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#1 wickedfaerie

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:11 PM

Hello people, remember me?

Well, a lot has happend since I have last been on here in July. I had a total staple line breakdown 6 weeks after my original surgery. I was bleeding uncontrolably, throwing up bucketfulls of blood at a time, and the doctors didn't know what to do, or where I was bleeding from. On my third trip to the ER, my surgeon misdiagnosed me with an ulcer. While being treated for an ulcer in the hospital, I continued to throw up blood. I was transported to another hospital to see a gastric bypass specialist. He determined the staple line breakdown, and my nightmare began. There, I was hospitalized for 15 weeks, undegoing another surgery to repair my bypass and find the bleed, which also failed. I continued to throw up blood, until one day it just stopped. It was a miracle! I was actually facing a thrid surgery which would have removed my entire digestive system, hooking my esophagus to my small intestine, therefore being on liquids for the rest of my life. Over the 15 weeks, I had numerous blood tranfusions (apporox. 80 units) to save my life, the doctors told me that I almost died twice. It was a very scary time, and I am so glad to be alive and home.

I have been home for 3 weeks now, and things are going well. The nightmare seems to finally be over, I hope. I have lost almost 100 pounds, thanks to being in the hospital and starving since July. My nutrition levels suck :( My hair is so thin, I have no energy, and I always feel like crap. :( But I am alive, thank God, and I will get better. And thinner. I have to do it the old fashioned way now, lotsa exercise and good foods, but I can do it!! I will NEVER have surgery again...not even the boob job I was hoping for before :P

And that was my summer. Thanks for letting me vent! :)
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#2 SaturdazeChyld

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:20 PM

Wow Jade ... that is a wild ride. I don't know you, but maaaaaan I'm glad to meet you hon. Take care and good luck doing it the old fashioned way. There is a reason you are here on this planet! Thats for sure.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:27 PM

So sorry to hear about your bad experience. What a strong person you must be to pull through all of that. What did you mean you have to do it the old fashioned way now? Did they have to totally un-do your bypass (I don't even know if that is possible) or what did they do so you have to do it the old fashioned way?
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:42 PM

So sorry to hear about your bad experience. What a strong person you must be to pull through all of that. What did you mean you have to do it the old fashioned way now? Did they have to totally un-do your bypass (I don't even know if that is possible) or what did they do so you have to do it the old fashioned way?



My staple line breakdown caused my bypass to totally fail. I have a whole stomach again, instead of the little pouch. The doctors tried to fix it with a second surgery, but I had another staple line breakdown. I dont know how to explain it any better, Im sorry. :o So, instead of losing weight by having a small pouch, I have a whole, regular sized stomach...which means I have to diet and exercise to lose more weight.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 03:50 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about all you have gone through! What a horrible ordeal!
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 04:17 PM

I am so sorry to hear about all you have gone through. Thank GOD your OK and on the mending side of things. Good Luck with continuing your weight loss, 100 lbs gone is an awesome thing! :D
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 04:29 PM

My staple line breakdown caused my bypass to totally fail. I have a whole stomach again, instead of the little pouch. The doctors tried to fix it with a second surgery, but I had another staple line breakdown. I dont know how to explain it any better, Im sorry. :o So, instead of losing weight by having a small pouch, I have a whole, regular sized stomach...which means I have to diet and exercise to lose more weight.


That stinks! But, I am so glad you are alive and well!
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 04:35 PM

Wow Jade I am so sorry you have gone through so much but like you said God bless you have made it through. I commend you for sharing your story because even though it is horrible what you went through I think it is great for pre-op people to read stories of the bad side of having WLS. Everyone needs to know that there is another side to having GBS. You can't walk into this eyes wide shut, must know all the dangers and set your mind for if those things were to happen to you could you handle it, how would you get through it, are you prepared if something as rare as death occurs. I have been through such hell in my life being MO, I was more then ready to take it head first. I even wrote a letter to each of my family members and even my funeral arrangments. It was hard but my life is in Gods hands. I am so glad you are home and safe and my prayers are with you. Take it easy and congrats on the weight loss.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 05:08 PM

"My staple line breakdown caused my bypass to totally fail. I have a whole stomach again, instead of the little pouch. The doctors tried to fix it with a second surgery, but I had another staple line breakdown. I dont know how to explain it any better, Im sorry. So, instead of losing weight by having a small pouch, I have a whole, regular sized stomach...which means I have to diet and exercise to lose more weight."

I guess I'm also missing what happened. The way I understand it your new pouch is seaperate from your old stomach with a bypass so if the staples failed it would open up the pouch but not to the old stomach. I also don't see how a staple failure could happen twice. The whole thing sound strange. What ever happened to you it's a shame. Hopefully you'll keep off your 100 lbs and lose some more!

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 06:27 PM

Wow Jade I am so sorry you have gone through so much but like you said God bless you have made it through. I commend you for sharing your story because even though it is horrible what you went through I think it is great for pre-op people to read stories of the bad side of having WLS. Everyone needs to know that there is another side to having GBS. You can't walk into this eyes wide shut, must know all the dangers and set your mind for if those things were to happen to you could you handle it, how would you get through it, are you prepared if something as rare as death occurs. I have been through such hell in my life being MO, I was more then ready to take it head first. I even wrote a letter to each of my family members and even my funeral arrangments. It was hard but my life is in Gods hands. I am so glad you are home and safe and my prayers are with you. Take it easy and congrats on the weight loss.



I totally agree with you! I was ready to die for this surgery. I basically did the same thing as you...writing letters and explaining what I wanted to happen if I did die. Yes, what I went through is not normal, but people do need to know that flukes happen. I guess...some things just aren't ment to be...you know? Thank you for your prayers and kind words :)
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 06:40 PM

Keep us informed of your progress. Even though it was reversed, you're still a bypass surivior. Your story gives balance and pause when it's time to consider any surgery.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 07:02 PM

Hello people, remember me?

Well, a lot has happend since I have last been on here in July. I had a total staple line breakdown 6 weeks after my original surgery. I was bleeding uncontrolably, throwing up bucketfulls of blood at a time, and the doctors didn't know what to do, or where I was bleeding from. On my third trip to the ER, my surgeon misdiagnosed me with an ulcer. While being treated for an ulcer in the hospital, I continued to throw up blood. I was transported to another hospital to see a gastric bypass specialist. He determined the staple line breakdown, and my nightmare began. There, I was hospitalized for 15 weeks, undegoing another surgery to repair my bypass and find the bleed, which also failed. I continued to throw up blood, until one day it just stopped. It was a miracle! I was actually facing a thrid surgery which would have removed my entire digestive system, hooking my esophagus to my small intestine, therefore being on liquids for the rest of my life. Over the 15 weeks, I had numerous blood tranfusions (apporox. 80 units) to save my life, the doctors told me that I almost died twice. It was a very scary time, and I am so glad to be alive and home.

I have been home for 3 weeks now, and things are going well. The nightmare seems to finally be over, I hope. I have lost almost 100 pounds, thanks to being in the hospital and starving since July. My nutrition levels suck :( My hair is so thin, I have no energy, and I always feel like crap. :( But I am alive, thank God, and I will get better. And thinner. I have to do it the old fashioned way now, lotsa exercise and good foods, but I can do it!! I will NEVER have surgery again...not even the boob job I was hoping for before :P

And that was my summer. Thanks for letting me vent! :)



I am so sorry to hear about this. I am glad to hear that you are ok, home and well. You have us here to support you.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 08:31 PM

I am so sorry that all of this has happened to you. Yo uwill be in my prayers for continued healing. Keep us posted on your progress...I knmow i speak for the others when i say that yo're always welcomed here as family...feel free to drop by anytime.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 09:07 PM

Jade, glad you made it through such an awful ordeal. Take care of yourself and we are still all here for you.
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 10:24 PM

I totally agree with you! I was ready to die for this surgery. I basically did the same thing as you...writing letters and explaining what I wanted to happen if I did die. Yes, what I went through is not normal, but people do need to know that flukes happen. I guess...some things just aren't ment to be...you know? Thank you for your prayers and kind words :)




Jade I do know what you mean. I think your story is to be shared to maybe guide or educate someone in their Journey. It is apparent you are a fighter and a survivor. I look forward to hearing about your further progress and Journey. I am glad you are part of the family and can share your journey with us all.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 05:35 PM

Jade, I'm so sorry that you had such a drastic experience!! This is a serious surgery. As you prepare for surgery you are aware that things can go wrong but who thinks it will happen to them. With this surgery you can pass away. I know that the techniques for the surgery have been greatly improved but unfortuently some of us have to experience the worst! There is that 1% of us. I also had a bad experience but nothing like yours. Hopefully we can educate others in a way that the doctors can't by sharing our experiences. Thank goodness you are alive!!!!! :)

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 12:50 PM

Jade so sorry to read about your ordeal. Glad to hear you were blessed and made it through. Although I just had my surgery in October and am on the road to weight loss, in hindsight, I would have to still say I would want to do it through diet and excersise, unfortuantely if I didn't go through this, I wouldn't know how committed I would be to excersise, so it's a 2 edge saw.

I totally empathize with you on NO MORE SURGERY. I have a whole new appreciation for good health. Surgery is no joke. You were indeed blessed. I knew what kind of pain I was in w/just "normal" ocurrances after surgery, can't imagine how I would have dealt w/major things occuring.

Great SUCCESS on your continued weight loss, you'll do great.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 02:16 PM

Thank you for sharing your story.So many times we hear the positive about the surgery & not the negitive.New comers to this site need to know the truth good & bad about WLS.I had a rough road as well with my WLS so I can relate to the "bad" & the "good".
Im so sorry you had to endure so much though the process.I wish you well.Im glad your doing well & wish you the best.
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Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:17 AM


Julez, I am very apt to agree w/you on the good & bad side of WLS. So many times we hear all the good stuff and don't get me wrong it's a wonderful procedure, BUT really not for everyone. You really have to consider a lot of things, one especially is emotionally how will you deal with the procedure and what it may do to your body. I think that's my biggest thing I am having to adjust too. I have to be ever conscious of what, when and how much goes into my mouth. I feel things I have never felt before just because I may have ate something that didn't agree w/me. It's a real adjustment for me and my life-style. So many of life events are centered around food, i.e. movies, birthdays, weddings, holidays, and the list goes on.

If anyone wants to know my view on a real personal level let me know, I'm more than happy to share my pro & con moments. ;)

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 02:00 PM

Jade,

I'm so sorry to hear about your ordeal. I'm glad you're ok, and that they were able to reverse the surgery. Please keep in touch. I don't blame you for never wanting to have surgery again!
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