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Surgeon TestimonialLuis V. Gorospe, M.D.I have not had much interaction with Dr. Gorospe on a personal level other than my initial consultation which was short. I did listen to him talk in the orientation seminar and was very impressed with his credentials and ability to explain what he was doing (or going to do) and why. He has a morbidity rate that is lower than the national average and is an instructor in laproscopic RNY. He seems to have a tremendous amount of experience and cares greatly about doing things right. After having my surgery, I am more than ever a huge fan of Dr. G's. He is just the sweetest man and thank God for his skill. If not, I would have either not been able to have to surgery or would have had to have an open RNY instead. I have had little to no trouble since the surgery and have complete faith that if I follow his care, I will come through this with flying colors. I got to speak with him more during this part of the process and he is a very sweet, kind, humble, and educated man. I would recommend him to anyone in a heart beat!!!
- Animals - Love animals! Can't get enough of 'em. I like them better than people sometimes.
- Humor - I love to laugh. It's medicine to me.
- Dogs - I have a female Shih-Tzu by the name of Tillie. She is my baby!
- Movies - I'm a movie nut. I love everything from sci-fi to romantic comedies.
- Music - Music is another thing I can't get enough of. No country though...sorry.
- Fashion - In the daydreams about my new body, I have become a fashonista!
- Cooking & Baking - I love to cook for people, I just don't want to do it for a living!
- Lifestyle & Sexuality - Living with the love of my life and hoping to be hitched to her when I'm skinny!
- Dispatchers - Have been one most of my life! I love emergency services and helping people.
- WLS in your 30's - I can't believe it took me this long! So much living to do & so little time!!
My First Dumping Experience! (It's not pretty--be... on April 25, 2007 8:32 pm
It's a day like any other day. I get up, go to work, have a fairly busy day at work and finally the bell rings and I'm free. I trot home, happy, ready to spend some time with Tammy before we head to bed. I remember that I had decided at work that I need to make a protein shake when I got home because I hadn't gotten enough protein in for the day. I remembered my magic bullet would make chocolate mousse out of skim milk and chocolate syrup so I decided to try it with skim milk and my protein powder. Didn't work at all. But, the shake tasted good anyway so I poured it into a cup and took it into the living room for some relaxation time with the girl in front of the TV. I drank my shake and we were both tired so decided to head for bed a little early that night.
I got changed and was laying down and my stomach just felt queasy! I couldn't figure it out except I just felt like crap. Tammy and I got comfortable and about that time the cramp hit. It wasn't a normal cramp...it was the mother cramp and all her little friends. So I felt like I better get up and head to the bathroom. What took place next can only be described as pure hell!!!! My stomach hurt so bad and then I was nauseated all at the same time. No sooner did I get done with going to the bathroom than I ended up vomitting...or at least trying to. I dry-heaved about 5 times and was only able to get up some saliva. I was hot, sweaty, queasy, and I had a horrible headache. I finally got everything under control and headed back to bed. I still felt like a Mack truck hit me but I was able to lay down and was praying it would go away. I ended up laying there with minor cramps and then finally drifted off to sleep.
When I woke up, my stomach was a little sore and I had some residual things to take care of in the bathroom if you catch my drift!! Other than that I felt fine. I still don't know what happened. I had that protein and that flavor before with no problems. I had even had a different flavor of the same protein the day before with no problems. I didn't add anything to it or change it in anyway. Tammy suggested I try it again today to see what my reaction was...uh...I think NOT! I'm not sure I can ever try that protein again. So...I guess it's a almost full tub that will go to waste! Better than going through me again!
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Being good and taking it slow on April 18, 2007 2:47 pm
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Well since I have come back to work, they have decided that I needed to work every waking hour. I worked overtime on the weekend and then so far this week, I have worked 12 hour days every day!!! Talk about tired!!!!
The lifestyle change has been going pretty well so far. I can't say that I've been 100% good. My diet has been great. I haven't cheated once. I just haven't been walking as much as I probably should. I'm still getting up and around a lot...cleaning the house, grocery shopping, working where I have to walk often and sometimes long distances. I have walked the length of the factory at least 3 times since I have had surgery. I need to start setting time out of my day to walk at home as well. As long as I am working 12 hour days though it sure is difficult! I am just exhausted by the time I get home and so ready for bed and then it takes everything in my power to get out of bed and go to work.
This is my first day of soft foods. I'm so excited about it. I have been milling over my menu for the day for a least a week!! An egg, cottage cheese, and refried beans with FF cheese on the top. I'm so excited. I've only had time for the cottage cheese so far. I have to say that I ate the cottage cheese with no problem. Ziploc makes these wonderful little 1/2 cup containers and I put my cottage cheese in that this morning and brought my baby spoon to work. I ate it and didn't feel stuffed (no behind the chest pain) and didn't feel hungry after I was done either. So shocking that I can eat just 1/2 a cup of food and be okay. I need to get my protein shake in for the day but have no interest in it at this time.
I've been finally getting the difference between head hunger and real hunger. So far I've actually been able to control it just fine!! I'm so happy about that. I have no compulsion anymore to eat. Before, I couldn't stop myself. Now I feel like I have control. I just hope this lasts. I keep waiting for the times before when I was dieting that I lost control and ate way too much. I hope those days are gone!!!
Hi Ho, Hi Ho.... on April 11, 2007 8:45 pm
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I'm back at work now. I went back exactly a week after my surgery. I was worried that I would be too tired to make it a whole 8 hours but I really felt great. I even went for a walk on lunch break since lunch is just a drink right now. My co-workers have been very supportive. They have all wished me well and have even bought me flowers and sent me cards wishing for me to get well soon. I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful group of supportive people around me. Thank god.
I am starting to feel thinner. I don't know if that's really possible now but I was standing at the front door at work talking to someone and I just felt longer and leaner. I mean really, it's only one week since my surgery but I can already sense a change. A change in how I carry myself, a change in how my clothes fit, and a change in my attitude.
I've been very faithful with my clear liquid diet. The dietician who talked to us about our post-op diets promised us that if we stuck with the diet and didn't cheat she could guarantee that we would lose at least 20-30 pounds in the first 2 weeks. I am all about losing that amount that quickly!!!
I'm ready for the weeks where something fits the first week but doesn't the next. I'm ready to start feeling so good and having so much energy that I just have to exercise. I can't wait until my entire world is different from what it has been for so many years!
I'm a loser!!! Finally!! Part 2 on April 7, 2007 4:51 pm
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I got home and got settled in my chair with all of my stuff that I would need and finally felt like I was at home. Tammy ran and got my prescriptions filled and got some distilled water for my CPAP machine. Side note--I have to wear that now every night no matter what. That's fantastic. I have to say it definitely the sexiest thing I have donned yet! But considering my pulmonologist told me that I could very well end up in a nursing home unable to communicate if I didn't....I am wearing it and if no one finds me sexy doing it...oh well. I would rather be hideous than in a nursing home. I was very unhappy with the machine that they had in the hospital. It had no humidifier so on top of having a dry mouth from the surgery...I ended up with dry nasal passages and a dry mouth...horrible!!! My CPAP has a humidifier and is much better. I was very happy to use it compared to the one that I had in the hospital.
My first night home was a little uncomfortable. I was debating about whether to sleep in the chair or in bed. I really wanted to be close to Tammy so I decided to lay down if I could and then resort to the chair if that didn't work out. I got settled in and slept most of the night pretty well. I tried to keep walking and keep my meals small. I pretty much didn't have a problem with that. I had water and 3 protein shakes. I had to really take my time with the protein shakes. Before the surgery, I could drink a whole one with no difficulty...not so much anymore!!!! That's a good thing. I need help keeping my meals small. That's why I ended up here in the first place.
I have had a pretty easy time since then. I have not had much more than 1 jello and 2 popsicles besides my protein shakes and my water. I want to keep that going too. Its great not wanting to eat everything in sight. I still find that things sound good. Tammy has had quite a few things that just smell fantastic. Pizza, quarter pounders, macaroni and cheese....horrible!!! I haven't been tempted enough to try them but they are torturing me with the smell. I hope that none of those things sound good after a while. I am hoping the cravings are left over from my previous diet? I guess we'll see.
So I'm going to keep walking and hoping that by the time I go to the doctors for my 2 week appointment, I will have lost 30 pounds. That's my goal. Here's hopin!
I'm a loser!!! Finally!! Part 1 on April 6, 2007 6:37 pm
Gosh, it sure hasn't sunk in yet. I can't believe that it is finally done. I am sitting here with my sore belly, lovely pink blanket from my great and very generous friend Lori Rubendall, and my doggie who was very upset to find that I was sick. I came home and Tammy handed her to me and the first thing she did was smell my mouth. She has done that since she was a puppy whenever I was sick. I guess it was how she figured out something was wrong. So anyway...she has not left my side since.
I got the hospital Monday morning at 11am. The had to put in a Vena Cava filter and central line in my neck. Once they got me back in the room and my clothes changed, Tammy kept me un-nervous by playing the IPOD game. She would randomly pick songs and play them while I was wearing the head phones. She had some crazy music on there...stuff from South Park and some comedy routines. It was great to keep my mind off of what was coming up. Once the nurse came to get me and take me back to the room...things went pretty quickly. The put the filter in and then put in the central line. I have to say that I was not expecting a lot of pain based off of what I had read from others who had this done but boy did it hurt. It was very uncomfortable and then when they were done, they had taped it to my neck in such a way that I could not turn my head. I got back to the outpatient surgical area and the nurse fixed it but it still hurt like crazy! After sitting there for a little bit, my blood pressure dropped to like 74/56 or some crazy number. They had to put me flat on my back tilted towards my head and then up my IV fluids to wide open. It was the strangest feeling. I thought for sure I was going to pass out. After that passed, they brought me a clear liquids tray and I was able to get some water in. I had been NPO since midnight so I was dying of thirst. Once I was normal for about 45 minutes they let me go.
The next morning I went back to the hospital and they took me right back to the same area that I was in before. I got stripped down to my nothings and they started hooking up all kinds of IVs and monitoring devices. Once they got everything hooked up, it was kinda hard to be patient. My surgeon ended up running late and so I didn't get back to the surgery area until close to 11am. My surgery was scheduled for 9am. Once I got back there, they got me on the table and the anesthesiologist gave me some good meds and the next thing I know I am waking up (sort of) in recovery. When I woke up, my stomach was killing me. I had a very sweet nurse who I only saw fleeting glimpses of while I was trying to wake up. I could not hold my eyes open for anything. I was conscious enough to understand what was going on around me and talk back to them but I just couldn't see everything. They eventually took me to my room and Tammy was there waiting on me. She had gone out while I was in surgery and bought me a dozen roses and 2 balloons. They were beautiful. It was a mix of pink, red, and white roses and beautiful greenery. I loved them! She was so sweet and very attentive to me. Anything I needed she got for me. That day was pretty blurry. I pretty much slept most of the time but I do remember finally being more awake that night and getting up to walk in the middle of the night.
I was surprised at how easy it was for me to get around and move while I was in the hospital. I really expected to have more trouble getting around. The next day was really about the same. Dr. Gorospe finally was able to stop by and see me and seemed to be pleased with how I was doing and told me about my surgery. He said that because of my size, he had trouble getting to the places he needed to get to. He ended up using and extra long trokar to get to my stomach and intestines. He said that he really hates having to do open RNYs anymore so he avoids it at all costs if possible. I'm very glad that he doesn't like doing the because I sure didn't want one! He said otherwise everything went well.
That's all for now. I will write about the rest of my experience tomorrow. I feel keyboard fatigue setting in!!
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