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Louis F. Martin M.D.
Theresa Klainer was my surgeon and Dr. Martin assisted. I met Klainer about five minutes before surgery and for a few after. I really don't have anything to say about her, she seems very professional.
I had my consult with Dr. Martin and he is wonderful. He put me at ease and made me very comfortable. He came to check on me everyday in the hospital and he even came to discharge me. He will also be handling my follow up care. He also called me for two days after to check on me at home. He is a great and caring doctor and I would highly recommend him to anyone. He makes your feel good and he makes you laugh which is a good thing when you are feeling bad.
Latest Surgery Support Comments
05-11-05 I have my first consultation on 5/16/05. I'm getting excited. I wonder how long after that it will be before I get a date, hopefully not to long.
5/17/05 I went for my assessment visit yesterday, it was a long day. You have to fill out tons of paperwork. Most of it is very repetitive. They do a through psych evaluation, and then they don't even read it. He asked me all the question I had answer and typed them in the computer as I answered him. Why make us do an hour worth of paper work when your just gonna type it in anyway. It's fine as long as I get to have my surgery.
5-20-2005 I received my sleep study package in the mail. I have to fill it out and take it with me when I go for my test on the ninth of June. While reading over it, I realized that I don't really have any of the problems it talks about. So hopefully I won't have sleep apnea.
06/08/05 Well tomorrow I go for my sleep apnea test. I have to be there at 8:30 p.m. I'm not worried about being able to sleep because I can sleep through anything. I just hope they will let me read a little before I go to sleep. It helps me unwind and relax. I still haven't filled out the survey they sent me so I guess I need to get on that. I put it off thinking I had plenty of time well now I don't. Then on Friday I go for my blood tests, REE/BC, PFT w/ABG, CXR, EKG, a Gallbladder Ultrasound, and a Upper GI. Plus I will get another group session in too. Not really sure what all those test are just that I have to have all of them done and they are doing them all in one day. So Friday will be a long day.
6-10-05 Went last night to have sleep test done, worst night of my life. Get there at 8:30 finally find someone to let us in because the doors are all locked. Go in and fill out some paper work. Go to room and sit for a few then I decide to go ahead and brush my teeth and wash my face and get ready for bed. Wait an hour for them to finish getting the other person ready. Finally call me to do my electrodes. They clean the areas where they put them with an exfoliating cream then rub it off with alcohol. Then she puts glue on the tips then tapes them to you. She puts two on my forehead, one on each temple, one behind each ear, three on my chin, four in my hair, two on my chest, three on each of my sides, and three on each leg. As if that wasn't bad enough she then puts wires up my nose. And also attach's something to my neck, then puts an oxygen tester on my finger. And finally two straps, one around my chest and the other under my chest, she pulls them really tight which hurts and make it hard to breath. I finally get in bed around eleven. She’s like you don't have to sleep on your back so I try to turn over and can't because of all the wires. No matter how I turned it hurt, they where pulling my skin and my hair, so I ended up on my back. Well of course I sleep like crap. Then in the morning the guy starts taking them off and is not gentle at all. He had a look in his eyes like he was enjoying the pain he was inflicting on me. I'm so glad that is over with and I hope I never have to do it again.
6-11-05 Well today is my 28th birthday and it is going good so far. Now about all the other test I had done yesterday. First I was not feeling very well after the night before so the day had already started bad. First went to the clinic and got weighed I've lost eleven pounds from just cutting out the sodas and drinking the shakes that they wanted me to go ahead and get use to.
6-13-05 Now I guess it is just a waiting game. I'm done with all my pre-op testing, now I'm waiting for my next appointment. I think I'm gonna call them and ask how long before my next appointment. I called and they weren't sure, she said it would take a few days to get all the results in. Glad I called because they never received the fax with my Pulmonary results on it. She said to just fax them a copy of mine the nurse gave me. And when I got to looking at my appointment sheet I realized they never sent me for my blood work. I had so many test to do that day that it was hard to keep up with them. I will call tomorrow and see what to do about that. I picked a great doctor for my surgery but the staff there is not very organized and the hospital where all the test are done is much worse.
6-17-05 Had to go back yesterday and have my Blood work and my Physical Therapy done. Some how the blood work was left off the orders. But I needed to get in another group anyway. But of course they didn't have group yet again. So if they try to tell me I must attend group before surgery I will go crazy on them. I have tried three times to attend and lo and behold each time no group. How do they expect you to have group when they don't have it. I think I'm too stressed about this. I'm finally through with all the test, but I still feel stressed out. Hopefully it will pass soon.
/29/05 The waiting it the worst. Friday will be three weeks since I had all of my test completed and I have not heard a word from the doctors office. So on Monday I tried calling and every time I called it said all circuits busy try again. I tried about five times. Yesterday didn't bother with it. Called again today and they said a nurse would call me back. So now it is more waiting.
7/05/05 Called Carley the scheduler at Dr. Martins office today, and of course she had not been given my folder like the nurse told me. But in my dealings with them I knew she would say that. I told her I wasn't saying her in particular, but people there tend to not follow through on what they say. So she set up my next appointment with the endocrinologist. It is set for July, 25. I was hoping for something sooner, but that was the earliest she had available. She said I was first on the list to be called if someone canceled or couldn't make it, so maybe someone will between now and then.
7-27-05 On Monday I had my appointment with Dr. Raum. Everything went well and I'm cleared for surgery. Now it is off to the board to see if there are anymore recommendations, then on Monday it will be sent to insurance.
7-29-05 Got a call from Dr. Martins office. There are no recommendations from the board. So I'm good to go. They informed me that the paper work will be sent to the insurance company by Wednesday. Now more waiting. It is all coming together now. Hopefully it won't take insurance long, because this liquid diet sucks.
08/19/2005 Carolyn the nurse from Touro called me today to set up my meeting with Dr. Klainer. She said she does clinics on Mondays but would not be there this Monday. So my day to meet her and sign consents in Monday the twenty ninth. She told me to be there at twelve to get a group in and Dr. Klainer would see me after group. So I will get my date then. She also told me to start my liquid diet I just laughed and said I've been doing that for the last three weeks. She so good you should be ready to go then. She also said that Dr. Klainer is a stickler for the two week liquid diet. I said well I won't have any problem there. So now it's more waiting but at least it just a week. And hopefully I will get a close date. I don't want it to take another month for surgery.
9/12/05 I know it has been awhile since I updated. As you know I was to meet with my surgeon on the 29th at noon, that did not happen. Hurricane Katrina decided to hit New Orleans at that time. I do not know what will happen now. I have looked into changing surgeons, but they want my medical records from the previous surgeon and that is not a possibility right now. Don't know when anyone will be allowed back into New Orleans or how long it will take. Now I just sit and wait to see what is gonna happen. You would think that since I already have approval a surgeon would go ahead without those records. But no they want. This is disturbing to say the least.
9/13/2005 I have contacted a new surgeon just to see what they would say. And I spoke with Kelly at Dr Chu's office. She informed me that there was no reason why I should have to do all the test again. She is calling insurance to have it switched for me. She said the only thing I would have to do is see a cardiologist which is fine with me. She will call me when she talks to the insurance company.
09/14/2005 Just got the call from Kelly at Dr. Chu's office, not only did she get it switched for me, but she also got me a surgery date already. I go for a consult with Dr. Chu on September 22 at 1:00. And then have my surgery on October the 13th. I'm so excited. I thought it could be a year before I had it. My surgery date is also my husbands birthday. But he is fine with it, we both agree that we would never forget when I had surgery. Now more waiting but at least I know when it will happen.
9/23/2005 Went to see my surgeon today. She was not there so I saw Dr. Martin, which was fine because I like him. He will be assisting my surgeon also. He had looked over my chart and said you where all ready for surgery when the hurricane hit weren't you. I said yes sir and he says, "Well your young and healthy so how does Thursday sound?" I said that sounds fine, so my surgery is now scheduled for the 29th of September, that is only six days away. I can't wait. Next I signed consent and spoke with a nurse about all that needed to be done before surgery. He also gave me a prescription for antibiotics. I have to take three different three times a day for three days prior to surgery. I also have to wash with an antibacterial soap twice a day for those three days as well. Now just waiting for the day to get here. I have to be there at six am and the surgery will be at nine. My Mom is gonna get here Wednesday night to keep my son so the hubby can stay there with me. Only six days to go.
Just wanted to update on my feelings. I'm overly emotional. I cry, I laugh, I get scared, I even get angry sometimes. This is a major life changing event and my emotions are haywire. I'm worried that I won't make it through it. Which makes me worry about my family especially my son. I worry that he will have to grow up with out me and that makes me want to call it off. I'm not worried about anything else but that. I'm not gonna call it off, but when I work myself into a tissy over it I think about it. But then I calm down and feel silly for feeling that way. Just wanted to post about this so people know that they are not alone in these emotional times
9/28/05 Tomorrow is the big day. The nurse at Vista called me yesterday and said they want me there tonight at midnight instead of in the morning at six am. So what little sleep I was gonna get tonight now I don't think it will be happening. I've got everything ready to go. Here's my list of what I'm taking to the hospital with me.
10/3/2005 Well I'm home and doing well. Here's the update. I got to the hospital at 12:00pm on the 28th. They do it this way because insurance will not pay for it before that. I get there do a little paper work and they take me back to a room. I have to bath in a beta-dine bath first then I get in my gown. The come in to hook up the IV and start my antibiotics. I get four through out the night. Didn't get much sleep that night, every two hours they come in and check vital signs. Then the next morning at eight the wheel me to holding and I wait for awhile. I was schedule for 9am but the other one ahead of me took longer and I didn't go in until 10:30am. They took me in got me on the OR table and hooked me up. He put a mask on me and said breath real deep next thing I know I'm in ICU. I didn't even wait up while I was in recovery for an hour. I wake up to my husband and the surgeon talking. Then I remember the other surgeon and the endocrinologist. But not to much more. I slept a lot at first but after about five I couldn't get much sleep. I had so much stuff hooked to me it was annoying, but I know it was needed. At four am I couldn't stand the bed any longer so they let me get up and in the recliner. Every two hours they did vitals, and I had to do breathing treatments, and had to blow in a tube and make the little thing rise.
10/7/2005 Had my one week check up. Everything looks good, cuts healing fine. I've lost 15lbs which is great. Doc said that was good, said most folks don't lose that much because of the fluids giving in the hospital. I didn't retain any so that helped. Go back in two weeks for blood work to make sure levels are good. Then in a month to see my surgeon again.
10-21-2005 Went to see the doctor today. Says I'm doing great. He said he wants patients to lose at least five percent of their body fat a month but no more than 15 percent and I have lost 12 percent so that is good. He drew some blood to run test and will call me with those results. He also put me on a drug to help keep my gallbladder healthy while I'm losing weight. I have to take it four times a day like I will remember that. He also said I have to wait another month before I can go on my birth control pills, that really sucks. Can't chance a pregnancy right now though, it would be dangerous for me and the baby have to wait at least a year. So far I've lost 29lbs since surgery and 60lbs all together. I've lost five inches on my waist, one and a half on my neck and 9 on my hips, not to bad uh. He estimated by the end of the month I would lose 34lbs. If I lost that much that fast I would be at goal in four months. He said I should be there in six months so that is great. It will be right at the time of our cruise to Cozumel. I can't wait.
11/03/2005 Just pulled up my insurance to see how much the surgery was, and almost fell out of my chair. It was 65,000.00 dollars, holy moly that's a lot of money. Thank God for insurance, my out of pocket was only 200 dollars. The cost of this surgery is ridiculous, but worth every penny.
11/05/2005 One Month Check Up--Doctor Update For Me 1 Month!
11/30/2005 Wednesday I went to see the endocrinologist again, and got some great news. He did a body comp and 90 percent of the weight I have lost was fat and only ten percent muscle, he said I had a five to one ratio and that was outstanding. He said it was almost to good to be true. Then he asked if I was using ephedrine. I said no that I was lifting weights and getting about a hundred grams of protein a day and he said to keep it up. I was down to 266 that day but now I'm down to 259. I lost weight over Thanksgiving and I can honestly say that is a first for me. I usaully gain about five pounds. My total loss since surgery is now 46lbs wow that's great for two months. I'm down 77lbs since my highest and I feel great. He also said I was burning about 2000 calories a day. I'm only taking in 800, but he said that is fine as long as I keep my protein up. He said I need at least 80 grams of protein a day and I get about 100. That is fine and it will help me hold on to my muscle mass too.
01/06/2006 Not alot to update. The vitamin A&E helped with the dry skin and scalp so that was good. I'm down 87lbs and feeling great. If I would get the excerise that I'm suppose to I would lose alot faster, but hell I couldn't exercise before and not doing so good now. It's great to still be losing though. I will get back into the routine of exercise though soon.
01/19/06 Had a wow moment yesterday that made me feel great. I grabbed one of Chris's Alabama sweatshirts out of his closet and looked at the size and it said large. I thought there is no way it will fit, but I tried it on anyway and it fit. Now that may not seem like much but three months ago I was wearing a 3X. I'm also down to an XL pants from a 26. I haven't worn a size large since the eighth grade so this is a milestone for me. It's funny though because when I look in the mirror I don't seem much smaller to me. They say that happens though. I mean I can see the difference it just doesn't seem like it's that much right now. Chris says I'm the smallest he has every seen me. My best friend says I look like I did when I was in school and we haven't been in school together since the seventh grade. So I would says I'm coming along nicely. I'm down 93lbs and have 88lbs to go till I'm at goal. But I would be happy with only sixty or seventy more pounds. I think the goal the have for me is crazy. They say I should weigh 142 and I'm 5'6. My mom is 5'4 and she weighs 144 and she is tiny. I don't think I would want to be tiny, I wouldn't know how to act I've been large almost my whole life.
1/24/06 I'm obese!! I know that doesn't sound good but it is. Three months ago I was extremely obese, then super obese, and now I'm just obese so that is a good thing.
I'm down five sizes in four months, I can't believe it. I feel great. I walk every weekday now and it makes a big difference. I lift weights every other day to help tone my muscle so I don't lose them. I get at least a 100 grams of protein a day. I've lost a total of 95lbs. All in all everything is going great.
02/17/2006 Well I have some good news. We are returning to Alabama probably sometime in the next month. I'm so excited. We are finally going home. We have lived here in Louisiana for two years. I don't dislike it here, I've met some really nice people. I just want to be back with my family and friends, all of our family lives in Alabama.
5/01/2006 I have now lost 123lbs wow that is a whole little person. I have 60 more to go. I lost four pounds just last week. I need to lose 12 more before May 20th to reach my first personal goal. That is also when we are having our family reunion. Man will my family be surprised none of them have seen me since I've lost all this weight. Then I will have only 48 more until I reach my goal weight.
06/06/2006 Well weight loss is still going good. I'm down 132lbs and 59 to go. Then I will be a the ideal weight for my height. But I think I only want to lose about 45 more. Because once I have the excess skin removed that could take away anywhere from 15 to 20lbs, and I don't want to be skin and bones. We shall see when that time comes I guess. I want be having plastics for at least two more years anyway.
June 21st 2006
07/13/2006 I'm down 144lbs the meds and eating more have definetly help me start losing more. In the last two weeks I've lost 8lbs so about four pounds a week isn't bad.
7/22/2006 I now weigh 189 and only have 29 pounds to go till my goal. And 44 till the charts says I'm normal.
8/30/06 We just got home from New York and it was fun. We had a blast. I can't wait to visit again, there just wasn't enough time to do all we wanted to do. But we saw Andrea Agassi play in the U S open his last tournament, and that is what we went for. My husband is a huge Andrea fan and grew up watching him play. He went to college on a tennis scholorship so this has been a dream of his. He has seen him play in other tournaments but not a grand slam, and this is the biggest one for him. So I'm glad we got to go for him. I really enjoyed New York not something I would have enjoyed a year ago. There is no way I could have walked as much as I walked the past few days a year ago. It felt good to be able to do it.
9/24/2006 Great news I'm pregnant!! It only took one try after coming off the pill. We are so excited. We had tried for four years before I had surgery to no avail. But my doctor told me there was nothing wrong with me I just needed to lose weight so I did and now we are having a baby.
Hard to believe I was this big!
May 2005 336lbs
Feb 18, 2006
Feb 18, 2006 234lbs
May 5, 2006 211lbs
June 10, 2006 199lbs I wore these pants eight months ago!
July 2006, 189lbs
August 2006, 179lbs