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Hey everyone. I found this forum through Google and am glad to have done so. I am just beginning my journey and I know it will be a marathon, not a sprint.

 

We live in the Houston, Texas area and am a Mom to five gorgeous kids ages 10 down to 2. I also have many animals which keep us very busy. We have a small homestead that we are trying to get up and running.

 

I have an appointment at the end of July with Dr. Garth Davis. Would love to hear opinions on him. So far everything I've read is positive. I've never had surgery at all just four deliveries with epidurals and the fifth without. I am not really a hospital person, I prefer to be left alone in those places! When I think about hospitals in general my heart beats faster and I get very anxious when I think about surgery.

 

My insurance covers weight loss surgery but I am looking in to GB plus DS and am trying to learn more and hope to hear more from my surgeon. Currently I am 240lbs and a size 24 but would love to be 130-140 lbs and single digits in the sizes. My goal is to get back to horseback riding every day and live a very long and full life for my kiddos. The "only" health issue I currently have is PCOS but I realize that will not always be the same if I remain on this current path.

 

Would love to hear from others who have used the Dr I am considering, PCOS Moms, Texas residents, or basically just anyone to share me journey with.

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Hello! I too am in the beginning stages of my journey. I'm 90% sure I'm getting GB. I'm a mom of 4. My 9 year old has special needs, then I have a 5 year old and 2 year old twins. So we are both busy Mommas! Can't wait to go on this journey with you!

Alison

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Welcome to TT! Sounds like you are on a mission, and I love the homestead idea! Keep digging out that information, and reading here on the forum. You'll be armed to make the best decisions that way. Keep us posted as you progress. :)

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Alison, congrats on those four awesome kiddos. Isn't being a Mom the best? We struggled with infertility after pur first due to pcos but it went undiagnosed for a long while. Ugh. So my last four are back to back. No twins but I do have a set of Irish Twins.

Leorjas, thanks so much for the encouragement. I have been reading a bunch but didn't want to post until I had an appointment. We are just beginning our homesteading journey since buying our property in Feb. It feels like we have lived here forever and so clearly can I see that this was God's journey for us. We currently have horses, goats, dogs, and a cat. Chickens are on the to-do list, and maybe rabbits. And definitely a huge garden. Our goal is to produce 75% of our own food. We love to eat organic but have a hard time affording it for seven people so we feel like producing our own might be cheapest and of course will allow us to eat all our favorite stuff like watermelons and oranges. We need to get some citrus trees going too. The only thing we don't plan on doing is apples because our weather is too warm.

Once I master how to upload pics I will put some up of the animals. I am a real dolt about that stuff :)

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I have endometriosis so we also struggled with infertility which is exactly how we got our twins! It was my last attempt for a girl and I got an extra boy too! So I have 3 boys and 1 little Diva Princess! :)

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Hi! Horse Crazy mom! I M in Houston also! My Doctor is Robert Davis, Dr. Garth's dad. Same clinic.

My surgery is July 5th. I am having bypass. i also have PCOS. One of my main factors for getting the surgery besides bettering my life, is to one day have children.

Welcome! Hopefully we can encourage each other!

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Alison, with as much as I took in the way of fertility meds I should have had a dozen kids :) Plus twins run heavily on both sides of our families. Shockingly I didn't get them but had four singletons back to back that wore me out!

Have you ever noticed that most families of four are three of one gender and one of the other? It is kinda freaky when you really think about it. We had three girls then two boys.

How do you meet the needs of your SN child? We homeschool our kids and that allows us to tailor to their needs because a few of mine have some sensory stuff. Even still, it is taxing but I would not change my situation for all the money in the world :)

Becca, how do you feel about the clinic? I haven't been yet but was a little surprised about the whole process with the patient portal before you even get an appt. I mean, I get it, but it surprised me. Then, whomever put in my name into the patient portal entered my name incorrectly which made me kinda feel like a side of beef at an auction. I am going to put it aside and reserve judgment once I meet the Doctor. Do you have anxiety about your procedure? Yours is coming up so soon. Is it rude to ask who you have for insurance and how easy it was to get approved? I think mine will be easy but I am not excited about jumping through hoops. I've never really been good at that kind of thing lol.

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Becca, I forgot to add that kids #2 and #3 were planned. #4 was a surprise because I was on Metformin for ny own pcos health, nothing to do with pg. And #5 was a shock because I will swear to this day that there were no activities that create babies that month! I had been very sick with a root canal and was not about to let him near me. To this day we chuckle about our miracle baby but he is here and boy is he the most ornery two yr old you've ever met. My point is that people always ask us rude questions (in Costco) if we are Catholic or Mormon or how we afford our groceries. They point out we need a tv in our room. I always try to be nice but sometimes fail and then ask them about their paycheck or sex life. Once they realize how rude they sounded they usually apologize. Then I proceed to explain we suffered infertility for 3 years and 7 months of crying every.single.month. and they always look shocked. I tell them children are a blessing from God and it is not one we take lightly. Particularly due to the fact that we thought we would only have one.

In rambling on, I want you to know that God hears you, and I hear you. Babies are serious business and no matter what, you can not create nor prevent a baby out of sheer willpower. I tried. Getting healthy will give you the best chance at getting those babies of yours and in a few years you will look back and that whole getting pg thin will be a painful, but distant memory. You can do this!

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With all the meds I took I was still shocked when I got pregnant with twins. I think by the time I had my second I figured if I was going to get twins it would have happened and then it was like oh by the way there are two babies! My husband was excited but I was totally freaked out about how we'd handle 4. But I wouldn't change my twins for the world! Even though they are naughty little 2 year olds right now! :)

One of the big reasons I want to have surgery is to lose the weight and make caring for my son easier. I am the main caretaker for him and he needs me. I cant fail him because I am too overweight because there is no one else to pick up my slack. My sweet boy is 9 year old and is in a wheelchair, tube fed, non verbal and cognitively about 18-2 years old (although I'd say he understands at about 3-4). He is also an absolute joy with a smile that melts my heart. He requires assistance with everything from dressing, getting in and out of bed/wheelchair/off floor, getting fed, diaper changes. It is a lot of work when you are well over 100 pounds overweight. My husband helps me a lot when he is home but I take my son to all his specialist appointments and therapies. We have an EXCELLENT school district that gives him 2 paras for one on one support and full inclusion in a typical classroom. The other kids are so wonderful with him and love him exactly how he is. I am truly blessed that he has never been bullied and is so accepted. As he gets older we will have to discuss whether he can remain in a typical classroom since he is so significantly delayed but we are hoping to get him through elementary school before that becomes an issue.

All my kids deserve a Mom who can take them to the school without getting exhausted just walking from our parking spot to front doors and who can run around and play with them. Jaime deserves a Mom who can lift him without feeling like she's gonna keel over. I want to see my kids grow up but more important I want to be present in their lives while they do!

Sorry I am rambling! :)

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Alison, what a beautiful story you have. Kids are totally the best, huh? If you're like me, you realize you need them so much more than they need you...and the amount they teach us is amazing. Life through the eyes on an innocent child is so precious and I hope never to forget how it feels.

I hope to see pics one day of your precious kiddos.

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To be honest, some of the staff at the front are a little short with patients, treating them as if they are just numbers. However, with that being said... I mentioned this to Dr Robert Davis' nurse. She apologized profusely, and explained they just had two girls leave without notice. That made everyone a little on edge... And I did mention I was very pleased when I began my process in January. So I think it's just been recent that the staff has gotten weird. Alma, and Jamie the scheduler and the insurance lady, are AMAZING!

I do not at all think its rude or impolite of you to ask about my insurance and wait time!!! My first appt was in March, and I was approved in 5 weeks. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. The process has been fairly easy. Feel free to PM me about anything!

I will say while I am excited and confident about the surgery, I am also terrified! Ha.

And I want to thank you for your story and your support. You made me tear up, I know God has a plan for me, but at times it's been rough. Thank you! And I am so happy for you and all your children! I am an elementary school teacher, so I can relate to your (I'm guessing) crazy household at times! ( and way to go! Put those rude intrusive people in their place! It's none of their business!!)

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Hey, 

I too am just starting my journey.  I am almost positive that I am going to opt for the lap sleeve.  I also am a mother and struggle with pcos.  I live in Washington State, but I would love to keep eachother company as we pursue our journey! 

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Becca, I too have BCBS PPO so I am hoping mine goes smoothly like yours. I am also glad you felt weird a little about the clinic and that it was not imagined. I figure once I meet the Drs if I don't like mine I will start somewhere else. I am really big on gut feelings. As far as people, I am big on not letting them get to me but my goodness Houston has a disproportionate number of rude people. We live in the country now so I don't have to deal with it too much thankfully. The older I get, the more I give myself the right to get my own way. :)

I didn't want to make you tear up! Just know that this can and will be fixed. God hears you!

ADixon, welcome aboard! I am so glad to meet you. Where are you in your journey? Tell us about your kids. Washington state is absolutely gorgeous and you are so blessed to be around all that natural beauty. We almost moved to Alaska but couldn't get it to work but it is definitely still on our radar of places to visit if not move to. Tell us everything! As you can see, I am a blabber mouth.

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Ill try to figure out how to post a pic of kids but doesn't look like iPad offers that so will need to actually use my computer. :) love everyone's story and looking forward to going through our journeys together!

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Waiting for your pics! Tonight I am going to try to get on a real computer and upload some of my pics too.

We have been recovering from a stomach flu but the baby still has his fever. Otherwise the rest of us are on the mend. It is ultra hot here and going outside seems impossible considering how tired and wimpy I am after this bug, but chores still have to be done.

Becca, were you raised here? How do you handle this humidity? We have lived here almost four years and it still gets to me!

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I have Irish twins :) ten months apart!! LOVE IT! They are 27 now LOL

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Patti, mine are 11 1/2 months apart. Love it too.

But my last four are close. #2-#3 were 11.5 months, #3-#4 are 16 months apart and #4-#5 are 15 months apart. So there was a time when I had five kids, four under four. Whew. Glad I sleep now lol.

Patti are those your only two? Are they both girls?

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Ha ha! I have lived here my entire life, so it's not too bad... As I type this I am sitting at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in the Woodlands, outside in the heat waiting for a concert to begin! Ha ha

Where did you move from?

And just to update you on me- I am on my 2nd day of the 2week liquid diet... And I am DYYYING!

(I might be a little dramatic) but I honestly think I am addicted to food and this liquid diet is HARD.

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Ooohhh I love the CWMP! Awesome venue! What are you seeing? I guess I could look it up LOL

 

Well I have lived all over but the last 11 years I've spent in Texas. The first 7 in Dallas area and now the last 4 here. I miss four seasons!

 

Admittedly my 3 biggest fears are: the liquid diet, the going under anesthesia process, and the sagging skin. In chronological order :)  Does beer count for the liquid diet? ;p Maybe just drink until you pass out then you won't be hungry :) I'm sure that's perfect for the liver :)

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Going to take the pic down in a day or two so it's not out there for the entire world to browse, but there they are :)

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OMG THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

I couldn't figure out how to post a pic. Ill try again tomorrow.

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Awww thanks Alison. Of course this was taken at Christmas but they are now 10,5,4,3, and 2. They are so much fun and yet so tiring lol.

I just uploaded mine to tinypic. Then copy the link that says for bulletin boards and forums. Then paste the link in the message box and hit post and it comes up as a pic, not link.

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Sorry, I was out late... Saw Ke$ha and PitBull. Craziness. No beer. ): that was my hardest but most empowering moment... I could smell the food and the beer! Ha! I never smelled so much at once. Honestly the first two days were hard. (Yes it's 14 days long!) but today has already been better. I am NOT hungry at all. So don't be too worried about this part... Stay busy and it's fine!

Your family is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing that!

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Should I know who ke$ha and Pit Bull are? I feel old. We always joke that it was like getting out of jail after having four kids back to back. Once we slept and reevaluated the world was totally different. Ke$ha and PitBull must have happened during BabyJail :)

Ok well I am going to take your word for it on the two day thing. Is there a diet modification or other diet necessary for either ins or the clinic? Hey I just saw that you are doing yours at Univ Hospital. Someone else asked who the Drs were that worked out of there. I didn't know they did. Why did you choose there? I thought they worked out of MH there on 10. Am I wrong? Educate me!

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