I had my 1 year follow up with Dr Loggins and staff today. Overall, everything went well. All my blood work came back fine except for my ferritin level being a bit low. But, Michael told me that I am not anemic anymore and could go off the iron, if it was bothering me at all. If it's not bothering me, he said I could stay on it to maybe help my ferritin level.
Dr Loggins seemed pleased enough. He said I had done really well, gave me a hug and called me "skinny lady". I STILL don't believe anyone when they say that to me.........I personally think he says that to ALL his patients! haha! He spoke with me about all this ulcer stuff (since it feels like I've developed another one this week........I tried going off the Prevacid starting last week and by Monday of this week, I was in pain again!) So, I am back on the Prevacid for at least 6 months this time and Dr L wants me to take the carafate for a month and really get this healed up before stopping any meds again. He said I had lost more than 100% of my excess body weight, but didn't give me an actual number.
Michael did my exam and said everything looked good, well healed, no hernias, etc. He encouraged me to keep exercising and just doing what I'm doing, since it seems to be working for me. We also talked a bit about plastic surgery and he said that since I've been pretty stable with my weight for a few months that I'm probably ready to start looking into this, if I am interested. He said they would do whatever they could to help me out to justify surgery, all I have to do is let them know. That's good to know! Unless I start getting some rashes and stuff though, it's not looking real likely that my insurance will cover anything. Guess I'll be saving my pennies or praying to win the lottery! ha! yeah, right!!!
I met with Corinne too. She asked all the routine questions about food intolerances, amount of fluids, exercise, protein, etc. She was happy with my weight loss too. We discussed this whole maintenance thingy. She figured out that to maintain my current weight at my age, I can eat about 1100 calories, which is pretty average for me. It's kinda weird to think that that's all I'm gonna eat for the rest of my life. But, when I stop to think about it, that are quite a few days that I barely make it over 1000 calories. She also said that if I am working out hard or running/training, my calories should go up accordingly. She thought I was doing fine where I was at and thanked me for coming to support groups. I think it was a good visit. Oh yeah, we talked about getting that RMR test done and she said that CMMC does do them, but it's not called an RMR and the insurance MAY not pay for it! So, I'm gonna make some calls and see what I can do about getting my resting metabolic rate tested just to see how many calories the "science" says I should be getting. I'll let you all know what I find out!
Dr Loggins also gave me the consult and 1 year post-op pix. It was quite an eye opener. I've posted them in my pix if anyone wants to see!
So...................just keep on keeping on...........maintaining is what it's all about!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!