Burbank, CA, USA
Post Op - BMI: 49.5
Surgery Type: RNY
Member ID: e1057052547
Surgeon: Eugene W. Rumsey M.D.
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Surgery date changed to Nov. 25 th 2003, In San Diego at Scripps Mercy hospital..Dr. Rumsey is my surgeon and I am so excited....
Going to be a rather strange Thanksgiving being in the hospital with only liquids....Yet I am still happy to be having my surgey, period.....
I want to thank everyone out there for the kind words and encouagement....
Wow, I think I know how to update everyone on whats been going on with me and to give a bit of history.
But first I want to thank My Angel Lynnda for the wonderful job she did on spursing up my profile.....Thank you so much Lynnda and all the other volunters that gave generously of their time and talent......
First I want everyone to know that I am a terrible speller and can't seem to figure out where the heck spell check is on this program.....HELP!!!!! Plus I can't type....just a pluck and peck....
O.k. lets see, I started my journey oh such a long time ago.....It will be 2 years in Feb...Unreal but true.....I am a member of Kaiser Panarama City, CA.....It took a few months from start to finish to get my approval.....I was pleased with how smoothly everything went in getting the approval...BUT then stuff happened......My referal was for UCLA....I had heard only great things about UCLA... I have M.S. so I wanted to have Lap so my recovery would be easier......I was warned that it would be at least 6 months to get a surgery date for a lap surgeon....That didn't make me happy so Rob Peterson
( whom I think is the greatest )the Kaiser Rep that handles the referals suggested I check into going to Pacific Bariatrics in San Diego...
Again, I heard only great things about Pacific Bariatrics so I decided to check it out..I had my referal changed, waited for a date to go to one of their seminars....
Now this is where things really start to get complicated....
I attend the seminar, meet Dr. Mary Murphy, and I am so impressed. I fill out all the paperwork, take the test etc.....and I am ready to go all the way to San Diego, assuming I would get a surgery date quickly......
Wasn't ment to be, kick, stomp all over my heart.......I am told that the wait for Lap was at least 4-6 months..................
I am freaking out, I am mad, oh so mad.........back and forth I go on an emotional roller coaster ride........I was so ready for my surgery...I had met so many people that had only waited as little as a month from start to finish......
SUPPLY AND DEMAND........
I had many conversations with Kaiser and learned that they were in negotiations with a few other hospitals locally...I made a really HUGE MISTAKE and decided I would wait to see if Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena would contract with Kaiser...............Meanwhile I was attending local support groups, listening and learning....time was flying by, 2002 was ending and nothing at all was happening with negotiations.....Once again I attemted to weigh all the pro's and cons and decided if I had to WAIT for a date, I might as well do it locally....I switch my referal back to UCLA just as rumors were beginning to surface about STAFFING PROBLEMS at UCLA.....
Fast forward to beginning of year 2003, I have a consult date with Dr. Lui ( I think that was his name ) the head Lap surgeon....A few weeks before my appointment I get a letter explaining my appointment was canceled...the doctor was leaving UCLA.....I AM SO SO FREAKING, I feel like a fish out of water, flip flooping all over the place......what could I do, who could I get mad at?????? Myself mostly. Shortly there after I get a new appointment with Dr. Hiyama for May 2003.....I am trying to use my time wisely, joined the YMCA, attended support meetings, joined on line groups.....Fast forward to May..I go for my consult, EXCITED AND NERVOUS...I am asked to re-do all their paperwoprk again...( not too bad cause I had my original copy with me ) waited in this packed, hot waiting room for 2 hours...My son Ryan and I meet with a woman ( doctor assistant )
she asks me oddles of questions about my health and in general my M.S. she leaves and Dr. Hiyama ( nice honest man ) comes in, shakes my hand, my sons and imeddiately starts telling us about the staffing problems they are having...My son kinda has a one track mind and ask the doctor how many of these surgeries he has done....................OH MY GOD.....HE SAYS NONE YET!!!!!!
He was new to Gastric bypass surgery..( Highly skilled Lap surgeon but not in GBS )As I am trying to catch my breath he very simple explained UCLA would no longer operate on any patients that are anything but in EXCELLENT health....Due to my M.S. it would be best I went to Pacific Bariatrics in San Diego....UCLA would not consider operating un me at this time...Maybe if I waited till 2004 they would relaxe their guidlines again......O.K. are you still reading this.....
I swear fact is wilder than fiction.....I am crying so hard, Kim ( another sweetheart ) is hugging me, telling me she's so sorry bla bla bla.....I am truly in a state of shock......I wanted to bite someone, anyone but I didn't know who to get mad at.....UCLA said Kasier should have known that they had changed their guidlines for who qualifies..
Here I go again, back to Rob Peterson the referal man......He was clearly shocked and mad that I had been jerked around..More wasted months and what now.....
Kaiser was unable to negociate any contracts with any other hospitals so BACK TO PACIFIC BARIATRICS in San Diego........There was no other option for me....I jump the hoops once again, no problem regarding my M,S. but they would need to do it open......July 14, 2003 I meet Dr. Rumsey..wonderful, great I love him....the staff was great....No problem with the Phys. appointment but when I go to internist, he found a heart mummor, plus I am an anemic.....I spent a few months getting test after test, no big deal about my heart but the aneima was bad....Iron suppliments for months, very little improvement BUT CLEARED for surgery with the understanding I would need blood transfusions during surgey........
I swear if anyone ever says I took the easy way out...I will give them a black eye..lol...
I got a date......yippie..Nov. 18 th......,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Opps too good to be true....Surgery was canceled till Nov. 25....
All week P.B. has called to remind me of this or that.....Each time they say who they are, I half jokenly tell them I don't want to talk to them,,,,lol,,,
Monday morning I leave for San Diego, tuesday at 9:30 a.m. God willing I go into surgery......
I am terrifed, I am excited......No matter what happens I know I am doing the right thing...Has this journey been easy, heck no.
Am I mad, No....Stuff happens and when your in the middle of it everything just seems sur-real....This past 21 months have not been wasted....I have lost a total of 34 lbs and kept it off...I am already healtier, mentally and physically..I have met some awsome people, made new friends and I am so ready for more.
So there it is....from there to here and more to come........
Please think positive thoughts for me !!!!!Only 4 more days yippie!
Nov. 22, 2003
Been such a busy day today, details and more details. Having to stay in San Diego till my 1 st post-up visit is really stressful.
Last week it was in the 80's, today I am pulling out my snowsuit...( only joking ) It is so cold here in good ol Burbank
I wonder how cold it is in San Diego? So I had to do some re-thinking and re-packing...
I will be doing my surgery alone in S.D. so I am concerned about
my purse...Guess I will post a message to see what others have done before me...
I'm not sleeping much, still have a cough but I don't feel sick anymore...Praise Lord !!!!
This crazy weather is making everyone sick. I feel for anyone
getting sick before surgery...A real bummer and scarey if like me
your sick on your surgery date..
When I went out on Friday Oct.31, Halloween. I had the mis-fortune of running into friends that were sick...Between the fires we had just had, my lungs were already irritated...bing bang Sunday I woke up with a sore throat by Monday I was coughing up some awful infection...
My surgery was in 3 weeks, well obviously I didn't make it, P.B. postponed my surgery till Nov. 25, 2003......golly gee I sure needed that extra week..Funny how things happen. Never would have believed I could get so sick, needed 2 dose of antibiotics,
two inhalers and some cough surpe that knocked me out at night.
I was sick for almost 3 weeks but still have this lingering cough. I just hope my cough is gone by Tuesday....Just has to be.
To be continued:
Shame on me !!! I deserve 10 lashes with a wet noodle for not updating a long time ago...So sorry but I just could not find the energy to work on my computer...( we have a love / hate relationship on a good day.. lol)
Surgery really happened on Nov. 25 but not without "DRAMA"...I still had a slight cough and the doctors had a few pow wows while I lay in the holding station ( all prepped with no place to go ) I was so so freaking out..I had waited such a long time and I was so close, I swore to myself that if they didn't do the surgery that day that I was DONE ! PERIOD! God was with me as were my Angels, after a few hours of total terror Dr. Rumsey said they felt confident I would do fine and off I went......
At that point all fear left me as I knew in my heart and sould that it was ment to be, no matter the outcome. I felt at peace knowing I was in God's hand....
My surgery was a complete success, no hitches, I just didn't want to wake up..lol...I remember little to nothing, except what others told me I did or said. My angel Lynnda and Stacy O came to see me but I was so out of it that I didn't even know Lynnda was there. I do remember Stacy being there but can't remember if I even talked, I was tho very touched to see a friendly face and reassuring words...
I was alone at the hospital in San Diego for the 3 days post op but I was a almost pain free, walking and basicly just so happy...I didn't mind not have family or friends there with me. Basicly all I did was sleep, walk, and do my fluids. Dr. Rumsey was thrilled over how well I was doing..No problems, period, no problems from having M.S.
I was on the dreaded 9 th floor but at this point I was unaware
of the fact that the 9 th floor was not the best place to be. It was the OVERFLOW floor, not the post surgery floor. Most WLS people were on the 7 th floor where the staff is used to the needs of post-ops. Ignorence is bless, and because I was a model
paitient with no problems my stay on the 9th floor was uneventful.
After 3 days I was discharged and sent to a local hotel...My son came to San Diego to pick me up, he took me to the hotel and within 5 hours my lucky streak ended...
To be continued:
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Surgeon: Eugene W. Rumsey M.D.
Great smile, wanted to really know ME, Answered my questions before I could ask.. Immediately I felt confident in his ability as a surgeon and humane being. Big, gentle man, very kind. I could tell he took great pride in his work. His office staff rate 5 star, I ador Myla for always being kind and forthright with me. The office staff is deligent in follow-up, paperwork, crossing the T's and dotting the I's....Yes someone will always want it faster but comparing them to another leading So. Calif. facility this place is a CLASS ACT with CARING professionls that are ALWAYS DOING THEIR BEST..... My surgery is Nov. 18, 2003 and I look forward to updating....