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I am a school teacher in our nations capital. I have 6 wonderful children and a loving, supportive husband. My gastric sleeve was done 08/01/2012 by Dr. Marc Rickford at Providence Hospital. My heaviest weight was this past summer when I finally topped-out at 241.2 lb. I am 5'4" so that is very morbidly obese. I made the decision about surgery several times but kept getting scared and changing my mind. It finally got to where I couldn't walk without severe foot & ankle pain with every step. I ...
I am a school teacher in our nations capital. I have 6 wonderful children and a loving, supportive husband. My gastric sleeve was done 08/01/2012 by Dr. Marc Rickford at Providence Hospital. My heaviest weight was this past summer when I finally topped-out at 241.2 lb. I am 5'4" so that is very morbidly obese. I made the decision about surgery several times but kept getting scared and changing my mind. It finally got to where I couldn't walk without severe foot & ankle pain with every step. I decided to surrender myself to God and accept the consequences... what ever happened. I am happy to say that when I got out of the hospital bed after my surgery, I was able to wlak pain free. I have lost some weight already and my goal at this time is to get to 150 lb.
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KELS2264
9/18/2012 6:40:49 PM

Of course every responsible surgeon will tell you that you have to drink, drink, drink! Hydration is very important for a number of reasons and if a doctor doesn't emphasize that, you should look for a new one! So sorry to hear about your sister.



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LYSMYMISS53
9/2/2012 2:01:41 PM

hi, I saw you were a member of a bariatric surgery group (which I am not a member of because it is not the specific surgery I amn going for, and therefor could not post this. I think its extremely important to spread the word. I have done TONS of research and never came across this risk so I doubt many others have. I'd like to share it with you so you can share it with your group and friends w/weight loss surgery. Knowledge is power! Below is a copy of the posting a nurse made on my blog... the important info I think we should spread:

"SLUNDQUIS
9/2/2012 11:26AM

I do worry about any bariatric surgery people have, but it does seem that you really have done the research and I applaud you for that. Most don't and think they have. I have seen several done including my sister-in-law, I am an RN so I am really interested in the medical side of everything. The one thing I will tell you is VERY important and may save your life, but you HAVE to drink water, lots of it. It is one of the fatal flaws people don't think about. I know you don't want to drink during meals, but start half hour to an hour after a meal and sip on it until an half hour to hour before the next meal. Kidneys work on pressure which comes from water and if you don't get enough they will start to shut down. This was fatal for my sister-in-law and can happen with all gastric surgeries. After she died I research it, and this is very common for bariatric surgery. I do not mean to scare you just inform you of the importance of water intake, especially with the surgery. I know several people who have had kidney failure and several other that did great, water intake seemed to be the key to success. Please take care and let us know how everything went and of course new pics. "



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