3-02 I met with my surgeon today. I have decided that I will definatley have gastric bypass, I have thought about this for about a year now and feel I have read everything there is to read. I really like Dr. Pohl and feel confident in him as my surgeon so on with the pre-op testing.
Hospital Reviews(PROVIDENCE, RI) - Roger Williams Hospital
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Surgeon: Dieter Pohl, M.D.
4-02 All of my tests came back fine except for my endoscopy, I have a bacteria called H Pylori. Treatment is 2 weeks of high doses of antibiotic and if it doesn't clear up I can't have my surgery on 5-14-02 as planned. I meet with Dr. Pohl on 5-13-02 the day before my surgery date, and he will let me know then if I can have surgery.
5-13-02 I am fine and will be going in for surgery in the morning. I am so nervous and really hope I have made the right decision.
6-11-02 I am 4 weeks post-op today and I feel GREAT! I have lost 41 pounds and my BMI went from 48.3 to 41.6. Surgery went great I have had no complications thank god although I am now lactose intolerant. I had minimal pain, I did not even use my pain meds. once I was home. I was very tired and sleeping alot but that is getting better everyday.
6-18-02 I am 5 weeks post-op today, I have lost 46 pounds and my BMI is now 40.8. I have been walking 2-3 miles a day and really love it. I feel great!! I am so glad I had this surgery.
6-25-02 I am 6 weeks post-op today, I have lost 54 pounds and my BMI is 39.5, I have met 2 goals this week, One was to loose 50 pounds and the other was to get my BMI from morbidly obese to severly obese. Goals met!!!
7-2-02 I am 7 weeks post-op, I did not loose any weight this week. I was a little upset but have decided my body is just trying to catch up. I am eating great and feeling great also.
7-9-02 I am 8 weeks post-op and have lost 58 pounds my BMI is 38.9. I am thrilled. Feeling great!
7-16-02 I am 9 weeks post-op and have lost 61 pounds my BMI is 38.4. I am so excited, I have so much energy.
7-23-02 I am 10 weeks post-op and have lost 65 pounds my BMI is 37.8. I am feeling great.
7-30-02 I am 11 weeks post-op I have lost 69 pounds my BMI is 37.1. I had a great week. I went away for 3 days and lost weight, now that is a first!!! I had so much energy for all the walking and parks, never lost my breath and was able to keep up!!!
8-6-02 I am 12 weeks post-op today, I have lost 71 pounds and my BMI is 36.8. I feel great. I can eat just about anything in real small portions. I still walk/run and swim almost everyday. I will update next week. Have a great week!!!
8-13-02 I am 13 weeks post-op. I have lost 76 pounds and my BMI is 36.0, I am almost out of the severly obese catagory for BMI, soon I hope. I feel great and am doing really well.
8-20-02 I am 14 weeks post-op and I did not loose any weight this week. I'm really starting to believe on the weeks I don't excercise like I usually do I don't do as well it was really hot this week so I didn't run/walk like I usually do and it showed. Have a great week everyone!!!!!!!
8-27-02 I am 15 weeks post-op and doing great. I have lost a total of 81 pounds and my BMI is now 35.2. I went back to my regular excercise routine and lost 5 pounds this week. Life is good. I will update next week.
9-3-02 Hi everyone I am 16 weeks post-op and I stayed the same this week, I'm not sure why, I ate right and exercised all week so it might be the DREADED plateau, oh well I will have to deal with it. I am doing great and feel the best I have felt in years, I have so much energy I don't know what to do with myself. I also realized this week that when I don't exercise I miss it,I love that feeling. Well, I have lost 81 pounds total and I have 68 more to go to reach goal, can't wait. My BMI went from 48.3 to 35.2 feels great! I will update next week.
9-10-02 Hi everyone, I was a little disappointed with my weight loss this week, I only lost 2 pounds, but I met another one of my goals and that is to be out of the severly obese catagory. My BMI is now 34.9 which makes me obese, I feel great about that. I started school this week and that made exercise a little hard, but I think I have worked out a routine that will work for me. I am 17 weeks post-op and have lost 83 pounds, My BMI went from 48.3 to 34.9. I am so glad I did this!! Have a great week!!!
9-17-02 Hi everyone, I am 18 weeks post-op today and I feel GREAT! I lost 5 pounds this week, my total loss is now 88 pounds and my BMI is now 34.1. I had an appointment with my pcp last Fri. he was thrilled with my results. I take no more meds. for anything, I am so happy about that. Well have a great week, I will update next week.
9-24-02 Hi everyone, I am 19 weeks today and feel great. I stayed the same this week, but I got my period this afternoon I'm hoping it had something to do with it. I saw Dr. Pohl yesterday and I'm doing great He said my weight loss was excellent, and my blood work was fine. Well until next week.
10-1-02 Hi everyone, I am 20 weeks today and I feel great. I lost 7 pounds this week, which brings my total loss to 95 pounds, and my BMI is now 32.9. I have so much energy. I love to walk/run which I do almost everyday now, I am up to 3 miles in about 50 minutes. I will update next week.
10-8-02 Hi everyone, I stayed exactly the same this week. That is okay. I have not been feeling well so I have not excercised, but, I saw Dr. Pohl and he thinks my gall bladder needs to come out. I am just to busy with school right now so I am going to try to hang on until winter break which is in about 6-8 weeks. I hope I can wait, but with a bland diet, I should be okay. I will update next week.
10-15-02 Hi everyone, I am having a great day, and it has been a great 5 months, I had surgery 5 months ago yesterday. I am 22 weeks today, I have lost 100 pounds as of today, I am so EXCITED. I really did not think I would ever be able to do this. I feel great!!! aside from the pain in my side which is starting to also feel better. My BMI is 32.1. I have 49 more pounds to go to reach goal. For the first time in my life I feel like I might actually get to reach that goal. Have a great week, will update next week.
10-22-02 Hi everyone, I had a great week, the pain in my side has gotten better. I stayed the same this week but that's okay.It is so strange how the scale does not bother me as much as it used to, maybe its because I know i'm doing the right thing so even if it didn't move this week it will next week, or the week after. Life is GREAT! will update next week.
10-29-02 Hi everyone, I had a really good week. I lost 5 pounds, my total weight loss is now 105 pounds. My BMI is 31.3. I joined Curves this week, I was afraid once it got colder that I would not walk/run and I want to have something lined up. I really like it alot. Well, I will update next week.
11-5-02 Hi everyone, I am doing really good, I stayed the same this week. I'm still eating right and excercising. Update next week.
11-12-02 Hi everyone, well I stayed the same again this week, this is new I have never stayed the same two weeks in a row but... I will deal with it. I'm still doing the right thing.
11-14-02 Hi I am 6 months post-op today, I have lost a total of 105 pounds and my BMI went from 48.3 to 31.3. I feel great I eat right (most of the time) and love to excercise, when I think how much my life has changed in six months, I still think I am dreaming sometimes. Well, I will update Tuesday. Let's hope the scale moves even just a tiny bit.
11-19-02 Hi everyone, well I asked for a tiny weight loss and I got one. I lost 1 pound this week, which brings my total to 106 pounds lost, and my BMI is now 31.2. I'm not complaining I feel great!! until next week.
11-26-02 Hi everyone, I lost 4 pounds this week, for a total loss of 110 pounds. My BMI is now 30.5, almost out of the obese catagory! can't wait! I had a good week, I miss running its been to cold, but still going to curves,and riding stationary bike for about 9 miles. Well, until next week!!!
12-3-02 Hi everyone, I stayed the same this week, but that's okay. I still love working out, but believe it or not, I am going to look for something more challenging, Curves just doesn't feel like it is giving me a good workout, I really miss running. Update next week.
12-10-02 Hi everyone, I lost 2 pounds this week, I feel great my BMI is 30.2 ( still in the obese catagory, can't wait to be overweight) I joined a new gym, It has alot of classes and cardio machines so I think I will like it better. Can you believe it me shopping around for a harder workout????? The gym I joined is Lady of America all women that's a plus. Well will update next week.
12-17-02 Hi everyone, I lost 1 pound this week, my BMI is 30.0. One more pound and I will be out of the obese section for my BMI I can't wait!!!!! I saw Dr. Pohl yesterday and all my bloodwork is fine, he started talking about having to make decisions on my own again and boy was that scary, he had a good point all he did was make my stomach smaller he can't possibly take away those things that made me eat in the first place, I've decided to talk to my counselor about that. I feel so good , I hope HUNGER never comes back but I do know that it will, and I want to be READY! I will update next week.
12-24-02 Hi everyone, Merry Christmas!!! I stayed the same this week. My weight loss seems to have slowed down quite a bit, I'm going to try all those neat tricks to jump start it again, I still have 36 pounds to go until goal, I am determined to make it to goal. Well, I hope you all have a great holiday and I will update next week!
12-31-02 Hi everyone, Happy New Year!!! I lost 2 pounds this week, That is absolutley amazing for me for this time of year. I used to gain a ton of weight this time of year. Well I am finally just overweight, out of the obese catagory. I have lost a total of 115 pounds and my BMI went from 48.3 to 29.7. It is going to be a GREAT year, I can just feel it. I will update next week!!!!!
1-7-03 Hi everyone, I lost 2 pounds this week, I am now down 117 pounds and my BMI from 48.3 to 29.4. I don't really have to much new to say, so I will update next week!
1-14-03 Hi everyone, well its been 8 months today since I had surgery. It has been a great 8 months with so many changes! I have lost 117 pounds and my BMI went from 48.3 to 29.4. I no longer take any medications for diabetes!!! I feel like I have learned to do what I have to to fight off cravings and not eat when I'm not supposed to and this past month has really put me through the test, but feel that as of now I am doing GREAT! I went to an informational meeting Dr. Pohl had on 1-9-03 it was for pre-ops but a few post-ops went in case pre-ops had questions, it was amazing and I left there finding it hard to believe that I really had the GUTS to have the surgery, but I have not one regret, and just pray that I am able to get off the other 32 pounds and then that I am always able to do what I have to do to keep it off!! I will update next week hopefully with a weight loss!!!!
1-21-03 Hi, everyone I stayed the same this week. Boy when they said weight loss slowed down they meant it!!!! Not much going on here will update next week.
1-28-03 Hi everyone, okay I'm starting to get really nervous, I have stayed the same weight for 4 weeks, I am not really happy right now. update next week.
2-4-03 Hi everyone, I lost 1 pound this week it's not alot but I'll take it. Total weight lost is 118 pounds and BMI from 48.3 to 29.2. I was thinking today even if it takes me a while to loose the last 30 pounds I feel good scratch that I feel GREAT, I can deal with it. So, I'm going to try to be patient!! update next week.
2-11-03 Hi everyone I stayed the same this week, I am getting used to the slow weight loss but it still gets to me at times. I think it will speed up again when the weather gets warm and I can run outside, I've only been excercising about 1/2 hour a day and I miss being outside, outside I would usually run about 4 miles a day which would take me close to an hour, well a few more weeks and it should start to warm up..Update next week.
2-18-03 Hi everyone, I lost 4 pounds this week!!!!! I am so excited maybe it was just a plateau, I feel GREAT, I have tried to excercise more but still can't wait to run outside! Well, totals are 122 pounds lost. BMI from 48.3 to 28.6. I will update next week.
2-25-03 Hi everyone, I stayed the same this week I am not surprised, I had a great loss last week. I feel great! I continue to workout indoors and still can't wait for spring.
3-4-03 Hi everyone, I lost 3 pounds this week I feel GREAT!!!! My total loss is 125 pounds and my BMI from 48.3 to 28.1. Life is sooo good!!!!!
1-8-04 Hi everyone, Life is so busy , I am so sorry I have not updated, I am going to try to be better about it. No changes in weight I have stayed exactly the same, I am so happy, Jeans are usually size 8 Tops large or medium but I am very subcon. about my breast now that my big belly isn't there they look so much bigger. I finished school and am working as an RN at W&I Hospital in the NICU. Love It!!!!! I have met the man of my dreams and I am getting married in 5 months, yes me married I can't believe it either!!!I have been unable to go to support groups because I work 3-11, but think about everyone all the time. Well that is a quick update!!! I will try to update at least once a month. Life is sooooooo GREAT!!!!!!
My first impression of Dr. Pohl was that of a professional, who was very knowledgable in this type of surgery. He was very honest going over risks, and also reasons as to why the surgery would not work,he helped me to understand it was just a tool, not a cure.The office staff was great, I was a real pain because I was on a tight time budget, they were patient and kind all the time. I could not have asked for a better surgeon,great surgical competence and bedside manner.
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I did not deal with the insurance company at all, Dr. Pohl's office did all that for me, I was so very grateful for that, I would not even know where to start.