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catwoman7

Gastric Bypass Patients
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Heidihoo in 2 year lag in compliance, dieting again...portions?   
    I don't know that you'd have to go completely back to the beginning (i.e., liquid diet, pureed diet, etc), but go back to eating Protein first, then non-starchy veggies, and then, if you have room, a small serving of fruit or whole grain carbs.
    I'm thinking it might be too drastic to suddenly drop your calories to sub-1000, which would set some people up for a binge. Maybe try to figure out what your current calorie intake level is, and then lower it gradually (by maybe 100-200 calories per day) every week or two until you get to the level where your weight starts to drop off again.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Heidihoo in 2 year lag in compliance, dieting again...portions?   
    I don't know that you'd have to go completely back to the beginning (i.e., liquid diet, pureed diet, etc), but go back to eating Protein first, then non-starchy veggies, and then, if you have room, a small serving of fruit or whole grain carbs.
    I'm thinking it might be too drastic to suddenly drop your calories to sub-1000, which would set some people up for a binge. Maybe try to figure out what your current calorie intake level is, and then lower it gradually (by maybe 100-200 calories per day) every week or two until you get to the level where your weight starts to drop off again.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from wallpapermusic in Still have not told my coworkers about surgery   
    your medical procedures are none of their business, and you're under no obligation to tell them. I didn't tell them about my colonoscopy, so.....
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    you won't die on the table. Weight loss surgeries are among the safest surgeries out there - much safer than a knee replacement surgery, which as you know, they do every day. Gastric bypass has a 0.3% mortality rate - the sleeve is even lower. So at minimum, you have a 99.7% chance of NOT dying on the table. Given every surgery has some kind of mortality rate, even tonsillectomies, those are OUTSTANDING odds.

    if you keep on top of your Vitamins, you won't die of malnutrition, either.

    lastly, complications aren't very common, and for those who have them, most of them are minor.
    I know it's easier said than done, but STOP worrying. You will do just fine and once you have all this behind you, you will be so happy you made this decision!!
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    you won't die on the table. Weight loss surgeries are among the safest surgeries out there - much safer than a knee replacement surgery, which as you know, they do every day. Gastric bypass has a 0.3% mortality rate - the sleeve is even lower. So at minimum, you have a 99.7% chance of NOT dying on the table. Given every surgery has some kind of mortality rate, even tonsillectomies, those are OUTSTANDING odds.

    if you keep on top of your Vitamins, you won't die of malnutrition, either.

    lastly, complications aren't very common, and for those who have them, most of them are minor.
    I know it's easier said than done, but STOP worrying. You will do just fine and once you have all this behind you, you will be so happy you made this decision!!
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    you won't die on the table. Weight loss surgeries are among the safest surgeries out there - much safer than a knee replacement surgery, which as you know, they do every day. Gastric bypass has a 0.3% mortality rate - the sleeve is even lower. So at minimum, you have a 99.7% chance of NOT dying on the table. Given every surgery has some kind of mortality rate, even tonsillectomies, those are OUTSTANDING odds.

    if you keep on top of your Vitamins, you won't die of malnutrition, either.

    lastly, complications aren't very common, and for those who have them, most of them are minor.
    I know it's easier said than done, but STOP worrying. You will do just fine and once you have all this behind you, you will be so happy you made this decision!!
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    Easy! I was very surprised. People are all across the board when it comes to pain, but just hanging out on these boards for the last few years, I would say most of us have very little pain. It's mostly just tiredness - that took several weeks to shake. But anyway, I've had other surgeries, and this one was pretty easy in comparison.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    you won't die on the table. Weight loss surgeries are among the safest surgeries out there - much safer than a knee replacement surgery, which as you know, they do every day. Gastric bypass has a 0.3% mortality rate - the sleeve is even lower. So at minimum, you have a 99.7% chance of NOT dying on the table. Given every surgery has some kind of mortality rate, even tonsillectomies, those are OUTSTANDING odds.

    if you keep on top of your Vitamins, you won't die of malnutrition, either.

    lastly, complications aren't very common, and for those who have them, most of them are minor.
    I know it's easier said than done, but STOP worrying. You will do just fine and once you have all this behind you, you will be so happy you made this decision!!
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    catwoman7 reacted to FancyChristine15 in Fear!!   
    Honestly, I was more afraid of not doing the surgery than I was to go through with it. I was 463 pounds, and I knew that if I didn't do something, I wasn't going to live as long as I want to. My weight was hindering me from doing the things that I loved to do. All I did was go to work, eat, and go home. My weight stopped me from doing more. So, I wasn't scared. I was ready to get my new life started. If you just follow your doctor's plan, you don't have to worry about malnutrition or other poor side effects. It's been the best thing I've ever done. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had to.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    Easy! I was very surprised. People are all across the board when it comes to pain, but just hanging out on these boards for the last few years, I would say most of us have very little pain. It's mostly just tiredness - that took several weeks to shake. But anyway, I've had other surgeries, and this one was pretty easy in comparison.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Fear!!   
    you won't die on the table. Weight loss surgeries are among the safest surgeries out there - much safer than a knee replacement surgery, which as you know, they do every day. Gastric bypass has a 0.3% mortality rate - the sleeve is even lower. So at minimum, you have a 99.7% chance of NOT dying on the table. Given every surgery has some kind of mortality rate, even tonsillectomies, those are OUTSTANDING odds.

    if you keep on top of your Vitamins, you won't die of malnutrition, either.

    lastly, complications aren't very common, and for those who have them, most of them are minor.
    I know it's easier said than done, but STOP worrying. You will do just fine and once you have all this behind you, you will be so happy you made this decision!!
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Cala B. in 9 Days Post-Op Pouch Cramping After Vomiting   
    I'd probably just do Protein Shakes for a day or two until my stomach settled down. You're way too early out for Tomato Soup (acid) and crackers (simple carbs) - so that's probably why your pouch rebelled.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Aprilgal in not enough protein   
    almost everyone has their first stall during the first month post-op. It's usually the third week, but not always. Do a search on "the three week stall" - you should find hundreds of posts on it. Just stick to your plan and your weight loss will start up again. I stalled during weeks 2 and 3. My weight loss started up again during week 4, and I dropped like eight pounds almost overnight.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Sonar214 in Stopped losing one month post VSG   
    pretty much everyone has their first stall within the first month after surgery. It's so common it has a name - the three week stall (although it's not always the third week). Search the three week stall - you'll find hundreds of posts about it. Just stick to your plan, and the weight loss will start up again.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Sonar214 in Stopped losing one month post VSG   
    pretty much everyone has their first stall within the first month after surgery. It's so common it has a name - the three week stall (although it's not always the third week). Search the three week stall - you'll find hundreds of posts about it. Just stick to your plan, and the weight loss will start up again.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from Sugarfoot76 in Pouch Re-set!   
    I'd just go back to basics (and not all the way back to liquids only - that would just set me up for a binge). Protein-forward and low carb. Eat (dense) Protein first, then non-starchy veggies, and then if you have room, a small serving of fruit or whole grains. I can eat up to 1700 calories a day and maintain my weight, so if I'm trying to lose, I'll drop down to below 1500. I'm not sure if I could do 800 anymore (I could while I was losing, but it would be tough now for more than a day or two)
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from sillykitty in Starbucks unsweetened ?   
    there doesn't seem to be a consensus among surgeons re: caffeinated coffee. Some say never, some say right away, some say to wait a month - or three months - or six months. Some say it's OK if limited to 1-2 cups a day. My guess is although there may be some valid concerns, it might not be a harmful as say, NSAIDs.
    I think the issue with caffeine is that it's dehydrating, and the issue with coffee in general (even decaf) is that's it's acidic, which can be hard on healing pouches.
    I had to wait on caffeinated coffee until I was six months out, and I'm still supposed to limit it to one cup a day (which admittedly, I don't....but I did wait six months). But I know people whose surgeons said they could start drinking it right away, so...??
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Annoyed with my weight loss   
    weight fluctuates all the time - even when we're losing. If you don't like seeing the fluctuations, just weigh yourself once a week - then you'll only see the trend (which will be down as long as you stick to your plan)
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from dancinagain in New here   
    a lot of people don't have side effects from the surgery and for those who do, most are minor. The biggest side effect of my staying morbidly obese would be not living to see my 60th birthday.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from FancyChristine15 in Rice flour?   
    yes - since it's basically pulverized rice.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from giddygiddygiddy in Under 25 and choosing this?!   
    I'm almost 60. I spent 40 years trying to diet and exercise it away. It never worked for me. I'd lose 40 or 50 or even 60 pounds, and it'd come right back on. Again and again and again. My only regret is that I didn't have this done several years ago.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from dancinagain in New here   
    a lot of people don't have side effects from the surgery and for those who do, most are minor. The biggest side effect of my staying morbidly obese would be not living to see my 60th birthday.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from giddygiddygiddy in Under 25 and choosing this?!   
    I'm almost 60. I spent 40 years trying to diet and exercise it away. It never worked for me. I'd lose 40 or 50 or even 60 pounds, and it'd come right back on. Again and again and again. My only regret is that I didn't have this done several years ago.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from dancinagain in New here   
    a lot of people don't have side effects from the surgery and for those who do, most are minor. The biggest side effect of my staying morbidly obese would be not living to see my 60th birthday.
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    catwoman7 got a reaction from ohjuly7878 in Scared about endoscopy/colonoscopy   
    I don't think people normally have problems with the twilight sleep. It's not like getting general anesthesia. I had sleep apnea (a mild case, though) when I was morbidly obese and did fine on twilight sleep during my colonoscopy. I didn't have a CPAP (I didn't know at the time I had sleep apnea). I would just call the clinic that's doing it beforehand and ask them if you should bring your CPAP machine.
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