IVC Filter is gone!!

Filter out and Ron is sleeping off the meds. He can’t get out of bed for a few hours.

Continue reading

New Pictures 12/3/2011

Here are some new pictures taken today 12/3/2011

Continue reading

Kathy and I

One of my great nurses that always takes great care of me

Continue reading

Waiting for discharge

Waiting for the doctors to release the orders to cut me loose. I am so ready to get out of here. The service has been great but the healing doesn’t begin till you get home. I miss my son more then I though possible.

Continue reading

Pre-op

We walked in and he got all dressed in his fancy gown, cap, and socks. The Drs asked a million of the same questions then anesthesiologist said they were going to do an awake intubation. They got the IV going gave him some meds gave him a lidocaine lollipop and took him to OR. They […]

Continue reading

Morning Of

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!  Ok up and dressed making the final checks to make sure we have everything and then getting in the car to head to the hospital for the surgery. Family will be blogging during the surgery and day; I will try to blog when I come out of it depending on […]

Continue reading

Long day

What a long day! Finishing the antibacterial skin washes and then finally a few hours of sleep. Will post hopefully hour by hour tomorrow!

Continue reading

Night Before

Well it is finally here, I have everything packed and all my affairs in order.  Now I will be getting a good night sleep yeah right.  Anyway I will be trying to go to bed here shortly and be up at 3am to get ready to head into the hospital. I will arrive at 5:00am […]

Continue reading

Packing, clear liquids

Getting everyone packed. Later Zach goes to Aunt Brandi’s then to bed super early! Drama cause clear liquids are not fun!

Continue reading

IVC Filter Placed

So after a 4 hour delay they placed the filter in with success. They had an emergency patient they had to do first so I had to wait. Then they took me in and put the filter in and it took all of 15 minutes and I was done. They also completed the Echo today […]

Continue reading

IVC Filter

Here at the university of Chicago checking in and getting ready for them to place the Ivc filter going to ask if I can get it on video for the blog lol Ron just texted and said the filter went in fine. As soon as he is released the he has the echocardiogram scheduled. 8:30pm-Ron […]

Continue reading

Last day of work

Ok today is my last day of work before surgery. I also got a call just before five last night that the anesthesia preop now wants me to do an Echo before surgery. Have to call them back today to see when that can be scheduled.

Continue reading

Final Stretch

Here we are the week of surgery. I only have today and Tuesday left at work then I am off until November 15. The nerves are in high gear now. We have the house close to being done for visitors, I have the legal stuff left to finish and before you know it, Friday will […]

Continue reading

All Day visit over

Ok that was one long day. I am home now minus like 20 vials of blood. Getting closer to the day.

Continue reading

Anesthesia Pre-op

Ron at the anesthesia pre-op visit.

Continue reading

All day in Chicago

Up getting ready this morning to drop Zach off at school and we are heading for Chicago for the final Pre-op visit. It is going to be a long day. Zach was up at 3am with a nightmare. Ron is doing fine but he is worried about his cousin Jerry Bacon. Jerry is going in […]

Continue reading

Vitamins Ordered

Just placed my first order for the vitamins I will be on for the rest of my life. I would so much rather take these vitamins then all the harmful medications I was taking 🙂 Just think no real side effects from vitamins.

Continue reading

FMLA Confirmed

Got conformation today that my FMLA has been approved. One step closer to making this dream a reality. It is finally setting in I am going to be healthy!

Continue reading

Surgery Scheduled

Greetings family and friends, It is with great excitement and utter terror I write this. My two year long quest has finally come full circle. I have been fully cleared for surgery by the insurance company and from the University of Chicago Surgical team. I will be completing my final nutrition, pre-ops and lab work […]

Continue reading

Dr Prachand Visit 9/28/2011

Well I saw the Doctor today and he was excited that I had no weight gain since the last visit. He has verified we have everything and is meeting with his team later this week to discuss setting a date for my surgery.

Continue reading

Duodenal Switch Animation

Duodenal Switch Animation Here is another animation of the procedure I am going to be having done. This one shows it a little better but no sound.

Continue reading

Facebook Intergration

I am intergrating this blog with my facebook page so that it keeps everyone up to date easier as I go thru this transformation. Today i updated my will and got the paperwork ready to take to have signed by the witnesses and notary just incase.

Continue reading

Duodenal Switch operation

Duodenal Switch operation   This is the procedure I will be having. The duodenal switch (DS) procedure, also known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD-DS) or gastric reduction duodenal switch (GRDS), is a weight loss surgery procedure that is composed of a restrictive and a malabsorptive aspect. The restrictive portion of the surgery involves […]

Continue reading

Vivek N. Prachand, MD

Meet the man that is going to save my life. Associate Professor of Surgery Vivek Prachand, MD, is an expert in minimally invasive abdominal surgery. He is skilled at the most advanced laparoscopic procedures, and performs more than 200 laparoscopic abdominal surgeries each year.

Continue reading

Pulmonologist Clearance

Today I saw Dr. Alexander Bozanich and he cleared me for surgery.  He said he would write the letter and have it faxed by the end of the day.

Continue reading

Primary Care Clearance

Today I saw Dr. Desai and they started the paperwork for the new health and physical and letter for surgical clearance.  They said they would have it faxed in by next Friday.

Continue reading

University of Chicago Contacted

So today I contacted the University of Chicago and told them that I have been approved to come back and that my surgery has been cleared and asked what I have to do to get started. They want an updated history and physical and surgical clearance from my Primary Care Physician. They also want an […]

Continue reading

Team Board

All day event consisting of visits with Dietitians, Psychologists, Surgery team all went well and I was accepted as a good candidate for the surgery. They informed me to compete the final step, which was the insurance approval.

Continue reading

Pulmonologist Clearance

After the recommendation from someone in the respiratory field that I work with and trust, I chose Dr. Alexander Bozanich, he evaluated me and my sleep Athena and had me go thru some tests and cleared me for surgery

Continue reading

Primary Care Physician

The first hurdle in the battle was seeing my Primary Care Physician and getting him to agree to the sugery, this proved to be the easiest step.  He agreed as he had been treating me for years for all of my medical issues and we started the 12 weeks of required supervised diet required by […]

Continue reading

My Journey Begins

After years of trying to control my weight with diets and every other type of “fad” there was, I finally decided to seek surgical help for my weight control issues. I decided to go with Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity The University Of Chicago Medical Center a friend at work Michael Brady highly reccomended […]

Continue reading