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joannrmn

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    joannrmn got a reaction from Jenopolis in Post op depression   
    Yes.. I know exactly what your going through. The first three months were horrible. I was very depressed and regretful with my decision to have this surgery. It is only now going into my fifth month that I am somewhat better. What I did was connected to this website sharing my difficulties with others who were able to relate and provide support. I also went on youtube view videos of post surgery cases as well as co workers.. friends who had vsg. It felt good to know what I was going through was not in my head many had the same issues. I believe it is related to not being able to eat a normal eat like everyone else. I don't mean junk food!.. Just meals..healthy etc.
    Today I can tell you I am better 100% NO!.. do I still regret it.. YES... VSG is not for everyone and I am one of those .. Wish I had taken a different path. But knowing that after the first year things will improve is what keeps me going.. so I've been told. hang in there... Seek support anywhere you can find it..

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    joannrmn got a reaction from Deactivatedfatgal in Regret   
    Post up 5 months.. what a difference from the first few weeks/ two months.
    I can absolutely relate with everyone who are having regrets.. second thoughts if this was a wise decision. Shortly after my surgery I hit rock bottom.. became very depressed and regretted my decision each and every hour of the day. The first two / three months are the worst and the most challenging. But I can honestly tell you today.. 5 months later .. I am feeling so much better. Being able to introduce foods again has helped with with emotional and mental healing. Can eat a little more food now but still listen to my body and know when it's time to stop. I have lost 70 pounds and still losing slowly. Give yourself time.. it will get better. Glad your connected to this website because this was a life saver for me. Support is so important. I also connected with other vsg members via youtube.. check it out. .. hang in there.. it will get better.
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    joannrmn got a reaction from snapy17 in How to not be hungry   
    Absolutely will feel hungry.. with just two or three bites you won't be able to eat any more because your going to feel pressure in the chest. As for feeling satisfied.. I personally don't feel satisfied, but your new stomach won't allow you to eat more then will fit in your stomach. What I can tell you honestly is that post surgery your cravings will be there.. you still feel hungry. I am post surgery 4 months now and it is at this point that I am starting to eat a bit more of regular food, still no more then 4 ounces. Can't tolerate water... salad.. nothing that is to dry. Foods need to be moist.. Good luck be absolutely sure because once this is done you can't undo it..
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    joannrmn got a reaction from Teresav916 in Miserable   
    I wish you all the best.. Only you can make this decision and what is best for you. I have a close friend who is an RN and morbidly obese with many co-morbid,,, bad diabetics. She has begun the process for the VSG. When she came to me I was completely honest with her in regards to my experience and even told her If I could take it back I would not do it. But for her the complications she is facing with her conditions are life threatening. She, as i have diet before only to gain it all back. She has decide to proceed and I will support her decision no matter what. But I will always keep it real.
    Be very sure of this before you go for surgery.. this is not reversible. If you decide to go forward hope you have a good support system. Glad your on this site because this was a god sent for me as well. We need to support one another despite those who feel differently from our own views.
    Good luck. Feel free to reach out anytime.
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    joannrmn got a reaction from Middus in Miserable   
    Hang in there.. with time it gets better. For those who think it's about making excuses.. you are entitle to your opinion.. but the struggle in the beginning of this process is VERY REAL.. It's individuals like you that make those contemplating vsg that are given this false sense of believing this is great.
    Yes it's a positive in being a tool to assist those struggling with morbid obesity but there is noting easy about the psychological.. emotional and mental changes you will under go specifically in the first few months of this process.
    For those like myself who have been struggling.. keep moving forward and find what foods will work for you when your able to have solids. Same routine does not fit all when it comes to vsg..
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    joannrmn got a reaction from Middus in Miserable   
    Hang in there.. with time it gets better. For those who think it's about making excuses.. you are entitle to your opinion.. but the struggle in the beginning of this process is VERY REAL.. It's individuals like you that make those contemplating vsg that are given this false sense of believing this is great.
    Yes it's a positive in being a tool to assist those struggling with morbid obesity but there is noting easy about the psychological.. emotional and mental changes you will under go specifically in the first few months of this process.
    For those like myself who have been struggling.. keep moving forward and find what foods will work for you when your able to have solids. Same routine does not fit all when it comes to vsg..
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    joannrmn got a reaction from qwurzer in Miserable   
    This is the hardest phase .. I remember counting the days when I would be able to introduce he purees but your almost there... you can do this.
    Are you having jello.. I also drank sugar free peach Snapple.. got sick of water.. This process is very hard. I am post 4 months and can say I am a little better then I was. But those two months are terrible. Have a friend who shared with me that the first year overall is the worst but after the year things improve.. I HOPE SO....
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    joannrmn got a reaction from snapy17 in How to not be hungry   
    That is what I have started to do myself. Having more frequent meals.. but smaller or healthy Snacks. I get hungry within two hours but it all depends what I ate.. can get hungry sooner then two hours.
    The mornings are the worst...Feel like I haven't eaten in days..:(
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    joannrmn got a reaction from snapy17 in How to not be hungry   
    Absolutely will feel hungry.. with just two or three bites you won't be able to eat any more because your going to feel pressure in the chest. As for feeling satisfied.. I personally don't feel satisfied, but your new stomach won't allow you to eat more then will fit in your stomach. What I can tell you honestly is that post surgery your cravings will be there.. you still feel hungry. I am post surgery 4 months now and it is at this point that I am starting to eat a bit more of regular food, still no more then 4 ounces. Can't tolerate water... salad.. nothing that is to dry. Foods need to be moist.. Good luck be absolutely sure because once this is done you can't undo it..
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    joannrmn got a reaction from daisy63 in January Sleevers Check-In   
    That is so great.. congra's . I know the feeling!.. this surgery does not get rid of the cravings or desires to eat the foods we love. That's when our eyes get bigger then our new small tummy. I hate the gurly... and will also get hi-cups if I push it. Do you have problems drinking water.... I use to love Water drank three to four bottles a day. Now can't stand it.. HATE THAT!...
    So far for me down 56 pounds but have not moved in two weeks... STALLED...going to start the gym this week. Didn't start sooner because my energy was so low. But will start slowing because have days where I still feel drained. Question are you able to eat salad.. I can't tolerate salads yet. HATE IT...
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    joannrmn got a reaction from orionburn in January Sleevers Check-In   
    Congra's.. my date of vsg: 1/17/17.. down 50 pds. Have my good days.. and bad days. Starting introducing certain foods, for the most part no issues except with certain meats. Must have them with gravy etc. Nothing dry.
    Also .. wanted to ask my January Sleever's.. Since my surgery I am always cold.. Anyone out there having this issue.. I was the complete opposite before surgery.. Now freezing...
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    joannrmn got a reaction from greatgrannyaj in Gastric Sleeve Help - Not restricting   
    What exactly is dilated stomach .. first time hearing this...
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    joannrmn got a reaction from kar12345 in January Sleevers Check-In   
    You'll get there... I am just looking forward to the day when I can eat more then just 4 bites of a meal. Still not able to do more then that and at times frustrates me.. But from speaking with others they all say it will get better .
    I've been told the first year is the worst... so over it..
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    joannrmn got a reaction from orionburn in January Sleevers Check-In   
    Congra's.. my date of vsg: 1/17/17.. down 50 pds. Have my good days.. and bad days. Starting introducing certain foods, for the most part no issues except with certain meats. Must have them with gravy etc. Nothing dry.
    Also .. wanted to ask my January Sleever's.. Since my surgery I am always cold.. Anyone out there having this issue.. I was the complete opposite before surgery.. Now freezing...
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    joannrmn got a reaction from orionburn in January Sleevers Check-In   
    Congra's.. my date of vsg: 1/17/17.. down 50 pds. Have my good days.. and bad days. Starting introducing certain foods, for the most part no issues except with certain meats. Must have them with gravy etc. Nothing dry.
    Also .. wanted to ask my January Sleever's.. Since my surgery I am always cold.. Anyone out there having this issue.. I was the complete opposite before surgery.. Now freezing...
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    joannrmn got a reaction from Em_JW in Need support!   
    It's not about having your cake and eating it to!.. YES !!.. I was told this is a permanent life changing surgery and at no time did I not realize that part of this program was to commit to lifestyles changes which I am willing to do, What you fail to understand is no individual who is post surgery wants to go back to their old eating habits.. but want to regain some normal eating pattern with healthy foods in which you don't take three bites and feel like you have something stuck in
    However, what I believed what failed in my process is the mental and emotional support that was not provided throughout the pre-op process. Yes I meet with a psychologist and that all took about 5 minutes. .. At no time was I prepared for what was coming. .. I had to figure it out as I went along.
    I believe it's important for all MD's providing this WLS to revamp the mental aspect of the pre screening process. The mental health part should entail a more in deep clinical process in which the therapist works with future patients in preparing for the psychological and emotional changes associated with the surgery. They need to provide us with the tools we will need to be get through the most difficult stages of the post surgery days. For me it was finding this site that has provided me with the support I so desperately needed whether we agree or disagreed about our experiences. No matter what I will always document my feelings as honestly as possible so that others out there preparing for this procedure know what is coming.

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    joannrmn got a reaction from shawnak911 in Need support!   
    Hello Newbie.. I wanted to response to your post with total honesty.. I am post sleeve 6 weeks now. I was you.. exactly! in regards to weight! after multiple attempts to lose weight.. losing only to regain it all back with extra.. I decided to research the sleeve. My weight was the highest ever and I feared reaching 300 pds. spoke with several individuals who were post procedure and I reached out for feed back. Everyone basically said the same things.. I feel great look how much weight I lost no more plus stores etc.. They focused on appearance etc. They all failed to share the post surgery regrets.. depression and how extremely HARD THIS PROCESS IS.. I live everyday with regrets!. If I could turn the clock back would do so without question. This is not easy... Post surgery I have experience horrible depression.. cry myself to sleep.
    The first two to three weeks are the worst.. you live on fluids.. but let me tell you ..you will be hungry.. purees follow .. continue to have a hard time because I have lost all taste buds for particular everything.. can't even drink Water. Now that I am post 6 weeks I live off oatmeal .. Soups.. eggs.. tuna fish and mind you take three bites and it's done. I miss eating like a normal person and pray that everything I've been told by long term post sleeve patients it will get better. I hope you don't mind my honesty but I promise myself if anyone reached out to me I would not hold back. BE VERY SURE!.. THIS IS VERY VERY HARD MENTALLY.. EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY. Before you go forward.. ask yourself if you can live for the next year or two eating three morsels!.. and losing your taste buds.Yes I have lost close to 50 pounds and my body overall feels better , but I have no energy and feel so drain. I pray this year goes by quickly,
    I REGRET DOING IT. SHOULD HAVE TRIED OTHER NON INVASIVE WL PROGRAMS.
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    joannrmn got a reaction from shawnak911 in Need support!   
    Hello Newbie.. I wanted to response to your post with total honesty.. I am post sleeve 6 weeks now. I was you.. exactly! in regards to weight! after multiple attempts to lose weight.. losing only to regain it all back with extra.. I decided to research the sleeve. My weight was the highest ever and I feared reaching 300 pds. spoke with several individuals who were post procedure and I reached out for feed back. Everyone basically said the same things.. I feel great look how much weight I lost no more plus stores etc.. They focused on appearance etc. They all failed to share the post surgery regrets.. depression and how extremely HARD THIS PROCESS IS.. I live everyday with regrets!. If I could turn the clock back would do so without question. This is not easy... Post surgery I have experience horrible depression.. cry myself to sleep.
    The first two to three weeks are the worst.. you live on fluids.. but let me tell you ..you will be hungry.. purees follow .. continue to have a hard time because I have lost all taste buds for particular everything.. can't even drink Water. Now that I am post 6 weeks I live off oatmeal .. Soups.. eggs.. tuna fish and mind you take three bites and it's done. I miss eating like a normal person and pray that everything I've been told by long term post sleeve patients it will get better. I hope you don't mind my honesty but I promise myself if anyone reached out to me I would not hold back. BE VERY SURE!.. THIS IS VERY VERY HARD MENTALLY.. EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY. Before you go forward.. ask yourself if you can live for the next year or two eating three morsels!.. and losing your taste buds.Yes I have lost close to 50 pounds and my body overall feels better , but I have no energy and feel so drain. I pray this year goes by quickly,
    I REGRET DOING IT. SHOULD HAVE TRIED OTHER NON INVASIVE WL PROGRAMS.
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    joannrmn got a reaction from Em_JW in Need support!   
    It's not about having your cake and eating it to!.. YES !!.. I was told this is a permanent life changing surgery and at no time did I not realize that part of this program was to commit to lifestyles changes which I am willing to do, What you fail to understand is no individual who is post surgery wants to go back to their old eating habits.. but want to regain some normal eating pattern with healthy foods in which you don't take three bites and feel like you have something stuck in
    However, what I believed what failed in my process is the mental and emotional support that was not provided throughout the pre-op process. Yes I meet with a psychologist and that all took about 5 minutes. .. At no time was I prepared for what was coming. .. I had to figure it out as I went along.
    I believe it's important for all MD's providing this WLS to revamp the mental aspect of the pre screening process. The mental health part should entail a more in deep clinical process in which the therapist works with future patients in preparing for the psychological and emotional changes associated with the surgery. They need to provide us with the tools we will need to be get through the most difficult stages of the post surgery days. For me it was finding this site that has provided me with the support I so desperately needed whether we agree or disagreed about our experiences. No matter what I will always document my feelings as honestly as possible so that others out there preparing for this procedure know what is coming.

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    joannrmn got a reaction from Sullie06 in Post op depression, is there such thing?   
    I see my doctor next week and will let him know. I know limited foods won't kill me but it's about the nutrients I need for energy that concern me. I am already doing my Protein drinks.. fluids.
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