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  1. katikati


    That is absurd that they will only pay for it as a revision. They're just costing themselves more money, and obviously not acknowledging the facts about the lap band.
  2. You also have the baby to consider. It's good for your weight loss to wait, but you also need to be able to consume the nutrients and calories needed to support another life, and early out from surgery, that's much more difficult.
  3. katikati

    Blender/fodd processor

    I bought this little gem and have loved it, plus it comes in a ton of cute colors (highly important, of couse). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WIZ976/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  4. As previously stated, it really is a documentation thing. You really can't fudge that one. As to whether you should try to lie or not, that's really something only you can decide. Leaving out any thoughts about whether it's right or not, I would caution that it could come with a penalty if you were to try and lie and it was discovered by your insurance company.
  5. katikati

    Emergency Room Visit?

    Call your surgeon immediately AND go to the ER.
  6. katikati

    liquid intake

    I hate to tell you this, but there's a good chance the headache is from dehydration if you're having trouble getting your liquid in. If you really can't get the water in no matter how much you try, and the headache persists, then it may be time to call your surgeon's office. The main symptoms I had when I got dangerously dehydrated for a bit after surgery were headache, nausea, fatigue, dark urine (sorry, gross, I know.), and rapid heartbeat. Don't let it go too far. Dehydration is a real and serious dangerous for us post-op. We can survive for weeks without food, but water is of utmost importance.
  7. katikati

    liquid intake

    I had to use Crystal Light too. I use the powder packets because I think the Crystal Light liquid drops are terribad. I actually still have to use them. I've been trying recently to just drink plain water, but I find at almost three months out, it still just goes down kind of rough.
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    I did have wacky dreams, but I honestly can't remember now what they were. The first few days, I think my crazy dreams were anesthesia induced. I still get crazy dreams regarding my surgery here and there, but they're always some kind of nightmare where I have eaten something completely off my plan and absolutely horrible for my sleeve, and then I start to panic about what to do. It actually takes me a few minutes after I wake up to realize I didn't do that and that I can let go of the feeling.
  9. katikati

    Muscle milk

    I can tell you that for me, I considered the carb content high. It has 12 carbs in it. Comparing this to what I settled on as best tasting, and best for my body, Premier protein drinks have only 5 carbs in them. The Muscle Milk light only has 5 carbs, but it also only has 15 protein, as compared to the 30 in Premier, which tops both of them. There is more sugar in Muscle Milk as well. No matter how miniscule, and I like to avoid sugar as much as possible. Also, Muscle Milk has 230 calories, and Premier only has 160. The calorie content alone may not be a concern as many of us have to fight to get our calories up to goal, but I would rather get my calories from protein that carbs.
  10. katikati

    Not sure which forum to ask this on?

    I wondered myself about the connection between being cold and protein intake. When I was in my first few weeks post-op, I was freezing cold all the time. I had pajamas, heating pad, space heater by me, and a blanket at all times. Given my starting weight, it wasn't realistic that this early out I was just carrying around less insulation. I noticed, though, once I was able to get nearer to goal on my daily protein intake that the constant freezing began to subside. I do feel cold more often now than I used to, so I'm thinking this really could be a nutrient intake thing. Please note, I have no research or facts to back this up. Just personal observation.
  11. katikati

    Latest NSV almost cried

    Best. Fiance. Ever.
  12. katikati

    No weight loss--why?

    Your work outs sound intense and amazing. It seems like it's possible that you're building muscle at the same time that you're losing. Or, and I'm a newbie, so please defer to the opinions of more experienced VSGers and your surgeon/nutritionist, but with work outs that intense, I wonder if you need to up your calorie intake. It could be a combination of those things.
  13. katikati

    One thing I'm not looking forward to:

    I totally understand. I've had horribly irregular periods since the moment I started. I would have one about once a year, and when I did... ugh. Two weeks of flooding misery. I couldn't do anything. When I lost weight the old-fashioned way a couple of years ago, my periods became regular and much easier to deal with. I used to think I didn't want regular periods either, but knowing when it was going to happen each month, and having it be only about three days of light to moderate... I would much rather have that. They started getting wonky again after I gained my weight back, but are still kind of regular, though heavier. I'm looking forward to them lightening up again as I lose more weight.
  14. It sounds like she had Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery. This is a surgery to treat GERD. It can cause weight loss after surgery because of being on a liquid diet and necessary dietary changes to treat GERD, but to my knowledge, it is not used as a weight loss surgery. (http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/fundoplication-surgery-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-gerd)
  15. katikati

    Scars of the Unforgettable

    You could try Bio Oil scar treatment. You should be able to find it near the band-aids at the pharmacy, or in the pharmacy section of the grocery store. It might help keep it moisturized, and not so dry and itchy.

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