4-19-02 Had my consult with Dr.Coster on 4-18-02, and feel that all went well. He said that all we need is insurance approval and then we can set a date!! Can't wait for that day!!!!!!!
4-20-02~I hate to wait!!!!! Its only been 2 days!!!
4-25-02 I HAVE A DATE!!!!!!!!MAY 14TH, 2002!!!!!!
I'm so happy. Cannot believe it only took 1 week
to get approved!! Now I must start preparing for wls!
I am so excited!!
5-5-02 Well, I'm getting pretty excited for the 14th to get here!
I think I've gotten everything I will need. At least I hope so. I'm just ready to get this over with! Had my pre-op testing on friday, and all went well. The people at the hospital were great, very friendly and helpful. I've only got a week left of work and its already hard to concentrate!! Only 8 days left!!!
5-11-02 2 DAYS!!!!!!! Cannot believe its already time! I've still got everything to do...haven't packed, haven't taken my 'before' pics! I've bought all of the food and vitamins, protein shakes(fun), so its just everything else. Cannot consentrate at work, but have to go this weekend! Not told anyone at work why I'm having surgery, don't feel they need to know at this time. I work with the public, so you can imagine how I'm feeling! Anywho, will post later, just too excited to put it to words!!
5-12-02 'NOW IS THE TIME TO PURSUE THE NEXT PATH,
TO REACH OUT FOR THE NEXT STAR,
AND TO ACHIEVE THE THINGS THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO YOU.
ALWATS KEEP YOUR DREAMS ALIVE.
AND KEEP THEM COMING TRUE. ~COLLIN MCCARTY
Wish me luck!!I'm getting real nervous!
5-13-02 Well, its 11:52pm..and I'm to be at the hospital tomorrow morning by 10:30, surgery to start by 11:30!!! Cannot
wait!! I'm so excited!! The day is finally here. I've gotten everything ready (I hope), and now I just need some sleep!! That will be the hard part. Talked to MaryBeth tonight and a great friend,Mary, they were both very comforting. Goodnight, and will be in touch to update my page as soon as I can. Thanks to all that sent such wonderful messages!!! Bye for now!!
5-18-02 Well, I'm home...got home on friday. Feels kinda strange. Trying to get the new eating plan down. Not getting enough water in, but hope to improve that soon. My husband and kids have been great!!! Thanks to MaryBeth for all of the advise!! Thats all for now, kinda hurts sitting here on this chair. Thanks to all that were there for me!!!
6-29-02 I am doing fine since my RNY on the 14 th of may.Just had my 6 week check-up with DrCoster yesterday and he says all looks well. I've lost 28pds so far, which is great.And he has a new goal weight for me, first he said 150, but after our visit he changed it to 143!!Cannot even remember when I was that weight!! But am looking forward to getting there. Eating has been ok, last 2 weeks nothing wanted to stay down, but now i'm able to eat more and not feel like vomiting! Its been a little hard with the head hunger, not as bad as I thought it would be though. I do miss some things but hopefully in time that will all pass. My husband and family have fgiven me compliments already which feels wonderful. And my clothes are getting too big. I've tried on some things that I hadn't worn in 3 years and they are loose!!!!!Yah for me! Work has been going just fine. Its hard to get the water in at work since I'm in sales and cannot have it on the floor, but I do have it, and try to drink often. Well, until next time....
7-19-02 Well time sure does fly...everything is going well. Not sure on the amount of weight I've lost, because I'm not weighing myself. I just don't want there to be a difference in scales, and to be disappointed!! The eating part is going much better, I haven't had any vomiting for awhile now. Which is great!!! I sure am happy that has stopped!! I have my 2 1/2month check up on the 31st of July and will update then on the current weight loss. I've updated my profile today with a picture that was taken at a OSSG-get together at Perkins in February, when I was waiting for my consult. So, thanks to MaryBeth for doing that for me!!! Until next time.....
7-20-02 Oops! I guess the picture didn't take. I hope to get one posted soon! Sorry!!
7-31-02 I had my 2 1/2 month check-up today with DrCoster, he says that all seems good. And total weight-loss so far is....41pds!! I'm pretty excited about that. I've gotten my before wls and recent after pics all together, and there sure is a difference!!!! I do need to do some clothes shopping, but am a little hesitant!!
8-8-02 Just had to share that yesterday I wore a pair of pants that I haven't worn in 4 years!!!! It felt great, and they were a little loose! It appears that my picture did get posted, its not my favorite but it'll have to do for now!! I just changed my BMI, and its under 40!!! I was a 45 to start, and now its 38!!!!!
8-15-02 I just wanted to report that yesterday was 3 months since my WLS. Haven't weighed since seeing Coster a few weeks ago, so cannot say if I've lost any more or not. But I am starting to feel better, more energy. I'm wearing a size 18/20 shirt, and for pants I'm still in a 22/24, but they are getting loose and uncomfortable. I am very happy that I have done this surgery, b/c I would have NEVER lost this weight this fast on any other DIET!! And would have fell off that diet rollercoaster long ago!!
9-4-02 Well, since last posted, I have dropped to a 18-20 pant size. It felt so wonderful to walk into fashion bug and not go directly to the largest size in there(26-28 and sometimes 30)!! I feel more comfortable now that I'm down a few sizes, I don't really notice people staring at me as much. And my energy level has increased. My family is so excited for me and at work my lab coat has gotten too big, so me and a co-worker switched!!! I also just went and bought some clothes for winter and the size on the sweater said 1X. That makes it easier to find the size I need. I'm not weighing in, so don't know the exact amount lost but, is around 50pds!!
9-7-02 I weighed yesterday...total loss is 54pds, since May14,02.
9-13-02 Tomorrow will be my 4 month anniversary since having WLS. And my total weight loss in this last 4 months has been a total of 61pds!! I could not have done it without having this surgery! I feel so much better, my energy level is up, I don't have as many aches and pains as before! Its great to feel this good!!!
10-02-02 I had my 4 1-2 month check-up today with Dr Coster, all went well. He ordered some blood work just to see how everything looks. He had no concerns, and said I was on schedule and doing great! His total weightloss for me(by his scale) is 62pds. Which I was disappointed, since my scale at home said 65pds. But, I am happy with the weight I've lost so far!! I do thank God everyday for this surgery. Im soo glad I did it. I feel great!! I will update as soon as my bloodwork comes back. I'm still wearing size 18-20(getting loose) and wearing (18)XL shirts!! Until next time...
10-29-02 Well, I think I've almost broken the 200 mark on the scale!!Lastnight I weighed and it said 199!!But I think I'll wait another week to be to excited!lol I'm feeling WONDERFUL! And so glad I had WLS!! Thanks to MaryBeth for posting a photo of me taken this summer! More and more people are making comments and that feels great, and my husband is HAPPY with the results. I don't get much feed back from my immediate family, which hurts, but know that I did chose the right choice for me, even if they don't think so!! I'm still in size 18 for pants, and L/XL shirts, but with the cold weather coming I feel really cold, and will be nice to bundle up and not look so BIG!lol Until next time...
11-18-02 I have my 6 1/2 month check up with DrCoster on Dec.3rd, so I will post my actual weight-loss then. I feel better everyday that passes. I do have a problem at work though..I did not tell everyone that I've had wls, and now that is obvious that I'm losing they all want to know how I've done it! I am selective on who I tell, but for the most part I just say "I changed my whole life, eat different, work out." And then leave it at that. But some keep asking!! I work in a very public place and the insurance there does not pay for wls. I'm just feeling cornered and hate to 'lie' but don't feel comfortable yelling it on the PA system!lol Until next time...
12-6-02 I had my 6 1-2 month check-up w/Dr Coster on the 4th. And the scale said..195.I feel good about that, but was hoping to have lost a little more than that by this point. I figure its all up to me how much more I lose. So, I'm going to up the exercising some more and hopfully I'll be more happy with the results. I go back to see him in March and then we will discuss the TT and arm lift then. He seemed happy with everything and my lab/blood tests came back fine.
12-27-02 Well, I finally tried on new clothes at the store, and I do fit into a 16!! I'm a PEAR! And have lots of sagging around my waist and legs. I'm actually almost a 14!! I've met one of my goals:To be the size of my sister. I just wanted to look normal. And now I guess I do, but still in my brain don't think that I am!! Hopfully that will change soon. The Holidays went very smooth for me, I didn't over eat or eat junk all day long(like the past 20some years)! So, I feel great about that!!Like now I've got some control in my life. I weighed the other day and the scale says.....185!!! Until next time...
1-23-03 The scale hasn't been moving as fast as I would like it too! I now weigh in at 182! Which is great. I would like to down at least 95-100pds by my anniversary date(May 14). I got my hair cut yesterday and boy does it look different! I look in the mirror and don't even see me! So, I will have to get a new picture posted.All is going very well. Want to say a friend has just got her wls date, so congrats to Rebeca!!
2-11-03 I've only lost 1 pd since posting last!! I'm upset about that, but the strange thing is I dropped a pant size! I can now wear a 14!! I've met another one of my goals...I can fit into my husbands jeans!!! He was speechless! I go to see DrCoster on March 5th and I want to loose at least 5 pds by then, but don't think it will happen.I will be 10 months out then, and have 2 months to go til my anniversary date, maybe by then I will reach another goal???....
2-18-03 The scale is finally moving...YAH!! I now weigh in at 175!! I only have 4pds to go until I hit another goal!!
3-10-03 I went to see Dr Coster today, it had snowed last week and I couldn't make that appointment, and when I got onto the scale and it said 171 I almost fell off!! This means I've lost 100pds in 10 months!!! I'm real happy about that!! Dr C was too. He was going to dismiss me but decided after seeing my total loss that I may lose 20 more and would like to see me back in 3 months. Which gives me more time to work my lower body and get ready for a TT and arm lift. Well, until next time..
4-10-03 The scale is still moving which I am happy about!! I now have lost lost at total of 103pds! My 1 year anniversary is next month and I would like to have lost at least another 10pds by then but am thinking that may not happen! But I am sooo happy with the weight loss so far that I would be just fine where I am. Not much else to update.. everything is going well!
7-9-03 I finally went to see Dr Coster this afternoon. He said my total weight loss was 107pds!! I did tell him I was having dizzy spells and felt everything was going black, that was happening too often, we did some blood work and he'll get back to me with the results.May just be upping my iron or switching vitamins. I hope that is all. Energy level is great, my husband and I take walks at night and I can go so much farther than 1 year ago. Still having body image issues, I think I'm still huge!! I need to update my photo, and will soon!!
1-23-04 Cannot believe how time flies by now!! I am ready and am looking into having my TT, but nervous about insurance coverage.Not much to report except I now have a life! I'm very busy with work and doing all kinds of things. I did have blockage a few months ago, the Dr just said make sure you are getting fluids and eat more fiber, and all has been well since!!My weight loss has definitly STOPPED! I would be a little more happy with maybe 10-15pds more, but if I get to have a TT maybe that will help.I am truley happy with where I'm at with every part of my WLS journey and would in a heart beat do this again!!!
12-23-04 WOW! I cannot believe it has been almost 1 year since I last posted! Well, I had a beltlipectomy done 9-3-04, Dr Coster took off 9pds of skin! Everything went really well with that. The pain really wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. Life is good, can't complain. I did have about 15pds of weight gain and haven't gotten that off yet, but with a little bit harder work it shouldn't take long.Well, not much else going on, til next time. Merry Christmas!!
~He was informative, and easy to talk to.So, was his nurse Jackie.
~I just wanted everyone to know that the hospital stay was wonderful. The staff was caring and helpful. Only one thing:at midnight on thursday night..they made popcorn!!!How dare they!!!lol Was a great experience anyway!
Didn't have to deal with them, Dr Coster's office took care of everything. Must be "medically necessary" and they will cover wls. Cannot believe it only took 1 week to hear back from them!!!