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  1. gina171


    Will I ever be able to have a glass of wine? Not talking about everyday, but maybe twice a month? Does your alcohol tolerance change post surgery? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  2. I am checking out 2 programs for my WLS, and after first info session last week I was all for the sleeve. Then had info session tonight with the other program, and they made RNY sounded like a much more sound choice, given that there's 20 years of data on the procedure, most reliable loss, AND. The surgeon told us not everyone experiences dumping syndrome.....I thought ALL RNYs caused dumping for all patients??? The surgeon said only about 20% of their patients experience dumping.... Is this possible? Please tell me your experience with RNY and dumping syndrome? I really was leaning sleeve out of fear of living with dumping, but maybe it's not as prevalent as I feared? Any info appreciated. Sent from my iPad using the BariatricPal App
  3. gina171

    Cooking for the fam, post-op

    I find that I appreciate cooking even more and enjoy it just as much. I am just much more mindful about what I cook, how I plan it, portion it, etc. I promised myself that if I could eat only a little bit, then EVERYTHING I put in my mouth will be delicious, no more just eating whatever is available and easy. So this makes cooking and eating more special, honestly. And buy yourself that new cookware. It's a joy to use beautiful tools to make the food that you love. And you will find so much to love after surgery, I promise. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  4. gina171

    No support from boyfriend

    OMG I was thinking THE SAME THING!!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  5. I loved cheesy cauliflower. Cook/steam cauliflower til very soft, toss it while hot into food processor, add shredded or sliced cheese, and whip it up. You can add GENEPRO Protein powder if you want to up the protein. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  6. gina171

    This fast sucks

    One thing that I realized during my pre-op diet.....that I was never going to feel this desperately hungry again while dieting after surgery. I am 5.5 weeks post op now, and it has been completely true. This is the hungriest you will ever be. It's all about to change. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  7. gina171

    Surgery in 1 1/2 days

    You're ok!!! Think about what your life will be like if you DON'T have this surgery and your weight ruins your mobility and health....THAT'S something to be afraid of! My recovery was so much easier than I anticipated, I regret being so afraid of the surgery for years. You can do this. And there's nothing wrong with asking your doctor for a little something for your nerves, give them a call. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  8. gina171

    How have your taste buds changed?

    Everything tastes sweeter to me now, and I suddenly cannot pick up ANY aftertaste from artificial sweeteners. It's a very nice change! I used to barely tolerate sugar free Jello bc I thought the aftertaste was so disgusting.....now, it tastes like a big bowl of sugar to me. The change happened literally overnight. I love it. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  9. Happened to me too....2 different surgeon offices told me I had a mandatory 6 month wait bc I had United HealthCare. Turns out my employer fully funds their own health plan and makes their own rules, and required no wait....they just use United HealthCare to administer the plan, they just run and manage our paperwork. Had to ask the surgeon's office to pls pls call and check my plan specifics, and they were surprised to find I had no wait, even though I carry a United HealthCare card. I was able to have my surgery within 35 days of my first surgeon appointment. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  10. A really great, full-bodied decaf tea is the British brand Ty-Phoo Decaf, you can buy it on Amazon. My husband is British and this is the only decaf tea I've found with full floor, it tastes just like regular tea. It's quite strong. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  11. gina171

    Preop Nerves!

    Not gaining is often an insurance requirement, I hope things work out for you. Maybe you could start the 6-month process over again? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  12. gina171

    Genepro powder

    Great with SF pudding Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  13. If I eat slowly, at about the 20 min in mark I usually just have the thought pop into my head, "I don't think I need any more." That NEVER happened to me before, ever!! I also often get a small hiccup, just one, that I now know means my little pouch of a stomach is done. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  14. gina171


    Why did you get re-sleeved? Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  15. gina171

    Quitting caffeine

    I was drinking about 4 cups before noon a few months ago. What I did was for one week I mixed my cups 3/4 regular and 1/4 decaf, then a week 1/2 regular and 1/2 decaf, then about 2 weeks 1/4 regular and 3/4 decaf. Then I was done. Yes, you will waste some coffee doing it this way....that's the cost of dropping caffeine, that's all. I am shocked to say I don't miss the caffeine and function fine without it. I've decided to stay off caffeine, except for the few times a year when I will choose to use it as the drug it is: to help stay alert during looong car trips. Otherwise the decaf is fine for me. I do think it helps to get yourself a high quality decaf; I drink Caribou Coffee Decaf, very full bodied. I honestly cannot taste a difference. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  16. gina171

    Tired at 5wks

    I think you're pretty fantastic for making sure you get in that walk even though you know you'll be tired later! Your eyes are on the prize, good for you! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  17. gina171

    Tomorrow's the big day!

    Congrats, will be looking for your post on how it all went! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  18. gina171

    Okay or not okay?

    Call your doctor, make an appt w nutritionist, and explain to them that you need guidance and need them to give you a few sample menus. If you have a sample menu and work from that for a few days that will help you understand how to eat. I'd also recommend reading a book on your surgery type (sold on Amazon), and pay special attention to the post surgery nutrition chapters. What you described does not sound right, but more importantly it sounds like you need some one on one instruction on this from a professional like a nutritionist. You cannot get what you need from asking folks on a message board....you need more assistance and we can't responsibly help you. Did you have any post op nutrition classes at your surgeon's? I am sorry if this all sounds harsh, but I am sincerely worried for you, and think you need more education than we can provide here. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  19. gina171

    Can I have bread and if not why?

    Oh @@KristenLe .... There you go with your THINKING again... Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  20. gina171

    2 Years Post-Op (It's been a while).

    Wow! And what a gorgeous baby!!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  21. My hospital told us ahead of time that their gowns overlapped in back for privacy, so I didn't bring a nightgown. Glad I used their gown, bc I bled a little from an incision and I could quickly swap out to a fresh new gown with my IV in....you can't do that with your own nightgown! Sent from my iPad using the BariatricPal App
  22. gina171

    Surgery date before approval letter?

    You clearly qualify under every UHC plan I have seen. What are the requirements as detailed in your plan? Do you have a mandatory wait period that wasn't met? Some UHC administered plans do, and some don't. Mine didn't, and I had surgery within 5 weeks of my first surgeons appt. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  23. Very exciting time for you! It's easy to overpack, here's what I actually used: A few pairs of clean underwear Toothbrush Toothpaste Deodorant Facial cleanser/wipes Gas X strips Lip balm Phone plus charger iPad plus charger Looong charging cord Feminine hygiene supplies (a lot of us get our periods very unexpectedly due to the stress of surgery) And I wore the same outfit home that I arrived in, since I arrived at 7:30am in the morning and it was only worn about an hour! Everything else I brought I wound up lugging home, unused. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  24. @@dashofsunshine .... That is an INCREDIBLE transformation!!!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  25. Hey there, I had my RNY at Duke w Dr Yoo, he was great and I found his nurses were super responsive. Dr Park did my info session and he was excellent, but I told them k would take the first available surgeon opening. Really pleased w Dr Yoo. What I am wondering is, were you given a blue folder on the day you met w Dr Park? I got one on the day of my first surgeon appt, and in it was a checklist showing all the steps/tasks needed to get to surgery. Did you get this list? Once you have your blood work, EKG, chest X-ray, then you're waiting for a scheduling call for your endoscopy (if Dr Park thinks you need one) or other specialty tests you might need (cardiologist if you have heart problems, etc). Do you have a waiting period for your insurance coverage before surgery? If so, and you have a 3-6 month insurance mandated wait, then you just might be in the very annoying hurry-up-and-wait stage. BC they probably won't start pushing you through your final tests until you're much closer to your potential surgery date. I was super lucky BC I had no required wait period, and the surgeon had an available surgery slot just a little over a month after my first appt. But it was a crazy busy month of many tests and appointments, I was at Duke a few times a week to get it all in! But I promise you this.....the Duke program is worth waiting for if need be. I have never, ever felt so well taken care of in my life. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App

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