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  1. I constantly run into Sleevers in their 50s and 60s but I would love to get to know some of you who are bypassers. Seems our life experiences and potential difficulties may make us good support for each other! (You know, little things like menopause, arthritis, etc...). Please come out of "hiding" and gather here. I need to see yall in action! And would love to support you as well!
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    Surgery at 56?

    I'm finally thinking seriously about having WLS - gastric sleeve in particular. Worry that I am too old to have this done - I'm 56. I'd love to hear from other 50 somethings who had surgery in their 50's. What was your experience like? Anyone use Medicare? Am I crazy to consider this at my age?
  3. I hear a lot of people say their hormones are all over the place and they are depressed or angry after surgery. Just wonder if there's any difference for those of us who are post-menopausal.
  4. You can put Greek yogurt in a Baggie, cut then end off the corner of the bag and pipe small dollops onto a cookie sheet. Then put in freezer. Once they are frozen, they make a good, higher protein snack.
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    12-Step Help?

    I know it's been a while since this thread was active, but I'm interested in finding/helping start an online (Skype or Zoom) OA group for WLS patients. I've been searching and searching for one. Do you know of one or are you interested in starting one? Thanks - Cyndi
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    Any christian sleevers?

    Just thought I'd let y'all know that there is now a FB group called "bariatric believers". It's for Christians who have had any WLS. If you are interested, private message me on FB. Find Cyndi Jordan with a cartoon face that says "hopeful." We ask that everyone read the guiding principles and agree with them. Just an FYI. Certainly not to take away from this. BTW, I had bypass Jan 7. Hope i'm not interloping on a sleeve group.
  7. I am getting a bypass and also have a clotting disorder. Mine is such that I bleed too easily. I've worked with the hematologist and they are giving me a DDAVP infusion prior to surgery and will keep me in ICU to monitor my bleeding. I'd encourage you to talk with a hematologist. Always better safe than sorry. Good luck!
  8. Prednisone - that about sums it up!! I am crazy hungry when on steroids! Gained 30 pounds in two months with steroids! Hang in there! Hope you don't have to be on them long!
  9. There are a couple of other threads on this, but not a lot of people are citing Jan dates. I'm Jan 7. Good luck!!!
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    Just got my surgery date!

    I'm January 7!
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    Torani vs extracts

  12. Queen of Crops, I did it on my own, but I also did the same when I was 30. Now that I'm older and have more aches and pains, I just can't seem to do it again. I'm hoping bypass will be both the jump start I need, as well as the tool to remind me and limit me. I wish I knew then what I know now. Maybe I wouldn't feel the need to do this; I certainly stood against it for me for years. Yet a lifetime of being overweight and obese makes me wonder if I could have ever maintained without some help.
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    Ice cream?

    Recipes for making ice cream of your protein shake. Some are quite yummy! http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2008/08/protein-ice-cream.html?m=1
  14. It was hard. On top of that, due to an undiagnosed bleeding disorder, I bled out during the surgery and essentially died. Thanks to my sister's and a nurse's fast acting, they caught it in time, but I ended up with another surgery to stop the bleeding. My point in sharing about my panni and regain is that, in my experience and opinion, I had lost the weight but had no experience keeping it off. It may have worked as an incentive if my only problem was that I over ate. However, I now know that I am a food addict, for lack of a better word. Now I know I need just as significant head as weight changes. I wish someone had told me to let myself stay in maintenance for a year before I had done it. Many of you considering it have obviously done that.
  15. By all means, wait until you've been at a stable weight for a couple of years. Eight years ago I lost 140 lbs. I had to have a hysterectomy when I was within 25 pounds of goal weight. My doc encouraged me to have a panniculectomy which I did. I have since gained the majority of it back and am having bypass in January. May not happen to any of you, but I was sure it wouldn't happen to me. This time I know this is so much more a mind/emotion thing than a food thing and have a psych who is promising to keep me hyper aware of that! Thank God!
  16. I'm scheduled for January 7. Anyone else have WLS plans for January?
  17. Hang in there!! I can so relate! Ended up in hospital two weeks before surgery and it's been postponed 3 months. I'm using that time as many here have suggested to break some habits, get use to a new way of eating and work on the "head" part of this. My new pre-op is in two weeks and surgery in six. I thought it would ever happen but it's getting closer every day!! The same will happen for you! Sending good thoughts and prayers for you!!
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    Share your profession

    I'm a professional counselor and psych examiner with a private practice, as well as being an associate professor. Glad to see so many other mental health professionals! So easy to take care of others and not take care of ourselves! One of those Doctor heal thyself things, huh?!
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    Peanut butter and crackers

    I went to the Vitamin Shoppe and found some added/high protein peanut butter. Pretty good!
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    Fitness Tracker

    I want to get a good fitness tracker and have looked at the Fitbits but they aren't for use in the pool. I plan to do a lot of water walking and aquatic fitness classes because of bum knees. I've been looking at ones for swim but would like to hear first hand from someone with knowledge about them. Any suggestions?
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    Also love St Francis, the nutritionists, dr Weaver, the groups.
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    Cutepretty1- I'm in Memphis. Who's your doc? When are you having it? Stay in touch!
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    Memphis but y'all are making me wish it were Nashville!

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