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About sonnybuck

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  • Birthday March 18

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    Central Illinois
  • Interests
    Family history, Chicago Cubs, watching My 600 Lb. life,
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  • Surgeon
    Uretz J. Oliphant, MD
  • Hospital
    Carle Hospital Urbana, Illinois
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  • Surgeon
    Uretz J. Oliphant, MD

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  1. surprised my wife with "intro to ballroom dancing" for our wedding anniversary something I never would have done due to my weight First picture 400+lbs (2015) second picture 187.2lbs (this week)
  2. Cant believe I wore size 54 pants at one time. Now I can fit both legs into one pant leg. By the way, I wear size 32 in pants now
  3. Tune in to my future blogs to see. But I will say that after a long journey that I went from 397lbs in August 1996 to 207lbs in March 2018 (posted pictures in member's photos) Shortly after my surgery, I was hospitalized (18 days in a 30 day span). Severe malnutrition. Had a PICC line inserted in my arm. Had that PICC line get infected. Got pumped full of antibiotics which caused me to go in renal failure & almost killed me. It's been a journey that I am just now willing to talk about.
  4. That picture was minutes away from them wheeling me into surgery. they gave me something to calm my nerves... I wished they gave the same stuff to my wife- she was more nervous than I was
  5. Cant say it enough, but THANKS everyone!!!!!
  6. First Picture: 12/25/2014 426 Lbs. Second Picture: 3/7/2017 day of surgery 335 Lbs. Last Picture: 3/7/2018 one year later 207 Lbs. Blog about my surgery/recovery:
  7. Always told myself that I would not be one of those people who sign up on a forum and then abandoned it, but it’s been a year & a day since I last posted. For those who are now discovering my little blog, let me give you a quick history so you won’t have to read my two old entries: I had always thought about having some type of surgery for years. I always dreamt that I would hit the lottery and have plastic surgery until I was like the ideal image in my head. It did not help that I used to watch shows like Nip/Tuck. It’s so easy for those with money to have surgery to have some surgeon sculpt their body until they were happy. Probably why we have plastic surgeon shows on cable tv. I realize now that even if I did have the money then that I would be constantly going in to have plastic surgery for my eating habits would never change. I ate excessively for I was depressed over how much I weighed and the vicious circle would just repeat itself. I will never look like the image I have in my head, I have accepted it which has helped change my eating habits. Now that I have my loving wife & two beautiful daughters, I did not want health problems that are associated with my weight to cause my death. My death would have probably been from sleep apnea for my first sleep apnea test, I stopped breathing 102 times an hour. Add in: high blood pressure, spinal stenosis in my neck & lumber region, shortness of breath, light headedness, as well as other problems; I was a walking time bomb. We’re off to see the wizard… Late June 2016, I go in to see my primary doctor about a handicap card and he talks with me about weight lost surgery to see how interested I was in pursuing that avenue. It was time to do something, not just for me but the peace of mind of my loving family. I agreed and viewed the videos, read the paperwork, and appointments were made to see my weight loss team. August 2016, I met my team. One of the team goes over my bloodwork results, another talked about what I should eat instead of what I was eating, and finally the surgeon. Surgeon wanted me to show I was committed to this program and had to lose 20 pounds before he would sign the paperwork. Six months of countless appointments, daily food diary entries, working out at Planet Fitness; I lost 62 pounds (which 20 of those was from cutting soda from my diet) and got my surgery date, March 7th, 2017. The night of March 6th, 2017: no food or drink and pretty much no sleep. Between being nervous and worrying about if something would go wrong, I had no intention of sleeping. Neither did my wife. We got to the hospital on March 7th, before the sun even came up and was prepped for surgery. They had to put an IV in my arm and I hate needles. I really hate needles, and anything related to needles, due to my father being a diabetic and watching him take insulin twice a day when I was younger. Now I get to watch my wife go through the same thing. Amazing how I was a 6 to 8+ cans a day soda drinker that I never became a diabetic. Anyway, I found out that they have a spray that numbs your skin before they put in an IV. I always ask for the numbing spray when I must have an IV put in now. Which came in handy for my journey after surgery was not a walk in the park…. Not a Walk in the Park… 4 P.M. March 7th, 2017. Waking up in some pain would be an understatement. They had to push pain killers in my IV as soon as they woke me up because all I did was thrash around with my arms flailing due to the pain. I have had laparoscopic surgery before when I had my gallbladder removed in 2003 and the pain then was nothing compared to this surgery. I realize that the two surgeries are way different, but the pain level was more than I was expecting and then some. Then there was Sophia… Sophia, female, nurse, smelled like rotten trash and truly a royal pain in my you-know-what. That’s the best description I can come up with without probably being kicked off this site due to extreme use of profanity in a tirade that would take up most of this blog. I will admit that she knew her stuff when it came to medical knowledge and the application of said medicine. But had absolutely no personal skills or bed side manner. After my surgery, I was pretty much out of it and on pain management for the first 24 hours. Getting woken up hourly for tests and blood work did not make it any better. All I wanted was to sleep for at least 4 hours without any interruptions but that was not going to happen; especially with Sophia. 10 P.M. March 8th, 2017. Sophia comes in and tells me I had to drink so much of a liquid before I could sleep. Let’s see my stomach has had major surgery, I am exhausted beyond belief, and my pouch was what I thought at the time, inflamed & swollen (see my next blog). I was to the point that even a sip of water seemed to feel like I drank an ocean. Add in the IV was pumping so much fluid in me that they were waking me up by emptying my catheter bag constantly. Every time I fell asleep due to having no sleep, she would yell my name and tell me that I could not sleep until I drank it. I was to the point of throwing it at her, but I was not going to face an assault charge over her. No matter had satisfying it would have been to take my anger out on her, I am not that type of person no matter how far I was pushed. 6 A.M. March 9th, 2017 Made it through the night without telling off Sophia, let alone asking for another nurse. Walked for a short distance the day before & now walking a few laps on my hospital floor. Mostly just to get out of the room & away from Nurse Sophia. So, I am exhausted from doing my laps & hauling around my I.V. rig with my heart monitor pack hanging off my neck which is just making my spinal stenosis worse by the second, but I get back to my room and Sophia was there, lucky me. I barely get into bed after plugging all my equipment back into the wall, so it can recharge, and Sophia is asking me what I want for breakfast and lunch. I can understand ordering breakfast but lunch. I was dealing with my stomach that just wanted to be left alone and here was Sophia pushing clear liquid items. I understand that I had to eat and drink before they could discharge me. I was trying to eat and drink, so I could get away from the wicked witch nurse, but my stomach was not happy to comply. Thirty hours away from discharge, could I make it? Every second felt like a lifetime. Thankfully, I would never see Nurse Sophia ever again. Boy, was I wrong. But first, all men are created equal, but not pouches & sleeves. (Next Blog)
  8. Just now finally feeling somewhat human again. Was discharged yesterday afternoon and slept in my own bed for the first time in days (barely slept the night before surgery). Getting nine hours of sleep does wonders for the body. I had the gastric bypass done which I am hoping with exercise and proper diet will ease some of my health problems. Sleep apnea, narrowing of the neck & lumbar area, hypertension, BMI > 50, plus too many to list. Today is dedicated to getting back to my 3 shakes a day, drinking my 64 ounces of fluids, and maybe trying to eat at least 2 ounces of light yogurt. Today is just one step of many steps in this journey of mine. I hope all of you luck in your journeys and the strength to overcome the challenges that will try to derail your progress. Thanks to Gretta, Jen581791, & Obsidian; as well as all those who took the time to read this blog, liked it and wish me well.
  9. I am reporting to the hospital tomorrow at 5:30am central time for my surgery that starts at 8am. Its been an interesting journey so far & I know that journey is only going to get more intense in the next 17 hours. I first saw the dietitian August 15, 2016, weighing in at 397lbs. Before I started my two week (2/21/2017) liquid diet, I was 355lbs. and now today, I am now 335lbs (62 lbs. lighter since August). That is a far cry (91Lbs. difference) from my highest recorded weight of September 2014. I want to say a big thank you to all the admins & those who have given me so much support and advice on here. Onto the next step of this journey,,,,,
  10. Congrats! What a transformation! I just hope my post surgery journey is as successful as yours.
  11. Thankfully my primary doctor has had me on a supervised diet the last 2 years. I lost 30 pounds and kept them off due to his care. But my weight loss really slowed down and stopped. I decided to enquire about weight loss surgery. I did not have to go on a supervised diet since I was already on one. I have seen the dietitian 3 times, psychiatrist twice, joined planet fitness and made my goal of 20 pounds that the surgeon wanted. Jumped through all these hoops and it seems like I am still miles away. I am a small-town guy at heart, I remember my mother with her can of lard when it came to cooking when I was young, cooking pork chops in her cast iron pans; then making gravy from scratch with the drippings. Now, I live roughly 15 miles from where I grew up and luckily work in a twin cities area composed of 2 towns that have a combined population of 160,000. Thankfully I can get most of the products that I have been using over the last 6 months. I tried 2 different meal replacement drinks. Can’t stand them. Going to try the powder and Silk milk. My body doesn’t like regular milk, probably the reason they are putting me on a Calcium chewable along with a multi-vitamin next month. Thanks for replying to my post and thanks for the advice.
  12. Thanks Wendy!! Had my dietitian inform my wife and I that our current insurance will not be excepted after 12/31. Ouch! Had the wife contact Illinois Medicaid for help. Even though my wife and I have bachelor degrees, I am the only one who works and that is for a grocery store. So we depend on Illinois Medicaid. They said that our family will be taken off Health Alliance and just be classified as Illinois Medicaid recipients. Currently, Illinois will pay for WLS as long as it is deemed needed by my doctor. A few years ago, Illinois stopped paying for WLS until people complained. So hopefully I can get through all of the requirements and have surgery before any more roadblocks come up. I have done a complete blood work up, psych exam, seen my dietitian 3 times, and lost the 20 pounds my surgeon wanted. What is frustrating is now I am told that the discussion of surgery date won't be until January which means my surgery won't be until March 2017 at the earliest. My primary doctor got me into the WLS program June 28th, 2016. Seems that that I take one step forward and move 2 steps back. Thanks again!!
  13. Thank you all for such a warm welcome to this forum. Over the last few years, I have wondered what it would be like to go through weight loss surgery. It sounds so scary. But if I want to live pass 50, I figured that I better have it. My father died at 59 yrs old and my mom passed away at 70 just 9 months ago. Both were overweight and smokers. Both died of cancer. I first approached my primary doc about it at the start of August just to see if I would qualify for it. With my high BMI and having sleep apnea; along with other health problems. I was told I would be accepted. The next thing I know, I was sent the information packet and watched the online videos about the different surgeries. I chose the bypass for my major vice is soda pop. I have been drinking it since I was a kid and drinking too much of it. Some days I was putting away 8 to 10 cans a day. Now I am down to 3 to 4 cans a day. Hopefully the desire to drink only sugary drinks will go away with having the gastric bypass. Which I still have no idea when it will be scheduled. My surgeon told me I had to lose 20 pounds to show I really want this. Since my first visit with a dietitian at Carle on 9/19, I have lost 11.6 pounds as of 10/19. The biggest hurdle I see between now and setting a surgery date is that Carle Hospital is not accepting Health Alliance after January 1st. I have to find an insurance company that Carle with accept that will not want me to restart from scratch after all I have done and accomplished since the start of August. Thanks again to everyone that welcoming me. Looking forward to talking to all of you.
  14. 44 year old male. Married. Have 2 beautiful teenage stepdaughters. Came from a small town with less than 2000 people. My high school graduating class was made up of a whole whopping 82 kids. I now live right outside Champaign, Illinois; home of the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois. College alumni of Eastern Illinois University but yet I work in the dairy department of a WalMart knockoff. Parents were both heavy set people, so is my older brother. I was the fat kid throughout school and was picked on constantly. Which only made my weight problem worse for I would eat when I was depressed about my weight. I hated going to the doctors because most doctors would just look at me and tell me that I am fat. Like I did NOT know that before seeing the doctor. But over the last 2 years, I have had the privilege of being under the care of an awesome doctor who treats me like a human being instead of a fat blob. He has been working with me on my weight & I actually lost over 30 pounds and kept them off. I am having the gastric bypass surgery because I would like to grow old and to see my daughters get married and have their own family's someday.