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Birmingham, AL, USA
Post Op - BMI: 49.5
Surgery Type: RNY
Member ID: G1034633838
Web Site: www.cahabavalleysurgical.com
Surgeon: Rex A. Sherer M.D.
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10/21/02-Well, I've filled the papers out and getting ready to mail them off today. I can't wait to get my first consultation.
01/18/03-Sorry, I have not updated in a while. I have a consultation with Dr. Sherer on Feb. 6th. I'll have a photo posted later next week.If anyone has BCBS Alabama Personal Choice please e-mail me and tell if there quick to approve.
02/01/03-Only five days left until my consultation, I tired of waiting, this is crazy. I scheduled the appointment the day before Thanksgiving and could not get an appointment until Feb. 6th.
02/08/03-I've finally had my initial consultation.I was made a candidate for surgery, and we sent the letter to my insurance company. Now here comes the part where patience is a must. My surgeon was excellent. He was very patient with me, answered all my questions, and explained everything to me very thouroughly.
02/19/03-Well I called the insurance company today to see if my letter has been received. They said have not gotten gotten any info yet. Its is propably pending reveiw at the Medical Board according to my insurer. I starting to get impatient, but maybe I'll hear something soon.
02/24/03-Called the insurance company today. They have received my letter as of 2/20 and it is under reveiw. Still waiting.
03/11/03-My letter was recieved today and I've got a date. It is on April 11, 2003. I've waited so long. I can't wait.
03/12/03-Doctor's office called me back and said my pre-op appointment is on April 4, and my surgery will be on April 11. I am so anxious that I can't even think. It seems like a long ways off. I waited so long for this day.
03/13/03-I am starting to get nervous. My doctor told me I am in the beginning stages of congestive heart failure due to my size. I told him I am to young to die. I am going on a protein diet up til my surgery. I'm getting a little worried because I feel I may not make it til April 11. I feel very weak right now. This surgery is literaly going to save my life.
03/21/03-Three more weeks-it just can't get here fast enough. My friends and family are getting tired of me talking about it.
3/25/03-the anxiety of waiting is really getting to me. No matter what I try to do, I can't keep it off my mind. 17 days left-is it ever going to get here.I will be posting after my pre-op appointment on April 4th if I don't worry myself to death.
3/28/03-I am counting them down. 14 more days.I have sleep study next week. I have stage fright. I don't like people watching me do things, especially sleeping. That really bothers me. I hope all goes well.
3/31/03-Ten more days and a wake up left to go. I am going crazy. This waiting period is much worse than the insurance period. Anyhow, I am making an attempt to quit smoking tommorrow. Please wish me luck. My journey the losing side is almost here and I can't hardly wait.
4/01/03-Finally the last spring I will ever have to go through this big. I have finally made it to my month. April is going to be my favorite month of the year now. My goal is to be down to 400lbs by the fall.I sure hope I'm not pushing it.
4/02/03-Well, with only a few days left til surgery, the strangest thing has happened to me recently. Usually, I am a very impatient and unhappy person. Now waiting for April 11th to get here has really helped me work on my patience. I've noticed lately that I have been very relaxed and patient around people lately. This is weird. I 'm usually the type that don't care about anything but I have notice this change and so have my friends. I think I'm going insane. Oh well. just a phase. I'm sure it will pass.
4/03/03-My pre-op appointment is tommorrow. I had a little of a nervous breakdown last night when I sat down with two of my close friends. That had told me they would not do an irreversable surgery. They said I will never be happy because I will never be able to eat a decent meal again. What do they know. They've never walked in my shoes. I am a little upset, but I figure maybe they are just worried about me. I just did not need to hear something like that this close to the surgery date.
4/07/03-Four more days baby!!!! Counting them down. Of course as usual, when something good is about to happen, something usaully follows it. I found out today my dad may have cancer in his spleen. All I can due is put it in God's hands. I'll keep praying. My pre op was done on Friday, and I have all my vitamins, food, etc. I'm ready.
4/10/03- I can not believe that my surgery is only 16 hours away. I made it. I have waited so long and it is almost here. The bowel prep was not the funnest thing in the world but oh well. Update to come after surgery, God Bless.
4/19/03-I am finally on the losing side. The surgery went great but the recovery was rather rough. I am not a strong person when it comes to pain and it just about did me in, and as crazy as I may sound morphine does not work. The worst pain was the muscle spasm were unbearable. I must sy that I have not had any trouble with vomiting as of yet and my incision is healing. I'm doing great. Really, the worse thing is not being able to go anywhere and being isolated. My mother won't let me leave the house and I don't even live here. I can't wait to be able to see my friends again.Happy Easter
4/22/03-Well, I scheduled a post op appointment for Thursday and I certainly can't wait to get weighed. I can feel the difference now compared to 2 weeks ago before surgery.
5/12/03-So I haven't updated in a while. I am so proud of me. Since my surgery on April 11th I have lost 80 pounds. I am ecstatic. There is nothing holding me back. I have no more hunger pains. My legs no longer hurt. Best of all the diabetes is virtually gone. This is the best decision I have ever made in my life. To everyone out there who is contemplating surgery, I had secon thoughts about it. If your life is in danger of jepordizing your life due to obesity, than this is the best decision you'll ever make. It is not a complete quick fix though, it takes a lot of time and effort. God Bless.
5/19/03-My, my, my, I feel so wonderful. I have always had a lot of energy despite my size, but now I am hell on wheels. I feel light, beside the fact that I still have 200 pounds to lose. I have a sore throat though. I went back to work today after an enjoyable 5 weeks off, despite the first two weeks of hell. Much love to all my AMOS family out there.
5/29/03- I did a two hour work out yesterday and I think I am about half dead today. I am so sore. Seven weeks out I am down 97 pounds. I might add that that is pretty damn good.
Hello again to everyone. I had a rough weekend on my diet. I had my first case of dumping syndrome on Friday and boy did it hurt. I lost three pounds though. I am officially in the century club with 101 pounds gone. I started eating nothing nut protein which fills me up a lot quicker. I got a good compliment from a girl that I have a huge crush on too. Who knows maybe I'll swallow my pride and ask her out. Need somebody to root for me. Good day AMOS family.
6/17/2003-Hello again, I had a tremendously rough Monday. When I woke up I had a glass of Grape juice which was a huge mistake. I left home and went to get something to eat and I had a really bad pain in my stomach. I went to the bathroom and I started getting a bad cold sweat. Instantly I thought I was having a heart attack. I got tremendously dizzly and literally had to crawl on the ground to move. Turns out the sugar in the grape juice was the culprit. Lesson of the day: no matter how bad you want or crave it DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WITH SUGAR!!!!!!
7/14/03-It is July already, no way. It has been one hell of a ride. Hard to believe I weighed over 500 pounds three months ago. I have been working out hard and dieting. I quit ditched my scale as I find it phsycologically over bearing. Don't know how wuch I weigh and frankly don't care. All I need is the compliments and the jeans falling down. They do fall off at inconvenient times though. I feel wonderful, birthday is on the 31st. I will be 22. Man, I am getting old.
This may be off the subject of WLS, but a lot of members who have e-mailed me are asking,"so how did it go with asking that girl out." Well, I went with her a few times to a resturaunt(big mistake), and a movie, and one time to the mall, GOD HELP ME. Unfortunately this person was a good friend of mine before WLS and she has noticed the changes I have gone through. I am a lot more outspoken and I guess somewhat arrogant. Admitting my flaws here so make sure you copy and save it becuase this is a ounce in a lifetime event. To make things short, I have had dramatic changes in my attitude and personality that she says is not me. I think it is for the better. We each disagreed and went our separate ways. I'm finished. See ya later.
8/29/03-I have lost 130 pounds thus far but I recieved some devestating news ealrier this week. My stoma is enlarged and according to my doc it is not able to be repaired. This is just a another set back in my journey to a healthy young man. Even though I blew things way out of proportion, I have actually had time to sit and think. Advice for anyone in the same boat or for you pre-ops. Eat protein as much as you can, do not drink right before or after meals to prevent this from happening. Other than that life is good. The ladies have been hitting on me left and right. I feel like I am being used, JK. My father has recovered greatly from his operation. They found he did not have cancer. That was a while back but I never updated the info. No matter what I have gone through, and that is a lot, life is good. Love you all
11/20/03-Man it has been a while since I have updated. The weight is coming off slowly but surely, I have lost 155 pounds thus far. I feel bad becuase I have only lost 25 pounds in the last 2 1/2 months. I feel good though. I walk 3-6 miles 3 days a week and lift weights. I can actually walk miles without the need of a defibulator to put my heartbeat back in tact. I would say that is progress. As slow as the process is I wouldn't change it for the world.
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