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Surgeon TestimonialEmma Patterson, M.D.Nice, to the point, has a good reputation. Trains others in this surgery. |
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surgery run-down on September 29, 2007 8:30 am
I'm home and feeling pretty good. Here's the scoop:
surgery with Dr Patterson, 9/28/07, AP lapband
7:30am: check-in, admitted, ekg, blood tests, hi to doc, IV
8:30: wheeled in to OR, moved in to OR bed and put to sleep
10: surgery completed
11: woke up in recovery room, feeling pretty good, a little groggy but I talked a lot because I wanted to get up to my room and see my husband. Had to stay a bit longer because my blood pressure was low. They gave me some amphetimine? to bring it up.
12: wheeled to room. Rooms are big and cozy with private bathroom.
1: sipping water, 1 oz every 15 minutes. Feeling pretty alert and chatted with hubby.
2: was able to get up and walk around hall, go to bathroom, was given tomato soup and protein drink- drank 1 oz of protein, half ounce of water, and two teaspoons of soup about every 15 minutes.
3-7: more of the same- got up every hour and walked and went to bathroom.
7-9: discharged, went to walgreens and filled my liquid vicodin prescription, came home and sipped protein at same rate (1 ounce per 15 min), watched some TV
11pm: went to bed
Now it's 2am, couldn't sleep so thought I'd come offer an update.
So the general stuff: the pain after surgery felt as if I was sore from doing crunches, just some general muscle pain across the top of my stomach. Not bad at all, esp. with some vicodin. Didn't hurt to walk or go to the bathroom.
My nursing care wasn't great, which is disappointing because when my husband had his band put in last month he had great nurses. Mine had to be reminded of anything I needed, didn't come check in on me unless I hit the call button, and took about 20 minutes to respond when I hit the button. My nurse had 4 patients and was at the desk every time I walked by, so it didn't look like she was swamped or anything. Dr. Patterson had really encouraged me that I would probably feel like going home same day and that was fine, and the nurse said she would come by to discharge me. I felt ready for discharge by 3pm, and kept waiting- at 6 I asked the nurse to page her, and at just after 7 the PA called and said the nurse could discharge me. I was dissapointed that Dr. Patterson didn't come by and make rounds to check in on me or send me home.
Dr. P didn't have me do a swallow study after surgery (which my husband had to do for Dr. Jan)- she said she was confident that the band was placed correctly (this was before the surgery, lol!) and that I would have the swallow during my first fill. She also didn't order me a morphine pump like my husband had, said that I would be more prepared to go home without one. I was fine without it, a lot less groggy than Todd had been post-surgery. I did start taking liquid vicodin about every two hours after 2pm.
So my time at the hospital I watched some TV, listened to my Ipod a bit but less than I expected I would, mostly drifted in and out of sleep but light enough sleep that I was having my water pretty much every 15 minutes. No referrent shoulder pain or bad gas, although I did burp every time I stood up at the hospital for my walk. (Just one burp each time, not painful.) I have a bit of a heartburn feeling in my chest every once in a while. Sitting up for a while after drinking helps. Siting and laying on my side or back is comfortable.
I have 5 incisions, 4 are about 1/2 inch and one is about 2 inches (port.) Same as my husband, and his are healing beautifully.
Of course came home and weighed myself- had gained 4 pounds in liquids (IV) during the day, which is average I think.
Feeling good so far!
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surgery dates on August 30, 2007 11:56 am
Husband and I both have dates now... him, Sept 4, me Oct 10. It's coming up fast!
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getting rolling on August 16, 2007 3:45 am
Yesterday my file was sent in to my insurance company for review for the lap band. :) Should hear soon.
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Hmm, where does the story start?
In 6th grade, when Tom Payne used to walk behind me on the playground, yelling "boom, boom!" as a sound-effect as I walked across the playground? Or when I went back to class and sat with my legs not resting down on the chair so that they didn't squish out and look pudgy? When my mom and I started making hostess runs after my dad went to work as a way to express our freedom? Yeah, I 'gots food issues.
In 7th grade I was 215 pounds, by 9th grade I went on a water diet that got me down to 135, and finally had a boyfriend- by 10th grade I was back up to 185, and I was pregnant at age 18... my adult life I bounced between 185-275, but managed to work my way up to 310 during the last year. I weighed in during my surgery consult at 298.
So the rest of my "about me"- I am married, my husband has been on the same weight roller coaster as me. He did a stint in the army where he fought the daily battle of the buldge, which was just as intense as his time overseas. He's getting banded with me. He's at about 425 now (6'5). We have a son, almost 14. We're both in social services. I am working on my PhD at PSU, one year left to go. I'm no dumb chick, although I know people often make assumptions because of this weight I carry. Wouldn't a smart woman just stop eating? (If only it were so easy.)
I've considered wls casually for 5 years or so, seriously for about 2, and finally went to a seminar at the beginning of this year. Here's my timeline:
Dec 2006: decided we wanted WLS, after several months of serious research on the net. Decided to change from Kaiser to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, hearing that it is easier to get approved through BCBS
Jan 2007: went to a WLS seminar put on by Legacy/Good Sam. Got application and sent it in.
Feb 6, 2007: Appointments 8-12. Psych eval, nutritionist, physical therapist. Got weighed in (298). Got referral for sleep study.
March 6, 2007: Sleep study, diagnosed with apnea, got CPAP machine
Feb-Aug.... worked on the requirement to lose 14 stupid pounds to meet the 5% insurance requirement. I went up and down during this time. I'm not very good at losing weight.
May or so I met with Dr. Patterson, she went over my info quickly and said that I seemed to be a good candidate. I had to watch a video about the band. I was able to ask questions.
Aug 2, 2007: finally lost 14 pounds (after a few weigh-in's where I only had lost 13.5, not good enough.)
Aug 14, 2007: Called Legacy to see if they got my insurance paperwork sent. They hadn't, they never entered my weigh-in. She found my info and faxed it for approval this day.
My husband is pretty much on the same time line, he got his 5% about 2 weeks before me. He said that he didn't care which surgeon he got, so he was assigned Dr Jan. I said that I wanted Dr. Patterson. He got his insurance approval about Aug 7, and they offered him a surgery date of Sept 4. He couldn't do that date, so he got Sept 25 instead. I think that it may take me longer to get an appointment because Dr. Patterson is in greater demand.