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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! 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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    I hope all goes well for you!

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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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The next step....

Monday, April 18, 2011

So the good news is that I have been exercising regularly, but clearly have not made the right choices on eating on a regular basis. If I break it down, typically I eat the right things Monday through Wednesday, and then do OK for breakfast and lunch but indulge more times than not on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Sunday usually swinging back to an OK all day kind of day. But my guess is the Thursday/Friday/Saturday indulges are "outweighing" the other days. So while the scale is not going up, it is not going down either.

Where to go from here? Being overweight, diabetic, and using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea are all not good things, yet I don't seem to have the motivation or rigor to make the right changes.

So I recently attended a Lap Band seminar, and I truly liked what I heard. And what I am beginning to wonder is if this is the kind of structure I need to make the truly important lifestyle changes in my eating habits to start making the positive changes. Yet when I read the dietary restrictions it got scary! Can I really do all of that?

Thankfully it takes many months before the actual surgery so there is time to get my brain to understand and hopefully accept these kind of changes. It really gets down to this -- do I want to keep taking meds for diabetes and cholesterol and use a CPA machine for the rest of my life (which might be shorter because of all those issues), or accept that my diet needs to be significantly modified so that I can stop doing all of that, live a healthy life and hopefully live longer? Sounds like a no-brainer, but this is going to take time to soak in....

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IMBRENDAB 4/23/2011 9:56PM

    I am glad you are doing your research. I don't think I would be almost 70 pounds down at this point. I would probably weigh even more than I did before I had my surgery. What a sobering thought.

At my 30 pound loss, I was off all my blood pressure meds, as well as my cholesterol meds. I was popping 5 pills a day, and now take NONE. My blood pressure is in the normal range and I can do things that I never could before. That's my testimony.

Good luck on your research and decision process.


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PLMITCH 4/18/2011 10:49AM

    HEALTHIERKEN, no you are not overstepping good commenting here. The reason I posted this was as much to seek comments, and like JIMDAB says above, a huge step that has to be taken with care.

I think for me I need structure -- just doing this on my own and with the help of my brothers and sisters here in SP may not be enough. Maybe there is an intermediate step -- well in fact there will be because nearly every insurance plan here in the US requires 6 months of nutrition counseling prior to the lap band procedure, not to mention the psychological testing etc. So it's not like 'hey pop that baby in there and give it a squeeze'! The process takes time and I may find that it is too much for me, but I also know that if I don't check it out, I'll be unhappy with myself.

I appreciate the feedback and will give it careful consideration as I move forward.

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/18/2011 10:09AM

    So, Patrick . . . are you using the Nutrition Counter faithfullly? I found using it to be the single most effective means to keep myself on track for proper food intake. Everything else here on SparkPeople is good, and helpful, and motivating but that daily nutrition report is kind of like going to confession every single day!!!!! First it's a pre-incentive to be careful through the day, second it's incontrovertible evidence how I've done, and third it offers redemption in that tomorrow can and will be better!!!!!! My wife often talks about surgery to manage her weight and I keep pointing out that after the surgery she'll have to be following wiser food choices than now. If she'll be able to do so after surgery, why not now so that surgery can be avoided? She says it's presumptuous of me to preach to her about weight management since my goals have always been much more modest than hers and she's got a point. You can tell me the same thing if I've overstepped good commenting here . . . .

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JIMDAB 4/18/2011 9:56AM

    Wow, that is a huge step, one that should be taken with care...

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Looking back...

Friday, December 31, 2010

If nothing else, 2010 was an interesting and eventful year:

- Record snowfall, accompanied by basement flooding!
- My oldest daughter getting married in Jamaica (yah man!)
- Two of our greyhounds crossing the rainbow bridge.
- Welcoming our newest greyhound (and certified class clown!) Tomas

There's more, but those are the ones that stand out. Good and not so good, but even the not so good are character builders! And that is not such a bad thing!

While I did not shed many pounds this year, at least I kept in good shape with my visits to the Y plus all of the outside work (shoveling snow and mowing). Hopefully in 2011 I'll get the scale to cooperate!

So, goodbye to 2010, and hello 2011!!

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MEGA_MILES 12/31/2010 1:17PM

    Looking forward to 2011. Happy New Year! emoticon

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1WALKINGMAN 12/31/2010 12:21PM

    I hope that you have great success with your healthy lifestyle endeavors in 2011. emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 12/31/2010 10:19AM

    All the best to you jfor 2011 emoticon

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