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emoticon you're in my thoughts, skimbro.

Di, are lentils a good bariatric option? Since you are eliminating dairy, I thought they might be a good alternative protein source. I really hope I lose the sweet tooth. what is frozen ricotta like? I'm not a fan of the grainy texture.

I meet with the R.D. tomorrow! I also have my psych evaluation and get to meet the surgeon. What questions did you ask? I don't have procedural questions. Mine are more around the surgeon's experience! She's young and has been practicing three years. They do crank out a lot of procedures each year. Still..is it unusual to ask for stats on complications and *gulp* fatalities? Stats provided at the seminar were for the industry. I'd like more specificity on the hospital.

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4/21/16 6:33 P

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@Skimbro - Well that is a curve ball none of us need. With that much weight off, I am hoping that gives the healthier you the strength to beat it. Thanks for the update.


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Hello everyone. I am still here, just fighting another battle. So my weight has been going up and down due to the cancer medication. But I am still fight the fight to loose another 60 pounds. emoticon

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Katie, I've increased my calories to closer to 800, and will see how that goes for now.

I agree, Saphrael, we really do not need to borrow trouble from tomorrow. I'm glad you are making good progress towards your goals.

This is a BIG lifestyle change. It's up and down sometimes from one day to another. Yesterday I took my mom shopping (which I do every Saturday if I'm here) and I was having a 'food mourning' day yesterday. I kept passing things saying 'I miss that', 'I miss that'. I miss FOOD. I miss crunchy things.

I'm like Katie- I have a very limited diet. I was never able to handle scrambled or fried eggs from the beginning- but I can eat them boiled and mashed up with some light miracle whip. Sometimes I eat that every night for dinner- one boiled egg. I can now handle ground beef or chicken, refried beans, ricotta, cottage cheese. Cottage cheese was my daily diet for about the first 5 months and I used to HATE it pre-surgery. Our tastes really change.

I have not lost my sweet tooth though- I've heard some people cannot stand anything sweet and I still love it. So I use sf popsicles, sf jello or my treat of ricotta with cocoa and splenda= frozen into an ice cream- when I want sweet. I also am kind of addicted to Quest bars and that is not really a joke- I can get addicted to things So easily it's not even funny.

I am working today- bummer- but I have to miss 2 whole days this week for Dr. appts. and I have a lot of work to catch up on.

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Frit, congrats on getting your date. My fat loss coach tells me not to borrow trouble from tomorrow. We aren't there yet! You just continue to keep being your emoticon self! I think everyone has those concerns. We are adopting a serious and permanent lifestyle change. Let's focus on the present and making the best choices right now.

I'm really happy for you! I had my intake appointment on the 11th. My first R.D, psych consult, and surgeon meet and greet is on the 25th. I have no clue when I might get a surgery date. I just know that my insurance doesn't require a supervised diet. So, it could be as early as June, depending on what kind of homework the R.D. gives me.

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4/15/16 8:23 A

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I am six months post RNY and eat between 900-1100 calories per day.
I've had to gradually increase it as I hit a plateau at 600 and again at 800.
I usually average around 300-325 exercise calories burned each day.
I usually lose 1-2 lbs a week but occasionally I have a week where I don't lose anything.
I'm trying to get to 1200 calories a day, but it's hard to get it all in, especially when trying to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I can't do any dry fish, poultry, well any meat. I just can't get it down. It's gotta be soft and juicy!
I still can't tolerate any eggs in any form. Its not a pouch thing - I really can't stand the taste or texture at all since my surgery. I'm going to keep trying them from time to time, because hard boiled they are such a great, easy snack!

We are pushing 90 degrees with 93% humidity, my flowers and vegetables love it, but it's becoming kind of challenging to exercise outdoors.

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Katie what is your calorie range, do you have one? i am still sticking to around 600 but i honestly feel like I could eat more than 2 oz at a time. I see my doc on the 21st so I'll ask then.

I made salmon for dinner but let it cook too much- and I can't tolerate it dry (it sticks) so- in the trash it went. Good I always have hard boiled eggs at the ready!

It's gloomy here- hope you're all staying warm.


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4/13/16 2:27 P

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Lookin good, Di!
I find that I have to change up my diet every now and then too, or I hit a plateau.
Like you, I tend to get my protein from shakes and bars, too. it just seems they are easier to digest for me than animal protein. On the advice of a dietition I've started eating every three hours, just tiny, high protein, low fat meals, and it really has boosted my metabolism. I'm back on track right now.

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4/11/16 10:12 A

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I really wanted my gallbladder out, I knew the issues it would cause. My Dr said he wouldn't do it unless it was damaged (they won't remove healthy organs) but...mine was ready to burst with infection (gross i know) so out it went. I'm so thankful.

I've been on a stall for weeks- I'm trying to not feel discouraged but it's hard. I am going to change up my eating plan a bit and see if it helps. I mostly get my calories from protein shakes and bars and maybe that's the issue. I see my regular Dr today so I'll ask her.

I'm back from my sister trip (two dear friends I met here on SP) and we met another spark friend I've known since i began here. It was really nice and here we are!


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Hello all, I've been here a bit, but was so far out with the required monthly meetings with the PA that I didn't have much input to add. I was supposed to have my last weight management appointment on april 6th but got a call the day before that my insurance has accepted my appointments without it??!?!?! I have a tentative surgery date of May 9th. I'm nervous about what comes after, I've been at least slightly overweight for all of my adult life and I'm worried it's defined me and now, well who will I be?
I don't want to let it all go to my head.

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Oh, and the vitamins - my insurance doesn't cover them. have you checked to see if it's a covered benefit on your plan?

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My surgeon gave me the option on my gallbladder because it was healthy at the time of surgery. I elected to keep it, but wish I hadn't.

The pre-op phase seems so long! Hang in there. I did end up telling my boss what surgery I was having, she was very supportive, but I haven't told anyone else from work. I was out for two weeks with RNY, and I felt like that was exactly enough time for me. I have a desk job, and there were times the first couple of weeks back that I had to get up and walk when I felt like liquids and soft diet food wouldn't go down, or I ate or drank too fast and felt uncomfortable. Walking always seems to help things move along for me.

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Sorry you're dealing with gall bladder issues, Katie. Do they typically offer to remove it?

I'm pre op. I posted back in February when I was still dabbling with the idea. Since then, I attended an informational seminar hosted by the surgeon. That was nice because it gave me one more opportunity to meet her. Today, I have my appointments scheduled, including my meeting with the surgeon at the end of April. My insurance doesn't require a supervised diet, so things seem like they are moving fast.

I told my boss about my decision today because I could have a surgery date as early as May. My next step is to explore all the procedural documentation on signing up for a medical leave. Unless the surgeon recommends something different, I'm going to ask for the VSG procedure. I've been reading that most people are good to go back to a desk job within two weeks. I want to make sure I ask for the right amount of time and not sell myself short by going back to soon.

Question: does anyone know if vitamins are ever covered by insurance as prescription?

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I love that we can all find someone to relate to here! When I was going thru food aversion issues I thought I was going crazy, but sure-nuff, there were others here who had experienced that, too.
Now I'm dealing with gall-bladder issues.
Before the RNY I had a GB ultrasound and it was completely healthy, so the surgeon didn't remove it when he was in there.
Six weeks after surgery I started having terrible abdominal pain and an ultrasound shows that I'm full of stones.
The surgeon said that sometimes happens when you lose a lot of weight quickly.
I'm on a medication to dissolve the stones, but it causes other unpleasant side affects.
I've found that when I lose only 2lbs a week I don't have gallbladder pain. The last two weeks I've lost over 4lbs per week and I'm having the gall bladder pain again.

Pre-surgery - if you're given the option to remove or keep your gall bladder... Remove It!

I have to decide whether I want to remove the gall bladder now, or keep using the unpleasant meds.

Anyone else had this experience? what are you doing?



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My start weight was much higher than both of you- by a lot. So I probably have issues neither of you will have (hanging skin being one since i have bunches of it). I'm also considerably older than many of you so- there is that too.

I am almost 8 months out- I am only permitted 1/4 c of food three times a day- and I supplement with 2 protein shakes for my protein to get where it needs to be. That means my calories are around 500-600 a day and I always get 60+g of protein a day. I am never permitted carbs so mine are always under 25g a day.

It's possible my diet is different because I was so sick when I had surgery.

I had issues during and after surgery- and my pouch doesn't tolerate a lot of foods even now. Of that 1/4 cup I'm allowed to make 3 Tablespoons protein and 1 Tablespoon a non-starch veggie. It makes it honestly very hard for me to even want to eat at all- as nothing tastes good any more and it never seems 'worth it'. to bother eating at all. But- I do make myself. I learned early on this isn't about what I 'want' or what 'tastes good' any more. Maybe that won't be everyone's experience, but it is mine.

And I agree with garrie, the mental part of this has been THE hardest part by far. I'm still adjusting all the time to this- living with the emotional upheaval of not having food to cope with- not letting the pressure of social situations make my choices hard.

I'm not even a little sorry, though I was for about 3 months afterwards. But I do have a life to live now- limited as it may be- and I was facing not having a life at all when I had this.

Let us know how you're doing, Tempest! Everyone here can always find someone else they can relate to.

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Your experience sounds similar to mine, TEMPEST. My highest weight...and my starting weight after surgery...was 240 lbs. I was miserable for the first three days after surgery, but once I got home, I healed quickly, and I, too, was surprised by the lack of pain. I only took pain meds for about the first 5 days, then I was ready to begin the "real" healing without them. I think I've had Tylenol twice since my surgery in December. That's good, for me.

Your nutrition goals sound familiar, too. RIght now, it's hard to imagine eating enough food to get even 500 calories per day, but, after a couple months, it gets better...easier. The psychological adjustment is the most difficult of all. At least it was for me. I have found that I feel better about my meals when I stick to eating them out of a very small container. I use a glass ramekin that holds about 1 cup. I never fill it completely, and I try to focus on filling it with meat or my protein source first, then some fresh veggies, then a small (tiny) portion of carbohydrates. I rarely eat bread, and I don't include bread as part of my carbohydrate source.

If you haven't already, you should start to see significant changes in your appearance. I lost the first 15 lbs. from my face, neck, and shoulders. It's kind of interesting, but my weight loss has worked its way down my body. I thought I'd never see a change in my "butt shelf." UGH! I hated that thing! But I'm seeing big changes in my butt, thighs, and calves now. I lost a significant amount of weight in my chest, too. That was a bit painful to watch, but the rewards far outweigh any anxiety I've felt over the loss. I have some sagging skin, but it's not intolerable. Again, the benefits are wonderful!

I hope you will have wonderful success. Best wishes in your new self, your new life, and your new goals.

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Hi I'm new to the group. I had RYN 4 weeks ago. I've been reading the back posts & getting to know everyone. I guess I should my stats but I always wonder if I should put down my high weight as 280 lbs (highest ever) or 248 lbs (my high weight when I started the pre-surgery diet). Which do people use? SW: 230 CW: 211

My surgery went smoothly & recovery has been easier than I expected. I was very tired, but not much pain. 4 weeks out, I'm walking 3-5 km/day, drinking about 6 cups fluids & meeting my protein goals regularly. I can tolerate fish, ground meats and steamed veg. Not eating much veg though, meeting my protein goals takes all my food space these days.

Went to my dietrician who told me I should be setting my nutrition goals at 1000 cal per day with 65 g protein, 33 g fat & 110 g carbs. But she also cautioned me that this is just an ideal range and that I would likely not be eating that much for at least 6 months. I'm really interested to know what calorie ranges others are eating in.

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Hi!
As someone who is going through the "compliance phase" for bariatric surgery, wherein I am required to meet with a Registered Dietitian for three months, I can tell you that they have me severely limit the starch carbs. I get basically TWO starch servings each day.
In my case, 1 oz of a bread product OR 1 serving of a starch veg (sweet potato, whole grain of any kind, peas, corn, beans, etc) counts as 1 starch.

It can help to reduce the intake of these items since they are higher in carbs, BUT as the body requires carbs to stay healthy it can be hard to cut things liek sweet potatoes and other veggies out.

I'm still working through the fact that I can't tank on sweet potatoes any more lol. I love them like they're going outta style.

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Thanks, Garrie! No starchy carbs, check! I am pretty much already there on that one. I actually have to plan to get those in (like a sweet potato or some quinoa) unless I'm being a dork and eating junk food.

Yes, those cruciferous veggies are wonderful for non-bariatric folks. They are amazing at keeping you feeling full. They are high in fiber, so I was wondering about their place in the post op world. I think I've gathered enough intel for now. I think I'm ready to speak to a doctor. Thank you :)

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Saphrael, I wish I knew the answers to your food questions. I'm not a nutritionist or dietician, and I have to admit that I'd have to do a bit of research to answer anything even remotely close to what you have asked. HAHA!

What I CAN tell you is that my surgeon's PA told me to stay away from starchy carbs...no bread, no pasta, and no white rice. She has never given me clearance to eat those foods again, and I suspect she never will. At roughly six weeks post-op, I was given the green light to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet, but I was not told that I could eat starchy carbs. I wish I had my diet plan in front of me, so I could tell you what a "normal" diet looks like for me, but, like I said, I distinctly remember that it did not include simple carbs. I am okay with that, since I realize that those things are dangerous to my health plan, and led me to become obese in the first place. I know you probably already know all of those things.

I had to look up the term "cruciferous vegetables." I wasn't familiar with the term...please forgive me. Here it is, for those of you who might have been in the same boat...

"Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae). These vegetables are widely cultivated, with many genera, species, and cultivars being raised for food production such as cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables. The family takes its alternate name (Cruciferae, New Latin for "cross-bearing") from the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross.

Ten of the most common cruciferous vegetables eaten by people, known colloquially as cole crops,[1] are in a single species (Brassica oleracea); they are not distinguished from one another taxonomically, only by horticultural category of cultivar groups. Numerous other genera and species in the family are also edible. Cruciferous vegetables are one of the dominant food crops worldwide. They are high in vitamin C and soluble fiber and contain multiple nutrients and phytochemicals."

Now that I know, I will tell you that, yes, eventually, I have been given permission to eat those types of vegetables. I just have to remember that my stoma is quite a bit smaller now than it was before surgery, so these delicious veggies have to be chewed or mashed significantly before eating. I have missed green salads, but I can finally eat small portions now, as long as I chew it well.

Note...my nutrition plan may look different than others', but, at some point, we all introduce a wider variety of healthy foods into our plans. What we do NOT introduce is large portions and empty carbohydrates. EVER! If we do, we get fat again. I don't want to get fat again, so I'm living within my nutritional means. It's as simple as that.


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Hi, Di. You know, I've come to the conclusion that there is a direct correlation between our start weight and the speed with which we lose it. For instance, I have talked with people who said they lost 100-plus lbs. within a year of their surgery, but their start weight was higher than mine. I was blown away by the thought that I could lose 100 or more lbs. within a year! But, I think the "honeymoon" period is shorter for those with less weight to lose. In my case, I think I'm going to have to work harder and really focus on appropriate foods from this point on.

I don't want to be rail thin. I just want to look and feel healthy, and I want to take weight off my knee and hip. I already DO feel a difference in the way I view activity. I actually FEEL like I could run or skip or engage in aerobic activity, and the urge is strong to do so. THAT is a very unfamiliar phenomenon for me. I remember dreaming that I could run, and I would wake up all excited about running............until I tried it. Now, it doesn't seem impossible at all, and I have this unfamiliar, but thrilling sense of "I can do this! I WANT to do this!" Anyone else experienced this kind of feeling?

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Congratulations, Garrie. It's astonishing that you could be meeting your goal by summer!
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I've been overweight most of my adult life since I had my first child at 19. I was in the 210s and 220s in my 20's, popped up into 230s and 240s in my 30s, and finally decided to put on the breaks when I broke 250. That's when I joined Sparkpeople in 2011 on my birthday at 254 lbs.

I lost 20 lbs. that year and sorta maintained the next...and the next. I came down another 10 lbs. in 2014. I lost another 12 lbs. in 2015 before a dear friend passed away. It took 6 months to regain 20 lbs. I really don't want to blame my gain on losing her, but that does seem to be the time when I allowed myself to regain by loosening up on my food choices and slacking off on fitness. I also wonder if there wasn't some self sabotage as I neared the milestone to finally get out of the 200s.

Does LCHF stand for low carb / high fat? What sort of macro nutrient ratio does a typical post op diet have? I feel like I would do well on a post op diet since I've already really restricted starchy carbs and processed foods. I do have a thing for peanut butter and frozen bananas though! And I would probably mourn all my cruciferous veggies. Portion control is a bigger hurdle for me than types of food. I'm also a fast eater, so I need to practice slowing down. It is so very frustrating. I feel like I'm THIS close to getting it right and not needing to turn to surgery. But I also feel like I'm burning down the clock. Thanks for listening.

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Glad you're doing well Garrie. I did not lose that quickly- I'm a turtle. But I also can not exercise to speak of and perhaps that makes a difference? I was losing well in the beginning, slowed to about 2 pounds a week and now, at 6 months, I can lose a couple one week- nothing the next- it just depends. And I'm still on the same diet basically- about 70 g of protein, 500 calories, no carbs whatsoever except for what I would get in some cheese or veggie.

I heard someone on tv this morning say the old 'calories in- calories out' thing about diets and my Dr. flat out says that isn't true post-surgery. We can eat 600 calories a day and gain if they're high carb calories. He said even if they're not a lot of patients will gain on 1000 calories a day because we just don't 'work' the way we used to. So this is a lifetime change, something I'm not sure I really understood at the beginning.

Congrats on being below 200! What a great accomplishment.


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73 days out (gastric bypass - Roux en y) - 43 lbs. gone. I would like to lose at least 40 more, but 50 would be ideal. I just dropped below the 200 lb. mark on the scale, and that was a good feeling. I can no longer wear most of my old clothes...slacks and jeans, especially, are too big. I think I'm down to about a size 14/16 in slacks, and a LG/XLG in blouses and shirts. My old shoes are also too big...so WEIRD!

My weight loss has slowed. I'm no longer losing 3/4 lb. per day...roughly losing about 2 lbs. per week. I have moved on to a more "normal" diet, though I only eat about 3/4 cup of food per meal. I try to focus on protein, but I do have some carbohydrates. I have been given permission and am eating fresh fruits and vegetables cut into very small pieces and chewed well. I even had a bit of apple the other day. It tasted SO good! I am staying away from fibrous fruits like citrus for now. I still have moments where I eat too fast, and it only takes a bit of discomfort in my lower esophagus to remind me to slow down and chew more carefully. Old habits are SO hard to break, but I'm getting it. I appreciated the comments below that said that this procedure and it's residual effects are personal and the weight loss looks a little bit different for each of us. I am satisfied with the process so far, and I look forward to the day when I can say I've reached my goal weight. I'd like to weigh 145 lbs. Maybe by the end of the summer? We'll see. In the meantime, I'm trying my best to be open minded and as positive as possible.

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I would have done the sleeve myself but I had to lose 150 pounds as quickly as possible, so I did rny bypass. My dr let me choose. It was hard I researched a lot.


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For me, it was a little of both. I went in with 2 procedures I would be ok with doing: Gastric Sleeve or a modified DS. My surgeon recommended the Sleeve over the DS because he didn't feel my BMI was high enough to warrant the DS.


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Hi everyone, I'm beginning to research weight loss surgery as an option. I found out that my insurance benefit is quite substantial, even covering travel and accommodations for myself and a care giver if I select one of their centers of excellence. I'm considering going to UC Irvine. Has anyone been treated there?

I just joined this team, so I'll be pouring over prior posts to learn about your experiences.

I understand there are a few different treatments. Did you go in with a recommendation or did your doctor determine which method was best for you? I'm sure I'll have lots more questions!

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FinallyMe44- just think of that $6,000 as money you'll use for new clothes! I know the process can feel long and drawn out. Just hang in there! It sounds like you're setting yourself up for great success!

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Very happy that everything internal is okay although the opening is still a little small. Unhappy that he said to talk to the psychologist about bio-feedback. Apparently my brain is telling my stomach that certain foods will make me ill therefore as soon as I eat it, it is a run to the bathroom. He did not understand everything I was trying to explain as far as the pain and discomfort whether I eat or not. Frustrated, yes. He said if it made me happy he could put me on an IV and feed me or run a feeding tube in my side. I looked at him like he was a complete idiot and I told him I was just going to continue to eat anything and everything I want (within my guidelines) and if I throw up, so be it. If he was going to be a smartass then so would I. I like how the scale looks but hate how I feel physically. BUT... I am still at a much better place health wise than was 11 weeks ago! This is just a small hurdle - it will pass and I still remind myself - it's been less than 3 months and look where I am!

This is my 10 week post-op pic. Not much of a difference physically since last month (except much smaller ta-tas) but the lungs and heart are doing great!


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Welcome, FINALLYME44! So glad you got a new job that will provide more financial security. It's tough that you had to start over on your weight loss surgery journey, but, in the long run, I think you'll be glad you took the new job.

And, yes, the ripple effects of post-surgery are many and unique to each individual. We all have SIMILAR experiences, but we're just unique, and something this life-changing is bound to affect us in really big ways.

For me, the actual surgery was not as painful or scary as I thought it was going to be. The really hard part came about a week after surgery, and was mostly a psychological thing. Like....POW!...."I really CAN'T eat potato chips!" kind of thing. Bent my mind in all kinds of ways, and I'm STILL learning that an evening out doesn't and SHOULDN'T mean a big meal. Does that make sense? I went through some really big psychological changes those first 2-4 weeks. Made that visit to the psychologist look like a walk in the park.

Good thing is that it definitely gets better....and easier. And after a couple of months, you can start eating things besides pureed steak and protein powder drinks. HAHA! I'm kidding about the pureed steak.......kind of. emoticon

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Welcome FinallyME! It sounds like you're back on track. The waiting & anticipation was the most difficult part of the process for me. You have the right mindset. Focus on being the healthiest you can be going into the surgery, it will help your recovery to be easier.
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Hi All. I am on my second beginning for my WLS. I started the process at one job, got approved by my insurance, but the insurance coverage was not very good. But I decided to move forward and started the process. I had accumulated quite a few co-pay bills and I was 7 weeks from meeting my surgeon to work on the final date. Had lost 19 lbs.

I got a job offer that would give me a $10,000 raise and better benefits, but I would lose access to my current program under this new insurance. It was a hard decision, but I opted to take the position and I thought I could see if any of the steps that I have taken would be able to come over to the a new program.

Good and bad news. I got approved for the surgery through my new insurance, but the program is requiring me to start all over, even with the lab work. I assured them that I had all the labs, but they said they rather I complete the steps within their network to be sure everything is done. The only thing so far that they seem to agree to use is my colonoscopy results, so far.

However, my insurance pays for everything, no co-pays, so I am saving myself at least $6,000 that I would be responsible for to cover the actually surgery, not to mention any future tests. So I am happy about that, less of a finance burden.

I am now through most of the initial labs and consults again emoticon . I have to join their support group, which meets once a month, so I have a few weeks to wait for that meeting. After that I can contact the nurse to review that I have completed all the requirements. Then I get to meet with the surgeon and discuss the surgery and a date.

I just learned from our bariatric newsletter that the program was down to 1 doctor, but they have hired a new doctor that will start in April, so the backlog should start seeing some relief. What backlog?????!!! emoticon I never knew the program had a backlog and just how far back is it.

So I don't actually know how much further I will get after I contact the nurse, but there is little I can do but wait, anyway.

Now can you believe it, after all this, I am still nervous about the procedure and the post-op situations. I have been reading all of your posts, wondering if I am making the right choice. I believe I am. One of my lifelong friends had the surgery and she keeps motivating me that I can do it. So I am hoping for the best and looking forward to the day when I get on a plane and not need a seat belt extension or can bend straight over and tie my shoes again.

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Good morning everyone. Yesterday I scheduled the 3 dietitian meetings. Moving forward instead of backwards. emoticon

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Ducky - that's awesome!! I'm going to get the sleeve myself and that's very encouraging!

Katie - Woohoo!!! You are doing amazing!

SKIMBRO - Congrats on the additional 4!! You're getting there!!

I discussed the possibility of surgery for the extra skin I'll have after surgery and he said "absolutely not!" LOL His theory is, it's not going to make me any healthy and he already loves me the way I am so he wants my skin to stay. I can't argue with that emoticon

Garrie LOL You really are a character! I can definitely see the arms being one of my issues because they are so visible but I think my bigger issue will be my sagging butt - it seems I have an awful lot of weight stored there!
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I'm like you, Di.......I'm comfortable "in my skin." I was just barely 100 lbs. overweight....nothing to be proud of, mind you....but I'm not even considering skin tucks. I realize there's more to it than vanity, but, even so, I am done with voluntary surgery. I just want to live my life, be more fit, and try to like my reflection again. Probably my pet peeve is my sagging arm skin. That's going to be tough to tighten up....will maybe never happen. I'm using it as my superhero power......I'll be able to fly.......or at least parachute safely from tall buildings! YAHOO! emoticon emoticon

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I'm hating my hanging skin- but I've seen a few posts from folks post-surgery and honestly- I just don't think I want to go there. I'm almost 60. If I were in my 30's or 40's I'd for sure consider skin removal. But at my age? I just don't think I'd ever look that great naked anyway- and my husband of 34 years loved me at all my sizes so...I don't see that changing our love life. I admire all of you who are headed that way.

Skin is a big deal- and unless you were less than 100 pounds overweight it's an issue we ALL deal with post-surgery. How are the rest of you doing with your skin?


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Thanks LOSTND7TZ.

I am down another 4 pounds emoticon .

Now I am dealing with the loose skin issue and all the problems that comes with it. Went to doctor and got some good information to help me with that until skin removal surgery,

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Welcome Ducky we are happy to have you.


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Excellent progress, Ducky! Keep up the good work.

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Hi!

I'm 9 weeks outs from being sleeved. I am down 28.2 pounds from surgery, 58.2 down overall! I'm a slower loser than some, but I'm just happy to be on the bench!

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Katie! That's wonderful! Way to go! I hope I'M 84 lbs lighter at 4 months out. WOW! emoticon

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Congratulations, Katie! Great progress.

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3 months post RNY. 84lbs down today! Many many more to go!

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Fantastic jobs SKIMBRO & GARRIE!!! Congrats to you both!




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Surgery 11/18/15 - 204.7
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2 wk post-op - 197.1
4 wk post-op - 187.1
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Lost over 80 pounds since gastric sleeve May 2015 emoticon

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RNY surgery December 3....down 28 lbs. 70 more to go. Trying to keep the inevitable plateau at bay. emoticon

I'm eating a more reasonable diet with some big changes to my pre-surgery routine...1/2 cup of food per meal...protein focused...lots of water.

I still need to work on getting more protein and water. I am also still working on not eating prohibited foods like cream cheese...even though I only eat tiny amounts. It's soft and tastes good, but it is a no-no, and I have to change my mindset if I want this train to keep moving. Nonetheless, I'm losing about 3/4 lb. per day.

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Oh lostinnd , hon I could cry reading this. Some of it reminded me of my hospitalization for surgery, they kicked me out just over 24 hours from surgery! And I couldn't take the pain meds so I just sat up and cried all night, the nurses weren't very nice. But I survived to fight another day, as did you. I'm proud of you!

The fluids will come, and foods. Trust me, don't Rush them. My goal was a little more each day, and it worked.

Bless your heart, take care and know things will get better.

Garrie, I'm excited for you! Don't lose faith now.


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LOSTND7TZ, the end of your post sounds like a determined woman and I love it. Your life, your decisions and you stand by them. You totally rock. I'm proud of you and wish you well on your journey.


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This might be a little graphic for some. If you have a weak tummy - please do not read.

10 days post-op and beginning to feel human again. I look as though I have been mule kicked several times in my stomach. Was able to count the "punctures" made - total of 6, plus the drain line. So far I have lost almost 13 lbs of the fluid I gained in the hospital. Once I hit my "surgery weight" I can really start counting my actual weight loss.

So...let me tell you what happened...

I checked in for surgery at 5;30 Wednesday morning. All was going great. I remember coming to in recovery and them asking me who I was, where was I, etc. I asked them if I should get up and walk yet. They said no. I asked where my cpap was (they had put it under the bed before surgery) and told them I was suppose to have it on post-op. I was told it wasn't needed right then. However, as I would drift back into lala land they had to keep coming in telling me to take a deep breath as my O2 sats kept dropping. I asked for my cpap again and was told no. They pulled my cath and lowered my IV fluids, stopped my push button pain meds. Next thing I know I am being taken to ICU because my surgical floor could not monitor me and my breathing. My oxygen levels were dropping below 65%. I was already prepared for this as it would be a huge strain on my diaphragm and that was why I NEEDED TO USE THE CPAP POST-OP!

At this point I now have my surgical team, pulmonology team, respiratory therapy and ICU staff all telling me something completely different. Surgical said take my pain meds. Pulmonology said no as it made me sleepy and I had to stay awake to breathe. One even scolded me about NOT USING IT and said because of the oxygen depravation to the brain for extended periods of time I WAS GOING TO DIE. How's that for post-op advice? I was put on bi-pap by respiratory. Lets not forget to get up and walk... empty the drain...blood tests...bladder scans...different teams coming in hourly, walk... you need to drink... get up and walk... Have you peed yet? If you don't pee we will have to straight cath you. Take your pain meds, shoot it down all at one time... Water made me ill. The smell of anything other than water made me ill especially the lime jello. Oh no no no no no....... I had to get my hubby to bring me jello and water from home. Yes, water! The bottled water they gave me only made me more thirsty and felt like it left a film in my mouth. It may have been psychological but oh well.

I finally blew a gasket on them Thursday evening. From the time I had woke up on Tuesday morning until Thursday evening I had only been able to sleep for maybe 6 hours and that is including being sedated during surgery. I wasn't oxygen deprived, I felt that I was sleep deprived. I tried walking down the hall, leaned against the counter and almost fell asleep where I stood. I had all four teams in my room at the same time...arguing at the end of my bed as to what was the best course of action was going to be for me. I was upset and crying at this point. All I wanted was for them to just go ahead and intubate me, put me in a medical induced coma and when they were ready to agree with each other for what was in my best interest then discharge me - LET ME GO HOME!!! It was decided I was not allowed to sleep for more than 1 hour at a time because I still had to walk, "eat" and drink AND keep my sats at a level they were happy with. Respiratory took their bi-pap back and put me on my cpap (argument with pulmonary). So it was nap, sip, walk, sip, sip, sip, sip and then repeat until Saturday afternoon. They were none to happy with me as I refused my pain meds the majority of the time because it made me sleepy and nauseated. I finally had to agree to take it at least twice a day and then it was only a dose that was bare minimal (15 ml vs 60 ml).

I had a night nurse that must have thought I was a cadaver with as rough as she was handling me and the surgical area. Then she puts me on the toilet that was in the middle of the room, NO CURTAIN, my observation windows open. I asked if I could pull the curtain and she said no, she had to watch me. Needless to say, she ended up having to stick cath me. The day nurse came in and asked if I needed to go to the bathroom yet. I told her I would try but could I at least pull the curtain. She said of course! From that point on, I was able to go, not much, but I could go on my own.

They had to increase my IV fluids once again on Saturday. When you have nothing going in, of course you have nothing coming out. I was celebrating finally getting 120 - 150 ml of fluid in me a day by mouth. Doc said if I got to 1500 ml in 24 hours, I could go home. Say what??? They moved me back to the surgical floor that night. It took me 24 hours and 35 minutes... At first my surgeon said no but I finally had two docs on my side that convinced him to let me go. My hubby and I both believe it was they just wanted me out of there. One doc asked if I thought I had lost any weight since I had been there and I told him I doubted it with the fluids that I have had. He said well you haven't been eating or drinking so you would be surprised. Joke was on him - I had gained 16.1 lbs while in there (only have 3.5 left to lose of hospital gain).

Surgical resident called Wednesday and asked about my drain. Wanted me to come in and have it checked. I went (weigh-in 212.3) and he pulled it. The next day I was laying on the couch with my dog. Dog gets up, I go to move a bit and the couch and my dress are soaked! I was so angry. I stood up and could feel the wetness trickling down my leg. The more I tried to gather the dress and dab as I walked down the hall, the more that was coming. I was convinced the dog had peed on me. My son asked if it was possible if it might be me... I get to the back to change and see that the bandaging from my drain looked like a water balloon. Really? I get the dressing pulled and sure enough it is from where he had pulled the drain and it was still dripping slightly. I get washed up, repack with gauze, seal it with the bandage that seals completely around. 30 minutes later, my clean dress is now wet. I had already leaked through again. Determined not to let this beat me I cleaned up again and tried to figure out what I could do to keep from soaking through everything. Aha! Although I had a hysterectomy almost 17 years ago I still keep personal products here just in case someone visiting should need anything (and helps when doing heavy exercise with a weak bladder). I grabbed a sanitary pad from the cabinet and a cami top I had bought in a smaller size (was $1.68 clearance - I grabbed several sizes and colors). Voila! Instant compression bandage! And it works very well.

Since being home I have managed to drink about 32 oz of liquid a day. I have managed about 4 oz of protein shake for the past couple of days. I am soooo looking forward to eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt! Thanksgiving was a complete nightmare for me. I was severely depressed listening to everyone talk about what they were making, what they had to eat, how stuffed they were... I stayed home and boo hoo hooed while my eldest daughter went to her dad's and my hubby and sons went to a friends house to eat. But it is ok... I had my chicken broth, jello and hot tea.

I made the choice to have the surgery. I was the one busting down doors to get this done RIGHT NOW... I did not have to do this right before the holidays. And I live by my choices. I believe I have done the right thing, at the right time. Have I had hurdles? You betcha! But that is all they were and are. This is not an easy thing to do. It was not done on a whim. So while most folks gain their 10 - 15 lbs this holiday season, I will be losing mine.

With no regrets...

Big hugs!

Karen

HW - 242
beginning WLS check-in 7/9 - 237.2
Surgery 11/18/15 - 204.7
Discharge post-op weight 11/22/15 - 220.8
2 wk post-op - 197.1
4 wk post-op - 187.1
8 wk post-op - 175.4
10 wk post-op - 165.8


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Woo-hoo!!!! Congrats!!

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AAHHH! It's official! My life will change in a BIG way on December 3! Keep your hands and arms inside the ride kids! Here we go! emoticon emoticon

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