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Qwalla

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Qwalla got a reaction from All4Russ in Anyone from Idaho sleeved in March   
    Keep in touch Lindsey and let me know how you are doing. I live in boise and have Dr. Valentine. Surgery end of May or June. Good luck!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Anyone lose more than 50lbs in this age group (over 60) ?   
    I am 61 years old. I had the sleeve surgery almost one year ago. I have lost 100 pounds and doing extremely well and lots of energy. I had a few problems after surgery bee stings etc. allergic to an arthritis med but mostly smooth sailing! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Hubby and I go dancing and having a great time. Weight has kind of leveled off right now which I am ok with. I would like to lose another 15 pounds in the future but not worrying about it! Loving life more than ever!!! Good luck to all!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Anyone lose more than 50lbs in this age group (over 60) ?   
    I am 61 years old. I had the sleeve surgery almost one year ago. I have lost 100 pounds and doing extremely well and lots of energy. I had a few problems after surgery bee stings etc. allergic to an arthritis med but mostly smooth sailing! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Hubby and I go dancing and having a great time. Weight has kind of leveled off right now which I am ok with. I would like to lose another 15 pounds in the future but not worrying about it! Loving life more than ever!!! Good luck to all!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Anyone lose more than 50lbs in this age group (over 60) ?   
    I am 61 years old. I had the sleeve surgery almost one year ago. I have lost 100 pounds and doing extremely well and lots of energy. I had a few problems after surgery bee stings etc. allergic to an arthritis med but mostly smooth sailing! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Hubby and I go dancing and having a great time. Weight has kind of leveled off right now which I am ok with. I would like to lose another 15 pounds in the future but not worrying about it! Loving life more than ever!!! Good luck to all!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from cvrgurl in Percentage of removed stomach in Gastric sleeve?!   
    My surgeon says my stomach will be the size of a small banana. Waiting on insurance approval...then surgery will be scheduled! After 6 months of preparing I am so ready...scared...but ready!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from K_aane in One Year Post-RNY (Pics Included!)   
    You are awesome!!! Congrats!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from ProudGrammy in My 30 year love affair with food   
    Just when did this love affair with food begin? Well I wasn't overweight when I was growing up. After getting married at 17 and having 4 c-sections in the years to come I just never got back to my pre baby weight along with the stress of a failed marriage and the challenges of children, I turned to the love of my life .....food...glorious food. It comforted me at bad times, lonely times, bored times, as well as good times. Food was my center of any celebration as well. Any social event that I had or went to, food was always my plus one. It never turned me down or disappointed me. Fast forward 100 pounds later and 60 years old I needed a change.
    I suffer from psoriatic arthritis, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and being on lots of various prescriptions. Many red flags were being raised right in front of my face. After talking to my supportive and loving husband of almost 27 years we began checking out bariatric sleeve surgery for me. I told him I wouldn't even consider surgery without his blessing. After attending a class I could finally see a glimmer of hope for me. Perhaps I could live out the rest of my life in better health. It took me six months of various classes and doctor appointments to get qualified for insurance coverage. As of July 27th 2016 I am now the proud owner of a brand new sleeve surgery. The emotions and stress leading up to this was somewhat overwhelming at times. There were nights and days of crying not knowing if I was making the right decision or not. Without the love and support of my wonderful husband, I am not sure I could have done it. He was supportive no matter what decision I would have came to. I can now see a life of better health and peace of mind. I feel the whole journey up to the surgery has been a love affair with food. I was always the aggressor, having to search the food out...it never magically appeared to me. It was an abusive relationship. I know there are 2 sides to every relationship. I made the mistake of abusing my love for food. I didn't choose wisely. I made poor choices. Now that the surgery is done, I had to end this unhealthy affair we had. I know I can't totally get "my then love" out of my life completely because I need "it" to survive. It had to change with new standards. It will no longer be a love affair. We will have to remain "just friends". Friends that don't abuse, and that make better choices so it isn't an easy road but I have been given the tools to succeed. I will try to remain positive throughout my journey. I know the relapse of going back to my bad choices will always be there. I have to be mindful of my actions and choices to not slip back to previous unhealthy behaviors. One day at a time. I am not perfect and you never forget a love that provided pleasure. I will push through the tough days, climb back on the wagon on my weak days, and remember the journey that has gotten me to this point. Breakups are never easy but sometimes necessary to pursue happiness and health. It has been nine months since surgery and I went from 264 pounds at 5 ft 2 inches to 175 pounds. I live in Boise Idaho and Dr. James Valentine was my surgeon. Best decision that I have ever made. Off most of my prescription drugs except thyroid and arthritis meds. Life is truly a gift and I feel like I have been given a second chance. I am blessed. This journey might not be for everyone ....but if it is for you , or not, I wish all of you health and happiness!!!!!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from dlkumes in Holy Hair Loss Batman!!   
    Also they said use the name brand rogaine in the men's and generic or store brand for the lady 2%. This came from a doctor that has had great results and gives seminars to other docs!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from christinamarie717 in Holy Hair Loss Batman!!   
    I had sleeve surgery last July. 3 months later I started the hair thinning and shedding. It is still thinning but slowing down a bit. I bought a wig because of vanity. I cried so much! I know it grows back but crap in the meanwhile...eeek. I was getting the correct amount of Protein etc. my doctor said it doesn't matter what you take some patients will just shed in fact most of them do. My labs were always good. I did go see a dermatologist that specializes in Hair loss. She said with the stress of surgery along with the loss of 80 plus pounds lost...it was the cause. I now take women's and men's rogaine. One in the morning and the other at night. She said I would not notice new growth for about 4 months.! She said it was important not to miss a day of treatment or the shedding would start again! Wish I would have had this info before surgery because I would have started it 4 months before surgery and continued on it. Her info is that keep taking it until your hair is lush and full. It won't hurt to stay on it forever. Good luck all. I first bought a wiglet which is a clip in partial wig. Once it thinned too much to clip in I went to a full wig. Expensive yes...but my confidence level got much better! Ugh such trade offs in life! The bright side is my health couldn't be better! Hang in there everyone. This to shall pass!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from ma08 in Holy Hair Loss Batman!!   
    I have only been using the rogaine for about 3 weeks. It will take about 4 months to see the new hair coming in. I had my surgery last July. I take Biotin from Walmart. Not sure it helps or not. Now it is a waiting game! Ugh! Good luck all!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from bossportsgal in Holy Hair Loss Batman!!   
    My doctor said to use men's 5% at night and women's 2% in the morning after showering. It has been proven to help. I am not very patient waiting but yes it will come back....eventually!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from dlkumes in Holy Hair Loss Batman!!   
    Also they said use the name brand rogaine in the men's and generic or store brand for the lady 2%. This came from a doctor that has had great results and gives seminars to other docs!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from LilEngine in What do I eat now?   
    Just no cafffinated drinks!



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    Qwalla got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Drinking liquids AFTER a protein shake   
    I was told there was no need to.
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    Qwalla got a reaction from rydersmama in Never thought this was possible   
    Congrats you look great. I am almost 4 months post sleeve. I see you have long hair as I do. I am shedding quite a bit. Did you lose much and if so for how long. I just want it to stop. Did you get any bald spots or just thinning? I am down 50 plus since surgery and would like to lose another 50 to 60 plus. Keep up the good work! You are awesome!!!! Love clothes shopping now as I am sure you do!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from Alex Brecher in Fart Pads for Smelly Gas - Would you use them?   
    Hmm never had that problem. Lucky me. Lol
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    Qwalla got a reaction from rozay55 in Any October 2016 Sleevers?   
    Good luck. That is awesome!!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from OKCPirate in Skin and Sex...   
    A couple night ago my hubby and I were cuddled up ready to sleep and I could feel him rubbing by back and hips. Kind of like checking out the new transition that is slowly taking place with my body. I didn't say anything then, but asked him the next dsy about it. He said it was different being able to feel my hip bone without as much cushion. It made my day. Slowly...but surely the transformation happens. It was great before...but even better now!!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from OzRoo in When can I drink through a straw?   
    My doc said you can drink from a straw from day 1. And I did and still here to talk about it. Lol
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    Qwalla got a reaction from Havasumoma in Feeling lonely   
    You will do fine. I am 60 years young, and post sleeve surgery 2 months ago. We socialize with relatives watching college football gsmes etc. Yes there is always food and we enjoy eating out. I just keep a few things I can eat for me and I don't eat the other stuff that is out. I really haven't been bothered at all by it. I thought it would. I think getting in smaller clothes is worth the trade off for me. You will figure it out. Still enjoy your social life...just have to make new changes for your new healthy life. Good luck to you!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from Who'sThere in Skin and Sex...   
    My thoughts are love is unconditional. Except yourself and like you and hopefully your mate will do the same. As the weight drops, perhaps being able to visit new positions will make up for any loose skin. Just sayin. Wink. Wink.
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    Qwalla got a reaction from julsfit in I'm in deep doodoo   
    So sorry. Just try to get well and do the best that you can. I am sure you will get back on track!! Have a speedy recovery!!!
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    Qwalla got a reaction from ppressey24 in Up and ok at 100%   
    I think it depends on the person.
    I have had a few problems for two months. I have heard from many they felt great right from the start and others say it takes a good 6 months to start feeling your new normal and being used to it. Each day is a new journey. Good luck to you.
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    Qwalla got a reaction from ppressey24 in Up and ok at 100%   
    I think it depends on the person.
    I have had a few problems for two months. I have heard from many they felt great right from the start and others say it takes a good 6 months to start feeling your new normal and being used to it. Each day is a new journey. Good luck to you.
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    Qwalla got a reaction from OKCPirate in <--- I'm with stupid   
    I try to take Jerky with me and a Water bottle when getting in the car. Always have Fluid and Jerky is a good condensed way to get some Protein in. I learned the hard way. I dont get hungry anymore just feel horribly sick. We have to learn the new signs our tummy is giving us.
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