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Post Op - BMI: 45.6
Surgery Type: RNY
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Surgeon: Michael Grace, M.D.
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November 14, 2001.
Hello, I guess this is where I tell you a little about myself. I'm 41 years old and have been researching WLS for about 4 years.
I had a referal from my General Practioner, to a surgeon 3 1/2 years ago, but when I was finaly able to get through to the office, the secretary told me he was no longer taking new patients, because he was booked 2 years in advance. It was a rough time for me, as I was having personal problems at the same time. I did not have a computer at the time and knew nothing about support groups for this kind of thing. (wish I had). I gave up compleatly. Figured it wasn't ment to be.
Fast forward to this summer. Had a conversation with my sister in Toronto, (I had moved to Texas in the interum) and she told me about getting the surgery done. She had a surgeon and dates for test and everything. I was so jelous (sorry never could spell that word). She also gave me this site adress to look at so I could do some research into having the surgery done. Well being on Disability it was not possible to have it done in Texas. Sigh!!! Oh well It was still not ment to be for me.
September 8th Coming home for 2 months to visit. Cant wait to see everyone and support my 2 Sisters who are haveing this surgery.
End of September...Get a phonecall from my Sweetie in Texas. Seems my roomates did not pay the rent for Sept and got us kicked out. I cannot go back to Texas. This is not a good thing. Or is it?
I talk a lot to my sisters about the surgery and finaly decide "What the Hell if I'm stuck here I might as well make the best of it." So on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Oct 9th) I call the surgeons office to set up a consultation. The secretary is very nice and gives me a date of January 15, 2002. This is fine, I've waited 4 years, I can wait a few more months. I get involved with the local support group (ossg Toronto) and they are terrific. Also start checking this site again. Also a terrific bunch. Get a referal from my GP on October 15, now I have everything I need for the consult.
So thats were I am now. Waiting and researching (never stop researching) My sister Val is having her surgery next week. I'm excited for her. Wish it was me.
November 28, 2001
The waiting is starting to get to me. I have a great support group in Toronto, and many of the people have the same surgeon I have, and lately he seems to be turning people down for trivial reasons (ie he hasn't met your husband/wife and others). Only one person was turned down for medical reasons. This worries me. I know he is a great surgeon. He did my sister just last week. (She is doing great by the way) I dont know what I will do if he turns me down. I can't go on living the way I am, and losing the "traditional" way just does not work. There are other surgeons in the Toronto area but I don't have the confidence in them that I have in Dr Ayers. Of course, changing surgeons will me MORE waiting, sigh. Well at least the Christmas season is upon us and that will give me something else to think about. Hopefully the next seven weeks will just fly by and my concerns will soon be laid to rest.
January 15, 2002
Well today I had my first and final consult with Dr Ayers. He turned me down flat, saying that I was too heavy. I had heard alot about his lack of personality and every bit of it was true. He got this stupid look on his face and said "your to heavy for the operating table" and that was it. No discusion, no sugestions, no nothing.
Thank God for my OSSG toronto support group. I hadn't had the computer on for 5 seconds before one of the girls was asking me how it went, and then offered the name of a surgeon who will do people over 400 lbs.
Well, now I have the names of 2 Surgeons who are not too far away, so I'm gonna start making phone calls right away. I'll keep you posted.
Februay 19, 2002
It has been a long rough month since Dr Ayers turned me down. I tryed so hard to be up beat and positive but sometimes it really got to me. I have been very depressed lately, but today I received some great news. Dr Michael Grace, of London Ontario, has agreed to take me on as a patient. He specialised in patients over 500 lbs or 400 + 2 co-morbidities or patients who have been turned down by other bariatric surgeons. I am really looking forward to June 19, 2002 (my consult date). Four months doesn't seem that long when I was looking at over a year to get into see one of the surgeons in Toronto. I also have an appointment with the dietition that day. I have been sent a questionere with 185 questions on it hehehehe. Not to mention the questionere for the dietition, and the hospital pre-admit forms. Looks like I am finaly on my way. Doing the happy dance all around the room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 2, 2002
You will never guess what just happened to me. My 1st consult with my new surgeon is schedualled for June 19. This was anoying to have to wait but better than the year wait for the surgeons in The Toronto area.
Well just now I got a call from his Secretary Katherine. My first thought was "oh no they are going to cancel me" because of the hospital canceling all wls in the near future.
Nope, she said she had a cancelation and I was the first patient she had been able to reach, and did I want it.
"Of course I do" says I
"There is only one problem," she says "The appointment is for
I'm soooooooooo excited (no time for nerves hehehe)
My mother said she would take the day off work to drive me to London (Its about 4 hours from Toronto).
So My Journey is going to begin 2 1/2 months before I thought it
Angela in Toronto
/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/happy dancing all around the room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 3, 2002
Well I just got back from London. Everything went wonderfuly. Dr Grace is a wonderful man, the dietitian said I was not eating enough (first time for everything) and his nurse was fantastic. He told me they would pencil me in for the end of September for surgery and I should call in Two Weeks to get a firm date. hurrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am now officialy a PRE-OP patient of Dr Michael Grace hehehehehe
/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ happy dancing all around the room.
April 22, 2002
Ok so two weeks are up and no call from the Secretary. So I call her. Guess what? No one told her!!!!! So now I have to wait another 3 months for a second consult (normal) and I should get a date then. They are still saying the end of September but I figure it will be more like November or December. Sigh!!!!!! oh well, Ive waited 4 years a few more moths wont hurt. but it sure is frustrating!!!!
April 26, 2002
I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE I HAVE A DATE
Oh by the way did I tell you I have a date?
I just got off the phone with Dr Grace's
Secretary, Katherine, and
again she told me that they have a cancelation,
and did I want it?
.are ya guessing?
.did ya get it yet?
.ok no more suspence! Thursday MAY 16 2002!!!!!!
Exactly 1 week
after my birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy dancing all around the City!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 1, 2002
Well, now I wait. It seems FOREVER since Friday when I got my date. And I dont think the time between now and the 16th is going to go any faster. If anything it's slowing down hehehehehe. It's strange but I am not at all nervous about the surgery! Excited...Yes Scared....No. What I am nervous about is the pre-op tests. Not the tests themselves, but the chance that they will find something in those tests that will postpone or cancel my surgery. Now there is no reason to feel this way. Other than being 479lbs I am in very good health. Even my co-morbidities are mild (well except the joint and muscle pain part) I dont have diabetes (my dad did) I dont have high blood pressure (my mom does) only mild sleep apnea, I quit smoking months ago.....so why am I so worried about theses silly tests? Beats me.
May 5, 2002
And time draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags on hehehehehe. I had a last "Girls Night Out" a week ago, a last hamberger and fries with OSSG friends yesterday, a last Sunday Brunch today but I dont think that really counts because we are all (I'm from a big family) going out for Brunch for Mothers Day. I'm gonna have my last Chocolate Cake with Chocolate icing for my birthday (may 9) and that SHOULD be the end of my "lasts" hehehehe. Not so nervous about the tests now. Everything seems to be falling into place so easily it has to be God's plan. He knows I could never organise it like that hehehehehehe
May 15, 2002
Well Tomorrow is the day. FINALLY hehehehe. Heading for London (ontario canada) at about 5pm today. It takes a little over 2 hours to get there. Mom is driving me and we will stay at a nice hotel tonight. One with a pool. We both love to swim and I figure what better way to go into surgery than after exersizing hehehehehe. Personaly I NEVER concidered swimming exersizing. Mom had us all swimming before we could walk. Then we are going for a light dinner (Yes the dr said I could eat the day before). Then I guess it will be time for bed. Yea like sleeping is going to be possible hehehehe. 4:30 wake-up call to be at hospital by 6am. Surgery is schedualed for 8am. Still have to call the office this afternoon to confirm but I figure since they havent called me this is just a formality (God it better be just a formality). Well thats about all. If there is any news later I will put it on. Gonna try to keep a diary so I can post it here so pre-ops will know more about what happens. Anyway, wish me luck, I'm on my way
May 24, 2002
And so Life begins!!!! Everything went very well with my surgery.
Day One. Talk to Dr Grace and nurses and anesthetist in or till about 8:30. Next time I look at the clock it's 12:30 and I am in Recovery. Don't remember too much about it but they were very nice to me. I remember the ride from the recovery room to my room but cant for the life of me remember how I got from the stretcher to the bed. hehehe. My Mom and my best friend were there waiting for me and because they only have one Bariatric bed in the entire Hospital I had a private room and didn't have to pay extra for it!!!!!!!!!hehehehehe Mom and Lynn were shocked when I insisted on standing up right away. Nice thing about the bariatric bed is that it folds up into a chair so it is easy to get out of and there are all kinds of bars and handles to hang on to so standing right away was easy. Quickly learned to use the morphine pump but the pain was not as bad as I thought it would be so I wasn't using it much.
Day Two Get up and walk is all I can think this morning so I do. The nurses come and walk with me and I only go as far as the door of my room and back but its a start. By the end of the day I have taken 2 more walks. one to the front of the nurses station and the third to the far side of the nurses station (the last one alone, shocked thoses nurses hehehe)
Day 3 Wow this is gonna be a breeze. I feel terrific. Some pain but not so I can't handle it. Walked 3 times again today all the way down to the end of the hall (a long walk) didn't ask for nurses help either. They say they are gonna give me a gold star hehehehe. Now I can see why some drs send their paitents home after 3 days. I'm doing well and would deffinitly go home if Dr would let me but he says Im in for 10 days because I'm from out of town. Oh well I guess I can live with that.
Day 4 M I G R A I N E !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Day 5 Head still hurts but its doing better today still feeling yucky today. Woke up and thought to myself "Ugh today I'm gonna spend all day in bed. Glad I didn't go home after 3 days!!!! Then I start thinking and decide that I'm gonna get out of this bed and go for a walk if it kills me. So I get up and get to the chair. sit in the chair for a few minutes and then go for a walk. Found a nice long walk that goes around the elevators. Do this 2 more times today. Takes about 20 minutes and I'm whacked when I'm done but i feel better if i walk.
Day 6 doing much better today. take 3 long walks around the elevators, nurses still looking for a gold star hehehe. They take the PCA today Yippie no more pole!!!! just 5mls of codine every 4 hours and I dont seem to need it that much. The Pain is not as bad as I thought it would be.
Day 7 Dr said I could go home tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!! He cant believe how well I am doing so Im going home.
Day 8 the drive home was great for the first 1 1/2 hours then got a little rough. got home went straight to bed for a few hours. Had my best friend Lynn and my sister come over and give me a Jello party hehehehe they only stayed for about 2 hours but it sure was a nice welcome home.
Thats all for now. I cant sit at the computer for long without pain so I will keep trying to catch up
June 13, 2002
It has been 4 weeks since surgery and time for an update on me.
My right side feels terrific, my left side not so hot. hehehehe I have pain in my back on the left from being on the operating table so long (4 hour) and a sharp pain on the left just below my G-tube hole. the Dr says that they should both be gone within a few weeks (I hope I hope I Hope)
The good news is that I went for my 1st post-op appointment yesterday (June 12) and he removed the G-tube (thank you God). Of course I was scared to death that I would be the only person that this surgery didn't work on and I would not have lost an ounce, but I WAS WRONG!!!!!! I am down 30lbs!!!!! /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ happy dancing all around the room.
Dr also said I can start swimming again anytime I want so that will help with the losing. I am no longer on clear fluids!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I'm on full fluids for a month hehehehehe. Told ya he is very strict for the first 3 months. In 4 weeks I get to graduate to pureed food. hehehehe Oh well I can do anything for 4 weeks!!!!
Life is getting better 1 lb at a time. I no longer need my cane all the time. I can usually walk around the apt without it now, In fact I acctually missplaced it the other day hehehehe
June 24, 2002
The pain I had in my side is gone and so is the pain in my back. That's the good news. The bad news is I am sabatoging myself. It has happened on every diet I have been on. After losing 30-50 pounds I do everything I can to sabatoge it. I dont know why I just do. I have been eating things I shouldnt and things i dont really want but I dont know how to stop. I am looking for an eating disorders councelor and hope that this will help. I am determined to beat this. I am not going to let this be another failure. Wish me luck. I'll keep you posted.
July 3, 2002
First of all let me wish all you US residents a Happy 4th. Also let me wish a Belated Happy Canada day (July 1st) to all you Canadians, of which I happen to be.
I had a great Canada Day, even if it was to hot to move. No fireworks here in Toronto because of the outside workers Strike but thats ok. I wasn't in Toronto anyway hehehehe. I spent the weekend at my Mothers Trailer just north of the city and have finaly gotten myself back on track.
I am still looking for an eating disorders councelor, (it's kinda hard when you're unable to take public trasportation) but I will keep looking till I find one close to me, or one that will come to see me (there are some out there who do that).
As to the sabatoge, I seem to have stopped through sheer force of will. I WILL NOT LET THIS THING BEAT ME!!!!!! I am feeling much better about myself and will be sticking to whatever the Dr tells me to do!!!!! I seem to do better on the thinner liquids so I will be doing that till I see the Surgeon next week and he gives me the pureed diet that I will be on for 4 weeks. At least there is more variety there. hehehehe.
So thats how things are at the moment. Going well.
August 8, 2002
Well it was a long night. I was holding off on updating so I could give you good news about my weight loss. Not happening. I went to see my surgeon yesterday for my 12 week post op appointment. I only lost 10 lbs last month bringing the grand total to 47lbs in 12 weeks. It's very depressing.
On a happy note, My sister Valerie, who had wls November 23, 2001, had a healthy happy baby boy on July 13, 2002. She was 4 weeks pregnant when she had her surgery but of course she didn't know that. It was a long hard pregnancy but mom and baby are now doing fine. She has lost 135lbs gained a beautiful son, (her 4th child 2 boys 2 girls) and is only 10lbs from goal.
She looks beautiful and I am very proud of her.
September 14, 2002.
It's been a while and I figured it was time to update you all. I have lost a total of 63lbs since May 16. I never thought that 63lbs would make such a difference, since I need to lose a total of 333lbs. But WOW!!!!!!! I can not only walk over to the mall, but I can walk around for 2-3hours and walk back home without sitting down once. Before surgery I couldn't walk to the mall and it is only about 2000 feet from the back door of my appartment. I pretty much only use my cane when I am out of the appartment now or if there are stairs around. Stairs are still very hard for me to negotiate so I avoid them whenever possible. I walk to the laundry matt and do the laundry and walk home again hehehehe. I still have major back pain and as I lose weight and my apron gets longer, it seems to get worse. Guess I will have to lose fast and get that tummy tuck done asap hehehehe. Joined the Alumni Choir for my high school 75th aniversary. Before surgery I wasn't even planing on attending and now I'm performing hehehehe. I may acctually have a grain of self-confidence growing!!!! This is the best thing I have ever done. Would I do it again? In a second.
December 24, 2002.
I know I haven't posted much in the last 2 months , but as you know, I have been taking care of my sister Valerie and her children since the begining of October. Valerie is doing much better now and I will be going home the Sunday after Christmas. I will miss the children soooooooo much. Things have been hectic here. I do read the boards almost everyday
so that I can keep up with you all and what is happening to you.
I wish you all a very merry and safe Christmas.
I got this from a christmas card my niece received and thought it
appropriate for you all:
Friends that light our pathway,
The memories warm and dear,
Are treasures our hearts cherish,
EVERY season of the year
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Angela in Canada
383lbs BMI 60.0 -96lbs
Dr Michael Grace
Open RNY Life began May 16, 2002
I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely..I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5
January 22, 2003
Today I went for my 8 month post-op check up with Dr. Grace. I am officially down 96lbs from the day I left the hospital. Those last 4 lbs to join the century club seem to be a little elusive, but I figure most of that is my own fault. I deffinitly cheated over Christmas but in the 3 weeks since I came home I lost everything that I gained during Christmas and now am at exactly the same point I was December 18th, 383lbs. So although I wish it had been 4 lbs more, at least I am still losing!!! Never in my life did I think it would be possible for me to lose almost 100lbs in 8 months, but I did it.
It was a great day. My very bestest friend, Lynn, met me at the bus station. Yes!!!!! I was able to take the bus to London and did not have to rely on my mom or anyone else to take me!!! Dr. Grace was happy about that. Two of the Ladies from the London support group met me at the hospital. There were 2 Gentlemen who had wls last week in the hospital so we planned on droping in on them to say hi and let them know that we were there to support them. One of them, is from out of province so he has no one here to visit him. We have kind of adopted him and make sure he has visitors and call his wife and let her know how he is doing.
While we were in the hospital lobby the other gentleman was released!!! We quickly jumped up and ran over to say good bye and good luck to him. He didn't know anything about the online support groups and he is going to sign up as soon as he can.
My appointment was for 1:30 and it was only 11:30 so we decided to go for lunch, but I was not going to eat lunch just before being weighed hehehehehe. So I said I was just going to run up to Dr Grace's office and get weighed and then we could visit Gunner and then go to lunch. When I got up to the office they said thats silly, he'll be free in a few minutes you might as well see him now, so I did. Then we went to see Gunner. He had a rough night last night and has pnemonia, but he told us that he is prone to it and was feeling much better today. Because he is from out of Province, Dr Grace is keeping him in for 10 days (like he planned with me). The pnemonia is a mild case and the antibiotics are helping. He is off of pain meds now and says he is feeling great now. (except for the pnemonia of course).
So that was my day. I am still losing slowly but I AM STILL LOSING, YAY ME!!!!!!!!!
April 2, 2004
Well it HAS been a long time. It has been a long, frustrating year. I am down 150lbs but seem to be stuck there. The depression seems to get stronger every day. The one bright light in my life right now is my nephew. I moved in with my sister in August to be her nanny. Alex is a beautiful little boy who I just adore. I also take care of my niece who is a sweet 6 year old (ok she will be 6 tomorrow).
I did go back to Texas to visit and my friends were quite inspiring. I find it hard to see the difference but they noticed right away and were very complementary. .
I'm starting to look into having a revision. It may take some time but thats about the only hope I see.
December 5, 2004
As you can see I have finaly made the move back to Texas, Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. I had a very horrible fall and came back to Corpus and the man I love 5 months earlier than planned. I missed my WLS London Christmas party, but am happier now than I have been in 4 years. I am down 234lbs and am more than halfway there. My Love says I was always beautiful, (and he saw me at my worst, over 500lbs) I keep telling him he needs new glasses hehehe. I miss the kids but will NEVER go back to Toronto. Life is wonderful in Corpus Christi
Hi everyone. Did not realise it had been so long since I updated. Things have been going pretty well. Have done quite a bit of traveling since returning to Texas. Went to Louisianna at the end of December to pick up my sweetie's neice. She was 2 months pregnant and having the worst time of it. All she wanted to do was go home (Home is in Kansas) so we went and rescued her. She spent a few days with us here in Corpus and was thrilled to go to the beach in December and amazed at how warm the water was!! We left for Kansas on the 2nd of January and got her home just hours before the big ice storm hit. That was not fun but I did get to meet a lot of the Sweetie's family. They are wonderful people. Didn't get to meet them all, He has 8 brothers and sisters, but really liked the ones I did meet.
Got home to find that 2 of our birds had died so we got 2 more and now we have 3 birds, 2 dogs and 1 cat. Luckily we have a big house with a giant yard hehehehe.
Had to go back to Canada to get the rest of my stuff in March and had problems at the border so got stuck there for a month. Got to really get to know the people from the London Support group during that month. What a wonderful bunch. Special thanks to Cathy, who opened her home to me with no questions asked and let me stay with her for the entire month.
Got back to Corpus at the begining of April (Yay), and think that things are settling down...NOT. Sweetie's Mom (Who is not in the best of health anyway) has to have her gallblader removed. As far as we know she is doing just fine till we call and find out that she is in a nursing home. This is not happening so its off to Kansas we go. Spent 3 weeks with her and she is doing just fine now and now able to take care of herself again. We just got home on Sunday.
Now that you know all this let me tell you that before surgery NONE of this would have been possible!!!!! I was housebound and could barely walk 50 feet let alone take care of other people and travel around. This is the very best thing I have ever done and I would do it again in a heart beat. I may be a slow loser,BUT, I am a Loser!!!!!!!
Lots of you have been asking me to update. Well there is not much to tell since May. Let's see.....Two of our roommates moved out (Yay they were driving us nuts). Sweetie had his gallbladder out last monday. It's been terribly hot here in Corpus, temps way above normal until yesterday and now the temps are below normal. Go figure hehehe. Gained a few lbs but it was due to inactivity. Am in a lot of pain and it is severly limiting my mobility. Looking into it. Might be Fibromyalgia. Hope not but we will see. One bird flew away so we are down to two birds and one dog. The cat and the other dog belonged to the exroommates. That's about it. Oh no new picture yet, I still hate cameras hehehe.
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Surgeon: Michael Grace, M.D.
I finaly got to meet Dr Grace. His name suits him. I was in his office for 2 hours talking with the dietician, nurse, secretary, and of course, Dr. Grace. He seems to be a wonderful man and very simpathetic to the plight of the Morbidly Obese. He made a point of telling me that it was the Hospital who was canceling the wls program and not him. He even said he would not be retireing if they change their minds. For a skinny (and I do mean SKINNY) man, he certainly seems to understand us!! Looks good for me! I HAVE A NEW SURGEON!!!!!!!!! FINALY!!! I got a letter from him today saying that he will accecpt me as a patient. Normally he only accepts patients over 500 lbs but he also accepts patients 400+ 2 co-morbidities. He sent me 185 questions to fill out before I go, and has also set up an appt with the dietition for the same day. Can't wait till June 19,2002 to meet the man. He's got a great Secretary too. I think I must have driven her nuts but she was always polite to me. Dr Ayers has the personality of a Rock!!! I had heard many comments about this and was waiting till I met him myself to make a conclusion. He was totaly unfeeling in his dealing with me. He basicly said "your too fat for the operating table good bye". No coversation, no suggestions, no nothing. So now Im looking for a new surgeon. Starting all over again. His Secretary Maureen was very sweet and an up beat person. These are my own personal impressions of my own experience with Dr Ayers. I am making no statement about what others may or may not have experienced with him.
Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan
Had a scare that they were going to delist WLS in 2002 but that turned out to be rumor. They also cover a tummy tuck for WLS patients. This is a good thing.