonialAlfonso Torquati M.D., MSci5/05 I have not met with my surgeon yet. I have met with a Dr. in his clinic to get released for surgery. The clinic was a great resource for people who are considering or not considering WLS. They also offer nutrition services and if you are not considering WLS, they have a weight reduction 3-6 month Dr. reviewed plan. The dieticians were very pleasant. There was never much of a wait time to get the appointment and get in. I would recommend this clinic to anyone. The only drawback I have about the Vanderbilt clinic is the lack of follow up and follow through with the nurses. I am sure that is mostly my impatience. It was always my responsibility to make sure they had everything they needed and if they didn't, I didn’t know about it and nothing would happen but wasted time. I felt I had to keep calling and following up. But I do understand how busy they are and how impatient I am. So, it could have just been me! :). I will know more if I do get approved and get to go back in to the clinic and meet my surgeon. I will follow up here more afterwards.rn6/06 - I have a surgery date and have met with my surgeon. I absolutely loved meeting Dr Torquati. He is wonderful. I have my surgery tommorrow and once I met him, I knew I was in good hands. rn3/7/07 - I just want to say that Dr. Torquati is the best Dr. I have ever met. He really does care about his patients. He wants to make sure they are taken care of and he will do what he has to so that they are. He has a great bed side manner but even without that, he is very detailed and caring about what happens to us. I had to have gall bladder surgery and he did that too. I had some complications because of my liver and he was very detailed and good to my family and was there for me everyday. He even postponed a buisness trip for a day to make sure that I was taken care of with this surgery. I could not ask for a better surgeon or Dr and I will recommend him to anyone!
- Travel - My husband and I enjoy jumping in the car and taking weekend get-a-ways
- Cats - I have a Spoiled 10 year old Calico Cat who is very much a part of our family
- Parenting - I have a daughter born post-op on 08/05/08.
- Running & Jogging - I learned I like jogging! Finished my first 5K in 11/07 jogging the whole time.
- Movies - Love movies. If we aren't at home with a rental, we're at the theater every week
- Football - Go Titans! I am a big NFL fan.
- WLS in your 20's - Having WLS young so I can have a family and live a long healthy life
Aliyah is here. on September 17, 2008 10:53 am
Time has flown. I celebrated my 2 year surgiversary on 06/22/08. I was almost 9 months pregnant at the time but it was still a day that I celebrate because I know my life would not be the same had I not had surgery 2 years ago. My baby, Aliyah, was born on 08/05/08. She is now 6 weeks old. Time flies by seeing how much she changes every day. I gained 30 pounds through 9 months of pregnancy but I swelled up a LOT the last 2 weeks of pregnancy and gained 20 pounds in 2 weeks and had to stay off my feet. So technically I guess I gained 50 pounds for the pregnancy although the last 20 was all fluid that I lost the day after giving birth. I actually lost 40 of the 50 pounds in one week and am now down 45 pounds in week 6. So, I have only 5 pounds left from my pregnancy until I get back to where I was when I found out I was pregnant (which was 155 pounds). I would still like to lose 20 pounds and get to about 140 pounds but if not, I am still happy with the outcome. The excess skin I had before I got pregnant is 10 times worse after having a baby though. I really will have to have plastic surgery to have it all removed and plan eventually. I have started to "train" myself to getting back to healthy eating since I ate any and everything when I was pregnant. I am having to re learn good habits but I am getting there. I am also working on getting back to jogging. Right now I am just walking and doing 2-2.5 miles at a time. I have confidence in myself that I will be back jogging a 5k very shortly. It was something I really enjoyed and I want to go back to that. Life is very hectic with a baby now and trying to work out a schedule and routine everyday. Overall, I couldn't be happier with how things are going 2 years and now a baby later. I want to wish everyone on the journey much success and just stay with it through the good and the bad. It will all be worth it in the end.
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3rd Trimester on May 16, 2008 6:56 am
I am in my 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, I have 11 weeks left until my due date and counting. So far, I have gained 24 pounds. A little more than I wanted to at this point. I wanted to stay at a 30 pound gain for the entire pregnancy but now I am looking at 35-40 pounds. I will just have to work that much harder afterwards to get it off. Everything is going great. Me and the baby are both healthy. All of my tests are coming back great including my sugar tests which I thought I would have problems with since I had diabetes pre WL surgery. My labs did show that my B12 is low. It was always normal before I got pregnant so they believe it will go back to that after I have the baby (hopefully). Until then, I am getting monthly B12 shots and I am staying on top of my vitamins. I do think this pregnancy has been fairly complication free so far because of my weight loss and I am very thankful for that. I didn't have morning sickness and not having sugar problems and blood pressure problems so far is a blessing. I know if I had gotten pregnant at the weight I was before, I think this would be a much more difficult pregnancy.
By the way, we are having a GIRL! Her name is Aliyah Renee. We can't wait to hold her in our arms. The countdown begins!
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PREGNANT!! on November 27, 2007 10:49 am
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I found out that me and my husband Corey are expecting our first child. We are thrilled. I just recently found out so as of now, I believe my due date is not until 08/02/08. That may change when I go to the Dr. We are so blessed and praying for a healthy and happy 9 months. I have not even considered the weight gain at this point because I know it will be worth it in the end. Of course if you ask me in a few months I may be cussing about the weight gain. :). But as of now, we are just taking it all in. I am going to go to my nutitionist this week to discuss what my diet requirements should now be. I am pregnant with a baby! It is a really scary feeling right now and I have no idea what to do now. But I guess I will figure it all out really quickly.
I'm Normal! on November 5, 2007 11:44 am
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I am finally normal - by doctors standards anyways.
I weigh 155 pounds and I have lost 155 pounds. I have lost half of myself. I now have a BMI in the "normal" range. It is amazing to think about where I was and how far I have come. This past weekend I completed my first marathon. I finished the Susan G Komen "Race for the Cure" 5K marathon in 37:12 minutes. I have worked really hard over the past 4 weeks to get up to jogging that without stopping and I was able to accomplish my goal. I also found that I really like to jog so I plan to continue to do that. Although I have not been losing much weight anymore. I am happy where I am but I just can not believe with all of the jogging that I have been doing 5 days a week and really watching what I eat that I would not still be losing weight regularly. I guess it is my body's way of telling me I am where I need to be. Although I am not losing much weight, I know that I have lost inches because I went down in my clothes size. I went shopping this past week and I was able to wear a size 8 now - single digits. I used to wear a tight size 26 so that is crazy that I can wear a size 8. I do have a lot of extra skin. I am going to go to a consult in a week with a plastic surgeon to see what options I have. I am not sure if I will go through with it but I am going to check into it. I have worked really hard to get to where I am and I would like to look like someone my size. I also still have problems realizing that I am not overweight and I think that is because of the extra skin. For some reason, I still feel big. I guess it is a mental thing and I hope that will eventually go away. When I was clothes shopping ,the sales lady said the shirt I tried on was to cover up people "bad spots" in the stomach region but that I didn't need that. I was like OK. Thanks for saying that but you have no idea!! It is just still really hard for me realize I am that person. I am someone that can wear a size 8 and jog 3 miles and go to places and fit into the seats and I can cut my toe nails and tie my shoes without any problems. I am just me. And I have to say, I am very happy with who I am. And most importantly - I feel great.
Happy Surgiversary to me! on June 22, 2007 6:29 am
Today, I celebrate my one year surgiversary. Whoo Hoo. One year ago today, I was crying to my family while I was being wheeled back to the OR. And oh what a year it has been. I am actually excited my one year is over and now I can take everything that I have learned this past year and use all of these new tools to live a long and healthy life. I began at 310 pounds and I have lost 146 pounds. I now weigh 164 pounds. I had a BMI of 50.1 to a BMI now of 26.5. I am almost half of the person I used to be (in weight and size only!). I used to wear size 26 and now wear a size 10. My whole life with food has changed. I eat to live now instead of live to eat (which until after this surgery I did not know that was what I was doing before). I am now in the normal range for body fat percentage and body fat weight. I have not made it to my goal weight YET of 155 which would put me at the high end of a normal BMI. I only have 9 stubborn pounds to go. But I know even if I do not lose anymore weight, I have accomplished more than I ever thought I would in this year. I am soo happy that I did this journey and I would do it all agian in a heartbeat.
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I had my one year check up and everything went good. I was told I can go ahead and try to conceive a family which I am so excited about. I know I should still be focusing on my weight loss but I am in a good place with that and I am ready to move forward. I will be going to a liver specialist regarding my bilirubin count being high but all of the tests that I have had has showed fairly normal. Everything they were concerned about is fine so now that they have ruled out any major problems, they want me to see a specialist to determine if it is anything I need to pursue further or if it is just "normal" for me.
HAPPY SURGIVERSARY TO ME!