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I am a 50 year old mom to 4 great kids and 2 grandsons, with a 3rd grandchild due in late July 2012. I have been married to my best friend Richard for almost 20 years.
My weight has always been an issue for me. With each baby came more weight. By the time my 4th child was born in 1996, my weight had ballooned to almost 250 lbs. I would lose and gain that last 25 for another 15 years. Never getting below 225-230 regardless of what diet or exercise program I was on.
In the past few years, I was having complications from the diabetes. The biggest complication was gastroparesis. It is a condition where your stomach doesn't process food as quickly and normally as it is suppose to. Food would basically sit and ferment in my stomach and then I have would bow to "King Ralph" to get rid of it. Eating was not a pleasurable experience for me at all. This also caused a reflux problem which was so bad my vocal chords became damaged. I lost my voice for almost 3 months.
I had checked out bariatric surgery about 4 years ago, but at the time it wasn't a covered benefit under my husband's insurance.
When I found out my Blue Cross would cover it, I was determined to have surgery. After many bumps along the way, I finally had a laproscopic RNY on 12/23/11.
I am only 2 weeks into this new life, but I am starting to feel like 2012 is going to be a good year.
My presurgery weight on 11/26/11 (Black Friday) was 220 lbs. I was advised to start the preop diet then while waiting for approval. Insurance lost first request, second request was sent and denied due to missing info. Jarrod and Megan at Memorial Bariatric worked with insurance to get approved. By the time I was admitted to the hospital, I was down to 214 lbls. Since I have been home, I have lost an additional 14 and am now tipping the scales at 200. Woo Hoo. My next goal is to be at 185 lbs, but my birthday on March 19th.
My husband Richard is waiting to have the sleeve done. His sleep apnea dr is making him do another 3 weeks on the CPAP. Hopefully by the end of February he will be able to have his surgery.