I am a candidate for the Verticle Sleeve...

I am a candidate for the Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery(Gastric Sleeve Surgery) and have already attended the Weight Loss Seminar for Bariatric Surgery(March 6, 2014), I've had my Initial Consultation(April 6, 2014), my Gallbladder Ultrasound(April 11, 2014), Blood Work, 2 years Weight History, and A Letter of Medical Necessity (April 17, 2017), and now awaiting my Psych Eval(May 20, 2014) and Pre-surgical Weight Management Meeting(May 22, 2014)! The Surgeon didn't give me any specific amount of weight to loose but did say that some weight loss would be a great start to getting on the right tract with beginning this weight loss journey and would also help lessen the risk of complications during and after surgery! He also said that I was a great candidate for this particular bariatric surgery because I do not have diabetes, yet I do suffer with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and elevated sugar level! I'm hoping that May 22, 2014 will be the day that everything I needed to have will be sent in for approval by the insurance company so we can get the Ball Rolling! I'm very excited about this important move I'm about to make and experience! I'm not scared at all, plus GOD says be Axious For Nothing......so I have Faith in Him that everything will work out fine or shall I say better than fine! I have a Then and Now pic of me in one of my favorite Maxi Dresses and a few other pics that I will show to let everyone see my weight gain from 2009-2014 where I went from 160 lbs to now weight of 241.6 lbs, highest weight of 252 lbs, I took the surgeons advice and lost a little bit of weight of about 11.4 lbs or so by drinking lots of water, cutting out sweets and exercising much more than I ever had(Myself and family have a YMCA Membership)! ;-)

Why I need the VSG Surgery

Well it all began after I had my first child when the pounds started to come on in the year 1994, but then I went on a diet called Metabolife and began to lose the weight, I was 140 lbs gaining up to 20 lbs my weight after birth! Then dieting got me down to 153 lbs which I maintained up to nearly 2 year (1996)when I descovered I was then pregnant with my second child, causing me to gain more than 40 lbs+.......weighing in at 190 lbs and after delivering finding myself dieting yet again, and yes I lost weight but only 15 lbs....down to 175 give or take a pound or two. Ever since then I found myself dieting almost every year there after. I tried numerous diet plans like: Metabolife, Hydroxycut, Lipozene, Exenodren, EvoLean, Mega-Green Tea, Phentermine(Supervised Weight-loss), Garcinia Cambogia, Adipex(Supervised Weight-Loss), Alli, Jenny Craig, Phentarmine (resorted to trying online weight-loss plans).......but with 95% of the diets I've tried I would lose weight and gain it back double. I've even tried liquid diets like the "HollyWood Diet SuperStars supposedly use. You name them, I've probably tried them out over the course of 19 year and have been miserable with continuously gaining and losing weight or gaining it back double, especially these last 5-6 years. Also my family history involves High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Stroke and Heart Disease! Since the weight gain over the past couple of years I too have been strickened with High Blood Pressure, Elevated Sugar Levels, High Cholesterol, pain in my back, feet, ankles, and knees or joints! I want to stop the vicious cycle of these diseases in my family....starting with "ME!" And even on a more personal level within myself I want to be able to see myself in the mirror and look and feel healthy, be healthy and happy again! This tool will help me I believe to gain a better healthier life-style, happiness, growth level of confidence and commitment to living a longer prosperous life with GOD at the front end guiding me all the way through the help given by my surgeon and his great staff members when the time comes to have the surgery! I have FAITH in GOD Almighty that everything will work out for the Best!

Jumping Hoops for VSG Surgery

It seems a person has to jump many hoops to get what they really need in life these days for whatever reason, but I am willing and somewhat able to jump as many hoops as I can to get what I need and do whatever else I need to do to have this VSG Surgery(Tool). I really need this tool to get me started in the right direction to getting my life back on track to a greater chance at a longer life and a healthier "Me!"

Psych Eval Visit

Well I had my Psych Eval visit today and it went pretty smoothly. First I had to fill out these two forms in the form of test packets......then 10 mins I was called back with the doc and was asked questions pertaining to my present status of feeling about myself, spirituality, support system, friends and family's feelings, and my overall feelings about the type of bariatric procedure I have chosen. All together I think I may have only spent less than 45 mins at the docs office. Overall the visit was great and the doctor was AWESOME! She told me that she has no problem sending out my recommendation for VSG surgery and that I am a again to let me know that I am surly a great candidate for the surgery! I am so greatful and thankful for the process I am going through leading up to VSG Surgery and I'm looking forward to my visit on May 22nd. I will let everyone know how everything goes on my visit.....wish me luck! Love, Peace, and Blessings to All until next time family! ;-)


I had my Pre-surgical Weight Management Visit today and it was the visit I have prayed for......well I got my surgery date today which has been set for July 9, 2014....Yaaaaay :-) ........but before the day gets here I have a couple of other dates to attend like my support group on June 12th, Preoperative visit on June 16th, Pre-op Physical on June 25th and the the Big Day July 9,2014 and I plan on attending each and every date set for me for I am determined to have my VSG Surgery and get my life back on track! I give thanks to GOD up above for this Amazing blessing He has bestowed upon me! And I say thanks to all my followers and the people I follow for the love and support you give and have shown me! I love you all and wish you all the best on this journey set before us! GOD Bless Us All! :-)

Waiting Patiently! ;-)

Awaiting my surgery date and the beginning of a Smaller Healthier Me! SMILE ;-) - Surgery Date: July 9, 2014 - It Be GODS WILL! :-)

Enjoyed Some Grilled Foods!

Well tonight at 6:30 pm I will be attending my first support group titled "Relationships", and I can't wait to hear what interesting and insightful things that'll be discussed.....I'm excited! Then I have my Preoperative Appointment on Monday June 16th and liquid diet start date! But in the meantime me and hubby have been shopping and we grilled out.....I'm going to enjoy this food tonight because I don't know if I'll ever eat any or some or these types of foods again! I have posted pic of what we cooked! :-)

My Last Steps Towards The Big Day!

So my Pre-op Physical is on June 25th.....I start my Pre-op Diet on the 26th.....and have the last of my Labs & EKG taken on the 27th of June in preparation for my surgery date: July 9, 2014. I'm excited and nerve wrecked at the same time as far as the pre-op diet and challenges after surgery, but I am hopeful and my faith in GOD will get me through it all! All SMILES :-) I have posted a few pics of where I want my weight to be down to in the future! It's the smaller Me I use to be....I will be that and healthier!

Pre-op Diet

So I started my Pre-op Diet on 6/26/2014 and it hasn't been that easy considering I only have 11 more days to go. My husband can never seem to remember the fact that I am on a diet! He even calls my job asking me what I want for dinner(which is so sweet) but I don't need the added pressure! He is so very thoughtful but not when it comes to me dieting......lol! But I am starting to grasp the whole concept now I think! I want to lose at least 10 lbs before next Wednsday July 9th. I'm trying to hang in there guys so pray for me because my husband is a cooker and all these AMAZING Smells lingering around the house is not helping my situation. I ask him to buy take-out but that doesn't help either when it also smells great. I am determined to beat the temptation and hubby says he'll try harder to work with me in the food department(Thanks Hubby). It not long now and that's where my mind is excited and focused on. I will make it on this journey and I'm letting The Good LORD take the wheel, leading me straight to Victory! GOD Bless Us All On Our Journey To A Longer, Healthier, Happier Life! :-)

Pre-op Diet.......much easier now!

So I have been on my Pre-op Diet since 6/26/2014 and now it's day five and I am feeling much better! The first two days were the worst and Mother Nature wasn't making things any better for me with cramping and headaches! I'm glad she is gone now and I'm feeling so much better on the diet. I've been still tempted at the sight of food in my head but my taste buds don't seem to agree with the thoughts so I must be doing pretty darn good fighting the temptation! Thank GOD for the resistance! I'm feeling like I've accomplished a lot in these five days and will continue up until the day before surgery on the 8th which is when I can only have clear liquids and then on to the 9th, the day of my surgery by the grace of GOD! ;-)

The Day is Aproaching!

So, my sleeve date is July 9th which is also my fathers birthday....WOW, two memorable moments! :-) I am so ready to really get this journey officially started! I'm also glad the 4th has come and gone as it posed a lot of challenges for me being it is so close to me being sleeved in a few days. I made it with the help of my loving husband though so all is well and good, but pray for me family because I'm gonna need you guys more than ever when it begins! Love you guys and your also in my prayers! :-) GOD Bless Us All! :-)


So, pre-admission called me today to prepare me for my surgery on July 9th.....they asked me a million much needed questions and I was happy to answer them! One of the questions they asked me was "Are you scared?" Well I told them that I'm not scared because the GOOD LORD watches over me always and that I am just ready to get this journey OFFICIALLY STARTED! I'm not scared at all, just Really Excited! :-). I have to work tomorrow which is my last day at work and I'll be on medical leave until the Doc says it's okay to return to work. My boss has really been very supportive of my decision and journey! She is the GREATEST! I thank GOD for my husband, boss, family, friends and all my supporters........GOD Bless You All! Much Love, Sheila "Beautiful" Irvin :-)

Sleeved! Yaaaay :-)

I have finally crossed the bridge over to the sleeved side! Day of surgery was July 9th 2014 and now today is the 11th, so now I am Offically A Sleeve......Yaaaaay ;-)
I felt the best the day of surgery with no pain at all, but now everything on my body is waking up! What pain I do have is wound pain which isn't that bad. I've not had any gas pain and my scars are small! I am very pleased from the staff and the results after surgery! My highest weight was 252, day of surgery 237.2, and after surgery due to swelling 235.5......doc says when the swelling in my stomach goes down I will see more weight fall off! I'm no longer on meds other that for pain and my vitamines.....I am very happy and would like to thank GOD for being in the operating room with me and guiding the hands of all the surgeon and staff that took great care of me....I am so THANKFUL.....I AM ALSO THANKFUL for all my supporters in this journey to a healthier, lighter, energized ME! I will post again in two weeks to update everyone on my progress and will be supporting everyone on their progress as well! Love you Shuggas! :-)

Dinner & Scars

Here are pics of my after surgery meal and scars minus the stretch marks! There is some swelling and a little pain associated with where they pulled my dissected stomach out. Once the swelling goes down I'll lose a few more lbs and feel much better! GOD Bless Us All!

Feeling All Brand New!

I had the most AWESOMEST DAY of my life today! Hubby took me shopping, and I was able to walk around for a little while, then we went home and cleaned out our 55 gallon fish tanks together, then I fried him some good ole down south catfish! Afterward I began to feel pain so I guess I was over-exerting myself! But I had so much AMAZING ENERGY until I hadn't noticed that I was actually doing too much, but I haven't felt this good since I was a teenager! I Love This Feeling! :-). But after frying hubby's fish I decided to call it a day and went upstairs to take my pain meds and before I knew I was knocked out! I really needed that rest because I think I was doing too much too fast! I hadn't felt pain until today after all the activities I performed so I guess everything in my abdomen is starting to wake up! But the pain is tolerable and from here on out I will try to take it much easier! But like I said my energy level was through the roof! I have posted a few pics of me and hubby with all smiles! Will post again soon and thanks again for the love and support you all have shown me! I love you all and GOD Bless Us All!

A Beautiful Day!

I had a Beautiful Day today and I Thank The Lord for it all! Had a wonderful day with my Beautiful Daughter and our baby Princess SkyTyler Irvin(Toy Poodle- cuddle moments)!

2wks Post-op Appointment

So today was my 2wks Post-op Appointment and the Nutritionist told me that I have lost 26 lbs since my pre-op diet and surgery date July 9th! I am so happy, and if you have not seen my pre-op pics I have put two head shots on here so you can see the difference in my face.....which is very obvious! GOD is so good and I am so thankful! I start my purée diet today eating three times a day and protein twice a day which is consumption of 5 times a day! Trust me I am ready......I Think! :-)


Had a stall for about a week because I wasn't getting in my protein and eating my puréed foods as I should, but now I have found protein shakes that go down smooth and taste great! I am back on track and I am determined to stay on track! Will post a week or two update to let everyone know and see how I'm progressing! I'm still SMILING and DETERMINED to beat the Battle of The Bulge and be Happier & Look & Live Healthier! :-)
Dr. Christopher J. Northup

Dr. Christopher J. Northup of Mercy Healthy Weight Solution will be my surgeon and is a great Bariatric Surgeon including his entire staff! They interacted with me with great concern and gave great advice before during and after each of my visits and as you all can see, I had plenty of visits at their facility! ;-)

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I have joined the gym membership offered by my surgeon located at the hospital where my surgery was performed! All patients are being offered a 6 months membership and personal trainer to help in our journeys. I really appreciate the help Mercy Weight-loss Solutions of Fairfield Ohio is doing for we the patients to be successful in our journeys and new healthy lifestyles! I thank GOD for all of our surgeons and staff for their care and support from pre-post op for years to come! GOD Bless Us All!
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I'm glad everything is working out for you. You look great!!!
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Thanks barkster1.......I'm feeling great, but I have been in a stall for about a week and a half now! I'm hopeful that this season will pass soon, the doc says this is normal so I'll take his word for it and remain optimistic! GOD Bless You Shugga! :-)
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Thanks for 4evabeauty- I have been on a stall for sometime I've lost 20 lbs since surgery and have been stuck. Getting so depressed over it. I keep hearing it's normal but it's so depressing. Question- when you eat do you feel pressure on the top of your stomach? I feel this tingling pressure sensation and then some pain. Not sure if that's how it's suppose to be or if I am over eating. I feel the same way even when I drink my protein shakes. Feeling very confused.
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I know how you feel Junebug06.......this stall is irritating the heck out of my too but I am hopeful, it's surly not a good feeling at all! And yeah I get that weird feeling in the top of my stomach as well.....it's like I have only eaten a small amount, I take my time and chew slowly but still get that sensation of fullness and pain as the food goes down and settles in my stomach. Yet I don't feel as though I have eaten hardly anything! I hope these feeling subside soon! I will pray that the both of us are healing and things get better for us soon! GOD Bless You Shugga! :-)
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I'm eating sugar free puddings, cream of chicken or mushroom soup puréed, eggs, chili, yogurt, mash potatoes and mostly my protein shakes! I'm not a big fan of food and don't have much of an appetite yet so my variety of food intake is limited and I drink plenty of water! I'm down 28 lbs since surgery and I am happy but I have hit a plateau because I'm not getting in my protein like I should as they hadn't been going down as well as they did before surgery! But now I have found protein shake alternatives that go down fairly easily and taste great and I feel I will be back on track in about a week! I am determined to get on track and stay on track! I start the gym next Wednesday so that should help as well and I will feel better about everything once my exercise regime gets underway! With GOD as the Head and Center of my life I know I will be A-Okay! Will post an update in a week or two to let everyone know and see how I am doing! GOD Bless Us All! :-)
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4evabeauty, Congrats you look great! What purée foods are you doing? I am on week four close to give and am having a hard time losing this weight. I am down 20 lbs from my surgery do that ok but I am not sure what purée foods to be eating.
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That is a difference! You'll do fine on the purée, just remember tiny bites and chew, even though it's soft already. I find I'm better if I stop drinking at least 45 minutes before meals.
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Thanks AllieGB, I'm trying my best to like puréed foods.....but plain not so much! Yuck.....but I am doing my best and will succeed! :-)
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4evabeauty...I had told my nutritionist from the get-go, that I absolutely CANNOT do puree ANYTHING!!! I know it's a mental thing, but I still can't do it. She assured me that she will work with me one-on-one to figure out something I can eat. I'm only on day 2 of my 2 week pre-op diet, so I still have some time. I am so glad you are doing great. Right now, I have NO energy. I sure hope that changes too. Keep up the good work!
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Thanks Allie, How are you doing? I guess cause I have not seen a weight loss in 2 weeks has be paranoid. The nutritionist thinks I am eating too few calories that is preventing me from loosing the weight. So she upped my calories to 1200 and not 1000 and she said well see what happens next week. How many calories are you ladies on?
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I'm on less than 500 but bear in mind I'm in a wheelchair so very in active compared to the rest of you. I was told even mild dehydration can reduce your metabolism by up to a third, so to keep drinking. Two weeks isn't that long though, although I know it's disheartening. Keep doing all the right things and it WILL come off.
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Do you like fish? I had a lot of fish in a healthy sauce, and things like cauliflower cheese.
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You look beautiful! What a difference! Keep up the great work!
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Thanks Marta, I have massive amounts of energy, especially in the mornings and I feel fantastic! :-)
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Yes!! I do see the difference! !! Looking Good Lady!!
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Thanks Kay43, I feel great! :-)
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Great story! and I know what you mean to have finally passed over to "Sleeveland." I feel like I'm walking on egg shells to get it done after reading stories of insurance companies not approving the surgery at the last minute. Thank you for your story of success!!
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You very welcome Dreamstofulfill! There's more to come.......Stay Tuned! :-)
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Vibrant really sums you up! Look at that smile and your skin just glows. I was so happy to read how much energy you have, you and hubby are so cute together.
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Thanks AllieGB......Hubby and I had a Blast and I felt AMAZING.....PROBABLY TOO AMAZING because for a minute I'd forgotten I'd had surgery! Today I've been taking it easy and making sure to get my fluids in and taking my vitamines! Feels Really Good To Have Crossed The Bridge To Sleeveland! Lol........Praise GOD :-)
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Congrats 4eva. I am a little less than a month out. Looks like your close to me too !:). I have been energetic the last few days but I think it's nerves!:). Since my scope Wednesday I think I'm just ready!:). You look wonderful!:)
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Thanks Jencasto.....I am Thankful to GOD for allowing me to make this journey a reality and the start of a new and better much needed addition to my life! I also thank Him for you and all my Bariatric Family! He has given us a wonderful gift in making life much easier to cope with! He is Truly Worthy to be Praised......GOD Bless You Shugga :-)
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4evabeauty....I am so excited for you! You are doing awesome, but don't overdo it! Keep us posted!
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Thanks Marta4656..... I will take it easy from here on out....I Promise :-)
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