- Name: Barb H.
- Username: scoobyinparadise
- Location: Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
- Member Since: 1/2/2009
- BMI: 29.9
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: Revision (01/25/12)
- Surgeon: Steven Fowler M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialSteven Fowler M.D.My first impression of Dr. Fowler was "holy cow, he's skinny!" In my first consult, I felt he was a little bit abrupt, but I know that he has a certain amount of time for each patient so I didn't take it personally even though I was a little irritated about it. However, at all subsequent meetings, particularly on the day after surgery, he won me over. He specializes in bariatric surgery which made me feel comfortable. His pre and after care staff is the best! My primary care doctor referred me to Dr. Fowler in large part because of the aftercare program. Without question, I would recommend Dr. Fowler and the Weight Loss Team at Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii.
- Computers & Internet - Desktop publishing and graphic design is my favorite!
- Cats - Safari is a plain grey tabbie, but she's the princess!
- Dogs - My little Schnauzer Schatzy! He's so cute!
- Museums & Art Galleries - Worked at a gallery. Loved being surrounded by creativity.
- Musical Performance - Love to sing! I'm on the board of a local orchestra
- Writing - Love to read and would like to make time to write
- Needlework, Knitting & Crocheting - Every time someone around me is having a baby, they get an afghan from me
- Computer Games - I get so involved! I use them for mindless entertainment
- Grandchildren - Daniel is 5 and Ryleigh is almost 2. They are the cutest kids in the world!
- Massage Therapist - I'm licensed but my hands said no more. I miss it.
All my blogs are now at..... on February 27, 2012 7:32 pm
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Here I am, post-op! on January 31, 2012 1:12 pm
As I sit here right now, it seems like the past two weeks has flown by. Didn't feel that way at the time, but I'm feeling pretty good even though I'm still pretty weak.
So I went to Oahu on the 19th to see Dr. Fowler. I got there very early and went to Nicole's and spent the morning with her. I really enjoyed that time so much. I'm understanding more and more why we are in each others lives. Weird that it took her moving to Honolulu for me to really see this. At my appointment, Dr. Fowler went over the procedure with me and we talked about stuff that I can't remember now, but related to the surgery. Then I went to Kailua for my class with Mary, Lori and Cindy. Pretty easy, knew a lot of it already although it was good to review it. And met two other ladies who were due for their surgeries the day before and same day as mine. I started my liquid diet a day early because somehow I overlooked that I was supposed to have gone on the high protein, low carb diet as soon as my surgery was scheduled so figured an extra day on liquids would be good.
Madeline and I went over again on the 24th in the afternoon, got checked into our hotel then walked down to Waikiki beach. The sun had already set but was still light out so we sat on the sand and watched the last minute surfers catching some smaller waves, sailboats drifting by and the dinner cruises starting their evenings of good food and romance. When it was dark enough that we couldn't see much on the ocean, we walked a little ways down the main strip of Waikiki. I kept trying to get Madeline to buy me a Coach bag but she wouldn't let me in the store! Many of the high end brands have stores there and it was a little intimidating because I'll never buy anything from one of them. Don't know why that was intimidating, but probably because I'm insecure.
The next morning
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The countdown is on! on January 18, 2012 4:29 pm
I go to Oahu tomorrow for all my pre-op stuff and a class at the hospital. Then we will go back on the 24th for my surgery on the 25th. Reality is really setting in and of course, all the fears. I am finding that I'm feeling anger that I am in this position. I don't remember if I felt this way when I was banded. I think it's because I started my liquid diet yesterday and my head hunger is giving me a run for my money. I think part of it is that I know there are some foods I may never eat again and the little kid inside of me is raising a ruckus!! The little brat! LOL! I know I'll be fine, even if there are complications. My surgeon is excellent, knows his stuff really well and I trust him. The pre-surgery is one of the worst times, I know. Been there, done that.
I freaked out late last week when I got on the scales and was at 257.8. I realized that I was fooling myself in what I was eating and that I was eating health amounts. And, I also realized that I should have been on a low card, high protein diet since I got my date. Whipped me into high gear, although I still had a couple of pieces of Svetlana's birthday cake, full of carbs and gluten. I emailed Mary to see if I had completely screwed things up and she said as long as I start my liquid by today, I should be good. I went ahead and started it yesterday just to get a jump on it.
So much has been going on and I've spend more time online than reading my passport. That has changed.
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Accountability on January 14, 2012 11:03 pm
A couple of days ago, I stepped on the scales and gasped because I gained a few more pounds. I realized I absolutely had to get on track to make this work so I started using myfitnesspal....again. Holy crap, I was horrified to realize how much I've been consuming. Even today because I was much more aware, I still was way way over my carb intake. I need to really watch this very closely in order to make this work. I can really see my carb addiction now. Okay, I now know what's going on and I will use all these great tools and make it work really well.
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New years eve on December 31, 2011 9:36 pm
Here I am at the end of 2011, facing the new year with a new mind set. My surgery will be in. 26 days. Yikes! And I'm excited for this journey. I feel like a roller coaster, one hour I'm feeling confident and the next hour I wonder if I'm doing the right surgery. But I know it's okay. I know I can make this work. I've done hours of research, I've surrounded myself with positive, supportive people, Castle has a great support system, and I'm committed.
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2012 is going to be a great year!