- Name: Trauma Queen
- Username: Manyprisms
- Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
- Member Since: 4/21/2002
- BMI: 25.2
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (07/18/05)
- Surgeon: Bruce Brient, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialBruce Brient, M.D.I have now switched surgeons. Dr. Duncan in atlanta gave me the run around and I need this surgery yesterday!!
I met with Dr. Brient on 6/23. My first impression of him was that he is a small man but he has a wonderful personality.
He THOUROUGHLY went over the entire surgery with me and I am beyond impressed.
I feel like I am in VERY capable hands :)
1/5/08 on January 5, 2008 2:27 pm
Bad bad me...I've not written in my profile and kept it up to date.
Soooooooo..here it goes.
I am 3 days postop from a mons repair (outer coochie lift) and revision to L arm brachioplasty.
I was to report to the hospital at 6am. My SO (Jeff)decides that morning at 4:30a that he needed to put oil and coolent in the truck. Not only was I pissed, he had to leave the door open to do it and it was the coldest morning yet..somthing like 22 degrees. So, we were late..just 15 minutes but I hate being late. I love this man, but somtimes he drives me nuts.
I check in and they got me back to preop fairly quickly. The same nurse I've had the other two PS was my nurse again. She is awesome. I was suprised they had so many people in preop that early. The nurse started the IV with antibiotics and got Jeff. I layed there in my lovely designer gown with my wrinkled ass hangin out the back waiting for Dr. Mitchell to get there. He arrived about 7:30a and marked me for surgery. He only marked my L arm and not my mons area. I asked him why and he said he knew exactly how much to take off.
I met with the anasthesia doc, nurse and alot of other folks..I got a breathing treatment because I had some phlem in my lungs. They gave me some happy meds and Wheeled me back to OR. I looked around the room and noticed all the nice shiny SHARP tools lol. I started talking alot and I must have gotten on the nurses nerves because the last thing I heard was "take a deep breath" and that was it.
I woke up in recovery in no pain but I was shaking like a leaf and couldnt stop.
Jeff came to see me and I met with Dr. Mitchell and told him the vicodin he gave me at preop appt won't cut this pain. I was in a fair amount of pain and so he grudgingly wrote me a script for percocet and informed me that he would not keep writing more scripts for me this time around, as I was on pain meds 2 months after breast reduction. Yea I got addicted bigtime on them.
I know if I ask for more I'll just keep taking them and the W/D are horrible.
So far everything looks ok. The pain in my L arm seems to hurt worse, but my lower abdomin hurts too. I was cut from hip to hip and have a drain in my R hip. I am to wear a binder which I don't understand because it doesn't cover the area that I was cut on. I asked him why and he gave me a logical answer but for the life of me I can't remember why he said I had to wear one.
My arm was wrapped up like I'd broken it. I took all that crap off when I got home.
When I stand up, my mons is all wrinkled and pulled upwards. It don't look pretty at all but then again it looked worse before. The whole purpose of the surgery was to remove the skin that hung in the toilet and prevented me from being able to clean myself. I had to lift the mons to wipe. I no longer need to lift the mons to urinate and wipe. The purpose of the surgery is working but I am unhappy with how it looks. It looks ok when I'm laying down flat on my back, but when I stand up it looks nasty. I know he had no way of knowing what it'd look like standing up, as he can't operate on my when I am standing up.
I am hoping (and praying) that when I have my first phase of abdominoplasty that he will sculpt is more and shape it more nicely. As it stands now It just brings out the wrinkles more. Gawd I look 100 years old down there. I am so wrinkled and skin hangs so bad ugh no wonder my SO will only have sex with me in the dark. :(
I am greatful to Dr. Mitchell. He is an awesome man not to mention a fab plastic surgeon. this man has alot to deal with regarding my skin. He can only do so much for me because I've stretched out so badly with the weight gain.
I have gained some weight from the fluids and swelling, but it'll come off.
I am working on getting in my protein and fluid but I have no appitite.
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10/18/07 on November 3, 2007 12:57 pm
MEDICAL ID JEWELRY:
If I could share something with you, prior to ordering any ID jewelry or cards, please think about what might be important info and what isn't.
As a Paramedic speaking from experience in the emergency field, I would like to say something about the medical ID's.
Jewelry that looks like a medical emblem or tag will be found the quickest by emergency persons, wallet cards might be found later, we don't usually start digging through purses & wallets when we get to an ill or injured person!
EMS persons do surveys on your body. We discretely undress people when needed, we look for scars, bruises, marks, all kinds of things. We are medical detectives, we take your blood for sampling, test your oxygen levels and test your heart when we can. We USUALLY know more about you than you know about yourself by the time we're done with you!!
The information that will be the most important to saving your life will be:
1. ALLERGIES TO MEDICATIONS - SO IMPORTANT!!
2. MEDICATIONS YOU ARE CURRENTLY TAKING
3. IMPORTANT MEDICAL HISTORY, YOU CAN INCLUDE WLS HERE
4. YOUR NAME & FAMILY CONTACT INFO
5. YOUR PHYSICIAN & CONTACT INFO
Obviously, everything can't be put onto your jewelry so you might want to put the most important info there and keep everything else in your purse or wallet. You can refer to your wallet card on the jewelry.
Always tell your family the above information about yourself incase you can't talk and they are called upon. Make sure they know your doctors info as well as your medical info.
Ok, you might get upset here but, these are things that ARE NOT needed on your jewelry:
Blind NG tubes - Nasogastric (NG) tubes are placed blindly. In most places, there isn't another way to do this procedure outside of the hospital and if you need it, it will be done but ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY. It is a tube that is measured on the outside of your body and inserted into your nose, down to your stomach. They are usually used by EMS for stomach pumping to get out toxins. In the hospital, you can tell them about your surgery or they will have asked your history and take precautions. IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON A NG TUBE, YOUR LIFE COMES FIRST.
Blind Intubations (ETT) - First off, you are probably unconscious if the Paramedics are entubating you. The tracheal entubations are usually done with a scope unless there is a reason that your vocal cords can not be seen and than it is blindly inserted but will be checked to make sure it isn't in your esophagus prior to inflation. If an ETT has to be inserted blindly, you really need it bad and you aren't conscious anyway! IT WILL BE YOUR AIRWAY, YOU CAN'T STOP US unless you have a DNR ... WITH YOU!!
Courtesy of Web medic :)
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9/18/07 on October 11, 2007 1:17 pm
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You have a BMI of 27.1.
This shows that you are moderately overweight.
Your BMI is not high enough to qualify you for bariatric surgery.
I am recovering from my breast reduction/lift and axilla repair to L armpit and doing well.
I have had a seroma under L armpit and Dr. M has had to drain it twice. He says one more time and it's the JP drain for me :(
I honestly don't think I'll have the JP drain put in again, but who knows. If he feels I need it, then I suppose I'll endure it. I trust him completely. I am happy with my breasts considering what they started out at. Very hidious looking..like halloween scary!
My next phase when I heal is Tummy tuck w/ anchor cut. This one scares me. I am scared I won't stay sewn together. That I'll have a seperation at the T incision. I had a VERY small opening at the T incision on my R breast but it closed pretty fast now it's scabed.
My SO asked me if I am addicted to plastic surgery..I had to pause and think. I am addicted to the outcome..for the first time in my adult years, I am "normal" whatever normal is.
I never had a adult life, I went from a highschooler to a parent of indentical twins who were born early, but were healthy.
So in a sense, I am reliving my younger days.
I am always a work in progress.
8/18/07 on September 18, 2007 7:06 pm
I am now 25 months postop and recovering from brachioplasty. (see pics)
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Things are well and I couldn't be happier considering what Dr. Mitchell had to work with I look alot better,
I will never aspire to be a model, I don't expect him to preform miracles, I think he did a fabulous job considering all the skin he had to work with.
I will need some revision on my axillary area.
Weight has been VERY slow loss lately.
I stay between 161-165 and I am NOT happy. I want to be down to about 145-150.
All is well..J and I are still together.
I love him with every ounce of my being.
7/18/07 on July 20, 2007 11:00 am
Well here it is folks 2 years postop!
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What a ride it has been lemme tell ya.
I've been thinking about composing a list of things I can now do because of this incredible gift of WLS.
-Cross my legs with ease. (a HUGE milestone for me)
-buy clothes off the racks anywhere
-walk anywhere and for any amount of time without dying and running out of breath.
-have so much energy I can't stand it
-have a wonderful relationship with incredible sex! yay
-Be on top hehe (see above sentence for details)
-sit in ANY resturant booth I want and FIT!
-not have to worry if i'll fit in ANY seatbelt
-reach my toenails to paint them :)
-wrap my arms around my legs and pull my feet up to my butt and sit
-buy cute clothes
-have people stare at me because I look nice and not because I'm a freak of nature.
This journey has been the single most life altering thing I've ever been through.
It has given me the courage to try new things I would have never done before.
I realise I've not lived the first 38 years of my life...Im only now living.
My bracialplasty surgery went VERY well.
My PS took off 2 1/2 pounds of excess skin on EACH arm. He told me that my arms were not the biggest he's ever done, but its up there :(
I have a pic of the skin he removed will post it soon..its graphic.
My next surgery will be breast reduction/lift.
He will tweak the axillry skin some more under my arms.
For the first time in my life, I will have small boobies!
I am not electing to get implants now.
I dont want them. I want to experience small breasts for the first time in my life.
Small and perky :)
J and I are still together.
He has been a HUGE help to me. He drains the bloodclots out of my drains and he doesnt get grossed out lol gotta love him.
I love this man with all of my heart and soul.
my son Timothy is still at Ft benning, I will be going up there mid august to see him graduate.
My grandaughter is growing fast.
Life is good.
My weight is 165 and I've been told not to loose much more lol weird huh?
telling a former 425 pound woman NOT too loose much more weight.
Ironic to me.
Im still 425 in my head.
I love this life :)
My story begins like many others. I gained a lot of weight after the birth of my twins. I divorced my husband. The depression set in, and the weight climbed up to 425.
I had open RNY on July 18th, 2005. I consider this my rebirthday.
To date, I have lost 200 pounds.