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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
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In This Issue
* Big Medicine Returns to Discovery Health,
Wednesday, July 16th
* Is Your Night Eating a More Serious Problem?
* Are You Wearing Shorts This Summer?
* Recipe: Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ * Success
Story: Lissa Wiggs
Big Medicine Returns
Tune in, Wednesday, July
16, at 10PM Eastern / 9PM Central to Discovery Health for the return
of BIG MEDICINE!
We are asking that you specifically watch
the show, and pass this along to anyone that may be interested in the
show, as the ratings earned tomorrow night will play a big part in
whether or not there is a Season Three!
surgery community and the public as a whole continue to benefit from
the education and up-close stories provided by BIG MEDICINE. Season
Three will showcase a whole new cast of characters and a new,
state-of-the-art clinic to act as a fresh backdrop for the compelling
patient stories of victorious transformation and overcoming of
Tune in Wednesday
night at 10PM Eastern, 9PM Central on Discovery Healthto watch Drs. Robert and Garth
Davis, father/son bariatric surgeons who practice at The
Methodist Hospital and University General Hospital in Houston, Texas,
and their amazing patients, as they undergo surgical treatment for the
disease of morbid obesity and begin their brave journeys to freedom
from obesity and start their new lives.
On behalf of
Drs. Davis, we sincerely appreciate your support!
I would like to thank the hundreds of you who
responded to the survey in the last newsletter about communicating
with your surgeon and bariatric practice. Here is a summary of the
64% of you see your surgeon for check ups, and of
those who responded yes, 46 Ĺ % are 3 or more years post-op.
Of those who responded that donít see their
surgeon for follow-ups, here are some of the reasons that you cited:
The surgeon is too far away
Insurance doesnít pay for the follow-up visits
I have gained weight and am embarrassed to go
They do nothing for me yet I still get billed
I was assigned to be seen by a nurse.
They didnít seem interested in seeing me
59% reported that your surgeonís office does not
communicate with you.
Here is what you would like in terms of
communication from your surgeon:
74% would like a newsletter
44.7% would like special events
46% would like special support groups
Only 8% of you said that you didnít care if you
heard from your surgeon or not. Clearly communication is important to
you. 54% say it is very important and 38% said it is somewhat
I would like to submit the details of this study
along with other results at next yearís American Society for Metabolic
and Bariatric Surgery meeting and perhaps help in some small way to
increase the communication we receive from our surgeons. Thank
you for your help with this project.
Attention Nurse Educators
Preparing for COE Status?
You Like to Have
Obesity Sensitivity Training for
What - It May Be Free)
If you are a
bariatric coordinator or nurse educator and need obesity sensitivity
training for your hospital staff, contact me at 877-440-1518 or
Barbara@BarbaraThompson.net. Obesity sensitivity training is a
Center of Excellence requirement. I can help you find sponsorship that
your hospital may qualify for.
Is Your Night Eating
a More Serious Problem?
Itís 9:00 at night and I have a craving to eat
something. Iím not sure what I want, but I know that the kitchen is
calling me. For some of us, this is a more serious problem than just
snacking our way through the evening. This could be a serious eating
disorder called Night Eating Syndrome
Night Eating Syndrome (NES) affects any where
between 10% and 27% of the obese population depending upon which study
you read. But if you have a problem with wanting to raid the
refrigerator at 9:00 PM, does that mean you have NES?
Here is how NES is different than just want to
snack at night. Those having NES:
Eat at least Ĺ of their daily calories after
they have finished dinner
Wake up during the night 2 or more times
craving a high calorie carbohydrate snack
Do not eat breakfast because they have eaten
so much during the night
Suffer from insomnia
Have been doing this for at least 2 months
Those having NES have higher levels of cortisol,
signifying high levels of anxiety and low levels of melatonin which
helps to promote sleep. The craving for carbohydrates is a way to trigger tryptophan which eventually calms the anxiety
and promotes sleep.
yourself to the check list above. If the symptoms sound like you,
consult with your physician and an eating disorder counselor. You may
have a condition that is more than you are able to handle on your own.
Back on Track Program
Suffering from emotional eating and canít stop?
Grazing on carbohydrates and canít control it?
Lacking inspiration to lose the weight you have
Feel you donít know what to do now that you have
Dying to be in better shape with warm weather
Then you are in luck! My Back on Track Internet Mentoring
Program is just what you need!
Most of us, who had weight loss surgery, have
been left with less than an ideal body. Yes, there are those who lost
weight and their skin shrunk perfectly into place, or who had the
advantage of a full body lift. I am truly happy for those people, but
that doesnít describe my body!! My calves arenít bad, but look out for
those thighs. Some times I start at my knees and pull the skin up and
consider how great my legs would look if onlyÖ. At that point I get
creative and want to grab a garter belt or tourniquet to hold everything up
that gravity is pulling down. So what do I do with these legs? Do I
wear jeans or long pants all summer or do I just accept my imperfect
body and put on a comfortable pair of shorts?
It all comes down to how we feel about ourselves,
which for someone who has come from a background of being morbidly
obese, is usually not too positive. Many of us feel so good about
ourselves in the year following surgery as we are losing weight, but
then the bloom fades as we realize that we are stuck with the body ďas
is.Ē That starts to hit home around year 2 and 3 post-op.
There are those whose excess skin is very
debilitating. It causes rashes, infection, immobility and
psychological trauma. The fact that most often insurance companies do
not cover plastic surgery for what is clearly a medical condition for
them is terrible. But for those who are fortunate enough to be left
with a body that is less than attractive rather than being a medical
condition, we still complain.
So here are some suggestions for coming to terms
Look at your before pictures and count your
blessings. Remember what it was like to be that weight and the
health problems that went along with it.
Remember that how you look on the inside is
more important than how you look on the outside. Have pride in what
you have accomplished and focus on that.
Because of our damaged body image, I would bet
that you really look a lot better than you think you do, so please
think about that.
So put on your shorts even though your legs could
look a lot better and consider the sagging skin as battle scars. You
have come a long way on this journey and deserve to be proud.
Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ
Here is a great summer picnic recipe that is
somewhat spicy and very tender for those who have problems getting
protein down. Enjoy!!!
Slow Cooker Carolina BBQ
1 (5 lb.) bone-in pork shoulder roast
1 Tbsp. salt
Ground black pepper
1 Ĺ cups apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute)
1 Ĺ Tbsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Place the pork shoulder in a slow cooker and season
with salt and pepper. Pour the vinegar around the pork. Cover and cook
on low for 12 hours. Pork should easily pull apart into strands,
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and discard
any bones. Strain out the liquid and save 2 cups. Discard the rest of
the liquid. Shred the pork using tongs or 2 forks. And return it to the
slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and keep on a low
setting until ready to serve.
You can also cook this on high for 5 Ĺ hours.
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of
thisnewsletter, please send it to me at
I want to offer a special thanks to Lissa Wiggs
for sharing her inspirational success story. Here is her story:
My name is Lissa Wiggs. I am 43 years old and
living life to the fullest.
I have struggled with my weight all my life. I was
very athletic in high school and managed to keep my weight under control until I
graduated. Once I stopped the daily exercise the weight just piled on
and on. I hit 200 lbs when I was 19. By 22 I weighed 225 lbs. Every
time I would lose 25 lbs I would put it back on and then some.
I got married at 25 and by the time the marriage
crumbled a year and a half later I was near 250 lbs. I married my
second husband not quite a year later and 11 years later hit an all time
high of 334 lbs. I had dropped up to 35 lbs at a time but was never
able to keep the weight off. I was never able to get pregnant and I had
to be on medication to treat hypertension. I was in pain all the time
and I couldn't call what I had a life. I dragged myself through each
day and then fell into bed each night wondering why I was even on the
planet. My feet hurt before I even put them on the floor each morning.
I heard about weight loss surgery and
finally became interested enough to investigate it. I had heard that
one of the insurance plans at my work would cover it so I switched to
that insurance, just in case. I went to the seminar and I loved what I
heard. I had my first appointment with Dr. Watson of Western Surgical
Group, which recently became Western Bariatric Institute. During the
tests that I had to take we discovered that I had a moderate case of
sleep apnea, which had contributed to my exhaustion.
The process began in August 2004 and in January
2005 on the first try, my surgery was approved. My surgery was set for
February 15, 2005. My surgery went well and I was released 23 hours
later. Everything was text book. I lost weight steadily. As soon as I
was able, I began exercising every day. By May, I had lost about 75
lbs. I was walking up to 2 miles per hour and exercising an hour a
day. In high school I had been on the swimming team, and I enjoy
swimming a lot. In May of that year I swam in the "Corporate Challenge"
that is a local athletic competition. It was great fun and I actually
felt good about my results.
My weight loss slowed and stalled at 212 lbs. I
was very frustrated, but knew that I was eating too much and wasn't
pushing myself with exercise. In July 2006, I finally got a fresh start
and lost another 40 lbs. I got excited again and went to see a plastic
surgeon. In October 2006 I had a body lift and a breast lift. I
finally had the body I had always wanted. That surgery was not as easy
as the gastric bypass was. I pulled out the stitches twice and the
drains were uncomfortable. I had a real delay in healing time because
of the pulled out stitches. It took a very long time to be able to go
back to my daily exercising. But it was worth every pain.
My marriage didn't survive. I got divorced. With
the bad comes the good though. For the first time in my life I am
learning to be happy with myself, and learning to please myself. I like
how I look. For the first time in my life, I weigh what my driverís
license says I weigh. I no longer take medicine for hypertension and I
am no longer on the C-PAP machine.
I would like to lose another 20 or so lbs, but it
isn't necessary for my happiness. Exercise is the key to everything. I
have become addicted to endorphins. I truly love exercise. I love the
way I look now. I have never liked to have my picture taken, but now I
love it. I love to hike, I love to dance, I love to run. I just plain
love to move, and I love life in general!
I love good news. If you have good news, a
success story to share, or inspiration, please send it to me at
Barbara@wlscenter.com so that I can include it in future
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