- Name: Newlifeagain J.
- Username: Rmarie2
- Location: Bakersfield, CA, USA
- Member Since: 12/29/2005
- BMI: 30.1
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (08/08/04)
- Surgeon: Hormuz Irani, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialHormuz Irani, M.D.RE: Dr Irani
Response from Rose Marie J at 1:24 PM PST on 02/22/2006
Bakersfield, CA – RNY (08/08/2004) – Hormuz Irani, M.D.
Dr. Irani did my surgery on 8/9/04. My personal opinion...he is the best doctor in the world! I feel the same way about his entire surgical team. Their professionalism is the best. My WLS was not my first surgical encounter with Dr. Irani, so when I was ready to have my WLS, it was without any reservation that Dr. Irani would perform my surgery!!! I trust him totally and completely. He is thorough to the utmost. Dr. Irani's surgical team has a very high success rate, and I'm so proud to say that I'm one of their patients. You'll find that the entire group is very supportive to the needs of their patients. During my pre-op visit, Dr. Irani was very open and upfront with everything involving the surgery. He was also very patient and allowed me to ask questions. He did not make me feel rushed. His front office staff is just wonderful. Their smiling faces imediately gives you a preview of what to expect! As I stated earlier, this is my own personal opinion from my experience with this office.
- Animals - I have a very spoiled silver schnauzer named Winston!
- Books & Literature - I'm an avid reader of all kinds of literature except horrors and science fict.
- Museums & Art Galleries - I love visiting museums and art galleries.
- Musical Performance - I love to sing and have sang with church choirs since I was very young.
- Theater - I enjoy attending live on stage plays.
- Christianity - I'm a Born again Christian! I love Jesus, and I'm not ashamed of the Gospel!
- Cruises - I ADORE cruises! Several are planned for my future!!!
- Grandchildren - I have 3 wonderful and precious grandchildren.
- Gardening - Ive developed a true love for watching plants grow.
- Artist/Muralist - I love the paintings of Thomas Kincaid, and sculptings of Thomas Blackshear.
Computer has been down. :( on June 16, 2009 6:17 pm
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I'm still here...in spirit anyway. My computer has been down due to lack of electrical power in my office. It's a long story -- believe me. I hope to get it repaired soon. I just wanted all to know that I'm doing well. When I'm able, I will post a complete update.
I am on OH everyday at work, but it's blocked and I can't post or email. It truly stinks. I do enjoy the encouragment that is given daily. I'll soon be 5 years post-op, and I'm so proud of myself. Although I actually never hit my personal goal, I have stayed on target with my weight loss of 156 lbs...and that's enough to shout about!! Hallelujah! I owe it all to my Heavenly Father up above, and I wouldn't give anything for my journey with Him and my journey through wls. It's been a wonderful experience. I'm exercising daily, and I'm keeping fit. I pray that eventually, I might achieve my original goal of 145 to 150. However, that would require most PS. Right now I'm ok with my "soft" skin and so is my SO. :o)
Blessings to all you veterans, and especially you newbies! Hang in there because it's worth it!
I know it's been a long time - not enough time to... on April 7, 2009 2:40 pm
...well, I wanted to take a little time to say, I've missed being able to post my blogs. I've missed being able to encourage those coming in "fresh". I've missed hearing from my friends. So today, I thought I must take a short time to play "catch-up".
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News: I had my brachioplasty surgery on February 2, 2009. I think I posted a short blog right afterwards. All is well. I'm still recovering, and there is still some numbness and soreness, but not bad at all. The scars are healing very nicely. The final results are yet to come, but I will say that my tops fit so much better. I'll have to update on the arms as the process continues...
In the meantime, my mom was hospitalized in ICU my 5th week post-op. It's been so hectic since then. I can't begin to try and explain it all here at this time. I continue to pray for her complete recovery, and ask that you join in prayer with me.
I've been off the exercise bandwagon since my surgery, so it's been about 2 1/2 months since I've had a total work-out - until last night!!!! I decided that enough is enough, and it's time to take back the lost time. I started with my 1 mile video. There was no doubt that I am out of shape - that one mile kicked my butt!!! I'm going to work out again tonight, but on my nieces Wii thingy. I haven't tried it yet, and my mind freaks out a little thinking about the man who did only one (1) session of exercise on the Wii, sat down, and had a massive heart attack and died right there on the spot!!! WOW! Anyway, I'm going to try it.
My little furry companion, Winston - my schnauzer, was very ill for a couple of weeks. To this day I'm not sure of what his problem was. I couldn't get him into see the vet. Actually, on his most ill day, I tried to be a walk-in, but they don't take walk-ins. Anyway, he is absolutely 100% back to him self again. In all honestly, after making a few accessments, along with watching his "habits", my deduction leads me to believe that he was only - now get this - "constipated"!!! My dog needed a laxative!!!! Well, it "all" "worked" itself "out"! I am cracking my own self up!!! Honestly though, I'm so glad that my little fella is ok.
Well, this is all the time that I have for now. I must run, but will return soon! God bless all, and please continue to remain encouraged - no matter what things or situations look like!!!
...today is a wonderful day - ENJOY!
As Yolanda Adams is singing ~ I will worship Christ... on February 22, 2009 8:19 am
Today is a day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it!!! I must start out by saying how grateful I am to the Lord for allowing me to experience this day! Everyday is a day that I will give thanks and rejoice. I'm breathing, I'm walking, I'm talking....and I'm moving! That's something that only a few short years ago...4 1/2 to be exact...I couldn't say very easily. I had trouble breathing...I had trouble walking...I had trouble talking without getting short of breath...I definitely WAS NOT moving the way that I am TODAY!!! Thank You Heavenly Father! I am so grateful. THIS SURGERY WAS NOT THE EASY WAY OUT ~ and anyone who thinks that is kidding themselves! It's easy to forget things and situations once past the difficult times. I've vowed to remember from whence I came, and know that I don't want to go back. Even now...as I go through another recouperation period after surgery (having to stop every few seconds to rest my arm from pain), I vow to not take it for granted, the wonderful opportunity that I've been given at this chance of a healthier life!!! I have to agree with whoever said that, "nothing taste as good as healthy feels"! That is so on target for me this day!!! Hallelujah!!! :o)
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Well, I must rest my arm, but I just had to give some praise to my Heavenly Father, and hopefully encourage all who are in the place that I WAS, and even those who are in the place that I now AM!!! ;o) For today is truly our BEST day!
Be blessed always,
I feel like writing now... ;o) on February 19, 2009 8:30 am
I know that it's been awhile since I blogged last. In fact it 's been 8 days. I'm 2 1/2 weeks into recovery of my brachioplasty. I am feeling much better these days. I still can't type for a long time, because my left arm starts to bother me...as it is a bit now. Nevertheless, I know that my complete and total healing is only days away. My scars look better than they did when I first had surgery. I can lift my arms up in the air, but I can't stretch or reach for anything high up or it will feel like I'm pulling the incisions apart. Of course we know that just after surgery, everything usually looks hideous and crude. I still have a bit more swelling in my left arm, but I have faith that in the end, everything will even out ~ that both arms will look the same is size and form. Please believe me, however, that I am so grateful to God for allowing me the opportunity to have this procedure. I give Him all the glory and praise! From the beginning to right now, the Lord has worked in miraculous ways to help me in my wls journey. I could never express in words that gratitude that I feel in my heart!!! I will always be so indebted to the Lord for opening the doors for me to a life of better health! Thank You Jesus!!!
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On another positive note, as I've gotten dressed, I've noticed that sleeves of my blouses and sweaters are fitting so much better now. I've even (very, very carefully) tried on some of the jackets that were too small for me prior to surgery and they also fit better. (smiling and doing the happy dance ~ I can move my legs very well). LOL!
Ok, my arms are feeling that I've typed long enough. I still have quite a bit of tenderness and soreness, so I've gotta go for now. I'll update again later.
God bless everyone, and always remember....today is our Best day...for sure!
I am fighting the "Good fight of Faith"! on February 11, 2009 10:25 am
Today is a blessed day! I am continuing to fight the Good fight of Faith! I always will. There will never be an option for giving up ~ EVER! Some of you may know what that statement means, and others may not. In short, it simply means that no matter what comes my way, I will always know that "I win"! Through my positive attitude, and faith in my Heavenly Father, the end results will be great...and I will always come out smelling like a....Rose!!!! (No pun intended). :o)
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I'm still home recouperating from brachioplasty. I'm day 3 into the second week. I'm virtually off the pain meds...maybe a 1/2 pill if absolutely necessary. I still have quite a bit of swelling, but I think that's to be expected. I'm wrapped up like a little mummy, which makes me laugh. I've learned many things this time around...like how to wrap my own arms. Wow...what a task that can be. However, I found out that I can truly "do all things with the help of Christ"....for real!!! :o) I do wrap my left arm a bit better than my right one...since I'm right-handed. lol. Nevertheless, I get the job done. I'm looking into purchasing my compression garments, so I'm sure that it will be a lot easier to get those on once I get them.
I'm so thankful for this site, and the wonderful friends that I have here. It seems that more and more, I learn of the value of OH site. Admittedly, there are times when I don't go on the general board, or some of the others. I do try to be of encouragement when I see a post that I feel my experiences can or may help them. I have come to realize the value of a positive attitude which surely helps in the healing process. It helps us emotionally, spiritually, and definitely physically. A good attitude can even speed up the process. Now trust me, I'm not the saint here. Please ask Mary, Laina, and Stacie...and some others. There have been times when I have surely needed the help of these precious friends to get me back in check! However, once I was sent whirling back on track and got my focus back, I remembered what I was supposed to do.
I said all of the above...for everyone...the oldies, the newbies, the "thinking about its"...for everyone! As I encourage myself, you all please stay encouraged as well. Keep your mind healthy...as your body gets healthier!!! I'm taking my own advice as I continue to heal here at home. I'm trying to remember to increase my protein (I've done a great job at that) and my fluids (I'm doing a lot better at that also). I guess, when we're working, it's just not as easy to constantly much on the healthier proteins (I can't always have something going in my mouth), and it's not always so easy to jump up and run the the ladies room 1,000 times a day. Nevertheless, I vow to do a lot better when I get back to work. This is for my good health. One day I'm going to retire from that job...and if my honey moves a little faster (in the marriage proposal department), I may be retiring sooner than later!!! Hallelujah!!! LOL! Thank you Jesus!!! I won't force or pressure him though....I'm trusting God for His Divine timing in our time of marriage! I just can't wait.....YES!!! Oooo y'all, I'm so in Love! LOL! It's truly a wonderful feeling!!! I've been divorced for close to 10 years now, and I'm so ready for a wonderful, man of God to love me like I should have always been loved! Wow...how did I get off on that? I'm just happy.... :o)
Be blessed and always remember that Today is your Best day!
Well, I must say it's been WAY too long since I've updated my profile. So long in fact, that this page is all so new to me. :o) I have been quite busy in the past several months. Not to mention that I became a little disappointed after my last posting. I've been at the same weight for close to a year now. I've wanted to loose more weight because I'm not at "my own personal goal" yet. I'm still weighing in at approximately 167 pounds. I'll go up a couple, and than back down a couple, but always averaging 167. My body likes this weight, and I do look wonderful at this weight, however, I'd love to loose down to at least 150. It doesn't seem like 17 pounds could be this hard to loose, but it is. I also must admit that I've slacked at bit in the area of exercise and protein intake. Part of my busy-ness was getting ready for my son's wedding (which took place 1 week ago), so now perhaps I can get back on track before the holidays. I've pushed the envelope at little by snacking on things that weren't the best, but I haven't made a habit of it...and I never will again. I only have it, to get me over the temptation "hump", and then I'm back on track again without doing any permanent damage. :o) I NEVER WANT TO WEIGH IN AT 345 AGAIN...NOT EVER IN THIS LIFETIME!!! I feel good and healthy. I'm planning on going back to Curves, and finish out my contract. I'm sure that just doing that, will boost my ability to start dropping the pounds again. I still haven't set a date yet for my hernia surgery. I'm trying to get my finances together for the tummy tuck. It makes not sense to have the hernia repair and then have to go back in later on and do the tummy tuck. I want to do it all in one shot, and get it over with.
By the way, I have to add that I LOOKED LIKE A MILLION BUCKS AT MY SON'S WEDDING!!!!!!!!! I was worried at one point that I was getting more attention than my son and new daughter-in-law. LOL!!!
Well, that's my little update for now. I'm so thankful to God for this wonderful opportunity at great health again. I pray that God will grant all those attempting to better their health, good success!!
Living a "Newlifeagain"!!! :o)