I'm an outgoing 38 year old mom of 7 year old twins, who is tired of being overweight and wants to make a positive change in my health. I want to enjoy many more years with my family!!!
My surgery is scheduled for July 11th!! I'm also excited to say I'm having laproscopic surgery, so that is a double bonus.
I'm on my way!!
UPDATE: My surgery went GREAT! Little pain, little problems- a good, positive experience! I'm home, after 3 days, and resting. Thanks for all your support and wishes!!!!
8/6: I'm feeling a little frustrated that the weight isn't 'falling off' me like it did the week post-op. Then again, I was on an ice-and-water diet, so that probably has much to do with it! I find getting the 64 oz of water to be the biggest challenge, but each day is getting easier. I'm also at the point where I'm having to watch the delicate balance of protein, carbs, and calories. I'm surprised at how quickly I 'get full' when eating- it's amazing! I'm at 255.5, today, having started at 294 in April. (I lost about 13 lbs pre-op, per request of my surgeon) I'm still feeling great about my decision to do this and would do it again, in a minute! I love how my clothes are looser and my face is looking thinner! :)
11/1: Haven't updated in quite awhile! I'm still doing well with the weight loss. Down to 223, which is my "official" 70 lb mark! I've also been losing hair- not huge chunks, but definitely a strand here and there. I knew it would happen, but am a bit bummed about it, none-the-less. I took the advice of Melissa Mermaid and grabbed a bottle of Nourishair from GNC. I've only been taking it for 2 days, so we'll see if it helps. I'm having no trouble getting in 64 ounces + of water per day. Getting enough protein is a struggle, though. I did try Unjury- YUCK. Sorry to all those who do like it, but I can still taste it, even mixed with applesauce, sugar-free pudding, etc. I came across some albacore steak in a vacuum-sealed pack, which boasts a whopping 36 grams of protein per serving, no fat, 100 calories. Otherwise, I am still battling the protein factor. My 3X clothes will not fit, anymore, and I'm THRILLED! Bought a pair of 20x jeans at the store the other day, AND THEY FIT! What a great moment!!!! Helps me to remember why I did this: feeling better and looking great.
01/04/06: Still doing great and the size 20 jeans are pretty loose. Size 18 is around the corner! Yay! I'm down to 209...84 lbs gone! What a great way to ring in the new year! Hopefully, I'll be well under 200lbs for my 38th birthday on February 21st. :) In fact, I'd love to join the "Century Club" for my birthday- that's my goal!
02/06/06 I HIT 199 today!!!!!!!!!! OHMIGOSH! I was in shock, but LOVING it!! This is truly one of the best *WOW* moments since surgery! The buzz from this feeling tops ANYTHING I got from eating, kids!!! I am feeling invincible and it's wonderful!!! (P.S.- the size 18 jeans fit GREAT!!!!)
06/12/06: finally hit 110 lbs gone officially. It ws really slowed down quite a bit, these past few weeks. I am now in size 16 jeans- eyeing those size 14's, y'all!!
Surgeon: Mujeeb Siddiqui
Me- 2 weeks post op and on my
This photos shows how GREAT I
feel, versus how I felt- what
a difference this surgery has
I liked Dr. Siddiqui right away! He is very warm and takes the time to talk with you. I had met with one of his partners (Dr. Cleary) for my initial consult, where we decided I qualified for laparoscopic. That's Dr. Siddiqui's specialty, so I was scheduled for surgery with him. I first met him when I went in for my EGD- he came in smiling, shook my hand, and asked, "Are you ready?" I loved his attitude!! This great personality continued on to the morning of surgery and he had me totally at ease: my surgery was delayed because Dr. Siddiqui had taken his time, getting everything 'just so' and he came in to explain to me what was going on. Post surgery, Dr. Siddiqui kept an eye on me and was very happy with my progress. The day I was released, he came in and shook my hand, told me how great I was doing and he'd see me in 7 to 10 days.
I have to give Dr. Siddiqui a "10" when it comes to professionalism and job-knowledge. The nurses who cared for me after surgery all agreed that he was a perfectionist- he took his time and did the work correctly. They said his surgeries most often ran over because of this factor and I appreciated that. I know I was taken care of and in very good hands.
My aftercare with Dr. Siddiqui and his office has been outstanding. The office has a support group, which meets 2 times a month and they're really great meetings! You hear serious topics, we laugh at lots of silly little things that only pre-WLS and post-WLS can appreciate, and it's a very warm, relaxing setting.
My only complaint about Dr. Siddiqui was that I didn't see him as much as I would have liked to, during my hospital stay. I was checked on by resident docs, who were all very professional and answered all my questions, so this issue wasn't a 'biggie' for me.
If you're considering using Dayton Bariatric Center, you'll be in very good hands!