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SiSSi829

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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About SiSSi829

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  • Birthday 08/29/1982

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    Female
  • City
    Miami
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    Florida
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    33139

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  1. I hated my lapband ( placed in 4/2011) BUT I really believe it saved my life almost 4 yrs ago. I had my 1st slip 4 months post op due to losing 50lbs. I could feel my food funneling down, making a stop and sometimes even feeling the food getting stuck in my band, feels kinda like swallowing a rock or something. I kept insisting to my dr that there was something not right about but he kept assuring me that I was fine. That it was just that I was eating inappropriately. I started to get really bad heartburn around 12/2013. For about 6 months I would have to go to the ER at least twice a months due to these heartburn episodes until finally I told the ER tech to give me an X-ray because I’d been throwing up for 4 days straight and I wanted to check on my band. I got discharged. I received a call at 3:30am from the ER asking me to come back ASAP cause there was a mass the size of a grapefruit in the middle of my chest. So after being admitted to the hospital and spending almost a week there I really didn’t catch on the oncologists and the students coming into my room. Not once did I think “ why are they here?” I checked myself out of the hospital because my mother-in-law was in her final moments ( stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer) and our youngest at the time was running a fever. I went down to get all my medical records and was fine for about two weeks which in the time frame my mother-in-law passed. I had another one of my severe heartburn episodes and decided to drive a bit further this time to another hospital where I was caught in mid air by a nurse due to my fainting from the pain. I woke up in a hallway of the ER where a dr asked me what I was feeling, I handed her my records, asked her for something for the pain, passed out and woke up admitted to the hospital. The next day I was once again surrounded by an oncology team that told me that they needed a biopsy of the mass because they considered that just by looking at it via X-ray it could potentially be a stage 4 mass. (Yay me!) 🤦🏽‍♀️ thank GOD I had my biopsy done the next day, had results three days later. Not stage 4 but stage 2 of a thymoma ( that are usually benign, but not mine) aka thymic carcinoma and due to its size I’d have to start chemo. And to make my longer story short-ish, I thank my annoying little device that I hated so much because if I wouldn’t have had that 1st slip and that 1st experience I would have never asked for that X-ray to check for another slip of my band.
  2. Saltine crackers. Ginger ale works for some. That can last for a while, though some women just experience it for the 1st trimester. I had “morning” sickness at any given time of the day up until I was like 7 1/2 months. Water made me nauseous too. 
  3. Got sleeved 6/2016 w/ 269lbs, Pregnant 1/17 w/210lbs, Had my daughter 10/2017 w/203lbs. And now after 9months I’ve gained almost 30lbs and I’m losing my hair in the process. How many of you ladies out there have had babies after being sleeved? Have y gained weight after? Did u lose ur hair?
  4. SiSSi829

    Fainting spells

    Two weeks ago I ended up at an ER. Now reading this I should've contacted my surgeon. I went to the ER because I'm a cancer survivor and never would've crossed my mind that my fainting would've been caused from have my sleeve. Banded on April-2012 converted to sleeve 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs/F /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  5. I found a video for us that don't knw what it is maybe this might help. Banded on April-2012 converted to sleeve 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs/F /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  6. I really can't compare yet since I'm almost a month post op from my sleeve. BUT I can talk about the lapband. I had it done in early 2012. I lost 50lbs in about 2-2 1/2 months which caused it to slip and I had to get it repositioned. I totally agree with that annoying "stuck" feeling. We'd go to eat and I had my hubby n kids watching me the whole time to make sure I didn't put my "in stuck" face . It was really hard to be the center of attention at the dinner table. When I did get stuck the only way to feel better was to wait it out ( pretty painful moments) or go and make myself puke. I'd txt my dr and I would tell him that something was wrong because the 1st thing they tell u is that with a band it's NOT RECOMMENDED TO VOMIT but it's the only thing to alleviate all that's going on ( shortness of breath, chest pain/compression, the "yo-yo-ing of the food, the sharp feeling while the food goes down) all at the same time. Overall I lost about 80lbs with the band. I kinda got used to the discomfort and figured out a way to word around it I guess. What's weird is that I thank god that I did have this band, because of this band and the going through the discomforts I noticed that my "stuck" feeling wasn't at the pit of my stomach (or more anatomically correct, right under my breast bone) but it was now dead smack in my mid chest area. So I started telling my dr, he kept telling to eat smaller bites and to eat slower this started 12/31/2013 I was literally at the ER every month; twice a month with this "heartburn" that was killing me making me nauseous and making my "stuck" feelings 10x's worse Looong story short, I went to the ER and I told the nurse that I had this band and I wanted to have an X-ray done since I'd been throwing up for 4days straight couldn't even keep Water down. So they did this X-ray, discharged me 12 hrs later with the all famous OMEPRAZOLE RX like they've done every other time that I went. I get a call at 3am (after being discharged ) and the ask me how long would it take my to be back at the ER and I'm just like why?! What's the problem.... so they tell me that I have to came back because the dr was just going over my X-ray and found a mass the size of a grapefruit in the middle of my chest and they neede to admit me for more tests and a biopsy. Conclusion, the band worked for me, I guess. I had all the messed up "stuck"feelings u have BUT in a indirect way it also save my life. I chose to get the conversion because I didn't like the overall feeling that the band brought and i gained 70lbs due to all the chemotherapies and meds and whatnots my dr had to open my band so u could go through my cancer treatments without having all the other junk too (also I had a slip too) So here I am on another of my many journeys WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  7. SiSSi829

    So emotional!

    In Friday I'll be a month post op. I know what u're feeling the first week was bittersweet. While I was in the hospital (2days) I was fine but when I went home something just clicked. My hubby is very supportive. He set up a table next to a recliner where he put all my mess and in the morning he'd put my Jello and broth but still just watching tv i noticed how 80% of the commercials are about food and that just pissed me off and caused me to make horrible choices not even 2wks post op. BUT not all days will be bad. They do eventually get better. Trust me. Hang in there. If u have any religious tendencies or practices or whatnot. Pray, sage, chant, crystal-curei it, (what ever that case may be) on it. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  8. Wow! That's crazy and kinda scary cause my dr also told me that I was dehydrated but I didn't have that dry young/mouth feeling nor pain in my extremities, they determined I was dehydrated cause of a very dark yellow urine and strong smell too. The nutritionist told me that I have to drink at least 7 bottles of water a day. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  9. Yup. I totally can feel where u are coming from, I get it too. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  10. Yes, plain water was the hardest thing for me to drink for a while. Try decaf tea, Herb tea, crystal light, etc. Also, try different temperatures. It was easier to sip room temperature for a while, too. It gets better. Just keep sipping. I've tried with other drinks and the it's the same think. So I thinks it's just me drinking to fast or too much but I did notice however the other day I had to take a pill and I had a bottle of water in the car (mind u, I live in Florida) and I took a gulp of that and nothing. I didn't feel a thing and according to my car the heat index was of 105. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  11. I was giving Omeprazole for after my surgery but I had prior gastric issues ( G.E.R.D) but I really haven't felt it much after either of my recent surgeries. BUT I have read that instead of feeling that actual burning sensation in my esophagus and it's related areas heartburn can feel like hunger who knew lol And a recently I tested theory and it was right. I feel hunger and I took a Zantac and and hour later I was fine WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  12. Does/did any1 feel kinda nauseous when drinking Water? I woke up from surgery dizzy and pretty nauseous and I thought it was effects from the surgery and/or the anesthesia but I still I have it. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  13. Does/did any1 feel kinda nauseous when drinking Water? I woke up from surgery dizzy and pretty nauseous and I thought it was effects from the surgery and/or the anesthesia but I still I have it. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
  14. Bye Felicia. ????️Thank u for your insite, opinions & comments. May god bless u too and correction doll, I've lost 23lbs as of 2day. WLS 6/15/16 Miami,Fl 33yrs /5'6" highest weight 300s in 2002-03 lowest weight 193 in 2014
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