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  1. CrazyJaney

    Any February 2014 Sleevers?

    Mine too. I trust him though. I had a lap chole without any issues. I've been consistently loosing preop. In some ways I wish he did so I could better prepare mentally. I'm going to do 50/50 for a few days before anyway.
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    Goodbye lasagna

    Such a good thread and so very timely as I've been thinking about this a lot this week. (It's like you read my mind SupperFatty)! I have my last apt 2/14 and then will submit to ins and get a date. So, being a ways out still, I'm delaying the beginning of The End. I've lost 18 so far. I haven't had a real coke in months. I've cheated (eaten carbs) a few times but you REALLY do feel bad after (funny how detoxing from sugars and starches makes you realize how bad those foods make you feel). But still, a piece of Jett's pizza, lasagna, garlic bread, Japanese Steakhouse, pasta - I'd like to give those a proper goodbye - even if temporary. Pizza is SUCH a trigger food for me. Very hard to imagine eating that in slow moderation. I don't miss the coke or chips or sweets or even fast food which is a miracle! But pizza? I pray I'm one of those who never looks back at it. When do you start funerals? My doc doesn't do preop liquids except for 2days before. I'd really like to lose 6 pounds before surgery. Feels bad to blow it just to have "excessive" food funerals. The food addict in me wants to go get a pizza and sit in my car, alone, and eat it one last time. But my brain is already stronger. Maybe a pice or two.....
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    I'm glad to hear you can take Miralax early on. It's very effective.
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    I have heard the Hoo-ha does droop which is awfully sad. I know there is surgery for that but who knows if I could afford it later. I think a lot depends on age, skin type, etc. there are some forum dedicated solely to plastics and I've seen a few topics related specifically to lady parts. There are tons of threads on constipation. I'm preop so no expert but I'm hearing Milk of Mag is your friend. I've actually been dealing with it preop because I'm taking vitamins with iron. I'm a fan of Miralax (we use in the hospital and it works well) but I can't image putting that into a fresh post op belly.
  5. I'll add "try 120 nurses" who are burned out and grumpy! Some days they can't say a kind word to their best friend at work! Being a teacher would be hard too - I'd be protective of my privacy too. Again, it might be different down the road....
  6. I completely agree. This has been one of my bigger issues to consider too. I couldn't have said it better than 1day so I won't try but I'll add that I don't want to be everyone's topic of conversation at work. I am a boss. I already have enough naysayers on any given day and I don't particularly want my success or failure to be their everyday lunch conversation - even if I have a great rapport with most of them. I've told a handful of very close friends who I knew would be supportive. People freely share their thoughts - too freely, I think. I think there is a tendency for normal weight people to be completely unaware of the struggle that obesity is. Not all, but some. I have spent months educating myself and planning for this. I don't need a "know-it-all" explaining how if I just exercise and eat right I'd be fine. While there is truth in that, we all know there is so much more to the story. I will say that I think good things can come out of others knowing - maybe it encourages or inspires someone else. But for today, this is all me. I don't need the judgements of others because God knows I'm hard enough on myself already. This community is a safe haven and I feel like I can find what I need here. Someday i might shout from a mountain top but not right now. I hope you don't let the decision weigh too heavy on you. You are well within your right to your privacy. Best of luck to all of us!
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    Help question about hunger

    I love this comparison and hope someday I look back and think about my EX hunger! Love it!
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    Head Games

    I hear you!!!! Exactly what happens to me. The compliments and attention from others causes this feeling of PRESSURE. I self sabotage. Why? I have no idea. I'm hoping and praying that THIS time, I'm more mature and have much more confidence, or conversely I have care a great deal less of what people think of me. Something about turning 40+ is liberating in that way. But I know exactly what you mean. Somehow we have to match what or body, brain, eyes and heart see.
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    February/March 2014 sleevers

    I'm so glad yours went through. It would be hard to take a denial after coming all this way! Fingers crossed. It will probably be another month before I hear anything. I'd be so thrilled if I could get it done in Feb. best wishes to you!
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    Franklin - Columbia, Tn

    I'm not sure which forum this thread lives in but you will probably need to go into both Sleevers and Bypass forums to get both sides of the story. People tend to have intense feelings about why they chose what they chose. Sometimes, one procedure is recommended over another based on goals and co-morbids. Make your appointment and talk, talk, talk to you surgeon and team. There is sooooo much information here on these boards but you need to come to a decision WITH your surgeon. I chose the sleeve for several reasons. Some studies suggest lower weight loss with the sleeve but many are extremely successful losing 100+!pounds. I am a nurse and the sleeve just made sense to me. I also have a strong family history of digestive cancers so I didn't want a "blind pouch" sitting there that can't be scoped later if needed. I also felt the re-routing of the intestines had a higher risk of complications. But, the bypass is the older "gold standard". My surgeon didn't push me either way. But if I had been a bad diabetic, I don't think he would have agreed to the sleeve. Best of luck. I'm very excited to get this show on the road!
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    February/March 2014 sleevers

    I have Aetna but I haven't submitted yet. My BMI is 50 and I have several co morbids. I keep thinking that I'll be approved without problems but you're the second one I've seen that was denied first. I will be devastated if I'm declined. Did you have co morbids? What state are you in?
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    Any February 2014 Sleevers?

    You could say "it's a female thing" and he will probably drop it. I'm hoping to be back in 10 days or less. I want some vacation days left for summer.
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    4 Months Post Op Pics

    Bravo!!! I'm inspired!!!
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    Head Games

    I. HEAR. YOU. Like, I can completely and utterly understand. I'm pre sleeve. HW 325 (maybe more but not documented). I'm down 18. My head is my worst enemy. I have no advice except to say I HEAR you and you're not alone! Congratulations on being where you are, which is a long way from where you've been and somewhere different than where you are going. Positive energy sent your way.
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    Any food addicts here?

    I'm amazed.... I've always thought I was the only human being on the planet who did this. Who knew we weren't alone? Lol
  16. I think it's normal. I am preop and have felt similarly at times. It waxes and wanes for me. I have moments where I'm so "into" prepping for this and then I'll start thinking how much I'd love some bread.. I'm finding out just how much of a trigger pizza is by trying to have just one piece. I truly have an addiction to pizza. It triggers all sorts of things in my brain. I do plan some funerals here in the next few weeks. Seems like the right thing to do but overall I'm ready. I've lost 18 doing low carb high protein but I'm stuck. I'm also on day 12 of a heavy period after not having one in 3 months. Sigh.... I'm really wondering what will happen with my periods. So screwed up already.
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    Air while peeing

    I had a catheter for 5 days after a surgery on my lady parts. I'm pretty sure I had the same sensation for a while.
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    CHECKING IN! Wow... love the new look and website. :)

    This is exactly why I stay away from personal trainers. 2 years ago I lost about 30 pounds eating no sugar and exercising. I had this burst of confidence because I was feeling great and starting to exercise at a "real gym" so I took advantage of the "1st time free fitness trainer". Sweet, nice kid (prob 23) who did his best to make me feel comfortable in my 300 lb body at a nearly all male gym. I told him I had knee issues. I told him I was old (43) and that I was a nurse who spent 12-14 hours on my feet at a time and again, "bad knees". He had me doing box jumps even when I protested. Of course, I tore my MCL climbing up onto that box. Was on crutches for a week, escaped surgery but that was the end of aerobic exercise in 2011. Got depressed, fell off the wagon. No one listens to fat, middle aged women who are out of shape at a gym. I really think they feel like they are Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser and your capable of anything! I'd like to believe I could do anything but reality is, My obesity has damaged my joints. I pray, pray, pray I'll lose enough weight for the pain to go away and have some abilities to become "fit". But box jumping is out of the question. He really wasn't trying to get me hurt but he had no business "training" someone with severe Knee OA by box jumping. I took up swimming with the old ladies at the local rec and lost the majority of the 30 pounds later that year. I learned my lesson. I love the feeling of hard exercise. But I need to stay as injury free as possible. Injury = depression and frustration. Maybe ask for a PT consult to get a plan?
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    Jensnewjourney. I'd love more friends on MFP to get ideas of what people are eating.
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    February/March 2014 sleevers

    Hello everyone! Dr. Williams at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Required 3 month supervised diet of high protein, low carb. No 2 week liquid required, just the 2 days before surgery. I've lost 18 pounds since starting in November. Last apt is Feb 14th and all should be done by then to submit for approval and get a date. I'm hoping for end of Feb but I'm thinking it'll be early March. So very ready to get this show on the road! Looking forward to getting to know y'all!
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    Protein -- i hate Unjury.

    Atkins are the best so far. EAS is good. Advocare was horrendous. Just bought Unjury. Going to try tomorrow. Anyone have a good Strawberry flavor they'd recommend? Hands down, the Atkins Mocha is the best (so far).
  22. I'm preop but have been trying different shakes. I love the Atkins shakes. The mocha one is my favorite. Advocare is the worst so far. EAS is pretty good. Going to try Unjury tomorrow.
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    CHECKING IN! Wow... love the new look and website. :)

    It's the "hiding in shame" part that has always been my demise. This is the first time I've had true, honest discourse about being obese - albeit with strangers in cyberspace, but at least I'm facing myself.
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    I hope one of the vets chimes in here because I'm preop too so not a lot of experience. I'm hoping to be sleeved in March. I've done a lot of soul searching and thinking, but not a lot of sharing because it's impossible for anyone to really know what this is like (except for the people here). I don't really want anyone's feedback because of this same reason. I doubt it's a real lack of support but more just a real knowledge deficit. People just don't get it. The emotional perpetration for this is hard. Harder than I thought it would be. My husband is supportive. He's kind. Buts he's pretty clueless. I have no advice. Just share the gut punches that come from sometimes well meaning people. Sigh. I hope others weigh in. There is an enormous amount of support here.
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    I think I couldn't find it because I searched on my iPad. The app is great for browsing but I can't get anything to come up in search. I knew I had heard about pb2 here but couldn't find the threads. Thanks for the ideas. I tried it added to almond milk and it was soooo good but kind of sweet. My NUT said I might be able to tolerate the sugars post op but to try it with other milk. It's super yummy though, my first meeting with NUT said I couldn't (shouldn't) eat PB post sleeve because of calories and sugar. I was kinda heart broken. Giving up soda is easier than giving up PB. I'll search again from desktop and look for more recipes. Thanks!!!!!

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