- Name: Darlene H.
- Username: ndshughes
- Location: Pinson, TN, USA
- Member Since: 5/23/2005
- BMI: 47.3
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (02/25/04)
- Surgeon: Hugh Houston
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Surgeon TestimonialHugh HoustonDr Houston has really changed my life. I had been denied this surgery 4 times by my insurance company (BCBS). So I finally made the decision to use my retirement fund for the surgery since I had been told I would'nt live to be 35, I wasn't going to make it to retirement anyway. I made a phone call to Dr. Houston's office after doing research on the web. I was totally surprised when he himself answered the phone. I told him my story and he talked to me for about an hour on the phone. When we hung up, I had an appointment 2 days later in Nashville. Now tell me who gets an appointment in Nashville on two days notice. When I left Nashville two days later, I was ready for surgery. Bloodwork complete, pschye evaluation complete, and surgery day set. I truly believe this was my miracle. I am alive today because of that one phone call.rnrnAfter getting off track and gaining 60 lbs I was afraid to go to the doctor and didn't for 6 + months because I was so ashamed. When I did get my \"nerve\" up to go back to the doctor, the staff treated me as though I had never left. They didn't make me feel like a failure, they wer more like what can we do to get you back on track again. I am so proud to be associated with this great Doctor and his staff. |
Nothing Better To Do on February 29, 2008 11:14 pm
Seems like I can't keep this profile up to date and I don't know why. Its not like I have a lot going on and can't find the time. I think it may be a bit of laziness and a bit of shame from not doing better than I have. For not using my tool correctly.
I didn't know that it would be so hard to get back on track. I just can't wrap my mind around getting my act back together. I did everything by the book for so long and did so well. So why am I such a big IDIOT and can't do as well following the "rules". My dh has gotten better healthwise, some things won't get better, but we have learned how to cope and go on. I know that I need to get back to 400-600 calories to get back to the losing stage, but when I do a good day, I am so hungry and the next day I can't deal with the hunger and I fail again. It truly is a day to day struggle. Some days I have to actually remind my self to eat and other days I just want to eat everything in sight. Then I feel like a failure all over again. I seem to be able to tell others how to succeed, but sooner or later they will quit listening to my advice, cause who wants advice from someone who can't even succeed themselves. AHHHHHH
I do feel better getting this off my chest, so tomorrow I will try again to get back on track and continue to take it day by day. I know I need to get more exercise and I will make an effort to do that a little better each day.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR on January 19, 2008 7:34 am
Well , 2008 is finally here. Had a great time at the Centennial Christmas reunion and getting to meet up with the yahoos, we didn't have enough time to get to see everyone so we are gonna have to have a get to gether with just us after the reunion next year.
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Nothing much new except I am heading up the committee for the Losing 2 Live 2008 retreat. It is going to be at Montgomery Bell State Park, can't wait. We had such a great time at last year's retreat. It is alot of work, buat it will be well worth it. I don't think I gave Julie enough hugs for getting it together. At least I do have what she did as a guideline, she started from scratch. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!
We were suppose to have our first meeting today, but the majority of us got iced or snowed in. I look forward to working with the committee, they are quite a group of people. I am so glad that so many want to help and I am very good at delegating. LOL
Update of my Journey on December 21, 2007 4:18 pm
Well I had my MRI on my knee on 11/5 and I do have cartilage tears on the inner and outer sides of my knee cap. This required surgery which I had on December 3rd. I am getting around very well, I woke up from surgery with less knee pain than I had experienced in years, so I am optimistic that when I get through my home PT, I will be getting around wonderfully.
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I missed the Yahoo slumber party on 11/9 and getting to smash my 00s, but I will make it to one and then hopefully have another set of 00s to smash. The reasoning behind this is that we always say we are now below 400, we have broken into the 200s, etc. Well I get to smash 00s for going below 400 then below 300 and before the end of 2008 I hope to get below 200 lbs for the first time since I was about 12 years old.
Thanksgiving was very nice this year, since I have been on protein since the HBRT (for the most part going back to 400-600 calories). I didn't over eat, I ate only things I should, I was very proud. SO since HBRT in Oct, I have lost 9 lbs. I am very proud of this because it proves that I am not a failure and I can do this, just needed to get back in gear. This loss was without the benefit of exercise, because I have been unable to even walk since my knee has been hurting so bad.
On November 28th, I went to stay with my best friend Tammy as she had her Lapband on the 29th. I really enjoyed being there for her and helping her out. I must say that I was very glad that I got to see all the folks that came to see her in the hospital. I am truly blessed by such a wonderful set of friends. It was so funny because I was just as excited for her as I was for me 3 + years ago.
The CMC Christmas reunion was on 12/14 and we had a blast. I was on crutches so no boogie/booty shaking for me. I do admit I do a mean chair dance though. I can still move my upper body, won't be long before I can dance all night and not suffer all the next day for it. We decided that we just didn't have enough time to visit so we are going to have a Yahoo Christmas get together next year so we can visit a while longer.
The party goers were so amazing. It was wonderful to look out over the room and see so many beautiful, skinny (yes skinny) healthy folks who I knew had been on the same journey I am on. I look forward to wearing that Little Black Dress one of these days. I must say that all of you were as beautiful on the outside as I already knew you were on the inside.
I am going to be doing the legwork for the Losing to Live retreat for 2008. I know it will be hard work, but it will be so worth it. The retreat in July really helped to get alot of people back on track. I look so forward to this retreat and meeting all the folks who will be there.
OK, Cathy S, I am all up to date so quit telling me to update my profile. LOL You know I love you girl.
I can't believe I haven't posted since August-UPDATE on November 4, 2007 11:32 am
I really can't believe I haven't posted anything since August. I guess I have been too busy or maybe just lazy. This is gonna be an update on all things that happened since the last post.
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My nephew, Jonathan graduated nursing school with his LPN and I am so proud. He and I kinda grew up together I was 13 when he was born and I think it was like having a baby brother. I knew I was in trouble when I looked at the program saw his name and got all teary eyed. Both of his grandmas got to see this too and they were both so proud, I wish my brother had been here to see his "rat" graduate, he would have been bursting with pride.
In September I celebrated my 37th birthday, and I was so giddy that day. You know being told that you wouldn't live to be 35 without this WLS really puts every birthday after that 35th one in perspective. Thank you God for giving me a new lease on life. The Walk from Obesity was also in September and Team Yahoo (which I am a member of) collective the most donations for the Nashville event. It was a day to enjoy seeing friends again that I don't get to see nearly often enough.
Now for October, I was busy, busy , busy. I started a study utilizing body energy and subconscious thinking to better your lifestyle. It is called Pschye K, pretty interesting, relaxing enough kinda like yoga. Now we finally got to go on the HBRT (Hillbilly Roadtrip), we got to go see Jill & Jim and have such a great time. I had never been to Illinois and I will definetly go back to visit our sweet friends. I can honestly say that I had an awesome time with friends I wouldn't have met if I hadn't had WLS. Me and dh went on a real haunted house tour. It was really nice and kinda romantical , it got cool enough to cuddle on the buggy ride. Basically it was visiting Civil War mansions that had been occupied by the north during the War, very Tara from Gone With the Wind. I was suppose to participate in the Alzheimer's Memory walk in Nashville , but I had a pair of kidney stones that kept me sidelined, but next year I plan on doing this.
Been having a rough time with my left knee lately and I had a cortizone shot (helped for a week or two) and then was going back to start the chicken collagen shots because they are suppose to help and during the exam, the doctor thinks I may have a torn miniscus which would require surgery, so I go Monday for an MRI to see if I will require the surgery or not.
My bestest friend in the whole wide world will be getting her lap band WLS done on November 29th, and I look forward to being there for her.
Maybe it won't be as long til the next post. I know we have a couple Christmas get togethers that I will have to post about.
August's Support Group Meeting on August 29, 2007 3:10 am
Tonight we had a great support group meeting in Jackson, TN. We had 10 people there and 8 of them were preop. I think it is great that doctors are requiring that they attend the meetings prior to surgery. I think at the beginning they just come because they "have" to, but by the end of the meetings they are ready for the next meeting. I do have a great group of postops usually and everyone is so willing to share openly and freely. This was my first meeting to hand out the OH magazine and everyone was excited about that. We also tried some samples from Smartforme. It was just a great , feel good when you leave, type of meeting.
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I started my wls process in 1998, it took 6 years for the insurance to deny me 5 times and then in 2003,my brother was killed in a tractor accident. I was then the only child my mother had left. I had been told by 3 different drs that I would'nt live to be 35 years old, I was 33. I received my retirement fund statement in the mail one day and while looking over it, I thought "I have enough money to pay for my own surgery and if I don't have it done, I will not live to retirement anyway" a few minutes after this realization, my mom called me (from the cemetary) and said that when my brother was alive he and she talked about me alot and he said that I should have the surgery done no matter what I had to do to get it done. She said standing at his grave those memories of the conversations came back to her and she realized that with our retirement funds she and I could have this surgery done. This was on a Wednesday afternoon and I had already done the research and went to the seminar at Centennial so I called them to see when I could get an appt. When I called, Dr Houston answered his own phone which blew me away. I told him of all my co-morbidities and of the denials. He ask me when I wanted to come in, my reply was that it was too late for me to get there today. He made me an appt for 2 days later on Friday. I knew then that I was a miracle in progress, because who calls a dr in Nashville and gets the surgeon on the phone and the gets an appt 2 days later. If this isn't a show of God's plan, I don't know what is. When I left Nashville on Friday afternoon, I had went to the hospital and had all my bloodwork completed, talked to the nutritionist, had my pshcye exam and was scheduled for surgery the next Wednesday. So within a week I went from not knowing how i was going to be alive much longer to having the opportunity to live and be healthy. So I call 2/25/2004 my rebirth day.