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  2. Brooklyn53521

    Anyone else scared?

    I like this topic. Surgery approaching June 12th. I know I am making the right decision but still having a lot of anxiety. As someone else said it would be irrational NOT to have anxiety before surgery.
  3. Brooklyn53521

    What to have at home after surgery?

    Surgery June 12th. Getting as prepared as I can vitamins, water, protein powder etc. I have a food scale too. Do I need small utensils? Will they really help? Thanks
  4. Are these the same things? I am trying to do more research on the procedure but I keep finding it called Loop Duodenal Switch or Duodenal Switch and was wondering if they are different procedures or the same one. Thank you for any help! Plus if you've had it, I would really like to know if you had any complications!
  5. Stitches78

    Foodies - honestly how bad is it?

    This whole post has been good to read. I'm having surgery in 2 weeks. I have IBS and already have issues. However, I've been on medication and I've been taking a probiotic. It seems to help a lot and ever since I started doing that I have rarely had any IBS issues. My friend takes the same probiotic and has had improvement...so I think that might be important. I also took peppermint oil for awhile. That was helpful. Anyways, I keep seeing that everyone is different, and I hope to not have as much aggravation. Put I'm thinking the probiotics are a big help. I never believed in them until my nutritionist recommended me trying them. Oh, and I'm looking forward to cooking with better ingredients. I've already figured that I'll be saving money on food by not eating out that often and buying less...so I might as well buy better quality food.
  6. Brooklyn53521


    59 surgery date June 12th gastric bypass
  7. Contrave is another cheaper option to try and come in tablet form. It's more successful long term than Victoza. I did well in victoza for the first 5 months I was using it and then plateaued needed to switch to saxenda but couldn't afford it. Sent from my SM-G9650 using BariatricPal mobile app
  8. Healthy_life2

    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    I'm going to refer you to the guys on the site that lift. Not sure if they are still around. (I'm a runner and lifter .....but I'm female) https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/418762-is-it-possible-to-build-muscle-after-the-sleeve-im-about-to-find-out/?tab=comments#comment-4684423 @BigViffer @BlueCrush @oldbriannomore @TomCruzMomShoes @Albus I use myfitnesspal food log. It also has a community. You can friend people. This guy is a trainer. Very supportive. He's in his 50's once weighed 402 POUNDS at 5 foot 7. His story below. . https://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/staffordshire62
  9. GradyCat


    Hospitals and insurance companies have guidelines to follow. Maybe they'll work with you on making payments so that you can have the surgery as planned.
  10. Healthy_life2

    Foodies - honestly how bad is it?

    Straight talk…Get a copy of your surgeons/directions plan and food progression for clarification. You need to know if this is something you can stick to. You have to want this enough to change. I hope you go into this with realistic expectations. Just because a few people on this site can eat anything and not gain weight does not mean that will be your personal experience. Many don’t keep the weight off long term eating what they want and relying on restriction alone. If you eat off plan and notice it slows/stops your weight loss you many need to stick to your dietician food plan. (read all the posts on regain and revision) I’m five years out. I maintain in the 130’s. I had to work for this. I followed my plan. I was consistent not perfect. I got to goal in six months ( not the norm with the sleeve) How bad is it if you enjoy food? I love food and I don’t feel deprived. I enjoy trying new recipes and ingredients. I make healthy versions of old favorites. I go to restaurants and social events. It easy to find protein and veggies and other items on my plan that keep me in weight loss mode. I also stay within my weight loss/ maintaining calories and macros. Your diet will change when you go into maintenance mode. You will be adding more carbs and can indulge within reason. Stomach issues: Most sleeves can tolerate anything without dumping syndrome (sleeve surgery intestines are not altered) Other surgeries once sugar hits the intestine they dump. Only my opinion. If you can’t control sugar and food choices, the sleeve many not be a good fit for you.
  11. Sosewsue61

    Weird Aches and Pains

    The big stomach pulls on your back, and when you lose weight that all shifts around, you sit and walk differently. Some people remark that they are suddenly taller because they are not stooped over and leaning on everything. Hard chairs kill my butt now, way less padding. Get ready, there are many more exciting changes.
  12. tatti2019

    MAY 2019 Sleevers

    I’m at the hosp waiting my turn for surgery!
  13. I hope this video will play! I copied it from The Facebook. hehe!
  14. Sosewsue61


    When you need to renew your Driver's License.... And you are smaller than the weight you lied about weighing last time. Last time I subtracted 40 lbs LOL
  15. FluffyChix

    Foodies - honestly how bad is it?

    You're a rock star girlie!!! Woot!!!
  16. Sosewsue61

    Two years four month post op

    That skinny girl on the right looks like your younger sister!
  17. Today
  18. You look sooo cute in that dress! You can do it, go ALL the way girl!
  19. Sosewsue61

    This picture shocked me

    Wahoo! Rock it girl!
  20. Lifeafter40


    Ok now I have my surgery date which is June 3 however I paid my doctor the $221.27 for whatever I had to pay I can’t remember. Now today the hospital called and informed me that I have to pay 2,821.00 on the date of my surgery or I can’t have it. I told that lady why in the hell would I just not receive this information some people don’t have that type of money. She said we will only accept half and we will bill you for the rest ok but still I don’t have $1400. This is crazy because I should have known this information way before now. When I had the sleeve my doctor had the hospital to tell me what I would have to pay out of pocket and they put me on a three month payment plan before I had my surgery. I actually thought that I wouldn’t have to pay since it was deem medical reason for the revision to bypass. My insurance company said that I hadn’t met my in network out of pocket deductible which is $5,500 some of these insurance companies are complete riff off.
  21. stabbymcduck

    MAY 2019 Sleevers

    My surgery was on May 7 and I feel so good now! I'm back to work this week (took 2 weeks off) and I was tired the first few days. Luckily I'm able to work from home some of the time, so I worked from home and took lunch time naps. At my two week checkup my surgeon told me to get some B12 and I don't need to nap as much now. Sip sip sip!
  22. teachkdz0507

    Gastric Sleeve to Bypass revision

    Hi Friends- I am so grateful for this community and the friends I made along the way when this journey first started. I should have reached out when all the trouble became serious but I hunkered down and surrounded myself with blame and embarrassment. I am glad I reached out because I have found out WE ARE NOT ALONE! People that I knew from my initial surgery support group (7 years ago) are having the same issues! It is a relief to know it isn't just me on the struggle bus. The reflux and malabsorption are huge for way more than I ever thought. The regain of 50% or more is quite a common story. We all admit that we fell off the ride but we also maintain that our tool wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. My personal opinion is that we all were on the early end of the adoption of using the sleeve as a stand-alone procedure. It used to be a step before RNY for the heaviest of patients. I think they are finding out that many of us need to do the RNY, after all, to meet our weight goal and get rid of those pesky side effects. Honestly, making goal does sound good but fixing the way I feel daily is a much bigger incentive. If I get some weight off along the way then that is a nice benefit. My one "down" side is that my new surgeon is part of a practice that I am getting the feeling likes to do a lot of suggestive selling. I think they make you do things before they will get the insurance done. I am an avid tennis player. Seeing their exercise person is not what I need but they are going to make me lift weights. I would much rather spend my money to buy tennis clinics to help me shape up at something I enjoy doing. They do have monthly nights with local chefs to learn how to cook healthy and bariatric friendly meals. I can get behind that 100%. Teach me how and I can do it. I will try my best to get on board with their plan. The old plan obviously didn't work for me. Finally on the calendar for my first visit on June 6. Wish me luck at the appointment. I did want to ask them about what a functional doc said to me. Tell me if any of you have heard this before. The functional doc believes my issue (and other gastric patients) is LOW acid not too much acid. He said it will mimic the same feeling as heartburn because my food isn't digesting properly due to a lack of acid and breaking down naturally as it should. Thus the malabsorption. He believes that in turn causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines which makes eating even that much harder. Enter the gas, belching, feeling full too soon, diarrhea issues... IF he is right, he wants me to add a supplement that will increase the acid in my stomach. I am so afraid to do that because I feel so awful now. Has anyone else heard this explanation? Did you try this? He said any brand of Betaine HCL Pepsin will work. I might try it this weekend to see if it works. Heads up...we can turn our ships around and be victorious. I am so glad I am not the sole person on this journey. Happy Memorial Day! Teachkdz0507
  23. I had horrible GERD and my surgeon explained that the RnY procedure has been used to treat acid reflux in the past successfully. I haven't had one GERD episode since. My quality of life has seriously increased. Secondly, not that I am trying to be negative but I have done the whole I am dieting and being successful this time it is going to stick and nope. I just wish someone had pulled on my coat tails two years ago when I weighed 200lbs. You have to do what is best for you at then end of the day. Congrats for all the hard work (you still have to work with wls you just have a heavy lighting tool the first year) and continued success wherever your path leads.
  24. Jdanzey

    May 2019 Surgeries 🎉

    April 30– very easy
  25. chunkymonkey123

    Hyperthyroid before vsg surgery

    I honestly don't mind losing slow ! As long as I lose, I've heard if you lose slow you will have less excess skin.
  26. Christina090321

    Hyperthyroid before vsg surgery

    I had the same problem. I am losing weight but it’s coming off slow! I’ve only lost 37 lb since surgery. I met with my dietitian and she recommended that I eat ever two hours 2oz portions lots of protein . So breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. And in between each meal drink water.
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