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About vicki1205

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    Expert Member
  • Birthday 11/14/1968

About Me

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    I look forward to changing my eating habits and a new healthy lifestyle
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    Love to travel, go on cruises, like to do scrapbooking and cardmaking and read
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    Oklahoma City
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My story starts years ago. In 2006, years of being obese I finally ready to make a change. I had met someone who had recently had a lap band and she was doing great. So I too, decided on a lap band because I didn't want to have a gastric bypass and have my insides rerouted. I was excited and ready to start using the tool and lose weight. Then on Friday, March 24, 2006 I had the lap band. Everything went well, or so we thought. The next day, I was supposed to go home but had a fever and they just medicated me. But I was having a lot of pain, and thought I shouldn't be in so much pain. So the doctor kept me an extra day. Then on Sunday, the doctor came and I asked about my pain, and asked shouldn't we do some kind of test to check my band? He said it was fine and sent me home. I could not keep anything down, I was having diarrhea. I felt so weak. Then around 4 am Tuesday morning, I could not take it anymore and told my husband something is wrong. He called the doctor and I went in and they said I was dehydrated. No joking! So they were going to give me IV fluids in the office and thank God they couldn't find a vein. Oh, but they tried. They told me to go to the ER and be admitted. So over to the hospital I went. They couldn't find a vein either and I was in so much pain and so weak. They finally did a central line and then did a swallow test and found I had a perforation! I had to have emergency surgery on March 28, 2006 to remove the band and repair the perforation. I continued to have pain and infection and was in the hospital 2 more times throughout April and was sent home with a home health nurse for a month, she came 3 times a week. It took me about 5 months to get all of my strength back. Now here I am 7 years later seeing a new surgeon to see if I am eligible for weight loss surgery. I am, but I can get the gastric bypass because I had already had the lap bad. I was so disappointed that I couldn't get the sleeve. Also, I will be having the surgery open instead of laproscopically because of all the scar tissue from the previous surgeries. I have a good doctor this time. No, great doctor! I am excited, nervous and scared, all at the same time. My surgery date is January 15, 2013.

Age: 53
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Starting Weight: 297 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 225 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs
Weight Lost: 72 lbs
BMI: 38.6
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 03/30/2013
Surgery Date: 01/15/2014
Hospital Stay: 4 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
vicki1205's Bariatric Surgeon
Moore, Oklahoma 73160

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