- 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
3/31/07 - Saturday morning musings on WLS on March 31, 2007 7:55 am
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Well, it is a beautiful Saturday morning here in Rowlett, Texas. The last 2-3 days have been rainy, even thunderstorms. But, this morning the sun is shining and it is beautiful. The temp has cooled off, presumably with the cool front that came in with the storms.
I have my niece and nephew here for the weekend with my 2 children. So, my house is full. But, they all play pretty well together so it isn't too hard. It is hardest on my 3 year old because sometimes the older ones don't want to include her. But, she handles everything so well. Quite the little trooper. With extra company, I have been cooking more. Really hasn't been as hard as I thought. Don't get me wrong. I didn't make anything that was bad for you. But, I can't eat the pasta in spagetti and I sure can't eat the cinnamon rolls. Okay, that isn't a perfect breakfast. But, it sure is easy. They had the cinnamon rolls and I had cottage cheese pancakes. So, it all went well. Having roast for dinner. It is already on marinade. I am looking forward to that. It is so moist and yummy.
I haven't been able to walk the last 3 days because of the weather. That is when the gym membership is nice. But, I will be walking today. I am getting ready to start working my muscle groups this week. I have some exercise bands that I use. I am looking forward to toning up my muscles as much as humanly possible anyway.
I have started back on my regular vitamins this week. They have all the B vitamins, iron, and calcium I need, all in one pill. Unfortunately, the pill is big and I have to take 3 pills, twice a day. So, I use a pill splitter and it takes me about 30-45 to get all the pieces down. I took a couple of pieces too close together and quickly learned that my pouch wasn't amused. So, I just have slow down. In fact, I am taking them as I type this. I swallow one, do some typing, reading, surfing, etc. then I can take another one.
I am now at 40 lbs lost. I am thrilled. I am so thankful that I am not hungry. I know that without that, I couldn't do this. I have dropped 6 BMI points. That feels great.
What are my current goals and when do I want to reach them. The next real goal is to get out of the 300's. I have 10 lbs to go to get out of the 300's forever. I have been able to get out of the 300's in the past. But, what makes this one so special to me is that, this time I know it is forever. That is exciting. I hope to be out of the 300's by tax day. We will see what happens. Goal #2: To weigh what I did the day I got married (Dec 19, 1992). I have a total of 22 lbs to lose to get there. So, I want to reach that goal by my 3 month anniversary (May 21, 2007). After that, I am unsure of the next goals.
That is my Saturday morning musings. What a ride this WLS is
3/26/07 - 4 1/2 weeks postop on March 26, 2007 7:13 pm
Wow, has it really been almost 5 weeks? I can't believe it. I have to confess that for a week or so before surgery up to now, my focus has almost all gone to my surgery, my recovery, my weight loss, etc. However, there are other things in my life that need attention. Thus, I haven't posted on my profile as much as I would like to. I am a wife and mother of 2 children. I work part time as a piano/voice/flute teacher and I am a full time student. My schoolwork has really not gotten the attention it has needed the last 5 weeks. Luckily, the effects are only slight. But, I have got to get my butt back in gear and pay attention to my school work. It is important that I make good grades in my courses so I have to give it the attention it deserves.
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I am doing good. Sometimes, I feel like maybe I am eating too much. Just kind of don't feel real great after I eat sometimes. But, sometimes, even when I don't each much, I still have that yuck feeling for awhile. I don't know. I wish I had a nutritionist to help me. But, my insurance doesn't cover one. They cover the surgery but won't cover the education to help get the maximum benefit of the surgery. Go figure, that is insurance for you.
I think I might be entering a mini stall. I had one between week 2-3. Just not moving much on the scale the last 2 days or so. But, overall I am currently down 37 lbs in 4 1/2 weeks. Sure can't argue with that. I am getting my 60 gms of protein and at least 64 ozs of water every day. So, I guess everything is going okay for me.
I have to go back to the books now. I will write more soon!
3/21/07 - Exactly one month post op on March 21, 2007 7:20 am
Good morning. And I mean it is a good morning. Life post wls is amazing. I have successfuly lost 36 lbs in 4 weeks. I am so excited. I feel it in every part of my body.
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The bronchitis is finally fading away. I am back walking 1.25 miles a day. The weather here is helpful. It continues to be in the 70's. It has threatened rain the last three days but none has fallen. I know we need the rain, but I need to walk more so I am happy it hasn't rained.
Okay, let's see on 2/21/07 I weighed 349 with a BMI of 52.8. Today, 3/21/07, I weigh 313 and have a BMI of 47.6. I am thrilled. I am going to do my measurements today too. I am also going to keep a photo record each month of my progress. As long as I can, I will even wear the same clothes, which probably won't be long. I think the pants just about fall of as it is. But, I can hold them up for a couple of pictures.
I have met so many wonder friends here on OH and I know that I can always come here for support and encouragement. That is such a help. I need that support and understanding that most of the rest of the world never gets.
I have gotten sick a couple times in the last week. I think I am having to learn how to eat real slow. I think at least 2 times it was because I ate too fast. The 3rd time, I think I just ate something that the pouch rejected as undesirable. And we all know, the pouch is in charge.
How do I feel emotionally. Most days I feel on top of the world. For someone who has suffered depression forever, that is major. I still have days where I am frustrated and overwhelmed but those are definitely the minority. I have days where I see or think of some comfort food and feel sad that it will not ever be able to comfort me again. But, there is such comfort in watching the scale go down and watching myself get healthier and healthier every day.
Without reservation, this was one of the best things I have ever done for me!!! Thank you Dr. Barker.
Thursday 3/15/07 on March 15, 2007 9:38 am
This has been a frustrating week. This bronchitis is a real nasty thing. I hurt all over. I haven't walked since Saturday. I am kind of frustrated. I eat the same things every day and I am really tired of the same ole things. I need some variety. I am sure I won't be so bummed if I had some variety. Actually, I am able to start adding things to my diet. But, I really don't know where to start. I always go back to eggs, chicken salad, tuna salad, or refried beens/cheese. In and of themselves, all of those things are good. But, I am just tired of them. I need some ideas. I need to do some surfing.
I am finding that when I am a little down or frustrated, I tend to back off from everyone and not visit much or write much on this board. I know that I need to do the opposite. I guess that is one of those old habits that need to be broken in this "new life" of mine.
I believe I am amd down 29 lbs. Seems like it should be more. But, I don't really know. All I can do is keep doing what I am supposed to do and this will be successful. It sure will help to be able to walk again. Dang this bronchitis.
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Monday 3/12/07 on March 12, 2007 8:24 am
Well, I have bronchitis. That is a real bummer. I have been coughing the last couple of days and it was really starting to hurt when I coughed. And, my chest burns all the time. I didn't get to walk yesterday because I felt so bad. So, I went to my PCP today. And, alas, I have bronchitis. So, at least I am now on medication and it should clear up. I do have a tendency to have trouble with bronchitis and when I get it, it likes to stay awhile. But, I will do everything I am supposed to to get rid of it.
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Other than the bronchitis, I am feeling so good after surgery. As of today I am down 28 lbs. I am happy with that. I sure can feel it in my clothes and just generally I can feel it. You don't realize how much 28 lbs affects you until it is gone. My PCP noticed as soon as he walked in. He didn't even have to ask if I had lost weight. He could see that I had. That is a good feeling. Actually that is a great feeling.
I am facing some financial decisions that affect a whole lot of areas in my life and I honestly don't know what I am going to do. But, I am thrilled that I was able to have my surgery before I had to make these decisions.
Well, I am coughing and feeling pretty bad at the moment. So, I am going to go for now!