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carrielee

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  1. Question for those further along...what have been some of your “non scale” victories or changes? Things I’m hoping improve with surgery include things like mobility. At 31, I’m having to rely on a walker to get around. I can’t climb stairs or walk more than 5 minutes without being winded. I can’t bend over to tie my shoes or put on socks. My back and joints hurt all the time. I’m on an extensive medication regime and see many specialists just to stay alive. And of course there’s the more concrete medical things, like having sugars that never drop below the 150s, body being more acidotic, rapidly climbing lipid levels, angina and chest pain, and my extremely high BP that seems to be resistant to meds, climbing risk of cardiac events...plus things like not being able to fit in public places that normal size people don’t struggle with... I’m just so hopeless and sick of this life and am ready to commit to life style changes before during and after the surgery process to start living a new whole life with a much healthier self. I’ve been overweight my whole life. I tipped past 150 before I turned 18 and I remember the pediatrician raising major concerns to my mom about my weight, but because she too was immensely obese and didn’t do anything about it, my weight continued to climb even as a kid. I think the last time i was in a normal weight range was when I was a very young kid...
  2. Finally back from the ER after spending pretty much the whole day there. It took them a long time to stabilize my BP and heart rate enough to feel safe sending me home. The tests they did showed no extra strain on my heart from my PE’s, but the chest x ray did show slight / mild pleural effusion which they said should clear on its own. My BP hovered in the 170s/100s for a good while at the ER and with IV anti hypertensives they finally got it down to basically as low as mine gets right now, even with taking Calan and Lopressor...down to 142/88 when they discharged me with a heart rate of 110. (Down from the 130s when I got there)... I also spoke my WLS surgeon’s office and everything is officially confirmed for my initial appointment on April 25. I am feeling all the emotions. I also see my PCP the 20th, cardiology the 21st, hypertension clinic the 21st, and neurology the 22nd. All important appointments to get myself in the best shape I can be for surgery and to hopefully help manage some of my chronic co morbid conditions, especially to get my BP down as it sits between 140s/90s to 160s+/100s with two hypertensives and I know it’s putting a huge strain on my body.
  3. carrielee

    My Day 1 photos

    That’s kind of how I felt looking at these...like wow I didnt really realize how heavy/large I’ve gotten until I saw these. And then tonight I was changing and a reality hit that my belly is so big I can’t see my feet or bend over to reach my shoes/socks...and my back is carrying so much strain.
  4. Question for those who struggled with type II diabetes prior to their WLS...if you don’t mind me asking, what were your sugars running prior to WLS, (and how long had you been a diagnosed T2, what were you doing to treat it before) and what are your sugars now? Are you able to come off diabetic meds post surgery? I’ve had D2 for about a year and a half and my A1C keeps climbing, as does my dose of metformin. Despite that, my sugars hang out in the 150s-180s consistently and my body is in an a acidiotic state more and more often...
  5. carrielee

    My Day 1 photos

    Thank you. It’s time to change!
  6. So tired of this and fed up. I’m back at the ER with chest pain, nausea, etc and severe headache. My blood pressure is sky high again...169/118. I’m on multiple hyper tensives and keep having these hypertensive crisis. I know it’s my body screaming for help. I just hope I haven’t delayed or put off working toward WLS for too long. I’ve considered it for over a year and in that year I’ve gained nearly 50 pounds. It’s time for change and it’s time for change now...I’m so scared of dying early like my mom.
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    Fed up

    I can’t keep slowly killing myself. My PCP just last month told me I’m on more meds and see more specialists than most 70 years olds she sees, just to keep me barely alive...my mom died at 48 due to a massive heart attack weighing nearly 400 pounds...that’s my fate if I don’t change
  8. No afters yet. Here are my before, my Day 1 of my journey (taken yesterday) pics at 278 pounds and a 54.3 BMI. First appointment with my WLS is on the 25th
  9. No afters yet. Here are my before, my Day 1 of my journey (taken yesterday) pics at 278 pounds and a 54.3 BMI. First appointment with my WLS is on the 25th
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    My Day 1 Photos

    More photos from tonight. I’m determined to never be this heavy again.
  11. carrielee

    My Day 1 Photos

    More photos from tonight. I’m determined to never be this heavy again.
  12. carrielee

    Day 1 photo

    Heaviest weight photos taken 4/17/22 278.45 pounds and a 54.59 BMI
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    Day 1

    From the album: Day 1 photo

    Heaviest weight photos taken 4/17/22 278.45 pounds and a 54.59 BMI

    © Self

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    Day 1 photo

    Heaviest weight photos taken 4/17/22 278.45 pounds and a 54.59 BMI
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    Day 1

    From the album: Day 1 photo

    Heaviest weight photos taken 4/17/22 278.45 pounds and a 54.59 BMI

    © Self

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    Day 1 photos

    Hi, my name is Carrielee and I am new and just beginning my journey. I am 31 years old and have been overweight/obese since I was a young child. Today I am at my all time heaviest with a BMI of 54. I am 31, 5 feet tall and 278.45 pounds. I have many co morbidities...hypertension (resistant to treatment), type II diabetes, Angina/chest pain, I’ve had a TIA, I have sleep apnea, high cholesterol, PCOS, liver disease, just diagnosed yesterday with multiple PE’s...I’m slowly killing myself and I’m done. I’m on constant pain, struggle with basic ADLs due to my weight. Constantly short of breath. Yesterday when checking into the ER with heart attack like symptoms, despite multiple anti hypertensives and beta blockers, my BP was stroke level (178/108, with a heart rate of 137). My mom died at 48 of a heart attack with similar conditions and was morbidly obese as well...doing this for her to not have the same fate. I have my initial consult with the WLS surgeon on the 25th...
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    Day 1

    From the album: Day 1 photos

    Heaviest weight photos taken 4/17/22 278.45 pounds and a 54.59 BMI

    © Self

  18. doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).
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    My Day 1 Photos

    Thank you. my initial consult is on 4/25. Super nervous, excited, scared, but mainly ready for my life to change
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    DY 1

    doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).
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    DY 1

    From the album: DY 1

    doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).

    © Self

  22. carrielee

    Day 1 journey

    doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).
  23. carrielee

    Day 1

    From the album: Day 1 journey

    doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).

    © Self

  24. carrielee

    Day 1

    doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).
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    Day 1 journey

    From the album: Day 1

    doing something brave, and for accountability...saving these photos as my “Day 1”...super ashamed and embarrassed of how far I’ve let myself go, but it’s only going to get better from here... Starting weight (and heaviest) 278.49 pounds, 5 ft tall, age 31, BMI 54.3 (pics taken on 4/17/22).

    © Self

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