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VSG AJH

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. 185.8. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  2. Sorry for the late post! I'm 184.1 this week Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  3. 185.8 this week, but I've been pumped full of Fluid following orthopedic surgery. Working hard to not feel emotionally discouraged by these fluctuations. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  4. 181.4 Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  5. 182.3 Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  6. 184.1 Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  7. Thanks for the challenge! I'm at 185.6 to start. My goal is 167. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  8. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    185.6. What a stinker of a challenge for me. On to the next one, I suppose. Better luck next time. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  9. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    182.8 Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  10. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    183 today. Up and down. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  11. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    178.8 this week. Sorry for the late info. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  12. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    181 again today. Maybe this is the bottom of a stall range? Or maybe an indication of breaking a stall and losing again? I like this number better. Anxious to keep it dropping. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  13. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    186.1 today, so it looks like that stall was a real thing, and I'm on a swing up. Hope it comes off and the scale moves back down fast! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  14. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    181.4 today. Yay!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  15. My condolences. Did your friends death help you to choose the VSG vs the Bypass? Thank you, and yes. Even though I can rationalize the ultimate end to their lives was not directly caused by the bypass, I know there are enough links that for them, the bypass was related to their deaths. Their situations certainly contributed to my choice for VSG because I knew I wouldn't have the same absorption changes that they had, and that probably contributed to the alcoholism that led to their deaths. They both had some initial complications with their bypasses, and instead of getting the issues corrected, they chose to "cope" and self-medicate with alcohol, and their lives completely spiraled out of control. They didn't realize things would get so bad so fast, but Denise in particular couldn't keep food down (vomiting + dumping constantly), so a drink or two would hit her brain hard and fast. Wes began having seizures after his bypass, so he lost his job, went on disability, etc. His situation felt very hopeless, so he chose alcohol where Denise just kind of stumbled into it. Anyway, all of that to say that they bypass by itself did not kill them, but there is a long link back to it, and their situations contributed to my having the VSG done not once, but twice. (My initial surgeon left behind fundus in my original sleeve surgery, and when I sought help to have that complication corrected by a new surgeon, he suggested retorting my intestines and turning the pouch that had formed into a bypass. After thinking hard again about Denise and Wes and the slippery slope they ended up on, I said, "No thanks. Please just fix my sleeve," which he did one month ago.) The bypass is great and it works for so many people, but the devastation it caused for my friend was enough to make me say no to it. Since in the end, the weight loss results are pretty similar for VSG and bypass (bypass loss starts faster, but they seem to even out over time), the choice was easy for me. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  16. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    187.4 today. I suspected I was already in a late "three week stall" when I weighed a couple of days ago, and found my weight had not changed. Then, I landed in the ER last night after passing out at home a couple of times, and when all tests came back okay, doc suspected dehydration and pumped me full of fluids. I suspect this week's gain is from both stall + IV fluids, but I still hope it comes off quickly. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  17. One of my dearest lifelong friends and her husband both died in their 30s after gastric bypass because their lives became very stressful after surgery (which was unrelated to their surgery). They both became raging alcoholics because they could no longer overeat in they way they previously would to cope with their stressors (not specifically related to surgery) so they turned to alcohol and quickly became very addicted (very indirectly related to surgery as they had absorption changes with GBS). Their surgeries affected their bodies in ways that accelerated their deaths, but their deaths were caused by choices they made that were completely unrelated to their surgeries. Anyway, all of that to say that the jump from the surgeries to their deaths is not a big one to make, but at the core, the two things are entirely unrelated, and it's probably the same with your granddad's friend. I'll admit watching them on the downhill slide made me nervous about going under the knife myself, but even moreso, it made me respect the process and while-person healing that happens after surgery. Though I drink socially, their experiences make me respect the power alcohol can have on a transformed body, and it makes me aware that healthier coping habits are VITAL on this side of the knife. I loved and I miss my friends, and I wish things would've been different for them, but I am SO thankful for the health and vitality I now have as a result of my own weight loss surgery. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  18. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    Weight today is 184.7 (so that will change my start weight. Sorry!!). Going to change goal weight to 167. It's a long shot, but that will put me at 100 pounds lost. Thank you!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  19. VSG AJH

    8 weeks post-op (sleeve)

    Try to start slowly exercising. It will help. I started the gym 4 months after surgery and I can't believe how much it has helped define my results. I added a pic for you to see ImageUploadedByBariatricPal1459207220.932607.jpg What a change! You look amazing!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  20. If it's an exclusion, they won't cover it. However, if your surgeon bills using a non-WLS code and/or if you get through the appeals process based on medical necessity, they may cover. You will want to get any coverage in writing in advance of your surgery, or you could be stuck with the bill. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  21. VSG AJH

    Memorial Day Challenge

    I'm also in. Weight today: 186.3. Goal weight 170. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  22. VSG AJH

    Easter Weight Loss Challenge

    186.3 today. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  23. VSG AJH

    Sclerosanr injections?

    I've not heard of the injections, but I just had the same thing (as well as a retained antrum), and was essentially resleeved (partial gastrectomy) on 03/09/16. Good luck to you. Retained fundus is very frustrating. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  24. VSG AJH

    How low should you go?

    I think if you peruse the veteran's boards and elsewhere, you'll see a 10-15 (sometimes even 20) pound regain before the body totally settles is pretty typical. If you go under your original goal by that much or a bit more, particularly considering the areas you mentioned where you still have more to lose/shape/tone, you'll probably be happier when things finally settle up. It is certainly harder to lose weight once you shift into maintenance than to go ahead and lose while you're actively still losing and still practicing those good habits. I think your surgeon's advice is sound. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  25. VSG AJH

    Easter Weight Loss Challenge

    187.4 today. Yay!! Full disclosure: After a long process of medical evaluation and insurance appeals, I had my sleeve surgically repaired on 03/09, so I'm losing like I have a brand new baby sleeve again. I've just moved to the puréed phase, and will be here for another three weeks, so I anticipate this sort of unusual weight loss will continue until that time. Maybe I need to adjust my goal from 190 to 180. Can that be done? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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