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Issue # 35, Nov. 2, 2003
From the Desk of Barbara Thompson
Author of "Weight Loss Surgery, Finding the Thin Person Hiding
** In this Issue **
* Research Article: Diabetes Improves After Weight Loss Surgery
* Book Excerpt: Over the Counter Medications Following Weight Loss
* Recipe: Chicken Paprikash
* Telephone Seminars are Coming
* Success Story: Judy Ellis
* Spreading the Word in Tulsa, Morristown and Sedalia, MO
When I speak around the country, one of the things I ask people
to do is to make a list of what they would like to do if they were
of normal weight. It is a time to dream. It is a time to imagine
what seems so far away, yet is attainable. One thing that people
often list is the ability to throw away their medication. That is a
wonderful dream of those whose morbid obesity has really taken its
toll on their health. The following article reports on research that
is just another indication of how life saving this surgery can be.
** Research Article:
Diabetes Improves After Weight Loss Surgery **
Phil Schauer, MD, who was my surgeon and the author of the
Foreword to my book, has published the results of his research on
diabetes following weight loss surgery in the most recent issue of
the “Annals of Surgery.” The results of this research are very
exciting. Please pass the summary article on to your primary care
physician. It is the primary care physician who is in a position to
recommend weight loss surgery to his or her patient with diabetes.
They are profoundly influential, and anything that we can do to
spread the word about this life altering surgery, the better.
Click Here for the Article
** Book Excerpt:
Over the Counter Medications Following
Weight Loss Surgery **
With cold and flu season looming, you may be concerned about what
over the counter medication is safe to take following surgery. As a
general rule, avoid anything that has aspirin in it. This is a list
that is found in my book “Weight Loss Surgery; Finding the Thin
Person Hiding Inside You.” Be sure to check with your own surgeon to
ensure that he or she agrees with these recommendations.
Medications to Avoid:
Medications That Are Recommended For Colds:
Tylenol Cold Products
Medications That Are Usually Well Tolerated
(Try to obtain sugar free or diabetic formulas
for any of these products.)
Tylenol Extra Strength
Milk of Magnesia
If you do not have your copy of my book “Weight Loss Surgery;
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You,” what are you waiting
for? Many surgeons all across the country will not allow their
patients to have the surgery unless they have read my book. Order
your copy at
** Recipe: Chicken Paprikash **
Everyone who has gastric bypass surgery must have a crock pot.
There is nothing that will soften a piece of meat better than a
crock pot. Crock pots make meat so tender that it almost melts in
your mouth and most importantly will not get stuck in your stoma. I
made this recipe today and it was wonderful.
2 pounds of boneless Chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (I used the one with garlic)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can of water
1can of button mushrooms
1/2 cup of sour cream
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut pork into chunks. Season the pork with paprika, salt and pepper.
Sauté in a little oil until lightly browned. Put into a crock pot.
Add chopped onions to the pan and sauté until soft. Add to the crock
Add 2 cans of condensed soup and 1 can of water. Stir until mixed.
Cook in the crock pot on high for 5 hours or low 8 to 10 hours.
For the last 1/2 hour add drained canned mushrooms.
During the last 5 minutes, add the sour cream.
To make this a lighter, less caloric recipe, use low fat versions
of the soup and sour cream.
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future
issues of this newsletter, please send it
to me at
** Telephone Seminars are Coming **
Have you ever participated in a telephone
seminar? They are a terrific
way to learn. To participate in a telephone
seminar you call a designated
phone number and enter a pass code number
so that you are connected to what is called a bridge line. It is
similar to a party line, because you can hear other people speak and
you can speak yourself. After the start of the
telephone seminar the
moderator puts the guests on mute during the presentation. There is
lots of time for questions which can be asked when everyone is taken
I will be starting a series of telephone
seminars and want to get your
input on them. It will be an opportunity to interact with me "live"
and pose your questions to me on the specified topic. Occasionally,
I will have a special guest. Each telephone
seminar would cost $19.95 to
participate or to purchase as an audio cassette tape later from my
website. If you participate in the telephone
seminar, you can tape record
the session so that you have it to keep. I would like to know the
1) Would you be interested in a telephone
2) What topics would you like to see covered?
3) Are there any guests that you would like me to interview?
I would love to have your feedback. Email me at
** Success Story: Judy Ellis **
I want to offer a special thanks to Judy Ellis for sharing her
story. Here is her story.
I really enjoy your newsletter each month. It really helps me
since my surgery and your articles are wonderful.
Here is my story. I am a 56 year old women who thought her life
was about to end. My weight had gotten out of hand. All my life I
have been over weight and have been on many weight programs. But in
the last 20 years it has gotten a lot worse. My health was going
down hill by the day.
I went in to see my primary care physician and he told me about a
wonderful doctor in West Columbia, SC, Dr. Glen Strickland who was
doing gastric bypass surgery. He thought I would benefit from this
surgery. My appointment was made before I left his office.
I met with Dr. Strickland and he sent me to have all the medical
work-ups to get approved by my insurance company. I talked
everything over with my family who by the way had many questions.
When I started my journey I knew nothing about this surgery. So I
went online and started my search.
My surgery was on Oct. 30, 2002 and my beginning weight was 248
pounds. My BMI was 43. I am 5'1" so 248 pounds is a lot for me. My
surgery was laparoscopic RNY.
Although my surgery went well; my recovery was tough but well
worth it and yes I would do it again. I am 10 1/2 months post op and
I now weigh 143 pounds. I feel better than I have in 20 years. I
wish I could have had this done years ago. I know this is not for
everyone, but I thank God everyday that it was for me.
We have an Angel Program through our support group. We find out
when our pre-ops are having surgery and are there for them and their
families. I try very hard to be there for all our pre-ops as well as
post-ops. We also have an online support group. You need the support
from your friends as well as your family.
Here are before and after pictures of me if you would like to use
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 issues.