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Surgeon TestimonialThomas Y. Chua M.D.I've been very satisfied with Dr. Chua, and his staff. They are extremely helpful, and don't act like they're hurrying you out of the office. I would recommend him to anyone. I'm never afraid to ask questions, no matter how silly they sound.
- Books & Literature - I love to read! My favorite is fiction, around civil war times.
- Computers & Internet - I play on my laptop about three hours a day. Never run out of new things.
- Radio & Television - Can't miss old sitcoms, or old movies! Nick at Night!!
- Cooking & Baking - I love to cook. Seeing people enjoy their food makes me very happy.
- Fishing - Love to fish, haven't been able to, will soon!!
- Auto Racing - NASCAR! Never miss a race! What excitement!
- Rock - I'm an old hippie, love good rock! Led Zepplin all the way!
- Antique - Love classic cars! Used to go to all the shows. Will again!
Not much Band news here. on October 30, 2008 10:49 am
Nothing has changed, with my band, but there has been a lot going on. my husband and I have had SO much illness, in the last 7 months, it's incredible~! I'm still maintaining, with my band, sometimes going up, like 3-5 pounds, as I ate a lOT of junk foods, when my hubbby was in the hospital, for so long. However, it came back off.
Now, Michael, is in a nursing home, permanently, and I have moved, to a Senior place, and just love it! have had three health issues, but am still plugging along. Hope you're all doing well!~
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Wow, almost a year.....3-25-08 on March 25, 2008 10:16 am
I can't believe I haven't updated, in almost a year! All, I'm doing, is getting older! ha
As far as my band, it's fine, I haven't had a fill in so, long, I know it's been over a year, but I'm holding at 155-160, and if I cut the carbs, I can lose, as few, however my doctor wants me at 160. I eat almost what I like, but make healthy choices, MOST of the time! Ha So, I consider, myself VERY fortunate, and a success. I do LOVE my band!
My family is just fine, the grandbabies, are of course, getting big, and our little family is my life. Michael, is holding his own, but of course, is losing a little everyday. That is my dH, and he suffers from Dementia, and I, care for him. We do the best we can. We are moving, in July, so that will be quite an endeavor, but he is looking forward to it, and it is very close, to where we are, now, just a different suburb. I am confident, it is a wise, and, even more convenient move for us at this time.
So, nothing exciting, except, our new Bandgrads, board! I LOVE it, and ALL of the people, connected, with it and our Bandsters. OH, has a great crew, and have helped me SO much, in getting everything up and operating! I was honored to be the Group Leader, and Chelle, and Nancy, are wonderful, and who I asked for! So, that's my update, you all hang in, and I hope, you all have terrific, Band journey's!
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Update on my journey........5-27-07 on May 27, 2007 5:41 am
Morning, everyone! I haven't updated in a long time. Well, I hit my goal, of 160, and went down actually to 149, an my doctor told me he set my goal at 160, and I didn't look healthy at 149, so to GAIN! WOW, I never dreamt, my doctor would tell me to GAIN weight! ha So, now with a few more carbs, I am at 155, and told him, that's IT! No more! lol He got a kick out of that!
Other than that, my Dear Mother passed this last Dec., 2 days after Christmas, the circumstances were not good, and the State just finished an investigation and I will call my attorney back, next week, so that will take some time, for sure! I don't care how much money we get, I don't want ANY other person, OR family to go through what we did! I could go on for hours about that!
My son, Rob, and his wife, Michelle, are doing fine, and their 2 babies, are of course, amazing! ha Our grandson, by Michael's youngest daughter, Jayden, has a rare blood cancer, and is undergoing Chemo, and is only 16 months old, so that is heartbreaking, and SO many of you have said prayers for him, and we appreciate that, more than you'll know!
Michael, my DH, has Lew Body disease, a form of Dementia, and is unfortunately getting worse, so I stay busy, caring for him, that breaks my heart, too. I also, partially care for, and help 2 friends who are ill, and have no close family, I cook meals for them, and run errands, when I can. With all of my other friends, and church, I keep VERY busy, and all of you, my family on OH, are extremely important to me! More than you know! I am SO blessed, with a loving family, and so many wonderful, caring friends. I guess, that's all this time around!
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10/24/06 on October 24, 2006 12:00 am
Well, I'm back! I just wanted to mentionI just turned 61, and have had a VERY interesting life so far! By the way, I had 2 fills after my first 6 weeks with my band, and then nothing for over 2 years! It was just fine! So..this last July, I figured I needed a small one, so went, and since then, I've had 3 more little ones! I found out today, that my Ins., won't pay but any but the very first! I had no indication! Now I have to work that out! Each on was $285! ha How about that one! With God's help, we'll persevere!Have a good evening, and will talk to you later! I suppose this should have gone on my Blog! lol
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Glad to be back!!! on October 23, 2006 8:44 am
I hope this is what the "BLOG." is for! I'm so glad to be back on the site, I can't tell ya! A lot of new faces, and some remembered. The band is a wonderful thing, and if I can ever help, just let me know!
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I goofed, I'm pre-op, not post-op! Also, my date is Feb. 13, 04, not 03! Senility! Ha
I want to know all I can learn about bariatic surgery, and talk to anyone involved with it in any way. Well, it's now 11/23/03, and tomorrow, I finally go to meet Dr. Chua, my surgeon. I have severe arthritis in my hips, and pelvis, and have to take a special van with my wheelchair to go anywhere, and I've had some problems with that. I can't bend right to get into a car, I'm in constant pain, hopefully, the plan is to have my surgery, than have my hips replaced, I've already had both knees replaced. My hip doctor said after I lose 50 or 60 pounds, he'll do my hips. Hope all of this works, as it is just about my last hope! I'm 58 yrs. old, and have no time to lose! ha
So, will let you know what happens with my doctor, can't wait to hear which surgery he wants to do.
I have all of the ailments you get from being overweight for years. High blood pressure, diabetes, heartburn, and others. I had most of my right lung removed from cancer also, so I'm used to doctors. I don't know why I waited so long to do this. It will be so great to have a life, and be relatively pain free!! I get so upset when I see all of these overweight kids now, wish I could tell all of them what they have to look forward to!
I thought I could get through this whole thing on Medicaid, that pays for EVERYTHING, but our situation has changed, my husband was approved for disability because of severe arthritis in his back, so that upped our income, and they kicked me off Medicaid. I'm on disability too, so they put me back on medicare, and I had to get an insurance supplement to help pay for things. They will accept me if it's a medical necessity, I think I qualify! ha
Thank you all for your support, you've all been a Godsend. Expecially my special friend Amy Slack. She had the surgery last December, and has lost over 160 pounds! She's doing great, and told me about this website. Praise God! Will let you all know what happens!
So..12/10/03, my surgery date is February 13,-03. Can't wait. Will have tests two weeks before, then one more visit to Dr. Chua, then the big day! I am having the adjustable lap-band. I'm confident it will go just fine, then I can have my hips replaced, and start a whole new life!!!! Will keep you informed. You're all so great!
Well, this space is for my story, so here we go! I was of normal weight, until I became prego, and was toxic. The weight never left me, after that! Over the years, and two failed marriages, I gained, and added to that! I finally hit 290, and had a ton of co-morbidities! HBP, Reflux, High cholesterol, diabetes, and started developing a lot of bad illnesses! I first had 3 cataract surgeries, very young, then had lung cancer, and my right lung out, THEN, a breast infection, and of course, two knee replacements, and then two hip replacements, and a deadly infection in my last hip done! Also, a repair on one knee! So, 10 surgeries in 8 years~! My DH, Michael helped me through all of this, and I had noticed something not right with him, after our first year of marriage, in 1993. It took ME almost 10 years to get him to go to a doctor, and he was diagnosed w/Dementia! So.....his dad just died of it, and his younger brother has it, also! I'd like to say, it has been fun, BUT!!!!!!(153, 255, 255);">Now, I'm doing fine, (knock on all the wood I can find), and have lost weight, with my wonderful band, to the point of going from 290, to 149. 141lbs, gone! Now, it's my turn to take care of Michael, AND my Mother, who is now in a home close to us. This is God's plan for me! All of my fantastic friends on OH, have helped me through a lot of this, also! I've missed them terribly, and hope to be on the board a lot more, with winter coming on. I have one son, Rob, a beautiful DIL, a love, little Joey, who will be 2 next month, and Andy who will arrive in early Dec. I am truly blessed, and hope I can be of some help to my wonderful family online! Well, that is my story..........