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My gastric sleeve surgery

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On October 4th I flew to San Diego and took a transfer to Tijuana, Mexico to have gastric sleeve surgery. I was frustrated with my weight and had finally managed to take off about 16 pounds before I left, so I was down to 382 pounds before surgery. They took us to stay the night before surgery at the Tijuana Mariott which turned out to be just gorgeous. My meals were provided. I could have up to 3 bowls of chicken broth, 2 bottles of water and 2 popscicles. This was after 3 weeks of drinking 2 protein shakes a day and a salad for dinner with some type of protein on it. I was so anxious I only ate one bowl of broth, a popscicle, and a bottle of water.

They picked up me and another surgery patient at 6:45am the next morning and took us to the hospital for registration. The hospital was very clean and neat, but like out of a time warp as all of their equipment was from about 20 years ago compared to American medicine. It all worked, so no complaints!! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. They led us through preparation for surgery, which I have to admit is a blur now and the next thing I remember is waking up in my hospital room and they told me my surgery was successful. Much to my disgust, they wanted us up walking 20 minutes every 2 hours to help dispel the gas they had filled the abdominal cavity with for the surgery. They said you may have severe left shoulder pain, but I lucked out and didn't have it. I didn't want to walk, I wanted to sleep!! They were really great about keeping your pain under control and the nausea. I protested about walking and have to say I wasn't a very good patient. I forgot to mention that my mom went with me and they gave her a hospital bed in my room for her to stay so she could be with me all the time. It was nice being babied by Mom too during the whole ordeal, even if I am 42 years old! She would also encourage me to walk and I did as little as I could get away with. Of course, in hindsight I paid for it in pain.

The morning after the surgery they wanted me to get up and take a shower. I thought they were joking! How could I possibly shower after I just had surgery?? They were serious. It took every ounce of energy I had, but I did it and they came in and changed my bandages. Everything looked good. I stayed one more night in the hospital and did a repeat of the shower the next morning and they started us on liquids the night before. The doctor came in and talked to me and told me I had done great with my pre-surgery diet and my liver was the size of someone with a much smaller BMI. This helped him a lot in the surgery. They gave me some antibiotics and light pain meds and sent me back to the hotel for another 2 nights.

Although my abdomen was sore, I felt good enough to go on a tour of Tijuana and do a little shopping for Mom and me and the people back home. We had a great taxi driver and he showed us so much of Tijuana in a 3 hour tour. The representative from the company that I had the surgery through came and checked on me twice a day and was in phone contact as well. They were really wonderful. For anyone considering having surgery out of country, Ready 4 A Change is an excellent company. They are so accommodating and friendly as well as reasonably priced.

It's now been 2 weeks since my surgery and I am down 25 pounds already. I was 357.4 when I got on the scale this morning. I average 1.5 pounds to 3 pounds a day right now. I know that will slow down soon, but it is amazing right now. The doctor told me before I left the hospital that she thought I could potentially lose 100 pounds in 3 months if I stayed on plan. Now for the hard part and not try to eat things too early and staying away from sweets. I plan to do my best and see what I look like after that first 100 pounds and then we'll go for the 2nd 100 pounds! I have faith between WW and the surgery that I can do it.

  
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RIISEY 1/30/2014 8:40AM

  Congratulations. I am having the sleeve done on Feb 26th. For the person who asked why Tijuana, It is cheaper in Tijuana and Mexico etc if you are self pay. Some insurance do not pay for it. Bariatric doctors in the States do offer self pay packages but it is way more expensive then leaving the Country.

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KAYWEB555 1/10/2013 11:32AM

    Best Wishes for a Happy New Year and new body with it !

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TINYDANCER 1/4/2013 4:21PM

    i just read that you had surgery. Your results are amazing. if you dont mind, why did you go out of the country for your surgery? Did you have to go through a ton of tests before they did the surgery. You are looking great. Congratulations

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CANNIE50 10/19/2012 12:16AM

    I hope your recovery continues to go well. Take care!

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RYDERB 10/18/2012 11:47PM

    Congratulations! I'm so happy everything went so well for you. 25 pounds down already is AMAZING! Stay strong! You're worth the work that sticking to your plan is going to take.
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THOMS1 10/18/2012 6:18PM

    emoticon Great blog and I am glad things turned out for you! emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 10/18/2012 5:19PM

    I'm very glad everything went so well for you. It's a brave thing you did! I am very glad your Mom went with you - doesn't matter how old you are, it's still Mom! I wish you the best of luck with everything. I started out at 386 and am down to 339 now. I would really like to see a 20 some loss by the turn of the year, myself. Please keep us posted on your progress! emoticon

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Posting a picture for a Challenge

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm doing a Biggest Loser Challenge in one of my groups and one of the challenges is to post a picture of ourselves and add it to the group. Well, I finally got brave enough to stand in front of the camera and have my mom take a picture of me. Now I'll have to put it in the Spark Page as well and see if 30 pounds has made any difference that I can see. I hope this was all worth this. I won't grow if I don't try!
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KAYWEB555 10/21/2011 3:07PM

    Good for YOU ! Great job at lossing 30#'s ! Enjoy your challenge !

How are things going I have been gone for a while as I just couldn't handle much activity for a while. Slowly coming back with a 30 day challenge just to come back to the SP site and huddle with my teams and visit some old friends !
Kay & The Pups

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OLSONRAC 10/6/2011 3:50PM

    Way to go!!! Great job, keep pushing forward you are doing amazing!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/6/2011 2:17PM

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/6/2011 1:56PM

    Awesome girl! Keep up the super work. How is the challenge going?

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BBNWTEX 9/26/2011 2:39PM

    I can see a big change. You look amazing. Keep up the good work!

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KARENDEE4 9/22/2011 9:48AM

    WOW, I see the change.
Good for you!!
Karen

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.DUSTY. 9/22/2011 4:38AM

    emoticon I'm finding Spideys all over the place! emoticon

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JONICACALDWELL 9/21/2011 10:00PM

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 9/21/2011 8:55PM

    I can see the change! Keep up the great work and good luck with the Biggest Loser Challenge! emoticon

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My first blog-Fighting with the same 10 pounds

Monday, August 22, 2011

I've never done a blog before so I'm not even sure what I'm doing, but I'm giving it a try. I am frustrated. I keep struggling with the same 10 pounds over and over again. I dropped the first 25 pretty easy and then I get down to 375 and stalled. I finally get down to 370 and I'm proud. Then I bounce back up. I lose it again. I finally get down to 365 and I'm feeling on top of the world! Next thing you know I eat some fried chicken tenders for dinner and put on 6 pounds overnight. By the time of weigh-in next week I'm back up to 373. I could just cry. I was finally down a week and a half ago to 366 and then ate ice cream, now I'm back up again to 374. Why can't I just get out of the 370's and stay there??? Why am I sabotoging myself? I really want to lose this weight and yet I keep making mistakes. I know I should give myself credit for starting over, but I shouldn't have to in the first place!
I'm thinking about rewarding myself once I get down below 365 and stay there for a couple of weeks. I'm thinking a pedicure for the end of sandal season. I have ugly, dry feet and having them massaged and my toenails painted would be a nice change. I live on a limited budget so this could be just the thing I need to get me going. OK 360's here I come and I don't plan on staying long. I want down below 350. Then we'll figure out another reward. Pedicure here I come!!

  
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/17/2011 6:29PM

    Hey girlfriend!

Keep giving yourself credit! You are an amazing lady and you can't give up. Our bodies like to trick us, so stay on track, track everything and soon those unwanted pounds will vanish. Hang on girlie!

Hugs,

Kristin

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SSKELTON1 8/30/2011 5:14PM

    give yourself a pat on the back......for blogging emoticon emoticon
there are no bad foods.....this is not a diet but a lifestyle change all food provide energy for our bodies to burn..just that fuel

have you done the getting started for fiquring out the amount of cal you need for you weight and weight goals emoticon This also gives nutrition guides

it is OK to eat and your body will respond , just keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENDEE4 8/23/2011 10:05AM

    You can do it!
I love the idea of a reward if you get to a certain weight. I like smaller goals. It keeps me going!

Give yourself a break. As long as you keep trying you will get there eventually!

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NOMORESTALLING 8/22/2011 9:22PM

    YES SODIUM SODIUM SODIUM ESPECIALLY IF YOUR YOYOING LIKE YOU ARE.
I GO THROUGH THE SAME THING.SO I HAVE BECOME VERY VERY VERY CONSCIOUS ABOUT MY SODIUM LEVELS HAVE ADDED IT TO MY NUTRITION TRACKER AND KEEP VERY CLOSE TABS ON IT.
AND NOW THEY HAVE A NEW LEVLE tHEY'VE DROPPED IT FROM 2300MG TO 1500 A DAY! MAKING IT QUITE DIFFICULT FOR US HEAVIER GALS TO KEEP IT BELOW.
ANDMIGHT I ALSOMENTION BEING AS HEAVY AS WE ARED WE ALSO RETAIN A LOT MORE WATER THAN MOST.
SO DON'TBEAT YOURSELF UP OVER IT. YOU'VE BEEN LOSIJNG REGARDLESS EVEN THOUGH THE SCALES KEEP BOUNCING UP AND DOWN.
IF YOU'RE DOING EVERYTHING YOU KNOW TO DO AND IT'S STILL HAPPENING THAT WILL BE THE TWO MAIN REASONS.
EVEN WITH ME ICAN WEIGH IN AT MY 214 LIKE I DID THIS MORNING AND TOMORROW BE RIGHT BACK UP SIX TO TEN POOUNDS BECAUSE OF BLAOTING, WATER RETENTION ETC ETC.
JUST DON'T GIVE UP! HANG IN THERE. IT BECOMES EASIER WITH CONTINUEOUS WEIGHT LOSS THE FLUID RETENTION WILL GET LESS AND LESS AND SO WILL THE BLOATING.
I'M WITH YA ALL THE WAY!

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QTEALADY20031 8/22/2011 8:07PM

    I was going to mention what everyone else has mentioned. Sodium can send the weight back up. Make sure you are drinking a lot of water so you can get rid of the sodium.
Also monitor your fiber intake which can also help eliminate waste and then before you know it you will be back on track.
I wish you the best on your weight loss journey! June emoticon

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SWEETBEETL 8/22/2011 6:45PM

    Totally agree with everyone else. I struggled for a few months going from 275 down to 267 honestly it was infuriating. Then I bumped up my exercise by just a few minutes a day with a new exercise and it started coming down finally. You can't just go by the scale though. You have to see if you are gaining muscle which means you might gain weight or maintain but be smaller in mass...so please keep at it...you will find your stride... Slow and steady wins the race.



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LILYFYRE135 8/22/2011 6:31PM

    I also tend to agree about the sodium being the most likely culprit. I know that when I eat something bad, my weight spikes for a couple days so the day I have as my free/cheat day? is Weigh In day. I weigh first thing in the morning so I know my food choices won't affect it. Then I'll have my cheat day, and usually the water I retain after is gone by the next week. I also increased my water above and beyond the eight glasses, because I know my sodium intake in general is horrible.

Remember that true weight gain is a slow creep usually, and when you gain pounds over night and you know that you've been eating within your calories and exercising in general... it's probably water weight. Either forgo the bad stuff with the high sodium altogether as the other poster suggested, or do as I suggest and maybe time your bad food with days to give you time a plenty to lose the resulting water weight.

I love your reward idea, painted toes make me feel awesome too!
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TURTLERASKIN 8/22/2011 6:02PM

    Hey, there! I'm glad you started blogging -- I get a lot of help through my blogs, and I hope I can help here!

I agree with Joni -- the sodium could be the culprit. Think about it for a minute -- you say you ate ice cream one day and gained 8 pounds? That would require you to eat 104 cups of ice cream. So maybe there's something else going on.

One of the things that really turned it around for me, in terms of my weight loss, was adding fiber and sodium to my tracker. That was hugely eye-opening: for sodium, we're supposed to get no more than 2300 milligrams. I was routinely getting over 4000 -- twice the max!

Fiber was the other key. Fiber's found in fruits, veggies, and whole grains, so if you're getting enough fiber, it means you're eating enough fruits and veggies. (For some reason, it was hard for me to think about "eat five veggies," but it isn't hard to think "get my fiber up to 25g).

Here's the other key -- fiber and sodium are sort of proxies for healthy food. Good, good-for-you food is higher in fiber and lower in sodium than the bad stuff. So while it's possible to eat within your ranges for calories, protein, fat, and carbs while still consuming a lot of junk, it's almost impossible to do it if you also want to get enough fiber and not too much sodium.

So my suggestion is to try tracking those for a couple weeks. You may be surprised what happens when those are in line. Good luck!

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JONICACALDWELL 8/22/2011 5:01PM

    I hear ya- my theory is- when we do well for a while (say 5 days) and then we mess up and eat something we weren't eating or we over eat our bodies hold onto it because it's afraid we are going to start decreasing our food again. Not only that but the sodium content in the "bad" foods will cause us to retain water. Keep these two thing in mind. Try to stay on track for a solid 10 days and see where you are at. Good luck! Love pedi's!

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