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Neon Star

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. I'm 62 and am having my VSG on Monday May 7th. I'm glad we'll be going through this journey together! Good luck everyone!
  2. Well, I made it through my first day of the pre-op diet! I had apple & cinnamon oatmeal, raspberry jello, vegetable beef soup, Premier Protein Shake, a protein bar, VLC bar, and 69 ounces of flavored water. The only problem I'm having with it is that I spend more time in the bathroom than anywhere else! I keep telling myself that it's all worth it and a small price to pay for being healthier and living a longer and happier life! I'm off to make more Jello for tomorrow! How was your first day?
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    Any MAY sleevers???

    That reminds me that I alwo bought a few tiny glass bowls that I can use in the microwave or the oven. I'm trying to cover all the bases!
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    What to bring to the operation?

    I tried Biotene and it wasn't a spray like they say...it "oozed" from the bottle and did nothing for my dry mouth. I'm glad I tried it long before I needed it in the hospital. I bought these small sponges on a stick that you can use to moisten your mouth without swallowing the water. I'll definitely have those in my bag.
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    Any MAY sleevers???

    I bought some small appetizer plates and baby spoons and forks to help me keep my portions small, along with one and two oz. containers for my post op week liquids/jello. My surgery is at 9:00 am on May 7th and I'm excited to start this new life! Hubby drove me to the hospital so we know exactly where we're going on the big day. They want me there at 7:00 am. Would you believe I got big-time butterflies as soon as we got there??
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    Puréed Food Stage

    I bought some baby food for my puree stage. My husband got a kick out of watching me make my choices and put them in the cart. "I never thought I'd be buying baby food again," he said. I laughed and said, "Well this big baby wants some variety." I also bought sugar free applesauce, lots of sugar free jello, canned fruit packed in water (to put in the Magic Bullet) and lots of Powerade. Poor man doesn't know how to cook for one and I told him there will be more for him! Getting excited...my pre-op diet starts tomorrow!
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    Keeping Food Down

    At my consent visit I was given several prescriptions, two for nausea, so I really hope they work! The physician's assistant also told me that they do put a patch behind my ear before the surgery. I start my pre-op diet tomorrow and am excited and nervous at the same time. I had an abdominal hysterectomy 21 years ago and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Since this is laproscopic surgery, I think I'll do okay.
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    Keeping Food Down

    I realize this might be in the TMI category, but is there a difference between vomiting before and after surgery? I would think it wouldn't be as "violent" because there;s not as much tissue involved and perhaps it wouldn't hurt as much. I'd like your thoughts, experiences on this so I can be prepared as I start my journey~ I absolutely HATE throwing up, especially with abdominal surgery!
  9. I love it! Thanks for the laughs you just gave me!
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    Any MAY sleevers???

    That's my day too! I start my pre-op one week diet on April 30th. I've had all my tests so I'm ready to go. I'm getting excited for the big day! I know what you mean about the process taking longer than you expected. My first visit with the doctor was October 18th and I'm so glad that surgery is right around the corner. Good luck and keep us posted!
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    Why are my neighbor's kids not wearing helmets...

    I'm really dating myself here, but I remember when helmets weren't required and saw the grisly result of what can happen. A boy was riding his bike down our street and hit one of the sewer lids that had been paved over very unevenly...the result was he flew through the air and landed in our driveway and cracked his head wide open. I had never seen so much blood and watched as the paramedics came to his aid. He survived but I doubt if he ever did that again. Things are so much different now, it's a wonder we survived childhood
  12. Hi Rocket! I'm a 62 year old female and I'm having surgery on May 7th, so I'll be learning right along with you! When is your surgery?
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    Any MAY sleevers???

    Me too! I had a COPD exacerbation a few weeks ago and I hope they don't postpone me! They are rescheduling my endoscopy and I have my consent signing visit next week. I'm SO ready to start a healthier, happier life!
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    Gastric Sleeve (VSG) AFTER 60

    I'm scheduled for May 7th. When is your surgery? I'll be praying for you too!
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    Any April surgery buddies

    I nearly spewed my coffee across the computer screen when I read your post! You should be a comedienne!
  16. My surgery date is May 7th but it will be here before we know it!
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    Over age 60

    You sound like me. I'm 62 and have numerous co-morbidities and COPD. Although any surgery is risky, I'm willing to take the chance in order to have a healthy, happier remainder of life!
  18. My insurance company approved my surgery on February 22nd and I received an email from my surgeon's office stating that they would be calling soon with a surgery date. I've called twice and left messages with the appropriate person but have received no return call from the scheduling department. The doctor I've chosen is booked farther out than his colleges, but I'm getting very frustrated. Has anyone else been waiting forever to be scheduled? The reason I chose this particular surgeon is because he is board certified and trained at Cleveland Clinic, and the other surgeon is board eligible.
  19. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thirty-one is very young. I know he's watching over you. I'll be thinking of you on that day and, believe me, I'll understand the tears. He'll live on forever in your heart.
  20. I emailed the head surgeon/director of the practice and told him I was having trouble getting scheduled. The next day the lady called me and I got scheduled! I guess it's true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I hope she didn't get into trouble!
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    Gastric Sleeve (VSG) AFTER 60

    I'm 62 and have high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and COPD. Best wishes to all of you on your "rebirth"!
  22. Istopped keeping up the last trends after I graduated high school, LOL! I'm 62 and these days I dress for comfort more than looks while still being presentable. I see some folks in my age bracket wearing clothing that I think is far more appropriate for 20's-30's, but if they're happy, that's what important. Older guys in Speedos?? Nah.
  23. Thank you for the positive vibes! They worked! My surgery is scheduled for May 7th! YAY! I have to have an endoscopy on April 10th and my consent signing is on April 18th with the surgeon! I'm SO excited!
  24. Has anyone had their gastric sleeve done at Journeylite in Cincinnati, Ohio? Also wondering if you have had your surgery at Jewish Hospital through Journeylite because of health issues? I'd love to hear your story of surgery day from start to finish. Thanks! I'm pre-op and am very curious.
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    I tend to get constipated more often than the average bear. I had problems when I was in grade school. I can imagine the last thing we want is to hurt our stomachs by pushing to eliminate a Lincoln log! Thank you for the excellent suggestions!