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About chrysalis2butterfly

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 11/18/1961

About Me

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    very happily divorced, bit crazy but mega cheerful
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    girl guide leader, like to try everything
  • Occupation
    disabled,mum but doesn't stop me
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    rg31 6sg
  1. chrysalis2butterfly

    Where Is Everyone From?

    Reading Berkshire uk
  2. chrysalis2butterfly

    WLS in uclh london UK?

    Hi, I had the bypass in November 2014 at that time i wore a size 26 and it was stretched to its limits but I wouldn't get a bigger size i was so ashamed of myself. I will admit I was terrified , I was the last lady down for surgery that day (17) and when I woke in intensive care I felt wonderful, yes I had some discomfort but I knew that I would lose my weight and a big emotional weight lifted off me, I swear it helped me recover faster. I was kicked out of intensive care after 2 hours and sent to a regular ward. I had a few problems initially with my new stomach but it was quickly sorted ( i couldn't drink cold water everything had to be tepid or I was sick) but it was the start of the new me . I am now wearing size 14 and I'm still losing weight although more slowly now , I go out and enjoy myself with friends and even wore a bikini on holiday earlier this month ( key hole surgery ,love it no big scars). So if you are still trying to work out which op to go for my vote is the bypass as once it is done that's it, no more filling and adjusting the band , or worries it may slip. you can't over eat because after eating a small amount you are full. The downside is you do need to have a B12 injection every 12 weeks and to take calcium and vitamin tablets. Well whatever you chose ladies ( and gents) I wish you all the best. Chysalis2butterfly
  3. chrysalis2butterfly

    painful swallowing

    i had my operation on 17th nov, i had problems swallowing Water after the op but it got better after a few days and i was let home but as soon as i started to eat purees the pain returned. i can't swallow a spoonful of food without pain and even swallowing water hurts now. someone said it could be my cpap machine and i should stop using it but as i have sleep apnea i am reluctant to do this. has anybody else suffered from this problem, how long did it last and how did it go away.
  4. chrysalis2butterfly

    Taste in mouth

    i was warned about the tinny taste in the mouth at my lifestyle classes, we were told to stop using metal cutlery for a few months and it would go away as sometimes it can affect your tastebuds and put you off some foods.
  5. chrysalis2butterfly

    Using a straw to drink your fluids

    told never to use a straw and in recovery low and behold they offered me a drink with a straw in it !! boy was the surgeon mad when he saw it even though the nurses told him i refuse it, he blew a gasket.
  6. chrysalis2butterfly

    Helpful Tip to Tolerate Crushed Medicine

    Hi i just had the dr prescibe my meds in liquid format and saved me the hassle of crushing them and finding a suitable substance to help swallow them
  7. Hi my surgery was on the 17 of November 2014 in the uk, i had tons of medical evaluations and mental ones and i had to lose 5% of my body mass, i managed all this, went through surgery and it still doesn't feel real. i still take paracetamol of a night and i ate a puree sweet potatoe which was watered down to Soup like substance yesterday (still rather fancied my daughters spring rolls) finding eating actually causes discomfort, even a small amount but this is probably because its new right ? well it will make me stick to the diet. as i am disabled i have just got a treadmill and today i start walking, hope i dont come off the back i'll never get back on my feet again,
  8. chrysalis2butterfly

    to worry or not

    i'm 11 days post op, i had a bad start as i was being sick for the first 3 days, unable to swallow water and released from hospital on day 6 as i was feeling fine. now suddenly i have a stinging pain under my left ribs after i sip water, eat or am walking around, the area is tender to touch but not near the wounds. is this just a minor irritant i should ignore or should i try and find a medical person for advice. sorry to bother you good folks but i figure someone can calm my nerves.
  9. just got back from surgery ( 1 week) but i already know that streaching for a falling nurse call bell is stupid and very very painful. i had forgotten i had just had surgery now im sore and i wont be picking things up either as that hurts too. my advice take it easy the first days or you put yourself back
  10. chrysalis2butterfly


    Hi , i'm having my op on monday hopefully , i'm on my pre op diet of weight watcher Soups x4 muller light yogurts x4 and 1 pt semi skimmed milk. Im glad i found this site as i don't really have a support network behind me as it's just me and my daughter now so i really need some one who has been there done that and got the tshirt to prove it and who can point me in the right direction as there doesn't seem to be a gastric bypass group in my area
  11. chrysalis2butterfly

    Letter by post

    Hi pinkcare, i'm having my op on Monday fingers crossed, i had to get rid of 5% of my weight in a year. not sure if you have done that bit yet, then did a 6 week course to change my eating habits, seen a dietian and a phycologist ( thats probably spelt wrong) head shrink to see if you can cope with having loads of loose wrinkley skin, then the guy who will knock you out and the surgeon and the pre op nurses to check your blood pressure and stats. then you wait and wait for three months or more for the date and then there are more blood tests, you will think you are a pin cushion,BUT getting that date and doing the pre op diet all the hard work is suddenly worth all the hassle as the goal is in sight. when you get your date or you need a buddy i'm always on the keyboard drop me a line, good luck
  12. chrysalis2butterfly

    uk buddies/mentor please

    I'm having my op hopefully on monday ( barring any unforseen holdup) , i dont know if i'm having a bypass or a sleeve due to a former op which has left a scar across my stomach and possibly internal scarring. if there are any uk patients who have had either surgery and would like to mentor or buddy me i would be most grateful as post op info is a bit thin on the groundat the moment( everybody seems to be having the band here).
  13. chrysalis2butterfly

    Pre-Op Diet ?

    for my surgery and most of us uk patients we have to go on a pre op diet, its either shakes or (as i have picked cos i'm greedy) 4 weight watcher soups, 4 muller light yogurts and a pint of semi skimmed milk. the reason is the liver is in the way during surgery and has to be pushed or lifted out of the way, the diet shrinks the liver size lessening the chance of damage. hope this helps you understand why some do it
  14. Sorry to hear your feeling down Jenn, i'll send you an invisible hug to help you feel better, they work for my family when we can't hug each other. i hope your whizzing round soon
  15. chrysalis2butterfly

    Where Is Everyone From?

    i'm living in Reading uk but my heart is forever in my home town Liverpool. i'm down for surgery on the 17th Nov but it's up to the surgeon if i get the bypass or the sleeve