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Everything posted by Afro_Cyster

  1. I would like to mimic SexySlim. Unlike most US doctors, all of the doctors mentioned above have completed hundreds of bariatric surgeries. Their prices are absolutely absurd for the risks they (and we) endure. As long as you continue your due diligence, be forthcoming with your own medical background, and research your doctor, you will be fine.
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    Fell Off The Wagon

    Hugs chick! We love ya!
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    Happened to me, but I was lucky to have had it caught before it became a problem. I tried to avoid it but it was soon understood that my gallbladder would have to be removed.
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    I love the Tru Moo brand of chocolate milk. It is a 1% milk which is easy on my stomach. There is a fat free brand, but I haven't seen it in my area. It also keeps me full for long periods of time. A half gallon would last a little over a week. I seem to use it as a Meal Replacement. How healthy is this new milk obsession? I've added a photo of the nutritional info.
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    LOL thank you for the response
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    Help Finding A Job - Human Resources

    I know that this is somewhat unorthodoxed, but I would like to solicit your help in finding full-time employment. I have been to all of the local staffing agencies and have attempted to use out of state head-hunters as well with no luck. As ironic as it sounds, I am a Human Resource Professional. I have two Bachelors, a Masters, and a Juris Doctor. I am available for relocation on my own nearly anywhere. I am looking for a Director, Assistant Director, or Manager level position in Human Resources or any of its counterparts. If you have any leads or may be of any help at all, please inbox me and I'll send you my resume. Thank you.
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    My Insurance Company Is Changing To Aetna

    You can get a summary sheet from your company's benefit administrator. You then have several options..... 1. Your company has chosen an option that includes WLS. Call the Aetna administrator to let them know that you have been pre-approved for the surgery and inquire what documentation Aetna will require to uphold your previous insurer's decision. 2. Your company has chosen an option that does NOT include WLS. You can opt out of enrolling in the new insurance and choose to go on COBRA with the old insurer. There are challenges with this option. You must pay the entire premium out of pocket. It cannot come from your paycheck (otherwise you may be transferred to Aetna's COBRA who would of course deny your request). 3. Do nothing/Pay out of pocket.
  8. Honestly, my stomach didn't hurt at all because I was so afraid to eat that I really didn't. My suggestion would be to stay on liquids for another few days. Eat slower and extend your meal time. Like Dandra suggested, the slower we eat the happier our sleeves will be. It will eventually get normal and you'll be able to identify your sleeve's signals.
  9. Sorry.....I just logged in. Did he answer all of your questions? What do you feel that you would have liked more information on?
  10. I agree with Webchick. Fluid retention could be due to so many issues. If it has reached the level of concern, seek professional advice.
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    Was In A Wedding(Pics)

    You look beautiful.
  12. I will definitely have a pannus, but I am cool with that. I don't have children so once I reach goal I won't have a tummy tuck. I have the typical problem areas....arms, stomach, and inner thigh. I also have alot of stretch marks. You look awesome!
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    I concur with the others. My concern would be the kernels. You know how they get in your teeth, imagine it getting in your wound.
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    Family Concerns

    You are in our prayers.
  15. I would advise you not to tell them. You are having the surgery as a medical necessity, not because it is cosmetic. I would accept the job, get trained, then tell them a week before the surgery that I needed to be excused for at least three weeks due to a medical emergency. Another suggestion would be to delay the surgery for a few months so that you could allow your employer to recoup the profits they loss in recruiting you. Also, after surgery, unless you have a desk job or your job allows for limited duty, I would not advise going back to work immediately. You do need time to heal and will not be able to lift anything for about four months.
  16. I am so happy for you! My motto is to "Keep Trying". If we stay in the game long enough, we'll eventually get enough experience to win.
  17. There is nothing that my sleeve won't conquer.
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    Scale Is Stuck!

    The best way to get the scale moving is diet, exercise, and patience. Nearly all of us hit the three week stall (give or take a week). Believe me, you have no where to go from here but down. :-)
  19. Congratulations on your decision.
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    Mexico Sleevers

    Wow Sharon, I wish I would have thought about teeth whitening while I was there. NeNe, my experience was similar to Sharon's. Same doctor and all. I paid a total of $5000, including flight, food, and tips for my parents and myself. It was a wonderful experience and I met alot of wonderful people.
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    Hello I'm New

    Welcome to the forum! We are always happy to see new faces. Are you recommended for the Gastric Bypass and researching the Sleeve?
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    Gas Question

    Gas X strips didn't really relieve me. I found that walking was the best medicine. My gas symptoms went away within two weeks.
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    I'm still doing my best to avoid breads. I don't know if this helps, but I've eaten crackers.....
  24. LOL......maybe. But I haven't had a cycle in months. Maybe it's a phantom cycle? LOL

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