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rdhlisa

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  1. Hi I'm looking for someone local to me to get some support going through the weight loss process. I'm in voorhees nj I used dr brendan O'Connell and had my surgery at cooper hospital on Dec 17th Anyone have the same surgeon and live in my area? Thanks!
  2. rdhlisa

    December 2013 Sleevers Come In!

    Finally in onederland! Sleeved dec 17 th Start weight 251 Today 198 So happy scale is moving under 200!!!!!
  3. rdhlisa

    December 2013 Sleevers Come In!

    Sleeved on December 17th Down 49 pounds Just started losing hair last week :-( I have hypothyroidism and my hair goes thru cycles of loss bc of that, and now it's really coming out! Hoping it doesn't last! Going to try increasing protein and start taking biotin.
  4. rdhlisa

    Any Jersey Sleevers?

    Wow Congrats on over 100 lb loss! You should be proud n feel great! I can't wait to be there Sleeved 12/18 and down 30 lb so far One day at a time!
  5. rdhlisa

    Any Jersey Sleevers?

    It is a good idea to get emotionally ready It's not easy to change eating habits Not having carbs has been hard I was a big pasta , pizza person! Now I have to do protein protein and more protein That's been the most difficult thing to adjust to.
  6. rdhlisa

    Any Jersey Sleevers?

    That's great that you have help It will be a breeze for you I had to cook, clean, do laundry etc Take advantage of the help the first week out Luckily I don't have sleep apnea so they cancelled my second sleep study :-) The first one I could not sleep there at all It was a long night I got thru all of the appointments with taking a few half days at work They schedule as many appointments as they can all on one day if u ask They really put you thru a lot of testing After all the appointments are done it's such a good feeling that you are almost there You will be there before you know it!
  7. rdhlisa

    Any Jersey Sleevers?

    Hi I'm 47, and 5' 6 1/2 inches tall My starting weight 251 After two week pre op liquid diet I lost 12 lbs 4 weeks out on Tuesday and I am now 221 So all together down 30 Dr O'Connell says 6 weeks out of work Well, I kind of went back at 3 weeks I'm a single mom and need the income! I'm a dental hygienist in a very busy office They wanted medical clearance for me to come back and dr oconnell would not give it So my work decided to let me come back early because they are short handed The first day was ok, I was just very tired when I got home. Tomorrow is a 12 hour day and I hope it's kind to me lol As for pain meds,,, I did get them in the hospital. They have you self dispense when you feel you need it. I did use it bc I was in a fair amount of pain the three days I was there. Once I got home I didn't really need any pain meds at all. It was just uncomfortable , esp sleeping on my back. Give it a few days home and there is not any pain. I have a broken tailbone and herniated discs in my lower back and that hurts way more! If you think of any other questions feel free to ask I did find it helpful for me to do a lot of stock up shopping before the surgery It's just me and my 15 year old so not lots of help here Don't know what your situation is I got all heavy items such as kitty litter, laundry detergent , can good, as well as stocking up freezer, fridge for my daughter as well as items I needed like broth, jello, protein powders, etc. Hope this helps
  8. rdhlisa

    Any Jersey Sleevers?

    Hi Dr O'Connell was a very good surgeon Surgery went well No issues at all He came in at least once a day as well as a couple of other drs he works with Liked them all. Very good bedside manner Was in cooper three full days Daytime nurses were great, however nights were terrible. I had a room outside nurses station. So much noise! Other than that it went well. Couldn't wait to get home and get sleep!! Tuesday is my 4 week post op. Down 29 lbs so far. One puréed foods n hopefully soft foods after Tuesday If you have any questions or need anything feel free to ask!
  9. By 6 weeks out you will be in soft foods. I'm 4 weeks out and starting soft foods myself. I've been out to eat twice so far. The first time I got a cup if soup and that was perfect. I went out to lunch today and got an appetizer. It was two scallops and two shrimp grilled on a skewer. Perfect amount to fill me up and very soft and easy to get down. If you like seafood that might be a good choice. Low in fat and very soft. Any flaky or soft fish will be good as long as it's grilled or broiled! You won't be able to eat to much so the family might notice you have barely touched your food. Good luck!
  10. rdhlisa

    December 2013 Sleevers Come In!

    Hi May I be added to the December thread, Dec 17 Th Thx
  11. rdhlisa

    Any Jersey Sleevers?

    Hi Has anyone had surgery with dr brendan O'Connell in sj? Had my surgery 12/17 at cooper
  12. rdhlisa

    December 2013 Sleevers Come In!

    My dr has me on prescription Pepcid 2x day Seems to be working fine Give that a try
  13. Returning back to work after gastric sleeve - My dr says 4-6 weeks before going back to work. It seems like a long time! I don't think I can afford to stay out of work more than 2-3 weeks. Financially it will not be possible. I was just wondering how long most people stay out of work and are feeling up to working a full day
  14. My dr told me 6 weeks post op My employer wanted a letter stating why I was going to be out if work In the letter they said 6 weeks out of work! Now my employer says I need a medical release to go back to work. They don't want to be liable if something happens. I see my dr in 10 days for a pre op visit I'll have to have a talk with him!
  15. Thanks for your info on your experience Very helpful My only issue is my dr told me 6 weeks post op at home! My employer wanted a drs note of why I would be missing work In the letter they put 6 weeks recovery Now my employer says I need a medical release from my dr stating I'm ok to return to work Now I just have to convince my dr to allow me to work. In 10 days I have my pre op visit with him I'll have to see what he says Thanks! Lisa
  16. I will be using std for work and including my surgery, I will be out of work for a total of 2 weeks, and I'm going to MX for my surgery. Good luck to you
  17. Thanks for the infoI'm going to look into getting disability My grocery bill might be slightly less , I still have kids to buy groceries for Good luck to you
  18. What kind of work do you do?If it's a desk job with not much bending and lifting maybe they will release to to work after 4, I work as a hygienist in a very busy dental office. I'm up and down off of my chair very often, running around the office, lots of bending to clean etc. I have to somehow convince my dr to allow me to work sooner than 6 weeks! I won't be able to pay my rent or bills etc. I live pay to pay, but need this surgery to be healthier.
  19. My employer Wyers a back to work authorization from the doctor unfortunatelyHopefully I can convince my doctor I am well enough to go back after three weeks I should probably look into getting short-term disability benefits just in case has anyone had to do this?
  20. I work as a dental hygienist in a very busy dental office. I'm on my feel a lot and busy with patients all day. Most of my days are until either 6 pm with one day a 12 hour day. I'm hoping I can go back within 2 weeks . I know I'm probably going to be tired and sore. Anyone else have an advice for me?

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