November 18, 2002 - What a great 5 months I have had. It's been 21 weeks and I'm done 102 pounds! Never could I have imagined how great this feels. It's still hard to fathom how easy this has been. I've never dumped, never been sick, nor have I had any post-op problems. I guess I've been lucky, therefore I'm also very thankful. My main problem right now is my hair has fallen out by the handfuls. I know I don't get enough protein and I try to focus on that - but I just don't have much of a taste for meat anymore. If anyone who is still "on the fence" about this surgery reads this profile, just know it may be the answer to your prayers. It was for me.
June 9, 2002 - I'm only 9 days away!! I feel very calm so far, no anxiety or nerves yet. I guess this is because I know this is my only option for a normal life. Of course normal to me is being heavy. I can't imagine being thin - or average sized - for the rest of my life. It will be a dream come true!
April 2002 - Notifed this week that my surgery date has been postponed 8 days! I know it doesn't sound like a big deal - but it's so frustrating!! So, now I'm set for June 18. Plus, I was moved from a Monday morning to a Tuesday morning and that sort of sucks. I would much prefer Monday morning, but it isn't up to me!
Keeping busy getting rid of the old winter clothes I will never wear again and getting stocked up on post-op needs like Crystal Light, vitamins, etc. 2 more long months to go.
March 2002 - June 10th is my surgery date with Dr. Kelly Wright in Nashville, TN at Vanderbilt Hospital!! I can't believe there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel - it's taken quite a while to reach this point.
From reading other reviews, I had a preconceived opinion of Dr. Wright....that he was "all business", not particularly sensitive, and very straight forward. I guess those descriptions are accurate, but I was pleasantly surprised with his demeanor.
He wasn't abrasive or uncaring as I half-way expected; he was honest and sincere. Of course, there was an incident that broke the ice and actually got a smile from him - my ink pen had leaked and I unknowingly had smudged ink across my forehead! Talk about embarrassing!
He provided all the risks in great detail. I wish he had covered some of the positives of the surgery, but with his limited time I guess it's more important that the patient knows the risks.
He seems extremely competent. I like that he is a fairly young doctor and I feel very secure and safe with him as my surgeon.