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  1. I struggled with the same thing the first few days. Thought I was going crazy...then I realized it was the pain medicine! Once I stopped it everything went back to normal. I remember trying to text a phone # to someone after 3 tries I gave up everything was running together. Keep your head up - it'll get better I'm sure!
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    Unflavored Isopure?

    Hi Mini! I add one scoop to a regular sized serving of Crystal Light, 16.9 oz. The best flavor that I have tried it with in my opinion is the Cherry Limeade. Love it! Not sure if this will help you or not, but I found that the colder the drink it, the better it is. Most of the time I will use my Magic Bullet with the Crystal Light packet, Water (little less than the 16.9 since adding ice and it will melt), protein and some ice...wonderful slushie! Tastes yummy and I tend to go through it a little easier because I don't have that mindset of thinking it's just another protein drink!
  3. grubb79

    Unflavored Isopure?

    I have been using the Unflavored Isopure since my pre-op diet. It really helped that I had the unflavored especially in the first two weeks post op. I added it to broth and Crystal Light. I will say though that I got brave once and added two scoops to one serving of Crystal light - hoping to easily double my protein quickly. But, it just didn't taste right. Kind of nasty. One scoop works wonderfully for me though. It makes things taste a little different to me, but not so much that I can't drink it. Now that I'm used to it I don't even realize the difference in taste. I think it's a great product. If you decide to try, good luck! Hope you like it as much as I do.
  4. I'm 11 days post op and completely understand. I haven't been able to tolerate any milk based protein drinks. Fortunately, I had bought some unflavored Isopure powder before surgery. It's great. I am getting the majority of my protein from putting it in some Crystal Light right now. Although, I can put a little in my soups and seem to do ok. You can find the Isopure at GNC and some online retailers. Good Luck! We'll be on mushies before we know it. I can't wait!
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    January 10th, 2013 sleevers!

    I was sleeved on the 10th too! I have struggled the entire time to get my protein and fluids down. I am on liquids until week 3. Right now I can only hold about 3 oz at a time and have to wait a good 30-45 minutes before I can think of taking a sip of anything else or gas pains start up. I just left my 1 week post op. Of course, doc wasn't thrilled that I haven't been taking in enough but he said it could be that my stomach is still just swollen and since it's getting better everyday he'll just see me again next week and see where I'm at. I've lost 10 lbs since surgery and am apparently still taking in enough to keep me hydrated. So, all seems to be ok.
  6. grubb79

    Any 1/10/2013 sleevers out there?

    I was sleeved 1/10/13. How are you doing? I'm still in some pain when i sip on any liquids at all. I am trying my hardest to do everything the doctor has told me to do. But, it's been hard when a get a sharp burning pain every time something hits my stomach. I know it will be fine and before long I will be over this hurdle and all will be on track. Until then I'm a little sore, grouchy and ill.
  7. I'm tomorrow morning as well..7:30 AM. I was nervous earlier today until I had to take the kids to my in laws to watch for the next few days. Since I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am, figured it was better to just have them stay there starting tonight so they don't have to get up so early. Now, I'm just sad and missing them. Once I wake up in the morning I'm sure all the anxiety will start hitting again. Good luck tomorrow! We're going to do great!
  8. I just looked it up...it is! :-) Purified Water, Whey Protein Isolate, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Punch Flavor, Sucralose, Potassium Benzoate, FD&C Red No. 40.
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    Anyone approved by CIGNA?

    I have Cigna as well. My approval process included 5 years of weight history and 6 months supervised diet. Once all of the documentation was submitted I was also told a 5 day turnaround. Once I contacted Cigna on the 5th day to check the status, I had been denied. They denied me because the PCP noted that she recommended me for surgery, but didn't specifically state "cleared for surgery" on her paperwork. The patient advocate got that info from the PCP and faxed to them, received the approval 2 days later. :-) Well worth the hassle...I get sleeved 1/10. So excited! Good luck. I hope everything goes smoothly for you.
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    Charlotte sleevers

    Not sure about Huntersville or Charlotte, but I do know of one in Concord. Not sure how far that'd be from you. It's at CMC Northeast (specifically at the NorthEast Health and Fitness Institute) the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. There will not be one in January, but they'll resume in Feb.
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    January 2013 Sleevers?

    Hey everyone! My surgery is Jan 10th at 7:30 am with Dr. Bauman in Concord NC. So excited, but extremely nervous. Not so much about the surgery, but the recovery and learning to eat slower, dreading the pureed stage, etc. I know it will be ok. But, I tend to be a bit of a worry wart. I just think too much.
  12. So extremely excited. Started the whole process back in June...and can now breathe because insurance approved Monday and they called with the date today! 1/10/2013! Starting to get a bit nervous, but more than ready to do it! Counting down the days now. At least the wait won't seem so long since the kids keep me pretty busy and we have Christmas around the corner. I have a feeling the time will fly by! YAY!!!
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    Any Charlotte Nc Sleevers?

    Got my date! 1/10/2013. WOOHOOO!
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    Any Charlotte Nc Sleevers?

    I got my approval today! YIPEE ~ so happy! Looks like surgery the first of the year for me. Now the task of figuring out where the $4000 up front out of pocket's going to come from. Might just have to wait till tax time. :-( But, at least I know I'm approved and almost there!
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    Any Charlotte Nc Sleevers?

    Well, I found out the PCP finally faxed over the final paperwork to Dr. Bauman's office. I was told they should be sending it over to Cigna in the next couple of days. (She said usually takes one or two to get it to them). Then we'll start the waiting game on insurance. But, if you had to wait 31 - my wait is probably going to be super long with the holidays and all. :-( Thanks for letting me know at least what I can possibly be expecting to wait. Now if it happens any earlier I'll be pleasantly suprised!
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    Any Charlotte Nc Sleevers?

    So I have my final 6 month PCP appt tomorrow! Hoping to get her to finalize all the paperwork showing the clearance for surgery. Last step before Dr. Bauman's office will turn it all into ins! Then the waiting game really starts. I am hoping that somehow it works out so that I can get sleeved by the end of the year since I've already met my deductible this year. We'll just have to wait and see. Got my fingers crossed though! Anyone else with Cigna? How long was your wait after the Dr. filed?
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    Any Charlotte Nc Sleevers?

    I am from Lexington, so not too far away. I'm seeing Dr. Bauman in Concord. I won't be able to have mine until Nov or after due to completing the 6 months of PCP visits. By the time I get to have mine you all will have mastered life after being sleeved. Hopefully you will have some good pointers for me!
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    What A Week

    Oh my. I am so sorry things are so hard right now. Will pray for you. Please keep us updated. <hugs>

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