- Name: Vicki H.
- Username: trickivic
- Location: Rowlett, TX, USA
- Member Since: 1/31/2007
- BMI: 45.2
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (02/21/07)
- Surgeon: Wade Barker, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialWade Barker, M.D.My first impression of Dr. Barker was that he was handsome!! He made me feel very at ease and comfortable in his presence. I started out feeling shame and embarassment. But, almost immediately, he made me feel comfortable and safe. He is a very busy surgeon. Very busy. But, when he was in with me, I felt like he was truly in there with me. Before surgery, when I saw him, he encouraged me that everything would be great. And it was. The office staff are all very helpful and kind. You do have to wait a while sometimes for your appointment. Just very busy. If I had to least favorite aspect of his care, it would be the wait time in the office. But, it is worth it when you have the best surgeon. He provides very detailed expectations, requirements, and aftercare diet information. He also provides information about support groups and encourages the patient to get involved in one. I wish that Nutritionist support would be a part of his aftercare program. However, I am an adult and can find one of my own. Just feel it might help to have it in that. He went over all the risks very honestly and provided written information as to his complication records, etc. He is an awesome surgeon. He is also a kind man. Of course, I think surgical competence is critical. Fortunately, my surgeon had impeccable expertise and a great bedside manner too. The best of both worlds. He is the best!!!
- Crafts - Jewelry, Scrapbooking, Sewing
- Cats - One cat name Princess and she does think she is royalty! - what cat doesn't
- Photography - Love taking pictures of my girls - They don't mind either
- BMI over 50 - Wow - not sure i want to see that in writing
Wednesday 2/38/07 on February 28, 2007 6:34 am
I really wanted to post today because one week ago today was such a different day. I cannot promise that I will post everyday but at least for now, there are so many emotions that are going through my mind that I want to put in writing.
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One week ago, this time (8:30 am). I was waiting for my mom to arrive to stay with my girls. I sure appreciate her willingness to do that. She came early so that we could go do a couple of errands together, spend a little time together before we had to leave. We left for the hospital around 11:00 am. None of that is truly important except to say this. Today, at 8:30 am I have walked a 1/2 mile, finishing my first protein shake (strawberry white chocolate), fed my 3 year old, done one load of laundry, vacuumed the living/dining area and updated my profile here on OH. Wow, what a difference a week makes. It is so amazing thus far and I have just begun. I can't believe this ride so far.
I weighed again this morning. I know I am not supposed to weigh all the time. That can become my enemy. But, I had to. I am down 3 more pounds. How exciting is that. I promise I will (soon) stop weighing every day and stick with one week. Kind of like a new toy I guess.
I return back to school today. I am taking 14 hours and have missed several classes but not too much. So, I am getting things done this morning before I return to school. I am also a music teacher and have lessons to teach tonight. So, the busy day begins.
But, again, what a difference one week makes with wls.
1 week post op and 20 lbs down on February 27, 2007 1:49 pm
Today is day seven from my surgery. I had my RNY gastric bypass last Tuesday 2/21/07. As of my last pre-op visit with my surgeon, Dr. Wade Barker, I weighed 349 lbs. It is with a lot of shame I actually type that number. I have spent so long hiding just how much I weigh. Because I am tall, most people would never believe that I weighed that much. But I do. There is no getting around that. That is the whole reason for starting this amazing journey.
My surgery was uneventful. I really wasn't nervous about the surgery. I was only nervous about the anesthesia, going to sleep and not having any control. Yes I am a control freak. It is funny. Just before they took me from the holding area to the OR, they gave me what they call "I don't care" medicine. Let me tell you, I didn't care. I don't even remember getting far out of the holding area. I have no recollection of the OR, recovery or first 2 hours in my room. I REALLY DIDN"T CARE. I like that medicine and want to know where I can get some more.
I only spent about 27 hours in the hospital as I checked out at around 3:00 pm on Thursday. I have to confess, everything felt so different. I did have some pain. I was really scared to leave. I didn't want to be away from the hospital if some kind of complication arose. But, the nurses encouraged me and said that everything they had been monitoring since I arrived looked great. I had walked 5 times in that time frame and I was ready to go home. I guess they were right. Everything has gone fine at home.
I really haven't had too many rough spots. I had one day, Monday 2/26/07, where I was not doing so great. It was a combination of a headache, nausea, and "what in the world had I done" that I was dealing with. But, I survived it and the day finally ended.
Today is Tuesday, February 27, and I saw Dr. Barker for my a week check up. Well, I must say, I have lost 20 lbs. I know some of that weight actually happened during my one week of liquid diet pre-op. But, it really doesn't matter when I lost it. Since 2/14/07 I have lost 20 lbs. I can't even imagine the time it would have taken before for me to lose 20 lbs. I am so absolutely excited. Dr. Barker said that he is happy if his patients lose 20 lbs in the first month and I have lost it in 1-2 weeks. He is thrilled. I think I am above thrilled. And, today I get to eat soft foods (more like pudding, mashed potatoes, oatmeal (thin)) etc. But, hey, those of you who have done it know that anything is better than the straight liquid phase.
So the road begins. I am very excited. I am actually leaving in just a minute to walk about a mile with my daughter. Whoo Hoo!!!
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4 days post op on February 25, 2007 4:30 pm
Okay, I have been home for 3 days. Surgery was on Wednesday and today is Sunday. I am doing pretty good. I just finished walking a little over 1/2 a mile. I haven't been able to do that in a while. Go me!. I have accomplished my first goal. I can weigh on our home scale and get a reading. That means I have lost at least 20 lbs so far. I am psyched. I am tired and have nothing left but that is okay. It is 6:30 pm and things are winding down. Tomorrow will be my first big test. I will be going to school. I am currently taking 14 hours and scheduled my surgery to not miss any school. Tomorrow is about 4 hours plus an hour of commute. I hope to accomplish that. Tuesday is also about 4 hours of school.
I have had a headache today and not sure how to treat it. Although walking did seem to help me some with the headache.
I guess I am just taking it day by day and so far things have gone well!!
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WOW, today is the day on February 21, 2007 6:46 am
I can't believe it. Today is finally here. That last statement just made me laugh. Of course today is here. You can't call it today if it isn't here. At any rate, my surgery day has finally arrived. Up until last night, my nerves were all in check. But, of course late at night when I was trying to go to sleep all the little fear monsters were at war in my head.
But, you know what, my risk of early death is far greater without the surgery than with it. I know I am in excellent hands, both her in the physical world and most importantly in my Father's heaven. He is in control, always has been and always will be. So, all though the fear monsters are lurking in there, I am at peace.
I know the road will not be an easy road. I know there will be pain and frustration and moments when I ask myself if this is all worth it. But, I already know it will be. So, I focus on that last statement.
I look at my two darling girls and my husband. What a precious gift I have. And most of my fears are that something will happen and I won't see them again. But, I will, either in this life or the next. There are some things that I do not have ANY control over and this is one of them. And man, do I love to have control. But, God has called, as his children, to let go of control and give it to Him, so I will.
I guess I really don't have anything else to say. I look forward to getting back to all of you as soon as I can physically do so.
Please brush off that seat on the losers bench for me. And, please make sure it is warm. I can't stand it when my butt is cold.
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3 days and counting ..... on February 18, 2007 10:13 am
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Today is Sunday 2/18/07. I drank my lunch. It was a yummy soup. I just strained out all objects and had the liquid. It was really good. Now I am sitting here sucking on sugar free candy. I have several projects I need to finish for school today. I know that I need make sure everything for school is well in hand since I will probably be out of pocket for a week or so.
I am not really anxious at all. I know there are possible complications. My surgeon assured me that he would be on top of every thing related to this surgery. I trust him. Still a little unsure how I will "really" feel after surgery. I am pretty much a go getter. I want to be up and walking immediately, not missing out on anything, not confined to home and rest, etc. I know that some part of that is good. It means I have motivation to follow through with what I am doing here. But, I also know that I need to rest and accept some down time. It sure is against my nature. But, I will follow Dr. Barker's instructions to a T.
My dh is so supportive. He wants this for me and my health. He has never had an issue with my weight and my appearance. However, we both know that the weight is going to start causing comobidities that I don't want. He is really such a support.
So, I count down another day. I just can't wait for this ride to get moving.