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David Provost
David Provost is a courageous doctor who took me in and saved my life when no other surgeon would help me after a botched DS in Mexico with the butcher Dr Huacuz. This he did even though I basically said I had no money or insurance. He is straight laced, no nonsense, but he is patient and answers your questions without judgment. His staff are BEYOND wonderful and kind and friendly and helpful. The hospital was also the best hospital I've ever encountered. What else can I say?! A+++
Don't go to Dr. Huacuz in Tijuana, he butchered me and others - read my blog for 2010. Want the best vitamins for our needs? Visit Vitalady.com. Want information on the best WLS, Duodenal Switch? Visit DSFacts.com!
  
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And so the journey continues....
June 26, 2010 12:00 am
This will be a blog (my first) about my daughter Larissa and her journey for the next few months as we try to find a way to repair a blotched bariatric surgery.  She will be posting about how she feels as we go along this journey and both of us will be posting status for all to follow.  - Pete, Larissa's father
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MY STORY HITS THE NEWS
June 25, 2010 3:44 pm
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I have tons of things to report
April 9, 2010 7:08 pm
But no energy. So hang tight - I'm alive and passed the leak test.
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To Emily, and Lizzie, and Charlee and others...
April 6, 2010 6:22 am
Who have just had surgery, or are going to today, thanks for posting along side me all your concerns, fears, and excitement. I guess it really does mean a lot to know you aren't going it alone.

I got all weepy this morning, wanting to make sure my "sisters" recovery is smooth and hope for mine, too.

Man, am I emotional.
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Saying goodbye to the outer curvature of my...
April 5, 2010 11:05 am
Darling, you had good intentions I'm sure, but you've lead me down the wrong path. Goodbye!

Well after several days of liquid only my poop is a bit watery with small lumps. It's also kinda dark green. The toilet looks like a swamp. I had a feeling taking a picture and posting it would be too much, so I've spared ya. :)

I've slept half the day away. I really don't have any energy for much more than this typing. I'm ready for this to be over with...
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Anyone got a pork chop and potato flavored protein...
April 3, 2010 12:00 am
Man this liquid only diet is killing me. I'm soooooo weak and out of it.

And my mom is making pork chops with red roasted potatos dripping on butter for dinner.

And tomorrow my family gathers round to enjoy ham, broccoli with cheese, potato salad, rolls, and something undertimed for desert.

And I'm missing the yearly favorite, pickled eggs.

Food food food food food foood foood foood foood ....

(I posted this on the DS forum and got some helpful replies.)
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Day One of my Five Day liquid fast...
April 2, 2010 9:40 am
I'm already hungry, and I even allowed a little cheat of low-carb yogurt (it's sorta a liquid, right? ).

I'm scrubbing my house from top to bottom so it's clean when I get back and I can be lazy and do nothing for a while. I only hope it's still clean when I get back...damn teenagers!

I've got all my loved ones with all the info they need to contact me and the surgeon's office while I'm there. I've got my Angel, Anna G., to update OH and the DS board on my well being. I'm packed....

And I'm ready.
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My official "before" pic.
March 29, 2010 12:20 pm
I took a whole buncha pictures today in various clothing states and poses. But you only get to see the fully clothed normal version, ha!

Before Official

It's really hard posting these pictures. I have spent my whole life trying to make sure there is no evidence of how big I really am, and this goes against all the rules.
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Put your money where your mouth is!
March 27, 2010 10:26 am
Well, what do I know about ANYTHING regarding WLS? I'm just a PRE-OP.

Well, ok, I think I've fairly well educated and informed, having studied every aspect of WLS I could for over 3 years, but I understand the sentiment. I haven't WALKED the walk, so I can't TALK the talk...

So, here is my pledge - I'm gonna stick around. And I'm going to be here in 5 years to see what YOU'VE done and show what I'VE done. And then we'll get to some talking, alright?

If you don't understand the above, don't worry about it, those it's pointed to understand, lol.

Meanwhile, I'm on day 5 of my low-carb regimine and I want CARBS ugh. It's like each meal doesn't have a "complete" feeling. My head has to override my body's craving and tell it to shut UP, you freakin' addict.

It does help, however, to go have some awesome charred dead animals at Texas Roadhouse with a friend also looking to have the DS, Julie (aka Jewel506).

Larissa and Julie, sitting with steak
We promised to do this again in a year or so (after surgeries), to compare.

I'm off to the store and other activities with my love, Preston, to keep my mind off the fact that I am (yuck) dieting.

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13 days and counting....
March 24, 2010 10:17 am
So, I went sugar free for a week and now am going low-carb. It was bit difficult at first, because DAMN did I crave something sweet. My mind just started to wander to ice creams, shakes, cakes and cookies...and I was like, WTF? My body is betraying me! Stoopid body and mind.

I did find, as I have found in the past when low-carbing it, that if you FIRST cut out pure sugar for a week (eating all the complex carbs you want) THEN the next week cut out the carbs, it makes the carb crash soooo much more manageable. And this is why I am doing this, because I don't want to carb crash AND recover from surgery at the same time.  I believe this will make it easier on my post-op. We shall see if my theory holds up!

So, while I feel a bit "floaty" (from the ketones) and want to take more naps, any "hunger" I have is different - foreign - seems to relate to me having no food in my belly rather than just being the monster that lives inside and wants food constantly, no matter how recently I had eaten. And that hunger is satisfied with a chicken breast and protein shake (plus 15 minutes to give my body time to realize it does indeed, have food in its stomach).

Bear

I am and was a complete and utter soda addict, so my methadone right now has been Diet Dr Pepper, Diet Mountain Dew, and best of all Diet A&W Cream Soda. I have Chrystal Light (walmart version) too, that I like and will use more often post-surgery when carbonation isn't my friend.

I'm taking a multi-vitamin and calcium now and may add D to that, I think, in a day or two.

Another big preparation is my DOG - Bear - he is my 5 year old Yorkie-Chihuahua mix and is completely attached to my hip - cries whenever I leave the house - and will be in a deep depression while I'm gone for a week, I'm sure.


He may need Prozac.
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My Story

This was written in 2007, and I'm leaving it for posterity just the way it was. But my life is so much different now! :)

My name is Larissa, I'm a...thirty-something-or-other. I currently live in Texas with my three children, my mother, my sister, my nephew, four cats and one dog. I have a tendency to take in strays. Although you would think I'm just talking about my animals, it happens to be how I ended up with the extra relatives, too. Thank heavens I have a large house.

Of course, my house isn't the only thing that is large. But would I be here if it was?

I have been a Jane of all trades, my career choices have taken many turns: day care teacher/owner, fast food, midwifery assistant, school bus driver, ebay entrepenuer, web designer, postal worker, tax preparer, and finally, where I am today, computers. I currently work for a national corporation at their internal tech support help desk. I adore my job!

Besides computers, my interests include playing Guild Wars (a game I helped to develope for a year and a half before release as an alpha tester!), gardening, home decorating, reading...oh, I'm kinda a home body.

All my life, I have felt my excess weight has held me back in all arenas - socially, career-wise, etc. I always have to overcome predjudice/assumptions based on my appearance, or simply AVOIDED the situation and thus, the assumed rejection I'd get. In otherwords, I've been hiding, and the few moments I tried to be brave and go forth and declare my worth, I would get proof on why I should have stayed in hiding. One particularly painful moment I was in a job interview where I was in a tiny chair that was too high, and too narrow, with no table in front of me, trying my best to look dimunitive and relaxed infront of two interviewers when in fact, I felt like a big blob and knew that's all they could see. With my feet barely touching the floor, I never felt so humiliated in my whole life, and wasn't surprised when I didn't get the job, despite my excellent training, experience and references.

I know that's why I've done so well in the Tech Support arena. They can't see me on the phone...And gee, I'm so cute, really, other than the 150 extra pounds! Red curly hair, milky skin, cute freckles, bright blue eyes, come-hither mouth...lol. Doesn't it just SUCK that if you were just given the right genes, you think you might have turned out to be a heartbreaker instead of heartbreakee? *sigh*

Fast Facts:
  • As of this writing (9/4/2007) I'm 5'2" and 282 lbs
  • My maternal grandmother weighed over 300 lbs after 6 kids
  • I was a small baby (6 lbs) and a normal-sized kid
  • Puberty hit, and the hips were widening...and wouldn't stop
  • At age 13, my mother's friend warned me about the cellulite growing on my thighs...
  • At age 16, I weighed 155 (wore a size 12) and it caused me to lose out on a part in a school play
  • I'd give anything to be a size 12 again!
  • By age 20, I was up to a size 18 and had tried many diets already
  • In my 20s, I was having children and yo-yo dieting, once actually getting down to 140, but it didn't last
  • At 30, I was going through my second divorce and horrified to find my weight creeping up higher than at my heaviest pregnancy weight...
  • I haven't managed to lose more than 30 pounds at a time since then, and only at a painfully long crawl, and it has come back every time
  • My associated aches, pains, and health problems now at size 24 (pushing 26) make me feel 60 at 37!