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About sonnybuck

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  • Birthday March 18

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    Carle Hospital Urbana, Illinois
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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. Surgery in Less than 17 hours

    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.
  2. 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,,,,,
  3. Half my body in a year

    Congrats! What a transformation! I just hope my post surgery journey is as successful as yours.
  4. 44 year old Illinois male

    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.
  5. 44 year old Illinois male

    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!!
  6. 44 year old Illinois male

    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.
  7. 44 year old Illinois male

    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.