Monday Morning Weigh In on December 23, 2007 8:03 pm
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Here are my stats
Lost 0.4 pounds.
Monday Morning Weigh In on December 17, 2007 4:43 am
Running late so here are my stats:
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5.2 pounds lost. I did liquids all day yesterday and Saturday and did not get all my water in on yesterday..only got about 40 oz so I am probably dehydrated a bit. So I am not really counting this as a big loss since I gained 2.8 last week and with the dehydration factor. Hopefully next week will be a truer picture of where I am. Hope you guys have a great week!
EXTRA LONG POST One year ago today my journey... on December 14, 2007 6:49 am
This time last year I weighed 327 pounds..This morning I weighed in at 174.6 pounds! Thats 153.4 pounds gone! What a difference in just 365 days. I serve an Awesome GOD and I am so blessed and highly favored!! Thank you Lord for bringing me this far in so little time. I am so looking forward to more exciting times on this journey.
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On December 14, 2006 I went for my first pre op consultation with Dr. Jack Rutledge. I had attended a seminar in November and after the seminar, I scheduled the appointment to visit and find out what I needed to do to get approved for Gastri Bypass Surgery. I got to the office, paid my $295 consultation fee. Sat in the waiting area for a few moments and was called to go back. They weighed me and I remember thinking that I cold not believe I weighed 327 pounds! I know the year before I was under 300 pounds...so I had gained at least 30 pounds in a year. I am sure I gained close to 45 pounds since 2005.....but I digress. They weighed me and I went to sit in a room to weight on Dr. Rutledge, I remember waiting a very long time before he came in to see me and I must admit, I was getting pretty pissed off. To the point where I was going to walk out! I was thinking he is taking too long to come in here and I have things to do. This surgery must not be for me so I am going to leave and just forget about it...mind you I was PMSing like crazy and scared out of my mind. I was also annoyed by the fact that when I first got into the examination room and took a seat (his chairs are the extra wide chairs for the morbidly obese) I bumped my head on the windowsill, I guess I did not have enough padding on my back to keep me from sitting too far back...that did not help with my agitation. Well, almost an hour later Dr. Rutledge strolls in , looks over the paper work I had gotten filled out from the seminar, looked at my letter of medical necessity...and said..."do you have any questions?" I was thinking is that all he is going to do? I did have a list of questions but for my $295 dollars, I was thinking I would get something more from him before trying to have major surgery. He also said...where is your family? I need you to bring someone in your family with you the next time you come because I need to make sure someone knows that you are having this surgery and also I want them to know the potential danger involved in the surgery....meaning he wants to make sure someones knows I could die on the operating table. And I was like, no one told me had to bring somebody with me......and I was like I dont have a problem brining a family member with me to the next visit. I was thinking I did not like him and that his bedside manor was the worst!! And I was not coming back....(side note I am so glad I went back). I was so upset before I left that I actually asked him, so can you tell me what the $295 were for because I was expecting something "medical" to be done in your office for that amount of money. And he was like, its covers the cost of processing your paperwork. U HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME RIGHT??? Anyway...he was like Vickie will submit your paperwork and she will be in touch with you. He was not very encouraging either. I remember him talking briefly about loose skin and I am going to have problems with my thighs and stomach and things like that. I left the office, called my best friend in Huntsville AL who had the surgery almost 5 years ago...and was crying and talking about my bad exprience. And she was asked me what his credentials were like, and I told her he was the first trained to do the GBS here in Chattanooga and did the first one..he had only lost one patient out over 500....so she was like, you should not worry about him coming in the room asking how I was doing (thats what I complained about, he did not come in the room and say how are you doing and have a relationship building conversation with me as I am used to with my other doctors) and she said that what is most important is if he knows what he is doing. So I prayed about it and left it at the altar. My paper work was submitted on the December 26 (no idea why it took so long, but anyway). I was told once it was submitted, UHC usually approves the procedure in 10 business days...I started calling UHC on Jan 2 to confirm receipt of my paper work and low and behold, on Jan 10, I got confirmation that my procedure had been approved. Later that afternoon, Vickie from Dr. Rutledges office called and asked when I wanted to schedule my surgery...I was like I don't know. I was so confused at this point and excited and thinking...I had not told my family or my job that I was going to have this procedure done so I did not want to set a date before that but then on the other hand I was sooooooooo ready to have the procedure done that I set a date for January 31, 2007. LEAPING LIZARDS....I am really about to get this done. So my date is set, and I had to decide how to tell my job....I at first told one of my co workers, Laura,and she was encouraging and told me about someone she used to work with that had the procedure and had done really well with it. I then had a lunch meeting with my boss Jancie for our one on one and I told her about. She was very supportive and told she had seen ppl have the procedure and do very well with it and also seen ppl who did not do so well becuase they still wanted to eat the way the used to. She told me about one lady that used to "suck on potato chips" during her soft food phase because she said she was so hungry! She also told me that she would keep the news to her self and let me decided to tell the team. I actually told them at our next staff meeting and they were all excited for me. I also decided at that point that I would tell anyone who would listen. That helps hold me accountable for my food choices and working out! I work for a call center and I do presentations with the new hires all the time and I share with them the fact that I had the procedure done. It is so amazing the reactions I get. Some want to know about getting the procedure done, others tell me their personal story that they had the surgery done, some tell me that someone they know had the surgery done and either they did really well with it or they did horrilble with it. I think so far I have only had one person tell me that they knew someone that had major problems or complications with the procedure, which is encouraging as well.
But anyway....this post has become very long and I wanted to end up by saying I will post part II On January 31, 2008 my one year surgeriversary!!!!....(hopefully I leave for a cruise that day and may not post until I come back, going on the weight loss celebration cruise woohoo!!)