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LauriDJ

Gastric Bypass Patients
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  1. So I'm not sure where to put this post since it covers several different topics I guess Before I had my gastric bypass last year, as you all know 1 of the things that you have to do is see the psychologist. So I went & seen her, and she basically took the wind out of my sails. I had a binge moment before my surgery & I made the mistake of telling her about it. She then told me that I had to read a book called End Emotional Eating. I don't emotional eat, but she told me that I had to read this book before she would give me the green light. So then I tried several times to read the book & I just could not get into the book at all. I ended up writing her a letter letting her know that I don't usually binge eat, and that I am NOT an emotional eater, and all that good stuff. Anyway she ended up giving me the green light, and I had my surgery last August. What really upsets me is that I was doing great with the way that I was eating, and had lost weight, even with having quit smoking (I'm still smoke free & at the writing of this post I'm at day 456 (1 year 3 months). Thus far my lowest weight was 235, down from 281 on the day that I started my weight loss plan from the hospital. I had quit smoking on March 8, 2017 & I started my hospital diet on March 27, 2017. When she told me that I had to read that book, and she criticized me with stuff, she honestly threw me into a tail spin & I started cheating here & there, then fell off the wagon totally. Now don't get me wrong, when I had to do my pre-op & post-op diets I did them, with the exception of like the last 3 days of my final stage of my post op diet. We went out for Chinese with a friend of mine who's like my little brother. Unfortunately I guess that I had eaten too much & got sick. Fast forward to now & I'm back up to 250, I'm having more chronic pain that I had been having, and I'm extremely depressed. Trust me, I'm not going to do anything dangerous to myself or others. We also have been having money problems, though as of today things will get a little better since my husband will be back to working 6 days a week, not sure how long that will last, but we will take advantage of all the hours that he's getting. Plus he's working for cash filling sand bags for a pipeline. I NEED to get back on track. I can't keep doing this. We just got back on our medicaid insurance, and now that I've been approved for social security disability I'm just waiting to get on medicare. I want to find a counselor to talk to, but it's almost impossible to find someone that is taking new patients, or that will take medicaid. I just don't know what to do or how to do it. I sleep a good portion of my day, plus I'm drinking cappuccino for Keurig, way too much of it. It's 70 calories per 8oz cup, and I'm drinking 6 or more per day because I'm sitting home constantly. My car is in the shop & hubby is using the car for working. Monday I have to get up at 7 to make sure that I get him to work by 7:30a.m., and I have no clue when I'm going to get my car back from the shop. I'm beginning to feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home & am just really frustrated. We don't have public transportation. Needless to say, all in all, I just feel down, lonely, depressed, and frustrated with so much & I don't know which way to turn anymore. Maybe i f I can find a buddy that I can be accountable to that would help me to get back on track? And I can help them to stay on track as well. Thanks for hearing me out! Lauri
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    Anyone Near Danville, PA?

    Hi Memabock, I'm not sure where Coudersport is, I've heard of it, but not a clue where it is. You're doing great! I'm stuck between 233 & 236, which means I'm most likely losing in size again. I went from a 3x nightshirt to a Lg/xlg nightshirt. Hubby is really proud of me! Honestly I can't remember the last time that I was at this weight. I look forward to my 1st big goal which is 199. The last time I was that weight was in 1996 when I found out that I was pregnant with my son.
  3. Hi, My name is Lauri, I am happily married to my husband Ray, I'm 48 years old & as the title says, I'm in Danville, PA. I'm looking for anyone around here that has maybe recently had gastric bypass, or even better yet sleeve to bypass revision. I am being fast tracked & am looking for someone that I can turn to for help, support, and who can relate to what I'm going through. Right now, even though I'm extremely happily married & my husband is more than supportive, he just can't fully understand the loneliness, and the changes that I have had to deal with in such a short time. On March 8th I quit smoking, on March 27th I started the diet that the hospital put me on. I was told that I only have to maintain my weight, but I have actually lost 10lbs since March 21st when I went to see the nutritionist. Yep, I defied the odds, I quit smoking AND lost weight LOL!!!!! As I said, I'm looking for someone who is going, or has gone, through the WLS through Geisinger
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    Anyone Near Danville, PA?

    Hi Mema, Sorry to hear that your incision popped. The incisions on my belly didn't have any sutures. I'm assuming my stomach has staples? Where are you located at? Lauri
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    Anyone Near Danville, PA?

    Hi Chrissie, when is your surgery & with which Dr? If you would like I can come visit you while you are in the hospital. Who will you have with you & will they need a place to stay or help with food or anything? I will do what I can to help. Lauri
  6. Hi, I'm looking for a buddy from the Danville, PA area that would like to walk and go to Planet Fitness together, and that we can help & push each other. Anyone up for the challenge? ANYONE welcome to inquire! Lauri
  7. I'm curious if anyone else has this issue that is still in the very early post op. I can't shut my mind off, it keeps telling me that I want S'mores, Popeye's Chicken (dark & mild), steak, burgers, pork chops, just everything, ESPECIALLY fruit. Tues I was moved forward on my menu to stage 2B & was able to add eggs (1 large egg per serving), ricotta (1/2 cup per serving), cottage cheese (will NEVER come in my house LOL), string cheese (1 stick at a time), rotisserie chicken (3oz, which I learned is too much), I was told that I'm not taking in enough protein & that I'm not taking in enough water. I'm doing the best that I can, that's for sure. I do need to sorta complain for a second, then I have a question. When I originally went to my hospital I was given a book that is over 10 years old that I had to read, and my husband also read as well, and I was given a booklet that the hospital put together with the different stages & stuff like that. I was given this stuff this past March. It shows that stage 2B I can add a large egg, cottage cheese, and ricotta. When I went there today I was told I could add those 3 items, plus add rotisserie chicken no skin & string cheese as well. I'm not complaining too loud because chicken is my favorite food. According to this booklet stage 3 is when I was to add chicken. I don't know, I'm just totally confuzzled as usual. And is there a difference between rotisserie & baked or grilled with no skin or put in an air fryer? My question is this, why is it that different Dr's, hospitals, etc., have different ideas of what is on each diet stage, when it's all getting us to the same place? Lauri
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    So close to the double century mark!!

    LOL I know how to make the ticker, I guess that I just don't know how to get it posted!
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    So close to the double century mark!!

    I had my Dr appt on Tues, and I'm down 30 lbs. I'm at 251 & the Dr said that I'm doing wonderful. The nutritionist let me move to the next phase of my diet, so I'm really happy about that! I did get to add rotisserie chicken & string cheese, as well as ricotta, eggs (1 egg per serving), cottage cheese (so not happening in this house LOL) As a side note, can anyone see my ticker? If not, how do I fix that?
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    Things you wish you had

    I was really happy to have my tablet because I was in the middle of watching a TV Series on Netflix when I went in. I was really glad that I brought a 10 foot cord with me. After I was taken to my room my husband set everything up for me. Definitely do NOT forget to bring earbuds. Luckily I remembered to bring those! I actually brought 2 pairs in case 1 went south while I was there. Also don't forget the plug to plug in your phone/tablet cord into. Lauri
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    Anyone Near Danville, PA?

    I see Dr Gabrielsen today for the followup after my surgery. I had my surgery on the 4th. How are you doing with your weight loss & when did you have your surgery? Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    So close to the double century mark!!

    Thank you so much Diane I definitely will. Tomorrow I have my 1st post op appointment & will be adding eggs & ricotta to my already very minimal diet! I can't wait for 2 weeks after that, then I can add fish, seafood (still not sure if I'm ready to try either one), chicken and turkey, plus go from 1 egg to 2. I'll be doing that for a month before I get to my permanent menu. I'm so ready to get on my permanent diet and get all this behind me! Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    So close to the double century mark!!

    I haven't seen 199 since the day I found out that I was pregnant with my son, who will be 21 on January 16! As of this morning I an down to 252.6. I started this journey on March 28th weighing 281. On March 8th I quit smoking. I am on day 159 & hubby is on day 84! I had my gastric bypass on August 4th to get rid of my acid reflux & Gerd. The added bonuses are getting rid of my type 2 diabetes & lose the weight I didn't lose with my sleeve. So my goals are 250, 225, 199, 175, and then 140, though the hospital said 160. I'm willing split the difference at 150 LOL Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
  14. You're very welcome Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
  15. OK, I have to add this, it is NOT the Dr's that I had an issue with, I found the Dr's to be great, it was the group that recruited for the Dr's, which was Belite, JoAnne especially, now granted the week that I went her son had been killed, but she was still there, as was 3 others, and as I said, I wouldn't give you .02 cents for the group at all!
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    Proper Sugar Free popsicles

    Halo Top I LOVE, the only problem I found with that is that when you leave it sit in the freezer for a bit after opening it, that when you open it again it has receded to about 1/2 a container & it tastes funny. As for no sugar added fudgesicles, the popsicle brand ones have aspartame. If there's a brand out there without aspartame that I can have PLEASE let me know, I want to try it!
  17. Sherrie, This site is a safe place to talk about both of your surgeries all you want, that is why it's here. If you EVER want to talk about anything, please feel free to private message me ANYTIME about ANYTHING! Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
  18. I used Belite, I highly do NOT recommend them! They are about the money & that's it! I went to them for my sleeve back in 2011, when I would have a question they would not respond, or they would keep putting me off, but if I held back on a payment they were on the phone & sending me lots of emails demanding their money. As I said, I do NOT recommend them! Lauri
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    Gas pains!!

    My gas pains are up in my shoulders & other than fart, fart, fart, hubby has been walking with me, and thus far it's not helping, but my Lord I hope something helps soon! I can't take a deep breath, and it hurts to roll over when I'm sleeping, other than my stomach which is a given. Lauri
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    Proper Sugar Free popsicles

    I can't have anything with aspartame, so I can't have Popsicle brand, but one that is very low calories & all is Outshine ice pops that look the same. The other thing that I did is, I drink Propel water & I added some Crush or Kool Aid water enhancer, and made ice pops out of them. I told my nutrition team & they were fine with that since the water enhancer has no calories & also has no aspartame.
  21. Hi Everyone, I've been sorta lurking around in here & on a group I belong to on Facebook. I have, what I feel to be, a frustrating issue & am not sure how to address it. A little background. back in 2011 I had a gastric sleeve done in Mexico, 2012 the acid reflux started & now it's out of hand. I was referred to a gastro & my 1st meeting with him we discussed him doing a bypass, which I have no problem with. He did an endoscopy & then I had to start seeing the round of Dr's to be fast tracked. Well on May 3 I had to go for my final green light, and I was given a yellow light from the psychologist. Reason 1) I was 4 days away from being smoke free for 60 days, 2) they have to talk to my therapist that I have been seeing since the end of February, and 3) I have to read a book called "End Emotional Eating". I was told that I have to read this, not because I'm an emotional eater, which I'm not, but because she says that I graze because I eat smaller meals spread throughout the day because of my sleeve, but I felt that she was just not understanding that I am NOT grazing. She is an intern, and I even tried telling her attending that I am not grazing, but I don't think that she knows enough of the story. Needless to say I have tried to read this book, I have tried to listen to this book, but I just can't get into it & I have to give her my take on the book before she will green light me. Also too, as of this past Wed, she has not called my therapist, and he has been waiting for the phone call from her so that he can get me part B of the green light. I am open to suggestions because this is beyond frustrating & I don't know what to do. Thanks, Lauri
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    Total Frustration...

    Sooooo today I called to find out what is going on. I was told that the intern talked to my therapist on Wed for about 30 minutes. So things just have to be cleared by her attending & I will get my final green light. Hopefully then I will get my surgery date! It just makes me mad, there were 14 days that she could have called my therapist & she didn't even bother. She waited until this week to finally call him. I mean I get it, I am NOT her only patient, but come on, really, you wait until 21 days after I seen you to call him?!?! REALLY? At least it's done, it's my final green light, so once I hear her say on the 31st that it's a go I will be elated!
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    Total Frustration...

    I know that I'm definitely going to have to do something because I'm getting REALLY ticked off. At this point I seen the intern 23 days ago, she was on vacation last week, figure that to be 9 days, then I talked to her on Monday & still have yet to hear from her or my therapist. My therapist is going to call me as soon as he talks to her. I guess I'll see what goes on when I start making phone calls come Tues, though I am going to call tomorrow, but I'm not holding my breath on anything. Lauri
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    Total Frustration...

    Hi All, I talked to the intern on Monday. I had written her a letter & hand delivered it in hopes that I could get 5 minutes of her time. She was not in yet, so I left the letter with the receptionist, stopped at the grocery for more Propel water, and went home. She called me later that day and we talked for about 10 minutes. She told me that the book is NOT a requirement to get my green light, but that she does have to talk to my therapist. She said that she was going to try to get hold of him this week. Well, here it is Wed night & she still has NOT gotten hold of him, which is really beginning to tick me off. My next step is to talk to her attending if she has not talked to him by Tuesday the 30th, though she did say that she is going to call me on, I think, the 1st. So here is my thought, I went & seen her on May 3rd, the only 2 things keeping me from getting the green light was I had to wait until day 60 as a non smoker, and that was May 7th (I quit smoking on March 8th), and talking to my therapist, here it is 22 days later & she still hasn't even tried contacting him. When she calls me next week, if she still hasn't contacted him I am going to get more upset than I already am. I will keep you all updated Lauri
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    Finding the Right Sugar-Free Popsicles

    Snack Pack Jello does NOT use Aspartame. It's the only one that I can find that doesn't use it. The Snack Pack pudding doesn't use aspartame either
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