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Written:  May 26,2010

I’m still very excited about my upcoming weight loss surgery.  More than likely it will be October when I have it.  I wish it were tomorrow.  I have now completed everything they have asked me to do except for the 6 month physician supervised diet...which I’m in the process of completing.  

I have been to the 3 hour seminar with Dr. Chasen.  He went over extensively all the different types of weight loss surgeries....the pros and the cons.  He showed us a video of one of his surgeries.  We even got to see all the surgical tools used in performing weight loss surgery.  It was all very informative.  

Next I had my appointment with the dietician (who has had the lap band...which she had problems with) and then eventually had the gastric bypass.  She went over everything about eating...portions...and what to completely stay away from.  It too was very informative.  

Then I had the appointment with the PSYCHOLOGIST. Loved talking to her!  Very laid back and made me feel so at ease. After talking to her for about an hour she determined that I was more than ready for this surgery and knew exactly what I was doing and how my life would change.  It was a good visit.

The last thing I had to do was have an endoscope procedure.  Dr. Chasen does those himself.  He likes to be able to see for himself where he is going.  I did have a small hiatal hernia (sp?) but he said not big enough to do anything about.  Other than that...everything looked great!  

Today I saw my regular doctor who is monitoring my diet for the six months.  He is excited for me and said I was the perfect person for this surgery and that he said it was going to be a very good thing for me.  I love Dr. Thurmond.  

I have my next (4) doctor visits scheduled to see Dr. Thurmond until the surgery.  I see Dr. Chasen next week for a follow up.  It’s all going into place and I can’t wait.
No more yo-yo dieting....and more of feeling great...having energy...and being healthier.  

The cute clothes I will get to wear...the looking better are all icing on the cake.  The mere fact that I will be healthier and will add years to my life is the BIG PRIZE!

More to come later....

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 7, 2010
    • Thank you Mary for letting us walk through this with you. estaticheartheart



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 7, 2010
    • Judy...thanks for your kind words.  That is the whole reason behind blogging about this journey.  So that if anyone is thinking about having the surgery this might help them make a decision.  It took me 3+ years to make this decision so this isn’t something I decided to do on a whim.  But once you make the decision to do it...you know..you are ready!

      To be honest...I’ve paid for Weight Watchers and went a couple of times.  It just does nothing for me anymore.  I did not stick to the plan because I just didn’t.  At first I thought I needed to for my insurance but that was not the case.  I basically have just been cutting out stuff and my doctor has been prescribing adipex for me.  I’ve lost about 11 pounds since May 1st.  Not a lot.  

      The estimated recovery time is about two weeks...give or take a week.  Some people have gone back in a week if they have a desk job...and some stay out a little longer.  But it’s laproscopic so the recovery is not bad. Of course as I go through this I’ll tell you more.happy



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 7, 2010
    • MC I love your upbeat-ness!



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      UK Girl wrote Sep 8, 2010
    • Mary since you have made this decision I have noticed a real change in you - it’s great that your sharing this with everyone as I know loads of people would be interested but not sure of what is entailed and your now walking them through the surgery step by step .......heart



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 8, 2010
    • Thanks everyone!!
      Vicki....do you really see a change in me?  I guess maybe because I can now talk about it.  Not that I could never talk about it but I decided if I let the cat out of the bag too soon that I might endure some negative feedback and to be honest I just didn’t want to hear it.  But I am finding so far everyone has been very understanding and supportive.  estatic

      Like I said I’ve been looking at this for 3+ years and in April..I finally made the decision. Just going to the initial visit was HUGE.  Then with the healthcare issue...I felt that possibly next year my husband’s insurance would NOT cover it and I didn’t want to lose my opportunity.  Having to do this 6 month’s physician supervised diet has been a pain.  But I played their game.  

      Judy on the Adipex...my doctor said he was going to do whatever to help me during these 6 months.  Every month when I go to him he has paperwork to fill out and to document for this surgery.  Also..he has to agree to see me as my regular physician AFTER having the surgery.  Sometimes some doctors refuse to care for patients who have had this type of surgery. But Dr. Thurmond is great and each month when I go to him...he acts more excited than ME!!!  I’ve had (3) doctors to tell me that I am the perfect candidate for this surgery and that it’s a very good thing.  

      Okay...on what I can eat....let me get all of my info together...and I’ll do a blog on what I have to eat.  It will be more informative than me just saying off the top of my head.  

      Thanks Vikki...I am very upbeat all of this...just so excited. I know at first...it might be a little rough..but..I WILL SURVIVE!!!!estatic

      THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YA‘LL‘S SUPPORT......it really means A LOT TO ME!!  THANK YOU!!heart



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      UK Girl wrote Sep 8, 2010
    • Mary that’s what this site is about supporting each other through our daily journeys and sharing .....

      I think there must be a few ladies who have thought or would like this surgery but don’t know how to take the first step and as you have done this and talked about it I’m sure many will be grateful and follow your progress and maybe decide to do it with an informed mind with first hand information



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 8, 2010
    • Thanks Vicki!!  

      Also..I will admit...I am trying my hand at major blogging and maybe eventually some other types of writing.  So...to start off my blog...What’s Going On With MaryClark? ....I felt this topic would be a good one to draw followers.  With that said...

      I would love it if everyone on FAB40 would go to my blog site...and subscribe...and “follow” me.  Hey ..and feel free to check out any advertisements on there...I get paid a little.  LOL  And I mean a little.  But it’s a start.  

      All I’ve got to say is...I have a lot going on....LOLestatic

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      THANKS!


      Maryclark, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 8, 2010
    • Has your blog site changed? I think I’m following you!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 8, 2010
    • Yes Vikki... you are following me!  Thanks to you and everyone that has subscribed and clicked to follow me!



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