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    Struggling with Second Thoughts

    I, too, was "switched" from sleeve to bypass when my doc found my reflux to be too much for the sleeve. I was so upset I went right from the bariatric surgeon's office to my gastroenterologist and crashed my daughter's appointment. He set my mind at ease-- RNY is the gold standard weight loss surgery. It works. My surgery was 2/28/13 and I've lost more than 130lbs or 98% of my excess weight. I have blood work done regularly and tweak vitamins based on that. Yes, there are some complications but there are many more people without them. I had a ventral hernia that if would have likely had anyway because I had surgery 29 years ago that weakened my abdominal wall. I am so glad I had the bypass. Best thing for me.
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    Me too! I'm from Monmouth county!
  3. I'm 29 months post surgery and can eat all those things. Some, like celery, I dice very small. Others like orange pith I limit. I love clementines--no problem with that. I can eat Italian bread untoasted, but toast regular whole wheat bread. ( I don't eat much bread). I can eat sugar-- not good and try to stay away from sweets.
  4. Two years and three months post RNY and down 135 lbs. I'm 59 and started in a 48D. Now, fitted properly at Victoria's Secret, a 38D or 36DD. They aren't too different because they were saggy before but the fat on my back and chest is gone. And they look good in clothes!
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    Gastric Bypass Sucess Story

    25 months post RNY and 135 lbs gone means I am able to fully participate in life and am no longer controlled by food. I eat healthy and well and if I eat something sweet, Like a thin person, I enjoy a few bites and am satisfied. This is the best thing I could have done. Only wish I had done it years ago!
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    Small Bowel - Blind Loop

    So sorry. I had a small bowel obstruction about 6 months after RNY. It was emergency surgery. Then the hernia reappeared a year later. I had a repair and a diastasis recti (abdominal wall repair) in December. So far so good.
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    Calcium pills

    I use the Walgreens or cvs brand of calcium citrate mini pills. 2 a day. I usually get them on the buy one get one sales.
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    I look forward to hearing about your journey!
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    You'll do great! I feel so much better since I had RNY at 56! I have lots of life in this 58 year old body!
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    Counting Protein, Carbs?

    For me, with my surgeon, I tried to get 90-100 grams of protein a day. I limited carbs and did count calories. My surgery was 2/28/13 and I've lost 135 lbs, down from 291.
  11. On Saturday my daughter and I were in a bad accident. I had to be taken out of the car on a board as I had tremendous back pain. The ambulance person said I was tiny! Tiny!!! Two years ago I was 291 lbs. Today 155 Luckily we will recover-- my daughter was bruised and banged up and has broken ribs. I broke my wrist and a vertabra. Tiny! Still can't believe it.
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    Stomach pain 4.5 months out?

    Call your doctor. You could have a hernia. That happened to me at about same time post surgery. I waited and waited and ended up in emergency surgery.
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    Hypothyroid Meds

    I had RNY 2 years ago and lost 135 lbs. It was no slow but sustained. I still take my sun thyroid every morning and get my thyroid levels checked every 6 months.
  14. I am very private and really don't like all the attention. I had surgery two years ago, lost 136 lbs so I really look different. From the beginning, I told everyone (except two coworkers who are friends) that I was working with a doctor to get healthy. It's true and so far no one has asked me the doctor's name!
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    Not sure-- it's full name is horizon blue cross blue shield and the plan is direct access.
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    I have horizon direct and dr Andrei in Livingston is my surgeon and he is great!
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    Very slow weight loss

    How much more weight do you need to lose? Are you close to goal? I know for me, it was not an even amount if weight I lost every month. Some months it was only a few lbs but I would lose a dress size. Just keep measuring your food and concentrate on protein and drink plenty of water. You've got this!
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    Do family/friends honor your bariatric dietary needs?

    I guess I'm really lucky. The friends who know I had wls are extremely careful to have things I can eat and always ask if there are choices that will work for me. In fact they celebrated my one year surgiversay with a dinner party of all wls friendly food. They had wine with dinner-- I had some before I ate. I don't expect everything served will work for me-- I need to chose those things that are good for me.
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    Fabulous February!

    Just saying hello to fellow Feb 2013 buddies. How is everyone doing? I'm down 136' to 155. That's where my body wants to be. I had two problems-- hernia with small bowel obstruction and reactive hypoglycemia. The hernia was repaired and then it was found I needed abdominal wall reconstruction and a re-repair of the hernia. That I had done with a panniculectomy in Dec. I have the hypoglycemia under control by eating right. I wear a size 10-12, down from a 24/26. I can wear high heels and have energy and feel great! Best decision ever to have RNY.
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    Fat People programs

    I watched the 600 lb life where are they now episode about Chuck and Paula last night. I was stunned to see a bottle of coke-- with sugar no less-- at chuck's seat. It was half gone and he was sitting there eating! Soda! Drinking while eating??? Then Paula has a sweaty water bottle sitting right next to her plate. My hubby yelled out- what are they doing with soda? Why are they drinking with food? The only person I know personally who had wls and regain drinks soda all the time and drinks when she eats. I don't think that's chance.
  21. I am 5'6" and started at 291 pre surgery, Feb 2013. I weigh between 155 and 158, depending on the day. My surgeon suggested I aim for 150-155 which is less than I weighed in high school 40 years ago. I am happy where I am-- comfortably in a size 12. Now to maintain.
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    Excess Skin

    CheleLynn, yes it was all covered! The recovery was better than I anticipated. I'm in no pain at all and getting my strength back!
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    Excess Skin

    I started at 291 in Feb 2013. Down to 157, which is good (I'm 5'6"). I had a ventral hernia repair, abdominal wall reconstruction and a panniculectomy. I wore a 12-14 before surgery, a 10-12 now. I have lots of skin on my thighs/arms, but I'm 58 and good clothing covers a lot. I have been obese since I was a teen, so that skin has been there a long time. Hopefully I uploaded a pix of me in skinny jeans (wearing my abdominal binder). But, all in all, even if I still had the skin, it would have been worth it.
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    How is cereal

    I've never had an issue with cereal. Just eat slowly and chew. I like it crunchy and with some berries!!! Yum!!