JUNE 30, 2001
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Surgeon: Steven Patching, M.D.
Hi, I'm a 26 year old with 2 sons. I feel really good about this surgery, I think that this is the first positive thing I have done to change my eating habits and lifstyle.
I am very nervous even though I feel this way--i guess this is normal..I really just want to get through this with no complications and focus on exercise and learning healthy ways of eating for life.
JULY 4, 2001
I almost backed out yesterday----can't they give me some happy juice now???? I would really like to get this over with so I can get on with life as intended. Seems that this is all I can think about these days.
My boyfriend seems to be trying to be supportive but its really hard when all I am right now is one big emotional roller coaster. By the way, Dr. Patching's exercise program has me down to 255lbs now!!!
JULY 5, 2001
Today I feel great---I actually missed working out yesterday!!!!
People all around me are wishing me a speedy recovery. I am still preying that it all works out for me.
I am starting to have trouble sleeping at night, it's a good thing I decided to take a few days off before surgery. I want to be able to get things in order before hand. The less I have to do after surgery, the better.
JULY 6, 2001
Today was my last day at work until after surgery. People at my work are very supportive about my surgery. My boss is a little stressed out, but understands....I feel like I need a vacation from all of my thoughts. My mind is still going a mile a minute, but I know that this is going to be the best thing I ever did. Please prey from me on 7-11-01.........
JULY 13, 2001
I came home today.....surgery was not to bad for me. I actually feel pretty good (just happy to be here really). The first few days of pain was managable and the nausea not very bad at all. The surgeon and nurses were very nice and cared about me. They took really good care of me ---THANKS to all the nurses at SUTTER GERNERAL--what a awsome crew!!!!!
JULY 21, 2001
Hello, I am trying to get a grip on all of this. It is really hard to not be abel to enjoy dinner with you're family anymore. I wonder, is anyone else feeling like this? I hate to complain, but I did'nt think that this would be so hard.
On the flip side, I have lost 30 lbs already. I feel really good and can fit into things that were to tight or snug pre-op. I just want to be able to eat like everyone else, this liquid and soft foods only are HARD!!!!!!!!
AUG 5, 2001
Well, I have started eating solid foods----some good and some bad. I really have a hard time eating breads and meats. A little nausea and vomiting, but not bad. I really miss some of the old foods that I can no longer eat. Some days I wish I would not have had surgery, but then I weigh myself and see that I haven't weighed in @ 235lbs since 1996. That always seems to cheer me up. I plan to go back to the gym on Monday, this will be fun. I have missed it alot.
AUGUST 18, 2001
It's been a while!!!!! I am starting to get the hang of this whole thing. I am finally learning what makes me get sick and how to stop it. I am close to returning back to work. I still have not returned to the gym full time yet, I need to so I can keep losing weight. I am feeling more normal now-----except when I get sick. That has really been hard for me. I think I still want to be able to eat like I used too. Some days are good and some are bad, but I am happy with my weight loss. I am looking forward to a year from now and then I will know for sure if this was the right choice for me!!! My cravings for food are changing, I no longer want sweets or fatty foods. If I think I do, I take a bite and find that it no longer tastes good. A mind is a funny thing..............
NOV 3, 2001
Wow how time flies...........I weigh in @ 203lbs now!!!!!!!!!!
I am at the gym 3 times weekly for 2 hours at a pop. I still have sick spells, not very often though. I feel alot better about the surgery and my self esteem is great. When was the last time I could do 150 situps, uhhhhh never!!!!!!! Things are great, I have alot of energy.
I thing I found hard was Halloween and all of the candies lying around at home and work. I have to learn to say no!!!!!! I did cheat a little, just bites at a time.
Tonight I got something stuck because I was not chewing good enough--- I would never wish this on anyone.... Always chew you're food, I know I will from now on...... faithfully......
Dr. Patching is very hard on his pre-op patients. He wants you to exercise 4xweekly, start cutting calories, and wants you to know as much about the surgery as possible. His office staff is great, I have called aleast once a day with questions. Jamie is very patient and does all she can to help.
His office is very neat and clean.
He seems to have respect for this surgery, as he says "This is messing with mother nature."
My advice to anyone looking for a surgeon for anytype of surgery is to like this person. You are putting you're LIFE into their hands. Make sure this person is right for YOU.
I was told that Health Net had nothing to do with getting an approval for surgery.
It all depends upon which medical group you decide to go with. I have SIP, they have been great!!