June 12, 2006: First post-op visit, Dr. Gluck says I am doing fine and my incisions are healing nicely. Still have considerable pain on my left side but it is improving every day. I look forward to my new life and losing the back and knee pain.
June 21, 2006: Two week check-up yesterday. Everything is going pretty well. I don't have much pain anymore, just when I move wrong or strain the wrong way. I am down 25 lbs. since the beginning. I am noticing it already in the way my clothes fit. I am having a bit of trouble with diarrhea. The Dr. ordered a stool sample to check for c.diff., but lo and behold, no diarrhea since!! Scared it out of me, maybe?? LOL
I am walking about a mile every day, but still get kinda weak and tired sometimes. But all in all, feeling pretty good.
July 21, 2006
Six week check up with Dr. Gluck on Tues. Doing well, iron a little bit low. I got started on iron supplements. I have now lost 40+ lbs. Feeling pretty good, walking and/or biking almost every day. No more diarrhea, just constipation now!! Most all the time, I get all my protein in every day. I usually only have one protein shake per day, getting the rest of it in with foods. Occasionally, I have difficulty getting something stuck resulting in pain, nausea, and have vomitted a couple of times. All in all, I feel pretty good.
August 10, 2006
Went to a 2 month 'behavioral check-up', basically a reminder to be good to your pouch and follow the rules. I feel I am doing well, now have lost 51 lbs. Eating is going much better, about the only thing I have lots of trouble with is fish. Feeling very good now.
September 13, 2006
Three month check-up today. Having some trouble with reflux again. Iron level still a little low, so they increased my iron to 2 pills instead of one. My cholesterol is down to 174 from 247 and my blood pressure was 112/73. Weight loss is now 66 lbs.
Still have trouble with some foods, they say I have a very small opening and that is taking longer for my pouch to 'mature'. Feeling well otherwise.
October 15, 2006
Just a note, I am now down 75 lbs. Feeling really good, I can't believe I don't have hardly any back pain any more. I still continue to have difficulty with a few foods, mainly meats. Pork is the worst, even if it is cooked very tender.
I am getting lots of compliments from alot of people now, even though I don't see it as much when I look in the mirror. Guess I've got to get used to the new 'transforming' me!!
December 11, 2006
Wow!! Six months out and had my check-up with Dr. Gluck today. I have lost an amazing 94 lbs. and feel terrific. My labs were absolutely perfect and I feel so healthy. Got major kudos at the Dr.'s office from all the staff and was even asked if I would participate in a 'fashion show' at some point in the future. I just laughed and said 'FASHION SHOW!!! ME???' But I did agree so that will be a totally new experience for me, no doubt!! I am so happy for this opportunity, to be healthy again, to feel good, to do so many things than I couldn't do before. I am now pain free and have more energy than I know what to do with at times!!!
March 20, 2007
Well, I am now nine months out and down 117 lbs. I have had my gall bladder out in January. That wasn't too bad but I have had a problem with too much bile causing diarrhea since. It is slowly getting better. I am also being treated for an ulcer at this time and it is getting lots better.
I went shopping yesterday and definitely no longer need the plus size department. My sizes have went from a 28-30W to a misses 16-18. Can't tell you what a happy feeling this is, I couldn't get the grin off my face when I was in the dressing room!!
I now weigh less than I did in college, haven't been able to be in misses sizes for many years. What a feeling!!
My hair has also quit falling out and I am growing lots of little short ones, especially in the front.
I feel so much different and would do the RNY surgery again in a heartbeat. I just wish I had considered it years earlier.
September 19, 2007
Well, here I am, 15 months from my surgery. I have now lost 145 lbs. I can't believe that is me when I look in the mirror.
I was diagnosed with an ulcer about a month and a half ago. One of my staples had poked through my pouch and an ulcer formed around it. My Dr. removed the staple during an EGD. I am on Carafate and Prevacid to help the ulcer heal. It is getting better but not gone yet.
I now wear a size 12-14 and am 8 lbs. to my goal of 180. I am 5'10" tall so this is a good weight for me. I feel so good about not being in that plus size dept. any more. What a thrill to try on things that are this much smaller!!
I couldn't be any happier with the outcome of my surgery. Getting the RNY has changed me completely for the better.