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  1. Hi Wesja - In the end, it's your call. You know yourself better than anyone else and only you can weigh risks vs. benefits. However, as someone with the EXACT medical conditions -- Hashimoto's and PCOS -- I need to tell you that having gastric sleeve surgery has been nothing short of miraculous for me. It has completely reset my metabolism and allowed me to do the impossible -- lose weight. A lot of it. Six months in and I've lost 64 pounds. Something that was impossible for me before surgery. And, I've had zero complications and zero side effects. I'm a lot older than you, and I wish this option was available to me many years ago. The older I got, the more these metabolic conditions kept me from longterm weight loss success. When I added a physical disability and menopause into the mix -- gah! I was roadkill. Oh and by the way -- my endocrinologist and primary care doc both said I didn't need the surgery. That I wasn't "fat enough." Now, they're both thrilled with my weight loss and improvement to my overall health. I wish you the best of luck. If you have questions for me, shoot me a message. Take care!
  2. Hi SkyeWolf, I've struggled my whole life with metabolic issues - PCOS, Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, and hyperandrogenism -- plus arthritis and scoliosis. Being in full menopause, it's been almost impossible for me to lose the weight I gained after an unrelated medical disaster five years ago. I had the gastric sleeve on May 30 and I've lost a total of 33 lbs since I started the liquid pre-surgery diet. Already, I feel better and have far less arthritis pain. I'm already off over-the-counter pain meds and metformin for PCOS. My surgeon told me that the procedure could reset my metabolism, and I think that's happening. Everyone is different, but it has worked for me and I am so glad I had the procedure done. Good luck to you!
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    Hi -- I live in Placitas and had surgery with Dr. Tyner on May 30. I'm two weeks out tomorrow and all is well -- tired, but very little pain and no complications. I certainly understand feeling nervous. I was a wreck right before the procedure, myself. I wish you all the best! Dr, Tyner is a wonderful surgeon and everyone at Sandoval Regional was top-notch. I wish you all the best!
  4. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    I had my surgery Tuesday morning (May 30) and everything went great. The surgeon found a hiatal hernia and fixed that while he was in the neighborhood. The day of surgery was painful -- I hurt like a somab*tch from my chin to my hips, and it took three full days for the gas pain to dissipate. I came home yesterday morning, on Day 3 of post-op. Today is Day 4 post-op and most of the pain and swelling is gone. I'm trying to get in my walking and allow myself all the naps I want. I haven't experienced nausea at this point -- thank goodness -- and have managed to keep protein shakes and fluids down. It takes me about two hours to drink an 11-oz Premier shake. I'm just so relieved and happy that the procedure iitself is behind me. Best wishes to everyone who is just home from the hospital.
  5. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    Great to hear the surgery went well. Keep us posted!
  6. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    Good luck to you, too! Let's keep up with eah other post-op, if possible. Here's to our successful surgeries!
  7. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    Good luck to you, too! We should touch base with each other in the post-op week. I know I will need the comaraderie.
  8. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    Agreed. Premier is the least awful. It's become my go-to.
  9. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    I had my anesthesia pre-op consult yesterday and all is set for my Tuesday May 30 surgery. I'm more excited than nervous. But...as I start Day 10 of my 14-Day liver-shrink diet, I have to admit this liquid protein thing is getting reeeeely old. The good news is I'm not hungry. I'm not experiencing cravings for other foods. I even lost a few pounds in a week of drinking this vile stuff! So I'll keep my focus on the positive. Any other May 30 sleevers out there? Anyone else in their last few days of pre-op? How are you doing?
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    Looking for a sleeve buddy!

    I'm just hoping to make it through the next 7 days without being charged with a violent felony. I'm soooo irritible right now. This has been a six-month process for me as well -- my first appointment was in late November. I will be relieved to have the surgery behind me, since it's felt like my whole life has revolved around "the day" for six months now. Otherwise, the process has gone smoothly.
  11. SusitaNM

    Looking for a sleeve buddy!

    My sleeve is scheduled for May 30 and I'm also here to benefit from the shared experience and knowledge of this group. How has the pre-op phase of your diet gone? I'm on Day 6 of 14 and surviving. But I have noticed my brain's not working so great....I'm in a fog from the calorie restriction. One hour at a time...
  12. I'm on Day 5 of my two-week pre-op liquid protein diet and -- yikes. I'm not sure how I'm going to survive more than a month (pre- and post-op phases) of these protein shakes. I feel naseous every time I drink one.  BLECH. I've tried several varieties, and as of right now, the pre-made Premier Protein shakes are easiest for me to handle. I think part of the problem is the artificial sweeteners. I wasn't eating much of that stuff prior to the pre-op, and I think my body just can't deal with it. But, I've been very good...all my vitamins, all my fluid, all my protein. Honest to God, I never thought I'd be this excited to drink a cup of low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth. Woo hoo! Just one hour at at time...ten days to until surgery. 

  13. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    My date is May 30...I'm also new to the forum and nervous! Now that I've got a surgery date, I'm starting to tell people in my life. It's a relief.
  14. SusitaNM

    May Sleevers?

    Sounds like we're both on the fast track to get ready for this. I'd love to keep in touch. I have my pre-op scheduled May 15, with liquid diet starting the next day.

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