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Posts posted by JessiG1983

  1. I am also a bandster with PCOS. I have lost about 90 lbs and have not noticed a change in facial hair as of yet...there is always hope though, right?!? lol I have noticed that my hormones do seem a bit more balanced and I now have a 30-32 day cycle without medication.

  2. I am 9.5 months post surgical and down nearly 90 lbs. I actually like pictures now (not all, we still have bad days and bad angles lol) I can walk and hike again without feeling like I'm dying, in fact when I walk my dogs they get tired long before I do. I can get up and down from the floor quite easily. I love seeing my collar bones!! I love wearing normal clothes not being in the plus sized section. I love putting on some of my old clothes that used to be tight and drowning in them...in fact my hubby (who has really gone every step of the way with me and has lost 80lbs in the process) and I recently put put on an old pair of my "work out" pants...we both fit in a leg of those pants, granted they were tighter with both of us in them than they were when I wore them but it was still amazing to see)

  3. My husband was not 100% psyched about the prospect of me having surgery. It was dangerous, did I really need it, etc... Well he went to a seminar with me and found out the real facts from a doctor. He realized I really did know what I was talking about and it may really be a good idea for me. He became my biggest cheerleader and one of the main reasons I was able to have the success I have had. He has been there every step of the way and has totally changed his habits as well. The thing is he is either going to have to shape up or ship out. Help him get educated about the process and why you want to have the surgery. If he still cannot support you then that is his problem, not yours. You are doing this for you and anyone who doesn't like it can kiss off!! Good luck!!

  4. My first question was "Is it in?" I too was worried after all the horror stories of people getting opened up and for various reasons the band not being able to be placed. Shortly there after, when the meds given during surgery wore off all I could ask was "What the f**k did I do to myself??!?" I had a very large hiatal hernia that needed repair, which for me made the upper abd/ chest pain pretty bad! Like Miz I got over it quickly and couldn't be happier!!

  5. short and sweet

    sure the bypass will help you lose weight (faster sometimes)

    and so can the band.

    news flash---anyone with any WLS can gain their weight back if they start overeating the wrong foods again.

    (its up to the person with the band to do the hard work, you know eat right, eat the 1 cup required food and excercise).

    some people dont have manners.

    i hear that alot too. but you know what, i made the decision to make myself well.

    haters gonna hate regardless.

    seems to me, people who dont know sh** about the band

    or understand it have the most neg nellies comments.

    do this for you and be successful

    you already are in my book :)

    Yes, YES!!! This, all of it!! Well said Carolinagirl!!

  6. This is a good topic, for sure. I'm also married so I won't be dating (other than hubby, lol). I could see why feeling better about yourself could change the types of guys that you would date. That would mean you were likely attracted to them all along but felt you didn't stand a chance because of how you felt about yourself. I could see something like that happening for sure. My hubby and I got fat together (me more so than him) and now we're getting thin together as my healthy habits have rubbed off!

  7. For my initial consultation I was weighted and height was measured along with body fat percentage (yikes!!) Then the nurse went over some basic health history questions. Then the doctor came in and asked some other health questions. He then described each surgery, pro's and cons and asked me which I was interested in. He then made his recommendations for what he thought would be a good fit for me (He suggested banding, which is what I wanted anyway.) He then gave me an overview of the process, what his requirements were (psych consult, cardiology clearance, pulmonary clearance, education meeting and nutritionist meeting) as well as what would be expected of me and what I could expect from them. He told me to get started on my "pre-req's" while he sent in his medical records to my insurance for approval. Then we went over my questions. Good luck!!!

  8. I love this post!!! Sometimes it is the little victories that mean the most!! For example, I went to a wedding on Saturday night and wore heels ALL night thru dancing and walking, etc and my feet didn't kill me (I'm talking for over 12 hrs!!) or the other night when my husband hugged me from behind and told me I was getting sooo skinny he felt like he was gonna crush my ribs. Love these little victories!!!

  9. I know exactly what you mean!! Over the past few years I have had to use them several times!! What an embarrassing experience!! A couple of weeks ago I flew to Southern Cali and I didn't need the extender ( in fact I had a tail from where I needed to size down the belt), I actually had room in my seat and was able to use the tray table (pulled down and fully extended!!!) I almost cried (lol) I was sooo happy. You will definitely get there!!!

  10. I had to stay over as that is just how my doctor likes to do things. The stay wasn't horrible... I was on oral pain meds and clear liquid diet. I was in significant pain the first 12 hrs post op. I agree with Keira, bring your own pillows, I SOOO wish I had done that. I walked like crazy to help with the gas pain and had to pee constantly because they kept me on IV fluids the entire stay. Plus they had the massaging boots on my legs anytime I was in bed to prevent clotting so anytime I wanted to get up it was quite an ordeal...and as you can imagine, bending at the waist was not super fun. Plus be ready to be woken constantly for vital sign checks. All in all, it wasn't so bad...I slept and walked a ton. I was happy to be home the next night to sleep in my own bed though!! Good luck!! :D

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