I'm Not In Any Photos Yet.
Before & After
There are currently no before and after photos for this member.See these instructions
if you wish to submit your own Before & After photos.
Surgeon TestimonialThomas Sonnanstine M.D.From the first second I met Dr. Sonnanstine I was comfortable with him. He seemed very down to earth from the get-go, and during the first group consultation with him, I knew he was the most genuine doctor I have ever met and ever will meet in all my life. He explained in great detail, the risks and the benefits of the RNY and also the lapband. With each appointment I've had with him so far he takes time and he talks to you about everything and answers any question you may have. He's very thorough and you don't get the feeling that he's trying to rush you out of his office for his next appointment or that he's only in this business for the money. He honestly cares for every patient of his.rnDr. Tom's staff is also the nicest and most pleasant you could ever be around. I had an appointment with them for just a 2nd visit and they already knew my name. That really meant a LOT. I have been around so many snotty nurses over the years and as soon as you walk into his center you don't get that feeling from ANYONE there!
- Family & Friends - i love my niece and nephew and my fiance adam more than anything!
- Musical Performance - love seeing live shows!
- Writing - an awesome way to relieve stress
- Movies - have too many faves to list! my fave comedy would be 'wet hot american summer'
- Music - i possess loads of useless information about music, especially 80s new wave
- Music - my number one passion in life!
- Collectibles - i collect vinyl records. mostly the beatles and 80s new wave bands
- Hair Stylist - hope to go to school for this in the near future
- Paranormal Research and Investigations - i love the paranormal and real ghost stories
- WLS in your 20's - finally living like a 29 year old!
7/29/10 on July 29, 2010 8:59 am
i am really bad at keeping this updated!
Be the first to leave a comment.
after having WLS i initially lost 126 pounds. THEN somehow, it took me over a year to gain 30 of that back. THEN i got pregnant and was fortunate to only gain 26 pounds with my pregnancy, and i lost all of that within a week of delivery! so now, i am trying to get back down to my initial goal but setting little goals at a time. currently on this day, i am at 212 and feel i have come a long way, not just since the surgery but also from having a baby. when i was pregnant i was 247 so i feel that i've lost quite a bit just since november 2009 too!
my son Alex will be 9 months old already August 16th. it has gone by sooo fast!
22 weeks pregnant! on July 27, 2009 8:53 am
well, it's been over a year since i've posted anything on here. i am now almost 5 and a half months pregnant and so far have only gained 7 pounds with the pregnancy. i'm sure i'll gain more in the 4 more month ahead of me!
Be the first to leave a comment.
although i am getting more excited about having a baby as i go along, i am very depressed because it took me so long and i put so much hard work into losing all the weight i did with the RNY surgery i had. i am just scared that once i do have the baby that i won't be able to lose like i did before :(
i am having a boy, by the way! his name will be Alexander Lennon Baker :)
woweee its been forever since i've posted! just thought i'd write a little bit while i had a minute! i have now lost 126 pounds and am down to 185 pounds. i am tending to yo-yo a little bit here and there though, which really sucks :( i need to figure out how to keep that under control....
other than that, not much going on here!
| Leave a comment.
50 WEEKS POST OP!
Be the first to leave a comment.
Just a few weeks ago I was very anxious about hitting that 199 mark and I finally hit it last Thursday. And now I am at 197! I am very excited about this, I haven't been under 200 in sooooo long!
I've been having some problems with my intestines/colon and at first me and my docs thought it was my ovaries. So I had an ultrasound done and they found a couple small cysts on my left ovary but Dr. Jamison (my gyno) says that is not what is causing my pain and she suggested I see Dr. Sonnanstine, which I did. So he let me try a few different types of medicine ordinarily prescribed for IBS. The first one, Bentyl, made me really sick and pass out and the second one, hyosciamine just doesn't work. So I had to have a Catscan done this past Monday morning. I had to drink almost a half gallon of the most god-awful crap I have ever drank in my life PLUS had an IV in my arm to put a contrast dye through. Well, all of that gave me diarrhea for 2 days straight I had to call off work. I get my results back today and Taryn says what i'm dealing with is 'probable sigmoid colon spasms'. and says Dr. Tom wants to give me the option of having a barium enema. It doesn't sound appealing at all! I mean, i've heard the word enema before, so it all made me very uncomfortable. I ended up just calling her because I wanted to see if I could have the doc talk to me personally because I am so confused about everything and it makes me really upset. So I have an appt. with him at 9 in the morning to discuss everything. So I will hopefully know what the heck is up by then. I described my symptoms to Taryn and she says it sounds like I have irritable bowel syndrome. Sounds like I do have the symptoms, but like i said, we'll see what dr. tom has to say in the morning.
48 WEEKS POST OP
Be the first to leave a comment.
It's so hard to believe that in 27 more days, it will have been 1 year since my RNY! Time has literally flown past. So many things have happened in the past year, more good things than bad thankfully. Things I actually thought would never happen to myself. As of today, I am almost at my first personal goal. 1 more pound and I will weigh 199. I got on the scale here at work today and i was 200 and I could hardly believe it. I have been exercising a lot more lately and I'm hoping that that is the reason why I've been dropping again. I was at a stand-still for a while there and it's really hard when that happens, especially during those first few months after surgery when you are losing 20 or so pounds at a time. It's hard to get used to not losing that much later on! But everything has been rewarding.
I got engaged on September 7th to my boyfriend of 9 months. He is my best friend and my soul mate. So thankful to have him in my life. I couldn't imagine a day without him, and he is so supportive of everything I do. Even when I'm feeling gross about the droopy skin or boobs that I've sadly acquired from having the surgery, he is there to let me know I am beautiful and he loves me no matter what. :) We have set a date of May 31, 2008 but I'm the type of person that I just want to get up and 'do it', so I have a feeling we will be tying the knot much sooner than that!
The only problems I've been having healthwise lately is back in July I started having pelvic pains and my doctors couldn't figure out what it was. So my gyno had an ultrasound done on me and they found some small cysts on my left ovary. We all thought that's what was paining me so much but realized the pain was more in my intestinal region and not in my girly parts. So I went to see Dr. Sonnanstine just to be safe. He said it had absolutely nothing to do with the RNY surgery, that I was just having intestinal spasms and has prescribed me some meds for what people usually take for IBS symptoms. I was to have a catscan done the other day but I was feeling much better so I cancelled it. And wouldn't you know, the day after I cancel, my symptoms start back up! So i'm going to take these meds again and hopefully I'll feel better. If not, i will reschedule that test. I go for another ultrasound next Tuesday the 9th to make sure that those cysts are gone, and if they aren't then my doc said she will take the next step. Hopefully nothing serious!
August 26th, 1978. I am born and this is when it all starts. I weighed in at over 10 pounds. I have been overweight my whole life. Going through school that way was the toughest. I think it's tough for any kid going through school and be teased because you look different than everyone else. I don't remember having an ounce of self esteem growing up. Over the years, especially after high school, I became more secure and I really learned to not care about what others thought of me and that's one of the best things I've ever done. I wouldn't say I'm 100% in that area, not even close. But I am working on it! I always have wondered why my 2 older sisters and my younger brother never had a weight problem. It was just me. I get this from my mom, I guess. My mom has dealt with being overweight her whole life and if there's anyone that understands the struggles I go through with the way I look, it's her. And you know what I always get sick of hearing? 'Wow you've got a really pretty face. If you lost weight you would be really beautiful.' I don't know why people put so much emphasis on looks this way. The way I see it, it does not matter who you are on the outside, only on the inside. You may have a pretty face but be dead inside and that means nothing. People who have never been overweight or obese never will understand how hard it is to lose weight unless they have to go through it themselves. Now that my dad has gotten older, he has gained weight and he sees now just how hard it is!
I never thought my weight would get so out of control. My highest weight used to be 230 and I stayed around there for a very long time, of course bouncing back and forth with all the diets i've tried over the years, and I thought I would never go any higher than that. Now, I am around 311 pounds. It makes me want to cry. And that's not even my highest. Ever since my doc put me on blood pressure pills I have lost about 2 pounds so far. That was a ton to me! I have severe sleep apnea that I was diagnosed with about 3 or 4 years ago. I have acid reflux disease, which I've had for about the same amount of time. Ever since I started my new job (an office job) I have gained some weight and have had more pains than ever. I have to sleep with more than 7 pillows, just to be comfortable, and to help keep me from sleeping on my back. that's when my sleep apnea is at its worst. I'm at work right now so I'll have to write more later! lol
-my friend kim sent the following picture to me that she took about 7 or so months ago, before i had my surgery. I couldn't believe I used to look like this, and in a way, I still feel like this same girl even though I know I am much different. Seeing pictures like these really makes me extra grateful for the success i've had.-
THINGS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO AFTER WLS:
-running around with lee and cameron--CHECK!
-playing with lee and cameron outside--CHECK!
-playing basketball with lee--CHECK!
-walking without my knees cracking--CHECK!
-finally seeing my kneecaps--CHECK!
-FINALLY having a regular period
-no more high blood pressure meds--CHECK!
-no more sleep apnea--CHECK!
-no more constant acid reflux--CHECK!
-swimming in public--CHECK!
-wearing normal sized clothes/bras/undies--CHECK!
-wearing a skirt or a form fitting dress!
-getting into that size 14 dress i bought 5 years ago with the tags--CHECK! NOW IT'S TOO COLD TO WEAR!
still on it--CHECK!
-wearing shorts w/out an elastic waistband--CHECK!
-wrapping a towel around my body--CHECK!
-not missing parts of my legs when i shave because i can't bend--CHECK!
-having a decent shoe size (i'm a size 12)--CHECK! i can get into a 10-10 1/2!
-not having sores in the folds of my skin
-no more thighs rubbing together
-down to 1 chin
-no more 'ghetto booty'--CHECK!
-fitting comfortably in my office chair--CHECK!
-fitting comfortably in my car--CHECK!
-being able to wear a seatbelt without it choking me--CHECK!
-i can sleep with way less than 7 pillows--CHECK!
-fitting comfortably on a toilet seat--CHECK!
-fitting on rides at amusement parks
-to have energy, for once in my life--CHECK!
-going out with friends and having a good time--CHECK!
-flirting with guys and not feeling insecure--CHECK!
-not to be embarassed to leave the house--CHECK!
-getting rid of this back pain--CHECK!
-no more 'cankles'--CHECK!
-i want to wear jewelry--MY BEAUTIFUL ENGAGEMENT RING!
-riding my bike that i bought 2 summers ago--CHECK!
-learning to rollerskate
-finally playing tennis
-fitting through turnstyles at stores/amusement parks--CHECK!
-fitting in theater seats--CHECK!
-not losing my breath after walking a short distance--CHECK!
-seeing my feet when i stand up--CHECK!
-walking up steps--CHECK!
-being able to kneel down and get back up--CHECK!
-seeing my knuckles--CHECK!
free web counter