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jewels41

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About jewels41

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    Guru in Training
  • Birthday 07/13/1967

About Me

  • Biography
    newly banded !!
  • Interests
    bike riding,pogo, reading
  • Occupation
    homehealth/cna
  • City
    ashland
  • State
    wisconsin
  1. I have been doing excellent, and are you considering weight loss surgery, I am assuming that you are. I had my own medical insurance so didnt even see the bill. It was paid for in full. The first step is to go to a seminar and you can go to smdc web site to see when the next one is, and then you have to see the nutritionist as many times as your insurance tells you to. You wont meet dr. pitt until the end just before surgery. this process took me eight months from start to finish. any other questions just holler.. good luck...
  2. jewels41

    Wii Sports Active VS My Fitness Coach

    i have my fitness coach, I like it so far... but i do not have the other one that you mentioned. I look at the ratings of the game alot.. I have teens who are big gamers.. so they always tell me to check the ratings.. and normally they are right on the money.. goodluck
  3. jewels41

    Food stuck, sore throat

    I know that my doctor told me that I should go on liquids for the next day or two after I get foods stuck. Everyone does try different things when foods do get stuck. My doctor told me he would unfill me to get the food unstuck if necessary. He said 30 minutes is way too long to be " stuck" . So this is helpful as well. You can try pineapple juice but with that sore throat that would burn like heck. I think just go on liquids for now and see if that helps .. Other things I know personally if I were to eat the day after would also not go so well. so liquids work very well for me.. keep us posted
  4. Hi , I can only say from my experience with living with someone with severe depression who stops taking there medications its a rollercoaster all the time. I was with my partner who had severe depression and he would take his meds then stop taking them. They think that they are fine and that they dont need to take there meds. But they really honestly do need to take them and go to counseling as well. I was with my boyfriend at that time for over 7 years and he kicked me out 3 times and I was stupid enough to keep going back for more. He didnt take his meds nor did he get the help that he needed. If your wife gets the help she needs and takes her meds and continues this then perhaps counseling will work for both of you. But I can honestly say this its a tough road living with someone with depression and I was being brought down alot too. And the fights are with herself and not you, they blame people alot for the things that are there own mistakes. So stop blaming yourself its not your fault trust me on this I learned in my counseling sessions and there were many of those. I could talk for hours on this topic but this is just my experience, there is of course more to my story but I got out finally and now I am happily engaged to someone else. In regards to child support, here in wisconsin and even in minnesota you contact your child support worker and they give you the packet to reduce your child support this will take time but it will work. You can request this every 2 years for it to be updated. Goodluck to you and if you ever need a friend let me know Julie
  5. jewels41

    Had a abdominal hysterectomy may 11th

    It is getting better everyday but tomorrow I see my gynecologist to ask why Im having the pain on my left side so much. But I can say today was a great day.. Congrats on graduating my fellow hystersister.. lol
  6. jewels41

    HELP! What to do???

    I say explore all options, lap band, gastric sleeve ( mini bypass) and the gastric bypass. There are alot of things involved in all of them. With the lap band foods get stuck at times and at times you have alot of saliva coming back up. Those moments are unpleasant but most of the time its my own fault that something got stuck such as not chewing enough, talking to others while eating, just plain not concentrating. Now the new gastric sleeve Im sure has some complications as well, I do not have this nor did I have this option when I was looking at weight loss surgery, for me the gastric bypass is super invasive nor did i want that at all. I know that if the band has to come out I would choose the gastric sleeve, ( my surgeon had this done) this is done laproscopically as well ( just like the band) . So check all your options out first before you make your final decision. sounds like you need to ask your friends if its because there food is getting stuck happens perhaps alot to them due to them doing something wrong. I have learned the foods I can eat and the foods I cannot eat with my band. The band is a tool and if you use it incorrectly then it wont work for you.. I am very happy with my decision and would do it again .... I am down 50 lbs thus far.. goodluck to you
  7. jewels41

    Had a abdominal hysterectomy may 11th

    I had my abdominal hysterectomy on may 11th 2009 and Im still in quite a bit of pain yet but I know that it will be a long healing process 6-8 weeks. Once I heal I can then finally be filled and Im excited about that. I have only had 1 fill and that was in january. I have lost 45 lbs now and Im happy with that. I started out at 215 lbs and I cannot complain. I have bought new clothes and I am totally pumped that my pants are no longer in the plus sizes. My tops are an xl still but once im healed from this surgery will be able to exercise again and continue on my journey to reaching my goal. If anyone else has to have a hysterectomy give me a yell because I understand what your going thru. there is a web site called www.hystersisters.com but nobody there seems to have the lap band but thats ok, I can post it here and share that journey with everyone here. they took my cervix and my uterus but left my ovaries because my ovaries are healthy and Im young yet and they want me to go thru the normal menopause stage, which is an excellent idea. It will be odd not to have my period though but at the same time a blessing as well. I would have my period for a month at a time and it would wear me down. goodluck all in your lap band journey I have no regrets at all, it was the best decision I could have ever made for myself...
  8. jewels41

    I have had some other medical situations going on ..

    I had an abnormal pap smear and I needed to have a coloposcopy and they found that I have severe dysplasia so they told me they would have to do a cone biopsy and I had that done last friday and IM still a little sore. I found out yesterday that I dont have cervical cancer but I do need to have a hysterectomy and I go back to the doctor on march 16th and we will discuss it all. My gynecologist knows that I had my tubes tied years ago now but he still had to ask me if I wanted children, I chuckled and said NO. I am 41 so no i dont want anymore children. I am so happy that I dont have cancer but I have to see how they need to do this surgery and Im sure they are going to have to talk to my lap band doctor especially if they cant do a vaginal hysterectomy. That makes me nervous, they are not going to take out my band.. no way no how.. Im wondering if anyone else has had to have any abdominal surgeries since there band placement. thanks for listenting Julie
  9. I had an abnormal pap smear and I needed to have a coloposcopy and they found that I have severe dysplasia so they told me they would have to do a cone biopsy and I had that done last friday and IM still a little sore. I found out yesterday that I dont have cervical cancer but I do need to have a hysterectomy and I go back to the doctor on march 16th and we will discuss it all. My gynecologist knows that I had my tubes tied years ago now but he still had to ask me if I wanted children, I chuckled and said NO. I am 41 so no i dont want anymore children. I am so happy that I dont have cancer but I have to see how they need to do this surgery and Im sure they are going to have to talk to my lap band doctor especially if they cant do a vaginal hysterectomy. That makes me nervous, they are not going to take out my band.. no way no how.. Im wondering if anyone else has had to have any abdominal surgeries since there band placement. thanks for listenting Julie
  10. jewels41

    Please fill me in...

    For me it took 8 months from start to finish. I was banded december 19th. I had my seminar april 08, then I went to my first appt with the rn of weight loss surgery who explained it all to me, then to my 1st dietician visit. I had 6 in all with the dietician. I had my psyche eval in june 08 and a week later I had the results of that. Then I received a letter that said I was excepted into the program. I always keep up with my medical so the only thing I needed to have was a blood test called hpylori ( to make sure you dont have stomach ulcers) . I had to have an ekg, a pre-op physical , a pap smear. And that was it for me. But every state and every doctor has different requirements. I have no regrets and I am now down from 215 lbs to 178 lbs and very happy with my weight loss. I would do this again in a heart beat.. goodluck and keep me posted
  11. Hi all I had my first fill yesterday and all went very well. I do although have a question. Do your doctors use flouroscope to find your port? or do they just feel for it and then fill you? My doctor has been giving fills for five years now and over 500 patients. Just curious to see what everyone says .. thanks
  12. My dietician would take out this blob of fat put it on her desk and say Julie you are doing great just imagine 13lbs of this is what you have lost and thats alot... she said to stop being disappointed in myself for not losing as much as I thought I should lose. everybody loses weight at different rates. so be proud of yourself you are doing excellent... Julie
  13. jewels41

    To anyone who lost weight Pre-op

    i was on a 14 day liquid diet pre op... carnation instant breakfasts five times a day with protein powder.. broth etc.. that wasnt so hard to do ...
  14. having trouble getting my weight loss counter back on.. advice anyone?? thanks Julie
  15. jewels41

    banded yesterday

    yes they sure did give me an iv before, antibiotics and im sure sodium chloride. But Im sure glad they found out that i needed to be hydrated then to have just sent me home dehydrated then we would have had some major problems. Just woke up now to take some tylenol .. but doing very well.. I dont know why I was so worried about pain.. lol doing great

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