- 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
4/25/07 on April 25, 2007 11:22 am
Well, at least I am posting a little more regularly right now. It has been a strange week for me. Monday, my brother had an accident at his house and severed part of one of his fingers. Long story but, I spent all night with him at the hospital waiting for surgery to reattach. We arrived at 5:30 pm on Monday and the surgeon didn't begin the repair until 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. I go no sleep. I then had to drive home which is about 45 minutes away. I am just glad I got there in one piece. Everything since then has just kind of been out of whack. I am very very tired. My pouch has been incredibly picky. I am mainly drinking my protein and water. I am eating a little but not much because the Queen (pouch) is just not being very easy to please. I am sure it is just everything going on right now. I am down 2 more pounds this week. Would have thought it would have been more. But, I am not going to complain. I now sit at 54 lbs lost since my surgery on 2/21/07. Life is truly good!
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2 Month Surgiversary - 4/21/07 on April 21, 2007 3:55 pm
Well, I can hardly believe it. It has been exactly 2 months today since my new life began. It really feels like I began really living after this surgery.
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I feel like I have the BEST doctor in the whol world. He was amazing throughout pre-op stuff. Everything really went fairly smoothly as far as approval and paperwork and stuff. There was a signature glitch regarding one piece of paper that didn't get signed that threatened my surgery date at the very last minute. But, everything worked out and surgery went on as planned.
I remember leaving for the hospital. The hospital that I was having surgery at was about 40 minutes from the house. So, we had to leave around 11:15 to get there by noon. I remember the nurses all making me feel so comfortable. I was embarrassed and more than a little nervous. I remember the holding area nurse. I told her I was petrified of the anesthesia and she said I didn't need to worry. They would give me some "I don't care" juice and it would all be okay. They did and man, I didn't care. I then remember waking up in my room about 3 1/2 hours later. I had no complications during, or after surgery. I have had NO problems from surgery whatsoever since coming home.
I cannot believe it but I am 52 lbs lighter as of 2 months. It is amazing to me. I am not hungry. I get head hunger sometimes, especially if I have to stay up late studying or something. I was a compulsive late night eater before surgery so I knew that late night times would be tough for me. I do struggle at times with that time of day but, I am managing. Otherwise, I amd doing great. I measure all my food. I track all my stuff in Fitday.com. What a helpful sight. I am getting my water in pretty much every day. I am finally doing well on my vitamins also. I guess I am saying that I am getting settled into this life change of mine. And, I am loving it. Really loving it!!!
I can't wait to see where I am at my 3 month checkup with Dr. Barker. I am excited already and I have a whole month to go!
I have not been a good poster. Sorry on April 14, 2007 9:22 am
Well, I have not posted in a while. I really planned to post everyday. But, the best laid plans....... Life tends to be quite crazy for me all the time. I have been sick with bronchitis. I also had bursitis in my big toe. It hurt like @#$%. I finally went to foot doctor. They injected the site with cortisone. It hurt worse than anything I think I have ever experienced. But, two days later, it is feeling better. This has been going on since December so I am glad it is subsiding.
I am currently on my cycle and once again, it is sheer torture. Bioth cycles since WLS have been monstrous. Horrible cramps, heavy bleeding, and awful headaches. Not fun. Also, from what I have read here on OH, the hormones stored in all the fat I am losing are also raging in my system. So, I am struggling emotionally. But, I know this too will pass.
I have lost 49 pounds. I am literally one pound away from leaving the 300's forever. I can't wait. Maybe if I weigh in the buff it will show 299. But, then that is cheating and as soon as I put clothes back on it won't so what is the point. But, it is going to happen this week I know it will. I started at 30/32. My jeans were 32 and they fit well. No real extra room in them. The other night I wore some 26 jeans to a baseball game. I couldn't believe. I even have some 24's that I can get on. I am wearing 24/26 shirts, skirts, etc. I am so thrilled with this. I am not hungry. I am eating things that I should eat instead of eating all the junk. I am looking forward to this summer. I am only 12 lbs away from weighing what i did when I got married. So, I should be considerably less this summer. I even plan to go to Six Flags and ride all the rides I haven't been able to ride in so long!!!
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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!