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Pinckney, MI, USA
Post Op - BMI: 39.5
Surgery Type: RNY
Member ID: D1057416910
Surgeon: Jerry B. Rogers, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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The Newly Post-op Song
Some people look at me,
But what they don't know,
I used to look at things,
My heart has ached
I have never been so ready for a journey!
Starting 5' 9" 433 pounds on 12 - 9
7/5 I have been thinking of doing this for sometime. My little girl is changing so much in her first year and aproaching her first birthday. The way the last chunk of weight I added to my body stopped me from doing so many things. Knowing the reason so many of my family and friends stopped inviting me out as they hated to see people make fun of me and it was easy to just visit me at home. My legs - becoming so painful in the knee. The list goes on and on.
I decided to do this and changed my insurance when the chance came up(it was HAP before). Went in to BTC on 7/1 and have started this ball rolling. I am working on setting up all the pre-tests. Sleep, stress and phyc. I hope all goes well. I WANT THIS!!
8/7 I called BTC insurance today but my request did not go out until the 10th of July. I thought it would go out within the week. A little longer--guess not that bad though.
8/25 Guess what I got in the mail today? Happy Dance - I will be covered! I still have the sleep study to do and the mental part - but I am not stressed about that at all. All of the heart tests came back fine. Better than fine - the doc said during the stress test that based on my results he would have guessed I was a healthy, active person of average weight. - still happy dancing -
9/9 Ugh, I am getting tired of messing around with this stuff. I know, I know how lucky I am approved after the first letter in all, but you have to understand that I was in a VERY BAD car accident in 2000 and have lots of other helth problems with that. I deal with them and the insurance companies every day. I am involved in a lawsuit with that too. Lawyers are a pain. I have all thease medical people that I talk to almost everyday. When I went in for my sleep study the doctor asked me if I was in medical school. I was puzzled and said no, why do you ask? You talk like you are a doctor but I noticed that your title was Mrs. not Doctor so I figured you were in school. How sad is that. I can not wait to get to the other side of this.
9/17 Hmmmmm . . . I think I might change to the Cori Centers. I like everything that I have read on the micro pouch as compaired to what BTC has to offer. Also BTC has not been as much help as I would have liked. They have not called me "about every 2 weeks" as they told me they would. They have in fact not called me once, and the only contact I have had with them has been when I have called. I was hoping for more with them. I may still go with BTC at this point I am just going to meet with a Cori Doctor to see what they have to say. I have been in general happy with them but I think it would not hurt to see what else is out there.
9/23 I talked to Cori and no dice. They want me to drop a 100 pounds before surgery and I know that there is no way for me to do that. Also they wanted me to drop the weight by using their products - felt like I was at Jenny Craig! ---- LOL I did my sleep study and have been fitted for my mask. I have to wear it for 6 weeks before the surgrey so I can't wait to get it and start wearing it so I can get to the other side. I am off the Birth Control as it causes blood clots and I want to be careful so I don't get preggers before the surgery - doc said I would be able to go back on it as soon as surgry is over so I can wait the 2 years to have our next one. I am wearing a heart event monitor for 30 days just to be on the safe side. I really like my Heart Doc. he told me the skipping I was feeling was most likley caused by sleep apnea. I got my Phyc. Eval. done and she thinks I would be an excellent candiate. Yes!!
9/30 My Dad had a stroke a few days ago. I have not stress ate -- very good for me. I have been out of my head with worry for him. He has had 2 very small ones and 1 medium size one. It is almost 2 years to the day since his heart attack and stroke. I think he will not be able to go back to work now as his hands are no longer working together. We have been visiting him all the time and we hope he will be home soon. My poor Mom is not eating at all and making herself sick with worry.
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11/14 Dad is back home and doing Ok. He has aged so much in the last few weeks. We had no power for 2 days and the wind storm knocked a tree down on our car. *cry* But if that is the worst thing that ever happens to us - so what. I am working on getting my results to BTC. I know most people on this site are BIG on Cori but I talked to my Regular Doctor about it and he looked into both options for me. He thinks getting a pouch that will not strech over time is not a good idea. He told me that with out some streching of the pouch that when you get older it will be hard to get the things you need. That it is hard with a "normal" stomach to get the foods you need into your system and with the very small no strech pouch I would not get what I need with out help. I really believe that once I get the weight off I will be able to keep it off on my own. Some people will think this is a pipe dream, but they do not know me. My hubby also feels like I do. I pray that we are doing the right thing for me, us and our little Bella.
11/22 I got my date, I got my date - - -Happy dance time. I got a date. Not too long now. January 5th is not so far away!
11/23 I got a new date - December 9th! That is so soon!! I go in for my pre-blood work on the 2nd. My goodness!
12/4 Man oh man they want to make sure you are in GOOD health at BTC. Pre op testing today was 3 hours long! With all the pre-tests they had me do before I would have thought it was just going to be a blood draw - WRONG. Blood gases, chest x-ray, breathing exercises, EKG - wow I could not belive it. But come Tuesday at 7:30 I have to be there to have this done. I believe I am doing the right thing and I have faith that God would not have made this so easy for me if it was not his will.
12/7 Wow - time is going so fast! So much is going on for me too. We are buying a house and we have our home inspection Monday at 3, a tree had fell on our car in that wind storm from 3 weeks back and I will get my car back tomrrow (This makes me SO happy) and then Tuesday morning at 7:30 it is on! I am now getting really excited. I think the main reason I was freaked out was I almost died in a car crash about 3 years ago and I have been seeing a doc for Post Tramatic Stress from that so I think much of my WLS stress was that. I hope I am ready. I think I have all the foods I will need, and all my support is lined up for it. Family and friends ready to help out. You know with getting that car back I wonder what it will be like after 2 weeks when I can drive again. Will I be able to tell I have had weight loss? Right now I am a TIGHT fit behind the wheel. I can't wait till I can get into any car and not wonder "will I be able to snap this seat belt close?" I also read on the message boards about getting the medical alert so I have mine all ready.HERE is the link to my little ones photo page. I hate the way I look so no pic of me. Just one of the hubby and lots of Bella.
12-13 Hi, I just got back home from BTC. I am now a post-op -- YES! I got there at 7:30 and they took me right back to get me ready. Everything was moving so fast that I did not really have much time to think about it then, but Matt and I were both very emotional. I am really hard to draw blood from so I got stuck about 5 times and 3 more working on getting the IV in place. They gave me something in my IV and told me that I was not going to be asleep until I was in the OR. That when I woke up though I will not be able to remember anthing that happens from right about now. That was kind of a strange thought. My surgery took about 4 hours due to my size (433 pounds) so it took quite some time before I could really come out of it. All day Tuesday it felt like I was in a thick fog that I was fighting to break thru. I was in so much pain I was like "what did I do?". I said it out loud I guess because I recall someone saying "that is what they all say until the weight starts dropping off". I Hated to see the respitory theripist. They had some stuff they added to it that had me breathing this mist in. I would feel so sick after they did that. Like I wanted to puke - it was just so yucky. I kept voicing how it was making me feel and the nurse promised to tell the doctor in the morning when he came in. That night they got me up and walking. My Hubby Matt was there with my parents and my little girl Isabella. I could see in her eyes that she was worried about me so when I got up to walk I really pushed myself and kept a smile on my face. I was on the pain pump when I woke up and was using it as much as I could.
12/28 Well, when I went in for my 2 week check up I was down 28 pounds. Yeah baby!!! Much better than I have ever lost total on any diet. I am going to keep my track of my loss above. It is so hard to get that water in!! I feel like all I do is drink, drink, drink and drink, but I know I need to get more in. I think the protien from GNC is not bad but I need to start drinking 2 of them a day. *sigh* it is not bad but it ain't that good. lol
1-2-04 FOOD - my kingdom for some food that dose not drip though a strainer!!!
I am still on what I like to call drippy food. First week it was cear liquid then for 2 weeks it was full liquid now I am on to pureed food. Yummy!! I am sticking to the diet but it is getting really hard.
1-3-04 Ok, this is the deal. I am too fat to weigh myself on a reuglar house scale so it is driving me crazy wondering if or what I have lost since I was in last. It is Saturday right now and in 3 more days I will be a month post op and 2 weeks since I have been able to weigh myself. Some on this board gave me a link to a digital scale that weighs up to 440 pounds. I can't wait to see what is going on. One place that has this scale is at this link: http://tanitascale.com/home_scales/hd351.html It is a Tanita HD351. Other places on the web have them so do check around.
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Surgeon: Jerry B. Rogers, M.D., F.A.C.S.
I found Dr. Rogers to have tons on information and he wanted to make sure that I understood what I was doing and how it would change my life. He was very clear about how serious WLS is and the risks involved. I did not at all feel like I was being "sold" WLS but informed about it. My feelings that he was the right doctor for me only became stronger the more I saw him. The day of my surgery he stressed to me that this was Major Surgery that I was about to do and he wanted to make sure I understood that. Many of the other people talked about humor, I thought he was serious in the beginning. As he should have been -- it was a major thing I was about to do. Yeah, jokes make some people feel more at ease but it was not a time for jokes. He is a funny guy and I saw that more after my surgery when I was in recovery. You see it with the way he and the staff get along. BTC has a great after care program, and I could not say enough nice things about that place. I also really liked how I saw him at least once everyday that I was in there. It was not just a super quick in and out visit. Also when I did have a reaction to some of the pain meds he did not just change my meds but had me checked out head to toe. Keeping me informed each step of the way. Due to an auto accident I have been in and out of Hospitals and seeing Doctors quite a bit and I would definitely rate him in the top 3 of all I have seen.
United Healthcare, PPO
It only took 5 weeks after the first request. I know how lucky I am. When the time came to pick insurance I called all 5 of my choices with the dignostic code and procedure code to see what they said about their company policy. I knew in advace of selecting United Health Care that they approved of the surgry when deemed necessary by a doctor and their was a history of failed diets.