What I Gained from my Weight Loss - Augusta, GA
WHAT HAVE I GAINED FROM MY WEIGHT LOSS...
- 20 May 2013
- 2 years post
Before I can tell you what I gained when I lost I have to tell you what I lost when I gained..
I had a good childhood. I was on only child. My dad was in the Air Force and my mom was a housewife. Being a Southern family we had all the fried foods and always had to finish what was on our plates. You know that saying (Children around the world were starving). My dad was away a lot so pot pies and Rice was a cheap and easy meal. Friday nights once a month was Hamburger night. From an early age my mother would reward me for being good. M&M's were my favor reward so mom would tell me (if you are good I will give you M&M's). Later when I was in school if I got good grads on my report card I would get a shake.
I was 8 when we left the states and moved overseas. I had to leave my dog that I had since I was 4 with my great grandfather. I would cry myself to sleep because I missed her so much. I was teased a lot in school because I was taller and bigger than the kids in my class. In the 6th grade I weight 160lbs. By the time I reached the 12th my weight was 235lbs. I got married right after school and had my first child and my weight got up to 350lbs.
I went on my first medical diet in Shreveport LA. back in 1980. He put me on a drug called (Fastine). It was a drug to suppress the hunger. I lost down to 280lbs. Then I started to see things on them so I got off of them. Only to gain the weight I had lost and more. Now I was up to 423 1/2 lbs. Went to LSU in Shreveport, LA where I was in a primary care group. I started going to see Jackie Patrick and she helped me a lot with my weight loss. I only watched my fat grams and excised every day and the weight started to come off. I lost down to 226 and had a tummy tuck on April 18th, 1994. I would walk 2.2 miles a day and did excises with some tapes I had at the house.
Then in 1998 my husband and I got into trucking. That was my down fall again. Sitting long hours in a truck and then eating whatever we could grab to eat was not a good life style at all. I lost my CDL in 2005 because I could no longer pass the DOT physical anymore cause my blood presser was too high cause my weight was back up to 439 by then.
I first meet Dr. Blaney at the informational seminar back in July. I sat and listened to what he did and the types of surgery they offered. Then I started going to the support meetings and would see him there. That really impressed me a lot to see a Dr. there and also talking with people that had questions for him. I could see that he was a caring dr. Then I was given Dr. Blaney as my dr to do my surgery. I was very pleased with that. He is very informative about the RNY. We had to do a 3 hr class with him on Saturday. He answered question that we may have about the surgery. He also showed us the instruments that he would be using during surgery. He is a caring dr with a good bedside manner. But more important he does a good job doing what he does. He want you to become healthy with the tools he gives you by doing the surgery. He tells you like it is about the risk and lets you decide if they are worth it. In my case he was 100% behind me in doing my surgery. He made sure that I saw my heart dr and a bone and joint dr about my knees and wants to work with my PCP in my aftercare. I would refer Dr. Blaney to anyone that was thinking about having RNY gastric bypass. There is nothing negative to say about the care that Dr. Blaney shows me. the only thing I can say is it took from July to Feb for the paperwork, seeing all the Drs you need to see but in all it was worth the wait. But I look at it this way. I used that time to get healthy and to get my heart healthy for the surgery so it worked out in the long run.