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Columbus, OH, USA
Post Op - BMI: 46.3
Surgery Type: RNY
Member ID: A1071587094
Surgeon: Bradley J. Needleman, M.D.
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The first picture I was 280lbs, the second picture is 2 1/2 mos post op @ 227lbs. Look at the difference in my FACE!!
Hi My name is Janice - I'm 40 yrs old, married with 3 children. My daughter Chante' is 18 yrs, and I have 2 sons; Eddie he's 3, and Isaiah he's 6 mos. I started considering WLS after I had my son at the age of 37 yrs old. I just felt that if I wanted to live long enough to see him graduate and marry, then I'd have to do something about my weight/health. I'm 5/6 (almost) and my weight (at admission on 1/12) was 287lbs. So welcome to My Journal to Weight Loss Surgery.
Eddie & Isaiah....
12/16/03 - 2:16pm GOT MY SURGERY DATE!! JANUARY 12, 2004 @ 7:30am!! Halelujah!! - History of my journey to have WLS. I applied to OSU Bariatric Center in October 2002. I went through a 12 week "LEARN" class which started Jan. 2003. Half way through I found out that I was pregnant. I completed my class in March of 2003. Delivered my son August 2003, and picked up where I left off. Started 4 week Nutrition classes November 17, 2003. I was BLESSED to get an early date with the Surgeon on December 16, 2003 (TODAY!!) because someone else cancelled!! Thank GOD!! Today is my meeting with the Surgeon, and I'm excited/nervous/scared and just happy, because I know that after this meeting it's just a matter of weeks before I'm on the loosing side, and the thin Janice can be unleashed!
12/29/03 - Well I have just 13 days and a wake up before I have my surgery. I've been reading many stories entred here at ObesityHelp.com and various other sites. Since I've never had someone cut on my body (externally) I am somewhat scared of having this elective surgery. I'm concerned with how I will feel afterward (pain and all), and if there will be any complications. I quit smoking yesterday, and I'm praying I never pick them up again. I'm having this surgery to improve my life, and if I continued to smoke, then what's the use in having this surgery.
1/4/2004 - I have just 7 more days and a wake up before I have my WLS. I'm so NERVOUS, SCARED, and EXCITED all in one. I'm making myself sick. I'm just so afraid something will happen to me. I know I must put my life in God's hand! He controls all and knows all!
1/6/04 - I Have an "Angel"...actually 2 Angels!! - Thank you so much Rose in GA and Cathy for volunteering to be my Angels!! I'll need all the support I can get from all fellow AMOS member who knows what I'll be going through.
1/9/04 - Well I have 2 days and a wake up and I'm on my way to surgery!!! I want to thank everyone who has sent me an e-mail and/or posted a message to my support page! These words of encouragement and well wishes are just what I need to help ease my nerves and confirm I'm doing the right thing! I've told just about everyone at my job and my immediate family about my decision to have WLS. Most are happy for me, but I sense some think I'm taking the easy way out. They have no idea how long I've researched this procedure, and ALL THE HOOPS I've had to jump, just to get to this point. I had a 12 week LEARN program I had to attend, a 4 week dietary counseling class and several tests done just to get to this stage in the process. I need to find a support group here in Columbus, Ohio, so if anyone knows of one here, please let me know. I just finished reading the handouts I received from my 4 week class which details the process from the time you arrive at the hospital, during surgery, and after surgery. I think I've finally settled and come to terms that I am finally going to have WLS and my life will forever change. I have an 18 yr old daughter, and 2 sons (3 yrs and 5 month, almost 6mos). I want to live long enough to see my sons graduate and hopefully get married and have grandchildren. Having WLS will enable me to live longer. I want to thank God for allowing me this opportunity and giving me peace of mind to follow through. There's another message board for African Americans....check it out Black American Forum.
1/12/04 - 12:52AM and I CANNOT GO TO SLEEP!! Today is the day of my SURGERY. I'm supposed to be at the hospital at 5:30am, for surgery @ 7:30am. My husband has been fasting and praying for me for almost a week. My neighbor came over and prayed with my family. I know this IS God's will for me. Who'da thunk that I would finally be blessed with the opportunity to loose the weight I've carried around with me for so many years. I've been overweight ALL MY LIFE (back to the time I can remember)!! I think I started gaining weight (from what I've been told) since I was 8 years old. Thank you God for allowing me this opportunity! I am 40 years old and I have an 18 year old daughter (Chante'), 2 sons; Eddie (soon to be 3 yrs old) and Isaiah (almost 6 months). I want to LIVE to see my babies grow up!
1/14/04 - Well I made it Home, Thank you Jesus. I made it through surgery without any complications. Just six small incisions with steri strips. I am blessed. I just wanted to check in, but I'll be back later on to post an update.
1/17/04 - I'm 5 days post op! Being able to say that..POST OP seemed like it would never get here!! Anywhooo, I made it through. I was so excited, nervous and SCARED about this surgery that I could not sleep the night before (I was also afraid of oversleeping) hehehe. I actually stayed up ALL night long! I fiddled around the house making sure I had everything ready for the hospital stay and for my family here at home. I packed my children's bag for the babysitter and layed out their clothes for the next 3 days. I didn't want to leave the choice up to my hubby. My sister is supposed to come over to help me out when I get home from surgery. She has been a great source of help to me. I just want to say "Cayla I love you so much, and I couldn't have made it through this without you! I didn't have to worry about my babies while in the hospital.
1/23/2004 - I'm almost 2 weeks post op. I'm so tired of pureed food. I need something to CHEW. When I weighed in at the hospital on surgery day, I was 287 lbs. today my scale says 268.8. That's 18.2 lbs gone! Whoohooo. Hopefully by the time I have my 2 week check-up (1/27) I will have lost 20lbs or more!
1/26/04 - Hello AMOS family. I just realized when I woke up this morning that I don't have that old back/hip pain I used to have!!! Thank God! I used to blame it on my old mattress, but I guess it was my weight after all. I weighed in at the doctors office the day of surgery at 287lbs. This morning my scale said 262.4lbs....WhhooooHooooo!! that's about 25lbs gone in exactly 2 weeks. I'll have my official weigh-in tomorrow, to see if my doctor's scales are different than mine. I know they are, but I hope by not much.
1/29/04 - Well I went for my 2 week checkup, and I've lost 25lbs in 2 weeks....WhoooHoooo!! I will say that my doctor's scales and the nutritionists scales are 3-6lbs off. So I'm tracking my weight according to my scales. Which by the way I can't see to stay off. I find myself weighing myself 2 or 3 times a day. And to my surprise, I see the weight coming off during the day. Now it doesn't happen everyday, but I've noticed on several occassions.
2/1/04 - Well today is Sunday and I went to church today for the first time since my surgery almost 3 weeks ago. I tried on my creme suit that had been too tight on me and it was loose!!! Yippie! I can see the difference in my clothes. Since surgery I really hadn't had on too many different types of clothing because I stayed in the house most of the time. The one person at my church that I told about the surgery said she could tell the weight loss. But no one else seemed to notice. Oh well, maybe 10-20 more pounds and they'll notice. I don't care, because I know they will all notice sooner or later. I finally broke that stupid 260lb mark; I now weigh 258lbs...whooohooo!!
2/16/04 - I have lost 36lbs. I'm almost at 250lbs. 1 more lb to go and I'll be at 250lbs. Whoohoo. LOL who ever thought someone would be glad to see 250??? Anywhoo, my next goal is to get under 200lbs. Hopefully I can get to this goal by my 6th month anniversary. Everyone be blessed!!
2/23/04 - I am finally below that 250lb mark. On yesterday I got on the scale and it said 247 lbs. WhoooHooo I have lost 40lbs. since my surgery on 1/12/04! Thank you JESUS for allowing me this opportunity. I go back to work next week 3/1/04 and I'm kinda nervous. I don't like a lot of attention, and I hope they don't go overboard with the compliments. I have a hard time taking compliments...weird I know, but they make me feel uncomfortable. Who knows, maybe once I've lost 100lbs. I'll be able to take a compliment better. Anywhoo, just thought I'd drop by and give you the lastest in my Weight Loss journey.
2/28/04 - Well today I am down to 240lbs. WhoooHooo...that is a 47lb loss since my surgery!!! I go back to work on Monday 3/1 and I can't wait to get out of this house! I thought I'd just drop by to post an update.
3/23/04 - Wow weee it's been awhile, almost a month since I last updated. Well, I made it back to work and back into the flow of things. I've been back for 4 weeks now, and it's almost like I never left. I weighed myself this morning and my scale says 227lbs. WhoooHooo I have lost 60lbs in 2 1/2 months. My goal is to be at or under 200lbs by my 6 month check up. I have about 3 1/2 months to go. I think I can loose 27lbs in 3 1/2 months..eh?
3/24/04 - Hello All!! I just had to post again. I just discovered that I weigh the same as my hubby!! We are both 227lbs!!! This is the first time ever!! I've always been 50 -60 lbs heavier than my hubby. WhoooHooo!!!
This next picture is my other son "Eddie." He's the TERRIBLE 3 year old!! But he's my heart!
Also, today my hubby is going to be sworn in as a U.S. Citizen! He took the test about a month ago and passed it! I'm happy for him. I'm going to attend the ceremony and take our two sons (Eddie & Isaiah) with us so we can take pictures! I need to post a new picture anyway. I think I look so much different than when I first started this journey.
Anyway, everyone be bless and have a wonderful day! I know I will!!
April 25, 2004 - Hello All! Wow it's been a month since I last updated. Well a lot has gone on in my life in one months time. I've lost a total of 72 lbs from 287 to 215lbs. God is so good. I've had a lot of heart breaking revelations within the last couple of weeks which has caused me to really loose any type of appetite I have. I have only been eating 1 meal a day if that and barely drinking water. I know if I don't pull myself together then I will be in the hospital. God please HELP me! I am probably only getting in 10-15 gms of protein and 4-10 ozs of water a day. I know this is NOT GOOD. For those of you who are reading my profile, please, please say a word of prayer for me.
June 1, 2004 - WOW !!! Dang it's been over a month since I last updated my profile. I apologize for falling down on the job. But Soooooo MUCH has happened in a months time.
August 16, 2004 - I know, I know...haven't updated my profile in 2 months. I hate it when I read a profile that is not consistently updated. Well I apologize to anyone who has been following my progress. I now weigh 196 lbs. I've only lost 3lbs since June 1st. I have been on the plateu from Hell! Excuse my language. I'm not too upset basically because I haven't exercised nor do I drink the proper amount of water or take in the correct amount of protein...and on top of that...I have the nerve to eat things I KNOW I shouldn't. What is wrong with me. Sugar doesn't make me sick...oh how I wished it did. So it's no wonder I've only lost 3 lbs in the past 2 months. I fluctuate between 196-198lbs.
September 1, 2004 - Well at least I didn't wait 1-2 months to give an update...hehe. Anywhoo, I'm doing just fine. I have gotten back on the wagon some. I could do a lot better. But, guess what??? The scales moved again...Yeah!! I'm down to 194.6 lbs....WhooooHoooo!! Lemme see..that's ummm 92.4 lbs. I have 7.6 lbs to go before I make it to the century club. I will be 8 months post op on Septembe 12. I hope I make it by them. I will if I get my butt out and exercise. I'm gonna do it...JUST DO IT JANICE. Sometimes when there's no one else to pump me up, I have to pump myself up.
January 21, 2005 - OMG it's been ummm, errr, ummm almost 4 months since I last updated. It was my intention to update on a regular basis. Well, I guess you figured I didn't do what I was supposed to do based on my last posting.
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Surgeon: Bradley J. Needleman, M.D.
When I met with Dr. Needleman I was pleased with his attitude. He made me feel very comfortable and he explained everything I needed to know. I had a long list of questions, but by the time he finished talking he had answered the majority of my questions. I only had a few I needed to ask. His secretary "Suzy" is just a bundle of joy. She is so pleasant and makes everyone feel very welcomed. His nurse "Karen" was very helpful and pleasant as well. I'll have more to say about Dr. Needleman once I've had my surgery..lol. UPDATE: had my surgery 1/12/04 and everything went perfect. No complications, no NG Tube! My scars are barely noticeable! Thank you so much Doctor Needleman for performing my surgery and giving me the opportunity to use this tool so I can finally see the inner person.
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Since OSU has a strigent course of action that must be met prior to your application being sent to the insurance company, it only took approximately 2 weeks before I was approved. I had everything Medical Mutual required prior to submission. OSU knows what's necessary, and by the time your application is submitted, you have everything they require.