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ColleenErin1974

Gastric Bypass Patients
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Gypsystash 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 reacted to starshine123 in Nerves or just really changing my mind?   
    I don't think you'd be normal if you didn't question this decision. Its a life changing decision. Instead of chosing day to day and meal to meal whether or not you will be working to get healthy, you are making that decision for the rest of your life! Surgery is no small thing. But you're changing your life for the better and sometimes we have to make tough decisions for a brighter future.

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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from bams 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 reacted to Ineedhelp2014 in Post your progress pics!   
    I had a gastric bypass in April. I'm down over 70lbs since surgery and I feel great. Tonight I went public about the surgery so I felt like I was coming out. I feel good about the progress. The comparison is crazy to see. Because you don't see it day to day.

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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to AZBlackhawk in Post your progress pics!   
    Haven't taken a whole body picture since surgery, but here's a face side by side. One on right is 5 weeks post RNY. One on left is a few weeks before surgery.

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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to TinaKimani in Post your progress pics!   
    HW: 280
    SW: 256
    CW: 194

    I had a gastric bypass 1/16/17. It has been a struggle, but I'm trying my best to stay positive.
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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to TJs_Dad2012 in Post your progress pics!   
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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to vannababyy22 in Post your progress pics!   
    8 months out 202 pounds down total, 170 since surgery! [emoji1320][emoji1320]



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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to Lovelyladybee in 9 months post op, 105 pounds down feeling great!   
    I had gastric bypass Jan 24, 2017
    Beginning weight 301
    Surgery weight 289
    Current weight 196
    Goal weight 175
    Feeling extra good

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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from bams 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 bams 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 reacted to Sexycubita in What made you choose RNY over the sleeve?   
    I wanted the sleve but after finding out that it make your heartburn worst if you have acid reflex it was something i did not want to go threw life having i am now 8 days out of bypass its been rough but glad ive come all this way


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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to Iscarelys in Keep Pushing!   
    Don’t give up on yourself and your journey! ️
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from LillieDuFran in Post Op Frustration   
    I had trouble getting all Protein and Water in right after surgery. I got protein water that counted for both things. If you like coconut, Cocotein is a great one and you can get it on Amazon or lucky Vitamin. Isopure waters have a ton of protein too, but they do have an odd taste due to the whey protein in them. They have 40 grams per bottle. I got these on Amazon too.



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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Rainbow_Warrior in What If They Ask?   
    I totally agree with Rainbow_Warrior. Let your surgical team know about the certain staff member and your worries about her knowing. If she breaks HIPPA guidelines, it can be up to a $250,000 fine. You have every right to inform or not inform anyone you wish about WLS. Good luck to you on your journey! You can do this!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Shawn37 in Surgery tomorrow   
    Good luck to you today! You'll do great! Just remember if you have gas pain, get up and walk, walk, walk. I had my RNY 6/21/17 and walking was better than the pain meds. Welcome to the losers bench!
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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to Lovely77 in I'm New Here...   
    Thank you so much!

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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Rainbow_Warrior in What If They Ask?   
    I totally agree with Rainbow_Warrior. Let your surgical team know about the certain staff member and your worries about her knowing. If she breaks HIPPA guidelines, it can be up to a $250,000 fine. You have every right to inform or not inform anyone you wish about WLS. Good luck to you on your journey! You can do this!


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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Boygq in conversion from sleeve   
    I'm not a conversion, but had RNY in June 2017. Pre surgery I had severe GERD. Since the bypass I have not had any GERD. I feel so much better. Granted I also had a large hiatal hernia repair at the same time.
    Now, about dumping syndrome. I have experienced only a few times. One was because I drank too soon after eating, one was because I drank my Protein Shake too fast, and one for no reason at all. It is not pleasant when it happens, but I figured out that if I vomit I feel better immediately. Yuck! It's no fun.
    I'd say go for it! Good luck and keep us posted!


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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to Boygq in conversion from sleeve   
    I recently went in for a revision. I was in a similar situation. They were going in to remove part of my colon and I asked if the could upgrade my Sleeve. I’m in Week 5 now and it reminds me of when I first had BS. Do it! I had less than 48 hours to decide.

    You won’t regret it.

    HW 530

    Sleeve SW 490

    Revision SW 404

    CW 352



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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to Berry78 in 18 days post op - no weight loss   
    It's called the "3 week stall". Almost everyone sees the scale stop moving for about a week or two around 2-4 weeks postop. There is no way to prevent it.. just part of the program.
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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Rainbow_Warrior in What If They Ask?   
    I totally agree with Rainbow_Warrior. Let your surgical team know about the certain staff member and your worries about her knowing. If she breaks HIPPA guidelines, it can be up to a $250,000 fine. You have every right to inform or not inform anyone you wish about WLS. Good luck to you on your journey! You can do this!


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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to Rainbow_Warrior in What If They Ask?   
    Emphasise then, to your surgeon and the practice/hospital manager that you wish ALL your information and procedures to remain private. Point out, if you are concerned, that a certain staff member may need to be reminded of his/her professional discretion.
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    ColleenErin1974 reacted to sgc in 300 pounds lost   
    Had gastric sleeve surgery in June of 2016. Was 389 at the time of surgery. All time high weight was 470 pounds in February of 2015. Now down to 170 and hoping to maintain at this weight. Included some before and after pics. Still have the pants from the before pic and can literally fit my entire body into one pant leg.




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    ColleenErin1974 got a reaction from Stephanie12579 in Where is everyone from City & State   
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    You're a stones throw away from me. I'm in Copperas Cove! Where and when is your surgery? Maybe we can be buddy's on the losers bench! I'm having the RNY. I go to the bariatric center in Temple at Scott & White. I'm in the process of getting all my tests done right now and hoping for a date in March or early April!

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