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  1. If you can find another surgeon, RUN, don't walk away from the first practice. There are a lot of competent bariatric surgeons out there, but the office staff is what truly makes a good practice! You won't often see the surgeon but you have to deal with the staff every visit and the failure of nurses to return your phone calls is a major red flag. Even if you have to travel a bit to find a practice you like it'll be worth it. My doctor is 5 hours away and I'm so glad I "fired" the one that was only three hours away. The best of luck to you!
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    Can I see some before and after pics?

    You lost 100 pounds....and gained a dog!😁
  3. Hi All, Looking for something fun and motivational? This race is a 100 mile virtual walk/run that you have three months to complete. It's only $25 to enter, and you get a cool Tshirt--I KNOW y'all need smaller clothes now, so here's am opportunity to earn a new shirt! So sign up, get motivated and start logging your miles July 1! There's a place on their website to log your miles but I think we should log them here in this thread so we can motivate each other. So please join in and let's all walk/run virtually together!
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    Struggling to get Shakes In

    Ugh. Those things are murder to get down! I diluted mine with ice cold water and it helped. And if you are allowed coffee they make great creamers. A good one is the Fairlife shakes. They don't have that cloying viscosity that a lot of them do. The Fairlife Core Power Elite Vanilla is 42 grams of protein and tastes just like melted Breyers vanilla ice cream--yum!
  5. Stalls are discouraging, but almost everyone here has had them, some of us several! Just trust the process, stick with your plan, and the scale WILL start moving again, I promise!
  6. These are extremely trying times for anyone, much less one going through weight loss. During the day try diversionary tactics--take a walk, watch some TV (but dang it, the food commercials are brutal...) The nighttime munchies are tougher. Talk to your dietician and see if you can incorporate a very small night snack into your total food consumption for the day. As long as you are still losing weight it probably won't hurt, although eating and going right to bed can certainly give you heartburn. Alka Seltzer had these chewable heartburn gummies that have some melatonin in them. They do have 30 calories and 6 grams of sugar per dose, but they will help you sleep. Good luck--you got this!
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    Medicare Insurance

    Google "medicare requirements for bariatric surgery" you can find lots of info. It paid for mine, and it was a revision from a lap band to RNY. The first office I visited told me incorrectly that Medicare WOULDN'T pay for a revision, so I actually dropped my plan to do it until the lap band slipped and had to come out anyway. I went to a different surgeon whose office said they WOULD pay for it, and long as I met the criteria, and between the Medicare and my supplemental insurance, all I had to pay for was the psych consult and the dietician! I was sweating bullets until all the bills came that I would be stuck since Medicare doesn't do preapprovals-they either pay it or they don't...but they came through.
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    Hit onederland!

    Good job! And that fact that you've been able to do this in 2020 is even more amazing!😉
  9. Hi KelliG2020. I just had my one year anniversary and couldn't be more satisfied. I was only aiming for a final weight of 140 and now weigh 120. Jessica actually wants me to start eating a bit more! That's the first time in my life anyone had told me that...😄 I can't say enough good things about Dr Fitzer and his team. They've changed my life. Good luck to you with your own journey, keep us posted!
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    Anyone go into surgery alone?

    I had to have my surgery in a hospital 5 hours away due to the lack of bariatric surgeons where I live. I had to go by myself since my husband is unwell and can't travel. I took an Amtrak train and stayed in a hotel a half mile walk from the hospital. I walked in the day of surgery and then after discharge I took an Uber back to the hotel and stayed another night. The hospital tried to say I couldn't take an Uber but it was either that or walk back to the hotel since I was alone. They finally okayed that after some phone calls. As far as being alone in the hospital I actually prefer it. I like to be left alone and not have anyone hovering over me when I don't feel well. I love my hubby but I'm glad he wasn't there. Good luck, you'll be OK if you have to fly solo!
  11. I love the Whisps crisps. Very low carb and that satisfying crunch. They are small but you could put your hummus on them. Love your idea about "Bariatric Nachos"!
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    Can anyone eat carbs?

    You don't have to deprive yourself of sandwiches. There are a lot of low carb high fiber tortillas, pitas and flatbreads that make great sandwiches! Just stay away from fluffy white bread.
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    1 year anniversary

    200 pounds! That's amazing--good job!
  14. Haha! I was going to be nicer and say "Men manifest their insecurities differently than women" but Tek hit the nail on the head. Don't feel bad, Tek, us women THINK we know how men work, but not really...Hey baseball is back, also! Woot!
  15. All of this here is good advice. Your health should be your primary focus, but you don't want to destroy a relationship if you can avoid it. Your husband sounds just like mine...he was worried that once I lost the weight I would not still want to be married to him. And unfortunately the data after WLS shows many marriages do dissolve. But that's all up to you...if you want it to work, it will! But again, your health is the most important consideration. The marriage will certainly be over if you die due to your weight issues!
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    This. The fear of dumping is an incredible motivator to avoid eating high sugar foods.
  17. I've always had a problem of looking in the mirror and seeing a fat chick no matter what my weight. Are y'all like that too? It's so frustrating now that we can't try clothes on and I always buy them too big and have to return them. Is there anything you can do to see yourself the way you truly are? Thanks!
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    This is hard, isn't it? But don't give up hope. It WILL get easier. Also my nutritionist said 64 ounces is ideal, but she's happy with the 48 that I currently get. Also Arabesque is right--as long as your pee is pale yellow you are getting adequate hydration. Hang in there and be patient with yourself.
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    Prerequisites Completed!

    It's amazing how you work and work to get approval and how looooong it seems to take. But then you get that phone call with your date--BAM!! it's here! Einstein was right about time....
  20. I was diabetic taking Metformin every day....glucose and a1c totally normal now and no more metformin! I had sleep apnea....gone Cholesterol and Triglycerides elevated....normal now I still have some blood pressure issues but I've been able to cut my dosage in half.
  21. Hi Hope to Resolve Your story sounds a lot like mine. Long story short--12 year old lap band slipped, caused hiatal hernia, constant sliming with no fill in it, etc. Had it taken out and revised to bypass in one surgery. My only regret was I wasted 12 years futzing around with the band. Your concerns about vitamins are valid, but easily addressed with multivitamins and calcium supplements. Hair loss is likely to occur with both the sleeve and bypass but is not as terrible as say chemotherapy--usually only YOU notice it, and it will grow back. Dumping is totally avoidable by not eating sugary or fatty foods, and I consider it a plus since it makes it easier to avoid potential trigger foods for fear of dumping! One definite plus is my a1c and glucose are now totally normal, and that's without ANY metformin at all! I was on 1000 mg a day and now take none. I think the bypass has better statistics for resolving diabetes than the sleeve. Whatever you decide, good luck, and keep us posted!
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    I may have a small problem...

    I heard about using the protein shakes as coffee creamer on these boards and now it is all I use...you learn the most useful stuff here! But I'd be afraid to store stuff in my oven--I'd forget it was there and turn on the "Preheat"...I HAVE stored things in the microwave since I don't preheat it...
  23. Do you have a e-reader like Kindle? There are TONS of free or low cost books that will help with your meal planning and the different stages of eating. As far as pain, I think you will be surprised at what a small amount you have. The hospital should stay on top of your pain relief the first day or two so the worst pain you will have will most likely be the gas pains from the surgery. My doc doesn't even send anyone home with pain meds because it's usually minimal! If you feel like you aren't getting guidance from your bariatric team you might have to get sorta pushy about it. Make a list of questions that you have and when you go in for a visit be sure to bring your list and get them all answered. Be proactive about your care and you'll get a far better outcome!
  24. Since you are only a few weeks out be patient and a lot of your troubles should subside. I struggled with fluids at first but it WILL get easier--your stomach is probably still swollen from your procedure. Is your flushing from a fever or is it more like hot flashes? If it's a fever you need to let your surgeon know but if it's like menopause hot flashes that's normal...surgery will upset your hormones something awful at first. Hang in there, give it a couple of weeks more and things should be easier. If not PLEASE contact your doctor. Good luck!