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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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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....

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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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New puppy on the way

Friday, July 16, 2010

OK, so not REALLY a puppy -- unless 5 1/2 years old is considered such -- but we do have a new adoptee on the way from Florida. A greyhound male, his current name is Thomas, but we will make a slight change and rename him to "Tomas", as I have a son named Thomas and don't want friends to get confused.

If all goes well, we'll meet our adoption coordinator, who is doing the transport, late next Wednesday. Our lonely little girl Gigi I think will be quite happy to have a playmate again!

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    We had a retired racing greyhound and he was a wonderful companion. He made more noise dreaming than he did when he was awake... never managed to frighten the postman, he always waited for a pat and a biscuit! Enjoy your new pup, they enrich your life and give unconditional love

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JIMDAB 7/16/2010 9:14PM

    Wonderful news!

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PMAY0313 7/16/2010 8:04AM

    I love all puppies!

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Another four-legged loss!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We said goodbye to our oldest and first greyhound Glitter this morning. We knew she had bone cancer since early May, and had been fighting an autoimmune disease since March, but in spite of it all, she put on a brave face to the end. Last night she had a seizure or a stroke and we pretty much knew this was going to be it. We got our goodbyes in, and thankfully the meds used to end her life were quite swift.

So now she has crossed the rainbow bridge to see her littermates as well as her "brother" Gator (our male greyhound who passed suddenly in April).

Thanks for all of the wonderful memories Glitter!

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    Oh..I'm so sorry to read this about the loss of your reloved and loyal Greyhound. And to lose 2 so close together...that is rough. I'm sure our Rondo (our first grey) welcomed them with open paws. Bless their souls. emoticon

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JIMDAB 6/29/2010 6:38PM

    So sorry to hear that news. My thoughts are with you.

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MISTER_BIG 6/29/2010 4:37PM

    I feel for you. Every time I lose a dog I swear I'll never get another because it just tears me up when they die, but after a few months I can't stand being dogless and end up with another.

A friend of mine recently lost a cat and was having troubles adjusting. Another friend made him go out and get another cat right then and there. He said that while you can never replace a beloved pet, you can honor their memory by inviting another pet into your heart to help speed the healing process.

With me, it's inevitable that another dog will eventually share my life. If you're that way too, maybe you should consider rescuing another right away. There are plenty of dogs in the world who need people like you.

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MF4STRINGS 6/29/2010 12:35PM

    My condolences. I have a friend who takes in rescued greyhounds, They are sweet and gentle dogs and a joy to live with. From the photo above she appears to be a sweet one. I know it's not easy to be with a loved pet when the time comes but thank you for sharing this with the team.

Kind regards, MjF

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