Aaron G. Baggs The day I saw Dr. Baggs he was running a bit late to all of his appointments. Even though his schedule was getting more messed up with each patient he saw, he took the time to answer every question I had.rnrnMy first impression of Dr. Baggs was that he was a very kind and gentle doctor who is passionate about his specialty and his patients.rnrnI must say that I was at ease during the entire 20 - 30 minute appointment I had with him. rnrnFor future patients = Dr. Baggs was very happy that I had my husband come with me. He even said that I would have much better results because my husband was activley participating in my WLS journey. = So, bring your spouse / support person with you if you want to start off on the right foot with Dr. Baggs. It also helped to start the conversation in the room.rnrnOn a scale of 1 - 10 (1 being Bad and 10 being Awesome) I would rate Dr. Baggs as an absolute 10. There were no questions I asked that he did not answer and I left his office feeling 100% positive that RNY WLS was what I was going to do.rnrnHe set my mind at ease about alot of the complications. He had a LOW complication rate of less than .5% for RNY WLS. Plus, Kaiser Richmond is a Center of Excellence. There are only 3 surgery centers in California who have obtained this status. Richmond Kaiser is the only Kaiser.rnrnI can't wait for surgery! I will post an update then!
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My name is Sara and I am 31 years old. I am happily married to my wonderful husband Martin. We have a 10 year old daughter named Ashleigh. Martin & Ashleigh are my entire world!!! I live in Novato California but I am originally from Antioch. I am easy to get along with and I am known for being a people person. I can't stand people who lie. I hold my family, morals and my religious beliefs above everything else & close to my heart. I believe you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you! I try not to judge other people because in the end we all will eventually be judged.
I had RNY WLS on 5/5/2008 at Richmond Kaiser. Dr. Baggs was my surgeon. I have had several complications which resulted in me going in & out of the hospital for 2 months. I had my Gall Bladder removed, 2 Hernia Repairs, & had scar tissue wrapped several times around my intestines which was causing me to not be able to eat or drink for 3 weeks. Since having the 2nd surgery life has been great. I can actually participate in mine again! I have lost 85+lbs so far. I have had so many issues with blood sugar recently. Super scared.
Start weight was 227.5 ~ PRE-OP Goal Weight: 214 ~ Day of Surgery: 209 ~ Lowest: 129 ~ Current: 140
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News - My blod sugar is getting so low now that Kaiser says I have hypoglycemia. YEAH ME! At least I am still losing weight & close to my goal of 135 - I hope to have the $7,200.00 saved up soon so I can get my tummy tuck! All in all, God is good & I am happy to be alive!
So, I thought that I would post an update. I try to do at least one post a month. I have been doing great. I am at 158.8 today. I am wearing a size 14/16 & love it! I feel so good. I can't even put into words how good I feel. I had to go through alot in order to get here. However, I believe that God had a reason for having me go through it all. I know that I am a much stronger person now because of what I have gone through the past few months.
I could not have made it to where I am today if my husband was not with me. He stood by my side the entire time. He never waivered. Sure, he cried a few times & yelled a bit because he was scared. He told me several times that he as concerned that I was going ot go to sleep & just not wake up.
Thank God I kept waking up. I know that I am a stronger person now because of everything that I had to go through. I had gotten to a point where I asked my doctor to reverse the surgery. I am glad that he never even considered doing that.
Thank you all for the much needed prayers. Thanks to Judy for coming to see me in the hospital & continually calling to check on me. I looked forward to the phone calls from you even if most of the time you had to leave a message. Debi & Monique came to see me to. It was nice to have people come to the hospital to see me.
I have so much energy & I feel great. I am glad that I had RNY WLS. The surgery does work. Sure it's risky. For me the benefits outweighed the risks. Thanks to my wonderful husband I was able to make it through all of the problems I had. Now, he is enjoying the smaller me to. (although he says my butt is a bit bony! LOL) !
So, I ended up going to Kaiser Richmond & was admitted upstairs for monitoring & hydrating. My labs basically said to the doctors that I was starving, dehydrated & that some of my vital organs were starting to shut down. My kidneys, liver & pancreas all had some type of abnormal results when they took my blood. After being in the hospital for 1 week I was starting to get fed up that I was still there. They had run some small tests because I had demanded that they do something with me. I kept blowing veins so I would have anywhere from 5 - 12 needle pricks every day in order to keep a line in me. Sometimes I would go through 2 - 3 IV's in a day. It was very painful.
The doctor's finally agreed that it was time to insert a PIC Line in my main artery so that they had a way to always get to my blood & to provide medicine or nourishment if something went terribly wrong. I had a wonderful roommate named Mari. She was my savior while I was there. I just know that God had her in the hospital that day in my room. She helped me so much. I am not sure I would have been able to keep up with everything had she not been there to help me.
I had a CT scan with contrast, Upper GI with Dye, Ultrasound & a partial Endoscopy. All of the tests showed no problem in my insides at all. So, of course the Dr.'s were all thinking that my pouch just needed resting. Keep in mind that at this point I had not had any food or liquid in over 3 weeks. I had lost over 30 lbs in this time frame & I looked like I was walking DEATH! I was so pale. My eyes were sucked in my face & I was weak. They ended up putting my on bagged/IV nutrition. One bag is lipids & looks like milk. One bag is vitamins & fats and looks like urine. LOL
I also had 2 - 3 other bags that I was fed depending upon what my blood tests said. I had to have magnesium & Potassium. BOY DOES THAT BURN YOUR VEINS!!!I got tired of paying $300.00 a day 2 sit in a hospital & watch TV. I was not getting better I was just staying alive at that point.
With my husbands help, we told my doctor that if they did not schedule some type of procedure to explore or fix me that the following day at 11:00am I was going to be checking myself out of the hospital. I think that made him mad a bit. It also got his head going & made his ass move. He then booked the ER for the following day, 6/16/08 @. I was the last surgery for the day.
The plan was for them to do 2 procedures at the same time. Dr. Im would do an endoscopy on me going down my throat with a camera to see if the inside of my throat &/or pouch had something wrong with it. The 2nd part was Dr. Baggs to do. He would re-enter my belly laproscopically & do exploratory surgery. They planned to remove my Gall Bladder just in case it was the culprit of all of the problems. There was a high chance that I would wake up with a feeding tube in my belly. This was so that I could eat at home even if it was not with my mouth. I was just happy that they were going to be doing something to try to solve my problems. I did not get into the pre-op room until . I went into surgery about 45 minutes to an hour after & then woke up & felt groggy. I expected to be in pain for some reason. I wasn't.
I had begged Dr. Baggs to take as much gas out of my insides as he could. He spent an extra 20 minutes in the operating room removing the excess air that was left in my abdomen from the inflation to do the surgery laparoscopic. I saw my hubby a few hours later & by the time I remember talking to him it was after . He came to my room to tell me what they found & what they did.
I had my Gall Bladder removed because it was distended & full of Grit/Slush. I had 2 hernia repairs: One from an old C-Section I had in 2002 and One in my belly button. (OUCH!!! The belly button hurt bad!!!)I had scar tissue wrapped around my intestines which was causing me to not be able to tolerate food or water AT ALL! (I knew something was wrong!!!) This may sound strange but I was so happy to hear that something was really wrong with me!
Thank God that the doctors were able to locate it and fix it. They ended up not having to insert a feeding tube in my belly. Since they found what was wrong & were able to fix it, they figured I should be able to eat just fine a few days after surgery. Both doctors came in the next day to see me. The reason they did not think that Scar Tissue around my intestines was the problem is because the usual time frame for some one to suffer from this as a side effect form WLS is at least 6 months and mostly several years out. I was 2 weeks out when I started having symptoms.
They are not sure why this happened to me. They do know that it was nothing I did or could have prevented. I was able to get up and walk with little pain. I could eat & drink. The first time I tasted Tomato soup - I thought I was in heaven. I was so happy to be able to eat. I never realized how badly mal-nourished I was until I started to eat. I got my color back, my strength back & my zest for life!
I thank God daily for making me stick to my guns with the doctors. I just know that I would have had even more wrong with me if I had not put my foot down & demanded that they fix me.
PLEASE ALWAYS TRUST YOUR GUT.
Sure they are our doctors and they want the best for us. Only you can tell them what is wrong. You are the only one who can really fix you! Sometimes we need help. I just knew something was wrong. God kept me calm enough to stay at the hospital until they fixed me. I am enjoying life & loving every minute of every day! I take NOTHING for granted! NOTHING!
I'm 1 month out of surgery & at this point have had nothing but complications. I have been in & out of the ER so many times. It's $100.00 every time I go in. I hate the way I feel. The doctors don't know what is wrong with me. I haven't been able to eat or drink anything in over 2 weeks. I am so hungry & so thirsty I feel like my body is dying. I think my systems are shutting down. I have started to loose lots of hair. I'm only 1 month out!
Why is this happening to me>? Maybe I shouldn't have done this to myself & my family. I have stressed my husband out so bad. He looks like death. I miss being full of energy & being able to take a drink of water & actually feel refreshed by it. Not nauseated!
I am sure I will be back in the ER again. Maybe they will figure out what is wrong & either fix me or reverse this damn Bypass. I wish I wouldn't have had this surgery. It wasn't supposed to be like this.
I hope that no one ever has to go through what I have had to go through. It has been so hard on me & my family. Not just emptionally & physically but financially too! I think that God is trying to tell me that I made a mistake. I miss being able to go to group on Wednesday. I'm lucky if I can get up off the couch to go to the potty. I haven't got the energy to even talk with people over the phone. I use to love to talk to people all day. Now, I just want to sleep!
From birth to the age of 8 I was as thin as a rail. I wore the size of clothing that my age was. At 3 years old I wore a 3. At 4 years old I wore a 4. At 5 years old I wore a 5. When I turned 8 I started to gain weight rapidly. I can actually remember having conversations with my mom about Stretch marks at the age of 9. I had shown my mom what I thought was a rash on my thigh and my mom explained to me what a stretch mark was. As 9 years old, I could have cared less that I was gaining weight faster than my skin could handle. When I turned 11 I weighed 130Lbs. When I was 13 I weighed 175 Lbs. I am 25 years old right now and I weigh 227 Lbs. I am not a very tall person at 5 foot 2 inches tall. I carry most of my weight in my stomach. When I got pregnant with my daughter Ashleigh in 2002 I was at 215Lbs. By the time I had her, By Emergency C-Section, I was 236Lbs. Not bad for a full term pregnancy of a Gestational Diabetic mother.
After I had Ashleigh my stomach looked so gross. It was shaped very differently than it was before I got pregnant. All of my stomach hangs now. When I sit, it rests on my legs a little. I have a spare tire for lack of better words. Because of the C-Section, I have very bad nerve damage. I still have not feeling from my belly button down to my Pubic line. With that being said, it has been a very hard uphill struggle to lose any weight. Because I can't feel the lower half of my stomach I get bruises really easy. Most of the time I do not even know how I get them. I am tired of being over weight and un healthy. I want to have the RNY WLS to improve my health while my daughter is still young. My daughter will be 5 in August. It is so hard to play with her without getting short of breath and very tired after 10 minutes. I want to make sure that the last few years I have to spend mommy daughter time with her, I take full advantage of.
My current list of ailments are as follows:
Persistent Heart Burn more than 5 days a week
Asthma with shortness of breath while I am active
Plantar fasciaitis in both feet
Arthritis in my right Ankle - This is because I have had two surgery's on it. I pulled all of the tendons and ligaments off the bone, TWICE! I had to have both surgeries in order to walk. Currently, I am waiting to have the third surgery. My Podiatrist has refused to do the surgery until I lose a large amount of weight. This is so that I have less of a chance of re-injuring it. He also said that I can not exercise on my ankle until I have the surgery. If I do exercise, I run the risk of causing more damage to the part that has already been fixed. WHAT A LOVELY CATCH 22
Numbness in my hands and feet when I am in certain positions
Back, neck, hip, ankle & knee pain that does not stop
MIGRAINES - I am currently taking 3 Methadone a night as a preventative measure. (Yes I said Methadone.) I have tried everything under the sun to get my Migraines under control. After 2 years of telling my PCP that I did not want to do Methadone, she won the battle and wrote me a Rx. Needless to say, she knew what she was doing, like she always does. The side effects I have because of this medication are = Memory loss and lapse, Mood swings, Severe Tiredness, Borderline laziness and loss in sexual drive. But for the most part, my headaches are few and far between! Thank GOD~
My PCP, Orna Hananel, MD@ San Rafael Kaiser, sent my Weight Loss Surgery referral in May 2007. I had the first class on 7/20/07. During this class you learn the difference between Lap-Band and Gastric Bypass. You also complete a 7 page pamphlet and hand it in. I was told that I would have a response from Richmond Bariatrics within two months. The surgery I will choose to have is the RNY Gastric Bypass.
With all of that said - I am anxiously waiting for a response. I have stayed up late every night reading, researching, bloging and communicating with people who are, or have been, in my shoes. I can not get enough information about WLS. So, I am here on obesityhelp.com learning about WLS daily.
THANKS for viewing my page. I will update my status every time something changes. Until next time, I hope that everything is working out for you and that you are happy with the cards you are currently being dealt.