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About lsereno

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    Believes in the Sleeve
  • Birthday October 19

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[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]I joined VSG in December 2010 after deciding to pursue WLS in November 2010. I'd[color=#282828] been lurking for about a month. I originally thought I wanted a lap band, but after learning more on VST and other sites, I decided to become a sleever. [/color][/font][/size]

[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color=#282828]For those interested in the Kaiser Fremont process: I met with my primary care Dr. in Nov. and he signed me up for the next Overview meeting in Santa Clara. Because of the holidays, that was Jan. 11. After a couple of hiccups (correct weighty wasn't documented and Dr. misunderstood my request for referral), I was referred to Kaiser Fremont Bariatric program and attended Orientation there on Feb 13. I read the book we received in that meeting and began taking the vitamins and following the 1200 diet immediately. Also, at the end of Orientation, I scheduled by next appt for 3/3. At the 3/3 appt. I met with the nutritionist, who was pleased with my diet, vitamins, ,and exercise routine, the surgeon, who reviewed by med history and declared me a good candidate for the sleeve, and the program coordinator, who explained the next steps I need to take.[/color]

[color=#282828]Next steps for me were a chest xray, EKG, tetanus shot and anemia blood test (all other tests are current), and attending at least one F2F support group meeting. After I was within 10 lbs of goal I got an appt with the psych. When I lost 10% of my weight, my surgery was scheduled. It took about another 6 weeks after that before I had the surgery. During those six weeks, I practiced chewing a lot, sipping slowly, and I gave up coffee.[/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]
[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color="#282828"]I had a undiagnosed hernia, which was repaired during surgery. Post-op, I developed severe lactose intolerance. At two years out, it's not completely gone, but I can enjoy the occasional ice cream or latte.[/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]
[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color="#282828"]I hit onderland on June 22, 2011, a little more than one month post op and goal weight on March 25, 2012, about nine months post-op. I've been maintaining goal within 5 lbs. since then. [/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]
[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color="#282828"]My blood pressure dropped enough that I was offf all meds for a few months, but it slowly crept back up and I now take medicine again, although not as much as before. I also no longer take cholesterol medication.[/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]
[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color="#282828"]My hair did thin beginning in month 4, but by about 18 months out, it was thick all the way to end again. [/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]
[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color="#282828"]I was cleared for coffee at three months, and the occasional drink at 6 months. [/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]
[size=4][font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif][color="#282828"]For me, WLS surgery has been a life changer. I love life at goal. [/color][/font][/size][/size][/font]

Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Starting Weight: 254 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 222 lbs
Current Weight: 155 lbs
Goal Weight: 135 lbs
Weight Lost: 99 lbs
BMI: 25
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 11/11/2010
Surgery Date: 05/17/2011
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
lsereno's Bariatric Surgeon
Fremont, OH 44195

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