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Djmohr

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  1. 15 days until my Plastics....getting a little nervous but really excited too! Cannot wait until I no longer have to stuff myself into spanks and a bra. LOL

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    2. Travelher

      Travelher

      Woah! both of you that is cray cray!

    3. LipstickLady

      LipstickLady

      @Babbs SERIOUSLY!!!?? From WHO???

       

    4. Babbs

      Babbs

      Some girl that was banned. I was like WHAAAAT???? I was so confused!

       

  2. I did it! Woot woot! I finally hit Onederland today! 34lbs to goal now!

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    2. jane13

      jane13

      that's so cool. you deserve it you have worked hard

    3. jane13

      jane13

      that's so cool. you deserve it you have worked hard:)

    4. mmrennau

      mmrennau

      congrats girl!!!

  3. I just surpassed my ideal weight goal! Flying on cloud 9!

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    2. Daisee68

      Daisee68

      Woo-hoo!! So very excited for you!! Great work!! Congrats!

    3. Stacy Jean Champagne

      Stacy Jean Champagne

      Congratulations!! I'm so proud of you!!

    4. freelee

      freelee

      I'm really happy for you DJMOHR! You have been such an inspiration for me, and I thank you for all of your hard work and posts. I am also hoping for a tummy tuck in the next year so will be anxious to read your posts on this journey if you decide to go public with it. It's been 9 months for me with a loss of 110 #, and I attribute it partly to your motivation, positive posts and encouragement. WELL DONE!

       

  4. I am Normal!!! Ok, no smart a#% comments! LOL. Today, this morning I plugged my new weight in and I moved from overweight to a normal BMI! I am seriously so excited. First time since I was 19 years old!

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    2. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Thanks everyone, you guys are so awesome to have in my life!

    3. bugsy72

      bugsy72

      congratulations! Woooohoooo!

    4. bugsy72

      bugsy72

      congratulations! Woooohoooo!

  5. I made it to my first big goal! I am down 100lbs as of this morning. Just 10 more to go to get to onederland. And 45 more to get to my ultimate weight goal. Woot. Woot

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    2. Packerfan61964

      Packerfan61964

      GREAT job!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!

       

    3. Swampdoggie

      Swampdoggie

      Wow! How great is that!

    4. agalindo17

      agalindo17

      congrats!! that is amazing

  6. I met with a cardiologist yesterday. I definitely feel better after seeing him. He believes having two major surgeries in 8 months has played a huge role. My passing out, dizziness and low heart rate is being caused by 3 things: surgeons using steroids during and after spine surgery has caused my adrenal system to be out of whack which is causing my body to take longer to acclimate to positional changes, dehydration from the ability to swallow much for the last 4 weeks and the nerve in my cervical spine that was impacted and controls heart rate is irritate. He said it is like a perfect storm. An endocrinologist can help me with the adrenal gland issue. Of course Imy throat is getting better making hydration a bit easier and I just have to give that nerve some time to heal. My heart looks very health! Thanks for all the well wishes!

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    2. jane13

      jane13

      so glad to hear you got good news.

    3. Rebecca Jo Ragon

      Rebecca Jo Ragon

      Good news! So glad to hear it.

    4. Karlnjax

      Karlnjax

      @Djmohr I'm glad you found out whats going on! I pray now you will feel better knowing whats going on with your body. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers... Feel better soon :)

  7. I was so excited when I got on the scale this morning! 1. I lost 1.4lbs yesterday 2. I hit one of my goals and surpassed 125 lbs lost! Only 19 pounds from my ultimate goal!

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    2. borg/assimilated

      borg/assimilated

      Wow, you have done well! 125 pounds, you've lost a whole person. Nice.

    3. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Babbs,

      I de died to start crocheting again to keep my hands busy. Since then I have noticed that I have a whole lot less head hunger going on and therefore my snacking has changed dramatically. I still snack but I noticed my calorie count has dropped from 1200 per day back down to around 1000 to 1100. Also of course when your hands are so busy you are burning more energy. I am still restricted and having another back surgery on 11/16.

      That really is the only thing different to speak of.

    4. Lexigurl82
  8. Had a rough day yesterday. As most of you know I recently had cervical spinal fusion via my throat. It has been very hard to eat or drink for 2.5 weeks now. Apparently my heart rate has been very low and I let myself get dehydrated. Well, I stood up yesterday took a step and woke up on the floor. Not a good thing for someone in a neckbrace with 3 new fusions. Ugh! Spent the day in the er getting fluids. Now they want me to see a cardiologist because of my unexplained low heart rate and over 51 age. My heart rate did not improve even after I was rehydrated. Luckily I was wearing my brace and other than being sore, I feel a little better today. I am thankful that I did not really cause a huge problem. Moral of the story, don't let yourself get dehydrated no matter what! And how did your Saturday go!

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    2. Packerfan61964

      Packerfan61964

      Praying that God will lay his healing hands on you and you will recoup from this quickly and continue on with your journey!!

    3. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers. I am feeling a little better today, staying hydrated. I have an appointment with the cardiologist next Monday. In the meantime I am going to focus on getting my body moving more each day. I miss my workouts terribly (I never in a million years thought I would ever say that! LOL). I think your body gets used to exercise and when you don't get it you feel like crap.

      Thanks again my fabulous Bariatric pal family!

    4. lisaanewme67

      lisaanewme67

      Oh my GOD @Djmohr... Please take care. I'm am going to fill up my 32 oz cup right now.. I am guilty of skipping fluids. My prayers to you!!! Keep us posted.

  9. Yay! Shoulder surgery was done today and went better than expected. My an joint was very severe bone on bone, my shoulder was severely separated but they did not have to fix the rotator cuff! This means a much faster recovery and I am thrilled. No pain at the moment because they put a nerve block in. That will wear off late tonight and I am hoping pain is minimal. I slept for several hours early this evening and am doing well. Thanks for all the well wishes today everyone! You are all so very sweet.

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    2. Daisee68

      Daisee68

      LOL! Seriously need a LIKE button on status updates and comments!

    3. ssflbelle

      ssflbelle

      Glad to hear the meds are helping and you got a new nights sleep. Are the exercising being done at home or with PT help? How long did hey say it would be before your back to normal and able to use that arm again.? I can't get my left hand behind my back and it is very frustrating at times. They will not do surgery on it or my back until I am below 250. What weight were you when you had this done?

    4. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Gosh, I had 5 back surgeries while I weighed 300lbs but it was because my spine was unstable and the risk far outweighed the danger. I had a 3 level cervical spinal fusion at 205lbs - last June. In November I had another back surgery that didn't work to relieve pressure on my t11 nerve root. I was about 180lbs.

      Friday I weighed 168 when they repaired my shoulder.

       

      When I was at my heaviest and had those surgeries for my lumbar fusions, I actually had an unstable spine and there really was no option for them other than to fix it. I would literally get stuck and not be able to move. That surgery worked but took many years before the pain became tolerable. I have nerve damage.

       

      My shoulder should recover fairly quickly. I am currently doing small exercises to keep the joints moving at home but after the 24th I will be required to go to pt to get range of motion back. Before surgery I couldn't lift my arm up or out. I couldn't lay on my left side. I am glad this will fix that. I have similar issues with my right shoulder.

  10. Excited and hopeful for this upcoming week. I see the plastic surgeon on Monday (YAY!), Tuesday I have an 8am session with my physical therapist for myofacial release, followed by a low impact warm water therapy class and finished with my first round of acupuncture. I am relaxing just thinking about it! I cannot wait to get in the water where I feel like a whole new person. YAY me!

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    2. LipstickLady

      LipstickLady

      I agree about the arms! I can't imagine doing anything else before reaching/maintaining goal. I'd question any surgeon who'd do it, too.

    3. healthier&happier4life

      healthier&happier4life

      Wow! Life just keeps getting better!

    4. freelee

      freelee

      WOW! You go girl! You continue to be a major inspiration for me!

       

  11. I am doing great following my brachioplasty that was completed yesterday. Today the pain is worse and of course lots of swelling but holy cow are my arms tiny! Even swollen! It makes me excited for the next phase which will be tummy and breasts 3 months from now.

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    2. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      I went home the same day. Surgery lasted longer than expected, it was supposed to go 3 hours and ended up going nearly 6 hours from start to finish. My surgeon is a perfectionist and definately took her time.

      She used a rather new technique where she does a type of Lipo to remove any fat first and then removes the skin second. This ensures no drains needed however it is more painful than the other appoach because of the lipo. I am black and blue from inside my armpit all the way to my elbow. The scars are more toward the back and my arms look very small even in their most swollen state. I couldn't be happier with the result and it can only get better from here.

      I did have a rough afternoon and evening last night. Both arms swelled so bad that my fingers looked like fat little sausages and I spiked a fever of 101. If my fever went any higher I would have had to go in but thankfully it came down through the night as did a lot of the swelling in my hands. I also had bad pain control last night and the pain meds gave me a migraine. That tends to happen to me fairly regularly. The arms however Are still very swollen and black, blue and yellow. They look gnarly.

       

      I feel much better today and the pain is much better too. I said a few prayers last night that my pain would reduce by a little to make it more manageable.

       

      Would I do it again? Absolutely, no doubt about it! The pain is the worth it completely!

    3. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Oh and they got 1 liter of fat off each arm and 1/2lb of skin. So doc believes the total will be somewhere around 3.5 to 4.0 lbs removed. Of course I jumped on the scale but I gained 6 pounds of fluid from surgery which is expected. That should come off over the next week or so.

    4. freelee

      freelee

      Thank you for the details, Djmohr. It has been very interesting and informative. I want to go for a consultation soon. My bcbs will pay for the stomach work, but not arms, yet my arms are the thing I am most self-conscious about.....guess because it's summer and sleeves are short. Again, you have been a wealth of information and I appreciate your sharing.

  12. Today is my 2 year anniversary! I have been maintaining for over 6 months now. Yay!

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    2. heidikat72

      heidikat72

      happy anniversary! you have done amazing and continue to be a great source of support and inspiration on here

    3. living55

      living55

      Congrats, mine is in November ... YAY!

    4. freelee

      freelee

      Ditto what heidikat72 said.

       

  13. I got my A1C results at my 12 month post op check in. 4.8!!! Wahoo!

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    2. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Thanks everyone! Everything seems to be going pretty good for me. I haven't posted pics of my self because I am waiting until I reach goal. It is sort of a gift to myself for getting there. It gives me incentive to keep on pushing.

    3. dhrguru

      dhrguru

      Awesome!!

       

    4. Rebecca Jo Ragon

      Rebecca Jo Ragon

      Congrats....keep up the good work!

  14. Headed to the hospital to see if my SIL will get a new liver. Fingers and toes crossed that she is doing better and gets her transplant.

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    2. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Thanks everyone for the prayers and warm wishes. I have to believe the prayers are working so far because she has made it this far and we have been told everyday she has a less than 10% chance. Mary is a fighter and she is definitely fighting hard to stay with us. Thanks so much!

    3. ProudGrammy

      ProudGrammy

      from your BP family - caring thoughts, good wishes during this hard period! biggggg group huggggs kathy

       

    4. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Just got an update from my BIL. Mary's heart shows improvement so they are checking some other things but they may be able to add her to the liver transplant list. We are hoping to find out in the next 12 to 24 hours.

  15. What an exciting milestone for me! I am no longer obese on the BMI chart. As of this morning, I have hit the overweight section of the chart. I cannot wait until I get into the healthy portion. The last time I was not considered obese or morbidly obese was when I was 24 years old. That is over half my life! Woot woot!

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    2. ShrinkingPeach

      ShrinkingPeach

      That is an amazing milestone! Can't wait to be where you are! Congrats!!!

    3. Rebecca Jo Ragon

      Rebecca Jo Ragon

      Awesome. You are doing super. Keep up the good work!

       

    4. recordsmom

      recordsmom

      Great job!! Congratulations!

  16. Nervous today. I meet with a cardiologist to see why my heart rate is so low and I keep feeling dizzy/lightheade. I passed out a week ago. All of this following major spine surgery. Off all medications and it is still happening. I hope they don't find anything too scary but need answers. Wish me luck!

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    2. lisaanewme67

      lisaanewme67

      Sending prayers your way... It must be scary! You have been through so much, please take care of yourself.

    3. jane13

      jane13

      positive thoughts your way!

    4. freelee

      freelee

      Praying all went well.

  17. Guess what I did tonight?!! I went shopping for boots to wear with my skinny jeans. I literally tried on 10 pair and could fit in all of them. Even the wide calf ones used to not fit me! Now I can wear regular ones with no problem! My husband was so excited for me that he bought me two pair! One black leather coach and one brown pebbled leather pair! They are so dam cute I can hardly wait to wear them! Yeah me!!!

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    2. ssflbelle

      ssflbelle

      So happy for you! I read in your email to me the boots sounds wonderfully stylish and no wide calfs. I can't wait until I can shop in a store, I will probably be doing the happy dance.

    3. rowenusmc
    4. mmrennau

      mmrennau

      hi djmohr its been a while since i been on so im catching up on all my notifications. I saw your profile and stats WOW you are doing great!!! I have ups and downs and right now currently having a down. I hit my 6 month mark and the weight loss SLOWED. They weren't lying about the first 6 month honeymoon period! I have not been working out as much as my main location for working out is OUTSIDE. And Its cold out there now! LOL congrats on the new boots. Last time I tried to get into some my calf wouldnt fit either. Been scared to try again. Hope you had a great Christmas/Holiday. Look forward to seeing more posts. :)

  18. I am very excited! I just scheduled my next plastic surgery for January 19th. I am having an Abdominalplasty, Breast Lift with augmentation. I am nervous but thrilled because I know the results will be incredible and I am tired of hiding my loose skin!

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    2. Lori Orr

      Lori Orr

      I didn't have my breasts done, but I had an abdominoplasty done in March 2008. If you have questions, or I can help you with anything, let me know. Congrats on this upcoming date!!! You are going to feel so amazing. What a journey for you...

    3. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Thanks Lori!

    4. Charm82

      Charm82

      so awesome, can't wait til I can get some plastics!

  19. Mmmm, Home made Salisbury steaks. It's what's for dinner!

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    2. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Baked buttermilk chicken breasts tonight! They have been marinating for 2 days.

      With whole green beans! I am looking forward to it.

    3. Valentina

      Valentina

      What a lucky woman you are to be living so far away from me. Otherwise you would have my company OFTEN right around dinner time! :)

    4. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      I would love it. Hubby works until 8pm so I eat alone for basically every meal these days.

  20. I am excited....My sweet granddaughter's birthday is thursday, she will be 13. She has been begging for a laptop for the last 1.5 years. She is an Apple kid and those darn laptops are expensive. Well, they went on sale sunday at Best Buy. Hubby and I decided it was time so we bought her a MacBook Air. We all told her that was not going to happen. The package arrived today in the mail but we wont let her open it until thursday. She is so excited, she has called me no less than 5 times tonight. I am excited for her.

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    2. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      I am sure the moment school is out she will be calling me again. Or the little smarty pants will call before school tomorrow morning when I am still sleeping. Haha.....

    3. Sai

      Sai

      That's so awesome @Djmohr.

    4. freelee

      freelee

      Happy birthday to her and continued happy grandparenting to you!

  21. Keep your fingers crossed for me....On Friday I finally had an epidural injection in my thoracic spine to try to get my mid back and rib pain to improve. This particular pain has been plagueing me for 1 1/2 years following my cervical fusion. Yesterday was the first time in 1 1/2 years that I had NO pain! Today I have pain but it is mild and totally tolerable. It takes a full week before you know the results of an epidural completely but I am so very hopeful that we finally found the cause and have treated it properly.

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    2. Valentina

      Valentina

      Keep me posted. I keep my fingers, toes and even my eyes crossed for you pain relief.

    3. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      Thanks everyone for your well wishes! I still have a few days before this injection takes full effect. I have had a couple good days and a few bad ones. I am still hopeful and i have been told it might take a second try at it so we will see.

    4. switch2lose

      switch2lose

      Rest and be patient with healing....

  22. Hooray! I believe I finally broke a 28 day stall! Thank goodness!

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    2. MrsSugarbabe

      MrsSugarbabe

      Patience is a virtue..... (smile) And we all need some throughout our journeys.

    3. Packerfan61964

      Packerfan61964

      I too, have been on a LONG stall!! But I have lost a few inches...I know you are so happy its over. Message me and tell me what you did to get over it please

    4. MissKit

      MissKit

      Congrats Love!!!!!!!!! You are amazing!

  23. 2lbs to go to hit Onederland! I swear I am going to have a huge part with myself when I hit that number. Last time I was under 200, I was in my early 20's!

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    2. wascott

      wascott

      Very nice! Can't wait to visit Onederland.

    3. merry1126
    4. God4me

      God4me

      How exciting...You go!

  24. Why oh Why.....do people choose to have WLS and then insist they cannot do protein shakes. I don't know but I had the crap scared out of me by my surgeon. You choose not to do protein, plan on having a rough recovery and lack of health down the road.

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    2. Sai

      Sai

      Sigh, all we could do is warn them how important it is. :(

    3. ShelterDog64

      ShelterDog64

      It's the same 'it's too hard, I can't do it' mentality that so many people live by. It's their excuse for every failure. Ugh.

    4. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      People definitely have alot of excuses.

  25. I am anxious and excited. Headed to Vegas on Friday. After 30 years of going there at least twice per year, we have made many friends. I have not seen them nor have they seen me since 10 weeks after surgery. Many don't know and I am somewhat unrecognizable. Looking forward to seeing them, have to decide what I share and what i don't. It will be fun though, it is vegas afterall!

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    2. WLSResources/ClothingExch

      WLSResources/ClothingExch

      I feel terrible for you -- such a fun dilemma. Your LV friends will be thrilled for you. I'd think that telling whole truth, if you're so inclined, will be well met -- it's usually pre-surgery that the negative comments flow. Anyway, put something on 25 Red for me, okay?

    3. Djmohr

      Djmohr

      LOL. 25 red! You got it. I am certain they will be happy for me. My husband is the one that freaked me out a little. He reminded me that some of them probably won't recognize me. I am fine sharing my story and you are right it would be harder if I had not lost the weight. Plus, I got some great new outfits to wear!

    4. mmrennau

      mmrennau

      hope you had a good time!

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