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LisaMergs

Gastric Bypass Patients
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  1. LisaMergs

    Hot Sauce

    Can't get enough heat... You name it, I'll try it. Makes eating so much more enjoyable!!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  2. LisaMergs

    Raise your hand . . .

    Feeling old.... I have no clue what anyone is talking about, save @@Dub and his ass kicking. It's my modus operandi. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App Feeling old.... I have no clue what anyone is talking about, save @@Dub and his ass kicking. It's my modus operandi. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  3. Ugh is all I can say... Horrid when WE have to deal With it-- unbearable to see our kids go through it. Sounds like you're in good hands though Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  4. @@theantichick I always hate hearing about people who tested negative for RF and their docs didn't go ahead and treat for it even though all the S&S were present. I'm so glad you're with docs who did!!! That alone helped you avoid any degeneration. First time I saw my rheumy, he said, " we will run the blood work, and see what it says, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I don't need to see it swim like a duck". Thank goodness. As it were, my factors, ESR etc were all through the roof. Have you had the Vectra DA bloodwork done? If not, I would HIGHLY rec you ask your docs to run it. Very specialized test, needs to be sent out to a special lab, but what they can see on it is AMAZING!!!!! I can't recall my actual numbers, but for argument sake, say a score of 25 out of 100 said moderate disease is present, mine was like an 86!!! Crazy!! This was 3 months prior to my bypass, a year ago. They are running it again next month for comparative value. Should be interesting. The test is highly specified, and truly they can see things on it that they can't with standard RA patient blood draws and labs. Good luck sweetie!!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  5. This is very interesting to me, since I also have RA/PsA. When we started discussing biologics, I asked my rheumy's opinion of WLS. She was enthusiastically behind it, citing WLS as many times reducing the inflammatory factors. However, she and my surgeon (and my research) all said that the bypass was NOT a good option for someone with auto-immune because of the complete contraindication for NSAIDs and steroids, where the sleeve only has a relative contraindication for those meds. Not criticising you or your docs, just find it interesting how there are so many differing opinions in the medical community. BTW, biologics are now off the table for me for the forseeable future. My inflammatory factors are down, and we still have dosing room on sulfasalazine and we haven't tried plaquenil yet. Mtx failed and I developed an allergic reaction to it, so at least I don't have to give myself chemo anymore! LOL. So the sleeve has worked amazingly well for me. Not remission, but meds are working better and we're able to avoid the real heavy hitters indefinitely. Knowing full well the contraindications for NSAIDS, bypass was the only WLS that showed remission in autoimmune disorders. My docs are part of a center of excellence, both with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and my rheumy is Duke- trained and one of the top researchers in RA and Lupus, so I felt pretty comfortable with their recs. Giving up ibu was mentally harder than anything else, considering I've not had to take more than 3 Tylenol since my surgery! Sucks about the MTX for you...wondering were you doing pills or injections? Pills had me puking and were much less effective than the shots. Plaquenil was useless, as were every other med...been there, done them all. My last drug, Actemra, provided a LITTLE relief- about 10%, which lasted a whole week after I was infused. It was the IV decadron that kept me going along with the daily pred. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  6. And I did forget to mention, the only medications I now take our drumroll please zero. Other than my Vitamins that's it. Let's all do a happy dance for that, at one point I was taking upwards of 20 pills a day giving myself daily shots weekly and monthly chemotherapy. Not a bad trade off A gastric bypass for my life Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  7. So here is my question for you. (And before ANYONE starts a battle on @@LisaMergs behalf -- she and I are groovy, we can discuss like adults without intervention.) Clearly you have had awesome results with the bypass. Why did you doctor suggest it? Was is malabsorbtion? As I stated earlier, that makes MUCH more sense than the people who say they never overate but who choose the sleeve. Did he/she think this would "reset" your metabolism? More importantly, are you off all those awful meds that made you gain the weight? I've seen your pics and you look AH-MAY-ZING. I know you can clear up some of my confusion about this. My whole purpose for having bypass was based solely upon anecdotal evidence showing that people with autoimmune disease specifically rheumatoid arthritis were going into remission after bypass. There was no evidence shown for patients who had the sleeve. My feeling was it was worth a shot. Worst case scenario oh would be that I would be able to drop some of the massive weight I had gained from all the medications there by alleviating the pressure and extra weight put on my already damaged and painful joints. I was one of the fortunate who went into complete remission after my bypass surgery. I know coming off all the steroids had a huge impact on the significant amount of weight that I was able to lose so quickly. But let's face it there was still plenty that has had to come off with Hard work determination and a commitment to the tool and for lack of better terminology life altering life saving gift I was given. Two things- Forgive my lack of proper sentence structure I'm dictating this into the phone as I'm driving to pick up a child from school, and lipstick lady is right we are super groovy and big girls and don't take anything each other says with anything other than the intent in which it was stated. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  8. LisaMergs

    Bariatric Adult Diapers

    Just...eeewwwwww.... Otherwise, I've got nothing....
  9. LisaMergs

    Raise your hand . . .

    Huh?
  10. I went to the store to buy a Webster's Dictionary...but they were all out. Must be a run on them for some reason...

    1. ShelterDog64

      ShelterDog64

      hey, LisptickLadeeee, you're dumer. Duh.

    2. LisaMergs

      LisaMergs

      Wasn't that a movie???

      "Dum and dumer"?

    3. OzRoo

      OzRoo

      Yes, "Dumb and Dumber" with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels

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  11. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    You're new 'round these parts, ain't ya? I think she missed that whole Gina-gate situation. It was a couple months ago lol Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  12. Yes I do very much so my husband also had bypass 5 weeks after me and he regrets it as well Sent from my LGLS992 using the BariatricPal App May I ask why do you regret it? I'm pre-op and scared I'm going to have these regrets Sent from my LGLS675 using the BariatricPal App Be careful--- and please don't take a few peoples regrets or "buyers remorse" as the status quo. Most of us who've had surgery are SO very thankful, have been extremely successful and would do it again and again if that was what was needed. Yes, some people have complications. That happens with ANY procedure. Nothing is 100%. Those people are usually the loudest and can easily drown out the ones who are content. The best thing you can do is BE PREPARED. Know what lay ahead, be willing to do the work, and make needed changes to your lifestyle. Don't expect this to be an "easy out"- it isn't. But it does become easier and easier rather quickly, to the point that you no longer see yourself as a bariatric patient, rather, a new "normal" for you. Good luck on your journey!!! There is a lot of support here to be had...and remember: preparedness is KEY. KNOWLEDGE is essential. If you are not getting enough info from your team, RESEARCH! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  13. Heck, my surgeon doesn't even do them anymore. Nor does mine, or anyone in his group. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  14. I don't know how a person gets obese without overeating on a regular basis! But I have seen those posts too. I have no idea. As far as food addiction, I think I used and sometimes abused food but I'm not one of those that struggled to comply with the food stages/rules after surgery by any means. So I actually don't think I was ever a food addict. But if we are saying food addict is like other substance addiction, there must also be recovery right? Sent from my SM-N910T using the BariatricPal App I got obese not by overeating, but by having to take 60mg of prednisone a day, monthly decadron IV infusions and the inability to be active due to a debilitating illness. The end result of the steroids? No metabolism. Little to no adrenal function. There are those of us around here that didn't overeat. I'm no better than anyone else because mine wasn't a food addiction, I'm simply saying that there ARE other reasons for serious weight gain and inability to lose it. I personally know several people who had Lap Band and serious repercussions from it. Horrid stuff!! Two went on to have Sleeve, one did nothing after it was removed. The two sleeve revisions have been Ubër successful. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  15. LisaMergs

    Fishgate

    Just saw this.... Good suggestion!! Drama inducers- to the right People who are serious- to the left Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  16. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. It's all good, bro. Thick reference tools seem to be in favor 'round here. Did someone reference girth?? I LOVE girth. Damn. GIRTH. Girth was implied...... Synonyms and Antonyms of thick 1having or being of relatively great depth or extent from one surface to its opposite <a thickboard was laid across the pit>Synonyms chunky, fatRelated Words blockish, blocky, bulky, dense, hefty, thickish; broad, deep, wide Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. It's all good, bro. Thick reference tools seem to be in favor 'round here.Did someone reference girth?? I LOVE girth. Damn. GIRTH.Old saying... It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean... I prefer to believe both count Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App Know this.....as a fat guy....there are lots of bouncy waves involved, lol. One could only hope for rocking, listing, and bounce-inducing waves... You mean there was ANOTHER way to look at one?? Yes!!! Throw a flag on the play!! Offsides!!! False start!!! Icing!!!! Encroachment!!!! Unnecessary roughness!!! Of course, some may not consider those fouls, at all.... Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  17. LisaMergs

    Chime in!

    Ok-- in the spirit of, well, keeping us connected, here is a new topic starter... Post-op, what is the tastiest, most creative meal/dish you have prepared? Get ready for people to ask for the recipe and post pics if you have them! And for goodness sakes---no ricotta bakes lol. Be CREATIVE!!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  18. Hello my name is Lisa and I have a boot addiction now...

    1. The New Kel

      The New Kel

      Love me some nice looking boots!

      A few years ago I went to Rome, and wanted to buy Italian boots. I drug my then boyfriend all over Rome in search of boots that would fit over my calves. At about my 20th store, some poor boot sales guy finally was able to (with might and braun) get the zipper up over my calves. Laughing now...

    2. ProudGrammy

      ProudGrammy

      hmmmm - boot addiction anonymous 101 ???

      good luck with that!!! kathy

    3. BayougirlMrsS

      BayougirlMrsS

      LOVE boots.... oh who am i kidding i love shoes... All kinds... but my friend Jeannie is currently monograming some for me... Kind of like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/244516567/monogrammed-boots-in-master-circle-font For My birthday she made me some like this: https://marleylilly.com/product/monogrammed-embroidered-sandals/ LOVE!!!!

       

      Hello lisa... welcome, you are among friends.... this is a safe place..

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  19. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. It's all good, bro. Thick reference tools seem to be in favor 'round here. Did someone reference girth?? I LOVE girth. Damn. GIRTH. Old saying... It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean... I prefer to believe both count Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  20. LisaMergs

    And then, this happened...

    I feel VERY comfortable in my own skin... Even the parts that need to be tucked lol. I am back to having the confidence in myself I thought was forever lost. As for the last few pounds? If they don't ever come off, that's ok, too. 8 months ago I could not walk without aid. Anything better than that was a win in my book. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  21. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. It's all good, bro. Thick reference tools seem to be in favor 'round here. Oh well.... Hot damn... I may need to raise my hand... Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  22. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. There ain't no ladies here!!Lady in public, not so much in private...lol Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App Lady in the street but a FREAK in the bed Someone told you about me? LOL Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App Are we related? My sister from another mister... Hell to the yeah!!! Gonna get the freak on! Lol. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  23. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. There ain't no ladies here!!Lady in public, not so much in private...lol Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App Lady in the street but a FREAK in the bed Someone told you about me? LOL Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  24. LisaMergs

    Let's all brush up on our critical thinking skills!

    Dub, don't do that, have some class, there are ladies present. There ain't no ladies here!! Lady in public, not so much in private...lol Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  25. LisaMergs

    And then, this happened...

    @@Babbs Truth. What IS normal??? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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