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ttdish

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Sleeved 8/31/15 HW: 245 SW: 233 CW: 134 (Height 5'3") Down 111 pounds total. Original goal was 125, but am happy where I'm at, and have some extra skin I need taken care of. So much happier and healthier thanks to my sleeve!
  2. Tight 20 to a loose 6! Some brands I'm a 4 (mind blowing to me!), and some I'm an 8. Want to slice this extra skin off, but otherwise thrilled!
  3. That drove me nuts too. And even a wrong image (RNY labeled as sleeve). For me the frequent typos/grammatical issues made it nearly unreadable because they bothered me so much (totally my issue, it's not actually unreadable). It's really too bad, because it's good information, but they sorely need a new editor.
  4. I had one, inserted after I was out, and taken out as soon as I was mobile. I had the sleeve.
  5. ttdish

    Random Thought/Question

    I agree with you there.... not having forbidden foods really helps take the pressure off... i feel it teaches you to make good choices for yourself, not having someone dictate them for you. I feel that if i was told you are never to have x,y,z.. i would probably rebel and crave it so much more... but this way i know i can have it in moderation but CHOOSE not to.... that is exactly what i need to make a long term lifestyle change.... this is for life, and sometimes in life you will want a small piece of cake or a bread roll... denying myself or completely eliminating an entire food or food group is not healthy in my opinion (psychologically).. that for me would bea set up for failure.. i would feel deprived! Well said! It's funny, I always thought when I got pregnant (before surgery) that I would gain a ton of weight because I could have an excuse to binge... I'm eating for two, it's pregnancy cravings, the baby wants it, etc.. I only gained 25 pounds (a perfectly healthy amount), and it's because I basically gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted without guilt, and the need to binge was suddenly gone. After the pregnancy when I needed to get back on the wagon, I started bingeing again, put on 40 more pounds, and then obviously got the sleeve. My point to that long story, is that the same feeling of giving myself permission to "cure" my binge eating that I had while I was pregnant is how I feel now (I'm almost a year post op). Food doesn't equal stress. Life is so much better when I'm not OBSESSED with food!
  6. ttdish

    Random Thought/Question

    Nothing is forbidden on my diet. That alone makes me less likely to eat the junk. Giving myself permission to eat whatever I want has been the single most important thing this surgery has done for me. I feel like I'm finally on my way to healing my relationship with food.
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    Change to Social Life

    Just ask the bartender to put it in the same glasses the cocktails are in. I doubt anyone will notice!
  8. oh man, no liquid/purees? how did you manage to get away with that? lol Totally on plan! It's not common, but there are some surgeons out there that go straight to solids. I was nervous that it would hurt, but I followed my plan as written, and it was awesome, haha
  9. ttdish

    Drinking before eating

    I have heard that this isn't true for sleeve patients. With bypass they don't have a pyloric valve to regulate how quickly the food leaves your stomach. For them, liquids can push food through too quickly. Sleeve patients have their pyloric valve intact, so that should keep fluids from "pushing" food through too fast. This made sense to me when I read it, but didn't do any further research, so I can't say for sure if it's correct.. I do about the same as you though, I drink up to 5 min before I eat, and the 30 minutes after (and I agree, the after part is brutal!). If I ever do drink while I'm eating (sometimes by mistake/habit, I grab my glass), I get too full, and am not able to eat enough of my meal to be satisfied for long enough. If I try to drink too soon after eating, it's uncomfortable and upsets my stomach.
  10. Mine was very smooth. Some nausea in the hospital (especially after drinking contrast dye. Yuck!). I was sore for a few days, but nothing worse than after my c-section. Just took it easy. I also wasn't miserable about not eating because I never had a liquids/puree stage. I got to eat small amounts right off the bat, so I never felt deprived. Almost 1 year out, down 110 pounds. I was also self pay.... Best $10k I've ever spent!
  11. ttdish

    Change to Social Life

    My social life has improved! I don't get out much because I have a husband who travels a lot and a toddler. But when I do get out, it's so much more fun, since I actually feel good about myself. If I'm out on a social occasion, I'll have one drink before dinner, and just order something small for dinner.
  12. ttdish

    New here!

    Give it time. I had the same worries a year ago
  13. ttdish

    New here!

    I think a lot of people have a small gain when they start solids. I promised myself that I wouldn't weigh myself until a week post op (or more, I don't remember) to account for extra weight from IV fluids. BUT... This early out, I wouldn't be worried. You WILL lose. Your body is in a WTF are you doing to me stage, lol. It will catch up when it figures out you aren't starving it.
  14. ttdish

    New here!

    Not at all. Immediately post-op (after discharge, so day 3) I was allowed up to two ounces of any soft protein (cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, yogurt, refried Beans with cheese, etc) three times per day, plus Protein Shakes. It was tiny portions, and I generally could only eat about half. I would set a timer for one minute between bites and chew chew chew! I was also supposed to eat whatever I comfortably could out of the two oz portion within 30 minutes, then stop. My stages progressed from there, but as you can see, to liquids, no purees, etc. It's interesting for me to hear stories about people who "cheat" and jump stages, saying, "I ate refried beans while on Clear Liquids, and it made me so sick!" I think the reason I never got sick or felt uncomfortable is because I didn't have a huge period of time post op with no real food. It's a different approach than most surgeons take, but it worked for me!
  15. ttdish

    Social media piks

    I've shared progress photos here and in a sleeve FB group for my surgery month/year. I didn't post a lot of pics of myself in the time leading up to my sleeve. I've been much smaller in the past, and posted plenty of pictures then. I post now, without much regard for what I look like in the picture, but still don't post all that many pictures, especially full body (even though I'm almost at goal).
  16. ttdish

    Oops, a straw!

    I think the "no straw" rule is one of the most debated here. By all means, follow your surgeons instructions, that's always your safest bet. As far as I've figured out, the no straw rule is because some people swallow too much air while using one, and can get painful gas. I've used one frequently without incident. I see this as more of a guideline, and if I can use a straw without problems, I don't see any reason not too.
  17. ttdish

    New here!

    Not all surgeons have as strict of stages. After hospital discharge I had no liquid stage. I was (on plan) eating yogurt and cottage cheese 3 days post op, scrambled eggs, ground beef, Beans, etc 4 or 5 days post op, and professed quickly from there to no restrictions on texture. I had no nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or any other complications. I'm down 111 pounds and approaching 11 months post op, and 9 pounds to goal. I don't share this to encourage anyone to not follow their surgeons plan- I absolutely believe everyone should follow their instructions as given. I just find it very interesting how varied post op plans are, from what I followed to 3 solid weeks of liquids immediately post op. Good luck to you in your journey!!
  18. Mine was about six weeks, but could have been sooner if that worked for my schedule. The ONLY benefit of self pay is the quick path to surgery, lol
  19. ttdish

    Sweeteners

    I definitely use less sugar free/fat free type of foods these days. Mostly because my portions are so small, I can just enjoy the real thing in moderation.
  20. Thank you! So very sweet It's still hard to get used to this new body.
  21. Started at 245, goal is either 125 or 130, depending how I feel when I get there. Currently at 137, and down 108 pounds so either 7 or 12 pounds from goal. Currently in a size 6/8 depending on brand. I'm thrilled with my success so far, and feeling more like a normal person about how I approach food. Struggling with body image, as I know size 6/8 is not fat, but with jiggly excess skin on the tummy, I don't feel very trim. Working on that. Where are the pics people?? Lol YouTube: trishassleevestory
  22. ttdish

    July surgeries

    Also, congrats on your upcoming surgery! Your life will never be the same
  23. ttdish

    July surgeries

    Sure! I recommend always following your own surgeon's instructions, but it certainly can't hurt to get more information from other sources and ask questions. I'll have to dig up my information sheets from my surgery, but I did do a YouTube video on my post op diet when I was 3 days post op that I'll post a link to. If you want more detailed information than that, let me know and I'll find my post op paperwork.https://youtu.be/KWmDNXTFBtw ^^ Man, I look SO different now!
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    Self Pay in CT

    So exciting!! You'll be almost a year exactly behind me. I was sleeved on 8/31
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    Self Pay in CT

    If you decide to go with Dr. Shillingford, and aren't going to put the surgery on a credit card, ask about their cash (check, money order, etc) discount. I only paid $10,000, and that $500 discount more than covered my travel expenses (I flew from Minnesota for the surgery because of his self pay pricing).Thanks. I also checked with Dr. Wizman and we agreed on $9,900. Not sure which one is better but they operate at the same hospital and it seems that Dr. Wizman has better post op support. Have you ever looked at him as an option when you were looking for self pay procedure? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App I didn't, but I can't recall why. 9,900 is amazing! And I remember reading good things about him too. Are you local to Boca Raton? Does Dr. W's price include all pre op labs? From what I understand, Dr. Shillingford has good post op support, but I'm out of state, so I never got to take advantage of it. I get monthly emails about their free nutrition classes for post op patients. His price includes pre op labs, but again, I didn't get to have them done there, since I'm in MN. If Dr. W's price includes pre op testing, and you are local to the area, I don't think you can go wrong with either him or Dr. S. For fun, here's my results so far thanks to Dr. S!
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