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About sweetplowgirl35

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  • Birthday 05/19/1971

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I am 40 years old and have always been overweight. I have big bones and a large frame. I weighed about 160 when I got married back in 1989. After I had my second child, I had an allergic reaction in 1994 and the Dr's couldn't figure out what I was allergic to. I had to be put on steroids for 3 months and I gained 50 pounds from that. I was never able to loose that weight. So from there it pretty much started from 160 to 210 in 3 months. I tried and tried to loose that weight but no matter what I done the weight would not go away. I smoked from the time I got married in 1989 until Jan. 30, 2010. After I stopped smoking on Jan. 30, 2010, I gained another 40 pounds that I have not been able to loose which put me from 210 to 250 pounds. After I stopped smoking, I had to be put on blood pressure and cholesterol medication. I was diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver disease. I knew then I had to do something so I decided to go to a Bariatric Lap band Seminar at Princeton Baptist Hospital in Birmingham, AL. by Dr. Andrew Dewitt. I went to the seminar and decided that I wanted to pursue the Lap Band Surgery. I have Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama insurance and found out I had to do a 6 month diet with my family Doctor before insurance would cover my surgery. I started my 6 months diet in June and was done with it by December. I had to go through a series of different test and when those was completed and I was able to schedule a date for my surgery. I weighed 250 pounds when I started my 7 day pre-op. On Feb. 22, 2012 I went for pre-admission and weighed 242 pounds. Feb. 24, 2012 I had my lap band surgery. I went in surgery at 9:15 am and was done at 9:45 am according to my husband and mother. They was able to watch my progress on the TV monitor in the weighting room. Dr. Andrew Dewitt took my mom and husband in a room and told them how my surgery went. At 10:45 am I was in my private room and waking up. My mom and husband was already in my room when they brought me to the room. The nurse told me in 1 hour he was going to come in and get me ready to start walking. I had to walk the 4 hallways 8 times to equal 1 mile before they would let me go home. We was checking out and getting in the car by 3:00 PM. I couldn't believe how well I was doing. My throat was a little dry and I was a little sore but nothing at all like I had thought I would have been. I went to the Doctor for my 1st fill on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 and the Doctor said he put in 3 cc's. I weighed 231.5 at the doctors office Wednesday and today March 17, 2012 I weigh 229 pounds. I don't get hungry but I know I must eat protein and drink plenty of water. I think I am doing good since my surgery and I would recommend this surgery to anyone who really needs to loose weight. It is much easier than I could have ever imagined and I am well on my way to get to the weight I have always wanted to be. The only thing I must try harder doing is eating slower when I do eat. If you have any questions about the Lap band Surgery I will be happy to help in anyway that I can. My next Doctor appointment is on April 18, 2012.

Age: 50
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Starting Weight: 250 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 228 lbs
Goal Weight: 140 lbs
Weight Lost: 22 lbs
BMI: 37.9
Surgery: LAP-BAND
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 07/17/2011
Surgery Date: 02/24/2012
Hospital Stay: Outpatient
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
sweetplowgirl35's Bariatric Surgeon
Andrew M. DeWitt, M.D.,PC
2217 Decatur Highway
Gardendale, Alabama 35211

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