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Silly Phylly

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    You may be experiencing some esophageal spasms. Might want to mention to doc. Acid reducer can help. Otherwise your esophagus and tummy just needs more time. Stressing is not helping acid production or spasming, if that is what it is. Sounds like it, though. I am a nurse.
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    Frustrated......sleeve Is What I Hold On To....

    Vent on sweetie! Good therepy! Best wishes to you and keep us posted on your journey!
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    Hips hurt? Unexplained blood? Are you sure it is from the vaginal area? All your symptoms could be a severe kidney infection or stone! Sip sports drink and try to get in at least 1 oz every 3o minutes. If no better today, you need to go back to your PCP or ER!
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    I Want To Cry... :(

    Saw my PCP today for my first weigh in for my 6 month diet. Had I been at 40 BMI I would not have had to do this. I was 39.18! I understand how frustrated you are! My PCP summed it up pretty well, she said that I need this 6 months to prepare myself for this major life change and proove that I am serious and capable of following the strict diet recommendations that this type surgery requires. I felt much better about the situation after that. Start the diet for the first full day tomorrow and signed up with a fitness center today. Here we go! Let's do this!
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    Battle With The Blues

    My depression is what has led me to this journey! You vent all you need to! That is what this site is for! Everyone here is in this journey together.
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    Need Motivation

    I am in the 6th month diet phase for approval and totally understand. However, I did call a local wellness center today and inquired about membership etc... That's a start! The main reason I called this gym was because they had a "endless pool"! They also have a sauna, showers with all supplies, even steam showers! Now that is motivation! Little steep for my budget but I think it is worth it! I am a teacher and can go after school do my workout or swim laps, shower and be refreshed to go home and well you know...
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    Tip For Protein Ice Cream

    I have one of those little dessert freezers that you put the container in the deep freeze overnight and next day pour in your ice cream mix and turn it on to spin. I never thought of making ice cream with the shakes! Sounds yummy! Another thing you could do if you wanted a creamier texture is put it into a zip-lock bag and freeze and squeeze every couple of hours. I will see if I can get me some popcicle molds too!
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    Roll Call Nurses Being Sleeved ...........

    I am a teacher/nurse. I sort of told my vice-principal that I was trying to get approval for lap-band. For some reason that does not shock people so much. I figured I needed to give someone a heads up about having to go to appointments etc... Plus. I knew she would be my worst critic. She seemed to be supportive, but reminded me that I was fearfully and wonderfully made. I told her she was so right and that I had no plans of altering the alimentary canal like by-pass. I reminded her that God did not make me obese, Me, food and the devil did! Now I have the power to undo what I did to my temple!
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    When Is Your Qualifying Weight Determined?

    Take is from me, Ms. 39.18 at her first surgeon appt! You best keep that, or even up it a tad. I am BCBS and my policy requires the 40 for full coverage automatic approval. I am scheduled to see my pcp this week to start the 6 month diet that BCBS requires because I was under 40. Now I have got to endure 6 months of frustration and uncertainty because of 3 lbs! People have been denied for diet non-compliance and denied because they succeeded on the diet. I have got to determine what the happy medium is gonna be and pray! I even had a provider tell me to gain at some point during my 6 months! It is so ridiculous that they make us jump through these hoops when we are wanting to get healthy and save them money in the long run. Oh! I am pre-diabetic on med, diagnosed fatty liver and asthma! However that is obviously not unhealthy enough. I have been a very dishearted and disappointed gal this week! Congrats, you are in a good position right now, the way I see it.
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    Loosing My Hair And Needing Some Input :(

    As you know stress is also a cause of hairloss. Our bodies perceive periods of quick weightloss as stress too. Even though we know that our weightloss is a good thing,our body sees it as the big famine has hit. So,try to de-stress in other areas of your life and certainly get your required protien in. Their are several good vitamin and mineral formulas that are specifically for hair and nails. Eating jello is good too, as you may know. I may not be sleeved yet, but I am a nurse.
  11. I tend to have some esophageal spasms fairly often, which tells me I need to be on a proton pump inhibitor, but just have not addressed it with my doc yet. Just curious to know if any of you have had to have your esophagus dialated before or after your surgery? Has anyones doc done the procedure along with the sleeve?
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    Esophageal Spasms Before Surgery

    Thanks for the reply! I am a nurse and it is amazing the questions that even I am coming up with!
  13. Thank you circa! Now, just how much should I lose on this diet without sabotaging my approval? I've heard of denial due to non-compliance and denial because they did too well. Do I stay within a certain BMI or lose only so many pounds? This is ridiculous! If I knew I would be approved I would hop to this diet like there is no tomorrow and be happy to get myself prepared! Ughhh!
  14. Saw my Doc and got the official BMI of 39.18! Less than a pound away from being approved by BCBS AL! Ughhhh! See my internal med Doc next week to start the 6 months of diet and frustration! I wish I could just go straight to Alvarez, but I know I need to try to get it covered by insurance. The money that I would self pay with needs to be put aside for any cosmetic issues that I may have in the future. Oh well, nothing worthwhile is ever easy! Par for the course for me! God knows best and He will see me through! I just need you all to help keep me sane through all this.
  15. Do either of these surgeons offer an insurance policy for any complications that may come up and require further surgery or is that something we should purchase state side? Insurance does not cover anything like that according to my recent dr. seminar. Can you purchase it state side without being involved with a state side dr.? So many questions!!!!
  16. You would think they would see it as a way to get you healthy and keep you healthy! This one procedure vs several hospital stays for Lord only knows what! One hospital stay runs about the same as this procedure, certainly if ER is involved and God forbid ICU! I feel good about you!
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    Alabama Sleevers?

    Girl, you know your gonna need to explain Las Vegas for those of us that may have to go to plan B! Hope it doesn't come to self-pay, but I will go in debt if I must!
  18. Best of luck to you Mrs. T! As you see we are all in this together and you will certainly be glad you found it! Thanks to all for your support and advice folks. As I said in another post the other day, I did consider putting a rockin my bra and I figured that's what I get for thinking such. It will all work out somehow! I do have plan B, which is Dr. Alvarez, but I need to keep my head on straight and try the insurance route first. I shall pray for patience! Patience is so hard considering I want to be healthy now. If I knew I would be approved I would hop on that 6 month diet like white on rice! But who wants to put themselves through all that frustration, knowing full well you will gain it back because you are a food addict, and you have a stomach that constantly reminds you! I have seen a case on here that did it and got turned down because they did good and I have seen a case that was turned down for non-compliance. Please pray that I can meet in the middle and satisfy the insurance review team!
  19. Welcome to the anxious and frustrated pre-op newbie club! Wish my blood pressure would have spiked the other day in the docs office. My insurance requires a BMI of 40 for auto approval, well doc comes in and informs me that before I can be submitted I was going to have to do a 6 month doc followed diet because I was not a 40. When I asked what I was I thought I would faint! 39.18! Needless to say, I am not going to be a happy camper for the next 6 months and at the end of this there is no gaurantee they will approve me! "Deep dark depression, excessive misery, if it were'nt for bad luck I would have no luck at all! Gloom, dispair and agony on me!" (This was words to a song of the old comedy show Hee Haw) Hope your journey gets better from here my dear! You will love this site for all the support and great tips you will recieve along the way! Good luck!
  20. My oldest daughter birthed this beautiful little doll you see in my profile back in January while on seizure meds. We new there was an increased risk with cleft palate, but that was a risk we all were willing to take for her to be able to have a child. As you see she is healthy and has even been above percentile in reaching milestones. You have the main appts in progress so continued good luck to you. Don't know if you are a religious person,but I am sure you wouldn't mind some prayers going up! Gotcha covered!
  21. you are going to have to stop those meds and have ob/gyn help you come up with a new option for pain control. You may discover that you are more pain tolerant during this than you once thought. Best wishes!
  22. Docs have you sign those agreements to cover their backsides! In this world of lawsuits anything involving pregnancy is at high risk for litigation. Their malpractice insurance requires such practice! You have a sleeve which has little to no issues with malabsorption and vitamin deficiancy. You control what goes in your mouth. See your ob/gyn and call your NUT. asap to determine your daily protien and calorie intake. Weightloss is not your goal right now, however you can continue to get healthy for you and the baby at the same time! If you were a by-pass patient if would be different. I am sure you are at a much healthier state right now than you were before your surgery. Hop on a prenatal vitamin with folic acid as soon you can! However, if you have been doing your protien shakes etc... as you should have you have given baby a good start! No worries sweetie, healthy babies are born into much worse situations than this! By the way congratulations! Stop stressing! Thanks to your sleeve and you getting healthy it made it easier for you to become pregnant! Lucky you will have your weightloss tool already in place to take off the baby weight. If you follow your NUT's advice you may not have much baby weight to lose! Keep us posted! By the way I am a nurse.
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    Alabama Sleevers?

    Dr. Miles St Vincent's East B'ham. Not sleeved yet,due to 6 month diet requirement for BCBS! Ughhh!
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    I Need Help

    Alvarez seems to be the man! I am going to try my best to jump through BCBS's hoops for the next six months or so, but if denied I will be seeing Dr. Alvarez someway somehow!
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    Atkins Bar...you Wretched Little Thing!

    Sorry for ranting about my situation! This was a conversation about protien bars which I do need to know more about. Do keep us all posted with suggestions and reviews of different brands. Got a feeling I will need to stash some away in my desk too! Thanks ladies for being here to help me through all this!

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