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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today is day 1 of the 1000 calorie, high protein, low carb, mostly liquid diet in prep for lapband surgery next Wednesday. A few other items, such as Tums, are also added to my daily routine. Bought most of the food items on my surgeon's list of approved foods last weekend so I am all set!

  
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IMBRENDAB 9/23/2011 9:32AM

    awesome!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/23/2011 1:53AM

    1000 calories : ( savour every single tasty bit you're allowed to have : )

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PLMITCH 9/22/2011 4:01PM

    I made it through breakfast and lunch in good shape. Thankfully the Atkins shakes are quite filling. I get my one good "chewy" item at dinner -- a 4 oz chicken breast! Can't wait!

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/22/2011 3:25PM

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It is on!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Since my last post on 07/14, I had a few more items to take care of so that my lap band "package" could be sent to my insurance co for approval. Yesterday, I got the news: I am authorized! I double checked with my surgeon's office and the insurance co this morning and confirmed everything. So, barring any last minute illnesses, etc., I will have the lap band procedure performed on 09/28!

So the emotional roller coaster begins. I've had surgeries and procedures before, but none that have the potential to be so life changing! To feel fullness at the early stages of eating a meal. To be comfortable with 1500 or so calories a day! To watch years of weight gain finally and permanently get reversed! Oh I know -- the lap band is just a tool. But in my mind it is a vital one! One that will allow me to stop taking meds for diabetes. One that may even allow me to stop using my CPAP machine. One that may end up adding years to my life!

I know there are some naysayers out there. I understand. But let me have this chance to change my life. I only get one....

  
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ROCKSPARK2012 9/12/2011 9:38AM

    NICE!!! Thanks for sharing the updates. Keep up the good fight!!
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CLCCOOL 9/11/2011 5:01PM

    Keep us updated on how it goes! Just in time for football season!

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PLMITCH 9/9/2011 1:24PM

    Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support. It means alot!

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/9/2011 11:07AM

    emoticon This is the beginning of the rest of your life!
I was so happy when I got to put my CPAP in it's bag and put it away in my closet.

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TOASTIE 9/9/2011 10:24AM

    So happy for you!

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SOFT_VAL67 9/8/2011 7:58PM

    I am happy for you and as I said before, I might be scheduled for around the same time, I will let u know for sure.
And as Kevin said on "Home Alone"...."Dont get scared now"!!


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HEALTHIERKEN 9/8/2011 11:50AM

    Congrats, Patrick! The tools and strategies you've learned and are using here on SparkPeople will now keep you on the right track to gain total benefits from the lapband. Stick with it!
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Tests are done!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

OK, so I have gone through the "hoops" in preparation for Lap Band surgery. The EGD was actually pretty interesting. And do those "happy" meds (propofol) really do a number!! Hard to imagine that what Michael Jackson's Dr was giving him to sleep!

So..now time to wait. I've done everything I'm supposed to (well, I still need to exercise and watch what I eat! and keep losing weight and inches!). Here's hoping for a positive result from the insurance co.

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SOFT_VAL67 8/20/2011 10:22PM

    wondering how things are going.

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ROCKSPARK2012 8/1/2011 8:46AM

    Keep on the strength training. I was amazed at how well muscle is able to cure alot of my issues with weight. It will also make your recovery much quicker. Good job, I hope it goes great for you!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 7/15/2011 7:25PM

    Crossing my fingers that all goes well for you!

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/15/2011 10:11AM

    Best wishes as you keep on trimming the weight and beefing up the fitness!

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LOVEROFANIMALS 7/15/2011 8:32AM

    I hope all goes well for you!

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SOFT_VAL67 7/14/2011 7:25PM

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One last test....

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This morning I go for an EGD, short for Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, or put in plain terms, it's a camera down your throat! This is done to make sure my stomach and adjoining areas look good - no cancer, ulcers or any other bad things - prior to the Lapband procedure. So, when this test is done, I will have gone through all of the "hoops" that my surgeon believes my insurance company wants me to go through prior to approving the procedure. Of course, insurance companies have been known to change the "hoops", so until I hear back, I'm assuming nothing.

  
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TOASTIE 7/13/2011 5:04PM

    Best wishes Patrick

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/13/2011 10:28AM

    All the best as you go forward with this "adventure", Patrick!

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/13/2011 7:48AM

    good luck,,,,sounds like an adventure

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A month later...

Friday, May 20, 2011

So it's been a little over a month since I last blogged about my health, weight, and the possibilities of going the Lap Band route. Here's where I am at:

- I've gone to an initial appointment with the bariatric surgeon. He is the one who spoke at the Lap Band seminar last month. His office has submitted the request to my insurance co to approve the surgery. From what I have heard, I should get a response on/around 6/1.

- In the meantime, I am starting through the required appointments with the various Dr's and medical professionals.

Assuming i get all of the medical clearances AND my insurance co approves the procedure, this could happen somewhere between August and November (a lot will depend on how long I need to see a nutritionist).

I think the most challenging part my mind is still trying to wrap itself around is the nutrition. Today, I LOVE to eat. As my mom has been inclined to say, I'm the kind of guy who does not walk away from food! I clearly am eating better than I used to -- more fruits and veggies, limiting sweets, especially at night, etc. But all too often, it is the quantity of the mostly good foods I eat is the problem. I just rarely if ever feel full, and one of the benefits the Lap Band is supposed to provide is just that -- the feeling of fullness!

I'll plan to blog again in June on this topic. Hopefully with more good news. Thanks for your comments and words of encouragement.

  
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TOASTIE 5/25/2011 9:54AM

    Good luck - looking forward to watching your success story!

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MOMMACASSEY 5/23/2011 11:08AM

    Wishing you all the best!

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JIMDAB 5/21/2011 1:37PM

    Good luck on this!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/21/2011 9:51AM

    Good to read your post, Patrick. Best wishes for success with this!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/20/2011 8:33PM

    Hope it all goes well Pat....let us know!

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BAPSANN 5/20/2011 12:06PM

  I hope all goes well for you and I have seen some successes with bariatric lapband surgery. Good Luck.,

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