SURGERY DATE, OCTOBER 25, 2005
May 2, 2005....Hello all my name is Dennis and I am a 62 year old male that has done every diet known to man. I have lost that 100 pounds then gained back 120 pounds. I am now at my high of 285 with a BMI of 40.5. I have knee and back problmes. High Blood Pressure, High chol. I am tired of the game of gaining, losing, gaining. I am tired of dieting. Yesterday I met with my Dr. Ho at Kaiser Thousand Oaks. She is putting in for my surgery. I met all the guidelines that Kaiser has. YES! I am thrilled as I was thinking this is going to be a hard fight. I had my lab tests done and she just called to have me go in and have a few more labs done. Urine, etc. So far it has been easy. I also asked her if I lost any weight would it hurt me? As I am going to Russia on May 29, and want to be able to fit in the seat of the airplane easily. She said since I was right there as far as weight, don't lose any weight. So I said ok. I don't want to be to thin, ha, ha to have this surgery. I am now hoping and praying to get the o.k. for the surgery. I can't wait. Just wanted to date this so we can see how fast this thing is going. May 02,005. I pray this is a fast and easy journey. I will go to Mars or Venus to have this surgery. I just want it ASAP.
5/05/05 I am a very impatient person. I dropped off my 24 hour lab work (urine) today and asked if they would process it with the the rest of the labs that were done two days ago. I started to call Kaiser about a Pysch. appointment but there seems to be a change as of April 17th, 2005. Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks are not at that change yet???? What does that mean ? I was told by my primary pcp that I would not need a pysch. appointment but I want to make sure all my bases are covered. I am going to call Woodland Hills next Friday and see where the paper work is in the system and then go from there. As of this date I have spent $30.00 for lab work and EKG. not to bad...I am hoping because of my age they will speed the process up? Take care all and thanks for all the support. Keep the e-mails coming. Dennis
5/13/05...Happy Friday the 13th. No news from Kaiser as yet...well what did I expect. They are so slowww....I am going to call on Monday and see where I am in there computer? I am really having problems with my weight, my legs are swelling up and my shoulder is killing me? I am going to the Ortho. on Thursday to see what is up with that? I think it all this extra weight I am carrying and the old body can not take it. Please, please oh please let me get a date for this surgery ASAP. Why does Kaiser lag so far behind the other H.M.O.s...vs. Blue Cross...it is not fair. I am going to give it a total of three months then I am going to get a advocate, call the fair Insurance practice, whatever it takes. I want this surgery NOW.. Thanks and blessings to all of you who have been e-mailing me. But I am really not good at the waiting game. Blessings to all. Dennis
5/23/05 Well it has been three weeks since my paper work went into the system by my pcp. I just called and wanted to find out where I am in the system. Left a message for my pcp. Then I called Rob Peterson at Sunset...he called me back within 15 minutes and told me he has not received my paper work yet? So where am I??? I am waiting to hear from my pcp and find out what is going on? then will jump on the cases of whoever I have to. I have a feeling my pcp sent it to Woodland Hills and they are sitting on it or it is gathering dust on there desk...oh they will hear from me if that is the case. Rob Peterson sounded very nice. More later on this, when I find out... By reading the posts you can not let to much dust settle before you act out for yourself....I will, as I want this surgery asap. My pcp called and told me all the paper work first goes to Woodland Hills for there approval? Then it goes to Rob Peterson. The nurse for my pcp was very nice and said I will call Woodland Hills and find out what is going on? She did and was told all the paper work was sent out last Friday to Rob Peterson at the Sunset facility of Kaiser and he should have everything on my file in the next two weeks. So at least it has passed the hurdle of Woodland Hills...two down. Now on to the next hurdle Woodland Hills. I am leaving for Russia on Saturday and will enjoy my trip knowing at least the second hurdle is down. When I return if I have not heard from Rob Peterson I will call again on or about June 10th. at that point I will really start bugging. I have to stay it is going pretty good. I am keeping this diary also for my own records, and will be able to remember who and what date I spoke to who and who. Take care and hopefully this journey keeps going asap for me. Dennis
June 10, 2005..Hello all...I'm back from Russia...it was a great trip...but I was having problems with the seats on the airplane..was very, very cramped....Ok, now for the Kaiser business....grrrrrrr...I got a call from my pcp on my message machine about having to do a six month diet? I have done that and more...I have a diet history so long it would take forever to talk about it...so I am going to call on Monday and see what is going on. If need be start, screaming and yelling. I am seeing the system is not so hot...but you know what I will make it work as I want this surgery asap. June 13, 2005...I placed a call to my pcp and a call to Rob Peterson at Sunset....nada by 12:00 PM...so I called Rob Peterson back...I just got off the phone with him and it about 4:00 PM...found out that I need a one hour class showing my diet history...why did my pcp not know about this? So then I called my pcp back and spoke to her nurse, who is someone different each time...gave a message that I need this one hour class that Rob Peterson is talking about...will give her a few days to get her act together...and then call her back and request this class..June 20, 2005...Hello guys...I have been in a good mood today...after jumping through the hoops with Kaiser a bit on the diet history...here is what I did....I submitted a copy, rather long,long, history of my weight loss history...going back over 10 year, yikes...it was as long as my arm and pages and pages...to my p.c.p. hoping that this does the trick and I don't have to take any classes....well, angels above...I called my pcp and left a message today and also left a message with Rob at Sunset...his answering machine was all jammed with messages...so I kept calling until I got him...well, low and behold I have been approved...verbally...he said wait three days and then call over to Pac/B.../Scrippts and start the ball rolling over there...well the journey contines with them...so far I have to say it has not been that bad...to all those who read this, keep your faith and keep calling and don't take "NO", for an answer...Blessings and love....Dennis
July 5, 2005...Hi all...well I am going to the Scripps/Pac. seminar tonight at 5:30 PM to get that out of the way. It is a long drive, about 3 hours...but heck it is worth it...pretty soon I will be on the losers side. Went to the meeting and was impressed how it went... Also was weighted in for the first time...281 with all my clothes on...l learned some stuff that I did not know before and met a few people from the board. I was given a packet and a lot of papers which I had allready. A test also! what you need to pass a test to lose weight, how funny. I will finish the test ( you can't miss more then 6 questions) or you have to take the test again, I better pass....I find this quite funny. I hate tests...Let me tell you this is one test I will pass with flying colors. Then fax all the papers work required.
July 8, 2005.....I faxed all the papers to the doctors office and found that they are not that good at there filing system...they could not find some of the papers that I had faxed earlier...so I am glad that I had back up copies...need to make copies of everything and check with the doctors office to make sure they get the fax. All paper work faxed and told they have the complete file except my gall bladder scan which I will be taking on July 15th. After that I will call and get a consult hopefully!....Come on this is going slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! But faster then some...so I am happy...I will soon be on the losers side...
July 15,2005....Hi I had the gallbladder scan today and was sitting with a bunch of pregnant ladies that were waiting for there prenatel scan, boy did I feel foolish in my gown...oh well I had it and it is done...will call on Monday and hopefully get this paperwork over to the surgeon and the office will give me a consult...back down to San Diego soon.....long drive...lot of gas, and no parking...but it is worth it....
July 17,2005...Ok...got my gallbladder scan back and faxed it to Pac/Bar/Scripps...they have a complete file....thanks to the heaven. Called the nurse back and requested the consult. My files are now going over to Dr. LAURENCE K. TANKA, M.D who does not come into the office until Wednesday, at that point hoping to hear from his secretary for a consult date...everything is the waiting game with this wls...baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..now I wait again. I really want to get it over with. I went to GNC and stocked up on protein powder and the drinks and the vitamins, so I AM READY...COME ON GUYS PRAY FOR ME TO GET THIS OVER WITH....GOD BLESS. DENNIS
July 18, 2005...YES! Bang the drums, toot the horn...I have a consult date...July 27, 2005. at 9:45 AM....with the 3 wise men...we will be leaving here at 5-6AM to get to the appointment by 9:30 Am...will be the best ride ever...If all goes well, maybe two weeks later for the wls...hope so...this is a journey that whips and curves like a sleek car...god bless....Dennis
July 27, 005...Hello all...well all went well with Pac/Bar/Scripps yesterday with the 3 doctors that were my consults...Dr. T. is my surgeon and he is a little poker faced, but liked him...very down to the wire and not a smiley face but like a teacher face...he is requesting a SLEEP TEST, OH DARN...WHY OH WHY AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME...but I did not say anything as he explained why it was so important....I am wondering why KAISER did not have me do it before the consult...oh well you know KAISER, so this might hold it up a bit...hopefully not, they are hoping for the week of August 8, 2005 if all goes well and all the tests are turned in...it might be a go...if not a few weeks later, dang, dang...and double dang...but almost there...so pray for me guys and let this be over. I want to slide over to the losers side... Dr. T did not request a 10%loss of weight...but if I gain...oh boy....!!!!!!Take care and the journey continues!!!
August 3, 2005...Well folks here is a little update....I am three months into the journey and almost there...BUT my sleep test showed something...not sleep ap..but something...soooooo I need to do another sleep test at Kaiser Sunset where you sleep overnight and they watch you...this whole thing is really funny as maybe I was dreaming of a pretty girl or it was a fart in a windstorm who knows...Pac/Bar/Scripps will not do the surgery until this test is done, as the insurance will not cover it...so here we go again...just got off the phone with my nurse and pcp who is pulling the charts...hopefully she will pull something out of her magic hat and get this test done fast...she has been awesome on everything so I will be waiting by the phone and hopefully they will squeeze me in someway, somehow...blessings and the journey contines....Dennis
August 5, 2005...Well guess what folks my private doctor at Kaiser pulled another trick out of her trick bag...I will be going in for my second sleep study at Woodland Hills...overnight coming in at 8:15 PM and leaving at 5:30 AM... My doctor has been an angel for getting these these tests done asap...I know she wants me to have this surgery and is really on top of it...so Kaiser is not that bad if your private doctor is in your corner...so I bow to my Dr. Ho she is an angel and I am so lucky she is on my cheering squad....Hopefully this journey is nearing its end...Blessings as my journey contines...Dennis
August 18,2005....Well hello folks...I had my second Sleep Test at Kaiser/Sunset...they have a whole wing that does these studies! Well checked in at 8:00 PM and was fitted with all the little dodads from my head to my toes. The lady that was doing it said "My darling", about everything...even the plastic sheet on the bed? She said if you need a blanket call me...I said bring it now...so I can sleep...they wanted me to sleep on my back, which is very hard for me as I had a compressed facture of the spine when I was in the Marines so my back is bad....but sleep on my back I did...then blink, blink lights on...at 1:00 AM she fitted me with a mask of some type...blink, blink...lights on..5:00 AM...well the test is done...she said I do SNORE...hmmmm never heard that before...so the tests will be done on Monday after 4:00 PM...will call tomorrow and see if they are done early....Now I hope this does not hold me up for the surgery...till later.....Blessings...Dennis
August 23, 2005..Hi there...a quick update...I am waiting for the results of the second sleep study which I took on August 17th...that department said it takes about 5 weeks to get the results back...or...your doctor can get the results faster...so I was on the phone yesterday leaving messages with my private doctor...nada on that...back on the phone today....leaving more messages...just got a call that the doctor is trying to get the results...but the test is going through the proper channels..I said what proper channels...if you wait to much longer they will make me repeat blood work, etc... Glenn the nurse said if you have not heard from me by Friday call back...they are working on it..the doctor knows the time frame..and is working on it.. I believe she is as she has pushed hard for me...and knows I want this surgery asap...Blessing until the next time...Dennis
Sept. 06, 05...Well I took action today and called member services, left a message that I am still waiting for the results of my sleep study, tomorrow will be 3 weeks, that is way to long to wait for a friggin test...ba humbug..then I called Sunset Rob Petersons office and left a message, then I called my pcp which I call every week and finally I called Senior Advantage, low and behold I got a human being on the phone instead of voice mail. I filed a complaint and she said she would get back to me within two days...I am really pushing as the window of time is going to be up, where I will have to redo all the labor work, and that will be another hold up...I hope to get some action this week, as I am pushing for it...the only test is the sleep test....Blessings and the journey continues...Dennis
Sept. 12, 2005...Finally got a phone call that the sleep test was being faxed over to Pac/Bar./Scripps/Dr. T. office...I don't even know what what the test results are at this point, will call tomorrow and get more information on that issue...Just wanted the test faxed down to San Diego...then at 4:45 PM called Dr. T...office and of course no live person, so left a message that all the tests are in your hands...please call and give me a date for this operation before I go crazy...I think I have gained weight with the stress of this waiting and since it is getting colder...my legs and back are killing me...please, please give me a date....the journey continues...Dennis
Sept. 15, 2005 Well I started to call Pac/Bar. to find out the status of my file and hopefully get a surgery date. I called and left messges and called and left messages and no-one called back. Finally I called the front desk to tell them I have been trying to get ahold of the person in charge of my file and she never calls me back. So I will try again tomorrow, I am not a happy camper right now. Grrr
Sept. 19, 2005
After calling all the phone numbers in my phone book, I finally called Pac/Bar and asked to talk to the office manager. Found out that the lady in charge of my file put all the papers and file on Dr. T. desk, but he was out of his office last Wed., and Thur. on a seminar or something, you would think she could have called to tell me that. Anyway when I started to call today the lady that is in charge of my file was out of the office...grrr...so I spoke to someone else, and she checked the computer and saw that I was still waiting for the sleep test, hello did that, had that, results on Dr. T. desk, so I am waiting to hear the status of my file and hope to get a surgery date, please keep everything crossed for me. The journey continues. God Bless.
It is OFFICIAL I HAVE A DATE. OCTOBER 4TH. MY NEW LIFE STARTS. I just got off the phone with Dr. Tanaka's office and I really have a date. I am pinching myself. Thank you John for looking out for me and I know he is a angel in heaven. We wanted to be roomies...John is in a better place but still watching out for us below, we owe it to him, to keep healthy and lead a better life. Thank you all for your support and thanks double for my lovely angel Judy. I am blessed. The count down is 11 days and I can't have a last supper as I can't gain an ounce of weight. Love Dennis
September 28, 2005: Well folks update the surgery will be delayed until ??? as I had a mole removed on Sept. 23, 2005 and Dr. T. will not do the wls surgery until he see's the path. report....I don't have the stiches out until Oct. 7 with the V.A. Hospital, not Kaiser...and you all know the V.A. Hospital you don't shout or scream, you just wait your turn. So here it goes again...this is the second time the surgery has been delayed for one reason or another, maybe the third time is the charm. I am pissed and mad, but know that it is for my best interest and I guess I am lucky that Dr. T is so careful...so folks the saga continues and I am waiting until I get the path. report back, another paper to fax down there. Hopefully this will be the last. Love Dennis
October 10, 2005...Hello folks...I finally have a date for October 25,2005. I guess third time is the charm. My pathology report came back clean and was faxed down to Dr. Tanaka last Friday. Today I got a date...can you believe it...Yes, I am on the road to have this surgery finally. I may have to do some blood work over, will find out if I do tomorrow...Thanks Johnny Angel...in the same month...and before Halloween...I am blessed with a lovely angel named Judy who has crept into my heart as well as my wife's heart. Thank you Judy for being who you are.
October 12, 2005...Well I just got a call at 8:35 AM from Pac/Bar, that everything is set to go on October 25th..will go down on Oct. 24th. for all the pre-op stuff and check in to a hotel not to far away. Using the Ramada at $69.00 a pop vs. $135.00 for the Somerset Suite Inn...I won't be in the hotel or my wife for that matter very much...so who needs to pay that much....they are giving me a special rate also...and it is 4 stars...The saga continues...Love Dennis
October 24, 2005....Well it is off to San Diego for my pre-op appointments...left very early in the morning...as it was a long, long drive and wanted to take our time. My wife Toni came with me of course. We checked into the Ramada Hotel, off of Hotel Circle...not that bad. Went to the pre-op appointment from 1:00PM to 4:00 PM on the 10th. floor of the Scripps Mercy Hospital..there were two other ladies having the surgery the same day...one at 8:15AM, me at 10:15AAM and another at 1:15PM...cut and slice...what a easy job...ha, ha...we walked the area after the meeting...and my dear wife had a nice Greek Dinner at a small tavern near the hospital, nada for me as I was on nothing...had a tea with her. Went back to the hotel and tried to sleep...wake up call for 6:15AM as we had to be at the hospital the next morning by 7:30 AM. Good night and god bless...I slept but had a dream that I met Dr. Tanaka at a sushi restaurant...how funny is that...
Oct.25, 2005. Day of Surgery. Got my wake up call at 6:15 AM and was at the hospital at 7:15 AM...they take you to a pre-op room and take your vitals and check your weight...281.5. was in the the pre-op room until 9:15 AM and then was taken to the surgery area. All hooked up to different things, Dr. T. came in and asked are you ready for surgery and I said "Let's do it"....the next thing I knew...I was waking up in the recovery and not remembering where I was and I heard all these people laughing and talking and I said oh my stomach hurts, where am I? Did not even realize I had the surgery. Dr. T. went out and spoke to my wife Toni and said it all went very well and was pleased to say it went faster then he expected. My gallbladder is still mine....about 2:30 PM was taken down to my room...and found out that my wife was able to stay in the room with me, as a very special person. Thank God she did. She slept in a recliner chair for two days beside my bed. Was up walking about 6:00 PM. and did about 4 laps...not to bad for an old man....god bless...
Oct. 26, 2005. Boy do my farts smell bad, the gas is terrible....hit the morphine pump about 6 times during the day...kept walking and trying to move around a bit. Ice chips today...way to go....In the evening I had a fright...black blood in my stools...the nurse had not seen this before, so we freaked out. Found out it is not uncommon but not that common....it is the residue from the staples and it goes into your track and comes out the poop shoot. Had 3 of these and they took my blood counts. Still scared me...Kept walking and walking and trying to feel better.
Oct. 27, 2005...Kept having blood in the stools and getting a little better. Dr. T. said nothing to worry about but will watch me. Also as I could not have my flow pill was having trouble with the urine flow. Took the cather out...but could not go on my own...sooo back went the cather...hate that dam thing...hurts...hopefully will be able to have my flow pill so I can go pee on my own, as I am an oldie but a goodie my prostrate is enlarged so need the pill. Water and ice chips today and cranberry juice...sip, sip, sip....walk, walk, walk...feeling better...but still don't like the black in the stools...stinky and yucks....
Oct. 28, 2005. It looks like I will be here for a while...they keep taking my blood and watching the stools...getting better but still there. Temp. would go to 99.5 but no biggie. Could not pee on my own...so cather back in for a while also. Walk, walk, walk, sip, sip...I want to go home...My wife has been sleeping in my room...today we finally got a cot for her...so she is a little more comfortable...poor baby...but thank god she is here....takes shower in my room also...so not that bad.
Oct. 29, 2005...Took all blood work today as I will be needing a blood transfusion, just to be on the safe side, as Dr. T. did not want my oxygen level to fall...so I will get a pint, hope it is from a sprinter, so I can sprint when I get home. Black stools still here, but getting better...sip, sip, walk, walk...had some popsicles today, boy did they taste good and some herbal tea also...sip, sip...walk, walk...
Oct. 30, 2005...Boy this hospital routine is getting old....really old... I want to go home...but know it is for the best. I gained about 7 pounds of water weight in the hospital, what a bummer...but knew you could...so sip, sip, walk, walk...and fart, fart....Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to go home for Halloween...
Oct. 31, 2005...after 7 days in the hospital...I can go home...Dr. T. said you can go but I want to see you back on Nov. 9th. ok, great, let me out of this place. My wife drove home...we left the hospital about 12:30 PM and got home about 4:15PM...thank god, and boy did my house look good to me...tired but feeling pretty good...working on my protein drink, and trying to get the water down at the same time, not that easy. In the evening I had a fever of 101.6 so called Dr. Zorn, who said are you drinking enough water...well I guess not...so started to up the water and took one tylenol, Dr. Zorn told me to......felt better... It takes getting used to working this new tummy and learning how it works...Very tired...but feeling better...god bless you all for all the prayers and good wishes....love Dennis The saga continues...
November 13, 2005....Hello...I am doing better and better and best of all down about 25 pounds...and wearing clothes that I have not been able to wear for a while. Started a throw away/give away pile even.....am still very tired, thinking I will get an iron pill the next time I see Dr. Tanaka..which will be December 14, 2005. Able to eat yogart, cottage cheese, cream soups, have not tried my first egg yet, but I will soon. Still taking in the protein drink and adding protein to whatever I can to up the protein. Getting in about 80 oz. of water and shooting for 100. All in all I feel pretty good and can tell that I am more agile just with the 25 pounds gone forever. I am really not hungry at all. Started my first support group and enjoyed that and learned some helpful things. Well bye for now and god bless and the saga continues...love Dennis
December 29, 2005...Well folks here I am 9 weeks post op...and down 40 pounds and over 26 inches. Have gone from a tight 44/46 to a loose 40. I am shrinking. I can eat almost anything...but small amounts. I feel great and am so much more agile. I still am a bit tired, but I am an old fartie...so it is to be expected. My iron was low on my last labs...so I will be adding an iron pill I guess for a while. I am able to get in most of my protein daily and am drinking at least 65 to 90 oz. of water daily. I am getting a bit tired of the water, but know how important it is. This is a ride of a life time...and am enjoying it to the hilt. Will post some new pictures very soon. I want to thank all the people that have been supportive of this. A special thank you to my Angel Judy...Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year. Love Dennis
January 12, 2006...Hello Folks and Happy New Year...well I am now down about 43 pounds...give or take, depending how the scale likes me...my BMI is now 33.6 which makes me OBESE...not super OBESE...when, when will I be normal. I have started to get the munchies at night...so need to get a handle on that. I can eat everything but in very small amounts....my protein is between 65-100 grams a day. My water intake is between 70-100 oz. a day...so I am doing good. This week I have felt the best ever. Out trimming trees in the yard and walking about 2 miles each day. So I am so much more agile. This has been a life saver for me...until next time people...God Bless...Dennis
2/13/06...Hello all it has been a while. Well I am doing pretty darn good, in fact. very good. Down 55 pounds as of today...and only 31/2 months out...I feel great. I am walking 21/2 miles a day, doing stuff that I have not been able do do for a while. I am eating very well considering and doing very well with the protein and water. I am blessed I had this surgery. I wish I had done it years ago....I am almost in a size 38 and and from the back, people say I look skinny...God bless you all...Dennis
2/24/06...well hello Folks...I am down 4 months and starting my 5th. month...down 56/57 pounds depending on how my scale is liking me. Wearing a size 38...boy do I love my closet that I am shopping in...I had clothes from size 48 all the way down to 34...thank god my DW kept them...I have given away 2 huge boxes of clothing to Obesity fellow members from West Virginia to Oregon. Hope they are enjoying those clothes...more coming. This month I surpassed my goal by 1.8 giving me a total of 9.8oz. gone forever. I feel great and am so much more agile. Eating everything but in small helpings...thank god for this surgery. God bless all my friends and the October Board people. God Bless Judy my angel who keeping batting her angel wings. Take care until next time...285/229/ 180 here I come....Dennis
March 27, 2006. The weight loss is slowing down quite a bit, or I am on a stall from hell. At the end of the 5th. month I only lost 3 pounds, but funny thing I lost 6 inches. More inches then I lost last month with a loss of 9 pounds...so go figure. My weight is 226, with 59 pounds gone forever. I started a plateau buster today which will go for 10 days...this is the plan. Drink two protein drinks for at least 45 grams of protein. Drink 65 oz. of water. Eat 5 3oz. meals of pure protein....fish, chicken, meat, tuna, cottage cheese, cheese, eggs...this is supposed to work, as many on the board have tried it. I guess it jump starts the weight loss again...well we will see...I have had a stall from HELL...
I am walking three miles a day and starting to lift weights.....well folks all for now...God bless until next month. Gus you are in my prayers and know you will do well....Angel Judy is also my angel Judy Anne...Bye for now...see you next month...Dennis
April 26, 2005...Well folks here I am 6 months out and doing very well, or should I say fabulous. My weight loss has slowed down but my doctor said thats ok...He goes by how you look and feel...I am now down 63 pounds and can wear a size 36 pants...and a medium or large shirt...I even had a small shirt on today...wow...I am walking three miles at least 4 or 5 times a week, hiking in the mountains...My doctor wants me to start doing more body weight lifting and stuff...but I am going at my own pace...Can't wait until the weather warms up then I will start swimming and rowing. This has been a life saver for me. I can eat everything but in small amounts. Somtimes the snack monster is there but I try to scare it away...well until next month...take care and again kisses and hugs to my beautiful angel Judy Anne who is always there for me....Dennis
June 1, 2006...Hello all...starting my 8th. month Post Op. and feeling great. Down 70 pounds and my weight is 215. I had two small months of a loss of only 3 pounds....then last month a loss of 8 pounds...have no idea what I did different...Just my body doing its own thing, I guess...I can eat anything and even had some wine and some drinks...bad...but just a few...keep it to very special occasions...I love the feeling when I get full...I am done...This has been a wild ride and I am loving it. Until next month...Take care and blessings to you all...Dennis
July 27, 2006...Hello all...ending my ninth month and my weight is at 212.8...it has slowed down quite a bit...with no loss last month...and a 3 pound loss this month. I noticed that even when I was not losing weight, I was still losing inches big time...Example...I was swimming in my pool and my size large swim trunks fell off..thank heavens I was in a private pool...the next day my dear wife bought me a size MEDIUM SWIM TRUNKS...YES MEDIUM...I have not worn those since I was a teenager...can you believe...from a XXL to a Medium...Here are my stats...Shirt from a XXXL to a Medium or Large...jeans from a 44 to a 36...swim trunks to a medium...I feel great...can eat anything...and have to watch the sugar and carb monster as they are still there...and come out to play every so often...dam monsters. I feel great and have had no problems at all...This was the best thing I could have done for myself. My only regret was I did not do it sooner...until next month...Take care and thanks for reading my profile...I want to send a special thank you to my angel Judy-Anne who is always there for me and everyone else. She is truly a "angel".......
Angel Judy and Me at Universal City Walk July 30, 2006
October 12, 2006...Well folks here it is almost 1 year out and I am down to 207.4 as of this morning....I have been on a slow decline in weight for the last few months, but that is ok...better slow then not at all. I feel great. I am running in the mountains, biking to the beach and generally feel about 15 years younger...people who have not seen me say oh my god look at how young you look. I am blessed that I had this surgery. I can eat anything.. have a little trouble with chicken...but not that bad...I just watch what I eat and try to make good choices...sometimes I cheat...but not that often...take care and until next time...Keep dancing the weight loss surgery dance...Dennis
Starting Weight, day before surgery........285.
One Month post-op. 11/22/05 Down 29 pounds and 21 1/2 inches... weight256.
Two Month post-op Down 9 pounds and 6 1/2 inches..,weight 247
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