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Surgeon TestimonialJohn Meilahn, M.D., F.A.C.S.Love him. Great surgeon, his reputation was enough for me to sign up to have him operate on me. rnTemple has a fantastic before and after care program that just nailed the deal for me. rnI liked Dr Meilahn, he has a nice dry surgeon sense of humor and is very well respected/feared by the nursing staff so his patients get wonderful care (I have this from a friend who is also a nurse and he operated on her 4 years ago)rnI have no doubt I have chosen one of the best bariatric surgeons in all of Philadelphia. |
Moving onward...a long overdue update on May 17, 2009 2:57 pm
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Have moved back to my hometown of Kansas City. Well actually we are in the burbs of Johnson County Ks now. We moved the first week in April, yes in the middle of the school year. It was time to leave Philadelphia. Thanks for the memories Philly, we got to see the Phillies, the Jersey shore, had some water ice and great soft pretzels but it was time to return to our homeland of barbeque and American League baseball.
I love Kansas City.
Am now back at my old hospital: The Childrens Mercy Hospital. Great place, great people. Like coming home. I've missed everyone.
My self: is fine. Had a few complications in the last 8 months. Back in October had the emergent incarcerated hernia repair. No fun. But fine now.
Then had to have the gall bladder out end of February. No fun but it's all done. Proceeded to have a garage sale the weekend after I had it done. Bad idea. I paid in spades for that ridiculousness. So much pain. But had to do it. We had to move.
Spare ya that story. Not for public knowledge. Let's just say again: IT"S GOOD TO BE HOME!
I feel great. Staying the course at 165-170lbs. I don't eat much. Am a VERY cheap date. Have discovered Isagenix, a wonderful supplement that makes me feel great, has good protein in it and lots of all the vites I need to stay healthy. Have to find a new bypass doc. I think that will be Dr Price at St Lukes but haven't made a date with him just yet, need to though. Our insurance doesn't kick in for a few more weeks.
Also now trying to sell Avon. I don't have a natural sales type personality but I like the company and the skin care line is great. Will give it a go. I need new pics...erg. I hate trying to fit new pics in that avatar box. We have a new webcam, maybe I can do it with that....will try tonight.
Saturday at work and my bowels....beware.... on January 10, 2009 4:24 am
Well, didn't know if I would make it to work this morning. Seeing as the toilet called me from 4am-5am this morning.
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I couldn't figure out why. One of my new year's resolutions was to get my bowels more regular, so I started taking a probiotic. I started these teeny tiny acidophilus pearls. I took one yesterday morning with all my vitamins as well. Seemed harmless enough.
But I didn't feel well all day yesterday. I felt tired, and then in the evening achey, and chillish and just icky, and had a headache. We went to Applebees for dinner and I could only eat the french onion soup. Ordered the veggie patch pizza and only ate a small bite of it. It was rich and oily and I just felt gross, and well, sickly, like a cold coming on. I have been monumentally cold most of this winter. I wear a turtleneck and 2 sweaters and did this at dinner last night, had some soup and we came home. Still cold all night. Sleep in sweats and long pants and socks.
Then at 4am it hit me. I had to go. I'll spare details but I flushed alot of times. Not pleasant. It got to be close to 5am and my alarm goes off at 545am, if the feeling of having to go didn't pass I was going to have to call out sick. But I finally made it back under my thick comforter and drifted back to sleep, with snoring husband blissfully unaware. I almost woke him to get the phone so I could call out.
I woke up late, got dressed and still feel achey and chillish. But I'm here.
I can't tell if it's the acidophilus or the smelly neon green pullups I have been changing on Clare this week.
But life with an RNY goes on. I have made a concerted effort to take my vitamins every day. Plus I am now Vit D deficient so I take Vit D once a week for a 12 week period. I hit my low of 170lbs a few weeks ago and gained about 7 lbs over the holidays. This am I was 175 on the scale so I am trying to really get my protein in and chart my intake on the daily plate- a site I love but have a hard time remembering to get to. I think I undereat my calories on a daily basis. If the weather would cooperate I would walk more but it's so freaking cold I just can't. But we do have Wii now and I am trying to do it more.
And I have been bitten by the Facebook bug so I have to get off of that and get up on my feet more often.
Back to the phones. Will blog tomorrow.
New Year and definitely new me... on January 9, 2009 1:28 pm
I am alive. But I'm blue. It's January and that means James gets back on the road and that makes me sad. He is in a job he doesn't want to do anymore. It takes him away from us for too long and it doesn't pay well. It's demanding and he is not well supported by his partner/boss.
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I was wondering why I was sad and snacking so much lately and then I realized it. It's January and he is getting back on the road. I hate it. The year starts off with him leaving for IReland for 2 weeks. It's cold here and I don't have 110lbs of fat on me like I used to and I am constantly cold. I turn on the oven and the heat and the space heaters and then I am warm. for a little while. I must not be getting all my protein in b/c I am tired too.
I just have to get through these few weeks and then we can really start to get ready to sell our house and move back to Kansas City. That's our goal this year, to move out of Philly, finally. Or Phinally.
The holidays were great. I feel amazing. I hate to overstate it but I do. This was the first year I felt really great and well, free. I totally over ate too. Overtested my limits. I dumped more times than I care to count. It's like I forgot I had this surgery. Cookies, ice cream, chocolate, chips, yuck, So much junk. My boss bought a cake for us for New Years and you think I would learn that FROSTING is enemy #1. I mean MAJOR trigger food for me. I had a sliver (and I mean a sliver) of it and ate the frosting and made the major mistake of drinking afterwards (thereby flushing it right into my small intestine, causing the sugar rush, causing the dumping event- AT WORK) while speaking with parents, there I am: swirling in nausea, hot flashes, racing heart rate and all. I thought I would puke. I had to go lie on the floor for 20 minutes to help it pass and it always does, but not after true unpleasantness. My friend Barb asked me (in a very perplexed and worried tone) "Does it hurt?" No- I said, it's just really unpleasant, but it will pass. Just let me lie here on my left side on this dirty floor with my sweater over my head so the fluorescent light above me doesn't blind me and I'll be fine.
And I was.
Back to the phones I went. NO MORE FROSTING< EVER.
So that begs the question: If I know I'm going to dump, why do I eat this shit? Why why why? I am so perplexed. You think I would learn but I haven't. So my resolution is to try to practice mindful eating this year. (and to do a better job of recycling)
I have a headache now and a son trying to get on the computer so I will go but will try to blog more this year. I need to, at my lowest I have been 170. After the holidays I am up to 177! Yikes!
Happy New Year guys! If someone could help me crop my pics so I could post a new avie I would SO appreciate it.
13 months out on December 21, 2008 5:34 am
Haven't posted in a while. So long that I had no idea OH had changed it's site. Kinda cool. More contemporary. I like it. Still finding my way around. If they could just make putting an avatar up a little easier I'd be thrilled.
Well this week was amazing. I hit 170lbs. That means about 115lbs of weight loss for me in 13 months. Whoa. When I write it it seems amazing. I took some pics of me this week at my son's Christmas program and couldn't believe what I saw. I am thin. People at work cannot believe how I look. They keep asking me if I am still losing. I haven't FELT this good in over 15 years. I finally feel in control of my body and my food choices. It's such a blessing.
We are going through a lot of stress, family, financial and other. Don't need to go into details but considering all the stress I am under I find myself quite happy. I couldn't really put my finger on why. Then it hit me. This is the first Christmas where I have felt good physically and can really keep up with life and my kids. My house is still a mess but I can keep going day to day. I am not wracked with pain, I can breathe. I have energy. I am not consumed by my cravings or compulsion to eat. That's why I'm so happy. I have my body back.
Now with that realization and the contentment that I feel with my new body is the very real fear that it might come back. Cuz, it always did in the past. There are things I could be doing better, including more exercise. Whenever I do walk, I lose. It's pretty cool. But it's a challenge with a 3 yr old in tow every day. But I do make an effort and hubby is really supportive. I have good habits, but the sugar demons are around all the time. I need to eat more fruits and veggies. I need to slow down a lot still. But overall this surgery has been a major gift to myself. I am so happy I did it.
Merry Christmas everyone. If you are reading this and want to ask me anything about the surgery feel free to email me.
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My Story WELCOME TO MAGGIE'S WEIGHT LOSS JOURNAL
Hi, I'm Maggie. I am 42, a mother of 2, I have a wonderful Irish husband
and I am ready to start my journey!
Nice irish girl, born oldest and only daughter with
3 little brothers. Grows up all over the place but calls
Kansas City, MO home. Learns to love food but uses
it to hide her pain especially when dealing with loss,
death, anxiety and sadness. Loses the most important
person to her in her life, mom in 1997 and takes a long
long time to get on with her life. Mom dies 3 weeks before
she gets married and then she learns the hard way life is
really not fair. Even if you have a story book childhood,
parents and family. I weighed 180 pounds in 1997. Have
2 children, forget to take care of myself, lose my way.
Get depressed, have a few anxiety attacks, end up on
meds. Develop asthma, arthritis, fibromyalgia among other
maladies. I'm tired. I am a strong confident person who feels
weak and tired most of the time. I want to get the real me back.
I know she's in there. She is just covered up in 140lbs of fat.
I deserve it. My kids deserve it. Most certainly my husband
deserves it. But mostly, I really deserve to be happy again.
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