- Username: ozlady1000
- Location: Davison, MI, USA
- Member Since: 1/2/2007
- BMI: 49.6
- Surgery date scheduled
- Surgery Type: RNY (02/05/07)
- Surgeon: James Wagner, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialJames Wagner, M.D.My first impress of Dr Wagner was he was soft spoken; but very informative! He took him time to answer all my questions; and even had consultation with us twice before my surgery! Office staff is a bit haried, and overworked; but alright. There are 3 doc's in his office; but I would recommend Dr Wagner be the first for your consideration! He was very informative and reasurring to my family! His beside manor is great! He took extra care and time with my surgery to make sure he did it Laproscopically as per my wishes. He had a huge challenge with it due to a few of my own complications. I had enlarged liver, adhesions, and scar tissue; as well as a couple of other things. Surgery took about an hour longer than anticapted; but he had a nurse inform my family what was going on; and later came out to talk to them himself! On a scale of 1-10; I would give Dr. Wagner a 9. That is a great rating! Not a 10 because sometimes you can not get ahold of him personally in a resonable amount of time; but he is a busy doctor! Thank goodness for his skills; and his kindness. |
Dropping out of Sight but not really! on March 4, 2008 7:14 pm
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Sometimes we have just got to go into that dark corner to find out just where we are, where we have came from; and where we are going! I dropped off the boards for a while. I became discouraged and self critical. I have not lost in over 3 months; but neither have I gained either. So today is my birthday I consider this a gift I gave to myself about a year ago. Looking back I can see just how far I have came. Last year on my birthday I was just beginning to recover from my RNY; this year I am 96 lbs lighter! I can dance with joy and appreciation for where I have came from! I am going to give myself another gift by renewing my commitment to getting back on track; and continuing to strive for the best of my health, my life; and my family. This past year has been a gift of renewal.. So never give up even if you have to sometimes look back to appreciate the present! I will make a big WISH to be even healthier but next years birthday! Hugs & friendship to all, Judy R
I still have a long way to go..
Big Expectations! on October 22, 2007 1:24 pm
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I have had many expectations about my weight loss surgery; but learning to deal with them has proven to be a challenge in the best of times. I haven't always been looking at this realistically. I was so up when it was all easy and so in a good way down hill..LOL!
But in the last 3 months it has been more difficult for me to find the peace with letting my own body take the lead at it's own pace. I have been on a plateau for about three months now! Still I need to realize that I have taken off 96 lbs; and my health has so improved from one year ago. And it's not even been a whole year yet since my surgery; I still have almost 4 months before that!
Patients has never been a big vertue with me! LOL.
I have had a few minor complications: ulcer, strictures, infections; so really I should remember all my body has had to go through!
Today I had an EDG (scope), DR said no more ulcer, no strictures; and best yet I had not stretched my pouch out and the connection was good! He also said my body is still adjusting to the new pouch; and my body is still adjusting to all of this!
He also said I am not getting enough calories, or protein; imagine that.. ROTFLO
So there is still hope that I will be breaking this plateau soon; and all is still going toward my goal of 150. I was 289 at my highest, I am now 193. I am no longer morbidly obese; just obese. I must be greatful for this chance, for my new found health and life.. Giving up is not an option.. I am running a marathon for life not a short race. Here's to hope, a better future everyday; and knowing we can make it! Hugs, Judy R
LEARNING SOME HARD LESSONS! on September 9, 2007 12:14 pm
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Well a lot lessons learned over this summer; and lots of challenges yet to meet! My concerns and challenges are: getting back to basic with my eating habits, ( get out of snacking mode), get in my protein and water as I should, take my vitamins faithfully and make it a permanent habit; and back to more and better exercising. I certainly have made a lot of lifestyle changes, (and I am proud of them & myself); but making changes can be a whole lot easier than staying with them if you know what I mean?!
I am very fearful of failure at this point; and I pray that I never go back there. I never want to return to ill health, being miserable; and plain not having a good quailty of life!! I have an addiction to food; and I am struggling with it daily! I know why I have this addiction that is the easy part; but the difficult part is figuring out how to conquer it! After all if I could quit it cold turkey LOL; that would be the easiest way for me! I have been sucessful in many ways already; and I just don't want to turn around and let my past failures find and hold me!
I told my DH, that I want to stay healthy; and have a good retirement together. After all we don't want to put all our hard earned savings into the Dr's next new home, or car.. Health care as we age is a major expence; and it looks to be as if it will get worse! I would rather take a nice trip somewhere for my memory books; than to spend it on health care! As we age reality really sets in about all this. I want my upcoming 50th birthday to be the beginning of my best of years and not the worst of my years. Wisdom, knowlegde; and commitment are what I need to take this battle, and healthy lifestyle all the way! I will take it there with a little help and support from my family and friends. Judy R
My Summer of Changes! on August 30, 2007 2:28 pm
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Well this summer has been a wild ride! I have had a lot more energy; except for the sudden problem with vitamin B deficenies! I got that under control and feel I am on my way back now! I have done more with this summer than I have in many years past.. My family is glad to have the new me in more ways than one.
I have heard more people call me skinny this summer even though I do not feel I am skinny at all. I don't know weather I ever will? I still have a very difficult time picturing myself thinner; I know it's a mind thing!
I am very greatful for this chance with my WLS. I am still stuck in slow motion WL wise now. I hit stall's all the time. I was hoping I could correct that problem by getting my vitamin deficenies under control. It has been said lack of vitamin B-1 will dramtically slow WL; still I am not giving myself that as an excuse! I have been guilty of not exercising enough lately (sooooo tired).
I am now 7 months post op with a weight loss of 92 lbs total. Surgical loss is: 65 lbs.; 27 pounds before surgery since Dec 06! I know it is a huge accomplishment, and yet I wish it were much more. I have set the final goal of 150; but I may revise that. I have went from the size 24 to the size 14-16. I want to be in a 8 or 10 at the highest. I am hoping to get a tummy tuck someday too. Lots of sagging skin! ugg
This is my heartfelt journey, and story. Losing the weight is only half the battle; and I need to progress to win the war! I pray that I make it to my goal. I have made my goal of better health already! Let's go. Judy
Vacation to a ONELANDER on July 30, 2007 8:54 am
Hey there everyone,
Well I had a nice vacation. Went tubbing 3 times with family and friends. Took a break in the cabin from the rat race; no computer or scales. ROTFLO! I was so fearful of getting on the scales after getting back home; but I did and lost not gained! I am now offically a ONELANDER (199.5); haven't seen this in years! I am now a size 14-16; from the size of 24 in Dec 06. I have been a very slow loser with lots of plateau's; I get so frustrated when I see other's zooming along with little effort.
Nothing has ever came easy for me; and I am always willing to work for it. Working for it means YOU'VE earned it!! I am now 49.5 lbs away from my goal of 150! Who knows I may go lower yet. I would like to be no bigger than a size 10. In my heart I am already a ten; in every way! LOL..
The things I have gave up without much regret are cola, sugar, and junkfood.. On occasion I still want things so I have learned to make better choices, and healthier substitions.. Lo carb, fat free, and sugar free aren't as bad of words as they once were. This is not a diet; it is a completed healthier lifestyle. I will complete the transition with my heart, soul, mind; and body!!
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My story is that I am a 40 something wife, mom, and grandma. I have been heavy for over the past 15 years plus. I feel I have lost a lot of enjoyment and time out of my life do to my weight. But ever more important now is my physical health! I now have high blood pressure, diabetes, and other things. I deluded myself into never thinking it would happen to me before I took control; but here I am. I am doing the gastric bypass for my health. To say that I am apprehensive would be an understatement! I know there are risk; but the risk of my health declining even more is far greater. It is time for me to reclaim my health and my life! I ask you to all route for me, and possibly share some insites that you have gained. And please don't forget the sucess stories; I pray that I am one of them someday! Sincerely, Ozlady1000