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~ Georgia G.
Blairsville, GA, USA
Post Op - BMI: 33.5
Surgery Type: RNY
Member ID: L1095043517
Surgeon: C. Daniel Procter M.D.
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Hi...my name is Lori. Welcome to my online journal. I am going to make sure I keep up with every detail I can regarding my journey to finding a healthier, happier me. I have been super morbidly obese for a couple years, and obese for 10 before that. I was a cute chubby toddler, a slightly over-weight teenager, and a fat stay at home mom for most of my married life. I went back to work in 1998...and back to school in 2000. I am now a full time nurse, as well as full time (proud) mom and wife. I have decided that I want to be healthy (that is the most important!) so that I can be a roll model for my three wonderful boys, as well as for my patients. It occured to me one day...as I was lecturing a patient on how unhealthy it is to smoke....that I was just as unhealthy because of my weight. I decided right then...that I could not tell my patients, or my children, to eat healthy foods, exercise, make sure you don't smoke or drink excessively...if I was doing it....well I wasn't drinking or smoking...but you get the idea. Something had to give....and I want to live to see my children's children...and be an active part of their lives. I have to change...for me, for my children, for my husband, and for every patient out there that I am suppose to be a roll model for.
August 2004.... That is it...I am so tired of being fat...so tired of having ZERO energy...not being able to play w/ my kids...being grouchy from the extreme exhaustion...and having no interest in my husband's life. This just is not right....this is not how I should be. I have been considering wt loss surgery for a while now. I have looked some things up online, watched episodes of oprah and discovery health channel that describe this. I feel like it is what I really need to do for me...and for my children. I have mentioned this in the past, but have gotten really negative feedback from David. I suppose mostly because of his worries regarding complications and/or possible death. He won't even discuss it with me for more than five minutes at a time. Today, I layed everything out there...told him how unhappy I am, how unhealthy I am, and how unattractive I feel. I have decided that I want to check into wls...and not just research online...I want to discuss it with my doctor....oh boy...I just hope that Dr. Breedlove backs me up.
September 2004....David continues to be hard headed about this surgery prospect, and actually flat out said "you are not going to have this surgery." I was so mad and refused to even talk to him, and after thinking it over for several hours, came back w/ "This is my body and my life. I would like to be around to see my children graduate from college, and have grandchildren and great grandchildren...if you love me half as much as you say you do, you would want me around for these things too. I am going to have this surgery if I am approved for it by PCP, insurance, and surgeon...and honestly feel as if God has directed me to it. If something should happen, it will be God's will...and while that sounds terrible, I believe this is my only chance left." Well David decided he did not like my rarely used spine, and left the room. I have continued to do research online, and have talked to two nurses at work who have had wls, both of which used Obesity Solutions in Gainesville. One nurse used Dr. Procter, the other Dr. Richard. Both sang praises and denied any regrets. Leeta is nearly 2 years out and went from 300+ to 175, Denise is not even a year out yet, and is not really discussing how much she lost, but I can tell a dramatic difference. I also brought the subject up with my mom today. It suprised me (I don't know why...she has always thought I needed to loose weight...even when I didn't) but she was very supportive! So at least I have someone on my side!
September update....I talked to Benefit Support today....and they are have established $1,000 lifetime max obesity benefit....so really they are not paying at all! I am so discouraged. I have cried until there are no tears left...I am not giving up though....there has to be a way!
October 2004....I have found ObesityHelp.com and its an inspiring site! I have been looking at before and after pics...and it is amazing how wonderful this surgery is for people. I have prayed and prayed for a solution to my insurance problems....and have decided that I will drop my PRN status at work, take the 15% loss in pay, and have BCBS of GA and try my best to get approved through them. I am going to talk to administration tomorrow.
Its official...I have taken a pay cut, signed up for BCBS (which will be effective 10/1 yippeeee....)I am also planning on going to Dr. Procter's seminar at Lanier Park Hospital on 10/20. I was worried about pre-existing condition clause in BCBS...but since I have been insured for a while, there are no pre-existing clauses for me. :) Talk about happy....I am walking on air right now.
Went to see Dr. Breedlove today, he is supportive of the surgery. That kinda shocked me. Says he will provide whatever I need for Dr. Procter's office. I also told my dad about plans for surgery...he really did not have a whole lot to say, but he never really has a lot to say to me anyway. My parents are seperated, have been for a long time, but still talk and see each other frequently. Mom discussed possibly allowing me to charge surgery related expenses on a credit card of his, for me to repay of course, so that I did not have to take them all out of pocket. He AGREED! I can not believe it....everything is just falling into place. I pray every day that God just does what is right...no matter what....and I trust that the Lord will take care of me....I am so blessed.
Went to the Obesity Solutions Seminar tonight. Mom and Katy (my little sister) went with me. Dr. Procter was so great and impressive....mom is so supportive! I got my info packet and signed up for my first consult/review. Its set for Novemeber 18th. Thank you Jesus for blessing me!
November 2004....Kathy Minter and Leeta Dills (nurses that I work with that have had wls) informed me this am that BCBS was going to quit paying for the surgery....My heart sank....I felt sick to my stomach....OMG what will I do.
I talked to BCBS rep...they assured me that my policy will not renew until April 1st 2005, and as long as everything is in the works/done by then, they will pay. Whew...what a relief... But I feel terrible for all the people out there that this surgery could help...these insurance companies need a wake up call!
11-18...my consult and first appointment w/ Dr Procter and at Lanier Park. Again, I can not say enough about Dr. Procter and his staff. My appointment time was screwed up....they did not have me down at all...but they worked me in today. They were all so nice. He also told me that he believes that he can do the surgery laproscopically....and that is wonderful news!
12/7 Sleep study over with....and it was miserable. I hated having all those electrodes all over me. Tech says he believes I am borderline sleep apnea...
12/22 psych eval at Dr. Schaffer's office complete...she says she can not find one reason why I am not ready for this...and will give approval! WOOHOO! Results of sleep study came back...no need for c-pap..which is great....Had H-pylori test done today too.....waiting for those results.
12/28 H-pylori negative! :)
January 2005 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
1/6 second nutritional counseling review completed. talked to sleep study reviewer...and she states md wants me to see a cardiologist regarding 1 second sinus pauses......oh goodness.....here we go.
1/10 Dr. Breedlove refused to send me to a cardiologist for 1 second sinus pauses.....states they were not frequent....and he would rather I wear a holter monitor before seeing cardiologist....so holter monitor...here I come. Whatever it takes....lol....that is my new moto I suppose! :)
1/12 24 hour holter monitor started.....this is not as bad as sleep study...but darn close.
1/15 holter monitor results were fine...md sent report to dr. procter's office....all should be well now.
1/28 Today, Dr. Procter's office submitted my file to insurance....oh lord I am praying awfully hard....please let me get approved. Debbie (insurance person at Dr. P's) doesn't sound very optimistic that things will be good. I'm stressed
Okay, So I have called daily since submitting to insurance...and drove them all crazy....sometimes 2-3 times a day....If I don't find out something soon....I may just spontaneously combust....BCBS reps...please don't hate me...I am just very anxious. :)
Feb 11th....Guess what? I'm APPROVED! Yipppeeee...doing the happy dance....lol! Sugery is set for the 28th of this month....that was quicker than I had anticipated....I am so ready! I never thought it could/would happen this quick. That is the first date that Debbie at Dr. Proctor's gave me...and lol...I just said yes...I hope that I have enough time to get everything ready....like taking off from work and preparing for when I get home...lol! Thank you Lord for all you do for me. :)
Feb 26th....my last days to eat what I want....and guess what???? I can't think of anything I just have to have! LOL....tomorrow I start the clear liquids and the bowel prep...I am not looking forward to that....but it will be over soon! Ordered Pizza tonight....cause the kids wanted it.....and I could not eat hardly any....I feel like I should be eating whatever I like...but its just impossible to eat much. My head must be preparing my stomach....lol!
Feb 27th...Yuck...the Fleets Phosoda is the worst thing ever! I have pooped so much my behind bleeds when I wipe...I'm crying...and miserable....I just want to sleep and get ready for tomorrow. For some reason...while I feel some anxious...I am not really nervous. People have asked me if I am afraid I might die...but I am not. I know that God has a plan for me....and I just don't think that he is ready to take me to be with him....I feel almost confident in that. I feel as though I have been given a second chance in life....and I could not be more ready to start! Thank you Lord for watching over me.
Feb 28th. Today is the day....mom and david are going with me to the hospital..the kids are going to school like normal, my in-laws will get them off the bus...I am excited/anxious...but not really nervous. In a few hours....I will be a new person...with a new chance....My life will be all I want it to be...I am blessed.
Wednesday March 2nd...2 days post-op...I just wanted to thank everyone from OH who sent the encouraging emails. They really meant a lot to me. I got my drain out this morning...which was a blessing. That was probably the most painful part of the procedure for me...having the drain and the foley cath...oh well...and the iv. :) I got to come home this morning. I have taken a little pain medication, but not much. I feel like I should visit w/ people, as that the in-laws and my dad have come over, but I am just tired and want to sleep. Mom stayed with me for a while...and the kids were excited that I was home when they got home from school. I can't wait until I get a little energy and can sit up a while. Meanwhile...just sipping on fluids and walking a little has tuckered me out. Gotta go rest. :)
March 10th! I am 10 days post op, went back for my follow-up visit today...and am down 18 pounds....that felt so good! I have been worried that I am not loosing. I feel like I eat too much, even though I barely manage to get in 350 calories a day...I have no energy, so I have not really walked or anything yet....the protein stinks...literally...there have been days that I did not think I would make it....day 5 was terrible. I could not get anything in....my husband decided to fix cornbeef and cabbage for dinner....and it smelled so good! I cried....snuck a little bite.....and hurt like hell the rest of the night....Anyway....I get to start soft proteins now....cottage cheese never taste so good! :) I can't tell a difference in my clothes...but those scales don't lie...19 pounds gone forever! :)
march 14th...two weeks post op today....I don't believe that I have lost any more weight since md's visit....I have no energy....I know I need to walk...but just can't right now....I was so excited to start on soft protein...but find getting it in is just as hard as protein shakes.....drinking is much easier....I am still set on my decision...and don't regret it...but did not realize that I would feel so bad for so long....I just got to buck up here and tough this out....the only way out is up. I have to remember that! :) Thank you God for the new chance you have given me to live my life. Please help me remember that you are with me always. Amen.
April 10, 2005. Tomorrow I am 6 weeks post-op. I have lost about 37 pounds...which is less than I thought I would loose. I think that I have only lost about 5 of those pounds in the last two weeks. Its frustrating! I went through not getting enough in....and in the last few days, have made it to approx 500-600 calories a day, 60-70 grams protein, 55-65 ounces water daily. I hope that I start seeing a big difference soon. I can not see hardly any change in my body...although my husband says he can tell. I go back to work tomorrow, and am hoping that I do okay. I get tired so easily still. My next post-op appointment w/ Dr. Procter is 4/14, hopefully I will have lost a couple more pounds by then......sigh.....Lord help me to be strong.
April 11th....today was my first day back to work since surgery....and boy did it kick my @$$! I have two more days to go...then I will be off for one day, which I will spend 4 hours (there and back) to md's office for 6 week check up...and then I will work for three more days...oh my....but I must remember...I can and will do this. I have been given a gift that a lot of people would like to have. I must not look on the hard parts...but focus on the bright blessings. Gotta keep my chin up....lol! And I will do better. :)
April 14th! I am officially down 37.5 pounds since pre-op visit. I thought that it would be more than that by now...especially since I lost 18 of those pounds in the first 10 days! I have not lost even one pound in the last week and a half though....it must be one of those stalls so my body can catch up.....I have heard several people talk about them...but I did not expect one this soon. :( Getting back in a work schedule has been hectic...and has left little time for exercise since I am basically worn out to the bone when I get home. I still manage to walk some....but I am going to have to do better. Hopefully I will get some more energy soon. I thought about signing up at the local gym, but there are so many "fit" people that work out there....and I am embarassed to let them see me. There is a curves locally, but everyone says its hard to get in during late afternoon/evening times, and that is when I would have to go. Maybe after my finances get straightened out again (surgery set me back a little), I can buy a treadmill or something.
April 19th....the scales are moving again! PRAISE THE LORD! I am down 4.5 pounds since Sunday....WOO HOO! I was almost ready to cry about the lack of loss. :) I will survive....
April 25th I have had a terrible time for the last 4-5 days. I am having pains when I eat, more frequent nausea and vomiting, and can not even take my vitamins. I am not getting my protein or my water in...and have no energy. I was really worried this morning. I called in to work and called Dr. Procter's office. They have made me an appointment tomorrow with a Gastro MD. I hope everything is okay....and I dread the thought of being scoped. On a positive note. I weighed today...and am at 285 now....so that is down 50 POUNDS in 8 weeks! I am really excited about that! :) My husband has said he can really tell a difference now...and my mother-in-law said she can too....but me....well I still see that 335 pound woman when I look in the mirror. Maybe it just takes time to adjust. Just got to remain positive. :)
May 17th Been a while since my last update. I was 11 weeks out yesterday. Everything went well when I went to the GI doc. I did have a stricture, and they dilated it....and boy did I see a difference immediately. Apparently it was quite narrow, so I am not sure how much food was squeezing past, but it was very little as much as I was vomiting. Anyway.....all is better now. I have to go back to see the doc in June.....but as of now...so far so good. Now for the weight loss... :) I am down 57 pounds now. Boy is that nice to say! I have more stamina than I can remember having in a long time. Today, I was shaving my legs and realized, everything is much easier w/ just those few pounds gone.....I can not wait until I make it to goal and am living the life of a normal sized person. Another thing I wanted to mention....in addition to those lost pounds...my BMI has gone from 58+ to 47.5.....that is something huge for me too! Thank you God....for even small blessings.
May 27th. It has been so hectic lately that I have not updated. My father-in-law had an accident at work two day ago, and crushed his facial bones. He has to have surgery next week, and I have spent the last couple days running him back and forth to Gainesville to see the plastic surgeon. My oldest son has also been having problems with his asthma, and he has been back and forth to the Allery and Asthma clinic....and I am working and running the house in between all the hectic running around. A couple days ago, I noticed that food started going down wrong again. I am afraid that my stricture is coming back. Dr. Allen said that it was possible, and probable, that I would have to be dilated again later, but I did not expect that so soon! I vomit nearly every time I eat anything solid. Drinks are going down fine...but I am so sick of liquids. I have an appointment to see Dr. Allen on June 23rd, but I am not sure that I can hold out that long. I am afraid to miss any more work though....I have missed 6 days since I went back to work on April 11th.....and I feel like everyone there is getting mad at me. They don't say any thing, but that is the point, after I miss a day....I get the silent treatment from certain nurses....then its just like nothing happened again. I feel stressed at work. I don't like the early hours anymore, and I don't like working weekends. I put an application in today on Department of Labor's website for a md's office. Its about a 35 minute drive, instead of 10 minutes, but I think that I would rather drive a little further and have holidays and weekends off...and go in at 8:30 or 9:00 am instead of 6:30. I decided today that I will actively be looking for a "normal hour" job. I wonder if its something about having this surgery.....kinda makes me want to change several aspects of my life around....not that my life is bad or anything, but I just feel like its time for many changes....and the surgery go the ball rolling. On a brighter note....I am down to 273 pounds...so that is 62 pounds in 12 weeks. I am excited about that! :) I think if I got into an exercise program that I would loose more...but with working full time...all the running around w/ the kids, and just general maintance of life...its hard. I do walk daily...and its a really good power walk. Helps refresh me! Wish me luck for the job....and wish me luck for the next appointment w/ Dr. Allen...in hopes that the stricture has not returned. Good luck to all of you out there waiting, or recovering, or deciding on what you should do. :) What ever is meant to be...will be...remain positive.
June 13th, Well, its been 15 weeks today since my surgery.....and I am weighing in 70 pounds lighter! Woo Hoo! Started on day of surgery at 335 pounds, and weigh 265 today. Although my monthly cycle also started a day or so ago...so I know I will loose at least 3-4 pounds by the end of the week....I have every month so far. :) I sent a pic to obesity help staff a few weeks back...and it has been added to the bottom of my profile. My husband took this on Memorial Day....said he wanted a pic of me in my favorite spot...lol...online and at the OH website! :) My little boy was standing behind me in his underwear! LOL....he just about died when he realized the pic got him. :) too cute huh? Anyway, I lost 10 pounds since the pic was taken.....isn't that exciting? I can not believe how lucky I am to have been given this new chance. Thank you God! For all you pre-ops out there...or for anyone considering the surgery...I have to honestly tell you...this is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me....w/ exception my husband and children.....My life is so much better at 15 weeks out....I can't wait to be 15 months out!
June 15th. Okay, so its only been a day or so since my last update....but I just wanted to add some things here that have been on my mind. I love my mother so much....she has been so supportive through out this whole process. During the time I was growing up, I was always mad at her....she has always been petite...and does not know what its like to be over weight....and she has always...even when I was REALLY YOUNG...told me I needed to loose weight. Those are the most awful memories I have of childhood. Not being able to drink a regular coke or have that junk food because mom thought I did not need the calories. And come on...lets face it....my goodness, if that is the worse memore someone has of their childhood....they are really lucky! For a long time I have blamed my mom, not out loud...but you know....for part of the reason I became obese. I thought...if she had not restricted me so much as a child, I would not have been so defiant and want the things I should not have as an adult....but ya know what? Its not her fault. My mother loved me and knew that diabetes ran rampant in our family. She also knew that children and adults are cruel. She wanted to spare me that. I also tried to blame the fact that I had become obese on another factor from childhood. I was molested/raped at age 10.....for some reason, I had it in my head that I was bad and that would never be good enough after something like that....so what did it matter what I look like? Now, mind you, these thoughts don't come across clear like that....its just bits and pieces that you put together later...that helps figure out what was wrong. Same with my marriage....My parents divorced a couple times while I was growing up. I have come to the conclusion that I have always just expected my marriage to end....and that is why I don't try so well at it anymore. That is changing. I have a really wonderful husband. He does have his faults....but he works full time, doesn't drink, is a good father, isn't abusive....and HE LOVES ME! LOL!
As I sit here and type all this....I am laughing...because the poor pitiful Lori is gone. What should I be sad about? I have three beautiful healthy children, a man that adores me, my mother is so supportive and my best friend, my father is getting better (he is changing his life and I can see some differences) and not drinking quite as much as he has in the past, I am in control of my weight....which in turn makes me feel in control of my life more. GOD is GREAT! He has blessed me and watched over me every single day of my life. He has lead me in the directions that I need to be.....and helped me work out the things that I could not control. There are so many people out there that don't have the love and support I have...and that have not let God into their lives. I may not be rich, I may not be a size 2, and I probably won't ever be either.....but I am lucky....loved.....am alive (both physically and spiritually)! Thank you mama...for being my foundation and for loving me unconditionally. Thank you David....for not leaving me....and loving me even when I am terrible to you. I promise that will change. Thank you Lord, for watching over me and protecting me....and letting me know that I can let go of the past, and move on with my life....and that I am going to be okay no matter what. God is good!
Forgot to add that I also weigh in today at 263, that's -72 pounds in 15 weeks and 2 days. I am on my way to a healthier me...and I am loved.....I can't ask for more than that!
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June 27th. Today I am 17 weeks out. I have lost 75 pounds...and a ton of inches. But I went to the weight planner here on the site.....and was upset because I am not loosing at the rate that is shows I should. I honestly was thinking that 75 pounds was wonderful for 4 months......whatever the case....I am happy that I have lost 75 pounds...and I am not going to dwell on the fact that the "planner" says it should have been more. There is no way this weight would have been lost before this surgery.....NO WAY! Eating over the last couple days has been a little more tolerable. And I don't think I lost quite as much hair when I showered last night. I am hoping that I am getting to the point that I am going to be able to feel a little more normal. I mean, I have not been able to tolerate hardly any foods except boiled eggs and cheese sticks...and I am so sick of them....and the hair has been coming out in handfuls for about a month or so now. Please let it all be over. We took the kids and went fishing last night...after I did Relay for life Friday night, worked Saturday and Sunday all day at the hospital (and we were busy!) and cooked and straightened the house when I got home both days. I could not have stood that 4 months ago either.......my life has changed.....i am living again. :)
July 7th Well....after a couple good weeks of loosing....I am on another stall. Its so frustrating! I don't know what I do (if anything) to cause them, but I end up with them at least once a month. I pray this one does not last long....On a brighter note...BrAnDi at OH has spruced my profile up and made it oohhh so cute! I love Raggedy Ann and Andy! :)
August 12th, 2005. Its been a while since I have updated. I did not realize exactly how long until today! I am 5 1/2 months out, and down 91.8 pounds...I feel awesome! I had originally hoped to loose a little more by now, and was some what disappointed that I hadn't, but hey....its 90+ pounds that would not have been gone at all...and were not gone just a little over 5 months ago! I have more stamina that I have had in years....and my 9 year old can hug me now and his arms fit all the way around me. :) that was so neat the first time I noticed it. I do have to watch myself, because even though I can not eat much at a time (although I can eat more than I could at first!), I have to really watch those carbs. That is a tough one for me, but for the most part, I am doing okay. I am loosing slowly now though...I have only lost about 15 pounds in the last month...which has been kinda tough to deal with. My blood pressure is completely normal now, no more acid reflux, no more severe headaches. My life is getting better slowly but surely.....and I am so glad that I was given this opportunity to begin again. :)
August 31st. I was officially 6 months out, 3 days ago. I have lost a total of 98 pounds......and feel so much better. For some crazy reason, I am so emotional all of the sudden. My husband has very little patience with me, as that I can cry at the drop of a hat. He says....."your hormones are just all screwed up from loosing so much weight so quickly....you'll be alright." Its feels lonely sometimes, because he doesn't understand. I go back for my six month check-up on September 13th.....this will be the first time I have been back since 6 weeks out. My doc doesn't do three month check-ups. I hope all the labs are okay.....and I hope he is pleased w/ the weight loss as I am. On a brighter note....note only am i feeling better from weight loss....but my family is finally all in church together. This is so exciting for me! I went to a revival the end of July....and have been every chance since. I thought I had things right with the Lord.....I thought that I was okay....I was saved as a child.....I thought. Then this wonderful preacher gave this awesome sermon on "tares" and I realized at that moment that I was a tare. I thought I was gonna have to walk across the pews to get to the altar....and whether I was saved before or not.....I KNOW I AM NOW! I am the the closest to God that I have ever been in my whole life....and loving every minute of it. I joined the church and was baptised on August 7th, along w/ my father and my son! I am even considering going on a mission trip to Arlington, Texas the first weekend in October. Thank you Lord for all your blessings. :) Now, all this being said....Satan is really working in my life too.....he is trying his best to make me waiver. My husband and I have been in arguments and I have considered leaving him.....My mother and I are having disagreements, and I been really angry with her....and all for nothing. I know its Satan....I know that God is with me and I will over come....but yet I get angry.....Sheesh....that's terrible huh? For those of you out there that are going through these hard times, Let go...and Let God. Just put it in his hands...he will fix it...maybe not today or tomorrow...but it will be done. Take care. Lori.
September 1st, 2005. I went today and had my labs drawn for my appointment the 13th w/ Dr. Procter. Since I am a nurse at the hospital that drew them....I got to look at some of them. My cholesterol is now 130....triglycerides 58! This is down from both being over 200 previously! I could hardly believe it. :) Also....today I joined the century club. I have officially lost 100 pounds. :) I am so excited....and feel so blessed....to have been given this second chance. :)
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I have just completed my consult w/ Dr. Procter. I found his office staff to be very friendly. My appointment time/day was mixed up, and because I had come from out of town, the staff worked me into their very busy schedule. The over-sized chairs in the waiting room were very comfortable. Dr. Procter put me at ease immediately. He is a very caring and sincere man. His program is so wonderful! I am so excited, and so lucky, to have this group of people to come to!
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I really have not had any problems w/ BCBS. You just have to make sure that you have everything in order when its sent in...but Dr. Procter's office made sure that everything was ready....and kept in close contact w/ the insurance company weekly. I have been told that BCBS of GA is not going to be covering this surgery much longer. I think that it a shame...it is so good for so many people.