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  1. I got a call on Wednesday from the insurance person at the Dr. office. I figured it was to tell me she was ready to submit the application, even though we had to wait 3 months for supervised WL. Turns out she was calling to tell me she had already submitted and it's been approved! I was flabbergasted! I figured I would have to finish the SWL and then submit at the very end of May. Then hope to have surgery by July! Today, I got the call from the scheduler and I am scheduled for Monday May 4! I have my pre-op appointment/class on April 15, so I will know more then. I do know that I will NOT have to do a 2 week liquid diet, only 24 hours. So I had mentally prepped for July, not early May (like 5 weeks). I am trying to wrap my head around this, I know I "want" to do this, but now actually having the guts to go through it... that's a different story. I have never had surgery before and it's making me nervous. Little back ground: Have Cigna insurance; Did weight watchers continually (and still do) for 4 years; had mental health counseling a couple years ago for WL; currently on Contrave (new WL drug).
  2. I got my insurance letter and it says approved for outpatient surgery. I know this seems like I stupid thing, but I never asked my surgeon how long I'd be in the hospital. I have called the office and hopefully will hear them tomorrow. I never considered I could be in and out in 1 day. Anyone else have this happen? How long were you in for? Is it what you expected?
  3. Hi all! I am 6 days post op, so I am on the liquids stage. B Premier Protein shake & 2 Fiber gummies AM Snack 16 oz iced SF 2% Irish cream latte L Oxylent Vitamin packet in 8 oz of Water Afternoon snack SF Popsicle and 1/4 c of a shake, hated the taste, dumped it D pacific creamy tomato soup with 1 T of grated Parmesan PM snack Protein Shake Plus an additional 30 oz of water Lost 9.6 in week 1
  4. I hurt in the same spot, and I am 2 days ahead of you! Heating pad helps.
  5. Mel24

    Puréed phase

    I am a week from puréed too, and I can't wait! I feel hungry or empty often and can't wait to have something with substance!
  6. Mel24

    Memorial Day Challenge!

    272.6 for me! Sleeved on Monday, lost 9.6! I might need to adjust my goal down another 15 lb!!
  7. I tried the Syntrax nectar grapefruit, and it was so foamy and didn't taste very good. It was gritty too. I am wondering if I got a bad sample. I have 1 more of that flavor but a few others, so I will try it again. Any advice?
  8. Mel24

    Feeling better already

    I am 6 days post op too, I think I have been doing a bit too much, but I blame my kids and hubby! ???? I went shopping today and I was pooped once I was done. It's 7 pm, and I am laying in bed. I hope the energy returns in a couple days! But physically, I feel awesome! Tummy, and incisions are great! Whew!
  9. This is all I used: Chapstick, they actually gave me my own in recovery, even though I brought my fave, pj pants and comfy shirt/tank ( I run hot, so my tank was my friend), slippers, Jambox to play my own music to relax, hair brush (forgot mine). I brought magazines, iPad, phone and chargers used the technology only 6-7 hours once I was in my room. Never touched the magazines. Plan on sleeping a bunch, and resting. Good luck!
  10. Mel24

    Extreme Diarrhea

    I was sleeved on the 27th, yesterday I finally pooped, then afterwards it's been liquid, 3 times in 2 days. I was going to ask the same question. I am glad I am not alone!
  11. Mel24

    Post op questions

    I am 6 days post op and I get it! Mine is on the left side, and it's a dull ache, like muscular. Then when I get up, cough, sneeze, etc, it hurts unless I brace it with my hands. My dr. Told me this is normal, because this is where they removed the stomach, and the incision site is larger and there was more "trauma" to the muscles. When in doubt call your dr. Good luck!
  12. I was released this afternoon from the hospital. I hated their protein shakes, way too sweet, so drank milk. Now that I am home, I am noticing a ton of loud gurgling noises coming from my new stomach. I want to finish half of my shake, but these noises are freaking me out. Help? Advice? Should I just do broth for a couple days and slowly add the shakes?
  13. Mel24

    Can we talk undies?

    I wear boy shorts or hipsters by Lane Bryant. Can't wait to get out of that store!
  14. Mel24

    Panic attacks and anxiety post-op

    I am doing good. I was released yesterday, and spent most of the day sleeping on and off. I didn't have any panic or nerves going into the OR, I was quite surprised! Now I am just coming to terms with what I have done to myself. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret it at all. But drinking Protein shakes are tough, everything is really sweet tasting. So I am doing lots of Water, and about 4 oz of Protein shake (25 grams protein for 4 oz). I am keeping up on my meds, and that is proving to be important. I am also going to try walking more today, maybe get dressed! ???? But the anxiety is fine, presently surprised actually. I will keep you posted!
  15. Mel24

    Memorial Day Challenge!

    283.2 this week. Ugh.
  16. Ok, it makes me nervous to eat Protein. I figured, I would stay with broth and light liquids for a couple days, then add the shakes by the weekend. Does gas x help the bubbles??
  17. @@jjflamingoVSG, Thanks! Iam exhausted, how long did this last for??
  18. Last week I got a call to see if I could move my surgery up a week. So 8:30 tomorrow morning (Pacific time) I'll be admitted to the hospital. All packed and ready to go. I'll update when I am on the other side!
  19. It was my b-day on Friday, so we had plenty of plans for the weekend. Thankfully my doc doesn't make us do 2 week pre-op diet. So I was able to Celebrate my b-day Saturday night at the Melting Pot like we had all planned. Plus I had to come off caffeine quicker than I planned so I had bad headaches. It really kind of sucked, but I am so stoked to get on with it. Cannot wait for 24 hours from now!
  20. I was supposed to be going in on May 4th, but the surgeon's office called last week, and moved it to TOMORROW! So I am liquids only today and I am off tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM pacific time. I'll update when I am on the other side!
  21. Mel24

    Panic attacks and anxiety post-op

    I am going in tomorrow morning and I have panic disorder/generalized anxiety disorder. I am on Citalopram to keep them at bay, but if I have a break through attack, I have Xanax if I need it. I was freaking out at the pre-op appointment asking if they will give me anything to keep me from having one. The PA told me I was allowed to take a Xanax the morning of as long as it was with a tiny sip of Water. If you are really nervous, ask your doctor if you can pop a Xanax, or something like it to help keep the nerves at bay. I am actually not nervous at all, which shocks me! But I am probably going to take a Tylenol PM to help me sleep a bit tonight. I'll keep you guys posted on how I do this week.
  22. Mel24

    Clothing size

    I haven't had surgery yet, but I've lost 50 so far. I was a 24, 3X top at 331. Now I am 281 and can wear a 18 comfy (16 tighter) and a 1x shirt, sometimes a 2x depending on brand. I can't wait to buy a size 12!!!

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