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lose at least 100 Pounds
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Surgeon Testimonial

David Podkameni M.D.
My first impression of Dr Podkameni was that he was very knowledgable & experienced. Over time, I found him to be strict but communicated very welll with me, and I could even joke with him some. Some members of his staff have had bariatric surgery (nurses & the dietician, Donna) so they know what they are talking about because they have lived it.

I found it odd that he didn't care about taking labs since it was June when I had pre op labs but my surgery didn't happen until November. Also, I found him to be overly structured and strict at times, but I am a person who likes to test

There is a lot of support with the Banner Gateway Bariatric program, ranging from pre op to post op support groups. They even have a clothing exchange program!

The thing that I am most impressed with Dr P is that he is thorough, methodical, and careful with his patients. During my surgery, he found a benign tumor on my liver, and repaired a hiatal hernia I didn't even know I had! Afterwards, when I had some nausea, dry heaves, and a bad rebound headache (probably from the pain meds), he gave a combination of meds thru the IV that took care of all three problems. That made the difference in me having to stay an extra day or not. (I got to go home as scheduled.)
Member Interests
  • Cats - I have 5 cats...My husband wishes we only had 2 or 3...
  • Museums & Art Galleries - I love the Getty & the Getty Villa! I have been to the Smithsonian National Art
  • Walking - I am glad we have spring & fall in the year so I can be outdoors!
  • Computer Games - I am addicted to Frontierville on Facebook!
  • Movies - Always ready to for a movie! I love vintage movies from the 1940's.
  • Flowers - My favorites are lilacs and gardenias...
  • Scrapbooks - This is an extension of my love for old family photos & genealogy.
  • Cooking & Baking - I love cooking when I am feeling healthy!
  • Swimming - We have a pool and I look forward to swim season!
  • WLS in your 40's - I will be about 43 when I have my sleeve gastrectomy Nov 16th.

sedonagirl67's Journey

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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I felt like I was weak and couldn't lose weight because I wasn't disciplined enough. I had accepted that I would be a "big girl" for the rest of my life. It took several years to get there but I never felt picked on...just didn't have any energy...and I don't think I realized how much more I was eating than "normal" people. I always felt hungry...
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  • Comment by theresam74 11/16/10 7:44 am
    Good luck, my prayers are with you.
  • Comment by peyton88 11/16/10 2:20 am
    I've enjoyed reading your pre-op blog! I wish you all the best with your surgery and post-op journey! Get ready for the ride of your life!!
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4 month Surgiversary!

posted 3/16/11 1:25 pm

I am amazed at all the changes in the last 4 months since I got sleeved!  For the first time ever, I can actually say I like Sleevie alot...almost love him.  It hasn't been easy but it has been worth it so far...

I still have a bit of nausea but it's not a lot and I can deal with it pretty easily now.  I can eat better and don't throw up like I used to.  (I think it's a combination of Sleevie being healed and I don't test limits as much in the amount I can eat...and he has stretched a bit.  I can eat up to 6 oz of thick soup in a half hour or up to 1.5 - 2 oz of meat.) 

As many of you know, my family has been in crisis the last week or two with my daughter having brain surgery and then in ICU (and she is now at home resting comfortably as she mends).  I had prepared a bit, by buying ready made protein drinks & bars - which helped a lot!  I also abandoned low carb during this time, and guess what...I actually have more energy!  Obviously, the "stress diet" of living moment by moment in a hospital setting has played it's part in my weight loss (I have averaged 3 lb or more in loss each week for the the past 2 weeks), but my activity level has increased dramatically in trying to be everywhere at once & taking care of everyone else first.  For now, I am okay with carbs as long as they give me energy & I continue to lose at a decent pace.

The minor hair loss issues are okay too.  Supposedly we lose 120 strands of hair a day normally, and that is probably what I am seeing now.  I run my fingers thru my hair at various occasions daily and note that I get 5 - 10 strands each time I do that.  Nothing dramatic...

The thing I am most concerned about right now is not reaching 60 grams of protein daily as much as I should in the last few weeks.  Before my recent labwork come back (with it's favorable account of my vitamin intake), I would calculate my nutrition (protein, calories, carbs, & fluids) throughout the day in my notebook and if I got to the end of the day, short on anything (but carbs), I would stay up a little longer to eat or drink my way up to 60 - 80 g of protein, 600 - 800 calories, and at least 50 oz of fluids.  But since my labs came back great, and I realized I was doing better with nutrition than I thought, I have slacked, realizing that if my calories are higher, then protein isn't as big of a deal (because your body will convert the extra carbs into what it needs).  So I have had days of only reaching 40 g of protein (but everything else was fine...calories on the high end).  I may pay for this with more hair loss or bone/muscle loss, so I don't want to make this shortage a habit.  Let's call it part of the survival mode I have been living in the last couple of weeks.

Also, I live in the desert and as I write, March temperatures have been reaching up to the low 90's (we are about 15 degrees higher than normal right for this time of year).  This means I need more fluids.  I miss the days of guzzling water but I can't drink that fast now.  Water is still an issue for me, frequently making me nauseous if I drink too fast.  I need to increase my fluids to about 100 oz per day but with all the busyness, I don't know how I am going to do this.  All I know is I frequently ride the line between hydrated & dehydrated (I get a little dizzy & faint sometimes), and 110 degree weather is coming...

Overall, I like my life, warts and all.  I like that I reached my halfway mark today in weightloss (if I stick to my original goal of 150 lb).  I am only 45 lb away from the "normal" range now.  It's pretty cool when I think about it...

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