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Tammy310

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  1. Tammy310

    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    That's my problem. I lost 23lbs right away but since my post-op follow-up appointment I'm stuck!!! Like super stuck! NOTHING! as a matter of fact I gained a few ounces. I'm not getting all of my fluids. I'm just really feeling like I'm failing my sleeve.
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    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    glad to hear that you are doing better NightOwl. one day at a time.
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    Hair Loss

    I started taking biotin just for peace of mind but I agree, it's likely a nutritional thing. Protein is what my NUT keeps telling me. make sure you're getting 60-80 grams a day minimum and it will help.
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    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    From what I gather...more liquids...and protein. That seems to be the magic key to life and the world of thin.
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    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    I guess I've also hit my first stall. SW 223, CW 199. sleeved 10/29 in the middle of hurricane Sandy. Thank God they didn't cancel me. But even though I'm 24lbs down, no loss at all in the past week. I don't think I'm getting enough of whatever I'm supposed to be getting but I'm eating almost the same as I was on the pre-op so I thought I'd still be losing. Started back to the gym a week ago. Doc said treadmill only for 8weeks. I know I'm not hitting my protein mark or my fluids although some days I'm pretty close. This is so much harder than I thought it would be. I'm worried that I've already done something to ruin my sleeve which is why I've stopped losing. Even though I know it's a stall (3 week one at that). It's just hard to keep focused when i thought it would just fall off.
  6. Hello all, I deserted for quite a bit but thought I'd check in. I was sleeved on 10/29, the start of the hurricane here in NJ. I don't really remember the day well, the anesthesia really knocked it out of me. Because of the storm, I had no one with me at the hospital. Hubby came and waited until I was in my room. Then 2 of my daughters stopped up for a bit. He came back that afternoon but by the time he got back, the hospital was asking visitors to start to leave due to the storm. I mostly slept. Monday night, into Tuesday I had the worst dry heaves EVER! I was sure I was going to rip something. Tuesday was the leak test and I swear the stuff they gave me to drink was bile. Luckily I only had to do 2-3 sips. They let me go home tuesday afternoon. I was nauseous all day from the UGI. I've never had a drop of pain and like someone else posted, I wondered if they just punched holes but didn't really do anything. My surgeon said, No Vitamins and NO Protein until I see him at my post-op appt. That confused me because up until that moment, all I heard was protein, protein, vitamins forever! =/ Still, I'm learning. I've found that my stomach gurgles when it's trying to tell me I'm full. This happens after a few sips in a row. I'm never hungry (but then I didn't get fat because I ate when I was hungry... I ate when I wasn't) I LOVE peppermint tea. I have at least 2 cups per day and it helps to calm the demon sleeve. I confess that I'm afraid this won't work, eventhough I can already see and feel a change. at my pre-op clearance on 10/16 I was 223. Now less than 20days later, I'm at 200. I see the surgeon on Tuesday to go over the operation, the game plan, and to be released back to work. Being home is making me crazy. I'm glad to see that most of us have gotten through with only minor issues. Good Luck and God Bless.
  7. Tammy310

    Outpatient Sleeve?

    didn't say it to be judgemental and yours wasn't the post to which I was referring. so, sorry if you were offended. Personally, I'm far too chicken (and sick) to do an outpatient sleeve. More power to those that do.
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    Before And After

    WOW!! It's true you both look so much younger. Awesome! and Congratulations.
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    Outpatient Sleeve?

    I actually believe that I read a post around here somewhere that someon came home the same day with no complications no restrictions etc etc.. it sounded fake to me. I know some sleevers personally by 3 diff docs. Perhaps it's because it was the same facility but if you went in on monday, you didn't leave til tues evening. Also, it depended on the patient. Some of them stayed longer. but none were out sooner.
  10. it's for the best. I hope it's a CTA or even a VQ scan but all will be well. More hugs... little light non painful ones.
  11. I'm no doc but after I had my gallbladder out (10yrs ago), I had leg cramps etc. and they said anesthesia side effect blah blah...then I had chest pain and they said gas. I kept walking. That started on a monday. By friday I was back admitted for a pulmonary embolism. We thought I was have an asthma flare up. Be safe... ask what the risk is that it's a PE. Don't go home in pain like that. They can call the insurance company for "concurrent review" and keep you admitted. Feel better...sending hugs and prayers your way.
  12. I haven't had surgery yet but I'm on the October sleevers group and wanted to check up on you all and see how it's going. First, congratulations! I hope to join you on the losers bench soon. But this thread has sparked some questions & comments. 1) I'm so glad that I had a uterine ablation 2 yrs ago, no TOM for me which is good because it seems to be triggered by this procedure and it seems to be painful afterwards. 2) did any of you with calf pain speak with your surgeon? I only ask because it could be a sign of blood clot or of potassium deficiency and I was wondering what they said. 3) do gas x strips make you burp or do they just make the gas go away. I am physically unable to burp (sad but true) so I'd like to find something I can use. 4) what are the slimes? Can you prevent them? Thanks so much ! And congrats again " losers "
  13. My biggest fear (besides death) is going through this and not losing at all. I've never considered losing too much. Didn't even think it was a possibility. Hmmmm, something else to think about.
  14. My doc said I can probably go back in a week. If i want to. But his nurse told me that the average is 3 and they start with an estimate of four. Even with all of that, I know someone who struggled to go back at five. . It truly is a case by case thing. I only wanted to take a week but the more I think about it, the more I'm looking forward to a vacation!! Yay sleeve!
  15. Tammy310

    October Sleevers

    My date is also 10/29!!! I don't have a time yet but the date won't change.
  16. I am severely asthmatic. That being said, I love to go to the gym and I'm there by 5:30a at least 3days a week. Right now, I'm pre-op and working on toning,some general strength training, and just getting into a routine so that hopefully post-op I don't have too many problems. I've noticed that a lot of people post things about Ab class, zumba, spin class, etc... I can't do it. Not without a nebulizer machine strapped to my chest!(At least not until I lose some of this weight) Does anyone have any recommendations for me for now? I look forward to your responses. ~Tammy
  17. Yoga and Pilates...wow, there's a challenge. Thanks, you're right, and I do believe my gym has classes in both. YAY
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    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    Been so busy with school that I haven't been on in a while. It took me over an hour and a half just to catch up with all of the postings. So, CONGRATULATIONS!! to all of you that have had your surgery already. I was glad to see the post-op postings. They were very reassuring. To Chad, sorry to hear about your struggles at home. I'm praying that it all works out the way it is supposed to for you. But, CONGRATS to you on the loss. You must be overjoyed to be under 300 even before surgery. Please continue to post about your procedure and recovery. To everyone new since my last (september) posting, WELCOME! I recently had my preop bariatric class; they gave us an incentive spirometer to use from now until surgery. What fun. =/ My pulmonary clearance is scheduled for 10/10, PCP clearance 10/16, endoscopy 10/18, PAT 10/19, final visit with the surgeon 10/25 and then SURGERY 10/29!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Like the rest of the waiting sleevers, I can't wait to be on the Loser's Bench! Again, congrats, to the already sleeved: Well wishes for a speedy healing and recovery. To the rest of us, many blessings for a safe procedure and speedy healing. ~Tammy
  19. Hope everything went well! congrats
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    I Hate It When People Misuse "literally"!

    My biggest pet peeve is when you hear professional people say, "you welcome." It's you're as in YOU ARE!!! Grrrrr. Lol. Or how about like-ded... I likeded that, it was fun!
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    Ducks In A Row

    At my last visit with the surgeon he told me "well, no more appointments; finish up with the psych eval and then we'll submit to the insurance and get you a date." So, I went to the psych (as previously posted). I hand delivered my psych eval to the office and the scheduler told me, "we'll submit everything and call you when the insurance gets back to us." I called the insurance co at the end of that week and they had already approved me!! (doc didn't tell me...I had to tell them). So, lo and behold, they gave me an appointment!!!! What? well, I had to go in to talk to the scheduler and get my date. Another $30. My upper endoscopy will be 10/18, pre admission testing 10/19, meet with the surgeon to go over all of the testing 10/25 (another $30 what happened to no more visits?) and surgery 10/29!!! yay! In that time I also have to see my PCP ($20) and pulmonologist ($30) for clearance. Then my 2 week liquid diet. It seems like there's so much more to do. oh AND there's a pre-op surgery class that meets at 1:30pm on a Thursday, lasts for hours and requires you to read an 80 page notebook so that you can take a test! (Another day off work just to be tortured). With all these appointments and time off work, I'm gonna end up in the poor house. So much for new skinny clothes. I won't be able to afford them. LOL
  22. I LOVE spicy food. The hotter the better. Is this something that I'll have to give up after the sleeve? I have Celiac disease and had to give up real bread, pasta & my favorite desserts, I have GERD so onions and pickles are OUT. I'm worried that my spices will need to go too. They are all I have left.
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    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    Hello October Sleevers! Apparently Susan beat me to the punch and added me before I could get to the end of the forum. LOL Thanks Susan, you are so on top of this. I am 41yo, with my hubby for the past 22yrs of it. I have 4 children: 3 girls (32, & twins that will be 21 on the 29th of this month). 1 Boy: (22). Just so no one hurts themselves counting, my oldest daughter is actually my step-daughter but I've had her with me since she was 6yrs old so she's mine. I also have 2 grandchildren: my granddaughter is 3 and my grandson is 19mos. My health history is extensive but I'm hoping that VSG on 10/29 will fix at least half of what's going on with me. So far I'm scheduled for: 10/4 Mandatory Bariatric Pre-op meeting 10/18 upper endoscopy 10/19 preadmission testing 10/25 final meeting with the surgeon for pre-op review 10/29 Surgery!!! In there somewhere I need two clearances...one from the PCP and one from the pulmonologist. I'm just praying that they give me the go ahead. I'm also praying for a negative H-pyori. I don't want to get pushed back any further. Like everyone else, I'm having 2nd and 3rd thoughts. But I know that this is what I'm meant to do. I just got back some recent labs that said I've gone from hypoglycemic to pre-diabetic. I can't be adding that to the list. Congrats to everyone! So happy to be able to share this journey with you all!.
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    October Sleevers! Announce Yourselves

    Not only did I find a person with the same date, it sounds like we do the same job; I'm a patient access liaison in S. Jersey. Can't wait for 10/29!!! Good luck to you, keep me posted on your progress.
  25. My BMI was 36 when I started off but I have 6 out of the top 10 comorbidities so my insurance approved the first time through. (thank God) If the doc talks to the insurance company and can prove that you are unable to lose on your own, he may be able to convince them. What is meant to be will be. No worries. & Good Luck!
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