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  1. parisshel

    Surgery Scheduled for March

    No pre-op diet for us here in France. It's funny how this varies from country to country. I think the pre-op consultations were similar to what is done in the USA: psych consults, bloodwork, cardio consult, upper GI endoscopy, liver and stomach xrays...but no particular diet per se. I'm trying just eat normally and not see this time as a food funeral...'cause it's not!
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    And I've got a date!

    But it's March 20th...so I'm going to move over to the March 2013 Bandsters group, as my surgeon is just so popular and he couldn't fit me in for February. Anyway...good luck and smooth sailing to all of you February Bandsters...see you on other threads!
  3. parisshel

    Surgery Scheduled for March

    I'm so ready for this. Got my surgery date today: March 20th. Bring it on!
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    My turn!

    Sending hopes for a smooth surgery and wakeup! Good luck!
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    Good luck. I was also fearful of surgery/anesthesia until I had to go under (for something else). Now that I've had two experiences with anesthesia, I'm not apprehensive about my upcoming lapband surgery...well, the "going under" part, anyway. You'll see....the patient's part of the process is nothing...all you have to do is go to sleep . We will keep you in our thoughts.
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    hot face????

    I haven't yet been banded, but when I had ankle surgery in 2010, I had a reaction to my opiate-based pain meds--like hot flashes, with sweating, but no fever so it wasn't an infection. Once I got them to change my pain meds to non-opiate based, it went away instantly. Note to self: tell my surgeon that I can't take opiates.
  7. Hi! Thanks for responding! Oh, I envy your surgery date. I see my surgeon on Feb 5th (next week) to set a date and I'm hoping it will be Valentine's Day but I suspect, with French National Health, it won't be that quick. But it should be February in any case. I'm also ready and excited! Good luck with the preop, and I'm hoping it all goes smoothly for you.
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    New member - banded tomorrow morning!

    Totally get this. Hopefully by the time you read this, you'll have come out of the surgery just fine. Courage!
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    How do you tell your friends?

    Everybody is different and has different levels of privacy-needs. I live my life fairly publicly (I've had a blog for 10+ years and also do a good amount of writing which appears all over the web) so obviously I'm not the most private person. I've even agreed to meet with a documentary production company who may follow my journey, and I'm fine with that level of public disclosure. For my upcoming band, everybody knows except for my office colleague. The only reason I won't tell her is that she talks incessantly and I don't want my band to become another reason for her to prevent me from doing my work. I don't fear that she will notice my weight loss and wonder about it because she is very self-centered and never notices anything but her own world!
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    Today I Shine but not about my weight

    This is indeed amazing, certainly a proof of your talent in an era of ebooks and closing bookshops. Bravo! Let us know when it hits amazon so we can buy it!
  11. That's funny, because the first surgeon I consulted with said EXACTLY THE SAME THING. "I don't do bands anymore, and overall surgeons take out more than they put in." He only did sleeves and bypasses, having stopped doing bands several years ago. So I went to see another surgeon. This one only does bands and bypasses and will not do sleeves. He is seeing sleeved patients end up in his hospital due to popped stiches, ulcers and peritonitus. "23 cms of stitches is a lot", was his comment. I've spent hours doing research on all the WLS options out there....truly days of reading data. And I found that you can find equal measures of arguments supporting and not supporting all the surgery options. It's true that I'm uncomfortable with the complications that may arise with the band, but on the other hand I'm more uncomfortable with the irreversibility of the other options. So I'm going with the band and the surgeon who believes this is my best option.
  12. My sense is that my relationship will fall into the "at risk" category, based on the reasons kateeryn cites. My BF has zero interest in leading a healthy, active life, and this is even more irritating because he had a heart attack at age 38. You'd think he'd want to get himself into the best shape ever...but the further out he gets from that heart attack, the less its impact on him and the more he just lazes about, continues to eat poorly and rely on his medications to "combat" the damage his eating and inactivity have done. My own burden of fat made me reluctant to encourage him to live a better life--I looked at this as the pot calling the kettle black-- but I predict that my return to an active, healthy lifestyle will see us having some major issues. Still, it isn't worth staying fat to keep the relationship at status quo, right?
  13. My boyfriend also said the same thing...he had heard from a colleague (who got sleeved) that 85% of successful WLS patients leave their partner. That colleague even said something like "You know she'll leave you after this!" or something equally inane. I told my boyfriend that if I did ever leave, it would have nothing to do with weight, but rather the fact he never clears his plate from the table.
  14. This is a terrific question and reminds me to make a list of everything I can't do now that I WILL do as my weight goes down. I think first on my list would be more travel...I've ceased to travel as much because my energy level is so low and I can't just sightsee and walk all day long as I used to be able to do. So more trips, and more participating in life in general. My weight has gradually caused me to isolate myself and I'm finding my life just revolved around three poles right now: home, work and food. I'm am SO looking forward to that changing, and being much more social.
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    February 1st

    I totally agree with you. While one part of me is all for total honesty about everything, another part of me doesn't want to hear things such as "Oh, I know someone who got a lapband. It didn't work for her" or "I know someone who died from weight loss surgery. Have you really researched this?" We aren't idiots, and of course we have done hours of reading and researching. No one just wakes up one day and decides to have WLS. I think for all of us, this decision is extremely well-thought out. I've told my most everybody but one person: my work colleague. I don't want her up in my business, she's a gossip and I sense she will be resentful of the time I take off to do my surgery.
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    February 1st

    I should be banded in February but won't know the exact date until February 5th when I meet with my surgeon. I'd love it to be February 14th, because this will be the greatest Valentine's gift I could ever receive.

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