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About Caradina

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    Aspiring Evangelist
  • Birthday 02/18/1979

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    I'm 33, living in Detroit and I'm a huge dork.
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    SCA, LARP, sewing, costuming, history, camping, travel
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    Madison Heights
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  1. I went to Tijuanna, MX in March for my sleeve with Dr. Jose Rodriguez. It was wonderful, so much better than the horrifying care I have gotten in US hospitals. (I have had 20 surgeries in my lifetime, every one a terrible experience, except the sleeve in MX). My story is much like everyone elses. My Doc was awesome, his staff was courteous and skilled, the hospital was clean and beautiful, I stayed 3 days.... I'm going back to MX for a tummy tuck when I hit goal.
  2. Caradina

    Any Smokers?

    I wa told to quit for 2 months prior to surgery and no smoking until at least 6 months after. I'm just a social smoker with no addiction so no problem, I just don't smoke anymore, but I miss it!
  3. Caradina

    "dumping" Question

    I don't "dump", but I did get reactive hypoglycemia from months 2-5, though it's rare now. (Meaning I eat sugar and then crash hard and feel sick, dizzy and exhausted until it processes.) Now I can have a cookie, or a scoop of ice cream, but I don't realy crave it anymore, and it doesn't taste as good as it used to, and I knwo that if I eat too much, I'll feel ill. I take a bite fromt ime to time, but meh... not my thing anymore.
  4. When I got home from surgery, my BF's son said "well, it obviously didn't work, you're still fat." (He's 12, so he could have been confused, or being an a-hole.) I think he thought I had just gone in to get it all sucked out. Oh I wish! LOL
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    It's so weird how different surgeons tell people different things... mine said NSADS are just fine. Mine also doesn't tell me to eat a certain ratio of anything and said I can eat whatever I want as long as I try to limit sliders... Excederin Migraine was right there at the CVS here in Detroit...
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    I just take my Excederin Migraine, just like I always have... no issues. If you're taking it daily it might be, but the occasional pill is fine. that's one of the perks of this surgery versus the RNY... NSADS are ok for us...
  7. Caradina

    Getting Anxiety About Upcoming Holidays

    I have a very beautiful little plate made of Depression Glass that i found at an antique market. I bring it with me to gatherings (I'm crafty so i actually made a little padded bag for it with an inner pocket for my baby fork and spoon! LOL) I whip it out and use it. It is the perfect size that if I fill it moderately full, it's the perfect amount. If anyone asks, I just say that I'm trying to psych myself out with a full plate. They usually buy it. I'm pretty open about things though so most of my friends and family know I had the surgery.
  8. I have many friends who also have this surgery. ALL have hair loss and about half say it's noticeable to the eye. Me? I'm half bald at this point. If it gets much worse I'm shaving it off and wearing a wig until it stops and the growback begins. At least I'll be able to figure out what my real hair color is, since I haven't seen it since age 12!
  9. I too have been infested with a sinus infection and upper resparatory infection. Its the mucus! While you sleep, that stuff ends up in your stomach because you're laying down. Our stomachs can't handle it anymore. It used to make me feel nauseated even before the surgery, but at 6 months out, yep, every morning. I'd skip breakfast until it gets better. It will.
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    Wow... 20 oz in only a minute! Lucky! I'm almost 6 months out, and still can only do a little at a time. I can gulp, but only 2-3 gulps or it'll all come back up -violently-! So I have to sip and sip. It takes almost an hour to finish a 20 oz bottle of Water. I'm very active outdoors in summer and it has been an issue this year to say the least!
  11. Caradina

    The Easy Way.....

    I don't track my fluids, but In a way I do. I don't record them, but I have a 24 oz water bottle that goes everywhere with me. I make myself drink 4 fills of it daily. No matter what. Done. It's easier for me that way.
  12. Caradina

    Did Anyone By A New Article Of Clothing Pre-Surgery?

    I bought a fabulous dress in a 10/12/L from Nordstroms because it was deeply discounted and amazing. i was thinking I'd wear it at goal... but it fit 15 lbs ago, and is getting alittle big now... I'm getting it tailored, but I bet that once my last 25 lbs are gone, it'll be too big... LOL
  13. Haha! I'd love to shave my head and start over, but I have a jobby job that meakes me be very professional...
  14. I had surgery in Tijuanna, MX with Dr. Rodriguez through BeLiteWeight.com. Dr. Rod is a very experienced and highly rated. His patients have a very low rate of complications and he has never had a leak or a mortality. I paid around $8,000, Belite financed me, and they took care of all of the details and kept me company. My trip to MX was wonderful! The hospital was beautiful, clean and pleasant. The doctors and nurses took better care of me than I have ever experienced in the states, and I have had many surgeries throughout my life. The worst part was flying, but I hate flying when I feel good. I also traveled alone. I'm planning a triumphant return to Mexico this spring, at goal weight, for my tummy tuck. It was such a good experience that I will be headed that way whenever I need something that my insurance won't cover from now on. I've had some scary experiences in US hospitals with poor care, dirty conditions, and mistakes. I'm 100% positive that going to Mexico is not more dangerous than the US!
  15. Caradina

    The Easy Way.....

    I'm with you. I try to eat sensibly, but I have something little and sweet every day. I smoke socially, I drink occasionally, I have a small glass of soda every day. I'm almost 6 months out, my weightloss is great and I feel wonderful. No problems here. I could easily drive myself crazy with all of the balancing of the proteins and other things, but its just not happening here.

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