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Surgeon TestimonialRobert Quinlin, M.D., F.A.C.S.Dr. Quinlin is a very softspoken, professional man who made me feel comfortable right away. I had a list of questions for him and he didn't make me feel like I was being a nuisance in any way. His reputation proceeds him as being an excellent surgeon, so my mind is at ease being in his hands. The staff always answered questions right away and they also get back to you when they say they will. My surgery was approved in two days, which is exactly when the office worker told me that she would call me. The nutrition program is excellent! I went through a 6 month course in which they covered every aspect of aftercare from eating, exercise, vitamins, stress, sleep, and the importance of following the rules afterward. They also give you lifetime followup/care which is amazing! I would recommend anyone having this surgery in the Pittsburgh area to consider Dr. Quinlin for your surgery.
- Games & Entertainment - I play any games, I have a whole closet filled with them. Cards too!
- Dancing - Love to go get my groove on with our friends!
- Computer Games - I am ADDICTED to internet Scrabble...it's too delicious!
- Movies - Movies are a great escape, so fun to get away from real life for a few hours.
- Music - I am obsessed!!! I have about 300 cd's that I'm trying to convert to my ipod!
- Scrapbooks - A fun creative outlet...love to be crafty.
- Bowling - I suck...lol, it's just a fun thing to do with friends.
- Camping - We have a permanent camp that we like to go to on weekends in the nice months.
- Support Groups - I go at the end of each month to a wls group, and now I have OH!!!
- Football - STEELERS!!!!! Need I say more???
My son graduated High School! on June 5, 2008 6:59 am
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Wow, it's been such a busy time here that I haven't posted in forever. My son graduated High School last night!!! It was a long ceremony because his class is over 500 kids, but I got right up front to take pictures and see him receive his diploma. Always the class clown right up to the very end, he raised his arms in the air and did this weird celebratory dance that his Grandma caught on tape. Aaahhh...the memories... Anyway, my weightloss is progressing along very good. I am now down a total of 114.5 lbs. and very happy with that because my 6 month surgiversary is coming up tomorrow. (Don't forget though that I lost 20 lbs. the month before surgery, but I count EVERY pound people, you better believe that!!!) So, since surgery I have lost 94 lbs. in 6 months!!! Thank God for RNY, what a lifesaver! Well, I have to run, we mistakenly planned my son's graduation party for this weekend. Holy crap, talk about rushing around to get everything done!!! I hope this blog finds everyone on the losing side and in good spirits. Take care my OH friends.
100 lbs!!! on April 25, 2008 8:08 am
Yes!!! I lost 100 lbs. as of today!!! I am in shock and awe that I have done this all in the span of less than 6 months! This surgery really is life changing and life saving! I am thankful every day to have had the opportunity to have RNY. I had a few "wow" moments last weekend I would like to share. The first being that I put on a "favorite" sweatshirt from last winter and couldn't believe my eyes! It almost came down to my knees! It was very disorienting and I actually was truly confused for a moment if this was really my old sweatshirt. I just couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that I lost that much weight. The second was that we went to an event where the chairs were seated back to back. Normally I would have dreaded this and not gotten up all evening for fear of people having to move out of my way and the fear of not fitting through these tight spaces. It was amazing that I fit through these chairs and people didn't have that look of dread in their eyes when they saw me coming. They scooted in a little bit, just like they would a "normal" person. Before they would have gotten up out of their seat and made way or scooted waaaay in. I just can't describe that feeling of being in a somewhat "normal" body range. It feels so damn good!!!!
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I AM "just doing it"! on January 31, 2008 6:44 am
Today's a great day!!! I just realized that I'm down 1/3 of the weight that I want to lose. That was a crazy realization, and an awesome one!!! That's in a mere 3 months time (1 month pre-op and 2 months post-op)! I'm doing good on the exercise, going to Curves regularly and doing the KettleBells, but only twice a week for now. Those things really kick my arse, I will have to work my way up to three times a week maybe starting in a few weeks. I have also had a few "episodes" last week, but I know they were totally my fault. I was eating too fast, in a hurry and didn't chew good enough. Dummy!!! I'm being way more careful now and having no problems whatsoever. Have a great day everyone!!!
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Just doing it! on January 24, 2008 9:54 am
I'm making a resolution to myself TODAY to exercise. Today is Thursday, not Sunday or Monday or the first of the month. I'm sick of making excuses to myself. I got off my butt and went to Curves today. I joined last year in March and have hardly gone this whole year, but no more. I am done messing around, it's time to start the rest of my new and healthy journey.
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I feel BLAH! on January 21, 2008 5:42 pm
I dunno, sometimes after this surgery I just feel like every day is "Groundhog Day". I have to fight to eat enough protein, drink enough liquids, exercise and make sure to take all my vitamins. The exercise part is so hard for me. I still feel so self conscious to go "out" to exercise and if I'm at home there's no accountability, so I just skip it half the time. Then I get down on myself for being a lazy bum. I know things will get easier as time goes on, I just feel like whining a little right now. lol... I don't have much of an appetite except for a few cravings for the "wrong" things (pizza to be exact). No giving in though, I know what has to be done! I am also bummed because I'm only 6 weeks out and at a second stall already. No weight loss for a week, this bites! But again, it's my fault for not exercising like I should. Oh well, enough whining for today...
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I believe that my story is similar to many of you on this board. I started out as a youngster being called a "big boned" girl. A lot of kids made fun of me for being heavy, although when I look back at my pictures now I realize I wasn't that big, I just wasn't a "size 2" like most. It didn't matter because I was convinced that I was a fat pig! Anyway, growing up I played softball a lot and was very active so I guess it kept my weight under control somewhat. When I graduated High School and met my (now) husband is when I started to gain. I think I weighed around 160 at graduation, but crept upward gradually over the years by going out to eat all the time. My husband loves to eat and everything we did just revolved around having a great time with food! I always had a bit of a problem overeating as a child, but when I met my husband....WOW!!!! That's when my addiction began. That was 21 years ago and it's been a downhill slide ever since. I have a good marriage mind you. My husband is not judgemental about my weight and NEVER ONCE in 21 years made a snide comment about it. I am very lucky to have a man that is supportive and loving no matter what size I have been. And there have been many sizes/diets!!! I have lost tons of pounds over the years only to gain them back again and again. Well, I am at the end of my rope and at age 39 ready to give up my addiction and start anew so here I go...
My WLS surgery journey (12-10-07)
I have been thinking about WLS for over a year now but never thought it was an option for me because my insurance book said that it didn't cover anything having to do with weight loss. Self-pay is not an option for me because I have a son that will be going to college next year. I wanted to research it but I figured why bother since I wouldn't be able to have it anyway. This May just out of the blue one day I figured I might as well call my insurance company to check and see if they somehow changed their policy regarding weight loss. It was the best thing I ever did!!! Right away the woman on the phone told me that the RNY was a covered procedure. I started crying immediately, the floodgates just opened! I couldn't believe that after all that time of thinking I couldn't have the surgery I NEEDED, that all it took was one phonecall to find out that it WAS a covered benefit. And so it began, I visited my pcp and he recommended me to my surgeon. At the end of May I went to a seminar he was holding and I just knew that this was my path to follow. My insurance required a 6 month supervised weight loss program, psych evaluation and a bunch of pre-op testing. The surgeon's office offered a program of their own to follow for $400, it was the best money I have ever spent! They told me exactly what tests I needed and when to get them, supervised me through my nutrition/weight loss classes and all I had to to was get every result of every test faxed to their office. Then they put together a package for me and presented it to my insurance company. I was approved in TWO DAYS!!! Who could ask for anything more? So now the next chapter of my journey begins...