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54Shirley

LAP-BAND Patients
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54Shirley last won the day on January 9 2012

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About 54Shirley

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    2 X Loser !
  • Birthday 09/03/1954

About Me

  • Biography
    Retired Social Worker/ Adoptions
  • Gender
    Female
  • Interests
    Chocolate Lady/ Cake Lady/ Homemade Fudge.
  • Occupation
    Factory Worker / Retired
  • City
    Saint Clair Shores / Now in Saint Helen
  • State
    Michigan
  • Zip Code
    48082 / 48656

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<p>I was Fat all my Life, and even though I new deep in my heart, that I would have to have surgery to control my weight. I never even dreamed of the Band !</p>
<p>This actually happend by Fait !&nbsp; I had gone to a knee specialist, and he said lose 100lbs., then come see me. Now I had heard that fronm alot of Surgeons, It just so happend that this Orthopedic Surgeon was my old Family Dr... He was the best Doc I ever had, but he had a Family to take care of, so he picked a field to go into. That was Orthopedics. When my oldest son broke his wrist, I took him to hm, and no problems at all. I didn't think that he was still around, then my Family Dr. said to me you have to have the knee replaced! Go see the Girls, and they'll give you a good Dr... Well the oldest Nurse who is far younger then me said do you remember Dr. Kelly ? What ? of course I do. The same one? Yep ! how would you like to go see him ? DONE !</p>
<p>So I seen him, he said lose weight, plus he sent me to THE UNIVERSITEY OF MICHIGAN to see a Plastic Surgeon for excess tissue on the right knee.</p>
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<p>I met with the specialist and weighed 356 Lbs. I really thought I was going to die from being so ashamed of myself. In the meantime I asked the Surgeon for some new steroids, because these weren't getting the job done, and my knee was killing me. He said No Way ! Infact you get off them, because there not helping you anyway. I said your gonna kill me from the pain ! You'll get use to it. Now, why are you here. I showed him my Thunderous Thigh, and he said I can't operate on you, your full of water. Your skin will just keep splitting. Don't you know your full of water ? I nodded, and he said it can kill you ! Did you know that ? Yes! He said of course you do, or you wouldn't be here. Rite so, what are we going to do about it ?</p>
<p>I tell the Dr.'s that it's water, and they say Shirley,,, it's middle aged spread, they don't believe me... Well I do ! I looked, and chuckled, and said why should you believe me, if no one else does ? Because if they believed you, you would have never got this far. So he made the Diagnoses of pockets, and sent me to Henry Fords in Detroit. In the meantime, without the steroids the water started coming off. I lost 30 lbs. in 30 days... That was miserable.</p>
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<p>I went to the Seminar, and met everyone. I seen film of RNY, Foby Pouch, Duadenal Switch, LapBand. They said most of us would never come back, and they were right. Only 2 of us were dead serious about weight loss, the other lady suffered with Depression.</p>
<p>He tried to sway me to RNY but I wouldn't budge.</p>
<p>My Ins. was a 12 month Diet to see if I could lose weight. I lost over 120Lbs. total from that 356. I saw every kind of Dr. possible, and then some in between, just to get that monthly weigh in, and get a print out that I kept a file of for12 months.</p>
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<p>I went in early in the morning, and he still wanted to do RNY, and I said NO! It better be the band when I wake up.</p>
<p>3 1/2 hrs on the Table ! He took out all the scar tissue from previous surgeries, Dug out the Hernia, and Seared the flesh together, with a tool like a soldering Iron, then down in the Groin he found oversized Lymphnodes, and full of Blood. So he was thinking Cancer. So he Froze one, and sent it to Pathologey, and waiting on the word so he can just close me up. Well it came back Normal. Then a repeat for the other one, and it to was normal. So now he can put in the Band.</p>
<p>When I woke up, between the Hernia repair, and the Groin killing me I couldn't even talk. Whispering came later that night, when I asked a Aid to rub some cream on this stiff, sore knee. I wouldn't take the Moriphine pump. I new they were watching me, and I didn't want them to think I was some drug addict, so I suffered untill they decided for me to get up, then I hit that pump....</p>
<p>The next Day I was leaving for home.</p>
<p>Took about 2 weeks for the pain to all die down, and back to see him, and I gained weight from all that surgery, and water. He told me I would lose it and I did.</p>
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<p>Saw Dr. Kelly about 1 month later. He said &quot;Hello Skinny&quot; not yet Doc, but I'm working on it. I came back to see about my knee. I kept up to my end of the bargain, are you going to keep up to yours?</p>
<p>He said you'll get your knee, lets go pencil in a date.</p>
<p>That's how I got banded.</p>
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<p>By the way, after walking / working on shot Knees for over 1 year. I ended up having both replaced.</p>
<p>One in March, Then one in July.</p>


Age: 65
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Starting Weight: 356 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 221 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs
Weight Lost: 135 lbs
BMI: 39.1
Surgery: LAP-BAND
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 10/14/2005
Surgery Date: 10/31/2006
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
54Shirley's Bariatric Surgeon
Great Lakes Surgical Associates- Mt. Pleasant
1201 South Drive
Suite 352
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48801
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