1 Year Since Heart Transplant Scare

WOW, can you believe today is the one year anniversary of me going to California Pacific Medical Center and starting my scare ordeal of potentially getting a heart transplant.  Just can’t believe it has been one year already.  Don’t get me wrong I am happy to put distance between me and that situation.  I saw my cardiologist heart doctor today ironically one year from when I first met him.

I lost over 140 pounds due to weight loss surgery and now have an ejection fraction of 44%. That is amazing considering a year ago I weighed in at 359 pounds and had an ejection fraction of 10% looking at a heart transplant.  Needless to say today is a good day because I don’t have a scar from my chin to my belly from a heart transplant.

Weight Loss Surgery and Echogram

I had an echogram done recently and it appears my ejection fraction is up to 40 percent. I had an ejection fraction of 10% May 2005 and 20% November 2005. This is good news and I am hoping to get off some medication in May.

My weight loss is over 140 pounds down since being sick in May.  I am now 214 and hanging in there. I have had good success with my Vertical Gastrectomy. I am very pleased and blessed I was able to get weight loss surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery Update for 2006-Jan-27

Forgot to give my daily weight update.  As of January 23, 2006 I am 239.6 that is 85.9 pounds since weight loss surgery (8-30-2005) and that is 119.9 since being worked up for a heart transplant May/June 2005. Overall doing good I am walking either 30 min a day or 1 mile.  I sometimes change it out a little. I was able to run for 5 minutes the other day which is amazing for me.  I try not to get my heart rate above 140 for any length of time.  I lift some weights not a lot and not heavy.  Just building up after all the fun I have been through (NOT).  Work is good been real busy.  So the workout really helps me unwind and makes me forget about the job.  I still need to get more motivated to be consistent with working out.

Weight Loss Surgery Update for End of 2005

Good afternoon;

Well here we are at the end of another year. Can’t hardly believe 2005 has come and gone that quickly.  If you have read some of my past post 2005 was not the greatest year for me and my family.  Of course some would say it was a great year.  Meaning that I did not die back in May.

Christmas turned out nice. The kids are happy and had a good Christmas considering.  I sit here at work reminiscing about 2005 and other years.  I catching myself thinking how lucky I really am, I have a beautiful wife and wonderful kids.  Everyone is healthy and we all love each other.  I have seen my oldest daughter Kelsey and hope to stay in touch with her after all these years.

I hope 2006 is a good year and I hope the family and myself stay healthy and out of the hospital.  I am currently down to 248 pounds from 359 in May before my weight loss surgery.  I really need to get to the gym and start working out and stay at the gym.  Need to be consistent and try to not wavering one week to another.

I find myself thinking about Mom a lot lately (passed away a few years ago). I sure miss her and wish she was with us today to be with the kids.  She sure loved Brandon and I bet would have just fallen all over Adriana.  If your out there Mom, I love you and miss you.

I guess I better go and look at the rain. It is pouring lakes out there it is amazing.

Happy New Year everyone be safe.

First Christmas Party Since Weight Loss Surgery

Tonight is the Christmas Party for C2m Hill, oh excuse me Holiday Party.  Kind of taken back when I went in to get a nice button up shirt to wear to the party.  I was looking forward to being able to get any color I wanted since I lost so much weight.  Well I was informed I still needed a size 20″ neck shirt.  Okay fine show me the way, well there were 4 basic color shirts I had to chose from I was not happy about this.  I have lost over 100 pounds and a ton of it in my neck and upper body but I still have a size 20 neck.  Ouch, I guess my neck was pretty large before cause I have lost a lot of it so far. I was able to get a nice leather jacket to accompany my outfit that was 2x which is a far cry from a 5x. Well anyways wanted to write down some of what I was thinking today I will leave you of the picture of us at the Christmas Party.

3 Month Weight Loss Surgery Milestone

Today is a milestone for my weight loss.  I am officially down 100 pounds since becoming sick May 2005. This is the magic number my cardiologist wanted me at to be a better heart transplant candidate.  I am very pleased to say that thanks to losing 66 pounds since my bariatric surgery I will not need a heart transplant.

First Thanksgiving After Weight Loss Surgery

This is my first Thanksgiving since having laparoscopic bariatric surgery (a.ka. vertical sleeve gastrectomy).  I would rather stay home and not deal with this holiday that is centered around food.  I just have to remember to eat a little bit and get up and not subject myself to over eating.

Due to my weight loss surgery I was not able to eat a lot. Instead I fed the baby and keep tabs of her so that I would not think about all the delicous food.  Keeping your mind occupied will help you not think about food with in turns causes over eating.

Thanksgiving Thoughts and Weight Loss Surgery Update

As of last Tuesday I weighted in at 266 pounds.  When I hit 259 I will have lost 100 pounds since my heart problems in May.  That will be quite an accomplishment.  I still do 20 minutes on the treadmill and then work out my chest and stomach.  I get an aqua message that caps the workout rather nicely.

Thanksgiving is coming up and I am not looking forward to it at all.  I hope it will all be about the friendship and not about my weight loss surgery.  This will be the first year I will not eat two or more full plates of food.  I will be lucky to get down a small plate.

Had an echocardiogram done and my ejection fraction is approx 25-28% that is doubled what it was May 2005. Not out of the woodwork yet but doing better.

2005-Nov-18 Weight Loss Update

I weigh every Tuesday and today my weight was 268.2 pounds.  Still losing and still feeling good for the most part. I had a bad weekend, I ate to much dairy (which was not a lot) and boy did I pay for it.  On Sunday I ate to much to fast.  Actually I think it was the fact that the juice from my meat mixed with the rice and bloated me.  I commenced to throw up for about 10 minutes was not fun.

Long over due Weight Loss update

Sorry it has been over a month since blogging.  I have been busy getting back to work after my surgery.  I am doing good as of 11-1-2005 I am weighing in at 271.6 which is down 53.9 pounds since bariatric surgery on 8-30-2005.  I have been working out, doing cardiovascular exercise and lifting weights.  I am starting slow and light and working my way up.  I still have heart issues that I have to pay attention to.

I hope to get an echocardiogram done within the next couple of months to see if the weight loss is helping.  I sure hope it is helping otherwise I may have to get on the heart transplant list and I DO NOT want to do that.

I need to try and eat my 4-5 bites of protein for lunch.