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Kristina J.

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Kristina J.

    Marriot popcicles!

    Lol I never tried them! Haha but meat was definitely the perceived flavor! Hahaha I heard there were good ones in the gift shop but they didn't have them the one time we caught the gift shop open. The chicken broth though?! Was KILLER! Especially if you squeeze a lime into it!!
  2. Kristina J.

    Beware! woman traveling to TJ

    But he was a little too flirty/inappropriate with you also, right? ... I'm sensing the pattern here!!! Lol
  3. Kristina J.

    Marriot popcicles!

    Really?!? Lol when we were there I didn't even try them because the 5 women I talked to that did said they tasted like old meat! Hahaha Glad to hear they're better now!
  4. Kristina J.

    Beware! woman traveling to TJ

    Oh yeah, that's a good point. Maybe he usually does but purposely avoided it this time because she was there! It would explain why my "group members" or whatever you wanna call them, and me are the only ones he came to alone!
  5. Kristina J.

    Beware! woman traveling to TJ

    How weird, I wonder why he didn't when we were there. We saw Irene at the hotel quite a bit, but she wasn't with him when he came. Like I said, must have been a one time/one week thing! I feel better knowing three normally is though!
  6. That's exactly how Garcia explained it to me
  7. Kristina J.

    Beware! woman traveling to TJ

    Weird! Maybe I was mouthy enough they figured I could handle myself alone with anyone! Lol He was alone for me and the rest of the women in my group though. May have just been a one time/one week thing if they were understaffed or something. I had no idea they usually use a chaperone. That would have made me feel better about the whole situation in the beginning. Wouldn't change my opinion but definitely an important factor that I was unaware of!!
  8. HAHAHAHAHAHA I never saw it before, but it's probably all I will ever see again looking at it!!!!!!! It's totally a condom!
  9. I think I can help!!! Lol My stomach picture isn't inflated with gas. It was taken after the leak tests so it's deflated, and more like it would be sitting in our bodies normally (when we weren't stuffing ourselves anyway lol). Here it is next to my LapBand that was removed!
  10. Kristina J.

    I Bought A Magic Bullet At Costco

    I bought what is essentially the Cuisinart version of it and I love it. I use it a lot when cooking and for making smoothies for my kids. I used it a lot on liquids and purées, but it definitely wasn't necessary, but I was glad to have it
  11. Kristina J.

    Beware! woman traveling to TJ

    It's in a comment on a post. It's not a post he made, but one he responded to. The only thing with his answer that was odd to me is that he said the doctors will only go to the hotel to check on patients with a chaperone and said "the way it has ALWAYS been done." I was visited by Dr. Luna alone in my room. Obviously it was fine, but did everyone else have a chaperone with the doctor that visited them for Garcia (Luna or otherwise)? Not really a big issue, just curious
  12. Kristina J.

    opinions please

    I agree 100%. Part of my motivation was not only to be around long term for my girls (toddlers now), but to be able to lead a healthy lifestyle as an example to them! I learned from my parents and my husband and I decided a while ago that when we had kids, we would be healthy by example and not just words.
  13. Kristina J.

    I lied.

    That's AWFUL Janice... But I can't lie, I totally chuckled.
  14. Kristina J.

    opinions please

    I was a revision so I had a bit of a different mindset. I spent a long time debating both, whether I deserved another chance at WLS, and also if I could even be successful after failing once before. But I do think that going back and forth is fairly common. Even when we know we need to do something to save our lives, I would question the sanity of the person that didn't at least give a 2nd thought to removing 85% of a major organ! Now, I would never look back and couldn't be happier, but I certainly spent plenty of time questioning my decision too, just in different ways!
  15. Kristina J.

    Nerve issues under left arm

    Of course! It's at least a good place to start looking medically based on what you're describing! Could certainly still be a pinched nerve elsewhere, possibly in the cervical spine or lumbar spine where you suffered that old injury. But at least having a diagnosis to look into could lead you to some other similar diagnosis that may fit better! Either way, hopefully they can determine its origin soon and help relieve that pain. Nerve pain can be the absolute worst!! Hope you get some relief soon!!
  16. Kristina J.

    I lied.

    I don't think pitbulls are ugly... I just don't like that one ate part of my dad! Lol That one is pretty ugly to me
  17. Kristina J.

    opinions please

    As much as I loved my surgeon, I honestly think it only matters so much. You need to make it out alive and complication free. You need to have some form of follow up (though for me a lot of my follow up is through my PCP and nutritionist, unrelated to my surgeon). But other than that, I don't believe that one surgeon's skill in the OR will make you lose more weight. You need a skilled competent surgeon who will get you through safely and provide some follow up, but for long term weight loss? It's up to you!
  18. Kristina J.

    BIG FAT PEOPLE!

  19. Kristina J.

    Opinion of band to sleeve conversion

    I can't tell you how much better it is! It's just a whole new world. I was banded for roller coaster 10 years including a removal and rebanding in the middle. When I scheduled my revision I was 2lbs lighter than the day I was first banded. I would get food stuck constantly. I was never sure if I could get down dry white chicken or if it was gonna be a day where I would puke up my coffee! I was always pretty hungry and felt like it was all my fault. Did I make mistakes? Of course. Did I fail the band? In some ways, you bet. But did the band fail me?! Definitely. It's a flawed system. I'm now just shy of 2 months out and including pre-op, down a total of 54lbs. After having all the Fluid from my band released 2 months before surgery, I LOST weight because I was finally able to eat vegetables and meats without fatty sauces and gravy to help keep them from getting stuck. Post op, I've battled mostly with not being hungry. Having to force myself to eat when I'm not hungry after 20 years of trying not to eat when I was starving has been quite an adjustment. But food has been a whole new world. I don't worry with each bite if I'm gonna be puking 10 minutes later! Somedays I feel like a WLS veteran who's got it all figured out, but most days, it's so different that I feel like I've started all over. I say it's not just better, it's a whole new world!!
  20. Kristina J.

    Beware! woman traveling to TJ

    In all fairness, coons seems like a really weird word choice! joannao and I are far from friends but I can't imagine she purposely threw out coons. Doesn't make sense. lol
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