I am so excited about this opportunity. I had the Lap Band Surgery three years ago and have had a sucessful 80 lbs. weight loss, however, I have had three revisions (2 due to port problems and 1 due to a slipped band). I am currently having reflux and believe there may be another problem. Other than all the other co-morbities that I currently have, I am not willing to have the band revised again! I am ready to try to Micropouch. I had an appointment with Dr. Hendrick at the CORI center in Warren and was really impressed with them. Another bump in the road though. Dr. Hendrick resigned and I was given Dr. Kole. I have an appointment with him on June 27th. I hope at that time I can have a surgery date. I have done the pre-op testing that was required for me and the Psych. I am ready to go. I pray that if this is what God has for me, that it will be uneventful and without complications. Please keep me in your prayers.
I cant wait for my appointment tomorrow! If everything goes well I will have a surgery date when I leave the Dr's office!
I went for my re-consult with Dr. Kole today. He was very nice. I did have to wait for about a half an hour. The staff at CORI is exceptional. The nurses were very friendly and pleasant. I did not get a date. He told me he would be out of town next week and would not do the surgery and leave to go out of town. I am pretty happy about that. I don't want a surgeon who is about getting numbers of surgeries done. I want someone who is concerned about my well being. He is. I am excited.
I have a date! Well, this morning I got July 5th. I was very excited, however, after the person on the phone talked with Dr. Kole, he explained that he would be going out of town and needed me to be scheduled for the following week. (What a bummer) I am excited to have a date scheduled for 7/11/05. I can eat with my family on the 4th and also go out of town for a week before surgery. Everything happens for a reason. I believe the Lord has been with me all along on this journey and I am happy about having a date. Now I must start doing my shopping for post-op food. Oh, by the way. My upper GI results showed that I had "puddling" around my band...it's slipping AGAIN! Time to get this thing out! I wish I had gotten the Micropouch in the first place.
Well, I have talked to the people at Harper Hospital and scheduled my pre-op testing for Monday. I also picked up my medicine(lovenox and pain meds) I hope that I can find some protein shakes that I like. I am going to start searching today. I am actually starting to get nervous, but I know that God is with me and already has a plan in place. They say that the pre-op testing takes one and a half hours. I will let you know.
How time flies when you're having fun! I went for pre-op testing and they were correct. 1 hour and you're out! I went in and the staff was very friendly and up-beat. They made me feel relaxed about having surgery at Harper (I have not had any previous association with this hospital). I had an EKG, I had a chest x-ray, blood work and Q and A's with the nurses and the anesthesialogest (sp?). They were very nice. This weekend my family and I went up to Boyne Mt. to relax and we ate lots of good food. Tonight I went to Olive Garden and ate my FINAL MEAL! I didn't over do it. I just ate what I liked and relaxed with my family. I got pretty nervous a few times this weekend talking about the surgery with my hubby. I know that everything is in divine order. I keep praying that if God has this in His plan, everything will run smoothly. So far, no kinks. The staff person from Harper called today while I was driving home. They told me to be at the hospital at 5:30 am on Monday. They also went over my diet for the next few days. Tomorrow begins a full liquid diet and Sunday, clear liquids and a laxative in the morning. What joy! Anyway, I know that I will do whatever is necessary. I don't want any complications. Talk to you all soon and may God bless you.
Well, I only have tonight and tomorrow is the big day. I am nervous and excited. I woke up today and had to take the laxative. It REALLY works. I thought I wouldn't be able to make it to church, but I thought I better (especially in case I am going to see HIM tomorrow). I know that sounds terrible, but true. Church really uplifted me. I feel much more relaxed after going. The message was out of Exodus 14- when the Isrealites left Egypt. They were excited to leave, but when Pharoah and the troops were after them, they began to question Moses if Egypt was really as bad as it could get. They were doing like me, turning back. Is this weight really that big of a problem? Can I try another diet? Is this the right time? Then the pastor (Rev. Faith Allen) titled her message, "Betweeen a rock and a hard place" I feel like that is where I am now, and either decision will be a difficult one. I decide surgery. I am going to do like the Isrealites and be still and wait on God. They did and He opened the Red Sea. I know that He will bless my surgeons hands, the staff and my body. He will make everything all right. I know because I trust in Him and have faith. I had a big dinner with my family and best friend after church. We went to a Chinese restaurant. I had wonton soup without the wonton and vegatables, basically, broth :-) but it was still nice. I was actually happy and satisfied. I just enjoyed everyone. I slept this afternoon and packed my bag for the hospital. I will talk to you all on the other side. Please keep me in your prayers.
ok, I'm 2days out. I had a great sugery. I will tell you about it later. I just feel great. The people at Harper were wonderful!
I felt very good after my surgery. I am now 5 days post op and I am doing well with pain management. Let me regress and tell you about the surgery day itself. I had to be there at 5:30 am. When I arrived, there was an office full of people waiting to have all sorts of surgery. It seemed like I was the last person in the group to be called back to the pre-op center. When I got to the back I was given a medium sized gown, they didnt have any large left, and I had my IV put in. The nurse in this unit was not very friendly. Some of the other nurses were relaxing their patients and reassuring them, mine was not. I did speak to Beth from CORI and she was good. She answered all of my questions and really seemed to want to know how I was feeling and answered all of my questions. I had the epidural put in (which was painless) and the next thing I know I was in the operating room. I remember them strapping down my arms and breathing in. Then waking up in recovery. I dont remember being in too much pain until the muscle spasms started. I got the muscle spasms during recovery. Any time a person would touch my stomache I would have spasms. It was just terrible. My pain would go from 0 to 10 in an instant. It was so bad that the anesthesiologist came and checked if the epidural was working. He put in 2 bowls and gave me some morphine. In the room, I just sat up once and that was it for the day. I was so drugged that I did not walk. The second day was much better, the staff insisted that I began to walk and it really made me feel good to walk. Other than the spasms, all was well. I did have to drink the barium for a test that morning. The barium was very nasty and they basically did an upper GI. Once the test was looked over I was given a sf popsicle. I didnt like any of the popsicles in the hospital, only the diet snapple.
I was very happy to come home the next day. I did walk in the hallway at the hospital before leaving and walked when I arrived home. I had difficulty getting comfortable and sleeping. I slept on the recliner downstairs and upstairs since I woke up every hour during the first night home.
The second day was more of the same. I went for several walks, talked to people on the telephone, took my lortab and tried to be comforatble. One good thing is that I was able to go to the bathroom today. It was very significant because the last few days had been filled with gas in my tummy and it was pretty painful. I was grateful to have that over. Sleeping was terrible this night. I took my full dose of meds and was able to sleep most of the night, however, the pain was bad when I awoke. Even taking the luvenox injection was painful today. I just did what I normally do when things are going bad.... I prayed. Joyce Meyer, Enjoying Everyday Life was on television and she talked about being hurt and in pain at 8:00 and by 8:30 praying and thanking God for the pain to be over and getting over it. She says that many people let that ruin their entire day. I am not going to let this morning ruin my day today. I prayed and talked to my husband, cried a little (pitty tears) and got over it. God is really moving in my life so all I had to do is take one step and He did the rest. What an awesome life I have. Knowing and loving God will give you peace and happiness. I dont know many people who are as happy and as fortunate than I am. I know this is only because of God and my relationship with Him. I hope that you know Him too. If you don't, please email me and we can talk about His goodness and how to get that good relationship. I know that I will do well recovering, becuase God is not through with me and He has lots of things planned for me. I hope you have a good day. I am choosing to. Its up to you. God bless.
Yesterday was a terrible day. I was very sick. I woke up in the morning feeling groggy and nauseated. I made a BIG mistake. I let my daughter make me sf jello the night before. Well, she made regular jello. I thought I was going to die. I think I experienced dumping all day. I did not realize it until the evening when I was able to go into the kitchen. I saw the box and realized the terrible mistake. I spent most of the evening dry heaving and wishing I were at the hospital. I thought for sure that I had pushed out my staples.
Today I feel much better. I woke up feeling horrible, but as the morning has progressed, I feel better. I can't wait to be fully recovered. I don't even care about eating. I just want to feel good again. I mean, considering that I just had surgery on Monday (5 days ago) I guess I am doing well. I guess its just the grace of God. I must say that the strength of the Lord is evident. When I feel that I have no more strength, He carries me. I KNOW that I could not have done this alone. Especially yesterday. I am too much of a wuss. I am getting tired of taking the liquid Vicadin and the Luvenox shots. I will have to continue though. My husband and children have been very helpful. My mother has even been very supportive this time. I dont know what I would do without any of them. They make sure that I am never alone, that I am eatinig and drinking and they walk with me. Even if I decide to walk three times a day and take 20 minutes to walk up and down the street, they are with me. I am so grateful. When I am recovered, I will do something special for them. Remember to keep me in your prayers. Thank you. And if you are reading and you are post-op. You can do it. If you have God and faith, you will be just fine. Trust in the Lord.
I have been on this site everyday reading, but haven't updated. I am feeling much better now. I am still sore, however, I can do so much more than I could last week. I went to the dr. and they took out the staples. It did not hurt. Some of the staples burned, but not much. I was very relieved. I am happier about having the surgery. Still down about 20 lbs. in one week. That is just amazing to me. I guesss I thought I was not going to lose the weight. This surgery has been much more painful that the Lap Band, but I do believe that this was the better choice for me. I need the fear of dumping so that I will not eat sugar. I still cant imagine not eating it again. I am eating full liquids at this point. I havent been hungry do it is difficult for me to try to get in the 40-55 grams of protein a day. I may get in 30-40. I have been drinking the Atkins Advantage shake, only one per day. I also had a no sugar added yogurt today. It was a nice treat and some mashed potatoes with added milk for protein and so that it would meet the "strained" requirement. All of the food went down with no problem. I did need to go the rest room after I ate the yogurt. I need to be careful. Well, I will update again soon. I should be lighter. I thank you for reading and wish you luck if you are on the journey to have this surgery. Remember, it is not easy or the easy way out as some people say. Please be sure to talk to God about it first. Make sure that this is really something God has for you. If it is, no man can keep you from having it. May God bless you.
My two week anniversary! I am currently 25 lbs. down and feeling well. What a difference two weeks can make. I am able to walk the minimum one mile a day walk requirement, sleeping is much better and my energy level has greatly improved. I am very excited about the recovery. Praise God, I have not had any complications and this has been a smooth transition. I am concerned about one thing, however, it seems that I can eat more than I would expect. I had a baked potatoe from a restaurant today. They put butter and cheese on it. I did not want to eat it, but I hadn't eaten. I chose to eat a little and I was fine. I thought that I wasn't supposed to eat lots of fat. I don' t know if I was able to eat it because I didnt have anything else in my system or not. I know that this is only a tool, however, I really want it to work for me, to help me when I cant help myself. Tomorrow I will try on new food. I am excited! I also have good news about my clothing. I can wear a smaller size. I look forward to losing 15 more lbs. That will put me at 200. I haven't been there in a long while. This will make me very happy. Talk to you soon. Love, Queen
Its been 4 weeks today! I feel wonderful. I am happy to report that I am down 30 lbs. and I feel that I am still losing. In the past, I would have felt like I was finished losing, but this time I believe that I will be sucessful. It has been a pretty uneventful couple of weeks. I went to my family reunion last weekend. It was difficult trying to find something to eat. I decided to eat mashed potatoes with no gravy. That went well. After the family reunion I went to Virginia. It was a long ride for me and my Dr gave me Luvenox shots to inject so that I would not have a blood clot. I rested mainly on the trip. The heat just wore me down. I couldn't even finish a game of miniature golf. Before the trip I was walking a mile a day, but the heat and the lack of protein had me exhausted. I started back to work today. I decided that I would begin with good eating habits. I had all of my protein today. I think this may be the first time. I am very proud of myself. I also drank all of my liquids for the day. I am very happy at this point with my surgery. No complications. I must admit, however, that there have been times when I have asked myself,"why did you do this to yourself?" I hope in the long run I am as happy as I am right now. May God bless and keep you all. He is holding you right now in His loving arms. No matter what you may be going thru, He is right there with you guiding you and protecting you along the way.
I haven't updated in a while. I have actually been depressed because I have not lost weight. I am going on 7 weeks post op and have only lost 35 pounds. I read through my entire binder today and it seems that I am following all of the rules. I have not been vomiting or over eating and I've been getting all of my protein in. What I plan to do this week is to increase my protein, ensure that my carbs are under 20 grams a day, drink all my water and exercise. I should lose something at that rate. I would hate to have gone through this surgery and be stuck at 205 lbs. forever. I guess I am just discouraged. I did read another persons post today and they were discouraged too. They wrote when things were good and bad. Now she is only 10 lbs. away from her goal. I hope that is the same thing that happens to me. I hope that I too will be laughing in a few months when I read on this site. Also, I have been having sharp pains on my right side. I called the dr. and they said I may have pulled something. I hope everything is ok. I go for a check up next week. They will check me then. May God bless and keep you all and I hope I will have good news to share soon.
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Surgeon: Kerry L. Kole, D.O.
I met Dr. Kole on Monday, June 28th. He was ery nice. I felt that he was very personable. He is very tall like everyone said. He gave me the ok for surgery. I wanted a date for next week but he is going out of town. He made me happy knowing that he has experience doing revisions. He would not do the surgery before going out of town because he wants to be there the entire time I am in the hospital after surgery. I am glad to know that he feels this as important. Dr. Kole really emphasizes after care. He wants his patients to be successful.
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