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7/23/11 12:53 A

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Hello Karen and welcome! Hopefully this group and Sparkpeople will help you make other changes that will give you some results before surgery. It's so tough I know but thank goodness we all have one another who knows how it feels! :)

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7/22/11 10:34 P

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Welcome Karen, Glad to have you. Just be glad you do not live in British Columbia there it is a 7-8 year wait and I met someone last weekend at the Obesity Help Event in Washington State who had to wait 10 years.
Use the time you have to wait for surgery to start dealing with your food issues. Work on changing your eating patterns. Eating healthy. Start building an exercise program. Do your research on the various procedures so that when you come to the time that they say you will have surgery next week you will be well prepared! Keep participating here and asking us questions. If you have a local support group then go to it even though you may be years out there is much you can do to begin preparing yourself for the surgery.
You can also participate in the weight loss surgery events like the Obesity Help Events or the WLSFA Meet and Greets (Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America). They have lots of interesting workshops that are of benefit to those who have had the surgery and those who are preparing for it. At our OH Event last week I met a woman at a question and answer session who still has 3 more years at least to wait for her surgery. Yes she is from British Columbia!

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7/22/11 8:27 P

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I am so very happy to find this forum. My name is Karen and I have been looking into WLS for over a year.

I live in Manitoba Canada and our province has just started doing WLS surgery. Unfortunately their criteria is very tight as the surgeons have started this pilot project on their own and do not get any government support. I do not meet their current criteria adn although they say they will be accepting patients with higher BMI's I have started looking into other provinces.

I am now waiting for my Dr's visit at the beginning of August to have him refer me to Medicine Hat Alberta. I am probably looking at a 3 year wait for surgery.

I am finding all this so frustrating as all I want to do is have the surgery and get this weight off so I can live the kind of life I want to have. I have been going on a support group site for people having had WLS but they are only really interested in talking to each other about their surgeries and I notice that until you get a date you are kind of invisible.

Thanksfor listening. I've read some of the posts on here and you have given some good advice.

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7/20/11 1:30 A

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Matt, Do not make exercise an obsticle. Start slow and build on it. I started on my exercise bike with 15 grueling minutes where I thought I would die. Now I ride 60 mintues most nights. Tonight I had errands and so I will not get my 60 minutes in but I will get in 30 minutes.
Join us on the exercise thread. Try to spread the exercise throughout the day for short periods 5 or 10 minutes to begin with walk down the block or walk in place in your living room. Then each week add 5 minutes. When you can do 30 minutes then add some hand weight exercises or theraband exercise again just a few minutes and build from there. Every little bit helps. Post your exercise on the exercise checkin thread and also post if you did not exercise and what got in the way of your committment to exercise. We love to encourage new members in building expercise habits. Ask your doctor for advice on what kind of exercise is best for you. I do water aerobics 3 times a week and ride my exercise bike 3 or 4 days a week. I usually rest from exercise 1 or 2 days a week.
Most of us find that we exercise and find less excuses not to exercise when we know that we will be writing it down and others will know if we did not exercise so we are very motivated.

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7/19/11 9:01 P

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Thank you for your kinds words, we will be getting back on this topic at the end of the week.

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7/19/11 7:35 P

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I understand her concerns since she would be your caregiver. I definitely agree that she should go to all of your meetings with you so you can get a sense of just how much assistance you'll need :) I wish the both of you a lot of luck. She has a hard job but I think you'll both be a lot happier!

Starting Weight: 350 6/30/11
Surgery Weight: 337 7/14/11
Current Weight: 253.7 1/3/12
1st goal: 300 (1/4 toward goal) Met! 8/28/11
2nd goal: 250 (1/2 toward goal)
3rd goal: 200 (3/4 toward goal)
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7/19/11 3:16 A

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JENJEN3383 I will ask her to post her concerns, thanks for asking.

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7/19/11 3:14 A

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Wow Cindy K you sure have great advise. My wife will be more on board after the grandkids head back to their home, they have been visiting us for a while and are due to leave this week. I will have her read the posting we have started and maybe she will feel comfortable enough to ask some questions. She is planning to join me with the support group as she is my care provider. Her biggest concern will be the mood swing that is predicted and even more isolation then we currently have. Since my Colostomy operation I have a hard time with touching, seems that I get uncomfortable when I am touch. She is a great woman for she puts up a lot from me and my disabilities.
Exercising is going to be a challenge, I am not able to walk much without pain in my joints, and if the weather is adverse than I don't move much at all. I have done some Wii and I have used the stretch bands. I plan on making a workout plan with the doctor.
I will look up the books you have mention and continual my reading on other peoples post. Thanks again for the information and the warm welcome.

Matt

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7/19/11 12:31 A

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Welcome to the team Matt! Be sure to let me know when you have a surgery date so that I can put it on the calendar.

What I would recommend is the following:

1) Bring your wife to the support group. It will help ease her mind as she learns with you about the surgery and what to expect after surgery.
2) I always recommend two books but after the Obesity Help Event I was just at, I am now adding another book to the list. A) Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies (both of you read it. Get two copies or you read a chapter and then she can read the chapter and then you can both discuss about what you read. B) Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies (try the recipes now to get a feel for meals after surgery). Try some of the protein drinks to figure out which ones you like. CookWise or the Ditch Your Diet in 30 Days are books by Dave Fouts (he had RNY) are also good cookbooks and not just for RNY but for anyone wanting to diet in a healthy manner with fresh foods. and C) Eat It Up! By Connie Stapleton, Phd helps you deal with the psychological aspects of our food addiction/obesity and will help us learn new ways to handle our issues with food. Again reading it chapter by chapter together and discussing it will help you both in your journey to a healthier you.

Your wife is on the journey with you as she is your support network. Keep her involved and make sure that she knows how important it is to your success that she walk with you on this journey. You may see her come to accept this new weight loss tool.

3) There is a lot of information on the internet. Be sure to check out the source on the website and make sure it is a source that is reliable and respected.

4) Start to build you exercise program now before surgery. The more you exercise now the easier your surgery and recovery will be. Start slow and build from there. If you need moral support and encouragement as you build your exercise program then join the exercise thread. Many there started at just a few minutes of exercise a few times a day to walk miles, going to various aerobic classes, doing 5K runs or walks. I started on my exercise bike two years ago with 15 minutes (I thought I would die at 10 minutes) and now I routinely ride 60 minutes. I will not go higher as I get bored pretty easy.

5) Always remember the RNY surgery is just another tool in your arsenal to become a healthier you. You will need to watch what you eat, track what you eat, drink water, and exercise just lke any other diet. You will just have a smaller stomach and will be unable to eat large quantities of food.

Good luck on the journey to a healthier you. You want to be around to grow old with her!

cindy

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Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
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JENJEN3383's Photo JENJEN3383 Posts: 164
7/18/11 11:34 P

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Hi Matt! What kind of concerns does your wife have? Maybe we can help!

Starting Weight: 350 6/30/11
Surgery Weight: 337 7/14/11
Current Weight: 253.7 1/3/12
1st goal: 300 (1/4 toward goal) Met! 8/28/11
2nd goal: 250 (1/2 toward goal)
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7/18/11 10:43 P

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emoticon Hello everyone, I am not new to Spark (over seven months now) but as I continual to see my weight go in the wrong direction I have decided to seek Gastric Bypass. So far I have gain 20 lbs in the last seven months, and it seems that each time I start a new method of dieting I end up gaining more than losing. I have join a support group and have so far done the initial weigh-in and CT of the stomach. Currently I am awaiting the apts of the heart doc and shrink. Surgery date not yet set. The reason for me joining is to seek further information and to learn from you experiences. My wife is not happy with my decision for surgery since I have had multi surgery's and she is not pleased with my out-come of them. Tell ya more as we develop our friendship. Looking forward to learn as much as I can before I get my new tool (Gastric Bypass)

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7/18/11 9:06 P

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emoticon Glad you joined us.

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7/17/11 4:43 P

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I had to be out 4 weeks because I wasn't allowed to lift and my job requires it.

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7/15/11 7:03 A

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7/14/11 12:06 P

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Thank you. I pray everything works out for you as well.

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7/13/11 9:27 P

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I bet you are so excited! Yes, hopefully I will be right behind you with my surgery. I'll be praying all goes well;) emoticon

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7/13/11 4:57 P

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emoticon to the team! I was out about 2 weeks and couldn't lift at work for about another month (I teach special education and we have to move students from their wheelchairs). Good luck with your goals!

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7/13/11 3:24 P

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Welcome Ronsandy, I hope you have your date soon! Good luck. Let me know when you have a surgery date and I will add you to the calendar.

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7/13/11 2:36 P

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Welcome from Southern California. I was out about 3 weeks, but each person is different. I had no pain at all and really didn't feel like I had had surgery except for the punctures in my stomach area.

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emoticon Glad you're here!

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7/13/11 1:40 P

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Welcome to the team!

I am having my surgery, the gastric sleeve on July 25th. We will probably be close in timing of surgery. The approval usually takes about a week and then you set the date.

Keep up posted!


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7/13/11 11:13 A

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I was out of work 2 weeks, probably could have gone back after a week. Most of the second week was getting the water and eating routine down.

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7/13/11 10:55 A

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Hi,

I am so excited to find this team on sparkpeople. I have been in the "process" of surgery since February. I started with the plan to have lapband surgery but after 4 months of testing and red flags with the doctor I decided to get a second opinion. My new doctor recommended bypass instead and I just turned in the last of the pre op testing yesterday. Now it will go to insurance and then I will get a surgery date. I was already approved by my insurance for the lap band so I'm certain approval will be fine and hopefully quick. I am in a race against the clock as I start back to work mid August. I'm praying for God's perfect timing;)

How long is the typical recovery before going back to work, etc?

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