- Username: ZaftigH
- Location: Cleveland, OH, USA
- Member Since: 7/13/2009
- BMI: 30.0
- Surgery date scheduled
- Surgery Type: RNY (10/19/10)
- Surgeon: Craig Eyman
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Surgeon TestimonialCraig EymanMy first impression of Dr Eyman was that he is very thorough. He's also interested in what you want to know. His staff is very friendly and helpful. I don't see any problems in the future. They emphasize aftercare as very important to them and to us patients. And they do have an aftercare program in place. The risks of the surgery were explained throughout the consultation. I would rate Dr Eyman a 10, and surgical competence and bedside manner are very important to me and Dr E has both.
Post surgery: Dr Eyman and his PA, Christina, (who has this very long naturally curly amazing hair, & just got engaged)are a very personable tag-team. She came in b/4 surgery to explain some things to me, and I was very at ease w/her at once. My husband and daughter liked her too. After surgery, Dr Eyman came to see me, but I wasn't in the room, so Christina came back later to check me out throughly. The next day, Dr Eyman caught up with me saying, "Wow, you must be feeling pretty good, I have to almost make an appt to see you!" He's was very happy with the surgery, said everything went like a book, and that I shouldn't have any problems. I start w/ aftercare Monday with my 1st post-op appt to take out the drain and hae any questions answered. They have a structured aftercare program, as Dr Eyman is head of the bariatric center of excellence with a 5 star rating. I'd rate Dr Eyman and Christina as competent in surgical and bedside manner. They are both great to me.
Oh MY!!!!!! on July 28, 2011 2:07 pm
I really didn't think it had been that long since I'd blogged! Wow, my bad. Anyway, our cruise was so nice -- we had a great time! The ship was beautiful, the food fantastic (bad girl, bad girl), our room was spacious with a balcony and king sz bed. I enjoyed dressing up, it was only required two of the six nights, but where else can I go and dress up just because? One or two nights I just wore a pretty sundress. I went horseback riding in SanJuan PR, that was really enjoyable. Another day my husband treated me to a hot stone massage, OMG!! that was way better than sex! If I had the extra disposable income, that would be on my schedule a minimum of once a week! Oh that felt so good! And the girl wasn't no bigger than an 11 y/o!!!! A whole hour of someone getting all the creaks out and loosening up the muscles. Um, um, um. Ok back to the cruise, the weather wasn't what we expected, rain, sun, rain, sun, typical tropical weather, but we enjoyed ourselves regardless. The HalfMoonCay (Carnival's private beach) was really nice, that day was hot and sunny, we rented a little cover, looked something like a half shell oyster made out of canvas, to keep the sun off of us, and we just lazed around, went in the water to cool off, ate a nice lunch, went back to the beach and did it all over again. St Thomas was hot and breezy, the beach was too far from the ship, plus I was tired so we just shopped, and I found a pretty white embroidered long dress, that I wore that night to dinner. My DH had a good time running around the ship and playing in the casino. We went to three or four nightclubs, didn't get to see any of the comedians b/c the venues would be filled to overflowing each and every night! They should have had them perform in the big theater. My DH got bit or rubbed up against some plant that gave him a nasty looking rash on his right leg that went from below his knee to his ankle on the last day of the cruise on Grand Turk! We didn't stay on the beach but 15 mins, b/c it started raining, so we walked around in the shops for awhile, we can't figure out where or what happened. Went to the ship's med ctr and they said it was an allergic reaction, so we used some corticosteroid cream and it cleared up in a couple of days. It didn't hurt, and it wasn't sore to the touch, but he said it started to itch at the end. But talking about looking nasty, I thought he'd caught the e-bola virus! Didn't want to get too close to it myself. The last day at sea was uneventful, and of course that's the day we found the Adults Only pool on the very top deck! Nothing against children, but the next cruise will be on a "less fun funship". Don't know how many times, my feet were trampled on, drinks spilled on my clothes, cannonballs landing on my head, shoulders, and hip, kids running up and down the hallways after midnight, ice cream cones in my lap, etc. We went down the spiral shaped water run 3-4x and we stayed out on deck almost all day that Friday, and I got a marvelous tan! The best tan I've had since I was a kid-kid. Hardly any peeling, it's still pretty dark on my arms, legs, chest and back, but it's fading on my face but I love it.
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We also went to both sides of my family's reunions, held in the same park in Pennsylvania these past cpl of weeks in July. It was really nice seeing family that I haven't seen in 5-10 years. My Father's side has a reunion every yr, this was yr 44! Next yr they want to do something special for the 45th! On my Mother's side, this was only about the 10th or 11th, but we really wanted to go to that one b/c we hadn't been in a while. There was so much food at both that we could have fed 2-3 more family get-togethers! I didn't overeat at either one b/c I didn't want to feel bad. I just ate what I don't normally get a chance to have. The specialties!! Now I'm back to my regular schedule, back on track with the exercising and regular eating, but still on a stagnant plateau. No weight loss, started to keep track of what I am consuming, so I'll see what I'm doing/eating wrong. Sooooooo, going to fix my hubby some dinner, I'll TTYL..........Anita PS- will try to post some pictures too!
Finally........ on April 21, 2011 8:20 pm
the scale has moved. Man oh man! That was a long 6 weeks! I had stopped weighing myself every Saturday, just walked right by it. Now I'm at 207, 27 lbs from goal. At least my surgeon's goal for me. I'd like to have room for the "bounce back" weight, so my personal goal is 175, which may be ridiculous b/c I haven't weighed that amount since I was in my twenties, and that's a looooonnnnnngggg time ago. My daughter keeps saying I'm starting to look crackhead skinny and that she cannot imagine what I'll look like losing almost 30 MORE lbs. I mean I can see that I've lost weight, and a lot of inches for sure, but I still don't think I'm skinny. Slimmer yes, but skinny, that's not what I see when I look in the mirror. A lady that used to come to the water aerobics class that I go to regularly, hadn't been there since Sept 2010. Well I had my surgery a month later, so she hasn't seen me. She walked right by me w/o speaking, so I walked behind her and tapped her on the shoulder, when she turned around I said, "HI Gerry, where have you been all this time?" And she looked like she was trying to figure out where she knew me from, then she looked at me closely and said, "I thought I was going crazy b/c I thought that was you, but then I told myself that it couldn't be you unless you'd lost like about 100 lbs! How did you lose all that weight? I want to get like you!" I steered the conversation in another direction like where had she been? Anyway, later on when there were only a few people left in the locker room she came over to me and I told her about the surgery, and not surprisingly she confided that she had been thinking about having a RNY also, but didn't know anyone who had been through it. Once we got the rest of our clothes on, we went out to lunch and I told her all about my surgery. So now, she's going to start the process, made her appointment with her primary care doctor to get the referral. Now she can't wait for the program to start.
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I've been going through my closet again, so far I've got five 33 gal bags full of clothes. I've got a lot of tops, sweaters, and blouses that I'm going to start trying on to see if they're too big, and if so they'll be going into the sixth bag. Pretty soon my wardrobe/closet is going to be really spacey, which is sad b/c I'll have to wear the same stuff over and over again until I can afford to start buying more clothes to fit! That's the downside/upside of WLS. Your happy that you're smaller, but then you have to come out of your pocket to buy more clothes to replace the ones you can't fit anymore. Some things that I love I'm going to try to have them altered.
On another note, my hubby and I are going on a cruise with another couple from NC on May 28th. We're going to drive to Wilson, NC on the Thursday before and then catch a plane from Raleigh/Durham airport to Miami, then catch the boat on the Saturday. It's a 7-day cruise to Half Moon Cay, St Thomas, & Puerto Rico. I can't wait! It's really a delayed honeymoon, I mean really delayed. We got married 3.29.08! So that's about it on this end, ready for the w/e, I'm tired and need to relax. Until next time,,,,,,,,,,, Have a nice Easter!
OK, sooooooo on March 27, 2011 12:15 am
it's been two weeks and the scale stopped again!!! I found a 10-day plateau buster diet in one of my files that I saved from when I was researching my RNY back in the summer of 2010. I printed it off, looked at it, and decided to see if it'll work. 3 oz of protein 5x a day, with servings of certain veggies and fruit, plus the exercise, vits/minerals and 64 oz of water. I'll gladly give it 10 days if it will MOVE THE DIGITS ON THAT SCALE!!!
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On another topic: Heartburnnnnn! Acid reflux! Ugh, ugh, and more ugh! When I was more obese than what I am now, I NEVER ever had either! Now it's like a 2nd cousin, I get it at least 1-2x a week! I'm perplexed b/c it's not like I'm eating heavily spiced foods, I'm not. Most of the time I don't even season my own food, maybe a dash of salt and pepper, that's all. But man oh man, I end up sleeping on 3 or more pillows propped up under my back, but at least it's usually gone in the morning. It's trying to go to sleep with it that bugs me! It's almost 3:30am Sunday morning and I'm sitting here typing this and this heartburn is here again! Another nite of sky high pillows here I come. Anyway, take care and have a good week all. Anita (PS: my 10 day plateau buster diet starts at breakfast when I get up Sunday. Wish me Luck!)
The scale has..... on March 12, 2011 3:10 pm
finally moved! DAMMN! I thought it'd never go down, but it has. I now weigh 210 lbs. 30 more pounds to goal and I'll be a happy camper. In fact, 11 more pounds and I'll be under 200 lbs. That hasn't happened since the late 70's. The 210 is what I weighed when I got married the first time, 9/26/81 on my wedding day.Haven't seen it since! This surgery is just freaking incredible! I was just looking at my closet, and all the blouses/tops/sweaters/jackets/suits/skirts/dresses/pants/jeans etc that I'm going to have to give away and or sell. Most of my clothes are in really good shape, b/c you always have your favorites that you wear over and over, those will be given to Goodwill. I've found a new site to purchase my in between sizes jeans/dress pants so that I don't have to invest a lot of money. Yay for DOTS!!! I love clothes and I came to the conclusion years and years ago that they're always overpriced, so unless they're not at least 25% off AND I really, really love it, it stays on the rack. But even so, I've still accumulated a ton of clothes, and I'm loathe to get rid of them. It'll take me years to get back to that level, but I'm finding more and more things that I bought but for some reason or another didn't wear it, so now I'm shopping for smaller clothes in my own closet. What fun!!!! I'm thinking about having some of my favorite clothes altered if they can be, if not, I'll sell them on consignment.
My eating has calmed down, I'm getting used to knowing when I'm on my way to being full. I hate that "I feel like I'm going to have a heart attack" feeling which is when I've eaten too much! The bad news is I haven't eaten any food that my new tummy doesn't like/tolerate. I've read on this site about certain foods making ppl throw up, break out in a sweat, etc. Not for me, so I'll always have to take tiny steps when adding more carbs/sweets. I was hoping that my surgery/stomach wouldn't tolerate the fattening/sweet foods, no such luck. Oh well, such is my life. Still happy with my RNY though. Anyway, have a good week, TTYL
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Ok, I've been too...... on February 20, 2011 8:48 pm
LAZY!!!!!! I think I said this the last time I wrote didn't I? I've got to do better! This past week was not a good one. The alternator on my car is acting up, this is the last repair that was done on my car in January! Now the voltage regulator inside of the alternator is defective, so our mechanic has to exchange it out for another one, so I'm going to be without my car for a few days so that means no morning water aerobics, and I'm thinking that I'll finally dust off my elliptical bike/trainer and get some of the money's worth out of it since it's only got about 5 miles on it (aka circa 2005) !!! Anyway, not exercising is just one of my problems, I've been bad. I've been sneaking sweets and potatoe chips on the sly! Bad, Bad, Nita! I feel so guilty when I do it, but the guilt doesn't stop me. I did so good with the exercise and the no sweets/no carbs BEFORE surgery, and up to the last two weeks, but I ate one cookie and it was oooonnnnnnn after that. Sooooooo, today I didn't eat anything that I shouldn't, so I've started back on the right track. Tomorrow, I'll hit the elliptical and the free weights, drink some protein and take a good lunch to work. Broiled pork chop, broccoli, and an apple and banana for my two snacks. It's getting hot up here in the loft, Mr Florida (husband is always so cold) so I'm going back downstairs and chill out. Have a good week all.......Anita
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Hi! My name is Anita, and I live in Cleveland, OHIO. I'm 57 years old, newly married for the 2nd time (3/08) with a 26 y/o daughter, a 37 y/o acquired daughter (who's 5 mos. pregnant, YEA!!!) and a 13 y/o acquired grandson. After viewing a video of a WLS I found a link/ad for this website and I'm elated b/c you folks have answered so many questions just by reading some of the forums/Q&A's. I've been on diets since I was 12 y/o, 5'9" and 147lbs. That was the infamous "Banana Diet". After that failure I didn't diet until I was 18 at 200lbs. Well I've "dieted" myself up to 275lbs as of today and enough is enough. I'm ready for this WLS to help me be a healthier me. My husband loves me for who I am, and is supportive of whatever I feel is right for me. Luckily his insurance will cover the surgery, it just takes about 8 mos which is frustrating b/c when you've mentally made the decision to do it, the waiting is awful. Anyway, I'm here to learn and make new friends. C'ya, and TTYL