2/12/06...My soon to be surgeon is having a WLS seminar in Pensacola, FL on March 16, 2006. I have registered and I am so excited. I feel like my journey is just beginning.
3/25/06...Well I finally went to Dr. Lord's seminar regarding the surgery. He is very intelligent and funny. I feel comfortable with him as my surgeon. I spoke to Emily from Dr. Lord's office on Monday 3/20. She called to advise me that the surgery is covered by BCBS. She also wanted to set a date for me to come in for a consultation with Dr. Lord. Dr. Lord's office asks for a $425.00 administative fee (which I was unaware of until the seminar).
3/29/05...Update I have research and found a surgeon here in Tallahassee. His name is Eliot Sieloff I will be attending his seminar on April 4, 2006.
4/5/06...I went to Dr. Sieloff's seminar yesterday. It was very informative. He has done many surgeries and he is sooo much closer to me than Dr. Lord. Ladies and gentlemen I am going with Dr. Sieloff as my surgeon. He also doesn't have a $425.00 administrative fee! So I am waiting to hear back from his office regarding my insurance coverage. I will update later.
4/6/06...I called Dr. Sieloff's office today to see what's next in my wls journey. The girl that answered said that since I attended the seminar and completed the insurance form at the seminar. They will send a letter to BCBS to see if the surgery is covered. She said the next step is to wait for a response letter from BCBS once they receive this letter they will call me for an appointment.
4/26/06...Hello all not much to update. Is it me or does it seem that once some people have their surgery they stop updating their page. HELLO I'd like to see some before and after pictures of everyone. I'd also like to know how the surgery went. What should I be aware of. Well that was just a thought or 2 for now. I'll update later!
5/27/06...Well I'm just waiting to see a Dietician (June 16). From there I will see Dr Sieloff who will then submit my information to BCBS. Can't wait! Will update later.
6/16/06...I went to my appointment today to see the Dietician. Everything was good she was very informative. Now the waiting game. The Doctor's office is now going to submit my paper work to BCBS. Wish me luck!
7/5/06...I called BCBS they told me to try back at the end of the week. I will call back Friday.
7/12/06... I am APPROVED as of July 11, 2006! Go me! I am so excitied. Pray for me. I'm on the phone now scheduling an appointment with my surgeon! Ok I have a date! AUG 15! Wow my time is finally here.
7/21/06... Is it just me or is August taking forever to get here!?
8/02/06...Update...My doctor's office called to today. My surgery has been rescheduled for Friday, August 18. I am not happy about this but oh well I'll get over it.
8/21/06... I'm home. I got home today and boy am I happy! I arrived at the hospital on the 18th @ 5 am. My surgery was at 7:30 am. I was soooo nervous. I woke up in recovery. I was sooo sore. I was in my room by 2 pm. I felt like I was kicked in the stomach by 10 people. By later that evening I was feeling much better. Saturday was better. I couldn't wait to take that leak test and get that over with. I passed of course but it seemed like forever before I got some clear liquids. Sunday was a breeze I was ready to go home. I spoke to Dr. Sieloff early that morning and he guaranteed me that I wouldn't be leaving until Monday the 21st. But needless to say I am doing well. It seems that everyday just gets better and better. So all you pre-ops reading my page please don't be nervous. It will get better! Well I don't have much energy so I will take my nap and update later!
8/26/06...Hello everyone! Not much to update. I've read a lot of pages on OH especially people that have dealt with my Dr. and no one mentioned GAS! I have had GAS everyday! I take Mylanta like I drink water. I feel like I should mention it. Well I go to my 10 day Post-op appointment with Dr Sieloff on 8/28. I would update then on my progress.
08/28/06...I went to my 10 day post-op appointment today. I have lost 14lbs so far. Wow I guess that's not too bad. I am now on stage 2 of my diet. So went out and bought some cereal and skim milk, Tilapia (I can bake it) and tuna with Ritz crackers. I'll update later on my stage 2 progress.
9/13/06...Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't updated in a while. My computer has not been set up at the new apartment. I'm updating from work. I went back to work on Sept 11. It has been kind of rough because I don't have any energy. I'm looking into buying a protein supplement. I'm thinking about trying Syntrax Nectar in Apple Ecstacy. I'm kinda scared because it might taste horrible. But if anyone has tried a supplement that they really love please let me know. I am willing to try anything for a little energy.
I haven't checked my weight in a while. I'm just not interested in checking the scale all the time. I'm focusing on finding foods that I can tolerate. My next Doctor's appointment is Sept 27. So I guess I will find out then how much weight I have lost. Right now I just feel so yuckie because I have no energy. I want to start working out at Curves again but I am waiting for the ok from the Doctor. I guess I will find out on Sept 27. Well I will update later. God Bless everyone.
9/27/06...Hello everyone I just got back from Dr. Sieloff's office. I am down to 267. So that's a total of 24lbs in a little over a month. I was hoping for 30lbs but oh well. I'm not exercising any. I did go to Curves one day but I was so exhausted that I haven't returned. The doctor did say I can eat almost anything. So I got a chicken salad today from Wendy's but I didn't eat very much of it. I'm still down on energy. Oh and I tried to eat some broccoli the other day and it made me very sick. I was too sick to drive myself to the emergency room. I swear I need to move back to Georgia. You really need your family and their support through this difficult time. I am going to post my official before picture and an updated picture soon. I just don't have my computer set up at home right now. That's all for now I will update later.
11/01/06...Hello it's been a minute since I have updated. I haven't really had much to update. I weighed myself the other morning and I am down to 250 pounds. I feel great! I did get a lot of exercise in this past weekend. I went to New York City. I did a lot of walking while visiting NYC. I had a really nice time. I got some really good Thai food from a restaurant called Spices (although I could only tolerate a couple of bites). I got to see some of my best friends. I miss them. I also got to go to New Jersey for the first time. I also got to see one of my good friends from Jersey. Well I will update again when I get some more pounds off!
11/15/06...Hello all is well. I am moving soon and I can't wait. I am moving to Charlotte, NC. I am starting over and I can hardly wait. I am down to 244 lbs. I have lost a total of 47 lbs. I can eat pretty much anything but I do have days were I am still unable to digest some things. Chicken gives me problems most of the time. I am still staying away from broccoli. Other than that I am feeling good. I have a little more energy. I gave away a lot of clothes that I can no longer fit. I'm also getting into clothes that I haven't worn in years. I am just excited these days. I am excited about my weight lost and my move to Charlotte. Wish me luck!
1/03/07...Happy New Year everyone! I know it has been a while since I have updated. I don't even know if anyone reads my page. I have lost 51lbs so far. I have kinda gotten to a point where the pounds are not dropping off as fast as they were. What's the deal with that? Anyways I have been working out lately so I hope to get back on track. I have moved and I am trying to adapt to my new city and state. I am here with family and we cook everyday so I have to watch myself. I think it will be better for me when I get my own place. I am unable to upload new pics because I can't find my camera in storage. I will update later when I have something good.
1/21/07...Hey everyone! I am down to 231 lbs. I feel great. I haven't been sick but I do need to catch up on my vitamins. I also need to buy some type of protein shake. My hair is falling out like crazy. I went to Old Navy the other day and bought a size 16 skirt from the womens section not the womens plus section but the regular womens section! Ha ha! I really don't go shopping a lot because I know I won't stay this size for long. I start my new job tomorrow and I am so excited. Well not much to update I will update when I lose another 10 lbs.
1/24/07...Hey down to 226lbs....56 lbs to go!
5/3/07...Not much to update. I am now 215 lbs. I am down -76lbs. I feel good but now I need some new clothes! Old navy has been my best friend I wear a 14/16 in skirts. When I am at Old Navy I usually get a 14. In shirts I wear a 18/20 or XL/XXL in womens depending on the store. I am trying to exercise more but I really don't have the time. I work so much. I have two jobs. My part-time is in a department store (Belk) so I see a lot of things I want to buy but I don't want to pay a lot of money for something I will not be able to wear for long. Well gotta go! I will update later.
6/11/07...I am now 210lbs -40 more to go! It may take a minute but I am trying!
8/16/2007... I am now 203
11/7/2007... I am now 199 LBS! Finally out of the 200's!
12/28/2007... I am now 194 lbs. I'm still losing although it's coming off slowly. But I am happy!
12/31/2008 ... Happy New Year! Still 190 LBS... -10 LBS to go!