Doing VSG..about Time! - Baltimore, MD

I haven't been fat my whole life. I went through 3...

I haven't been fat my whole life. I went through 3 pregnancies and managed to look great in a bikini weeks later.... And then I became pregnant again...High risk pregnancy..In the hospital more than 6 months on constant steroids and bedrest ( and encouraged to eat ANYTHING & EVERYTHING as I was having trouble keeping food down). I didnt gain a considerable amount of weight but I became lazy. Within a month of delivery I was in a size 14, the biggest I had ever been but still far from obese. While I was home on maternity leave, the lazy & bad eating habits that was a breeze to deal with in my 20's became my biggest fear. Before returning to work in 6 months, I was up to a size 18 and pregnant AGAIN.... Again on bedrest with the steroids, I didnt gain much weight but I was still that size 18 post-partum.... I have never been able to get that weight off again. I am stuffing myself into a size 20, I need to be in a size 22.

I come from a family of obese woman. My mother, also didnt get huge until well into adult hood, but is currently about 375 lbs. My grandmother died of obesity related illness....Most of her adult life she was over 500 lbs.

While my grandmother was sick, I promised her I would never get fat. I was nearly 30 when she died and I wasnt fat, so I assumed I had it made... I would get fat like she and my mother...but here I am...

I have no co-morbidities (but neither did my grandmother for most of her life, then one day BAM!) I am getting this surgery before it is too late. My "baby" is now 11 years old. If I was going to lose it I would've by now.

So I totally forgot about updating this.... I had...

so I totally forgot about updating this.... I had surgey on Thursday Aug 30... surgery went well... I went home Saturday morning though I was offered to go home on Friday....Liek many, I had trouble taking even a few sips of liquids.... in some pain but not enough to keep pushing the pain pump the nurses were annoying me to push.... a Tylenol and peace and quiet would've been fine..... The nurses get you up often which I expected..and though I didnt always feel like it, I tried to get up once an hour to walk to nurses station and back... The pain in the butt was the other health care folks.... I had one lady trying to force a home health aide on me... another trying to say I needed a walker & bath aides ( insurance ripoffs).... when I refused to sign for those services, they'd keep coming back, most often during my sleep times.... I became VERY irritable and got nasty enough that they stopped coming.... A week or so later, I went back to ER in pain mostly from vomiting too much... in the end I was dehydrated... a few weeks later, the vomiting was not much better... I was admitted back to hospital....at this point I was also battling diarrhea... Dr basically said I was a slow healer... during my VSG surgery I had a hital hernia repair... the repair hd in the next 2 or 3 weeks came undone... my stomach was also way more swollen than it should've been at that time. Dr was considering a revision to Gastric bypass. I was NOT having that. I fought it tooth and nail. My Dr didnt agree but agreed to give me another week to try and get swelling down enough to get my esophagus from up inside the hernia where it was now lodged. After being able to hold down my liquids for a few days, I was disharged from hospital....kept on liquid diet for additional 8 weeks which gave my stomach time to heal some... I then progressed to pureed foods for 4 weeks...Honestly, I stayed more on liquids during this time because I was scared of rushing things.... I didnt have energy to walk around my house. Suddenly about 12 weeks post-op I started getting burts of energy and was ready to go back to work ( I couldve went back about 8 weeks post-op but I was in no rush) Im now 4.5 months post-op and down 71 pounds... Im 70 pounds away from my goal of 130 pounds... Im exercising 5 to 6 days a week, both cardio and weight lifting.... I cannot stress how important it is to do strength training and to begin after 4 weeks.... you dont need heavy weights at first...just enough to keep you from getting muscle atrophy... not only will you lose weight faster, you will not be skinny yet cant lift a bag of potatoes. I still dont have a GREAT appetite.... I force myself to eat many days... when I "cheat" I dont feel guilty either... I acknowledge it and wake up the next day with a new start. My goals are 600 to 800 calories per day... no more than 30 grams of carbs...90+ grams of protein... if I make that, all else is negotiable. Regrets?? NONE!!! well thats not true...I wish I had done it sooner

nearly 365 days post op

I got to "normal" BMI at 10 months and 1 week post-op...for me that was 160 pounds.... I have lost a lil more since then, currently weighing in at 154 pounds.... my DREAM is to weigh 140.
I have had a few plastic surgery consults and basically will need a panniculectomy ( removal of excess skin from are below belly buttom)... I do not qualify for full tummy tuck because I actually have visible abs...not quite a 6 pack, say a 4 pack with 2 of the packs hiding under some excess skin & fat. Doctor estimates I have 5-ish pounds of skin to be removed. Easy to hide with SPANX.... I have a prelim date for plastic surgery during the Xmas holidays....

so my guess is I will get down to about 145 pounds and that is AMAZING to me...

That hernia repair that didnt go so well is starting to cause me a few issues... was initially mistaken for Gall bladder failure ( MANY weight loss patients end up needing gall bladder removed so its a QUICK assumption on the part of many doctors when you have any post-op belly issues)
I have not decided what I will do about it yet..nothing is life threatening.... some intermittent pain ( like once a month) followed by a few days diarrhea...

my diet plan has changed a LOT.. Once you start working out a lot, you have to eat more foods.... funny how that works.... I am eating more yet losing weight...
I get like 1500 calories a day, 100 grams of carbs, 100 grams of proteins... I dont worry about how much sugar I get because honestly, with the small size of my stomach, once I get in my priority foods, I dont have room or desire to eat anything else..... so if a lil sugar slip in theere, so be it... and Fats are good for you so I dont worry about eating low-fat either...
like many WLS patients, I used to stay COLD all the time, when I increased my iron & fats, that problem went away as well.
I have lost more than an entire shoe size... before surgery, I was squeezing into a 10 Medium sometimes 10.5 and needing a wide width....I now wear a size 9 medium and need 8.5 in some shoes... I cannot wait to go shopping for boots.... I wear a size 6 jeans, though I will buy 8 if they are "super skinny".
I look good in a bikini, and luckily my excess skin can be hidden well in my panties/bikini bottom and I dont really have a muffin top...

I have returned to my old ways of being a shop-a-holic.... clearance racks are my new BFF....

thats pretty much it....
Michael Schweitzer

I originally wanted this surgery about 7 year ago when it wasnt very popular in the USA. I could not save up the money to have it done in Mexico so I began researching doctors in the USA who performed it. Dr Schweitzer was one of the very few at the time. He is considered one of the best and has one of the best success rates and lowest rates of complications.

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I loved reading your story! What an inspiration u are and I'm so so happy you are down to your ideal weight! I'm sure you look just fabulous! Xxx
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Thanks for the update Vogue.

Wow, you went through quite an ordeal at the beginning! I'm so glad it all worked out for you eventually though, it must have been quite scary to start with.

Congratulations on your weight loss so far. How are you doing now, how close are you to your goal?

We would love to see an before/after photo, if you have any you feel comfortable sharing!

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well today is the day.... I have to be at the hospital in 3 hours.... I'll be back to update my story as soon as possible
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Congratulations and best of luck to you! I hope that everything goes wonderfully in surgery and that you lose as much weight as you want.
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Hi Kristy... Im having my surgery around Labor Day....Until Im "practicing" the diet so I can hopefully have the better eating habits mastered by then
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Well good luck on your surgery, I hope everything goes well! Please keep us updated on how you do!

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Hi Vogue,

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. When are you scheduled to have surgery?

You're taking a positive step towards dealing with your bad habits, which is great. One bit of advice I would give, is that you make sure that any food issues you may have are settled before you have surgery. The surgery won't remove those habits, it's just a tool to help you get to where you need to be. I'm assuming that since you've taken the step towards surgery, that you are geared up and prepared for the changes you need to make.

Please do keep us updated on your progress!

Kirsty

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