Nicolas V. Christou, M.D. The first time I met Dr. Christou, he was very soft spoken and very knowledgeable about the procedure, RNY Gastric Bypass, and also I was infored by Dr. Christou that i was able to have the surgery Lapriscopically done, which is great. I hope that when it get closer to the srugery date I will have more info. But now I just want to be healthy. I had my surgery on July 19th and it was a full success, I am losing my weight slowly but I am losing, The staff during my surgery were really nice and they calmed me down, I was a basket sace before surgery, But now I am out 1 month and I feel much better, thanks to Dr. Christou and his wonderful OR Staff. I am learning new things about my self and eating a new way. ITs been a winding ride since but it has been a good way better than being 290lbs - now I am 260lbs and my BMI is 60.4, that is the best thing every.... THANK YOU DR CHRISTOU... for giving me my NEW LIFE....
Its Melissa again,
well I have BIG NEWS
as of November13th,
2006 I reached my
first BIG GOAL
I lost 50lbs... SO
now from pre surgery
I weighed 286, now I
weigh 236, It is so
exciting for me....
I also went down in
my clothes sizes
from 5x to a 3x or
Its such a GREAT
Back for more
Hi Everyone.... Its
Melissa, just to let
all know I'm now
down 38lbs from
286lbs to 248lbs,
and I feel
wonderfull. I have
not been doing much
excersice but I have
been doing good with
my foods and I can
tolerate most foods
but still have
trouble with some.
Its only 2 1/2
months so I'm still
pleased..... Just a
Well IM HOME NOW.
Its mIssy. I
finally was able to
get to my computer
and check my emails,
Thank you ALL for
your Kind Wishes and
YES now its time for
me, I am doing very
well, walked and
walked and sipped
and sipped. Im
feeling GREAT, but
its only been 4 days
since surgery and I
still have to be
extra carefull, but
i knew that I wanted
to ans wer my emails
Hi, This is Melissa, I am a POST-OP now. I had surgery July 19th and it was the best thing I am doing for me. Im very pleased with my progress. Its great to feel GOOD about myself and I know it will continue......
Why is this its been so hard to get out and excerscie and when I do excersice I feel tired so I need a nap, I get tired more now, but i know that I need to drink my water and I do that but the exercise is not working for me. I can't seem to get it together but I did gain weight and I cannot seem to get it back down. What should I do? Any Ideas Im in need of some really badly.
I have not lost a pound and I am feeling that I can eat more than before - its been a terrible winter and I can't get to the gym and I have been cooped up in the house, but the weather is getting better - I need to lose another 50lbs before I can even discuss plastic surgery but I feel that I gained but not that much but its still not good. I want to go back on JUST PROTEIN Liquids for a moth or 2 with water and excercise . Is that safe or a good idea. I need a boost. I need motivation again. MORE MORE WEIGHT LOSS. ANyone can help would be greatly appreciated. Thats all for now I am @ 188-190 now, but I need to get down to 130 or at least 140
Bye for now
Today November 18th 2007, for the last 3 days I went down more so now i was 187-185-182.0
Now My lowest is 182.0 as of yesterday morning
Still I have a long way to go....But its all good.....
I am 32 year old single woman. I weigh 290lbs or a bit more because I din't get a change to weigh myself yet. I was BIG all My life. But Can you imagine that I was born 4lbs 11oz, and I was 2 weeks late. That is the Beggining of the Story. My school years weren't great either. I got teased and tormented almost every day from kids in my school. I couldn't do anything about it because I ddin't know what to do. So I am letting everyone here and future readers. Being able to stick up for yourself is VERY IMPORTANT.
I have been obese since very early childhood. I was never a thin person. Well that's an understatement. I never had opprtunities like other kids, going to the park and playing with my friend's. Well I didn't have that many friends to begin with. But when I got older my weight kept on being a very big obstascle. I couldn't move around and do things. Now that I am 32 and learning about this WLS its been a very rewarding journey.
I never thought of myself as being a "Good For Nothing", but when people see Fat People, they think that. "Slobs", Can't control themselves" with food.
Now that I am trying to lose weight on my own its been very hard for me. I have a lot of support form my perents and family members. They all want me to be HEALTHY.
I can never remember a day that I weighed less than all my peers or friends. I was always the BIG GIRL. Not very socialable because of my weight. Well do you blame me. I need to get things handled before I get older adn I will not be able to do things that I want to do. I WANT A REAL LIFE. That is why I am serious about the WLS. I think this will be the BEST accomplishment in my life, and I will do everything that impowers me to do for my success...
I do too. I just can't take it anymore harrment and being thought of as NOT NORMAL. I am eating when I am not hungry and its killing me. Now that I am losing weight before I decide to do surgery I am eating not for hunger its just for fun. I need this to Help ME!!!....I WANT TO HAVE A LIFE....I NEED TO HAVE A LIFE.....My weight has been a battle with me, that I am not winning. I am doing the things that I know I need to do with not much success, I am looking forward to be able to BE MORE ACTIVE...
My Journey will be a long one, I have to be seen by all sorts of docotrs and take different tests, but the end result will be SUCCESS...... I HOPE
The things I cannot Do NOW!!
1. Get a LIFE
2. Get a JOB
3. Tie my shoe laces
4. Sit in the movie Theather
5. Put a seatbelt on without an extender
6. I have Sleep Apnea
7. I have to check seats in Restaurants to make sure I fit
8. Winter I can't go out because of the ICE!! Afraid of Falling
9. I am in Pain all the time
10. I can't do alot of walking because of my Joints. HURTING...
11. Can't go on Trips because I can't keep up
12. Can't see my friends because I cna't get out in Winter
13. Get on a Plane
14. Not Having My Driver's Liscence
15. Not Happy the way I am now
16. Not Healthy the way I am now
The Things I WILL do after SURGERY!!!
1. Get Healthy
2. Get Happy
3. Get a JOB
4. Be able to be in Public
5. Go Out More!!
6. Find a New LIFE
7. Take Trips with Parents
8. HAVE MONEY with a JOB
10. Happy that I made this Decision
11. Thank G-D... I made it NOW
12. SOCIAL LIFE
13. MORE ACTIVE....
14. Get My Driver's Licence
15. Get a Car
November 2005 starting process
This is not an update but i would like to mention that I still haven't called the surgeon to see if they received my paperwork. I am still very unsure that this surgery is the best way to lose weight. I am in such pain all the time with my knees and ankels, that I cannot walk, and I have developed a HEEL SPUR, that is VERY painful. I know that this is a cause of my weight. I don't want to end up a statistic. But I realize that this surgery can save my life, and improve it drastically, and on the other hand it can end very suddenly too. I have to make up my mind either way. I stay OBESE, and try to lose weight on my own, or DO the surgery and WAY THE RISKS.
February 20th 2006, Not a great day since I have a cold and it has been very cold here. Today I decided to call my surgeon's offcie to see how my paperwok has been looked at and the secretary said yes but there are still no answers on a Consult date, she said to call back in a few weeks. So thats what I am going to do. I will call back in the beginings of March, and hopefully I will hear some good news. Thats all for now, updates later on
March 15th, 2006: Today I made a phone call to my surgeon's office and I spoke to the secretary and she gave me the best news that I was waiting for. She was going to call me and let me know that I can have a consult for the beginning of April 2006, and Yes I did take the appointment. My Consult is April 5th 2006 @ 10am, at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Now I am getting nervous and happy all at once. I can't believe it. I havea consult date. Yay Melissa. I can't wait for the day to be here and I meet with Dr. Christou. I heard great things about him. SO until then, I will update when I finish and have more info.... Health and Happiness...
March 30th, I have a date for a consult with my surgeon, I am so happy that finally I will be able to lose weight and keep it off. FOR GOOD. Now for the questions that I might ask, well I have a few but i need to know, How is this going to help when I have failed for the longest time to lose weight before. I have the questions all prepared and I have my tests that I have done. So thats a start in the right direction. So wish me luck for Wedesnday April 5th @ 10 am I will mee t the Man who will be saving MY LIFE with this surgery.... Undate Later.....
April 4th, Tomorrow is the DAY, I am getting very nervous about the whole surgery thing, I can't stop thinking about it. My mind is racing from ITs A Great Idea and I will LOSE WEIGHT, Then it COMES WHY THE HECK ARE YOU DOING THIS, Your NOT READY, well I guess that is because I never had to make a big desicion like this. I know it will change my life. I NEED HELP TO CALM MY NERVES........
The Date for DAY
April 5th 2006
I had my consult with Dr. Christou, and he is a very quiet spoken man dwith a lot of experiece in Bariatrics. He has been doing these types of surgeries for 25 years. We had to wait an hr. before we say him. When I saw Mary thats his secretary, she is so nice. Dr. Christou weighed me and I did gain a few pounds since I went to my GP in February. He said I was an excellent candidate and I would be able to have the surgery Lapriscopic. That was good news..
Then I was so nervous I didnt ask most of my questions but I seems to get used to the fact that I will never lose the weight without this surgery.
Now its a waiting game to see when my pre-op tests and all the other things that have to be done before surgery has to be complted. ITS THE WAITING GAME (featering missy)
Update when more happens
Well this is not an update, well it is, I have been set up with an appointment to have an mandatory Information session for surgery June 8th, and as is sounds surgery is not that far off. Well I hope so because now im doing the weight loss thing and trying to help myself to lose a bit before surgery it might not work but im trying.
I have a mandatory Info session June 8th Hope it goes well and surgery will not be as far off...
July 2006 Update:
Hello To all
I had most of my evaluations done and I even attended a support group meeting and it was very informative. Today is July 4th and I received an email saying that I have a Pre-op testing on July 12th and Im excited and nervous at the same time but its more of waiting for the unknown to happen, so Now Im trying to ajust to the NEW ME, and healthier me... Time will tell...
Any news I will let you know...
Hope the 12th goes well and there are no complications
Hello To all Its Missy
I have some good NEWS
Starting July 19th 2006, I will be having surgery and Today which is July11 I started my liquid diet for 10 days before surgery, and I have also lost some weight with it and I will list it here....
MY TIME HAS ARRIVED
Pre-Op Diet Weight 288 Saturday July 8th 2006
286.0 Sunday July 9th 2006
285.0 Monday July 10th 2006
282.0 Tuesday July 11th 2006
I will continue and let you know how Pre-Op Tests went JUly 12th
Surgery DAY SCARED NERVOUS, but evrything is going to work out - My angel came to see me off to surgery and I was really emotional about it. I was sooooo happy to see her... SERENA YOUR THE BEST>>> THANK YOU AGAIN
MOM & DAD THANK YOU for being there for me... LIKE YOU ARE ALWAYS, I LOVE YOU BUNCHES.....
NOW ITS the waiting
Surgery at 7:30am
Recovery @ 10:30 am
Gone to my room @ 12:30 pm
NO LIQUIDS TILL DAY 1 surgery date dont count
I was a mess in the beggining and the end of surgery.... I couldnt relax. My surgey went well, and when I woke up I was trying to get the mask form the oxegen off but i guess it was necessary, I was in recovery at 10:30 am and I was asking for my mom GET MY MOM PLEASE....
After that everything went ok. tired but walked and walked
I know I should update more!!!!
Its been a while but I have been doing well since surgery - some bumps along the way but that has a way of making you learn. I have been watching what I have to eat and trying to excersice regually, every day I go for my walks I try 2 some days and I do it for about 30 mins each.
My Progress is slow but it is progress I lost 28lbs so far and its seems that Im feeling much better and I'm able to do more. Sometimes I am so tired and I just want to sleep, but other days I can do alot and stay awake. That's Amazing
Hi again, I am here to ssay that since surgery and pre-op I lost 31lbs so far, GONE FOREVER....
YAY Missy.... I am not doing that much in excersice but I seem to get more tired but its not an excuse....
I am getting more compliments now and I feel better... I have to get my BUT OUT and get walking more and I am not doing the water but I know it has to be done, but when you have to time your eating and drinkig its a bit difficult but Im trying to manage. Today is September 10th and I had a cold for the past 4 days but its not that bad, but I can't breath through my nose, its all blocked up. I decided that today I would go tot hte mall and walk a bit there and do some shopping.
Im here to SAY YAY 31 lbs lost LOST LOST
Hello again its September 25th and I am so bad in updating this but I finally got some really good news about my weight loss, I have been making diffrent goals for myself and I am feeling so much better with the surgery and its effects.
My first goal is to be under 250 by the end of the New Year (I am now 249.2lbs Its the Jewish New Year, but I have many more goals to fullfill
My next goal is to reach under 220lbs by my 33rd birthday which is December 28th.
My BIG GOALS are not met yet but I do see alot of diffrences with myself and the way I look and feel. I still can't believe that last year I was in the process of looking into surgery and waiting and now which is 2 months and 6 days officially and lost 37lbs I am 249.2lbs NOW YAY no more 250's GONE FOREEVER
I really am getting alot of good vibes from people that I know about the way I look and it makes me feel really good and I even see a difference also.
Now I am eating more normally but its really ard to figure out how fast or how much so Im starting to write down what I eat and see if I am doing the RIGHT thing. I am looking forward to having my next appointment with the Bariatric Clinic, and I am looking forward to seeing my Gerenal Docotr as well ( thats really strange I never wanted to go to the docotr because I alsways knew I gained so much weight and the doctor kept telling me that I have to lose the weight or it will not be good for me and I will have alot of problems with my health when I get older.
Now its so diffrent I am excited about both appointments...... YAY MELISSA your doing great......
more news later (the next 10lbs)
Well its official I Lost 40lbs but it doesnt seem real to me that its been only less than 3 months that I had surgery. But I'm reminded of it every time I put something in my mouth and I get FULL, I was never able to feel that before, and its an amazing feeling to get that fullness and get up and stop eating. Im learning slowly to reconize that feeling and STOP eating, rest and then continue or just quit while I'm ahead. I am walking and drinking my water but Im not sure about my Protein, i know im eating it but Im not sure if Im getting enough. I hop eso. I have my Bariatric Clinic appointment on Wednesday October 11th. I was never so excited to see my doctor as I am for these appointments, I also have an appointment to see my GP on the 12th so I am so excited to tell him that Im doing well. Also to weigh myself and see more of a weight loss.
I know that I am a slow loser but its getting much better and my clothes are fitting much better and are getting BIG That s a BIG Deal for me... Can't wait to be in a size 2x and lower.
My next goal is to reach 220 by the end of the year 2006. I will work on that for my new year.
For the new year I will have mini goals like hitting the 200 mark by February. I WILL DO IT. I have to remember I have to do the work to get the prize. The Prize is being able to walk and be more active on my own. Im doing GREAT...
By for now Update later....... (Missy)
Here I am at almost 4 months out of surgery yay Melissa - by the way I lost 48lbs so far. I am very pleased with my results and I am very pleased because yesterday Nov.3/2006 I went shopping with my mom and I was trying on pants and now BIG BIg News Im a size 2x, no more 5x yayaya......., But I do have alot of work ahead of me. I had bronchitis and I coulnd't do much excersice but now Im getting back on track. I was working out on the treadmill for 1hr 30 mins, 3 times a day and I was doing very well... So now its back on track with my foods and excersice.......IM SO HAPPY ......... more later......
Well Its the Holiday Time, and for me Birthday Month, My Birthday is on December 28th and I will be 33 years old.... This is going to be a great birthday because now I am thinner, and looking great. I still can't believe that I had surgery only 5 months ago. Its all so going too quick for me... But for a small Note Im still at a standstill with my weight, but I did lose 58lbs and thats great, so from beeing 286 from Pre-Op Diet to now being 228 so far I am really pleased with my progress but I know that I can do better. I will.........
December 28th 2006 Today is my Birthday but I didnt really think about it all that much, but I know that it will be great next year when I am much smaller and able to do more, I did enjoy myself I was taken out for Breakfast and I was very good, Taken shopping for clothing is much more enjoyable now that I am dropping sizes. To make a long story very short - not missing any cake or other foods but I was missing somehting that I must share with you....... 58lbs of Myself, So thats it for now and Wishing all A Happy Holiday Season filled with Joy and HEALTH......
Happy New Year 2007
January 4th, 2007: I am still at a standtill of 58lbs but I know why now. Not enough excersice and water.... Chaning is very good for a Post Op but it should have been done automatically....... Im doing what I can now to boost my weightloss... My next goal is to reach 75lbs by the spring Maybe March or April... No Pressure.... Lots of Love and GOOD HEALTH
Well its my gift to myself the New Life I have started on July 19th and it has been a wild and winding road. My first goal came about and now I reached another goal, So far I lost 75lbs and I did it before sprintime, Now I have to make A NEW GOAL
My Next goal will be to be under 200 by mid april. Hope that it come sbeofre but Im not rushing...
I had my dr. appt. on the 21st of Febraury, and everytthing went very well the dr. was pleased with my progress and all my questions that i had got answered and now I am on my way to being under the 200 mark... Thats Incrediballllll...
July 19th 2007
1 year POST OP Weight 188lbs
July 19th 2006
Starting weight 288lbs
September 16th 2007
I am now starting to lose again after almost 3 months
I went down from 185.6 to 184.6 then to 184.4. This past week has been a bit more difficult but I am managing. Its The Jewish New Year Roshashanna, and then Yom Kippour
September 21/22 No eating or drinking for 26hrs. I do it every year since I was 13. So now I am trying to cut down on my carbs, and I am doing a bit better.
I am doing things very slowly and it is working out fine - 4-5 times at the gym
Drinking 2 liters of water
1 or 2 times a day with carbs.
September 24th Surgeon Appointment
September 26th Plastic Surgeon Appointment - then a BIG UPDATE