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ColleenErin1974

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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Fell and broke my foot! And surgery next week!   
    OMG! So, my daughters are here on vacation and I set up a mini vacation for us to do things and have fun. This past Thursday evening we were in Austin, TX, and going to be on a Segway tour. We parked and walked 5 blocks to the meeting spot. About 100 feet from the spot, there was a dip in the sidewalk I didn't see and rolled my right ankle and landed my weight in my right foot. I felt it snap and just cried. I was so excited to go on the Segway tour, but instead I wound up at the hospital with a broken foot! I got a huge splint and now have to wait until Friday to see an orthopedic doctor. Monday I see my surgeon for preop and Wednesday I have my bypass!
    I have the worst luck!
    I'm very depressed and still in disbelief that this happened.
    Sorry! I needed to vent!
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Fell and broke my foot! And surgery next week!   
    I'm doing ok. I will find out at my next orthopedic appointment if I need surgery on my foot. I'm almost feeling back to normal 12 days post op. I have my surgery follow up later today and get my staples out. Yay!
    Overall, I'm hanging in there and can't wait to be able to go on my walks again!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Fell and broke my foot! And surgery next week!   
    OMG! So, my daughters are here on vacation and I set up a mini vacation for us to do things and have fun. This past Thursday evening we were in Austin, TX, and going to be on a Segway tour. We parked and walked 5 blocks to the meeting spot. About 100 feet from the spot, there was a dip in the sidewalk I didn't see and rolled my right ankle and landed my weight in my right foot. I felt it snap and just cried. I was so excited to go on the Segway tour, but instead I wound up at the hospital with a broken foot! I got a huge splint and now have to wait until Friday to see an orthopedic doctor. Monday I see my surgeon for preop and Wednesday I have my bypass!
    I have the worst luck!
    I'm very depressed and still in disbelief that this happened.
    Sorry! I needed to vent!
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Fell and broke my foot! And surgery next week!   
    OMG! So, my daughters are here on vacation and I set up a mini vacation for us to do things and have fun. This past Thursday evening we were in Austin, TX, and going to be on a Segway tour. We parked and walked 5 blocks to the meeting spot. About 100 feet from the spot, there was a dip in the sidewalk I didn't see and rolled my right ankle and landed my weight in my right foot. I felt it snap and just cried. I was so excited to go on the Segway tour, but instead I wound up at the hospital with a broken foot! I got a huge splint and now have to wait until Friday to see an orthopedic doctor. Monday I see my surgeon for preop and Wednesday I have my bypass!
    I have the worst luck!
    I'm very depressed and still in disbelief that this happened.
    Sorry! I needed to vent!
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Frustr8 in Fell and broke my foot! And surgery next week!   
    I'm doing ok. I will find out at my next orthopedic appointment if I need surgery on my foot. I'm almost feeling back to normal 12 days post op. I have my surgery follow up later today and get my staples out. Yay!
    Overall, I'm hanging in there and can't wait to be able to go on my walks again!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Apple203 in Please help me settle down a little!   
    Try to calm down. Every pre op diet, liver shrinking diet, are different for everyone. My surgeon put me on a 14 day Liquid Protein diet with the last 2 Days all Clear Liquids. This does help shrink our fatty livers and make our surgeries safer. I cheated one day of mine do to feeling very faint. It happens.
    You sound like you are doing all your surgeon requires and that is what matters. These pre op diets suck, but they also prepare us for the all liquid diet post op. It helps get you into ketosis and jump start weight loss.
    Keep doing what your doctor requires of you and you’ll do great. I’m 5 1/2 months out and doing great. I worried about my liver also, but everything went off without a hitch.
    Take another deep breath, remember why you are doing this, and how far you’ve come in this journey to a better, healthier you. You got this girl!



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from TakingABreak in 28 Yr Old | Depression | Anxiety | Emotional Eater - Seeking Buddy!   
    I too suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I am 43 and I take meds for this too. I'm usually free to chat, text or PM. Feel free to PM me on here anytime. You're not alone!



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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to GoddessMoon in Tomorrow is my day!   
    I am having my surgery tomorrow. I have to be there at 10am! I am nervous yet ready, but I know I got this!! *Fist pumps*
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from LakeishaNicole in LOOSE SKIN   
    Drink plenty of Water. I also use a skin firming body lotion every night and I use palmers body oil to help with stretch marks.
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from LakeishaNicole in LOOSE SKIN   
    Drink plenty of Water. I also use a skin firming body lotion every night and I use palmers body oil to help with stretch marks.
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from insul817 in *AHEM* Guys. Guuuuuys. GUYS.   
    Woohoo! Congrats! Soon you’ll be on the losers bench with us!!!



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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to JealousMuch in *AHEM* Guys. Guuuuuys. GUYS.   
    You shut your damn mouth like right now. After 3 weeks of waiting after insurance submittal, I just received the call that I was approved for the bypass!
    The LONGEST 11 months of my life
    That is all. Carry on
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Crystal* in Just beginning my journey to gastric bypass   
    Onederland is when you get below 200 pounds. I have a few pounds to get there. It will be the first time in 12 years that I will be under 200 pounds.



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Crystal* in Just beginning my journey to gastric bypass   
    Well, first off, Congratulations [emoji323] on your decision to take this journey. This is a total lifestyle change and takes time to get there. I am almost 5 months out from having my RNY. You and I had similar stats. My heaviest was 268 pounds and I am now 3 pounds away from “onederland”. I haven’t been this weight in over 12 years.
    It is hard to get people who have not struggled with their weight to understand that this is not the easy way out. This is a very long and hard process that you need support throughout. Here you will get that support.
    Good luck on your lifestyle change! Feel free to message me anytime and I’ll share whatever I can to help you out on this journey. You can do this! [emoji3]



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Mscmorganfla in Friends to grow skinnier together   
    Hello! I'm all for sharing this journey together. I'm almost 5 months post op and have had to deal with some big set backs that were not surgery related. I am losing weight, but a bit on the slow side.
    I'd be happy to share my ups and downs with everyone. Also, since I'm over the surgery hump, I can answer questions and help ease anxiety about stuff.
    It's nice to have people to talk to and help with support on this amazing journey! I look forward to chatting if you'll have me! [emoji3]


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from ewilliams4491 in United healthcare cost estimator tool   
    I have UHC advantage plan and it was covered, but I had to pay my yearly out of pocket cost. My out of pocket was $6,700. The surgery itself was about $30,000. It sucked having to pay that, but totally worth it. Also, they required me to do a 3 month supervised diet with my PCP. I started the WLS journey in November 2016 and had RNY in June 2017.
    Hope this helps. Every insurance plan is different. Your best bet is to call UHC directly. Good luck!
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from James Marusek in Hi everyone I have a few questions   
    Orientation usually shows you what types of weight loss surgery there are. It's a time to ask any questions you have. For mine, my surgeon ran the orientation and showed surgery videos of the sleeve and roux-en-Y gastric bypass. I also filled out forms about my insurance so the bariatric office could call them to see if my surgery was covered. It also covered some lifestyle changes that need to be followed. For example, cut down on caffeine, stop drinking soda and all carbonated beverages, start doing exercise (walking is great to start), start taking a Multivitamin, and limit sugar and carbs.
    I went to my orientation on 11/2/16 and had my surgery on 6/21/17. It usually takes 6 months to a year to have the surgery. Your insurance will have specific guidelines you must follow and your surgeon will too. You will be jumping through many hoops before surgery.
    Hope this helped! Good luck to you!



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from PaulaUSN in Required weight loss.. concerned   
    I know where you are coming from with having to lose weight before your surgery. I thought the same thing you did. If I haven't been able to successfully lose weight myself for the past 25 years, what makes now any different?
    The difference is that you really aren't dieting this time. You are making a total lifestyle change that you will need to follow from now on. I lost about 12 pounds in 3 months with my doctor supervised diet and that was before I made any diet changes that I will follow from now on. I met my surgeon after my 3 month supervised diet and he gave me some tips and so did the NUT. I was told to cut out all soda and sweetened beverages. Also no carbonated drinks. Increase my Water or non caloric beverage intake to at least 64 oz a day. Try to cut as much sugar intake as I could and lower my carb intake too. Doing all of that made a huge difference for me and I lost some weight as I changed over. Finally, I started walking everyday. I just walked around my neighborhood and worked my way up to 4 miles a day-2 miles in the morning and 2 in the evening. Walking made a huge difference and it is important to your healing process after surgery. I decreased my pain immensely by getting up and walking as much as possible after the surgery.
    And lastly, I tried out my liquid diet about 2 months prior to my surgery date. I did it for 2 weeks and lost 18 pounds prior to surgery.
    You can do this! This is a life changing experience and is so worth it.
    Good luck to you!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from mandyf in My Texas Sleevers   
    I struggled just post op too. I used a medicine cup and measured out 1 ounce or 30mls and sipped on that. I would sip constantly all day. I was told to get 1 ounce in every 15 minutes. Using the medicine cup made it easier. I sipped on Water, Protein Shakes, Protein water, and broth. It helped if the fluids were at room temperature or warm. I couldn't tolerate cold for about a month. Good luck to you!
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from WildcatGirl71 in NSV. Good bye forever. What your NSV?   
    I don't want to sound stupid, but what does NSV stand for?



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from MarinaGirl in What made you choose RNY over the sleeve?   
    My surgeon said RNY was my best bet. I had severe GERD for years and had no relief of symptoms even with meds for it. I'm glad I did RNY because they found I had a huge hiatal hernia and repaired that too. The hernia is what caused the heart burn. Now, I haven't had reflux since the surgery.



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from MarinaGirl in What made you choose RNY over the sleeve?   
    My surgeon said RNY was my best bet. I had severe GERD for years and had no relief of symptoms even with meds for it. I'm glad I did RNY because they found I had a huge hiatal hernia and repaired that too. The hernia is what caused the heart burn. Now, I haven't had reflux since the surgery.



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from KH1958 in Nerves or just really changing my mind?   
    I felt like that the week before my surgery. I was a bundle of nerves and anxiety. I had to look back at all I had to do to get to the surgery stage and that opened my eyes. I also had to evaluate my life for the last ten years. I tried so many times to lose weight on my own and it never lasted. I'd get sick of the diet and gain more weight. I finally realized I really needed this WLS tool to get me healthy again. I wanted to be around to see my daughter graduate from college, get married, and have grad babies! I always put everyone before myself and now I had to put me first and be a bit selfish. I had RNY 6/21/17 and I wouldn't change a thing. I am now the lightest I've been in over 8 years. That sense of accomplishment is awesome. My back and knees no longer hurt and I have energy to spare.
    This is a big decision to make and you've done that already. You chose to change yourself and get healthy. You can do this! Keep your chin up! Feel free to PM me if I can help you I will. Good luck in your decision. Keep us posted!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from SuefrmKS in 67 y/o female with doubts   
    I live an hour from where my surgery was done. I could not drive due to the hospital policy stating I had to have a ride home and did not drive for over 2 weeks because of the anesthesia and pain meds. The ride home hurt, but I had my pillow and kept it pressed to my belly and it helped a lot. Bumps sucked.
    I'm 43 and thought I was too old for this, but with my health on the line I pushed forward and did it. The first 3 days were very painful, but getting up and walking a lot helped the pain. You may want to talk to your surgeons office about your situation. They may be able to help you come up with a plan post op. You can do this. Just get in the mind set that this surgery will help make you healthy and happy. Feel free to PM me if you need to talk! Good luck!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from SuefrmKS in 67 y/o female with doubts   
    I live an hour from where my surgery was done. I could not drive due to the hospital policy stating I had to have a ride home and did not drive for over 2 weeks because of the anesthesia and pain meds. The ride home hurt, but I had my pillow and kept it pressed to my belly and it helped a lot. Bumps sucked.
    I'm 43 and thought I was too old for this, but with my health on the line I pushed forward and did it. The first 3 days were very painful, but getting up and walking a lot helped the pain. You may want to talk to your surgeons office about your situation. They may be able to help you come up with a plan post op. You can do this. Just get in the mind set that this surgery will help make you healthy and happy. Feel free to PM me if you need to talk! Good luck!


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