My surgery date was 2/23/04...2 nights later, I was sleeping in my own bed. I had no complications whatsoever, and really didn't have any pain. I don't even recall taking any pain medication after I got home. I had surgery on Monday, and by Friday, I was out shopping with my mom, and returned to work the following Tuesday. I have been amazed at the weight loss; I've dieted before, but with no willpower, I wasn't very successful. As of January 2005, I am down 150lbs, and still losing. I work out 5 days a week (which is STILL a shock to me) and I have more energy than I ever remember having in my entire life.
This whole process would not have been the same without the support of my family and friends. Not ONE of them had anything negative to say-before, during or after. My husband, who I was just dating at the time of surgery, encouraged me from the beginning. He constantly tells me how proud he is of me; but at the same time, reminds me that he loved me and wanted to be with me regardless of how I looked. He wanted me to have his surgery for ME...and I'm so thankful that I did.
I'm officially 1 year post op and down 165lbs..and still losing! I'd like to lose another 40lbs and then I'll be ready to look into plastic surgery. Its been an awesome year...surgery, engagement & marriage - life can't get any better!
Total lost to date is 172lbs. Things are great...still enjoying the feeling of being a "loser" and am working hard to get to where I want to be.
17 mos out and down 183 lbs. The weight loss has slowed alot, but at least I'm still losing and not gaining! The plastic surgery journey has started...I'll try to post more often.7/20/05
I've reached a MAJOR milestone! I've been walking 2 miles a day/4 days a week, and its paying off. I've lost 5.5 lbs in 3 weeks, and now -- drumroll please -- I weigh LESS than 200lbs...I wanted to cry when I saw the number. I've never set "goals" for my weight loss, but I want to lose 12 lbs by Labor day - that will make my total weight loss 200lbs.
Well, its been almost 2 yrs...and I really wanted to lose 200lbs in that time period...and I DID IT!! (Not as soon as I wanted to, but I DID IT!!) Actually, I've lost 201lbs...I can hardly believe it. I fight with head hunger occasionally, but other than that, I've done great. I've been denied by BCBS 2 times for skin removal, but I ain't givin up, lol. If I have to self pay, then so be it. Its been a great ride - and if you're out there considering this surgery - hundreds, thousands of people will tell you JUST DO IT!
My total weight loss to date is 205lbs. I started out in a size 30/32 and now I can wear a 14-which is something I haven't done since junior high-and a MED top. I actually have trouble finding things that fit these days - IMAGINE THAT! I walk 2miles a day 5 days a week, and work a weekend job...my energy level is so much better than it ever was. Still trying to get approved for plastics - and hopefully, that will happen...I"m just not stressing or obsessing about it. I'd like to say I'm gonna lose another 30lbs, but I don't know if that will happen - I do know that I"m gonna maintain what I have lost, even if it kills me, LOL.
Got a letter from BCBS saying I was APPROVED for a tummy tuck!! Looks like my surgery date will be August 23rd. Just goes to show that you should never give up - see a plastic surgeon who knows what he's talking about!!
2 weeks from today I'll be having my tummy tuck - I'm excited, but nervous at the same time. I had no pain and no complications with RNY, so I'm praying for the same thing this time. I go Monday for my pre-op visit, and hubby is going with me - I'm thankful that his work schedule allows b/c I want to be sure I understand everything and 2 sets of ears makes a difference. I'm making a concerted effort NOT to buy any new clothes, esp pants, right now. I'm wearing 14s comfortably, and this past weekend, I bought medium shirts - thats down from tight 30/32s. WOW!
I added a link to my yahoo photo album - I finally got the nerve to post some before & after pics, lol.
I'm 2 wks post-panni tomorrow. It has really been a much easier ride than I expected! I had read accounts of other's experiences on here, and I had almost worried myself into an ulcer, lol. Here's a short account:
We had to be at the hospital at 5:30am on 8/23. We live about 40 min from Gadsden, so we left home around 4:45 - me, my hubby and my Mom. Once I checked in, things moved pretty fast. By 7am, I was taken down to pre-op and a super great male nurse (sorry I don't remember your name) got my IV started. The first nurse who tried had trouble with it; my veins were very small since I'd had nothing to drink in quite a while. Anyway, he got me going right away, and asked if I wanted some "happy medicine" - of course I did, LOL. And honestly, thats the last thing I remember. Approximately 5hours later, I heard the nurse talking to my husband, back in outpatient. I don't remember anything about the recovery room, lol. I woke up long enough to ask him "how many pounds did he take off?" and he answered, "7". Then I was fast asleep again. The nurse woke me about an hour later, and asked if I was ready to try to walk to the bathroom. When I had success with that, I was ready to go home. We were back home, pain meds filled & everything, by 4pm that afternoon.
I am totally amazed at the LACK of pain I experienced. The drains were, of course, a total pain to deal with, but as far as FEELING any pain - there was none. We returned to the Dr the following morning at 11am for a dressing change, and the nurse commented on how well I was moving about. I slept in the recliner in an effort to keep from laying too flat, and really didn't do alot of anything the first 3 days. On the 4th day, I felt well enough to dress & go to church, then to my Mom's for lunch. After a week at home, I went back to work, and even worked my PT job this past Saturday (10 days post op). I had a few problems with nausea & gas pain (anesthesia gas) but those didn't last long. I got my staples out today, and I must say, I feel 100% better! I'm still wearing my binder for another 6 wks or so, but I've gotten accustomed to it and its almost comfortable. I'm looking forward to getting back into my exercise routine next week. I STILL want to get off another 20lbs or so - even if it takes me another year to do it.
I'm so thankful to Dr. Rumley and his staff -- they are the best! He is truly an excellent surgeon who "knows his stuff" and has the gift for transforming the human body. I thank God for Dr. Freeman, he started me on this journey, and eventually led me to Dr. Rumley. There are none better, as far as I'm concerned!!
I'm 4wks post panni, and still doing great. I've gone back to work (at my 2nd-weekend job) tho I'm still careful with the lifting & such. My scar has healed nicely. I'm not sure if I'll ever wear a bikini (big LOL) but if it were just a matter of how the scar looks, I could for sure. I see Dr. Rumley next week for my follow up, so I'm anxious to see how he thinks it went.
I've gone back to walking 3miles a day, 5 days a week. I actually missed it while I was recuperating. We attended a wedding 2 weekends ago and I wore a SIZE 10 skirt -- I don't think I've ever worn a 10 in my life!!! A real "wow" moment!
I'm 5.5 weeks post op from my panniliculectomy, and Dr. Rumley has officially released me. He was pleased (as I am) with how the surgery went and how well I've recovered. I worked the races at Talladega this past weekend with no problems! My friend gave me a pair of size 12 capris, and I told her "I can't wear these!" but guess what -- they fit!! I'm still wearing my old size 16 jeans and khakis, but they are too loose, so I've got to invest in some new ones. (I do have pair of size 14 low rise Levis that I finally got the nerve to wear, and they fit also.) I've become such a clothes horse, but at the same time--I'm a cheapskate, lol. I rarely buy anything thats not on the sale rack - I suppose it's because I spent so many years paying high prices for clothes (because they can charge what they want - they KNOW we have to buy from them!) but now, I am always looking for the bargain or waiting for stuff to go on clearance, lol.
Life is good - I have so much energy that it's hard to keep up with me. I work 6 or 7 days a week, and love every minute of it. John & I celebrated our 2nd anniversary last week...I am so fortunate to have him in my life. God is good, and He blessed me with a wonderful man to share my life.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me! I never thought at 42 I'd be living life like I am now. I was sure I'd be so old that I wouldn't be able to get around at all, LOL. I am so fortunate that I've made it this far with no problems.
This weekend, I went shopping for some new pants, and ended up getting a freakin' size 12!!! Un-beeeelievable! I'm still wearing a 14 in most styles...mainly because of my hips (can't complain, some people loose their butts totally), and medium or large tops....can't believe that either, LOL.
Three years ago today, at this very hour, I was in surgery...changing my life. At that time, I weighed 388 pounds, and was miserable. I'm so thankful to Dr. Freeman and his team for the role they played in changing my life. Eight months later (10/2/04), my life changed again when I married the most wonderful man in the world...he accepted me as I was from the beginning, and only encouraged me to make the chance for ME. He has been 100% supportive from the beginning. I thank God every day for 'hooking me up' with him.
Here I am 3 years later, and 205 lbs lighter. I've gone from a size 30/32 jeans (with an elastic waist) to a size 13 JUNIOR jean. (Thanks to my TT - today also marks 6mos since my plastic surgery. Dr. Rumley and his staff are awesome too!) I've gone from a size 30/32 shirt, to a medium - thats M E D I U M!! Three years ago, I was shopping at the Avenue and Lane Bryant, and in the largest size they carry. Now I can walk into ANY store and find something to fit - and most of the time, it's on sale!! (Plus size clothes are never on sale!) I look at my 'before' pictures and don't even recognize myself. I walk 30min every morning (and I don't mean strolling, lol) and seeing stairs to climb don't scare me. I can even sit in a booth at Waffle House and have room enough to cross my legs!!!!!!! Second only to marrying my husband, this is the BEST decision I've ever made!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow marks my 4 year surgiversary! WOW - it doesn't seem like all that long ago that I was making that life-changing trip to the hospital. Although I've had a little re-gain, I'm not discouraged or defeated! I'm much MUCH MUCH healthier than I was 186lbs ago, and I know that I have the tool to lose more weight. I've resigned myself to get back on track, and even bought a recumbent bike to help me out. I can sit & watch TV, and peddle away 30min in no time. I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel, and how I sleep! I am still working my 2nd job, and try to spend as much time as I can with my wonderful hubby! God has truly blessed me in so many ways - with a wonderful husband, family and friends.