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Surgeon Testimonial Roderick Tompkins M.D.,F.A.C.S.My first impression was that he was rather aloof. I understood that Dr.'s need to be, to a degree, but it still worried me. I soon realized that he is a very nice guy and an excellent surgeon. I feel I could not have been in better hands. The only problem I had was with the office personnel in the medical weight loss center. There was a lot of confusion that is difficult to describe unless you are going through it, yourself. I often felt that one hand did not know what the other was doing in that office. An excellent surgeon like Dr. Tompkins deserves a more organized staff. I'm not slamming everyone, mind you. And I am not saying that they weren't friendly. I was just always fearful that someone was going to drop the ball and let me fall through the cracks in their program. Which DID happen, once or twice. Again....NOT the surgeons fault. |
The Boobologist on October 24, 2009 9:27 am
Hello out there!
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I just wanted to take a minute to post some exciting news! After initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, it appears that there is an excellent chance that my insurance is going to cover the expense of my breast reduction/lift!
You know what that means! No more tripping on my own girls and no more black eyes when I decide to try to run. LOL
I actually meet with the surgeon on Nov. 25th...and should know more about it all after that. I have so much to do in the meantime, though. I need to get a mammogram....as I'm sure that will be a requirement to satisfy both the surgeon and the insurance company. I am also going to need to see my primary care physician and begin collecting records and data to support the fact that a reduction is going to help me, medically speaking.
I'm told that it will, most likely, take three to six months to get everything done in order to meet the criteria of the insurance company. If I learned anything during the whole process of getting my RNY approval....it's not to wait and expect everything just to fall into place. You really have to be proactive, almost aggressive, in getting everything gathered up and in the right hands, yourself. It took me nearly two years to get the approval for my RNY! Once or twice....I dropped the ball and it was my own fault for the slow progress. But the clerical staff at my surgeons office screwed things up a few times, too. :( Anyway, it doesn't matter now.....and I'm down 100 pounds! (Gotta keep going, though.)
Well, I just wanted to post this little update. I hope and pray that all of you out there are feeling well and getting close to those goals we set. God bless you all.....
My Birthday Gift To Myself - The Century Club! on October 10, 2009 8:33 am
I'm so excited to report that today....my very own B-day...I get to enter the Century Club! That's right...when I got on the scales this morning, I had hit the 100 pound weight loss mark. Yay me!!!
I only wish that was all I had to lose. But, alas'....I must keep going. lol I'm not gonna stop til it's all gone! So you know what that means.....no b-day cake for me! LOL Truly...that's definitely an "OK" thing......all the sugar and fat in it makes me feel like I'm gonna barf and I nearly go into a sugar coma. haha It's a welcome trade off.....I give up the cake...and my ass shrinks. I'm happy with that arrangement! haha I must confess, though.....I do have a bite or two...and that is more than enough to satisfy the craving without making me feel like death on a cracker. haha
Keep on keepin' on, Everyone! We can do this weight loss thing! God bless you all...
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Thankful For Good Health on October 9, 2009 5:19 am
I was talking to some friends of mine about how some people are successful after WLS and some are not. While I am not at goal, as of yet, I do have a couple of theories about the subject.
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The first, is that how badly you want it has EVERYTHING to do with your success. In my case, I was really sick for quite a while. I wasn't even able to walk very much. I had to use a cane for a while and those damned little scooter things when I'd go shopping. It was humiliating. But after getting my knees replaced and fighting my way back to having some strength back about me...I have found that all of those hardships have made me APPRECIATE how important good health is. Going through all of that certainly sucked out loud....but it instilled within me an understanding and an incredible desire to get my health back. Which is something I knew could only be accomplished by losing weight and getting fit. I'm still working on it, mind you. But I'm already so much better!
Secondly, I think those of us who have to undergo the counselling for 6 months or more are more likely to be successful. While it's a drag to have to wait and, sometimes, you just kinda hear what you already know all over again....those consults have a way of seeping into your brain and sticking there. I seem to have developed an enhanced awareness of being responsible for everything I put into my mouth because of those consultations. Also, going through that made you have to sort of work for it.....you had to actually do something to qualify....and that made it seem more important...more real, if you will.....and it helped me to realize that the surgery itself is NOT a quick fix. It made me realize that I still had to be responsible and work to get the weight off. And that the surgery truly is just a tool.
While I am feeling so much happier and healthier, these days, I find myself also feeling sad because of recent events here close to home. Those of you who know anything about me, know that I have mild lupus. Thankfully, it has been brought under control and my meds manage it well. I'm expected to have a normal lifespan and, other than occasional fatigue, I'm leading a pretty normal life. My cousin wasn't so lucky, though.
Tomorrow.....which is, ironically, my birthday.....the family will bury my cousin, Irene. Lupus hit Irene early in her life. She went undiagnosed for too long and it caused her devastating and irreversible damage. Also, when she was diagnosed the meds that are available today, weren't available then. She has suffered much of her life because of this terrible disease. While I am so sad that the world has lost such a sweet and wonderful person, I also feel relief for her that her suffering is over.
As for me, I have to admit that it is definitely an odd feeling. Odd and very scary. And it gives me yet another reason to appreciate this "second chance at health" that God has given me. You'd better believe that I am not going to be sitting on my butt and not taking advantage of the opportunity that the WLS has given me.
I hope that these words will inspire someone out there who is having trouble getting motivated. Never, EVER, take good health for granted. Realize that it is such an important aspect of life. Without it, your possibilites for happiness become so limited. Nothing is as enjoyable. Life becomes very dark and solitary. It is the fundamental element that makes happiness possible. Don't let obesity handicap you.....yes, I said HANDICAP you. Because that is just what it does. It steals your health, your life, and your happiness away. Fight it...FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!
As for me.....between the lupus and the obesity....I feel like I've spent the past 4 years down in the bottom of a deep, dark well. I have had to claw at the walls of dirt and rock to dig myself back up out of those depths. And, now....thank God....I feel I'm near the top. I'm climbing those last few feet that are going to take me to that freedom I have longed for and needed for soooo long. I am sooooo THANKFUL!
God bless you all. And, remember.....we CAN do this!!!
I want my boobs fixed! LOL on September 3, 2009 10:47 am
I really need to get to my doc and start asking questions about this subject. I've needed a breast reduction & lift for a long time. Now that the weight is coming off, it's beginning to look like I'm gonna trip on the "girls" if I'm not real damned careful. haha So, does anyone know if I have to weight until "all" the weight is gone? Or is this something I can do now?
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Common sense tells me that I am, most likely, gonna have to wait. But OMG, I want to have it done now! Also, it is commonly know that nearly all women have a slight difference in the size of each breast. Well, as I am losing weight, the difference isn't so "slight", anymore. It really looks like I'm losing more weight in one breast than in the other. ACK! Why me??? Why do the freaky things happen to meeeee? hahaha
Oh, well...I might have to wait a bit....but the girls are gonna get a makeover....that's for sure. And I'd really love to hear from anyone out there who has had this procedure done.
I know that most insurances will pay for the reduction, but will the doc include the lift in the procedure or is that gonna be a seperate expense? Hmmmm.... Again, I'd love to hear from someone "in the know" about these procedures.
Well, that's about enough of my complainin' for today. I'm taking my daughter to the park and I am gonna try to remember to take my camera and snap some photos of us. I need to post some new and up to date ones.
Have a wonderful day, Everyone!
The 9 month mark.... on September 1, 2009 10:48 am
Hello, Friends...(and anyone else bored enough to wanna read this) LOL
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Today is September 1, 2009. A new...and very sexy, I might add...friend of mine has inspired me to update my blog. His name is Woody and his success is AMAZING! Just check out my friends list and click on his page if ya wanna see an amazing transformation.
Anyhoo...I have lost 95 pounds at this point. My surgery was Dec. 30th, '08.....so I guess I'm doing pretty well. Not the faster loser, but not the slowest either. No matter how long it takes....the bottom line is what is important to me. They say it doesn't matter when you get to Rome, as long as you get there. And while I'm just as eager to shed these pounds as the rest of the population here on OH...I realize that a slower loss has it's perks, too. They say you're more apt to keep it off if you lose it slowly. And your skin also has more time to adjust to the new size of your body. Nonetheless...I find it wisest to look at the rate of my loss like I look at everything else in life. It will happen when God intends for it to. I just need to do the best I can and roll with it.
I am so thrilled to be feeling so much better. You see, I have lupus....which drains your energy levels. The added weight I was carrying was an additional drain on me, so you can imagine how much better I feel. I still have a way to go. I want to lose, at least, another seventy pounds.
Sometimes, people ask me what are my best tips that I have learned on my journey. The first, is that you HAVE to realize that if you want a great result you gotta EXERCISE. If you cannot exercise just after your surgery, then start as soon as you can. BE PATIENT, too. At first, I could only walk about a half a mile. I built up slowly and now I can walk up to five miles a day. I, usually, only do 2-3, though. However, I don't really go by distance. I make sure to walk about an hour a day, now. But in the beginning, I started at 20-30 mins. Again...PATIENCE!
Also, I found that I would get bored with the same routine. So when I feel that boredom creeping in, I change something. Since walking has been my main exercise to this point, I'd change my route. I started out walking at the YMCA around the top of the building. Then I went outdoors to the walking track @ the park. Next, I hit the sidewalks and started walking all around my hometown. Nowadays, I've kicked it up a notch, and started hiking the trails in the hills.
One of the BEST tips I have is to listen to upbeat music that you love while exercising. When I walk, it just comes naturally that my step falls into line with the beat of the music. I really don't think that I would've stuck with it as well as I have without my tunes. And the same holds true with your music....when you get bored with what you've got programmed into your iPod or mp3....then download some new stuff. I always get an extra bit of motivation to walk when I have some new great tunes to listen to.
My second tip is to be patient with yourself and not compare yourself to others. Our bodies are all unique and complex machines. There are so many different factors....things like our body compostion, our metabolism, our environment and levels of health....that make it impossible to make an accurate comparison of ourselves to someone else. When you put all these factors together...there is no way our equation of weight loss is gonna be the same as someone else's. Our journey is going to be as unique as the individual who undertakes it. So don't frustrate yourself by comparing yourself to others. I did it. And it was a mistake. Don't waste that emotion.
And, I guess lastly.....I'd advise anyone trying to lose weight to FOCUS. I was sick a while ....four years, actually....before I had my surgery. So I am chomping at the bit to get out there and resume my life. But I know that my health....getting my body in the shape it needs to be in.....has to be PRIORITY ONE. Without your health....everything else is damned near impossible, or you are going to end up doing whatever it is half-assed. And half ass doesn't work for me.
I've learned some tough lessons in life. I've been as hard headed as a person can be, I suppose. But I finally "get it" now. You gotta get your priorities straight. And never....ever....EVER.....settle for less than you deserve. NEVER settle for "half-assed"......whether it is in relationships or in the journey to getting your health back and your body into shape.
Sometimes, I feel like I'm kidding myself. I catch myself thinking that I'm never gonna get down to that goal weight. But I just kinda compartmentalize that fear....tell myself to shush it up....and keep working to do the best job that I can TODAY. Somedays, I don't do so great with the diet, etc. But the next day I jump right back on the proverbial wagon. I WON'T give up. And if it is God's will....then I will reach that goal weight.
Anyway....sorry if I've bored you guys to tears....I just wrote about what is on my heart and in my mind on this day. I still have a way to go....but these things I've mentioned here have gotten me this far and I pray that they will continue to work for me to get me to where I wanna be.
Oh, yeah....I need to post new pics. I'm gonna try to do that in the next couple of days. Good luck and God bless anyone and everyone who might stumble across my meanderings....