I have been overweight all of my adult life. In the past 10 years I have been morbidly obese. I have researched and considered gastric bypass surgery for over two years.
Finally after the trauma of trying to find a dress to fit me for my son's wedding I realized that I could no longer continue to live my life as a fat person.
I thank the Lord every day for Dr. B. He performed open RNY on me September 3,2003. After only five weeks I have lost over 30 pounds.
I am now three months post-op. I have lost 53 pounds.
It has done so much for my self esteem.I am amazed how much better I feel about myself.
I have not had this kind of success with weight loss before. I was never able to hang on long enough to lose this much.
One of the things that I am most proud of is the card that I received from my daughter a few weeks ago, telling how proud she was that I had the courage to do this. I have always been proud of my children but I never dreamed that they would be proud of me.
I would do this over again in a heart beat.
Well it has been four months now since I took the biggest step of my life.
I am now down 73 pounds! I just cannot believe it. When I say that out loud it is almost as if I am in a dream.
I wore a pair of zipper jeans yesterday for the first time in I don't know how many years.
My husband is as amazed as I am about all of this.
I am finally starting to see the weight loss for myself. I can tell by looking as myself that I am getting smaller. I have been unable to see that for myself until now.
I don't have any problems as a result of the surgery. I eat just about whatever I want, I just don't eat as much. I haven't found anything that I can't eat. Some things that I used to love have lost their appeal to me, like chocolate. I just have no desire for it anymore.
My life is truly surreal at the moment. I am so afraid that I am going to wake up and find that this has all been a dream.
I feel so blessed to have found Dr. Bosquez. I am so glad that he has chosen to use the talents that God has given to help those of us that for whatever reason have been unable to help ourselves. My only regret is that this option was not available to me twenty years ago.
I think that this is going to be the best year of my life.
Well, I have been seven months now on the losing side.
I saw Dr. B on the first for my "official" six month check up.
(My check up was delayed because of a minor infection at the surgical site post op.) I have officially lost 100 pounds!
I am almost at a loss for words. I truly believe that the biggest benefit so far has been mentally. I have discovered that I am alive and that I am ok, I like myself now. I can go anywhere I want and I can do anything that I want. I don't have to be ashamed of myself now and most of all no one stares at me anymore. For the first time in years I am like everyone else now.
My husband, who was not in favor of this procedure at all, has been converted. I tried to tell all along that I was doing the right thing, but he was very afraid for me. He has always supported me and my decision, but if it has been left to him I would not have had this surgery. He and our children and my mother are my constant cheerleaders. In fact my whole family has rallied around me and carried me through.
I have started to ride horses with my husband, which was one of my goals. And it is a very enjoyable past time.
I eat just about anything that I want I just don't eat as much. I am truly shocked now by how much food is put on the plate when we go out to eat! I can't believe that I used to eat all of that food, I cleaned my plate on a regular basis.
One of the hardest things that I have had to learn to do is to scrape food off into the trash. I can still hear my Daddy's voice in my head telling me about the starving children in China.
It is getting easier everyday.
I still experience head hunger and I have to be careful or I am eating when I am not really hungry. I hope that will go away soon. That may be something that I have to learn to live with.
I am so thankful that Dr. B came into my life.
I love my life and I love living.
It has been nine months now since I started this journey. It has been the most wonderful nine months of my life.
I am so thrilled that I was able to have this surgery. I have never had a second thought.
I have now lost 115 pounds. I have not lost much weight in the past two months, only fifteen pounds but I have gone from a size 20 to a size 14 and that thrills me to death. I now weigh 169 pounds and I don't remember when I weighed that. Today is my wedding anniversary and I can finally wear the rings that my husband placed on my finger 28 years ago today.
I only have about 45 more pounds to lose but I am certain the last 45 will be way harder than the first 100.
I only have nine more pounds to lose and I will weigh less than my husband, that will be a big milestone for me and I can't wait to get there.
I can't begin to tell you how I feel about myself now.
It is so wonderful to be alive. Everything about me is different now. And I feel so small. I know that I am not that small, but I feel so tiny.
I am still having that head hunger. but I have made myself become more aware of it. That is probably something that I will just have to remain aware of. That's ok I can live with that.
Thank you Dr.B for giving me my life back.
The day after tommorrow will be 11 glorious months for me.
I have now lost 125 pounds. I only have 34 more pounds to go to goal.
I have a hernia, which I think that anyone who has this surgery is thrilled to get. That means that I will get a tummy tuck. I am not bothered by the hernia so I want to wait as long as I can to have it fixed. I have alot of excess skin on my stomach and I cannot wait to get it removed.
The weight loss is coming harder now. Part of that is my schedule. I am working long hours every week, I tend not to eat right and I certainly don't exercise. It is hard to do when you have to work 56 hours a week. I hate it and more than that I hate the negative impact that it has had on my weight loss.
I ride horses with my husband now on a regular basis. I love it. This is the first time in my life that I have done this. It is so much fun and so peaceful and relaxing.
I only weigh two pounds more than my husband now. That is my next short term goal to weigh less than he does. I haven't weighed less that him in about 25 years. I think that he has been cheating he now weighs three pounds less than when I started closing in on him.
I would say to any one who is considering this surgery, ask lots of questions. Choose a doctor who does this EVERYDAY! Your chances of conplications decrease with experience! Ask your doctor is he does this every day. If he doesn't go find someone who does.
I would do this over again no questions asked. This is hands down the best thing that I have ever done for myself.
God Bless you Dr. B
I am late with my update, but that is usual for me.
It has been one year now since I changed my life.
I spent my anniversary in Arkansas with my husband at the National Championship Chuckwagon Races. We truly had a good time and it was fun to get away from everything for a few days.
Last year when my husband went I cried, I didn't want him to go, I couldn't go with him because I was so overweight that I couldn't tolerate the heat. What a difference a year makes.
I have now lost 130 pounds. I say that out loud to myself all the time because I just can't believe it.
I am now down to 154 pounds and I am wearing a size 10 jeans.
I think that I wore that size about 23 years ago. It has been too long to remember.
I don't know how I ever managed with 130 additional pounds on my body. I can't believe that I packed all of that extra weight around for so many years. Now I know why I felt so bad all of the time. I am now off all of my meds except for the Paxil. I have normal blood preasure. I felt much better after I got to stop that medication.
I am probably the happiest that I have been in my adult life.
I have more energy than I have had in years, and I don't hurt any where anymore. I don't remember the last time that I took a pain reliever.
I finaly weigh less that my husband! This was a major goal for me. Now he is the chubby one in the family!
My biggest concern at this time is Dr. B.
I am having a terrible case of seperation anxeity. I saw him for the last time on the 15th of this month. He is very pleased with my progress, and said that I could have my hernia repaired at any time. I want to have the excess skin removed at the same time.
I am very saddened that he will no longer be doing this surgery here in Oklahoma. He has found a way to do this surgery and do it safely. There are so many people just like me out there that need his help, and because of inaction on the part of our elected state officials they will be denied the same quality of help that I received. I have no doubt that he saved my life.
I wish that every person who wanted this surgery had the opportunity to have done and done safely.
It truly breaks my heart that he is leaving us.
I have recieved a promotion at work. It is one that I am certain that I would not have gotten had I now lost the weight. I could not have managed the physical requirements of this job with out the surgery.
My life is good.
God Bless you Dr.B. Thank you for giving me a new life.
Well it has been several months since I have updated. I am now almost four weeks post op. I had my hernia repaired, and Dr. Cooper also managed to get me approved for muscle repair and the removal of the excess skin.
He took ten pounds of skin off of me. I could not believe it. I am very pleased about that. He did not leave one extra ounce of skin on me. I am so pleased with the way that I look. I just can't believe that it is me.
I am now wearing size 8. I would have never ever thought that would be possible.
I had a small set back during Christmas. I gained some weight and have had a very hard time trying to get rid of it. This has sort of helped me over that hump. I am now down to 146 pounds. I think that I was about 160 went I went in the hospital for my tummy tuck. So I have lost about 14 pounds all together. If I can lose 4 more pounds I will have lost half of my body weight. I would like to lose 16 more pounds. I would like very much to weigh 130. I don't know if I will get there or not, but no matter what I have been successful. My weight loss surgery has worked for me. The reconstruction was a much tougher surgery than the RNY, but I would do it again. It is so worth it. I can't wait to see what I look like six months from now.
God bless you Dr.B, and you too Dr. C.
I am running a little behind. A week ago today was my second anniversay. I can't believe that it has been two years. It doesn't seem possible. We celebrated the occasion in Arkansas at the Chuckwagon Races again this year. Just two short years ago I stayed home because my weight would not let me go. It was too hot and I was just to big to tolerate the out doors. I remember the day my husband left to go just like it was yesterday, I wanted to go so bad, I watched him drive away, and I cried so hard, I was so hurt that I couldn't go, I was so hurt that he would leave me home, I begged and begged him not to go.
Things are so different for me now. I actually get to participate in my own life. It is my wonderful life, am I am so thrilled to be living it.
I am recovering nicely from my TT. The swelling is minimal now. I am still wearing a compression garment at work.
I am holding well at 145 pounds, I would like to lose about 15 more pounds, but if I don't I am not going to beat myself up over it.
I don't think that I have ever been happier in my life.
I have no problems with food. I eat whatever I want I just don't eat as much of it. I still have the same head, and sometimes I have a battle there. Sometimes hell, I have a battle with my head daily. This isn't a magic bullet. I still have to be careful about what I eat. The farther out you go the more things that you can tolerate. Things that are not good for you. My biggest regret is the pop. I started drinking diet Dr. Pepper again, and that is the worst mistake that I have ever made. I wish I had stay off of it. It makes losing impossible. If any one is reading this, STAY OFF THE SODA!!
My life is so good, I do not regret anything about this surgery. I would do it all over again tommorrow. One of my biggest thrills is when I see the pride in my family's eyes. I never felt worthy. It makes me feel so good to know that they are proud of me and all that I have accomplished. My darling husband, who was so opposed to this surgery, (I did it completely against his wishes) is probably my biggest fan. He made me the most beautiful saddle that I have ever seen this year for Christmas. It is one of my most prized treasures. He made it with his own two hands, for me just because he loved me. He tells me nearly every day how proud he is of me and how courageous he thinks I am.
I love my life. God Bless you Dr. B.