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Miss Mac

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. I'll have to admit that my posts are not as prolific as they used to be. It is discouraging to respond to a newbie or even some one six months out who reveals a serious indiscretion and then calls me a "goody two shoes" for giving a sane and medically sound response. For the most part, I have passed the torch on to those who have been around about a year. At 2 1/2 years I don't feel so appreciated. Hopefully, there will be enough newbies who are serious enough with this to take their teams' recommendations. A lot of the veterans' success is due to following doctor's orders. There is nothing magic about it.


  2. Every once in a while, we get a bariatric brother or sister whose pre-op tests saved their lives. Count this as a blessing. When that issue is resolved or treated, you will be in a much better place for an uncomplicated recovery. I wish you the best. Hugs frrom Chicago.


  3. Hopefully your bariatric team includes a nutritionist and therapist like most of our do. They can help you navigate a new relationship with food so that the old indulgent one that got you into this mess does not stay in control.

    Once I got in the habit of not eating foods made in a factory, I understood what real food tastes like. Most of thge stuff we buy at the store are packaged products make from fake ingredients and chemicals. You can't really call it food, It's just "factory edibles" What you don't spend for buying Pepsi, Twinkies, Potato chips, Twizzlers, and Kraft Mac and cheese, you can save up to buy those new clothes you will need as you drop pounds. Think of it this way....your hard earned money can be your money or their money.

    You will find that once you get in the habit of eating natural foods that actually nourish your body, you will feel better. Your skin is healthier and your organs are happier. You will begin to have energy that you have not had for years. A good healthy fear of dying is a good motivator for staying on plan.

    One thing I discovered was that it wasn't the food that was comforting - it was the grease, salt, and sugar. I may as well have just put grease, salt, and sugar in a bowl with some Pepsi and eat that for Breakfast. Making the changes will be easier if you family is supportive and curious about your success. I wish you the best.


  4. Wow. I can't believe that your surgeon left you without a nutritionist or at least a written program on how to progress through the stages of introducing your new tummy to the healing process. My program did not have me approach raw foods of any kind for three months.

    I agree that if you don't have any guidelines - get some. Here are two:

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bariatric-surgery/in-depth/gastric-bypass-diet/ART-20048472

    https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000173.htm

    I wish you the best. Your new tummy is the boss of you.


  5. I am retired from the VA and have BCBS Federal Basic. It is the best insurance I ever had.....ever. They approved me for a five day stay even though I only needed two. My total out of pocket was about $300.

    I had the three month pre-op supervised diet. When all of my requirements were complete, my compliance packet was faxed on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, 2013. I was approved the next Monday. My surgery was schedule for the next available date which was in December.

    The insurance clerk at the surgeons' office was on extended vacation without a replacement to cover her. I did not want to wait for her to feel like coming back to work after the holidays, so I called my case manager that Monday and got the info from her. She sent me a letter of approval which I forwarded to the surgeon.

    Call BCBS and ask for a case manager. Mine was out of the corporate office in Richardson Texas. She was a nurse and remained my single point of contact all through the process. She was knowlegable about bariatric procedures and walked me through the paperwork quuagmire that can so easily discourage a person who does not have that benefit. Post-op she called a couple of times to see how my recovery was going.

    The VA was pretty strict about returning to work without restrictions, so take as much time off as you can. I was already retired, but if you can wait until you are back on at least soft foods, it will be easier to have some energy to get through your day. For me that was three weeks. A You will probably have a five - ten pound lifting restriction for the first month. A gallon of milk weighs eight pounds.

    I wish you the best. The waiting game is far worse than the surgery and recovery itself.


  6. I was 62 when I got sleeved 12/23/2013. Having a stroke convinced me that I did not have any more time to try another diet or miracle cure. There are no overweight old people in my family. Their bodies wear out in their 60's.

    The day of surgery, I went in at 7 a.m. They gave me a nice nap while they worked on my belly, and then I was back in my room by 10 a.m I slept most of the time I was there and came home on day too. With an uncomplicated recovery, the whole process has not been that bad.

    I have my life back and can look forward to a ripe old age. The thin people in my family make it well into their nineties in good health.

    Here is a link to my favorite thread. There are 1,348 reasons why the rest of us took the plunge and got help from bariatric surgery.

    http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/219831-what-was-your-final-straw-that-broke-the-camels-back/?hl=%20final%20%20straw


  7. Ask your provider if they will assign you a case manager. That way, you have one contact person and one source for answers....not four different answers from four different people. Ask for a complete copy of your benefits so that you have your coverage details in writing.

    The hardest part of bariatric surgery is not the operation and recovery. It is the insurance dance, pre-op diet, and pre-op testing have to do. You have to be a strong advocate for yourself. Visit us here often. No question is stupid. Somebody in this forum has been through whateveryou need support with. Opinions and tact will vary, but we mean well.


  8. I had an accelerated progression, but I do agree that the fruit-flavored Sytrax mixes are easier to stomach than ready made creamy ones.

    The grapefruit flavor mixed with sugar-free lemonade tastes just like Fresca soda. You can get a sample pack here:

    http://www.mybariatricpantry.com/SYNTRAX_NECTAR_PROTEIN_POWDER_SAMPLES_p/nectar-sample.htm

    I have purchased Cran-grape Protein mix and made it up with sugar free cran-grape juice that I get at Kroger. I buy it here:

    http://www.bariatricchoice.com/catalogsearch/result/?form_key=yR4sJLlwXcgotRaP&q=cranberry

    Both sites have a multitude of bariatric products and deliver quickly.


  9. Sean 72977 said,

    I had a catheter. They said it shouldn't hurt pulling it out....well that's a lie...one of the worst pains ever...and it hurt to pee for like 5 days after....ouch.

    I am sorry it was a rough experience for you. They must have used a garden hose.

    My sleeve was my 12th surgery, during 10 of which I had a catheter. It has never taken more than a couple of seconds to ease it out, and I had no trouble peeing afterward

    I went into the OR with a hospital gown, TED Hose, and a blanket. You may as well leave your dignity at home for a couple of days.

    With the exception of my surgeon , there was no one who was in the OR or my hospital room whom I ever saw again. And I only saw the surgeon once post op in my room.


  10. Nope. But my ancestors are from the Castle Cardoness in Dumphries Galloway. If my family didn't keep moving two or three times with each generation, I would still be there. Oh, and I am sorry about Mr. Trump being in your neighborhood. Just send him back.


  11. Agreed. The scariest noise I ever heard in the night sounded like a woman screaming bloody murder. OH NO no no no no no. OH NO no no no no. I peeked outside and did not see anything. The next day a neighbor told me it was her cat in heat.


  12. Maybe this will help:

    www.marksdailyapple.com

    Mark's Daily Apple is a fitness community of interest to folks who want to reach or maintain a certain level of weight and fitness, by the route of paleo-primal eating. They stress low carbs and they include a number of fitness buffs who could easily answer your questions about macros and cutting and refeeding.

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