My Journey to WLS

Mar 14, 2011

2/16/2011:  Initial appointment:  Met with Dr. Portenier, Kitza - nurse practitioner, and Elizabeth - nutritionist
                                                  Had labs completed; scheduled for visit with psychiatrist and Barium Swallow test

2/23/2011:  Had barium swallow test done; met with Dr. Applegate, psychiatrist

3/10/2011:  Received call to schedule my pre-op screening, pre-op group session, and surgery

4/13/2011:  Pre-op screening (Meet with Dr. Portenier, EKG, chest x-ray, labs, and meet with anesthesiologist)

4/15/2011:  Pre-op group session

4/19/2011:  RNY surgery (Surgery successful)

4/20/2011:  Returned home from surgery.

5/11/2011:  3 week follow-up visit with surgeon & group meeting (Advanced to soft foods; down 27 lbs) YAY!!!

About Me

Mar 14, 2011

I'm currently 34 years old and although I have no children, I have a shih tzu/poodle named Zoe.  I have been overweight for most of my life, although I was always referred to as being "big boned" (yeah right).   Although I'm morbidly obese, I'm very thankful that I don't have any major health issues related to the obesity; only sleep apnea, which is enough. 

I never thought I would see the day that I would even think about having gastric bypass surgery, because I had negative views about the surgery and the people who had the surgery.  I now know that this is the best route for me to go, because I have tried so many methods to lose weight with no success.  Although hypothyroidism doesn't make me gain weight, it definitely makes it difficult to take it off.  Although I know this weight loss journey won't be easy, it will definitely be worth it.  This is a forever lifestyle change, but I'm ready for the ride.

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Durham, NC
Surgery Date
Feb 03, 2011
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