I am a 46 year old SINGLE mom of 2 boys...19 & 21 (at the time of writing this). This online journal is for reference and for those pre-ops considering weight loss surgery or a new post-op.
I'm a singer and a signer. I am an educational sign language interpreter and I do karaoke for fun on the side. I am in the process of my 12 week classes that Kaiser is sending me through prior to surgery. They are extremely informative even though I was pissed off at first cuz I had to pay $150 out of pocket but they are well worth it. I am also pleased with Kaiser and the process. The whole process I expect will take about 6 months and I will be having my surgery at Pacific Bariatrics in San Diego.
December 13th 2003
Yippie!!! I have just received my authorizaton in the mail and now I have a number. Really it seems quicker than expected but my Dr is on the ball. The week following my last class my Dr phoned me to tell me had all my paperwork in and that I needed to re-do a urine test and that as soon as I completed it he would send in my paperwork. Oh I am so pleased and so the next day I went to the lab and turned in my urine.
January 4th 2004
Happy New Year to all and hope its a good year
Well lets see now.....my authorization sat on my dresser for 2 weeks before I did anything with it......dont know why but I didnt want to deal with it during Christmas. So on December 30th 2003 I decided to drive my authorization letter and alllllll my paperwork to San Diego at Pacific Bariatrics. Its a 2 hour drive from where I live and it was a beautiful day. I made sure I had everything in order and I was pleased with myself cause I even had recent blood work from just the week before. When I get there I hand gave some woman my file and she looked at everything and said that everything was in order and that she would give it to a coordinator. That was it! So while in San Diego I took my son (who is 19 but developmentally delayed) to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. It was really nice and we had a great time. While on the tour Pacific Bariatrics calls and says that I needed only one more thing.........a PREGNANCY test! I said...I had my tubes tied 4 years ago but she said that I still needed one unless I was pre-menopausal....so I said I was! She knew I was lying so I told her that it was no big deal and that I would get her one. The next day I went to the lab at Kaiser and took one and got my results a few days after that. When I called the lab for my results and to give them the fax number to Pacific Bariatrics they said that they couldnt fax them the results and that I needed to come in to sign a release....go figure! So tomorrow is my first day back to work after the Christmas break and after work I have to drive to Fontana (25 miles) to sign my release form and I sit and wait for my call for the consult. I still feel that things are moving quickly and smoothly. I have been eating so much cause I feel like surgery is soon and after that I wont be able to eat anymore.....I've gained about 8lbs in about 1 month
January 7th 2004
I saw my primary physican at Kaiser Chino today for a diabetes follow-up. Dr Nguyen is just wonderful and caring. I told him of all the problems with that dumb pregnancy test and getting it faxed to PB. He said he would fax it for me and he also gave me a copy of the results so that I could fax if myself and to have a copy for my files. Immediatly after my visit I went to Staples across the way and faxed it myself to PB. By the way I got my sugar levels down and he was pleased.
January 13th 2004
Hooray!!! I got my consult date today. After a phone call yesterday to Pacific Bariatrics they finally called me today with my consult date with Dr Mary Murphy my surgeon. If I hadnt called them and nagged, I would probably still be waiting for the call. I am learning that the squeeky wheel gets the oil. I will see all 3 Dr's in San Diego on Monday January 19th which is soooo cool cuz its a holiday for me and I dont have to take the day off. My first appointment is at 8:15 in the am and San Diego is about 1hr 45 min away from me so maybe I will have to get a hotel and sleep over or get up awfully early. I am so excited!!!!! Oh Yeah....I started taking my vitamins and got myself a walking partner who is also training me on how to breathe from my lower stomach Thank You Gi!
January 20th 2004
Whew!!! I made it through my consult which I thought was going to be really nerving but it was a breeze. My first appointment was at 8:15 and I left home at 5:15 am. We got there at 7am. Dr Mary Murphy was my first appt. and she was really nice and explained the risks as well as the benefits. She seemed a little rushed and I wasnt that impressed like my friends hyped her up to be. She said that I was low risk and that I was in good health. I was not told to lose any weight but I was told that my walking program was not enough and that I should be going to a gym and working out. OK. Then my next appt was with the psych Dr Shari Mednitsky ....she was cool but she asked too many questions about my relationships, past marriages, growing up and stuff that didnt pertain to surgery. Then there was a 3 hour wait til my final appt. so we drove downtown and walked around and went to Hooters to eat. Whoo Hoo! It was really nice there and the girls were really nice too (not only to the men). The food was good too. Then we went to the park and we walked around for a bit and basked in the sun. Then I went to the 3rd appt and by the way, all 3 appointments are within walking distance. My 3rd Doc was Dr Dan Bressler..... he was soooo cool. I really liked him and he was young and funny. He joked around and made it personal to help me relax. It really made things easy having laughed all the way through the visit. Dr Bressler also added that I was young and in good health to have this surgery and a low risk. He says that he has had patients in their 6o's who have heart problems and kidney problems and that I should have nothing to worry about. He gave me his card and asked me to send him a pic in 1 year. After all 3 visits, I feel so much more convinced that I want this surgery and any fear that I had has been minimized nor do I have and doubt.
We got home around 7pm and were exhausted.
So now I wait for 2 to 3 weeks for a phone call from Pacific Bariatrics with a surgery date. The Dr said that when I get the call with the schedule it would be about 2 months. So now I wait. I will post again when I get that call.
February 6th 2004
No word yet from PB (Pacific Bariatrics) as of yet so I decieded to call them and check on status. They said that I should call back in on the 19th of Feb. cuz that would be one month since my consult date. They havent received all my paperwork from all 3 Dr's yet. Go Figure. Ok now Im getting anxious ....a friend of mine who went to her consult just a week before me already got her surgery date and she's had it for a week. She is going in on March 14th for surgery. Anyway I still sit here and wait and get heavier too.
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow..... that's what they keep telling me at Pacific Bariatrics. OK I am starting to get pissed now cuz they continue to put me off. I've been calling every few days now for a surgery date and its "call us tomorrow" Dr Mary Murphy has my file and has had it for a while but has not done the final review. It has been 5 weeks since my consult date and still no surgery date. I called again today but they said to call tomorrow. Grrr!!! I am so angry. The girls in the office are blaming it on Dr Mary Murphy they said that they usually have to rattle the files out of her. I almost wish I had picked another Dr. My contact person did apologize and said thank you for being so patient. lol.
March 4th 2004
I called PB and finally got a date. MY surgery will be on Wed. April 7th at 1:30pm. Wow! My emotions are going hay wire. I am so excited but yet so scared. It took a lot of callin down there and persistance pays off (or the squeeky wheel). Well I guess I need to start planning my new life.
March 18th 2004
Planning my new life had already started. I've been doing a lot of shopping and preparing myself and my family for food. Stocking up on goods such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper & frozen foods so I dont have to do that when I get home. I also bought all the necessities that Im going to be needing such as my vitamins my pro-complex and new shoes. My mom got me a robe and a bra for when I come home and to walk around the hospital with (thank u Mom). I have a lab request from PB to fill (they faxed it to my work) so when I went to get it done, Kaiser says that it needs to be from my own PCP. So I have to wait til Monday when my PCP comes back from his vacation to get him to request the lab. I think Im ok with time.
I've been looking online for a hotel. We are only about 1 1/2 hrs from San Diego but are thinking about staying the night before surgery (after the post-op visit). Hotels are expensive. My friend who is there now (just had surgery 2 days ago) is paying $120/night at the Sommerset Suites. OUCH!!! No can do....not for 5 nights. Hey, I'm single. Another friend who is having surgery next week got a $55 rate at Days Inn. So I think I'll take that one. I want to know why Kaiser pays for flights and hotels for faraway out-of towners but not me? Maybe I should find out but I dont even know who to ask.
I also have been on the ball with getting my disability ready at work. PB faxed a letter to my job stating that I would be having major surgery on such and such date and that I would be out from 4 - 6 weeks. I found out today that on the day I go out, I have to wait 30 calendar days before I get full pay and I have to use up all my sick time first. So I figure I have 1 week of sick time, 1 week holiday pay (spring break) and two weeks differential pay (which is what I will get for 2 weeks). Differential pay is what subs make. Then on the 31st day of disability I will get differential pay and American Fidelity will kick in the rest. That sucks.....I may be hurting. I applied for summer school so hopefully that will help make up the difference.
I started reading all the paperwork again cuz so much time has passed and I forgot half the stuff Im gonna be going through. I still go online frequently to read profiles and that really helps a lot. Ok well I will update again soon! Bye for now.
March 21, 2004
WOW!!! I cant believe it....I got an Angel today. Her name is Donita and she lives real close to me. I cant wait to meet her but we did chat for a bit today. Me and Lee talked to her on speakerphone and Lee even met her husband on the phone and had some of his own personal questions to ask Bill (if u know what I mean).
Another exciting thing happened today.... Lee bought us a cruise to the Bahamas. Yep we are flying in 6 days to Florida and then boarding the next day on our Carnival cruise. We are so excited cuz neither one of us have ever been on a cruise. We wanted to go before I had surgery so that he would be getting his money's worth with the 24hr buffet's. I sure hope that I dont gain too much weight. We will return on Friday April 2nd and I will have the weekend to get ready for the hospital, go to work Monday to say Good Bye to my co-workers and then leave for San Diego on Tuesday. My mind is going in so many directions I cant think straight. I keep wondering if Im forgetting to do something.
My 19 year old son (who is developmentally delayed and obese) has been on a protein diet for a little over a week now and has lost 10lbs. He started at 242 and today is 232. He is doing so well and is not cheating at all. I was about to consider him for surgery but he is doing fine on his own. He wants a cell phone and I promised him that I would get him one if he lost 50lbs. It looks like I may have to get him one.
OH! LIFE IS GOOD!!! : )
April 3, 2004 4 more days
OH NO!!! I came home with a head cold. I went to urgent care today and the Doc said I had a really bad ear infection. I am soo bummed and surgery may be cancelled. I have no chest cold or cough but my right ear is completely clogged and the Doc even said that I may not recover all my hearing. I said "well its a good thing I know sign language". Im wondering if it is because of the wind from being on the boat??? Im not sure but I hope I can still have my surgery. I called my angel (Donita) as soon as I got home and she suggested Airborne but it doesnt look like that is going to help my infection. The Doc gave me Amoxicillin for 10 days. Well I guess I will find out Monday when I call down to PB and let my surgeon know. I will post again then.
All 242 Pounds of Me>
April 5th 2004 Two More Days
Well I was thinking about not telling my surgeon that I had an ear infection and just going on with the surgery but with all the advice from the OH chats and from my friends I went ahead and called my surgeon in San Diego and waited all day for a responce. Finally at around 5pm the nurse called me and said that Dr Mary Murphy advised me to go ahead with the surgery since I have been taking my amoxicillin and I didnt have any congestion or cough that I would be fine but that she would take one final look at me on surgery day. Whew I am so glad that I didnt try to hide the fact that I had been sick. SO tomorrow I am driving down to San Diego by myself for my pre-op and coming back home. There's no sense in me staying in a hotel when Im only 1 1/2 hr away. I will sleep better in my own bed. Tonight is my last supper and I really wanted to splurge and have a real nice dinner but I ended up taking my son to In~n~Out for a double double. It was so tasty. Came home and waited for morning.
April 6th 2004 TOMORROW!!! My new life begins......
WOW! I got my new profle....it is so pretty...Thank You Vickie for doing such a wonderful job and it couldnt have come at a better time. I am at home preparing for my surgery tomorrow. Lee is not around to take me so my baby sis Stephanie is here spending the night with me (and Sabrina too)(my lil mommy) and she is going to drive me to San Diego in the morning. Sisters.....what would you do without them? The pre-op visit went by quickly. I got weighed in and was suprised that I didnt gain any weight following my cruise. My official weigh in was 238. One guy in there from San Francisco had gained 15lbs instead of the 20 he was told to lose and was sent home. I felt so sad for him but they are very strict. He looked like he wanted to cry. Well I gotta get ready for tomorrow so I will post again when I get home. Bye for now!!!
April 10th 2004
Well I am 3 days Post Op and am doing just fine. I got home earlier today and now Im bored. My surgery was a success and Doc said I had no problems. She said that I was the perfect patient. The preparation for surgery was very nerving. My sis was with me the whole time up til they wheeled me to the OR. We cried a lot and I know she was worried. It is such a scary thing. A few hours had passed and I was in my room and my sis was there waiting. I went ahead and sent her home cuz I knew she was tired. They got me outta bed later that same evening. I had the room to myself for the first day but then the next day I got a roomie and let me tell you....the rooms at Scripps Mercy are small. I didnt use the morophine pump often and when I did use it it was for back pain. Im not taking too much pain meds now at home but if I do its still for my back....its killing me. I aslo am having cravings.. Im not hungry but the sound of food seems good to me and I think Im going through withdrawl. I am at the stage where I'm wondering if I did the right thing but I have read many profiles and that is normal. I was most worried about giving up soda but that is not bothering me at all. I want a carne asada burrito in the worst way. Again my lil sis Steph came through for me and drove 2 hours to San Diego to pick me up and then bought groceries that I needed. I cant wait to eat!!! I feel like someone socked me so hard in the stomach and took my breath away. Well I will post more when I am up to it I am feeling a lil tired and my back hurts from sitting typing. Talk to ya soon!
April 15th 8days post op
I am doing and feeling just great. I am still hungry in my head and Im sure that wont go away for long time. I have a circle of friends who I can call and get advice from. I am still on clear liquids and its really getting to me. I cheated and made myself a soft scrambled egg and it went down so good. I only ate half but my friend scolded me and told me that I should really wait til the Doc says that I can eat. I also sucked on a bread stick from Lil Ceasars mmmmm it was so tasty. No problems with the egg. I am still burping a lot with every sip of water. I contracted a yeast infection and friends say that its from the anesthetic that Im on. I went to Wal-Mart today and got me some cream. I am now sleeping on my bed which has helped my back a lot. I am sleeping flat on my back. I guess the couch was not good for me. It is hard for me to get all the water in that Im supposed to have but when I go to the chatroom at OH the support I get from there say that in time I will be able to get more water down. I hope I dont get dehydrated by then. I WANT TO EAT!!!! I've already lost 15lbs on my sisters scale and I suspect to be a fast loser. I cant wait til someone notices.
April 21 2004
2 weeks post op
What a difference 2 weeks makes. I am almost out of the stage where I am having regrets. Now that food has been re-introduced I no longer feel deprived. I went yesterday to see Dr Mary Murphy for my first post op visit and I officially lost 14lbs. WOW! that's kind of a lot for just 2 weeks. I am concerned about losing too fast. My blood pressure was elevated yesterday too and that was kind of odd but I told the nurse that I had been diagnosed with having "White Coat Syndrome" if there is such a thing. I dont usually run high blood pressure. I also told the Doc that my sugars were a lil elevated too. They are ranging from the 140's to the 180's. Im not even eating and their high. She asked me if I was having a lot of juices and I told her no cuz Im not. Hmm? I dont know why they are getting high. I still had about 10 of the steri strips on my scar and I explained to her that everytime I try to peel one off in the shower, its removing my skin with it. She got some glue remover and removed the rest of them. She could see exactly what I meant and she apologized for hurting me. My skin became raw where she peeled it off but she gave me some ointment to take home and keep on it. Another thing about my skin is that it already seems wrinkly. Doc says that Im not getting enough water in. I did find a new drink and I love it soo much that Im able to drink almost the whole glass. I bought some sugar free Kool-Aid (tropical punch) and it is sooo good. Water is just too hard to get down. I've never been a water drinker. I was officially released to eat soft foods now like soft scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, string cheese, yogurt, refried beans, and some chicken and fish. I was so excited to be able to eat. On the way home we stopped at Taco Bell and I got an order of pintos and cheese and ate about 1/2 the cup. Mmm it was so good. I also tried a potato cooked in the microwave later that evening with some "I cant believe its not butter" spray. Everything is goin down with no problem. You know what I wonder about? I wonder why do we have to eat low fat this, lite that, non fat & fat free everything? Its not like we are eating a whole lot of it. I did find some sugar free fudgecicles made with splenda ....Ooo they are good. Im still not driving but I think Im ready to. I like getting out although I tire easily. From what I hear that's normal. By George I think I'm Normal!!!!!
Me & Boyson Aaron July 2005
April 28th 2004
3 weeks post op
Well 3 weeks have past and still getting better. It seems I plateau'd with the weight loss and the healing. I had some oozing from my incision but I went to my pcp today and he said it was not infected. The oozing stopped the same day it started. I am still the same weight I was when I went to my first post op visit with my surgeon a week ago. I dont have a scale at home and Im glad I dont cuz I'd be weighing myself every hour. Im still working on trying to get all the water in. Im also still working on trying to get the walking in. Lately its been over a hundred degrees out but today it was cooler and so I got out. My scar is still very tender and Im wondering if its due to my lack of walking. I feel a tightness when I walk. I continue to do reasearch and post questions on the message board and I must say.....it is sooo beneficial. I dont know what I'd do without the AMOS family.
Oh yeah my PCP at Kaiser told me today that I was lucky to have this surgery when I did because he believes that Kaiser is going to stop paying for the procedure. Well we'll see about that! Anyway not much to post here...Im still on soft foods but Im anxious to try some different foods. I want something spicy and hot but Im not sure my new pouch will be able to handle it. So I wait and let time pass to heal my new stomach.
May 7th 2004
1 month post op
Hey folks....I finally learned how to kick start the weight loss......I need to EAT!!! I noticed that when I starve, I dont lose any weight. As soon as I started eating the weight started coming off again. I think since last post I lost another 8lbs. Im not exactly sure. I've been trying new foods and havent had a problem yet. Today I went to lunch at a pizza joint with my son and his club members and I ate: 1 buffalo wing, some deli meat, and 1 bite of pizza. When I was done, I was sooo full and I felt sick cuz it was like my stomach was contracting and was too tight with food. After about 30 min I was burping and relieving some of the air. I came home and was so tired I took a nap. I still tire easily. Then when I woke up my former student was knocking at my door with beef soup, rice and some goodies.He works at a Mexican fast food place. Thank You Sandon!!! You're the best!!! I will eat off of that soup for like a week.
I am supposed to go back to work in a week but as sore as I am I dont think I can do it.I feel more sore than I did in the beginning. I am still sleeping flat on my back cuz I am unable to lay on my side. I still have a hole in the middle of my incision the size of a straw. It really oozes sometimes when Im overdoing it and its hot. I feel I should've been completely healed by now but maybe Im just a slow healer or Im not doing something right. I had to wear my binder today to hold my stomach and it has helped. I have never worn it ... not even in the hospital cuz Dr Mary said that it wasnt doing me any good anyway cuz it fit me weird. Anyway that's all I have now for my first month post op. I will go back to San Diego in a week and see if Im released to go back to work and see how much weight I lost officially. I will post then.
May 14th 2004
5 1/2 weeks post
I went to see Dr Mary in San Diego yesterday. She gave me a big hug (as I think she does all her post-ops). I officially lost 24lbs according to her charts. I really dont feel like I have lost that much cuz Im still in all my same clothes and as a matter of fact, they're still tight on me. lol I guess they were super tight before. I must have really been stretching them out. I told Dr Mary that I've been real fortunate that I have not dumped, got nausea, or had any problems with food. I can eat almost anything. I have had no complications with this surgery whatsoever except the small hole in my incision and the fact that its still real sore. Well anyhoo I was released to go back to work on Tuesday May 18th. Ugh! I guess Im ready but trust me Im not gonna be doin much.
While in San Diego we went to the zoo. We did a lot of walking and the back of my legs are still hurting. It was such a nice day to walk around the zoo. I really wanted to go to Tijuana but we're gonna do that next time.
After bragging so much yesterday about how I dont have any problems with food, today I was busy and didnt get a chance to eat so I stopped at Weinerschnitzel and got a breakfast burrito with egg, cheese, and some chili. I took like 3 bites and it is currently 6:15pm and it is still sitting with me. I cant even seem to get water in cuz its making me feel real full. I think its the tortilla that is staying with me. I should've gotten a fork and ate only the middle. I am still eating too fast and I havent learned to take 30 minutes to eat.
Well its Friday night now and Im gonna get up and see what there is to do. Signing off!
June 7th 2004
2 months Post-Op
Well lets see.....things are going slowly but surely and Im fortunate that I have not had one single problem. The tiny opening I had in my insision closed up and my scar looks real good. I also got a call last week from my PCP at Kaiser and he said that my Potassium levels were really low and to go pick up a prescription. So now Im on Potassium pills. For how long, who knows. I think I've lost about 35lbs so far but Im not exactly sure cuz I dont have a scale. My clothes are still fitting me, and actually my pants are still tight. My tops are hanging on me so I guess most of my weight loss is from my waist up. I did manage to fit into some shorts I had from 3 years ago that I couldnt get over my thighs and Im so happy to get into them again. I am eating almost anything with no problemo. Its kinda scary that I think I can have sugar too and no dumping. I have yet experienced a dumping experience. I do feel that bread and tortilla sits solid in my pouch so I stay away from that. I am able to eat hamburger meat, lunch meats, chicken wings, (buffalo style) I even had some carne asada meat but that was tough and I had to chew for days. I havent tried salad yet and Im scared to as I have heard that its hard to digest. I have no problem with fruit and I cant believe how many cherries I can eat at one sitting. Watermelon goes down real good too. I eat a lot of things from the can cuz I hate cooking and its just so much easier. If I go out to eat I usually get chicken strips or my favorite is at Taco Bell I order a combination burrito without the tortilla and have them put it in a bowl. I can eat almost the whole thing.
Water is still a problem for me and Im just not thirsty so I have to remind myself to get some fluids in. I drink a lot of sf Peach Snapple Ice Tea and I also get in a lot of sf Kool-Aid. Some days I wake up and my kidneys hurt real bad so then I really concentrate on getting as much water in as I can.
I still have the lazies and dont exercise much but every now and again I get out and walk. I went back to work at 7 weeks and am ready for school to be out this Thursday. I really want to lose enough weight so that when I return to work in September people would really see the results. I really thought that I was gonna be a fast loser but obviously Im a slow one. My mama always said that since I was born backwards (breach) I was slow at everything....lol. I guess that's it for this month.
June 15th 2004
I fit into my most favorite shorts today......the ones I couldnt even get over my thighs the day before surgery. I am soooo jazzed its a great feeling. I dont know how much I lost but I think Im down about 40lbs. I dont have a scale. Things are great!
June 30th 2004
12 weeks post op
Today is 12 weeks out and Im doin great! I had a bit of diahrrea last week and I wasnt quite sure why but I think it was the Gatorade I was drinking. I kept drinking more so that I wouldnt become dehydrated but things just kept gettin worse. I took some liquid Imodium and that helped but then I'd go back to Gatorade and it would start all over again. Finally I quit drinking the Gatorade and now Im all better. I also was eating a lot of watermelon which wasnt giving me a problem before so I cut that out too. I have lost about 45 lbs (I think) and cleaned out my closet of all my fat clothes. I went to Wal-Mart the other day and I didnt have to buy a top from the Fat Lady section. I got it on the regular people size and I got an XL. I was elated. Yesterday my sister Evelyn took me and my son to Rosarito Beach in Mexico. We had sooo much fun and she begged me to ride a horse. It took 2 men to get me up on that horse but I did it. I was soooo scared at first but as we trotted along the shore it became easier. That was the first time I had ever rode a horse. We hit a few taco stands and I ate 2 tacos but they were itty bitty. I like the new and exciting things that are happening to me. I go for my 3 month post op visit in San Diego on the 13th of July so I will post my official weight loss then. It's great not having a scale.
Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!!!
Me...The "Clight" Lady>
July 23rd 2004
3 1/2 months post-op
Well lets see now.....I went to see Doc Mary on the 13th of this month. My official weight loss is 44 lbs. She said that was a good loss but DANG I see so many people here that have lost soooo much more in 3 months. I really thought I was gonna go faster but Oh well! *sigh* I am down a few more lbs since then too but I'm not sure. All my labs were lookin good and everything was perfect except my potassium levels. I am now taking my potassium supplements faithfully. After the Dr visit, went to Tijuana and Rosarito beach. We had lots of fun down there and ate some tacos and did some shopping and we even rode the horses.
Anyways I have a few bets goin on with my sister and my nieces. My sister is determened to lose weight with me on her own just to prove that I didnt need surgery. She kept up with me (we were about the same weight) and I might add that she is doin great. I am 10 lbs less than her now but she insists that she is gonna catch up to that too. My niece Alex weighs 162 right now and I have until Oct. 7th (6 months from surgery date) to be less weight than her. Even if its 1lb. If I can do it, she has to buy me a new outfit. I have 30lbs to go and 2 1/2 months to do it. Now my other niece Stephanie weighs 135 and I have one year from surgery date to get less than that. That one is a long shot and we'll just wait and see.
I still havent started an exercise program as I am still very lazy. Surgery hasnt changed that for me. I have one week of summer school left and then I'll be off for the whole month of August so maybe I can get my butt in gear and be thinner for the new school year. I'm going to a new school in September so no one will have known that I have been fatter. I did pull out my cruise pics from just 1 week before surgery and I can really see the difference.
Oh yeah....Just wanted to shout out that I am going to be an Angel for Rosie and Ronda....Hope I serve them well!
Alrighty then thats it for now........Over and Out!
August 18th 2004
19 weeks post op
Ok lets see..... My birthday was 2 days ago so now I'm 42 but now I feel like I'm 22. Life has been real good. I have met some fabulous people here at OH and just this last weekend hosted my own weight loss support meeting/party. My angelette "Help Me Ronda" and "Rachel Q" helped get this karaoke gig party luai thingy together and it came off without a hitch and so many people attended and it was such a success. I met so many new friends and cant wait to do it again. Then the next day after the party I went to Vegas for my birthday and believe it or not, had a good time. I won about $200 on my bday but then the next day my luck ran out. I did some karaoke by myself and met a lady that was also alone and me and her had a good time. We went to a variety show and did lots and lots of walking. Im feeling much more mobile these days and I can finally feel the weight loss. I am now down about 60 lbs which puts me about 180. I am still able to eat anything I want without any problems. Food is good to me.
Well that is it for now and I will report again soon!
October 7th 2004
6 Months Post-op
Well today is my 6 months update. I didnt win the bet I had with my niece (to be less weight than her) so I had to buy her some clothes. I had already done that a few weeks ago when I knew I wouldnt win. My current weight (home scale) is 173. That puts me at a loss of 67lbs. I think the docs scale would be about 65. I am losing slower and slower as I am still lazy. I have yet to get myself in an exercise program. I am still able to eat whatever I want and I eat often but still my pouch is small and limits my intake. (sugar is not a problem for me either). I still have a hard time getting all the water in. I was never a water drinker to begin with. I do drink a lot of Peach diet Snapple.
I got a call from Pacific Bariatrics and my surgeon Dr Mary Murphy is no longer with PB. She has her own private practice and she does not take Kaiser so I have to get a new Dr. I have yet to make an appointment.
I continue to read and post frequently on the OH message boards as I rely on them for online support. I am going to do another Karaoke Party in November in Whittier. I am really looking forward to it as I enjoy meeting new friends.
I started to lose hair about a month ago and so I decided to cut it to minimize the loss which really helped.(Thank you Kelli G.) My skin is becoming more and more wrinkly and my sister is constantly telling me how old I'm looking and asking if I have a bra on. Now she knows damn well that I wouldnt leave the house without a bra on. She is just making a point that my boobs are really sagging. (.)(.) My sister has not once said one nice thing about my new looks.
Life is still good to me but right now, things are stressful with my car problems, and my rent increase all at once. I really hope things get better for me and I'm curious still as to where I'll end up.
Ciao for now.
Nov. 8th 2004
7 months Post Op
It doesnt seem like its been 7 months already. I feel so great and I dont even feel like I ever had surgery. My current weight is 171 which puts me at a loss of only 2lbs from last month. That is sad but I only have myself to blame. I hear that many reach long plateaus and I've been reminded that it will resume. If I dont lose anymore weight I would be happy with where I'm at today. My biggest fear is that I start gaining weight. I am wearing a size 16 comfortably and Large or XL top. I have lost more weight from the waist up and I still have my big ole apron. I sure hope that Kaiser will pay for a tummy tuck when I'm done.
We just had our 2nd Karaoke support party 2 days ago at Lisa Pitts house in Whittier. It was quite the turn out as many of the same people I've met before showed up and I met some new ones. I also met a woman named Mary Ann with whom I just clicked with and we've been emailing eachother and then I felt drawn to become her Angel and mentor. She was elated that she went to a party that she didnt know a single soul and then walk away with so many new friends. It was such a great feeling to make someone feel the way Mary Ann felt about having an angel.
A week before the karaoke party I went to Hollywood for the OH Convention and met quite a few people ourselves. We only went to the party on Saturday and didnt make it to any of the sessions but had a BLAST.
Christmas is right around the corner and that is starting to put stress on me. We are planning a Christmas Karaoke party on Dec. 4th for our OH friends in Palmdale. Well that's it now for my 7 month update.
Me and My Angelettes Ronda and Mary Ann
December 7th 2004
8 months post op
Well I am finally just barely in the 160's. I hit a long ass plateau and got stuck at 170 for a long time. I barley got to 169 and I may be stuck there for a long ass time too. I am not doing good with what I'm eating. I tend to eat too often. I'm always hungry and sometimes I mistake thirst for hunger cuz I really dont drink that much either. That may be my problem but Im just never thirsty. I have become a coffee drinker even tho I was never one before. I drink decaf and it fills me up so I try to have some when I get hungry.
One thing I did discover was that sugar was giving me some raunchy gas. The first few months after surgery (when I was being good and not having any sugar)I never experienced the gas that everyone was talking bout. I was like all excited cuz I thought it skipped me. Then sugar and sugar alcohols came into my life. WHOA! Big mistake. I couldnt figure out how come I didnt dump but the gas was a form of dumping for me. So when I stopped sugar and sugar alcohol for a few days ..... my gas went away. If I know I'm not gonna be around people then I'll have my sugar and stay at home.
We had another karaoke event at Donna's house in Lancaster. We had such a blast. Love meeting new people. December we are very busy with party's and gigs. I like to stay busy and be on the run.
Well Christmas is almost here and so is the stress. I just want it to be over. I put up my fake table top tree and that's about it.
Well Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year too!!!
Oh P.S. The hair has stopped falling out...Whew!!!
January 7th 2005
9 months Post Op
I now weigh 165 that is about 4 lbs from last month. It seems I'll be stuck here for a while too. I am wearing a size 16 but transitioning to a 14. My stomach is still big. Now eating almost normal sized meals and drinking way more water than before. I have also become quite the coffee drinker. I like that its warm and fills up my pouch if I get hungry. Im still getting hungry too often. I try to drink decaf most of the time and use lo or non fat milk and 2 splendas. The hair loss has stopped completely and my drains in my sink are unclogged.
Christmas came and went and Im glad that its over. I survived it. Not a whole lot happening in January. We did a gig at Club Bounce and invited our OH friends and it was a disaster. The owner brought her dog into the club and let him run around. We wont be going there again. Thanks to all our OH friends who came to show us support.
Well that's all I can think of for now. I'll update again if I think of more.
February 7th 2005 10 Months Post-Op
OMG Guess What??? I made POTW (person of the week) and I am so thrilled. My dear friend Rachel Q and substitute angel handed me her crown. What a thrill and surprise it was for me and I felt so loved. Thank You Rachel for picking me.
I Made POTW
My current weight is still 165. I have no one to blame but me. I eat horribly. I eat frequently during the day. I try to be good and I tell myself every morning that today will be the day that I will eat healthy but I forget about it by noon. I am getting lots more water in than before. I am wearing a size 14 or 16 depending on the style and what's really weird is that when I look at the pants your brain tells you that your body will never fit in those but they do. Everything was a success and I am so happy for her. Ronda is well loved and had many visitors. We spent the night with her husband Rich and took him out on the town. He is a blast. We also got to meet all the Sandy Eggo peeps for breakfast on Saturday Morning.
I have been experiencing a lot of shoulder, neck and back pain for reasons I dont know why. I went to see my Kaiser doc on Thursday Feb 3rd and he gave me some muscle relaxers that arent working. Doc said it could be the weight on my breasts as I am still in a DD cup. He says if it continues or gets worse, he will refer me for a possible breast lift.
Lee and I went to San Diego to be with our Angelette Ronda who had her sugery on the 4th.
Later that day... Sheryl and I went to Tijuana and we had a blast and also stocked up on some clight. I walked many miles with Sheryl and had fun shopping
We have many events coming up and are excited to keep busy. Our next event is this coming Saturday the 12th for a Karaoke Valentine party.
That is it for now and I'll update again if I have forgotten anything. OUT!!!
March 7th 2005
11 Months Post Op
My current weight is 164.5 that is half a pound down from last month and the month before that. I have no one to blame but myself. I don't exercise and I eat often and sit at the computer too much. I keep saying every morning that this will be the day that I start...just like before and by noon I have forgotten. I tell myself that I am going to be a failure and will gain all the weight back but friends keep reminding me to stay positive. I just love my OH friends!!! If it wasnt for all the support and positive things they tell me I would've already been letting myself fail. Instead with their encouragement I keep trying.
We just bid farewell to one of the coolest ladies here on OH. Mary Ann held a party at her house for Caroline Martin. There were a ton of people that showed up. A few of them drove hours just to come. It was a complete blast and a successful party.
Well there is not much else to post. Things are about the same with me. I am just about the same girl I was as a pre-op only eating in smaller portions but even those are becoming larger too. I am still a junk food junkie.
April 3rd 2005 and met up with Hiram and went to Tijuana. We had a blast. Those San Diego peeps are really fun and I love partying with them. It was a great turn out. Here is a pic of me dancing...
Went to San Diego for the "Fools & Losers" party. I carpooled with Ronda ..................
April 7th 2005 One Year Post-OpOne Year Post OP 165lbs>
Well to be truthful....I am really not that excited. I have lost a total of 75 lbs and am wearing a size 16. sometimes I can get into a 14 depending on the style. I have plateaued now for the last 4 months. I am at 165 or 164lbs depending on the day. I eat waaaay too much. I dont exercise and I am still lazy. I do however have much more mobility than before....
I have met a great many people here on OH and have many new friends and there are still many more to meet.
My life hasnt changed much as I am still me and I still see myself exactly the same in the mirror. I cannot even tell I've lost weight. I can see it in pictures.....but not in the mirror. I have changed physically. I no longer have ANY health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. I did experience some irregularity with my menstral cycle and having some major hot flashes but now since I've been on the birth control patch...those have ceased.
I would like to say that I am extremely pleased in my decision to have weight loss surgery and I wouldnt hesitate to do it again or encourage anyone to have it. My regrets are that I am not as well disciplined as I'd like to be in my eating habits and in exercising. If I had to do it all over again....that is what I would change, especially in the beginning stages because that is where we lose weight the fastest. So for you pre-ops take advantage of your "window" and stick with it!!!
Take Care All
April 19th 2005
Footnote: I just wanted to add that I love the Ortho Evra Patch. I began taking it 4 weeks ago to help kickstart my cycles and to help with the hot flashes. My first week of putting the patch on my hot flashes stopped and all of a sudden I was cold all the time. I'll take being cold anytime over hot. After 3 weeks of the patch....I took one week off to begin my period. It came down after 5 months without having one. I had some MAJOR cramping for days but I took Motrin 800mgs. Now this is not recommended for new post-ops but since I am a year out....I got advised that I would be ok to take once in a while when its really needed. I noticed that on day 7 with no patch the hot flashes returned which in turn reminded me that it was time for a new cycle of patches. I just LOVE the "Patch" ....and I recommend it highly.
Me in the Grass
July 7th 2005
15 Months Post Op
One year and 3 months later....My current weight is 163....that is just a 2lb loss in the last 6 months. I am still in the "OBESE" catagory and really I haven't wanted to update my profile as there is really not much to say. I am still a junk food junkie and I still cannot seem to get myself moving. I am still very very lazy. I sometimes wish that I could get my surgery done all over again and start again. Maybe this time I would follow the rules like I'm supposed to. Some days I'm conscious of what I'm eating but other days...I just don't care. I eat sweets when I want and carbs too. I have the worst gas now more than EVER!!! I'm not sure if its what I am eating or just the surgery itself.
I still frequent the OH message boards and look for others just like me. I still go to dinners and parties and enjoy hanging with my OH peers.
Ronda & Mary Ann my 2 angelettes are doing WONDERFUL. I am so jealous of their success as they have just about passed me up. I will soon be getting their hand me downs.
I visited my PCP a few weeks ago and asked for a referral for a breast reduction and tummy tuck but haven't gotten the paper work yet. I also was experiencing low blood sugars after activities and my Dr said to eat more frequently. I think that is my problem for being stalled for the last 6 months is that I eat too frequntly. Sure.....I'll eat only a half a hamburger at one sitting but I'll eat the other half an hour later.....so what's the point?
I was on the patch for 3 months and was experiencing severe menstral cramping. I asked myself....which is worse...the hot flashes or the cramps? I have now been off the patch for a month and still no period. I think the hot flashes are returning but not sure as they are mild and its summer time so it could just be the heat.
Well that is it for now.....I better quit before I really depress myself. I hope to write a better update next time.
Til we meet again!!!
August 17th 2005
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Lee and Ronda planned a surprise party for me with so many friends. He first took me to Catalina Island to throw me off but I kinda knew he was up to something when he said we had to be back by 4pm. We had a really nice day at Catalina...then on the way home he stopped and picked up my boys and we drove over to the Elephant Bar in Montclair. There were about 25 people there waiting for me to yell surprise!!!! I couldnt believe how many OH friends showed up. I got a lot of great presents and after we ate we went to Don Jose's for some karaoke. I got a little tipsy ok a lot tipsey but hey....it was my Birthday. I have never had a party like that before in my life and I just cant get over how much love I felt. It was the best party EVER!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
I have a plastic surgery Angel....Thank you Laurie!!!
October 16th 2005
I am now weighing 170 lbs. I have gained about 7 lbs in the last month or so. It may be because my PCP put me on Prozac to help with my transition through menopause or it just could be cuz I like to eat? I was on Prozac for 2 months and it didnt do squat for me so I took myself off of it. I do eat regular sized meals now and if you didnt know me.....and we ate at a restaurant together...you would not know that I had wls. I had my consult with the Kaiser plastics surgeon last week and I didnt qualify for a breast reduction as they need to remove 400 cc's of mass which would leave me with an A cup. They do not remove any of the fat from the sides and so he said they would look funny. I did qualify however to have a panniculectomy which I am sooo excited about. With the weight gain...it has inspired me to get my ass in gear and start exercising. I have until January to lose 20-25lbs to have better results from my panni. I started walking and the apartments that I live in.....will open a state of the art gym in 2 weeks. I got a preview of it and I cant wait til its opened so I can get in there.
I have been going to many OH events and spending a lot of time with my new friends. They are not just OH friends but REAL friends. If I no longer lose any more weight I at least have gained true friendships.
I have not updated my profile in a while and many things have occured. We have lost John Ott in his battle to fight obesity. We will miss John's daily poems but have his sisters Janice and Terri to keep the poems coming. R.I.P. John!
February 6th 2006
Today I went to see my plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen West from Kaiser in Fontana. He said I am a go for panni removal. He talked to me about having 2 surgerys cuz my middle is also big. He wanted me to wait and lose more weight but I tried and I just can't. So he is gonna do the panni removal first, then later do a second surgery for the middle. He said that it would be covered due to rashes and a small hernia. He also said that I would have 2 big scars but at this point..... It doesnt really matter. I just want to be able to fit into some nice panties instead of grandma pants.
SO March 8th 2006 I will have my big ole hanging stomach cut off. I hope I lose 2 pant sizes. I am a size 14/16 now
I'm so excited I dont even know how to act. Bye for now.....Gotta go shopping!
March 1st 2006
Wow what a great month February was....It was Valentines & went on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera .....Ooo is was FABULOUS! We took boyson Aaron with us and he too had a most wonderful time. Aaron even got kissed for the first time . It was a 7 day cruise and we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. It was a dream trip and we met so many people. We even met a couple who lives near us which we are anxious to hang out with. Cabo San Lucas was my favorite....we went whale watching and got up close and personal with the whales. I loooove being on the water. There was soooo much food all day long and I thought for sure that I would put on a few pounds. On the contrary...I LOST 3 lbs. I think it is because there was so much food prepared for me at all times, I chose the healthy stuff over the bad stuff. I ate 3 times a day and NEVER snacked. That is the key to success.
During our cruise, my co-worker Terri and angelette, had a successful RNY. Yeah! She had it done laproscopicly and she is doing great.
One week from today, I will go under the knife for my panni removal. Ooo I am so giddy about being able to wear some sexy panties. You have no idea. I dont own a pair right now....most of them are all Grandma pants and I really dont have a clue what size to buy. I want a black thong with some rhinestones on the back. So this time next week....I will hopefully own a pair of thongs..and not the kind that goes on your feet. I hope to be able to show some before and after pics....some clean ones and not ones that will show all my stuff.
Well that is it for now.....Next time I update, I will be a flat belly.
March 13th 2006
Well I had my panni removed on March 8th. On Tuesday I met up with some friends for a fun evening. After midnight, I couldnt have anything else to eat or drink. My surgery was scheduled for 2pm the next afternoon. I went ahead and went to work for a few hours and then Lee picked me up at 11 and we drove to Kaiser in Fontana. I was starting to feel the nerves and was hungry as hell and just as thirsty. We get there right around noon and had to wait til 4pm til I was called. I was starting to get a headache and my neck was hurting from the stress. When I got called back, it was really fast after that. I undressd and the surgeon came in and drew on my belly where he would cut. Right after that the annesthesia doc came in and started my I.V. He says he stayed til they wheeled me in room 5. He waited in the waiting room til they called him and he says he jumped up to hear the news. He then called every one of my friends and family members on my cell. He came in the recovery room right after that to watch me wake up. He never left my side and even stayed the night at the hospital next to my bed in a recliner. The were very accomodating to him and gave him pillows, blankets and even sodas. They pumped me up with so much fluid I had to get up and pee like every hour. Thank God Lee was there cuz I know those nurses would've made me wait. They let me go the very next day and I'm wrapped up with 2 drains and a pain pump of morophine. I really feel little to no pain. I'm just extremely itchy from the tape under the binder. I have to wear this thing til March 20th before I can get it removed. I went in weighing 171 and now weigh 165. The doc says he removed 6 lbs of fat and skin and he is very accurate. Some friends say the weight loss usually isnt seen until a month or so later. I still have my middle belly and am hoping to get that done too. If not, I guess I can live with it. I'm sooo grateful to Kaiser for removing my hanging gut. I can now wear better jeans without people looking at my big ole gut.
I must say that if you are reading this as a reference, get your hubby to take good care of you.
Well that's it for now, next month will be my 2 year anniversary... 2 years already? Wow how time has flown.
2 Years Post Op April 7th 2006.
Well 2 years have passed and my life has changed completely. I am waaay healthier, thinner, (not as thin as I'd like) and just plain ole happier. I like who I am but most of all.......I have FRIENDS. I have met the most amazing people here and some have become very close friends. I still try and get out to all the OH functions and dinners as often as I can. Last month I had my panniculectomy done and I'm healing just fine. It's not as pretty as those who've had the whole tummy tuck thing but its nice. I at first lost 7 lbs but have gained it all back + 2 more. I've not been very active but plan on getting back to the gym soon. I'm still just a tad bit sore.
It doesnt seem like 2 years. I still have 30-40 lbs to lose and now its a struggle. My Plastics Dr said that if I lose 30 more, he will do my upper stomach that is huge and cut that off too. I hate that it sticks out more than my boobs.
I eat now like a regular pre-op person. I really don't watch what I eat. There are times that my pouch works and I still could never eat as much as before but sometimes I get scared cuz I come close. I don't have any regrets about the surgery, just regrets that I didnt push myself harder and work at getting all the weight off. At times I still feel fat but I do have way more confidence in myself than before. I am wearing a size 14 pants and an XL top (I have big boobs). I am much more active than before and sex is still good and even "gooder" with the hanging gut gone.
The advice I have for you pre-ops is: take advantage of your "window" (first 6 months) and lose as much weight as you can. It's hard work after that. Follow your Dr's protocol (even if it sucks.....this means you Terri...Ya you)! Those are guidelines for a reason and I didnt follow them like I should have thus NOT losing all my weight. Having bypass surgery is not the easy way out. It is a tool and if you fail to use it, you will not succeed. My total weight loss is only about 75lbs. I'm happy of course but it could've been better. I do fear gaining a lot of my weight back.
3 Years Post Op April 6th 2007. Hmm I really didnt want to update but Kevin pointed out on the board that newbies are reading profiles. I think this is one profile that is a must read as after 3 years of WLS, I am slowly but surely gaining weight. I eat just like I did as a pre-op and actually, if I had lunch with someone that didnt know me, they wouldn't know that I altered my stomach. Last week I had my 3 year check up and all my blood work done and other than a little low on iron, I am doing wonderful. I still have the diabetes under control and my B-12 is fine even though I havent taken them for the last few months. I havent been taking my vitamins either. I will however get back on them as I know it is a lifetime commitment. I am still happy as where I am with my weight but would love to do it all over again and discipline myself a lot harder. I have no control of my choices of food. I'll eat anything. Chinese food does still create a problem for me. Not sure what it is that's in it that does it to me.
I still don't exercise (never have) but I really wish I had the energy to do so.
After my panni removal, I noticed the weight shifting to my middle. My middle stomach is so big now and I really wish I could get all that skin and fat removed but I don't think its gonna happen any time soon.
I am currntly in a size 16 (I used to be a 14). I have gained a total of 15-18lbs (depending on what time of day it is). I don't watch the scale as often anymore.
So if there are any newbies still reading this, BEWARE.....don't think like I did and think the small stomach lasts forever cuz it really only lasts (for me anyway) about 2 years.
Happy 3 Years to me!
Irvine OH Convention April 14th & 15th 2007
What a great time I had at the OH Convention in Irvine. I got to meet my idols Amy Williams & "Tooter". They were sooo real and down to earth. I also finally met Eric Klein (founder of ObesityHelp) and had a nice chat with him. I also met Dr Marcy, Melissa Mermaid, Bo & his lovely wife Sheryl and so many others to mention. I didnt attend any of the classes. I only went to socialize and have fun. It was a very memorable weekend with great f riends and many new ones. Here are a few pics.
Me & Eric Klein
Me & Amy Williams & "Tooter"
UPDATE: February 22, 2008
I am now a single woman. My relationship with Lee has ended. Neither of us had big problems with eachother and there was no cheating or untrusting with eachother. It just wasn't there for me anymore. I just told him I was moving out within 10 days. He didn't believe me at first but I had to show him proof. The next day, he moved out....(while I was at work).
I've gotten so much support from my friends and greater support from my 3 sisters (and God Daughter) who helped me move out of my condo in just 2 days.....My whole condo went in the trash. I didn't save a thing. I'll be living with my sisters here and there and saving all my rent money I was paying and just buying all new stuff. I plan on having a housewarming party when I get back on my feet.
Well I lost 200lbs (Lee) and now maybe I can concentrate on me and drop a few lbs I've gained over the last 2 years. It's all about me now. I am so proud of ME! I will stay single for a while and find myself.
"ALL ABOUT ME 2008"
4 Years Post Op April 25th 2008.
Well my 4 year anniversary came and went without notice. I really wasn't paying attention. It's now no big deal. OK so I had Weight Loss Surgery 4 years ago and today you wouldn't even know it. I totally eat like a normal person. My lowest weight was 163 and my current weight is 183. 20lbs is not that bad for 4 years.....(I keep telling myself). I am now in a size 16 but an 18 feels better. I do know that I have the tool and on very few occassions it does work. Some days I eat like I could never get full, then there are those rare days that the stomach works. Hmmm? Not sure why. I buy Devrom to help with some stomach issures. Devrom has the same active ingrediant as Pepto Bismol and it actuallly coats and calms my stomach too. I do believe if I would just get out and walk, I would drop some weight. I still don't overeat and if that is the one thing I got out of this surgery......it was all worth it. I do however eat frequently and when I'm bored, which is a lot lately, I tend to look for food. At the beginning of this school year we walked the track every morning with the students. I always had an excuse not to participate and just watch. Now, we no longer walk, and I wish we could so I could walk with them. School is almost out and I haven't decided to work summer school or not. I'm thinking I should so I don't stay home and do nothing for 3 months. Ugggg decisions.
Well if you're a newbie and reading for reference, please don't follow in my footsteps. Follow the pouch rules, no soda, chew chew chew, no liquids with meals, and absolutely NO SNACKING! Exercise as much as possible even if its just walking.
Thanks for reading!!!
Ronda MaryAnn & Nadine 2005
Dancing with Ronda to "Hollaback Girl"
Cuddling with MaryAnn
My Family Sylvia Mary Ann Cyndi Lori Ronda & Grandma Nadine
How I feel most of the time!!!
My Angelettes ..my what a transformation!!!
Before Dec 2004 & After Dec 2005
An Old School Pic From 2001 & This years Pic 2005
I'm a proud Angel for Ronda
I'm also an Angel for Lurky Loo....She is camera shy
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