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Ernest Rehnke, M.D.
He is very nice, personable and knowledgable but still very professionable too. Make me feel as I'll be in the Best Hands for my Surgery as he also has the "Surgeon of Excellence Award".
And his staff is the best too.
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"IT'S MY LIFE - IT'S NOW OR NEVER!"
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I've always been obese my whole life. At the most I was 740 lbs., but now at 565 lbs., I'm currently doing Weight Watchers as my current doctor through Humana won't even discuss WLS till I'm under the weight off 500 lbs. I do good on WW but everytime I get near 500 I just start to yo yo in my weight loss. Can You Please Help Me ???
5/27/05 - I've changed my PCP to a much WLS friendlier one. A Dr.John Kern in St.Petersburg, FL. But I'm still not sure which of the WLS to apply for, the Laproscopic Band or the Gastric-Bypass? Some friends pushing either-or.
6/8/05 - I went to Dr.Kern's office in person after not hearing back from his nurse, Kathy. She's in charge of new patients. When she saw me she went in her office and got me the papers to fill out. Then scheduled me for blood work and first consult but not till early July. I then went to lunch to celebrate and fell going to their rest room. It took 4 people to help get me up. I bruise my ego & left knee. But ok
6/10/05 - Tizzys Mew or is it Tina has a Roo, has offered and I have greatly accepted Tina to be my Journey's Angel! If was because of Tina that I found a doctor that really cares about over-sized people. Thank you Tina.
6/14/05 - I have turned in my completed paper work to see new PCP. And have impressed the nursing staff that I had everything filled out completely & correctly plus a few adding items nnot requested. So now more waiting, getting better at it. I've started to increasee my exercise activities too.
6/29/05 - I attended the ObesityHelp Conference in Orlando, FL. this past weekend. It was very good & informative. But Bo McCoy was not in attendance as I was hoping to meet him. He was my size and has lost 400 pounds in 20 months via his by-pass. I learned mostly and felt great of how the Support Group has accepted me and really feel as they care. We went out to dinner afterwards. And I learned how little after the surgery you can eat. Much Thanks to all who helped & encourage my Journey.
In a week I have to face my Obesity hopefully for the last major time. I'll be flying to Washington,DC/Baltimore for my nephews wedding. Thus i'm having to pay for two seats both ways. I'm flying instead of driving due to my lower legs hurting more than usual. And this next day after returning my WLS Journey will begin. With blood work at Dr.Kern's office.
7/18/05 - Well I had my first consultation with Dr.Kern. We went over my Blood Work after I recieved an EKG. He's very happy with my results. My LDL Cholesterol is high at 107/0-99. And my A/G Ratio is low 0.9/1.1-2.5. But otherwise I'm just FAT.
We talked about my wishes to recieve a WLS. At which he checked for the requirements with my insurance. Humana wants documentation of a 6 month weight loss program. So I need to get copies of my Weight Watchers history to Dr.Kern and a list of diets I have been on. Dr.Kern will then contact Humana. And we'll see if they'll accept the WW records or I'll have to complete another 6 month program under Dr.Kern's supervision.
And Dr.Kern knows Dr.Rehnke, the Surgeon I am considering.
7/27/05 - I submitted the following letter to my PCP this past Monday of my Weigh Loss History with all of the Diet Programs I've been through on my travels to loss weight.
Patient: Michael Eak - Diet History
As a child I have been big all my life. I was sent every summer that I can remember to my Grand Parents. Where as I look back now was a strict diet with no snacks and desserts. I went to high school in Virginia. Where my parent's put me on Dirt Pills through our family doctor. When I got out of High School I lived and worked for a family friends who also put me on diet programs of their own which seemed to work but we were in marketing for the country
Before I left Virginia I had tried several diet plans:
When I moved to Florida in May'92 I lived with my Dad (Mom passed away already). We did some diet his doctor had put him on for Diabetes. After he died,Sept.'92 I was depressed for about
Afterwards I tried the following diets: Nutri-System, Richard Simmons, Medifast, the Cabbage Diet, the Atkins Diet (which seem to clog me up so that I needed to do enamas to get my bowels moving). Sugar Busters, ediet.com and the Body For Life Challenge.
In 2003 I started with Weight Watcher in Florida. I did well for about 17 months losing about 90 pounds. But I had become a Judicial Process Server/Investigator and the hours of sitting and
Thus I apllied and was granted Social Security Disability. And to wait two years to go on Medicare. Of which is when I started with the Humana Insurance. Also through Humana I got the membership into the Silver Sneakers Program which gives me a Health Club Membership with the Clearwater YMCA. Which I swim at. At least three days a week hopefully more though.
In March of 2005 I got a part-time job as a courier, which allows me the extra money to continue with Weight Watcher. I now weighed in at 582. But through Stress and Depression I've lost some but gained more. I'm now between 592 to about 600 pounds. My original starting weight in 2003.
I know the Weight Loss Surgery is a Life Changing Program but I feel I can handle this program. And with the support of others that I have made friends with in a few Weight Loss Surgery Support
Please Dr.Kern will you check with Humana to see if I will qualify so that I may start my Journey to a New Life to live longer. My dad died at 62, his dad died at 62. I want to live past 62.
I do realize and will accept to another Weight Loss Supervised
Thank You, Mike
On Monday I'll contact Dr.Kern's Staff as to the results from Humana if I don't hear from them first.
8/1/05 - I contacted Dr.Kern's office and was told just to be patient as their still checking with my insurance plus with the JSA Medical Group their associated with as to approval (it seems it's all about the money to them not my health).
8/17/05 - After still no word from my PCP I have written and submitted the following letter to Dr.Kern's office:
It's been a month since our initial consultation at which you said you would check with Humana, my health insurance company to see if I would qualify for the Open Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Surgery.
I too talked with 2 Humana reps via phone. I told them of my weight loss history, attempts to which diet programs I have done and my current medical and physical conditions. At which they told me to get back to you to get the referral to the surgeon of my choice.
On returning to your office, I was instructed to just be patient that besides my insurance you had to check with the JSA Medical Group
Now if your decision to the referral to a surgeonfor the weight loss surgey is going to take longer may I at least start a Supervised Weight Loss Program under yourr care. As I have had to stop the Weight Watchers daily meetings due to some unexpected finance problems. I did recently go to the Morton Plant Hospital Medical Center and got weighed. I now weigh in at 570.9 lbs. down from the 595 when I first saw you.
The Surgeons I have chosen are Dr.Rehnke at the St.Petersburg General Hospital and as an alternate, Dr.Murr at Tampa General Hospital. I now attend several WLS support groups regularly now and participate on-line to both these surgeon's support sites. Plus also the www.obesityhelp.com and several other sites on the internet web pages. I even attended the Obesity Help Conference in Orlando this past June 2005.
I did consider Dr.Dietrick but is has relocated from the now closed Wish Center to USF college area in Temple Terrace. a bit far if I was to have any complications post surgery. Plus as of today he isn't on Humana's plans as both Dr.Reehnke and Dr.Murr are.
I continue to swim regularly at the Clearwater YMCA and have altered my food intake to start to convey toward the weight loss surgeries post diet.
Both of my parents were obese with diabetes and my plder brother was just diagnosed with it. I would like to do something before I develope it.
I thank you in advance for your help and prompt response.
8/18.05 - I recieved a call to get back to Kathy at Dr.Kern's office.
8/19/05 - This morning before I had time to call Kathy, she called me. I'm to fill out the Questionaire I've already recieved from Dr.Rehnke's office and fax it back to them as soon as possible.
"Hooray, I've got my referral and I'm on my way."
8/22/05 - As instructed by the Surgeon's off I have filled out in detail the pre-admiitance questionaire. And with my Weight Watcher's records faxed them to their office. I also let Kathy at Dr.Kern's office know that I had done so. As she wanted to know so she could stay up with my process to help move me along.
8/23/05 - I checked with Yvonne at Dr.Rehnke's office. They recieved the info packet and are sending the next one to me about getting testings and everything else needed. I should have it in a week or so. In the mean time I'll go this coming Saturday to his next Support Group Meeting at 2:30PM. A good friend that had the Bypass this past June'05 says she will be there too.
I also checked with Kathy at Dr.Kern's as to referrals to up coming doctors including the Psych evaluations. She said she'd have to check with Dr.Kern as to wether they'd do that referral.
8/29/05 - I recieved the next step onward in my Journey.
9/7/05 - Wednesday 9/1 I faxed everything to Kathy at Dr.Kern's ofc. and called her as what was the next step toward getting testing refered & completed. She said she'd call me Thursday.
I found Dr.Robert A. Pensa, PH.D. - a Clinical Psychologist in Largo, FL. Dr.Rehnke used to use him all of the time. And he accepts my insurance. So now I've got a call into Dr.Rehnke's office for approval to use him. Then I'll need to get a referal from Dr.Kern's ofc. for insurance coverage to pay for the evaluation.
Now in search for a Dietitian for Nutritional Counseling.
9/9/05 - Well I got a call on my answering machine from Dr.Rehnkes ofc. stating they'd rather I use one of the psychs suggested from their list provided. Is three names considered a list. That was yesterday so yesterday I called Dr. Baum's office and left a message shortly before 4 PM. When I got home today there was no reply so I called Dr.Baum's ofc. again today shortly after 3 PM and kept my phone line open till 5 PM but there was still no reply from Barbara as it states on Dr. Baum's answering service.
9/12/05 - On Monday Sept. 19th at 2PM I have an appointment with Dr. Joseph Baum for my Psychological Evaluation. Does anyone have any tips other than just being honest?
It'll be a busy week too. Seeing Dr.Baum - Monday, Going with my friend Debbie on Tuesday evening to Dr.Rehnke's Seminar on the WLS - The Lap Band. Wednesday is my Orientation for the RNY at Dr.Rehnke's office and then Thursday the First Consultation with Dr.Rehnke at 4 PM. Plus working Thursday & Friday. And then Saturday is Dr.Renke's Support Group which I now attend regularly every month. Oh and swimming everyday as much as possible.
9/13/05 - Well I faxed Kathy at Dr.Kern's office today about getting a referal to Dr.Baum and to make sure there was one to Dr.Rehnke too, as It's not posted on my Humana Insurance page yet. Plus to start the almost always required 6 Month Doctor Supervised Diet with monthly visits.
Well Kathy called to inform me that Dr.Baum was out of the JSA Medical Group Network and that it was up to me to call the Humana Health Network to get approval to use Dr.Baum. (Why didn't she just set me up with a Psych within the JSA Network from the start?) Well I called and was approved & given a Authorization Number for the first three visit with a Co-Pay of $15.00.
Kathy also stated she would get the referal going from Dr.Kern in the process for Dr.Rehnke and work on the Diet Visits. I just though this Family Practice would be more helpful in setting everything up.
9/20/05 - Dr.Baum was impressed with my progress as too my buddies. He recieved three letters of Support from my friends.
I paid the required co-pays up front , a little unusual. But Barbara said it would speed up the final response letter. Co-Paid $45.00 total through my Humana Insurance, which included the "567 question True or False" "Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory" test. Which I did in 2 1/2 hours. Dr.Baum talked with me for about 40 minutes before I did the test.
Barbara, Dr.Baum's assistant told me I should have the results in about two weeks at which he'll send both Dr.Rehnke and myself (a copy) his letter of approval.
9/21/05 - I & one of my buddies went to the Orientation today. We learned more info. And I'll see Dr. Rehnke tomorrow at 4 PM. There were eight of us there. Plus some of the other's buddies.
Afterwards I popped in at Dr. Kern's office and I told them that I had the Orientation plus the Psych Evaluation. And now it's time to start any testings required. At which Kathy told me that they would do all of the tests that Dr. Rehnke required. And I asked what had come of my request to start the required 6 Months of a Doctor's Monthly Supervised Diet? Kathy then imformed me she would get on it to get it started. Was I talking to a brick wall on September 13th. When then she said she'd get it started?
I'll refer all of this to Marlene who is now my contact person in Dr. Rehnke's office. Plus discuss it with Dr. Rehnke. More to come.
9/22/05 - How things change so fast.
Well I saw Dr.Rehnke and if I didn't need the 6 month diet he
By the way I weighed in today at 599.6 lbs. = BMI 76
11/29/05 - Well I completed two of the 6 month Doctor Supervised Diet required by my Humana Insurance. But there is a "Fly in the pie" so to speak. In the Humana requirements it states if I lose more than 10% of my initial BMI (76) at the start of this 6 month diet, that I could be denied the surgery. Thus I lost 16 pounds the first month and upon being told NOT to lose to much (a first in my lige of being fat) + (10% of the 76BMI is about 50 pounds). I gained back 12 pounds. But I'm back on track now that Thanksgiving is over. I will not give in for Christmas eatting either.
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12/25/05 - Santa Season is over for another year and even though I had another great season performing as Santa Claus the extra Weigh is making me very tired and breathless at times,
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1/17/06 - It's been two months now so four months done on the Supervised Diet (that's not being supervised by anyone other than myself) only two months to go. I got really busy in December appearing as Santa all around Florida once again. But I behaved very well. In December I did gain 1 pound (that's better than the 20 - 40 lbs. I usually gain). And through January I LOST 8.3 pounds.
2/13/06 - Well 5 months of the required 6 month diet are completed
And now will schedule my Nutritionist Evaluation with Dr. Betty Wedman-St.Louis on St.Pete Beach - a published author of several Nutrition Books also. Cost $65.00 per hour (Insurance usually doesn't cover this, but I will submit the bill with hopes they will).
2/15/06 - I got another call from Dr.Rehnke's office today: Concerned that they still did not have any of my Medical Records from any of my Past Doctors for these last 2 years. But was told they'll send me Release Forms to go get my records from each Doctor I've had.
I then called Dr. Kern's office (my PCP). And told them of my weight loss from Monday at Dr.Rehnke's office weigh-in. For Documentation in My Chart at their office.
I then asked about my records and why they hadn't sent them to Dr.Rehnke's office at which I was told they had NO Records other than from my beginning as their new patient from Last year.
I will go with copies of the Releases that are being sent to every doctor that I've seen for my charts since I've been living in Florida.
2/23/06 - I recieved the Records Release Forms from Dr.Rehnke's office and made several copies. Then started visiting 4 Doctors and
Tomorrow I'll get to the 2 Hospitals, the Wound Care Unit and Monday to the current Doctor and the Sleep Disorder Clinic.
Plus I'll have extra copies of the Release to give to any Medical Testers my Primary sends me to Prior to my Surgery. To just make sure he has a copy of my lastest tests.
3/10/06 - I completed my Diet Evaluation with Dr. Betty Wedman-St.Louis (a Nutritionist and author of many books on nutrition) and passed it with praise of my progress to lose weith these past months and learning for success after recieving my surgery.
3/21/06 - I completed my Humana Insurance required 6 month diet yesterday. I've lost 35 pounds. And will see my PCP next week seeking Medical Clearence to recieve the Surgery.
3/22/06 - Attended the Lap Band Orientation today.
I'm just having a hard time deciding which procedure to do. All of my evaluation were with planning for the Open RNY, which I passed with great praise for my progress toward recieving it. I've asked for medical tests leading to a date, but am being told I don't need them.
The Lap Band is very less evasive compared to either of the RNYs.
So I'm in limbo till next week when I see my PCP for Clearence.
I also turned 50 years young last Wednesday 3/15. So this is my present to me.
3/27/06 - I though & prayed hard and discussed the pros & cons again plus read repondes to my on-line postings of my question of which WLS would be for me. And I'm sticking him the Open Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. I believe in my heart that is best.
3/28/06 - Well I saw my PCP-Dr.Kern, today. And he assured me that he'd issuse me my "Medical Cleareance" by the end of this week to receive the Open RNY GBP Surgery, as the Surgery is Medically Necessary. And he'd take care of the Medically Supervised Diet History with Dr.Rehnke's staff too.
Next onto Humana Gold Plus Insurance for Approval.
4/11/06 - I HAVE MY SURGERY DATE !!!!! Hubba Hubba
Wednesday May 10th at the St. Petersburg General Hospital near Tyrone Mall at the corner of 38th Ave.N. & 66th St.N.
I'll have my "Pre-Surgery Medical Testings" done Monday, May 1st.
4/12/06 - Wendy from Dr. Kern's office called to tell me shortly after my visit for Pre-Clearence on May 1st I'll also go to have a Chest X-Ray taken.
4/13/06 - From an Unknown Author:
"'Twas the night before bypass"
'Twas the night before bypass, when all through my gut
4/27/06 - Started the OPTIFAST Liquid Diet, precceding my Surgery date. This will shrink my Liver which they'll need to move to get to my stomach. Plus help lose more poundage & Clean out
5/01/06 - Had my Pre-Op medical Clearence Testing done today.
5/08/06 - Had final consult with Dr.Rehnke today. Everything is looking good and is a GO. My older brother, Frank. Flew in from VA. to be here with my Sister, Geni. To watch over me with everyone's prayers.
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5/10/06 - 10 AM I'm on my way to the hospital.
5/19/06 - My follow up visit with my PCP is next Wednesday followed by visiting Dr. Rehnke the next day to get my Drainage Tube out and possible the Staples on my incissions.
5/28/06 - So I've had my first follow up visit with Dr. Rehnke, Julia his Assistant pulled all, both sets of my Staples out replacing them wit Sterile Strips (medicated bandaids) which once my wounds are healed , they'll just fall off. Now as to the Drain Tube from my older stomach, Julia cut the tube loose which was sown in place. But as she pulled it out, it didn't come out. So she had to yank harder and it hurt coming the rest of the way out, but only for about 5 minutes. It was as though this was a suction block.
I then saw Dr.Rehnke, who says I'm doing better than anyone had expected and just to keep taking it easy till the hole in my chest is healed over and the surgery line heals. As soon as the hole heals over, then I can get back to swimming working up to the gym exercises & light weights.
Oh I almost forgot, I've lost 27 pounds since the WLS and a total of 67 pounds since seeing Dr. Rehnke. I weighed in at 532
6/04/06 - I have developed a tender hard spot at the bottom of my Hernia Surgery Incission. It's warm to the touch and only hurts alittle when I'm walking. I'll call my Surgeon's office Monday as today is Sunday unless it begins to hurt more intensely.
6/05/06 - Well when I got up this morning the Inflamation had spread but still the firmest at the bottom of the Incission. It now
I was sent to my Primary, Dr.Kern's office. Which hesitantly
I have my next appointment with Dr.Rehnke on Monday, June 12th.
So if it does get worst, I guess I call Dr.Kern to decide for the Emergency Room or Do I just go there?
6/09/06 - So Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the wound started to drain. So I placed a bandage on it. When I got to Dr.Kern's office the next morning and earlier than scheduled they took me right in as the bandage was drenched. Dr.Kern stated the Inflamed area had grown. So he prescribed a stronger antibiotic, Levofloxacin-500MG to take only once a day till I see Dr.Rehnke on Monday. I'm also to change the bandage several times a day especially if drenched when i check it. And a pain pill as necessary.
6/12/06 - I saw Dr.Rehnke at about 11 AM. The undressed my Wound Incission. They cleaned the surface and openned the main wound. They took a Culture to see if it is infected, but stated it looked good. Then Dr.R proceeded to probe inside with his fingers while cleaning it out with gauze. And yes it hurt! Once totally cleaned out he packed it with sterile gauze.
I'm to return to see Dr.R on Thursday at 3 PM. And I update after.
6/14/06 - Well I have a Home-Care Nurse coming twice a day for the next seven days but even after one day she says my Incission Wound should be healed shortly as the drainage has already slowed compared to yesterday. Tuesday morning it was 7cm deep. I got a couple of pictures if anyone wants to be grossed out. LOL.
6/18/06 - My wound no longer hurts at all. Thursday Julia (Rehnke's right hand) came in,undoing the bandage she cleaned the Open Wound and placed a clear numbing jell in it. Then I waited about 20 minutes till Dr.Rehnke came in & we joked alittle. Then he began to probe in the wound with what I thought was a long Q-Tip till I looked down to see a long metal probe, covered in my blood. He was going in too about 5 inches. And he hit a bubble releasing three spurts of very dark blueish, red old blood. Which he said was a good thing. They then finished cleaning it and
Now I'm still having a Home Care Nurse coming out each morning to change the bandage which also consist of pushing some sterile gauze into a hole in the wound into a larger cavity. The drainage is slowing to which I'm told the wound will now start to heal and close up eventually. I can't wait, I truly miss going swimming.
6/30/06 - I'm feeling fine but just above my first incision hole another inflamed area has been openned and probed by Dr. Rehnke. Yes it did hurt while he was probing but i was thinking of you which made the pain drift away. But the hole got drained and then bandaged it up and send home once again with a script this time for a G.C.P. Solution - an Antibiotic, (which is made & filled at only one Pharmacy in Pinellas County- what a racket. They don't take any insurance either.) Costing $74.00 for 250 cc. I have one refill too. The Home Care Nurse then after cleaning both wounds out. Soak another gauze pad in the GCP Solution. This piece of gauze is then pushed into the tubular hole in the surface hole. Everything is then bandaged over till the next day. When it's all repeated again. When I asked how long before it's all healed. Dr. Rehnke predicts at least another month. And of course no work either or exercising. But I'm still positive and thinking I may go talk to my pysch before I do get really depressed. So please keep me in your prayers & good thought too. Soon I'd be healed.
7/10/06 - TODAY is my TWO Month Aniversary "Woohoo"
But GOOD NEWS, which I forgot to post last week. I'm under 500lbs. It was 494lbs. but today it was 496lbs. But I'm still happy as it's the first time I've been under 500 in at least 10-15 years. I can now pass the palm of my hand between the steering wheel and my belly without touching either & I crossed my legs, my right ankle over my left knee while sitting. That's 600 12/05 - 560 5/06 - 494 - 7/06 = 106lbs. Lost! Woohoo!!!
7/20/06 - I only lost 1.5 pounds this week. Now at 483.4 lbs. But this coming weekend will be a challenge as I'm getting together with relatives for my GrandFather's 90th Birthday at Olive Garden.
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7/22/06 - I thought I was good by only ordering the Sausage soup.
7/26/06 - I saw my Primary Doctor & staff today. And got my Blood Work results too. But as there was a Good moment there was Bad on their part too. I have been taken off my Cholesteral Meds. And all of the other tests were good too. But they did not do the testings for Iron, Calcium or any B vitamins. These were the most Important ones to test for. So they drew 6 more vials of blood and sent them out to LabCorp for testing.
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7/27/06 - I saw Dr.Rehnke today shortly after getting weighed, I gain .6 lbs. so now weighing in at 484. We talked about my preceeding week of eatting & activities. And I'll need to become more diligent in measuring my portains. I've also began drinking two protein shakes per day. I also got a call from Dr.Kern's office that my Blood Work Tests came back. That everything came back almost perfect. I'll get a copy to review myself in the next few days.
8/1/06 - ObesityHelp.com called and interviewed me this past week. In an Upcoming Magazine Issue (I'm hoping Nov/Dec.) I'll be the Featured Spotlight Story. I can't believe it since I'm only almost three months Post-Op.
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My Blood Work came back Very Good almost Excellent by both Dr.R & my Primary's standards.The followings are the concerns I have:
OK what everyone is really interested in: I Lost again. Now at 479.1
8/10/06 - WOW Three months out of Surgery Today @ 475. That's 85 pounds gone since May 10th and 125 since Christmas'05. I've just approved with changes the article that OH is going to place in an upcoming issue of their OH Magazine. And off to the 2006 Obesityhelp Conference next week in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Also once again I'm stuck here at home instead of out exercising while I wait to hear when my Home Care Nurse will be here to change my bandage. But Good News, the top hole of the Hernia Incision wounds has healed over and the bottom hole is closing and will be healed shortly, per my Surgeon, Dr. Rehnke. Insides is still open (about 5 cm) but very clean so if it closes the insides should be fine without anything to cause it to re-infect it's self (if it does it'll just re-open and the healing process would start all over). Hoping sealed before the Conference so I can enjoy a dip in the YMCA's and hotels pool. So I've begun to search for another Part-Time job. As I am walking much further and faster with a spring to my step, now without stopping to rest. Woohoo. I'm very happy.
8/17/06 - The second incision hole to open has closed completely even before the first hole that openned. Now the first incision hole has started to close too. It's 5 cm deep as when it first openned it was 18cm deep.
8/23/06 - I'm healing very fast now as I've upped my Protein intake by drinking the Protein shakes at least twice a day. The last hole which was the first is down or inside up to closing at 3 cm. Still about an inch. But I've learned what to say to the nurses
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8/26/06 - We had a GREAT Support Meeting. About 16 were there. And we talked about everything and got to meet new faces that had been posting on the board, one in perticular I'm hoping to hear back from on a personal inquiry.
8/27/06 - 2 AM. - Because I had a pain in my lower belly thinking either a rash or stomach ache so I got up for an hour but then went to bed but 8 AM. now up this morning with major pain in the same spot thought it might be a rash but looked with a mirror and nothing so now waiting for Adam (my Case Study Nurse too) to see what he advises but just like Elainy (from the Support Group) I might be going to see Dr. Rehnke or the Emergency Room or Both either tomorrow or shortly. I'm holding off on taking a pain med till the nurse gets here. As I move it hurts more so I'm staying still in my recliner. - More as I progress.
8/28/06 - The redden & very warm to the touch area has enlarged over-night. So as soon as I got up I called Julia and left a message. She called me back promptly shortly after 11AM. And I told her what was happening at which she said I needed to come in. I'll be at Dr.R's at 230PM today.
8/28/06 - SO I do have a Abdominal Infection, what brought it on who knows. But Dr.R says it is common with those my size. And it could happen again & again. But they put me on CIPRO 500mg (a Strong Antibiotic) twice a day for the next 7 days. Then I'll be back to see Dr.R on the 7th at 445PM
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9-6-06 - Almost Totally Healed
9/21/06 - Well a lot is happening! After the last weigh-in where I gained 6 pounds I went back to bare basics eatting just Protein and drinking the Zero calorie beverages.
10/10/06 - WOW Today is exactly 5 Months Post-Op and I'm weighing in at 458lbs. That's a loss of 102 since receiving my RNY.
I did the "Walk from Obesity" but they didn't have my registration. Dr.Rehnke sponsored my walking by donating $200.00. The walk was attended by about 80 post-opters. And breakfast this year consisted of a high carb protein bars & bananas. Neither of which I can have. But there were many Give-Aways such as a new yellow gym bag. But over-all we had a good time and raised just over $7500.00.
I then danced the night away getting home at about 6 AM. Only to get up about 6 hours later and drive to Springhill to get the pictures that were taken of the Walk from Obesity.
But all was not a wasted trip as Ed showed me his beautiful house and went over all of the vitamins & blood works that I should be requiring now as a Post-Op.
But as I was leaving I noticed the underside of my belly felt like I had a rash starting and by the time I got home I was in such pain and it was HOT to the touch so I went to bed after taking a pain ill.
And got busy searching for the Hote