June 17, 2004 -
I started on this WLS journey on April 10, 2004. I attended my first meeting about the Bariatric Surgery Program at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY. I thought that the seminar would be a almost an empty room......WOOO...to my surprise, the room was filled with all types of people in search of help with their weight issues. I thought I was the skinniest one in the room!...They looked at me like I was in the wrong room! I was so taken by the patience that Dr. Alex Argotte was taking in explaining his procedures.....he is really an excellent doctor. I kept wondering am I doing the right thing? And I am still wondering am I doing the right thing? But the more I go through the pre-ops, I know I am on the right road. I just want to be healthy, and I know that I need a permenant life-style change in order for this to occur. As of this date, I have had the breathing tests, nuclear x-rays, cardio tests, and upper GI scope...ugh...Lord have mercy on that procedure! So far, I have the filter to be put in, my psych. eval., and blood work......almost there! July 8th will be the day....Lord's willing!
June 30, 2004 -
Well...I have two more pre-op procedures left ....I'm beginning to get a little nervous but that is to be expected.
I have an ANGEL - Mrs. Charlane Beckner...she is a sweetie and a very warm hearted person. We met and had lunch today. I'm glad I have met her!
I had a Dr.'s appt. on the 28th, and learned that my insurance had approved my surgery on the 9th of June...boy that was quick! I was quite surprised!
So far, home life is getting better! The kids are fine, and this makes me happy. Now to get some of my family on the positive side of this surgery.
I will continue to pray about this and I know with God's unchanging hands, He will smooth everything out! He will make a way, out of no way!
July 7, 2004
I have had a fu##-up day. I had to go out of town, and to beat all of that, I left late and did not make it back to my final appointment before surgery in the morning. NOW....I have to have everything rescheduled. I have cried all I can cry. I am so upset with myself...I just don't know what to do. I am not self-destructive...just pissed at myself. Now....I may have to wait until November or next May, when school is out, again. I'm just tired.
July 14, 2004
Well, I have learned of my new surgery date....August 3rd! I should be happy....but I am still undecided on whether or not to have the surgery on the 3rd or to wait until around Thanksgiving. The Problem is.....WORK. School starts on August 9th..(I am a School Bus Driver & College Student) and I don't know if I will have enough sick time in order to take off....I may run into the problem of having NO INCOME, coming in. NOT good for a ONE income household! So....I am still juggling the calendar to see if I can make it work. I would like to have the surgery done as soon as possible but........but!? I just wish there was an easy solution.
July 24, 2004
I had my final appointment with Dr. Argotte before my surgery...I am going ahead with it. I will always get to the point of wait until.....Well, I am putting everything in God's unchanging hands and I know he will guide me and my family through this. I am nervous, of course, but I am just getting my house in order this week, get my bus cleaned up before school starts and try to keep busy until the 3rd.
The kids are doing ok, and I am happy about this. They have been very busy with football and marching band. I am very proud of them. Even though, they get on my last nerve....but that is OK! They are teenagers! God help me!
August 3, 2004
Today is the day....it is 12:05 a.m. and I am still up! I am still nervous but I am at "peace" and I know that God will guide me through this journey. I am looking forward to being a healthier person. I have said.....'see ya later' to my kids and I have sent them each an email...to let them know how I feel. I do love them so, they are my world and my reason to be a healthier mother.
I have recieved so many wonderful messages of love, prayers, and encouragements from OH members.....I am so deeply moved. I thank you, and I can't wait for this portion of my journey to begin.
With all of my being.....I love my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ....He is my Protector, my Father, my Peace-Maker.....I give all the Praises to Him....for it is He that is guiding me on this path. Lord, I just, Thank YOU!
My favorite song: Total Praise!
Lord, I will lift my eyes to the hills. Knowing my help is coming from you. Your peace you give me....in time of the storm.
You are the source of my strength....You are the strength of my life....I lift my hands in Total Praise to You! Amen.
August 8, 2004
Thank you, Lord!
I came through my surgery with no complications....as for the surgery but my blood pressure decided to do its own thang! The hostital staff was on top of everything...and I had two nights in ICU....and they got everything under control! I just stopped by.....but now it is time to go lay down. More stuff about my surgery day later.....:D
August 11, 2004
Hey!.......... I am finally on this mission! It is a trip! But...that is OK! It is WORK! I am in good spirits today,....can't spell worth a damn. today...anyway!
I thought I would try to recapture my surgery and hospital stay...so here goes! I was scheduled to be at the Lourdes at 11 a.m., and I made it....my brother was in town and he took me. I was taken right back, and they started the poking and prodding for veins.....not good. UGH! And I was getting nervous on the way but I kept praying and meditating and by the time came for me to get on the table.....that was it! I was at peace, I have never felt like that before....so I know that God was all in the plan for me to have this surgery. Next thing I knew....I was in my room...hey! It's over and done.....my surgery went wonderfuly and my doctor was pleased with the outcome.
I was in another world....I remember that I had visitors but very vaguely...but I have talked to them since...they understood..:) I was on the Baratric ward and they (nurses) and of course my doctor were super nice....and on their jobs. Wednesday....was a different story. My blood pressure decided to have a mind of its own....and it went up and up....and damn that is all I need..especially for one of my relatives to hear of that news....and was against my surgery. So I was moved to ICU..super nice people and they went to work on me......DAMN....enough already....but they had a job to do, and my body needed to listen. TWO DAYS....of more poking and prodding to gather blood and try to find more places for IV's...not cool. The staff was not use to seeing their patients going for walks on the floor...but they were so happy that I was up and about. I was eventually moved back to the floor I was on and everything was working as it should.....
So, I am so glad to be here....working on my water intake....which is hard but that is OK.
Now...to get the kids to work right! LOL
Sept. 7, 2004
Well, I have finally found a moment to update my profile! Been having $$$ problems and no internet at home....OH WELL! I will put it in God's Hands!
I can not believe that I have lost 35 pounds from the start of this process! God is SO GOOD! As of my last appointment, I weigh 230 pounds....I haven't seen that weight since the birth of my daughter...12 years ago!
I feel great....I can move, and I have to find some more clothes, they are falling off! I have received so many compliments on my progress....It is hard to believe sometimes.
I am so happy. This is not an easy road but I am on it, and I feel so much better, already!
September 17, 2004
It's Workin'!!!!!......I had an appointment on Monday, 9/13/04, and It was GREAT! I have lost 7 more pounds, and I am down to 223 lbs. I am so happy and I feel so good. I enjoy being able to MOVE! I just give the LORD all of the PRAISES! YES! I don't mind walking now....and I don't mind watching what I eat and It makes me more conscience of what I was not doing correctly in the area of nutrition.
My kids love the fact that I can get up and get with them and keep on the go without being tired. Now, I have to remind myself to slow down and that the tired has come from over-doing things!
I would have never thought that losing 41 pounds would make your feel so much better. This is wonderful and I will continue to work reaching my goal.
October 5, 2004
Good morning, everyone!
I know it has been a "hot" minute since I have updated.....so here goes! I had an appointment with my dietician yesterday, and it went very well...I have lost 8 more pounds and I am down to 215 lbs!!!! I am so happy, and I feel great! I have so much energy, it is unbelievable. I thank God for all of His many, many blessings!
I am beginning to feel like my "old" self again! Lots of energy, and on the go all the time. My kids are amazed at the changes, and they can't believe that I can keep up with them now! That's good and bad! LOL
It is hard to believe that I have lost 50 POUNDS! My taste is changing and that is OK....with this new lifestyle, one has to change and adapt with it. That is OK....I wanted to have this surgery to improve my health and that is the way I will have to live......which is better for me.
November 4, 2004
It has been a while since I have updated my profile! So much has been going on and I am so happy!
A very dear friend of mine has given me a wonderful gift!.....She has given me a YEAR'S MEMBERSHIP TO CURVES! I was in disbelief when she said that she was going to do it! I was so thankful and blessed ......I have been exercising at least 3 to 4 times a week since Curves have opened in my hometown! I love to exercise, NOW! WOW! What an attitude adjustment!
I have lost a grand total of 61 pounds since I have started on this WLS process.....9 lbs. before my surgery and 52 lbs. after surgery! I feel wonderful....I enjoy walking, again!.....I can even cross my legs, and look cute! WOW! And I am taking ONE pill for my blood pressureI am stealing my kids t-shirts now....I am in a size XL in shirts and 20 in pants....Now to find the time and money to go shopping!
November 27, 2004
Thanksgiving has been a "trip"! I had told myself that I was not going to worry about what I ate this week....and believe me...I didn't! But I made it through the holiday and I did overeat...and I think I had a slight case of dumping but I recovered OK. I had to have that small piece of "Sock-it-to-me" cake! It socked it to me, too! LOL My family was tripping because I got a small plate to eat off of but it was actually too much for me to eat.....when I got full....I threw the plate away! Yea!...something I never thought I would do! I can't believe that I actually got tired of food, and had to make myself eat yesterday.
I am really proud of myself.....after a month at Curves, I have lost 13.75 inches all-around and 11 pounds for my weigh-in. I am now weighing 197 pounds! I have not seen that weight since my 15 yr. old son has been born. I am now wearing a size 16, and I still have not had the chance to go shopping because of financial reason but I have had friends to "clean" out their closets and give me clothes.
I had my 3-month blood work done last week and I am still waiting on the results of it. I hope everything turns out OK. My doctor's appointments were great! My WLS surgeon was really pleased with me and so was I, and my PCP was very pleased, especially with my blood pressure, it was great and I am down to ONE pill a day!
Most of all, I just want to thank God for all of his blessings and to guide me into becoming a healthier person.
March 12, 2005
Well...Happy New Year Everyone! LOL
I have really neglected updating my progress on this page! Well here goes!
My family and I have been through a lot of changes...mentally and financially. We have moved to a new town, changing schools and eventually changing jobs. Change is good, and so far we are enjoying the change of scenery!
Through all of the upheaval of the family...I have still managed to lose weight but I know that stress played a great part of it. I don't know how with not being able to maintain a proper diet the way I should have.
I have lost 90 pounds as of this week! Yea! I now weigh 175 lbs., down from 265 lbs. Thank you, Jesus! I feel so much better, and I am only taking one pill for blood pressure....in due time I will be off of that. I have had my second blood screening and as usual my potassium and iron was low....so I have to add iron, vitamin C and more foods with potassium to my daily regiment. That's ok...its better than taking another BP pill. I am now wearing a size 14/16...that is so hard to believe but I now enjoy shopping for clothes! My daughter and I share some clothes...It's fun! I love it!
AUGUST 3, 2005
WOW, ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Yes, I have really neglected my profile page...so bear with me!
I am so happy that I have made it to one year after WLS....I wasn't skeptical but it really didn't sink in to the true effect of the surgery until now! Having WLS is one of the best decisions I have ever made in dealing with my health. I am so pleased with the weightloss I have had.....and Dr. Argotte want me to lose 25-35 more pounds.....so I have some work to do! Presently, I am weighing 168 pounds....and if I say so myself....I LOOK GOOD! LOL
I am pleased with the size I am at this point but I understand that my BMI is still putting me at overweight for my height...so I will do as instructed by my doctor. I have not had any problems...so far... with the surgery itself. The problems I have had is what I have put into my mouth! Either too much or the wrong kinds of food. This process .....after the initial surgery......is more mental than physical. Your body will heal..(unless there are problems).......but YOU will have to overcome all of the other changes, mentally!
So far, the kids have had a lot of changes to go through this year....we have moved to a new community, change schools, new friends, joined a new church.....but they will become stronger for going through a little bit of change.....they will have to learn that change can be good for you, and sometimes you just have to go with the flow! They really miss having a "fat" Mommy! LOL They miss all of the cushion that I had, but NOW...they like the fact that I can get up and get with them! I am enjoying it, too! I am worried about my daughter, she has really gained weight this summer.....I am trying to get her to change her eating habits and she is doing a good job. Basically she eats what I eat...just a little bit more! At least she is exercising....she keep me in line! She is on the marching band field, and she has NO CHOICE, but to keep moving. She is starting to slim down, some. My son is doing great as usual...he is a good kid.....just a little arrogant at 15! Football is keeping him in line, also!
I am so blessed this year! For the good and the bad times, the Lord has truly bless me and the kids! I have nothing but PRAISE, for HIM!
February 22, 2006
As usual, I have neglected my profile page.....and I guess I will have to catch up!
I have truly been happy with my weightloss. At this point, I weigh 160 pounds and I feel terrific. I have so much energy and this is definitely the best decision I have ever made concerning my health. I am still on one blood pressure pill.....but that is OK. Due to my family history, I can LIVE with that! I have maintained this weight since October 2005, and as of my last check-up, my WLS surgeon has placed me on a maintainance routine. I can probably lose another 10-15 pounds and this would help me tone up.
I have been terrible when it comes to exercise, lately. I have really been going through the "winter blues". I have really hibernated this winter but I have made a conscience effort to watch what I eat, and I feel as if I have done a good job and eating the right things.......for the most part! My kids and I will be doing some biking this spring and summer, and this will be one of the new forms of excerising I will do to stay in shape.
The kids are fine.....driving me crazy but I guess that is what teenagers are suppose to do! Both are training for track and enjoying concert band. I am really proud of them but they fall short when it comes to taking care of the home! LOL Wishful thinking, I know! :)
March 14, 2006
I have just had my profile page spruced up! I would like to thank Barb with OH volunteers for doing a wonderful job! It took a little while for me to find a webpage I liked....and then I did not know how to change it.....SO......Thanks, Barb!
I have really been trying to stay focused on my eating habits. I am picking you "old" bad habits, but I am watching how I am cooking at home. I am doing a lot of in-between eating, and not all of the time it is a healthy choice. So....just say a prayer for me to stay strong and make the right choices!
Have a great day.....stay blessed!
July 10, 2006
Hello everyone! Yes, it has been a while seen I have updated my profile.....I have been a "busybody" ....just living life and being blessed by God!
I have had a busy summer....I have been working at a youth summer camp...and having a great time. I guess my true calling is with children....seems as if I can't get away from them! LOL
As for my weight loss.....I have made a true effort to stick to eating properly and trying not to eat toooooo many fatty foods. Sticking to high protiens and limiting bad carbs. But being summer....I love fresh fruit! That is my snacks when I get a sweet tooth. I am doing a lot of walking, I try to do at least 2 miles every other day....when time allows. So far.....I have not gained too much this summer.....I have been busy!
As usual.......I've gotta go and get ready for work! And the kids are doing fine.....and having a good summer, also!
Take care and be blessed!
August 3, 2006
Wow, I can't believe that this is my 2nd Anniversary of my WLS. I am so thankful that I feel so wonderful! GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!
I have had a blessed summer so far! I have celebrated my life by being blessed with good health, pretty good kids (even for teenagers!), and with a new car! Lots of drama with the old car....and stress! So, everyday is a true celebration!
I am still working on maintaining my weight at an acceptable level, and trying not to gain.....which will be a challenge. But I have to watch my carb intake and try not to pick up old habits that tries to creep in and make me enjoy all of those good foods....yum! LOL
But in retrospect, I would make the same decision to have weightloss surgery again.....I have not had any serious physical problems from the surgery.....the problems that I had was from what I put in my mouth! And I usually paid for it, in return. This has been the best decision I have made regarding my health....I am glad that I did it!
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I am so grateful for my doctor, Dr. Argotte. I have had a good experience with him. He is very caring and concerned bout your well-being. He is very knowledgable and thorough in his field. He explains all aspects of this surgery and what it can and can't do for you. He also makes sure that you totally understands the complications that can happen with this surgery. The office staff is wonderful, and very informative.
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