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JessLess

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. JessLess

    Any re-sleevers out there?

    I found a study about it. Apparently some people have had success with it. It's called laparoscopic re-sleeve gastrectomy. I didn't quickly find anyone doing it. Can you talk to your original surgeon? Most people get the bypass for regain and I do know someone doing well with that. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4073220/
  2. JessLess

    Hate bypass

    The restriction for people with the sleeve varies a lot. Some people have trouble eating, some never feel it. Some get full a lot faster, and it completely goes away for some people. So I think the sleeve is still there (no way to put stomach back) but the restriction isn't felt.
  3. JessLess

    Hate bypass

    I HAVE. IT CAN BE DONE. I recommend therapy. It's really none of their business, and if you can't tell them to drop it or you're leaving the room, please get help!
  4. JessLess

    Discouraging friends

    If your "friends" can't be supportive, they are not your friends right now. Maybe in the future, but surrounding yourself with negativity will only bring you down.
  5. Ugh, I fainted this morning on my way out of bed. This happens about every six months. I had low blood pressure 82/49 and my pulse was 64. I have half the symptoms of hypotension: dizziness, fainting, fatigue, and problems concentrating. From the studies I read Gastric Sleeve can cause low blood pressure and it's really not an issue UNLESS you have issues like fainting. My blood pressure has always been on the low side, but not this low. A normal pulse range is 60 to 100 beats per minute. If you're sedentary most of the day, like me during the pandemic, your RHR likely approaches or exceeds the top end of this range. Well, mine's at rock bottom. My PCP and surgeon both work in the hospital where they are treating COVID-19 patients and I am not comfortable going there. Fortunately, I can message either of them, which I'll do. OK, here's the question. Has this happened to anyone else? What did you do? Did anything help?
  6. My scale died yesterday after I got it wet. It's from 2014, so I'm fine with replacing it. Please suggest inexpensive U.S. scales that you like, Thanks!
  7. JessLess

    Body Weight Scale

    Well, you’ve been so super-helpful but my old scale dried out, got new batteries, and is now limping along. I’m sure I will Ned one soon, so thanks!
  8. JessLess

    Body Weight Scale

    Got it. That's what I had and that's what I got.
  9. JessLess

    Body Weight Scale

    Yeah, that's what I meant. A body weight scale instead of a food or postal scale.
  10. JessLess

    Body Weight Scale

    I'm trying this for now. Cheap and easy and matches my bathroom. It's one of Amazon's 5 top rated. Famili 271B Bathroom Scale Digital Body Weight Scale with Non Slip Design 11lb to 400lb / 5 to 180kg, Blue https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6UNMKM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  11. JessLess

    Body Weight Scale

    @WInston223322, that looks nice. I like things that sync with my Apple Watch. Thanks!
  12. JessLess

    Low Blood Pressure

    @ms.sss, I've been feeling a lot better. These were my doctor's notes from a telemedicine visit, which is remarkably similar to what my doctor friends told me. "Vasovagal syncope She reports a few syncopal events always in the morning when she was getting up out of bed. I suspect this is related to low blood pressure that is secondary to rapid weight loss and a lowering of blood pressure overall that her body has may be not adjusted to. I recommend she increase the salt in her diet. She is also check blood work to make sure she is not anemic already drinking plenty of fluids. I also recommend compression stockings to be put on in the morning. I recommend she get up very slowly from bed. If this persists despite the measures as discussed above I recommend she will need a cardiology visit with EKG and echocardiogram and potential Holter monitor."
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    Why/how do people regain?

    With the sleeve. there are slider foods that you can eat quite a lot of because they don't sit in your sleeve. Ice cream, milk shakes, pie, cheese, get the idea? You will still get hungry, probably. It's like being on a diet for the rest of your life, I just fill up much more easily and try to avoid slider foods and sugar, so it's easier to stay on the diet.
  14. Don't feel like "I hope I have the chance to talk to him." Call the office and demand to talk to him if you have a concern. If this is part of the "Opioid Epidemic" there are other options.
  15. JessLess

    6 Month Diet Required by Insurance

    It depends on the insurance company. I had NO requirement. I met my doctor and had surgery 2 months later. Others will accept things like Weight Watchers. I would ask your surgeon's office to check with your insurance. Most surgeons want to move you along as quickly as makes sense.
  16. JessLess

    Quarantine

    @JRT Mom, "quarantined" and "under a stay at home order" are being used pretty exchangeably. I've been under a stay at home order for about two months. I can leave for the grocery store, drug store, to take walks, for emergencies, and that's about it. The things that help me are calorie tracking, exercising, planned Zoom get-togethers with my friends or volunteer groups, and walking my dogs outside. Maintaining my weight loss has been very challenging.
  17. JessLess

    Antidepressants

    Yes, I've been on them for many years. I take Xanax for anxiety nightly. You can go into withdrawl and even die if you go cold turkey when you've been taking it as long as I have, so my surgeon had them add some to my IV when I was in the hospital, I take Nefazodone for depression and was able to swallow the pill the day after surgery.
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    Menstrual

    Malnutrition can lead to amenorrhea (no or irregular periods.) Please go see your surgeon for blood work and your gynecologist to discuss. You can probably have both conversations with telemedicine and just got to get blood drawn. Good luck!
  19. I could and did swallow pills the day after surgery at my doctor's direction, with the sleeve.
  20. I was getting monthly Vitamin B injections for the sleeve after surgery because I had to take a lot of other vitamins, but going to my doctor's office got old fast so I switched to tablets.
  21. JessLess

    Vitamins

    This is what my program recommends for Sleeve and Bypass: Morning: • One A Day Women’s Vitamin • Vitamin D 2,000 • Vitamin B12 500 mcg • Vitron C Iron Noon • Viactive Calcium With Dinner • Viactive Calcium Evening • Viactive Calcium I keep track of it with a free app called Medisafe. The only chew is the Calcium. I think at 1.5 years out I could probably get rid of some of it, but I feel great and my bloodwork is always good, so I just take it. I get most of these generic at CVS so it's 20% off and BOGO.
  22. I don't think a reputable surgeon would do that. I can eat a fair amount with my sleeve at 1.5 years out. I don't want to, because I don't want to gain weight back. Example: I used to be able to eat half a medium pizza. Now I am full after 1 slice. The first few bites of most things taste the best anyway. You'll be satiated with less which will help you reach your goal of losing weight.
  23. JessLess

    Constipation- 5 Months

    Try to up your water to 64-100 oz. a day. You need water to do this. I use to take a Colace every morning. It's a stool softener with no cramping. Eventually I graduated to 3 prunes with breakfast. That has worked great for me. I don't like taking laxatives or teas that give me cramps.
  24. I've sold some and donated some. The best stuff went to a friend who is my old size. But yeah, I have been buying and selling on eBay for over 10 years.
  25. I've found cheap and nice leggings and tops on eBay. I have a bunch of my own too-big jeans listed on there to sell as well.
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