Hi fellow Banders,
I have just had my surgery date changed to March 15th from February eighth, due to severe sleep apnea that was jsut diagnosed. I am now running from doctor to doctor recieving consults and having exams....this is exhausting but apparently necessary so I am running!!!! I have just one more consult to schedule...Psych! Saved that one for last. lol Figured if im still sane after all the above.. then I must be ready for surgery!
I decided to band for several reasons. They are really all connected as you will understand as you see......before I married I was a size 12 and 145 pds. I lived in NYC, had no car so exercize by walking was natural. After marriage at 32..I began to gain some weight....then became pregnant.
High blood pressure put me on bed rest for 6 months. The weight continued to 190. My husband wasnt really helpful in the healthy food dept so while on bed rest..fast food was really what we lived on. After the baby was born....ten yrs ago....the weight stayed.
The typical stressers of life after having a baby while working full time set in and the weight still didnt come off.
At the same time my husband at the time decided he didnt want to work anymore and wanted to just sit home and do nothing. well, not nothing but which ammounted to nothing but schemes and pyramids....We divorced after 7 yrs.
Three months after we divorced he had a massive heart attack and died after not following doctors orders about taking medications daily which he refused to take/do. (like work) leaving me and my daughter without any support or insurance.
(just a note to all parents..get life insurance...and never put a minor childs name to be a beneficiary to anything ever)!
Since then....the stressors have increased with being a single parent with no support. So another 20 pounds have added since..the divorce and his passing.
I want my life back!! Ive decided in the last year....it was time to begin to get it back and be in control again.
I want my premarriage/ pregnancy/ high blood pressure/cholesterol/ asthma/sleep apnea status!! Now is the time to do it.....
Ive had all first consult....visits with all the doctors and have recieved all the consults needed except for the psych. I am now waiting for all the written reports to come in and the second consult is next week and surgery set for...February 8th.
Im ready to get my life back in control....so this is the first step in getting a healthier me. Im so glad to see so many others here to share their experiences before and after. I hope I can contribute possitively and help others through my experiences. I also hope that I will be able to get help with questions and concerns that I know I will have before, during and after!!!
To all.....good luck, thank you in advance and and looking forward to sharing!!
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Starting Weight: 218 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 218 lbs
Goal Weight: 135 lbs
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 12/31/2009
Surgery Date: 03/16/2010
Hospital Stay: Outpatient
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
NYSparklegirl's Bariatric Surgeon
125 Mineola Avenue
Roslyn Heights, New York 11577