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AnneElliot

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    AnneElliot reacted to QueenOfTheTamazons in size of sleeve / portion stomach removed matter?   
    I'm 5 months out and there is no way I could get even half that down if I stuffed. I don't see how at 3 months you could get that down. That is easily 1lb of food.


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    AnneElliot reacted to Lateese92 in Any regrets?   
    I'm not really sure if I have regrets or not at this stage of my surgery. I had my sleeve done 10/14 so I'm about 2 yrs 4 mos post op. Like many of you up until my 2nd year postop I was thrilled and wouldn't have doubted that I made the right decision for anything. However for the past 6-8 months I have been battling hypoglycemia. Which I found out is very common 18-24 mos postop. Like many of you I also did my research but never came across these statistics. Then again I was so determined to have the surgery .I'm not really sure learning that would have changed my mind back then. It's a horrible feeling and working 12hr shifts at the hospital I am not always able to eat every 2-3 hrs as my body demands, which also results in my blood sugar dropping. I'm sure once I get a handle on this and feel normal again I may very well be thrilled about my decision to sleeve, but currently I having trouble believing I made the right decision as this seems to be a new norm for my life. I welcome any advice or suggestion if anyone else have experienced and conquered low Sugar issues.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from PatientEleventyBillion in I have an eating disorder: HELP   
    I strongly recommend more counseling before you consider this surgery. I was diagnosed with body dysmorphia post op. Its something I wish I addressed a long time. But I didon't realize how bad it was.
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    AnneElliot reacted to Airstream88 in size of sleeve / portion stomach removed matter?   
    At 4 months I could eat maybe the turkey and a few bites of the veggies and no stuffing since bread swells up in my stomach. I don't expect to ever be able to eat an entire 8-10" plate of food in one sitting again.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from Bluesky1 in Sleeve to Bypass Revision   
    Truth. I would get a second and third opinion.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from lisa muller in Considering a revision - read this!   
    Pasta, red meat, or rice. Some ppl can and others cant. There's no guarantees which one you will fall into. I will lose weight. But I won't be able to eat like a normal person ever again even in moderation.
    2) Acid reflux is a serious issue with the sleeve. I never ever had an issue with the band. I am dealing with rather bad GERD even though I am taking prescription meds. I have chatted with folks that it got so bad over the yrs that they had to revise to gastric bypass.
    3) Vitamins! You can't live without them. Daily intake or I will develop issues. Are committed to do that?
    4) NSAIDS! Even if your surgeon tells you that you can take them. There's significant debate on whether sleeved folks should take them or not. These meds are very hard on a normal stomach let alone a thin sleeve! Continous use will most likely lead ulcers which are very dangerous with little or no stomach left.Think about aging and the lack of NSAIDS.
    5) You can still get stuck! I just had to vomit food yesterday. You still experience that nasty slime....eww! I cried the first time it happened cause I lived with that for 8 yrs.
    Please feel free to message me. Think about life beyond weight loss cause there's no turning back with the sleeve
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    AnneElliot reacted to EmmyJ in Hydration issues   
    I pretty much hate drinking plain Water unless I'm truly thirsty (it's hot, I've been active) so pretty much everything I've had has been diet snapple or Water with crystal light. And even then I'm still only managing to get to just over 40 ounces! It's really tough, it feels like I have to be drinking every second of the day and that's just not comfortable. But I have done better since getting more variety of flavors.
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    AnneElliot reacted to OutsideMatchInside in What is most important to weight loss?   
    Diet is the most important. Exercise is good for fitness, and overall health but not necessary for weight loss. If you want to lose weight fast, a restrictive diet with little exercise besides walking is going to get you the fastest weight loss. If you keep your Protein to 1 gram per 1 pound of lean muscle mass per day, you will lose very little muscle (everyone will lose some muscle dropping weight, you don't need as much muscle to carry the lower weight).
    Weighing all your food, all your Condiments etc. Anything with calories, weigh it so you eat an accurate amount.
    Track all your food. Even on the bad days, especially on the bad days.
    Protein, fat, carbs. If you track your food, eat your protein first, and cut out all carbs except trace carbs from dairy, and green veggies, it is almost impossible to consume more than 25 carbs a day.


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    AnneElliot got a reaction from dvmp61 in Considering a revision - read this!   
    Well, can't edit the original post
    I would like to note that this is my personal experience! Just sharing for anyone that was told or heard countless times how different the sleeve is from the band!
    All the best
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from dvmp61 in Considering a revision - read this!   
    Oh you're quite right. I didn't realize that I forgot to note that it's my personal experience
    Moreover, I think it's so unfortunate that the only experience this community accepts is a manic happy one. You are aware that the human emotions come in great spectrum right?
    Lastly, this is really meant for folks who are revisions! That hear "ohhh the sleeve is sooooooooooo different" It's not an indictment on your decision! Duh of course you or anyone else must consider the risks vs benefits.
    Thanks for commenting! I added my Personal Experience Disclaimer!

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    AnneElliot reacted to janedoe92 in Considering a revision - read this!   
    The band isn't the greatest thing either, and most surgeons don't do it because of crazy complications like eroding. As for your complications they could get better. I have a friend I didn't even know was sleeved before she told me she lives a normal life eats pizza and more stuff, moderation is what works for her. Idk how far you are, but give it some time, and if your GERD is that bad you can't live with it revise to Bypass.
    On the other hand I appreciate you giving a different outlook because everyone needs to know what they're up against, but the way you do it doesn't make sense. You try and turn people away as if WLS is sooo horrible which it isn't it's life saving for many, and of course there are complications, and something else you should add if you're going to talk about complications is the percentage of them that happens.
    I'm sorry that you're going through them, but maybe change your approach to how you do it.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from dvmp61 in Considering a revision - read this!   
    Pasta, red meat, or rice. Some ppl can and others cant. There's no guarantees which one you will fall into. I will lose weight. But I won't be able to eat like a normal person ever again even in moderation.
    2) Acid reflux is a serious issue with the sleeve. I never ever had an issue with the band. I am dealing with rather bad GERD even though I am taking prescription meds. I have chatted with folks that it got so bad over the yrs that they had to revise to gastric bypass.
    3) Vitamins! You can't live without them. Daily intake or I will develop issues. Are committed to do that?
    4) NSAIDS! Even if your surgeon tells you that you can take them. There's significant debate on whether sleeved folks should take them or not. These meds are very hard on a normal stomach let alone a thin sleeve! Continous use will most likely lead ulcers which are very dangerous with little or no stomach left.Think about aging and the lack of NSAIDS.
    5) You can still get stuck! I just had to vomit food yesterday. You still experience that nasty slime....eww! I cried the first time it happened cause I lived with that for 8 yrs.
    Please feel free to message me. Think about life beyond weight loss cause there's no turning back with the sleeve
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from dvmp61 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    Well I can tell from experience! I had the band but had it out due to vomiting. Lots of vomiting but I loved my band early on.
    I have more gas now and my stomach is loudddddd lots of gurgling sounds. Lol. It's like an alien lives in it.

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    AnneElliot got a reaction from Please in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    @Please I am 8 weeks post op. I am cleared to excercise as of this week. So starting Monday.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    All the best ladies and thanks for understanding.
    @MelissaRose24Yes just like you I didn't think I could lose 120 pounds on my own. Probably true I never had the resolve lol. food addiction for real! But the funny thing for me the weight loss with this surgery feels different!
    There's no satisfaction to it because I did nothing to gain it, no sense of accomplishment!.
    It just dissappeared in eight weeks highlighted by fatigue and acid reflux lol.
    The next 50 will go too and I will not probably notice until my clothes fall off. Lol
    But I will sure as hell notice my arms. Yikes on loose skin! More surgeries in my future.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    I understand. I didn't mean to sound judgemental.
    Perhaps being post op now and on this hard road I am no longer as hopeful as I was pre op. This surgery isn't just about weight loss. I can't get off the bus once I lose weight. I still have to live long term with the possibility of complications and the complications with this surgery are no joke. Is it easier to manage high blood pressure and diabetes with meds than deal living with the potential of a leak, twisted sleeve, severe gerd or recurring strictures?. Is it easier to desl with the aches of veing heavier? don't know, at least high blood pressure and diabetes are known fairly well to the medical world and manageable. Just my thoughts right now.
    But yes we all have our reasons for doing this. Wishing you both success!

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    AnneElliot got a reaction from dvmp61 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    Wow. I don't want to sound harsh. But it's rather insane to remove 85% of your stomach for only 50 pounds.
    Please consider temporary procedures like the Gastric Balloon that are designed for low bmi folks.
    I need to lose 145 pounds! I
    You will lose the 50 pounds very slowly as well due to your low bmi
    Good luck
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from dvmp61 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    It's good that your concerned. This is a decision not to take lightly. It will change your entire life.
    I personally find it odd when people call it a tool! Your not buying or getting something from a hardware store to help you loose weight. Your permanently changing your gastrointestinal tract to lose weight. As result there may be serious consequences.
    You may escape obesity related illnesses. But you may face complications from the surgery shortterm or long-term.
    Are you prepared to face them? Are you prepared to no longer eat in the same way for the rest of your life?
    Eating is a part of every aspect of our lives. It's a part of every social interaction.
    This is a significant sacrifice. If your not ready, there's no shame in stepping back.
    All the best
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from Please in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    @Please I am 8 weeks post op. I am cleared to excercise as of this week. So starting Monday.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    All the best ladies and thanks for understanding.
    @MelissaRose24Yes just like you I didn't think I could lose 120 pounds on my own. Probably true I never had the resolve lol. food addiction for real! But the funny thing for me the weight loss with this surgery feels different!
    There's no satisfaction to it because I did nothing to gain it, no sense of accomplishment!.
    It just dissappeared in eight weeks highlighted by fatigue and acid reflux lol.
    The next 50 will go too and I will not probably notice until my clothes fall off. Lol
    But I will sure as hell notice my arms. Yikes on loose skin! More surgeries in my future.
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    AnneElliot got a reaction from MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    All the best ladies and thanks for understanding.
    @MelissaRose24Yes just like you I didn't think I could lose 120 pounds on my own. Probably true I never had the resolve lol. food addiction for real! But the funny thing for me the weight loss with this surgery feels different!
    There's no satisfaction to it because I did nothing to gain it, no sense of accomplishment!.
    It just dissappeared in eight weeks highlighted by fatigue and acid reflux lol.
    The next 50 will go too and I will not probably notice until my clothes fall off. Lol
    But I will sure as hell notice my arms. Yikes on loose skin! More surgeries in my future.
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    AnneElliot reacted to Please in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    I've Honestly met 5 people who've had the Sleeve ( 2 friends) all them with 50-65lbs to loose. They all lost their weight within 8 -10 months, One had to get their gallbladder out, one already had there's out years previous. 1 has manageable GERD & the other 2 nothing.
    I know bad things can happen, but I know it is easier the less you have to loose. My 2 friends followed the diet to a T and chew their food like they were told and they never eat and drink together. For me , I watch them, their lives transformed, and I want that , I want to not hate the look of Me, so I'll take the risk as I'm not living fully now. I believe I will be successful, I've set my mind and will obey the rules. I've had my gallbladder out years ago. I'm ready and I'm looking forward to my new life of fitness and health.
    I hope your future is better and you find peace with the decision you made, try and be positive. Good luck!
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    AnneElliot reacted to MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    Thank you for that. Im still thinking but I don't wanna wait till I gain more weight and possibly have more issues.@Please


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    AnneElliot reacted to MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    Don't feel bad at all...I don't see it as being judgmental, I see it as being honest. Life is precious and we all worry about our health but this surgery may not be a quick fix. Like you said even after the weight is lost you have to deal with long term complications its not something to be taken lightly. I appreciate your honesty. I just don't know if I can lose 100lbs on my own. Which is what I want to lose.@AnneElliot


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    AnneElliot got a reaction from MelissaRose24 in Pros and Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    I understand. I didn't mean to sound judgemental.
    Perhaps being post op now and on this hard road I am no longer as hopeful as I was pre op. This surgery isn't just about weight loss. I can't get off the bus once I lose weight. I still have to live long term with the possibility of complications and the complications with this surgery are no joke. Is it easier to manage high blood pressure and diabetes with meds than deal living with the potential of a leak, twisted sleeve, severe gerd or recurring strictures?. Is it easier to desl with the aches of veing heavier? don't know, at least high blood pressure and diabetes are known fairly well to the medical world and manageable. Just my thoughts right now.
    But yes we all have our reasons for doing this. Wishing you both success!

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