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1/26/13 2:33 A

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Welcome to this site. I had RNY not too long ago-DEc 17th 2012 and so far I have only had 1 episode of dumping and it was a doozy- I decided to try 1/4 teaspoon of a mashed banana-well evidently pouchie doesn't feel like it is the right time for it and I was sicker than sick. Called my surgeon's Nurse and she told me that I had a dumping episode for the banana-which isn't time for me to try, yet. Tummy is not ready.

Otherwise all is going well. I go back to work next Tuesday and I have it just about down on how pouchie acts and how my small meals to to be, etc..
The day I left the hospital I left without my diabetic meds-not to take them anymore.
I do my Fasting blood sugars to keep up on how they are doing.

Already had to get new uniforms to go to work in-I was a 4XL when I went in for the surgery-I am now a 3XL. I work in the hospital that I had my surgery and so all my teammates came over to visit me while I was in there for the short time. I even went over next door with my IV Pole and my fashion statement of a hospital gown to visit them just so I could walk more.

I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am glad I had the surgery. It is a tool for me to use for my weightloss and health. My back and feel better as does my knees. I no longer have a Gallbladder-he took it out when they did the surgery due to gallstones-I had 10 of them.

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Onward with my Journey!!!!

Location: Albany, NY
Eastern time zone.

Surgery Date: 12/17/2012
RNY with Dr. T.Paul Singh at Albany Medical Center.
Which happens to be where I work.

 current weight: 129.7 
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1/24/13 11:35 P

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Forgive me for taking so long to reply to your post.

I had a Lap Band placed not quite 3 years ago. I've found that there are relatively few things I simply can't have at all any many others, I can't manage doughy breads, sandwiches (unless I take them apart and only eat the innards), any kind of pizza other than thin/crispy crust (and not even much of that!), dense/dry/overcooked meats, rice, certain pastas, or carbonated beverages. That pretty much leaves a whole world of food to work with, so I don't really mourn what I can't deal with. In the beginning, I thought about it a lot more than I do now.

I wish you well on your journey- reach out to us anytime- we're always here to lend a helping hand.

Best, Christine

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1/10/13 7:06 P

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Thank you so much for your response. It is soooo nice to know what to expect and here from somebody that has had it done before

Darlene LeBarre

 current weight: 196.0 
1/10/13 5:00 P

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Welcome to the team! And congrats on your sleeve! It will become your best friend...or your worst enemy if not respected. Seriously, been there done that. I am one year post sleeve and have lost 75 lbs. I think the amount of weight one loses depends on many factors, age being one of them. If I were much younger, probably would have lost more, but I am happy with this.

And I love my sleeve. There was much trial and error during this time and my greatest fear was stretching it back to the size it was. It hasn't though, due to a CT scan I had a couple of weeks ago along with an emergency appendectomy. It is about the size of a small to medium banana.

One major challenge I have experienced is eating to fast and not drinking before, during, and after a meal. I experienced a few stalls along the way, but overcame them. I was at a stall a few months ago and that is when I discovered Wheat Belly and Paleo. It was like I stepped out of the tunnel where the light shown brightly at the end of it that I had been walking toward since my surgery.

What a compliment to my sleeve I found! Finally, a simple way to eat and not worry about gaining weight back since losing it. I highly suggest this to anyone who has had the sleeve and is able to tolerate food, may take a few months, but you will.

When I see what others eat, burgers, fries, junk food, etc., I think "if they only knew what they were doing to their bodies...and minds"...and that is what saddens me. I see it as poison and a road to disease of the body and mind. Some know and most don't know what they are doing, then there are those who don't even care...this saddens me also.

Before the surgery, I was sad that I would have to give up sodas mainly. But right from the start of my recovery, I began my inner healing and did much research, learning the importance of nutrition and real food. Of course I drank sodas off and on since then, but since adopting my new lifestyle, I gave them up and don't miss them at all.

It is no wonder every diet I tried failed. And it was not because I was weak or had no will power. It was because of all the myths, like the food pyramid we are told to follow or the low fat diets that are preached to us by the medical professions and others. Learning that wheat has a protein that acts on the opiate receptors in our brains was a huge eye opener and could have possibly saved me from having to resort to the surgery. But, that was then and this is now.

I have no regrets for the surgery and knowing that it was not "my" fault I ended up weighing almost 300 lbs has given me the extra courage to have an even greater respect for my body.

Congrats on your weight loss and I wish you much continued success! emoticon

Edited by: UNIQDRGNFLY at: 1/10/2013 (17:06)

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1/8/13 8:23 A

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Hi Darlene,
I had my gastric sleeve on Dec 7. I initially felt That way for about two days. It was a really strong mental reaction. I wasn't hungry just fearful about missing food. Once I got on full liquids and had soup that fear went away since I knew real food was still in my life.

Still understanding I only need 4 ozs of soup. I used to eat the whole can. Now I divide and store the extra before I start to eat. Avoids accidentally eating too much.
Good Luck,

Highest Weight: 264 (Jan 2012)
Consult Weight: 255 (May 2012)
PreSurg Weight: 215 (Dec 2012)
GS Surgery 12/7/2012
Goal Weight: 145

 current weight: 160.4 
1/8/13 7:45 A

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I'm a little over 3 years out with RNY and I still feel saddened especially when it comes to pasta and chinese food. My pouch can't handle them. I was looking at a magazine last night and there was a big bowl of mac & cheese. Oh well....

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1/8/13 5:28 A

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Good morning - I am two weeks post op the gastric sleeve and doing wonderful. From two months ago I have lost 27lbs. I haven't weighted this little in years and it feels so good.

I am though almost grieving food. I see others eating chili cheese fries or even a big bowl of soup and I CAN'T. It almost saddens me. Has anyone else experienced this?

Darlene LeBarre

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