hi, i have tried every diet i think out there and they work but i can never keep the weight off. i need this surgery because it is my time to live and i`m not the way i am now. i`m miserable and depressed. i can hardly do anything. that is not good. i want to see my son grow up and i won`t if i don`t do something now. this is the best choice. i`m ready to begin a new life.
sept 8 2003, finally got my first consult and i`m so glad has been moved up 3 time and is now oct. 22 not bad huh. i`m excited and nervous and i will write more later. well now i can add more. my husband has said he wants me to have this surgery now to and that he will support me 100 percent. i need that and also i need you all. i want to do so much and it will be possible when i get my surgery. i know this is a very long process and i was reading about the for you clip at the top of the page, whew i really did not know all of that . now i know i have my work cut out for me.
i have been in denial for years thinking i don`t look that bad , well i took a good look and i`m not small by any means. when you look down your front and think i don`t look that bad, i`m not seeing the whole picture. life is so much more than eating and watching t.v.
hello all my friends,i just wanted to say isn`t my profile cool. vicki did this for me and i do love it. thanks vicki i don`t really have much to say tommorrow the 15 of sept. i hope to find out if they have moved up my first consult. i`m praying they have i want to get my test sone insurance done and every thing else. i want to get this show on. it is my bday today and with a hope and a prayer this time next year i will be smaller. god give me strenght to make it through this wait. thanks huggss to all elsa
hi all my amos friends, i really don`t have an up dat only to say time seems to trickle by. i know my consult will get here and all my test will get lined up. but the waiting might kill me first, naa i`ll hang in there. my friend had her surgery yesterday and i do hope all is weel with her. her name is darlene s. and i can`t wait to chat with her , she is going thru the same dr. monk that i will. i wish all getting there surgerys good luck and they are in my thoughts and prayers. big bear huggs to all elsa
HI, WELL I GOT MY CONSULT MOVED UP TODAY. IT IS TOMMORROW AT 2:OO PM, AND I`M EXCITED. MY SWEET HUSBAND IS COMING TO HE IS A GOOD SUPPORT PERSON FOR ME ,THANK GOD.
NOW MY JOURNEY WILL MOVE ALONG. AND I`M SO GLAD THAT I HAVE ALL MY AMOS FRIEND PRAYING FOR ME TOO. THANKS TO YOU ALL ESPECIALLY JUDY, YOU ARE AN ANGEL. HUGGS ELSA
today is the day i truly get going and i excited. my consult is at 2:00 pm and my husband will be here at 12:30. we want to make sure we can find the right road. you all remember how this felt and now i`ll know i think going early will be good to get to talk to people in the office and also patients who have had surgery and ones who are preparing too. this will be so good to do, can`t wait. my angel judy has given tons of questions to ask today. i`m ready have my meds bottles all set too, they are by the front door. i`m not anxious or anything now am i. of course i am. thanks to all my amos friend too and especially judy ellis you are the best friend and angel. big huggs to all elsa
NOW MY JOURNEY HAS TRULY STARTED. MY CONSULT WITH DR`S PA, WENT WELL YESTERDAY AND I NOW HAVE MY FIRST APPT. SET UP TO SEE MY SURGEON IN 3 WEEKS, WOW. I WENT AND GOT A MAJOR FASTING BLOOD TEST THIS MORNING AND THE NURSE SAID SHE TOOK AND EXTRA TUBE JUST IN CASE, WELL I SAID YOU COULD HAVE TAKEN 2 JUST TO BE SURE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL MY DUCKS ARE IN A ROW. ALSO I`M NOT GETING LAP, BECAUSE MY BMI IS OVER 50 AND ALSO BECAUSE I NEED TO HAVE MY GALL BLADDER REMOVED. I`M OK WITH THIS NOW AND I`M NOT SCARED ABOUT THE SURGERY AT ALL. THE MAIN THING I`M FOCUSING ON AND IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING , AND IT IS TO KNOW HOW TO EAT AND TO DO IT LETTER PERFECT. I DO KNOW I CAN DO THIS. IT WILL BE A LONG WHILE BEFORE MY SURGERY AND IT IS BECAUSE OF ALL THE TEST,(THEY TAKE A WHILE TO GET IN TO GET THEM DONE) AND ALSO THE DR. WANTS TO MAKE SURE THIS IS WHAT YOU TRULY WANT. WELL YOU BET THIS IS WHAT I WANT . THIS IS TRULY WHAT I WANT. ALL YOU BIG LOOSER OUT THERE, WAY TO GO I`M VERY PROUD OF ALL OF YOU , NOT TO FAR IN THE FUTURE I WILL BE ONE OF YOU. HUGGGS ELSA
well, i go to the first support meeting next tuesday and it will be fun and very informative. i will get to meet some of the nice laddies i have emailed . that will be so good. i`m excited to meet you darlene and linda and sandra i hope . see you all soon . elsa
MY SUPPORT MEETING WAS WONDERFUL. I MET SO MANY NICE PEOPLE AND MAGAN WAS THERE OUR P.A. FROM OUR SURGEONS OFFICE. SHE WAS VERY HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE. BUT MY FAVORITE PART WAS HEARING ALL THE SUCCES STORIES FROM THE POST OPS. THEY ARE INCREDABLE, ALSO THEY DID NOT SUGAR COAT ANYTHING AND I DID LOVE THAT TOO. THIS IS LIFE SAVING AND I CAN`T WAIT. I WILL SEE DR. MONK NEXT WEEK AND I`M READY. LEACLE AND SUE AND THE LOVELY LADY I SAT WITH THANK YOU AND A VERY SPECIAL TO MY STANLEY, YOU WENT WITH ME AND ENJOYED LEARNING TOO. LOVE THAT MAN. HE IS MY ANGEL TOO. ELSA
hi all well i met my surgeon and he is a very nice man , very confident and he knows his stuff. my cholestrol is 218 but my good chlosteral is very hi and it knocks the opther out. so i`m fine there. i have appt. for phys evaluation next wednesday at 10:am that is so cool i`m glad it is moving now. i have to see dietian and pulimnary dr.s then i think they send to my insurance. so it will be a while very long wait for pulimnary dr`s. but it will be ok and he says i`m a good patient for this. i`m on my way woo hoo huggs to all having surgery and struggling in there journey. huggs to all elsa
well i had my psych. eval. and it went very well. what a nice man and he has know dr. monk for years. that is good to hear. i`m getting excited and tired of waiting but what can i say, my dietian meeting is nov. 17 and pulimanary is nov. 26. hope the time flies. must keep busy and not think about it you know. love all you amos people and praying all surgery coming up and in the future are un eventful. huggs elsa
hello all, i`m so excited they moved my appts. for dietian and pulimnary dr. they were in nov. but now they are oct 29 dietian at 2:30 and oct. 30 pulimnary, 1:20. i`m excied and nervous and shaking. can you believe it is all moving fast i`m glad and scared. i will see my surgeon and select my date now on nov. 11. wow soon and i might still get it my surgery in january. i had a dream i did. well i need to go for now i will write more later, thanks for all your prayers and nice comments. love you all. huggs elsa
oct 31 boooo
well my pulimnary consult went very well and i scheduled for a sleep study on november. 18 and i`m first if they have a cancelation. i`m excited and nervous, have to be really tired when i go in or i won`t sleep. i`ll be to nervous. every thing is going so fine and i do wish , i could have my surgery at the end of the year if not before. if not i`ll be ok with january. you all are the best and i thank you. huggs elsa
well guess what to night i get to do my sleep study and then next tuesday i will get my date. wow every thing is moving so fast and i`m so glad. thank you god , never for get the power of prayer. god has truly helped me. i`m hoping my date will be not to far in the future. i have had a lot of time to think about my surgery and i do know i want to and need to do this. i`m sure when i get my date i will be so nervous and scared but , i will be ok. huggs to all elsa
well i saw my surgeon and he said all my teast and consult went well and now i have my date of march 8. yes i`m excited and i know this date is not set in stone and it could and probably eill get closer. i`m excited and i want to get this done and begin my new life. soon yes soon, huggs to all elsa
well all, the holiday party was so fun last night and i met some new people. and then today;;; i got a new surgery date, YES I`M GOING TO HAVE MY SURGERY JAN. 12 NOW AND I`M SO EXCITED. THIS IS SO CLOSE NOW AND I GOT ALL MY DUCKS IN A ROW. FIRST AND FORMOST, I WANT TO THANK GOD FOR ALL HIS HELP AND ALL MY FRIENDS FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND HELP. DOES IT SOUND LIKE I WON AN AWARD, WELL I HAVE RECIEVED WHAT I WANT TO GET MY SURGERY IN JANUARY.
YES IT IS TRUE SO NOW I WILL GET MY INSURANCE SEND IN ON THE 23 OF DECEMBER AND THEN I WILL BE ON MY WAY. I`M EXCITED AND NERVOUS AND THANKFUL. TO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR WITH HOPE AND NOT FAILURE. MY HUSBAND IS BETTER AND WILL BE OK FOR ME TO GO THEN AND YES HE IS SO GLAD AND EXCITED. DR. MONK IS A VERY GOOD SURGEON AND I`M LUCK TO BE IN HIS HANDS. AND ALSO IN GODS HANDS. HUGGS TO ALL ELSA
dec. 19, 2003
it is the first day of hannaka and i`m happy. tommorrow is matthew`s sleep over bday party and he is so excited. wooo hooo i`m so thrilled ( not), 6 11 to 12 year olds awake all night. well i do hope they don`t rip the house up. you know he will have a great time. i will make it thru this ok.
well not much longer and i will have my surgery, i do know all will go well. just nervous about the eating part, i know i will eat right and i`m sure all will fall in to place. you guys know this is all sacary and that it is a huge step. i can`t wait but you know i`m afraid too. but the emotions that you feel, well first you want it and then you don`t want it. then you cry and then all is well. confusing to say the least. but all will be fine . love to you all and happy holiday, have a safe and happy new year also.
my prayers go out to all having surgery and getting ready and , those fighting the insurance. also to all with love ones needing our prayers. hugggs to all elsa
hello all, well the holidays are wonderful this year but next year they will be so much better, because i will be a new slimmer me. jan 12 is approching quickly and i can not wait. the day i will join all you looser. i`m so ready and anxious. i got all my antibotics and bowel prep from my surgeon on tuesday dec. 23.
i told my little sister today and she was so excited for me, i should have told her months ago. she wishes she could be her but she can`t. love you all very happy holidays and happy new year. huggs elsa
jan. 1 2004
hello all, well very good news my husbands stress test went very well and he will not have to have a shunt or balloon put in, THANK GOD. he is starting to get more nervous about my surgery and i am but not bad yet. my son wan`t me to be slim when i get home from the hospital. wow that would be so nice. they want to spend the night in a hotel so i can just go straight to the hospital on day of surgery, but the bowl prep says i need to spend the day at the hotel. it will work out. well it is the new year and i`m going to be knew too in 11 days woo hoo. huggs to all and happy hew year tooo
hello all, well today i go for my last pre op blood test for surgery. and i know it will be fine. i also do my final weigh in so that will be that. every thing is set and i`m ready. so send all prayers you can my way. love you all and i`m praying right along with you all too, huggs elsa
january 7 2004
well here i sit all sad and down , trying so hard to think positive, but i`m all ready for my surgery , i even have my hospital wrist band on. i have asked my surgeons nurse many times if there will be any problem with my insurance, and i was told no, well my date as you know is the 12 of jan. and i`m not approved , they are reviewing it. i`m so worried only 2 days and then i will have to wait . i have done all i possibilty can think of. i`m praying so hard by the grace of GOD they will look at my request and say it is a go. pray hard for me ok. i don`t want to wait another month. huggs to you all elsa
hi all,well i did get all the insurance problems straightened out . oh yes i did get to have my surgery on jan. 12 and now i`m doing pretty well. i had my staples taken out on jan. 22 and i had only lost 10 lbs. but i was retaining water, so doc put me on lasiks. well you know you need to drink lots of water and i did try , but i think i got a little dehydrated and had to get off of them . i`m feeling much better now and i know i have lost more. hope to go to the support meeting on the third of feb. i`m not very strong and it will be hard to sit there for that long, but i really want to try. my son has been helping me as much as he can but not happily. he keeps saying i`ll be glad when you can do this yourself. well duh me to you know. every body hang in there and we can do this. love you all huggs elsa
hi all, i`m a little stronger, but not all the way yet. i have to drive my son to maryland next week and go see my dr. too so i hope next week is better. i`m loosing over 30 lbs now and i`m glad. i`m getting water in not sure if it is enough but i`m trying. not doing protien, i added peanut butter to a shake the other night and i had my first dumping incident. i did not throw up but i needed to bad. i can`t stand to throw up so about an hour and a half later i was starting to feel better. no more peanut butter. i know i need more protien but can`t face a shake again. what will i do. love you all will update more soon. huggs elsa
i`m feeling some what better, my surgeon says it will take 3 month to feel all that energy come back. ok i will hang in there. i`m eating some but not a lot still less that a fourth odf a cup. but i get full so it must be enough. hang in there it does get better. huggs elsa
hi all i`m doing so much better and as of today i`v lost 55 and i`m so glad. i have not had much to say lately and so i don`t write a lot. my husband is nice to me and things in that respest are better. but my son is so nasty to me and thinks he can say what ever he pleases and it is ok. well it is not. i want every one to be nice to one another and i guess i expect to much. my husband says if i raise my voice then my son has a right to act that way. i don`t see it that way and i feel so lost. i have no desire to eat so i don`t miss it at all. i can`t eat chicken at all. hope all are well huggs elsa
hi all, i`m ok feeling so much stronger and happier. my son is still a pain, but he will have to learn it doesn`t work. i have not weighted in a while and i will not until i see dr. monk on the 27 of april. this is ok with me and i can tell by my clothing that i`m loosing. woo hoo and it does feel so good. hope you are all well also. huggs elsa
hi all, i`m doing so well and i`m 70+ pounds down . i am exercising and drinking lots of water and it really helps. if you think the water does not matter think again. it is soooo important. and never ever forget you vitamins. life is looking up honestly and i do think my husband is falling in love with me all over again. it is fun to be together again.
my son is calming down and he seems to relize that life is to short to be nasty to your parents. it is more fun to get along.
i hope you are all well and doing good. huggs to all elsa
hi all, i`m doing well my energy level is getting better everyday and i`m so glad. i`m exercising more too. i need to as we all know. i`m kinda of at a platau and i hope this will jump start my weight loss. i do think my husband is diappointed. but you know i`m doing wonderful and he should relize that i am not cheating and i will never blow it. you all know how hard it is to be sooooo good, but i do know i must stay in control. huggs elsa
HELLO ALL, wow every thing is going wonderful and i`m so happy it is. i`m now down 90 lbs. in less than 4 months and i`m so glad. i just noticed that all your pictures have shown up on my profile support page and i`m touched. all the kind words and encourgement is very uplifting. you all have made my day. love you all huggs elsa
june 3 2004
hello to all, i`m down now over 100 lbs and i am so happy. i`m exercising every day and yes i`m drinking my water every day. i can help mow the lawn now and that is wonderful(sorta of). my husband is treating me like i deserve and he is very happy with me. don`t get discourged with your weight loss, and remember that it will move just exercise and drink your water no matter what. also follow your dr.`s orders on how to eat and how much ok huggs elsa
well i`m doing wonderful and all is well. yes now i can cut the whole grass and i`m so glad i can. silly i know but before forget it. i`m able to eat well out of the house and , i always remember to eat slow and pay attention to my pouch. it always lets me know when i`m full. i`m now down over 12o lbs and i`m so glad. hope you all are doing well also. huggs elsa
august 30, hello all, i`m doing great and now i`m down 145 and counting. i`m going exercising as soon as i finish updating my profile. my friends rose and michelle are moving along in there journey and both will have there dates soon. i`m very excited for them. life is getting better and better and i`m so thankful for dr. monk and gastric bipass.
my son went back to school today and i pray he has a wonderful year. he will i`m sure.
well i tried some turkey and it doesn`t agree with me so i won`t do it again. i`m a very happy camper and things can only get better from here. hang in there all of you and remember it is a good fight and worth every minute of it. huggs elsa
oct.23 hello all, i`m sorry i have not updated until now. all is going so well and i`m very glad. i`m now down 170 lbs and counting, sept, went very well and i`m so sorry i have not up dated. i can now wear size large in my jeans(not zipper) but still it is so great. my friends, rose and michelle are having there surgerys very soon and i`m so excited for them. i see dr. monk next month and i hope to be very close to the 200 lbs mark on the scale. he would be so surprised. well i better exercise every day for it and drink my water. oh yes i`m still only eating my meat and veggies and only 3 times a day. i`m very proud of myself and i will say now and for ever this was the best thing i could ever have done. love to all huggs elsa good luck and my prayers are with you all hello all, gosh i`m doing so well and i`m still eating straight as an arrow. yes i follow the dr.`s order 100%. i hear all sorts of stories from support group people that they eat any thing they want. not me i`m never going to test my pouch to see what i`m able to get away with. this is my goal. i`m doing wonderful and still loosing very well 175 lost. wooo hooo. huggs to all elsa
hello all, well i`m down 185 lbs and counting. keep working hard and remember this is a tool and we must work it. huggs elsa JAN12, hello i`m 1 year out and down 195. i`m so glad soon to see the plastic surgeon. hope you all are well huggs elsa
JUNE 4 2005
HELLO ALL, I`M DOING VERY WELL, TOTAL LOSS 207 AND I`M VERY HAPPY. EXERCISE IS THE KEY AND DJUST DO IT. HUGGS ELSA
HELLO ALL, I`M SO GLAD I
REMEMBERED HOW TO GET BACK TO MY PROFILE. I`M DOING WELL AND I`M WORKING HARD AT KEEPING MY WEIGHT OFF. AS WE ALL KNOW WE NEED TO EXERCISE ALSO TO KEEP OUR WEIGHT OFF. I HOPE EVERONE IS DOING VERY WELL. HUGGS TO ALL ELSA
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