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  1. generator77

    PCP anti wls

    Find a PCP that is supportive! A lot of old school doctors don't like wls but so many see the benefits it has for their patients!
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    Back on pre op diet

    The preop diet is tough, no doubt about it but am concerned you are still struggling so much. The level of changes you make for surgery are drastic and post surgery there are no other options than to be complaint with your doctor's orders or you will be sick or hurt yourself. Ask yourself are you ready for all of that? This thing takes total commitment or it just isn't worth it! You'd be setting yourself up for failure postop and I wouldn't want that for anyone.
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    Nutritional counseling

    I felt like my six month diet helped me wrap my brain around this process. I've read a lot of posts in the past year and researched a ton but I felt like that time was really preparing me for life after surgery. Some programs really want to focus on successful outcomes. I know a few surgeons who build their practice on making sure that this is a lifelong treatment for obesity not just another weight loss scheme. These surgeries are tough and being prepared mentally is important. During my preop time I would sometimes wish I didn't have to do the six months but post surgery I realize that it gave me time to be full prepared for the lifestyle change.
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    Head hunger

    It helps me to get my head right about food in general. I've gotten to where I am because of emotional eating. This surgery has given me a chance to break those old habits and deal with my emotions in a whole new way. It's odd because I feel so much more myself without having to use food to cope with that. I have found a great support group at my church that helps people deal with addiction and self defeating behaviors and it has helped me immensely. The other thing I do is smell good food and usually that helps me not have head hunger. Maybe it's my postop brain speaking but nothing that is bad for me is going in my body. It probably also helped me to have had one incident of dumping from licking one piece of honeydew melon last week. I literally licked it and had a full body rejection of the fructose in that thing. It was no joke the worst feeling ever so in order to avoid any future episodes I'm just cool with what this body can do right now. In all honesty it is the first time in a long time that food has no control over any aspect of my life and although difficult at times when I see something I used to love also extremely liberating! Hugs to you. Life is good!
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    Beyond Aggravated

    I'm surprised they waited that long to test you. My surgeon sent me to be tested after his first visit with me because sleep apnea is so very common with his patients. It will go by fast but I understand how frustrating it is to have to wait. Get in ASAP and get fitted then you'll be on your way!
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    How much do you eat?

    I don't feel full so I just go by the measurements my nut gave me. I eat really slowly and chew thoroughly. Most meals are around 1/4 cup of food.
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    My weight loss story

    So wonderful! You look amazing!
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    11 months post op (pics)

    You are amazing! So inspiring! Get it, girl!
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    post op pain

    My worst pain barely hit a 4. Not bad at all.
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    TMI POST- Constipation

    For the thing poking out I would go for the enema. Usually it get packed in there at the end and acts like a plug. Once that is out the rest will be easier to get out.
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    My one week is tomorrow and I went in yesterday for IV fluids because I wasn't getting enough in. They gave me a new med to help because I was feeling like I couldn't get liquid in and that helped immensely. Also with the heat of the summer it's tough to stay hydrated.
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    Trouble sleeping...

    I definitely have slept less this week after surgery. I tend to get to sleep fine but then wake up around three or so. I can usually fall asleep again after a bit but I really hope it gets better the further I am in the healing process.
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    lactose intolerant?

    My NUT told me that about 50% of people are lactose intolerant after surgery. She warned me of it and I prepared for it but it hasn't been an issue for me. She did say that it tended to be mostly with liquid milk and that milk like Lactaid would be a good option. Or almond milk
  14. Just remember that your body is still healing. Just because your top layer of skin looks good doesn't necessarily mean the other layers are done healing yet. The six week guideline is a reminder that those other parts aren't all healed up yet.
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    My Story

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    My Story

    Have you ever tried the chicken broth called better than buillion? It comes in a jar near the chicken broth section in the soup aisle and I think tastes better than the canned stuff. You just add the amount for the flavor you want. Also miso soup is really yummy if you allowed that option. You can pick some up at an Asian grocery store.
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    Surgery scheduled July 25

    Have you started your preop diet yet? I start tomorrow for my July 29th surgery date. Excited to finally be at this point!
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    Question posed to me from doctor

    I have found finding a PCP that understands gastric bypass and is supportive of it is key. I have contemplated this surgery for many years but had never had a PCP who thought it was a good idea until I moved to my current location. When I moved here I found a good and supportive doctor who had experience with other bariatric patients and has been very supportive of my goals. It is so great not to have to try and justify my choice with her. She worked with me on my six month diet and has cheered me on. She said at my last appointment how excited she is to see my progress during our next visit and I feel like I have an encouraging ally in this fight. There are many doctors with their own idea about obesity and that still think it's only about eating too much. If I were you I would find some people in your area support group community and ask some of them about their PCPs that might be a little more knowledgable and helpful then your current one. It's made all the difference for me in this process.
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    Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Sleeve

    If you have any issues with reflux RNY is the way to go. I have it and would love to not have that issue anymore. I thought sleeve originally as well but after talking to my surgeon he said it would actually make my reflux worse to get the sleeve.
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    JULY surgery dates!

    July 29th is my day! Process has been smooth sailing so far but a bit long because I had to do six months of a diet. Start my liver reduction diet Friday! Excited for everything to get here.
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    Nooo! Surgery delay!

    I'm sorry this is so frustrating for you. Waiting is hard! I'm doing six months of a weight loss plan for my insurance so I know how that feels! I'm almost halfway but I've realized that it's good for me to get prepared for after surgery. I think so much of my struggle with weight loss is mental so I think it's helping me prepare for times when I'm not going to want to be patient afterwards, (stalls, head hunger etc) hang it there! It will go by fast! Try to focus on what you can do now to prepare. I'm sure there is a reason it happened this way.
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    First appointment

    Exciting! I finish my 6 months in June, too so my surgery will probably not happen to July. Congrats on getting started!
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    Bummed out by doc's lack of enthusiasm

    Some doctors/surgeons just don't engage with patients like that. I used to work for a group of surgeons and they were very competent and had decent bedside manners but they weren't what I'd call encouraging or engaging. I'd look to your PCP or a nurse for that kind of encouragement. You're doing awesome! Keep up the good work!
  24. It's standard to get a catheter when you go under anesthesia so you don't have an accidental discharge while under. I've had a catheter several times for other surgeries and they have always waited until I've been under to put it in. They usually take it out shortly after surgery. I never had a problem with any of mine. It wasn't bad at all.
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    PCOS LADIES Getting pregnant post op

    One of my dear friends had RNY Surgery over 7 years ago and had PCOS. She and her husband had never had a positive pregnancy test in ten years of marriage. After WLS she was able to get pregnant with their daughter.