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3/21/13 10:18 A

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Wow! Way to go Junegirl! You had to lose a lot of weight to bring your bmi down that much and you did that on your own before having the surgery. I'm very happy that you're finally accepted and wish you the best of luck with it! :)

As for my own situation, the most recent update is that I was officially diagnosed with diabetes, which just was the final straw that made me decide to do the bypass. I've been to a support group meeting, which was great, can't wait for next month. I had my clearance from my psych doctor, my family doc put me on insulin to get my numbers under control, at least until surgery.

Now, I was having a lot of conversations with the nurse and doctor at the surgeon's office. Bottom line, my a1c came back at 10. They want it at 8 or below for surgery. a1c basically gives an average of the last 3 months of sugars and since I was diabetic and didn't know it and wasn't on anything (and was eating CRAP) my numbers were through the roof. With the insulin and meds, my numbers are almost normal, which would give me an a1c result of 6-7. Now that being said, I didn't want to wait 3 more months to get the a1c test again, especially since my numbers are so good already, just a couple weeks in with insulin. I'm in a hurry cause I can't wait for surgery, but also, my insurance "year" ends the end of June, which means I'm paying my deductible now and if surgery gets pushed until after June 30, I'll be paying my deductible AGAIN, just because of a few weeks. So, my doctor and nursing staff are fabulous and they said they can do the a1c and just do a different kind of testing with it to only cover a 2 week time span instead of the 3 months based on the whole situation. SO....I can get that blood work done the beginning of May and if all goes well, should have the surgery in June! Crossing fingers!

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JUNEGIRL2's Photo JUNEGIRL2 SparkPoints: (123,967)
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3/20/13 9:13 P

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I have been a member of this team for awhile, but haven't been posting. But I try to check in and see what people are up to. I have been waiting for 2 years to be accepted for WLS. I live in CAnada and my province started a bariatric program about 2 1/2 years ago. Their criteria was very tight and you had to have a BMI below 47. At the time I think I was about 56. My BMI is now 48 and they have opened the criteria and I have been accepted. Not sure what kind of timeline I am looking at, perhaps about 6 months.
I am so happy that this is finally happening for me.

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3/18/13 2:19 P

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I am also new to the potential of RNY bypass(have been a member of SP since 07). I have had a few meetings so far and I go back in about a month to meet with the rest of the team. I'm not sure how it works in the US..but in Canada there is a basket weave of twists and turns. I'm very excited, so far I have been able to get through the process faster then I expected. What I find most interesting is the feedback from people when you tell them that you have been excepted as a candidate for the surgery. Really helps to determine who you can lean on in the future and who to weed out of various aspects of your life. Good luck and let us know how things turn out :)

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3/10/13 8:16 P

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I had the Bypass not too long ago and am very pleased with the results so far. I am still getting used to my pouch and it's ways, though.

My insurance told me that due to my diabetes, The bypass was the only way I could go that they would pay for.
Since I left the hospital in December 2012 I have no longer been on my diabetic meds and my FBS is maintaining in the 80-100 range.

Things are moving right along.

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Surgery Date: 12/17/2012
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3/9/13 9:40 P

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Hi and welcome! I had the RNY and am very pleased with it.

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3/4/13 9:54 P

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I agree that your surgical team is in the best position to counsel you about your unique needs and circumstances. I opted for the bypass because of the success in altering diabetes. However, the weight loss through either the sleeve or a RNY bypass is another important factor in avoiding diabetes.

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3/4/13 9:28 A

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I had the sleeve and was really happy with the surgery time and the recovery. The best thing to do is talk to the surgeon. Everyone has an opinion of their surgery and most will be positive. Your surgeon will, probably tell you which is best for your situation. Talking to your surgeon is very important so do not be afraid to ask questions. No question is stupid when it comes to your surgery.

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3/4/13 3:45 A

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Hi everyone,
I'm in the beginning stages of prepping for WLS, but I'm still trying to decide between the sleeve and bypass. I think I'm leaning toward the bypass, but not in stone yet.

I have PCOS and Insulin Resistance, I'm prediabetic and diabetes runs in my family, which is why I think I'm leaning toward bypass. I'd love any tips, suggestions, things you wish you knew or thought of before surgery, etc.

Tonight I also wrote a relatively long blog of my journey to this decision if anyone's interested. https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272081

I'm nervous but excited for this adventure.

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