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post #31 of 56
OKay... one word..


AWESOME
post #32 of 56
Kim, you look great! As you know, I am investigating having gastric bypass. I've been researching it for 3 years and have been convinced that it is the only way for me. And you give me hope. First I have to get a job somewhere the insurance covers it!

My story sounds a lot like yours. I'm 45 years old and 8 years ago I got sleep apnea and use cpap. About the same time I got thyroid disease. I also have narcolepsy. Last year I had a very mild stroke. I also have acid reflux and asthma.

I now have arthritis in my spine and have shrunk from 5' to 4' 10 1/4". My back hurts me so much I can't walk more then 5-10 minutes. Less if there is any kind of incline. I can't stand longer the 10 minutes. I have tried everything. Slimfast, WeightWatchers, Atkins, grapefruit, cabbage soup, EVERYTHING!

I haven't even seen my grandson's in over 2 years because I can't take the emotional trauma of getting on a plane and having the person next to me all pissed off.

Believe it or not, that's the short of it! I don't even care if I'm twiggy again. I just want to be healthy! I think you are very brave and have done a wonderful thing for yourself. I hope someday soon I'm telling the same story!

Tammie
post #33 of 56
Kim, everyone else has already said what I wanted to, so I'll just repeat: You're looking awesome!

You sounded like you spent a lot of thought on this decision, so you made the best choice you felt. I see such a change in your face in the before/after, your smile is so happy, and just says so much about your quality of life now, how could anyone flame you?!
post #34 of 56
I'm new here, but I just wanted you to know how fantastic you look. Congrats for making a brave decision.
I was very interested to read this post because I work in a surgery dept at a clinic and one of our surgeons is going to be doing gastric bypasses in the near future. We nurses are all looking forward to learning more about it. I can only hope our patients outcomes are nearly as successful as yours!
post #35 of 56
Kim you look fantastic!!! You must feel so good about yourself! I'm so glad you had the courage to post and share this with us! It's obvious you made this decision with all the research and thought you could possibly put into it and I'm so glad it's been a good one for you! Thank you for sharing with us.
post #36 of 56
Kim, the time that you took to do research and the courage you have showed by posting your before and after pics is bloody marvelous! Even though in your before picture I think you are very pretty but your after picture shows your facial features and the other great features of your person extremely well!

Now, I realize that you have a couple of people that will kick somones butt if they flame you for posting this, so I just wanted to add that I will also kick some butt if anyone dares flame you!

I know how hard it is to lose weight I've been on a few programs and only gained more weight (Jenny Craig & Weight Watchers). When we moved into the country where at the time we didn't realize that there was no delivery, within 1 year I lost 150 lbs.

Must be the country air and the country life! You keep up the excellent work Kim, I'm so glad you decided to post! Keep the courage up!
post #37 of 56
Kim, my friend, would you like me to tell you how I think you look in your "during" (won't say 'after' yet) picture? You look at peace, relaxed, and happy. If anyone deserves that, you do. The only way I have ever been able to judge you is by your words and your deeds here on this site. And you have always been a true gem of a person. I wish you nothing but continued success on your journey to experiencing the good health you deserve.

You really look great....from the inside out!

Love ya, girl!
post #38 of 56
I'll second that. You look so happy in that second picture, that's all the evidence that this was the right thing to do. Congratulations on all the hard work!

Be sure to keep us posted on your progress. Its always inspiring and a privilege to be able to cheer for someone as they reach their big life goals!
post #39 of 56
Thread Starter 
Again I want to thank you all for your supportive posts. You all have been so complimentary and kind—I promise not to get the "Big Head," LOL! (I'll be back to my weird self in no time)

I guess I just needed to talk about this for a change... I have kept to myself for a very long time and I have found that to be a very lonesome existence. I had a little bit of a pity party for myself today, so to speak... Now that I have recovered from the gastric bypass I am, once again, having surgery tomorrow—this surgery to correct the repercussions of being obese and I really started to feel sad.

I thank you all for being so opened minded and for not making me feel silly for venting about a non-cat topic and I sincerely think the world of the friends I have made here.

I love you all, and I am not trying to be mushy, LOL!

post #40 of 56
And Kim, come join the Weight Control thread. We are all about celebrating each others' successes in there.
post #41 of 56
Kim,

having felt the despair that you describe and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Deb said it perfectly, you have always carried yourself here with class and dignity. I wish you nothing but the best in your life.
post #42 of 56
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by Deb25
And Kim, come join the Weight Control thread. We are all about celebrating each others' successes in there.

Deb I want to thank you for your friendship and understanding, girl friend! I would love to participate in the weight loss thread now that everyone knows my story. I just wanted to be careful mixing the subject of weight loss surgery while discussing conventional dieting because it is so drastically different.

Ya know, Deb....I still laugh when I think about the night before my surgery... you and Maryanne helping me calm my nerves via MSN Messenger........the night, we ended up Photoshopping our rendition of "Where's Waldo" with a picture of you hiding behind a giant Pepsi can, LMAO!!

Can you tell I am going through the "Surgery Eve" jitters again? LOL!!!

post #43 of 56
Oh my... Kim!!! You look wonderful!!!! (((((hugs))))

People who think having this procedure is the easy way out needs to get their head examined. Liposuction is an easy way out, plastic surgery etc... is an easy way out (which BTW, if I had enough $$$$ I'd be all for it! ) Having sleep apnea due to your condition is probably one of the scariest things to go through. We have a fella at the office who went through this procedure over a year and a half ago. He's lost over 100lbs. Right before this, he needed a special machine that he had to hook up every night because he had sleep apnea. Which meant.... he never knew when he closed his eyes at night if he'd be opening them in the morning.

Today, he is happy, healthy and no longer relies on this machine to alert him if he stops breathing(I can't remember what it is.

First of all, I commend you for having taken the step back and realised you needed help. As much as you obviously tried for a long time, you needed a helping hand. There is no shame in that. There should be pride because alot of others would just say: I just don't care anymore. And then give up.

I am glad you did your research and thought about this prior to the procedure. I believe it is now a lifelong change. Thinking healthy daily will help you acheive all your goals.

You look wonderful. Before AND after. But you most definately shine more in your 'after' picture.

Bravo to you!
post #44 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by airprincess
Kim,

having felt the despair that you describe and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Deb said it perfectly, you have always carried yourself here with class and dignity. I wish you nothing but the best in your life.
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post #45 of 56
Thread Starter 
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post #46 of 56
Kim, if anything gets you Photoshopping, then it's worth it.

Now, if you could please get NASA back on track so we can meet for a shuttle launch?
post #47 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Deb25
.......if you could please get NASA back on track so we can meet for a shuttle launch?
I am counting the days! You can bet your bippy you'll be getting a call from me when they start launching again!!

post #48 of 56
Kim, I think you look absolutely fantastic already!

This is probably a stupid question, but I'm confused about the procedure you had done. In the past several people I knew had their stomachs stapled. Is that procedure the same thing as a gastric bypass or is it something completely different?
post #49 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Lorie D.
Kim, I think you look absolutely fantastic already!

This is probably a stupid question, but I'm confused about the procedure you had done. In the past several people I knew had their stomachs stapled. Is that procedure the same thing as a gastric bypass or is it something completely different?
{{{{{{{Lorie}}}}}}} The procedure I had is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and it is similar in concept, but not performed the same as stomach stapling from the 80's . (Hope that made sense, LOL!) I do have staples though


post #50 of 56
If you have staples, won't you have trouble going thru a metal detector at the airport?
post #51 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Kiwideus
If you have staples, won't you have trouble going thru a metal detector at the airport?
ROTFL!! That's a darn good question. The staples are made of titanium and I don't know if that makes a difference or not. I'll have to ask that question at my next meeting.

post #52 of 56
Titanium is non-reactive to metal detectors. One of my patients just asked her MD about this, she had a titanium rod put in her leg last year and is flying to visit her daughter in Israel next month. The doctor said the titanium won't trigger metal detectors.
post #53 of 56
Kim, I am so very proud of you! I know I had been teasing you on the Weight loss thread to post those pictures, so I feel a little guilty for pushing you. It really wasn't my intention. I thought it would be a great motivator for others since they can see first hand how this surgery has worked for you.

You look awesome & I can see the joy and happiness in your eyes. Where in the before picture, you looked so dreary & sad. Thank you so much for sharing those pictures with us! I wish you the very best in this life long journey! By the looks of how wonderful you've done in such a short time, I know that you'll hit that goal. I've got major faith in ya!

Thanks again for sharing & many hugs!
(((((((HUGS)))))))
post #54 of 56
Well she sure is an inspiration to me! If I had any doubts a week ago (when I went to the orientation) I sure don't now!
post #55 of 56
Kim,
Congratulations, you look great!!
I applaud your courage in having the operation and for posting your message.
See, your fears were unfounded here. Best wishes in the future.
Aren't you glad you didn't have to PhotoShop my 11 Kitties!!
post #56 of 56
I applaud you, it took courage to post this, and I think you look great (but then I don't think the before picture was that horrendous either...probably because I've been that weight as well).

I can really relate to some of the health problems - acid reflux, sleep apnea, these are two reasons I'm working so hard to lose all the weight I need to lose.

I have a very good friend who decided to have this procedure, and I've learned a lot from her, your sharing your story will help educate others here who may not know much about gastric by-pass.

wish you all the best as you reach your maintenance weight
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