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sheslittletex

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from foodie669 in Where's everyone from :)   
    I am from Hawaiʻi. 49. Sleeved 3 weeks ago. So far so good. Stall right not, but not too concerned. 1 month post-op appt on Saturday (the team flys over to see 'outer island' patients on weekends).
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from FluffyChix in Queens Medical Center Hawaii   
    I don't see many people posting from or about the programs in Hawai'i, but we have a few. My experience is with Queens Medical Center's Comprehensive Weight Management Program. I have been amazed by the level of care that I have experienced here. It says a lot about a program when the non-medical portion of care goes so smoothly. They walked me through every step of the process for last several months and made very easy to navigate, what can sometimes be a nightmare. My surgeon Dr. Cedric Lorenzo and his team were equally wonderful in explaining everything as well as laying his expectations for me. The aftercare was compassionate and informative. I just had the surgery two weeks ago and everything has been as smooth as can be and cannot wait to tell the team how I am doing at my 1 month follow up.
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Weird Back Pain   
    I am 8 days post op and have a strange pain in my back. It is located dead center and feels a bit like when you get a brain freeze and it goes into your back. My back has also been tired, but this pain is a little different. I can feel it more when I inhale. I have no heartburn (GERD) symptoms at all. Pretty much pain free, except a little tender at incisions. Pain level for my back is 1-3, but fairly constant. I had it on the 3rd day after surgery and then it left until yesterday. Any ideas?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Krimsonbutterflies in September 2019 🍂🍁   
    I am September 10th also. The nerves really are starting to kick in. Its all so overwhelming, but exciting at the same time. Next week and the follow weeks are going to fly! Let stay in contact with each other.
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Lynda486 in September 2019 🍂🍁   
    I got my official date. Gastric Sleeve on September 10
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Lynda486 in September 2019 🍂🍁   
    I got my official date. Gastric Sleeve on September 10
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Zemi in September sleevers   
    I am almost certain that I will be getting the surgery on September 9th. I will be confirming tomorrow with my surgeon. We were just waiting on echo cardiogram/stress test. I had that on Friday and cardiologist didn't see anything, so I think its a go!
    Do you have a date yet?
    What is your pre-op diet?
    I am excited for us!
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from ARMoma45 in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    Thank you, everyone!

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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    I am writing all of this down. You are all wonderful to this total newbie.
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    No Dollar Tree here, darn! Lol. Do you mean that I can do yogurt instead of shakes? I am a yogurt freak, so that would be great. Would I need to supplant with additional protein, added to yogurt?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Hop_Scotch in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    Jazzy1125 and notmyname, thank you for the replies. They are so encouraging! Would you both mind sharing brands of Protein Shakes and Vitamins? I live in rural Hawaii and I would like to start checking on availability. Our small local grocery store is pretty basic and the adjacent town is probably only a little more stocked. Thanks for you feedback!
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    I am weighing all of the positives versus all of the negatives while trying to make a final decision about surgery. I have been considering the gastric sleeve surgery for years, and am now closer to making decision than I have ever been . The referral has been made and I have scheduled my consultation. So far, just about everything I have researched has me leaning towards going for it except my fear that I won't be able to afford the expense of groceries in the future. Why are healthy foods so expensive? And the Protein and Vitamins expense is scary to think about. I have joint pain, apnea and high blood pressure as well as a rare disease and know that my future health would benefit from the surgery, but I'm so poor! Is bariatric surgery only a solution for people with more substantial finances? (I have insurance and some savings to help with surgery costs). And advice?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from gabybab in Patience   
    Me too! I have just started the process. I had my first consultation with surgeon, dietician and psychiatrist this past Saturday. Where are you in the process?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Heartburn   
    I had my consultation with surgeon, Psychologist and dietitian today. I was 100% decided about getting the Sleeve based on research related to my chronic disease and ghrelin. Now that I am home from consult I have all kinds of new questions. I am now just slightly concerned about the heartburn issue. I get mild to moderate heartburn 1-2 times in a 2-3 week period. Have any of you had mild/moderate heartburn before surgery and gone ahead and done it anyway and then been fine?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Frustr8 in Questions about the procedure   
    Hi Lourdas,
    To start with, I have absolutely no answer for you. Only to say that I have the same question. I have a rare disease, and along with the disease is trunk/belly fat. Most of us with the condition have gained a lot of weight post-disease surgery and then more on certain medications. I, like you are wondering if the procedure is even going to work considering that the weight gain is a side effect of other issues. I am willing to try though. Good luck to you. And I hope someone can answer the question for us both.

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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    I am weighing all of the positives versus all of the negatives while trying to make a final decision about surgery. I have been considering the gastric sleeve surgery for years, and am now closer to making decision than I have ever been . The referral has been made and I have scheduled my consultation. So far, just about everything I have researched has me leaning towards going for it except my fear that I won't be able to afford the expense of groceries in the future. Why are healthy foods so expensive? And the Protein and Vitamins expense is scary to think about. I have joint pain, apnea and high blood pressure as well as a rare disease and know that my future health would benefit from the surgery, but I'm so poor! Is bariatric surgery only a solution for people with more substantial finances? (I have insurance and some savings to help with surgery costs). And advice?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Foxfire Faerie in No support at home   
    I have posted a couple of times, asking questions so that I can make a final decision. I am 100% sure that having the surgery is the best decision for my health. I think the biggest obstacle now is a lack of family support. Everyone is my family suffers with a wonderful metabolism, I on the other hand, have a rare disease that causes weight issues, as does the medication I am on for the disease. My doctors all support my decision, but I don't feel comfortable even telling my weight obsessed skinny family members. We live on a large farm, 3 generations and we share meals together (1 large, central kitchen). They eat horrible meals. When/If I tell them, I know they will appear to support my decision, but meals are going to be an issue. The relationships are complicated and so just hoping that they are supportive because they are family, is really a fallacy. I am dealing with hypercritical, judgemental and passive aggressive personalities. Advice?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    I am weighing all of the positives versus all of the negatives while trying to make a final decision about surgery. I have been considering the gastric sleeve surgery for years, and am now closer to making decision than I have ever been . The referral has been made and I have scheduled my consultation. So far, just about everything I have researched has me leaning towards going for it except my fear that I won't be able to afford the expense of groceries in the future. Why are healthy foods so expensive? And the Protein and Vitamins expense is scary to think about. I have joint pain, apnea and high blood pressure as well as a rare disease and know that my future health would benefit from the surgery, but I'm so poor! Is bariatric surgery only a solution for people with more substantial finances? (I have insurance and some savings to help with surgery costs). And advice?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    No Dollar Tree here, darn! Lol. Do you mean that I can do yogurt instead of shakes? I am a yogurt freak, so that would be great. Would I need to supplant with additional protein, added to yogurt?
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from Hop_Scotch in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    Jazzy1125 and notmyname, thank you for the replies. They are so encouraging! Would you both mind sharing brands of Protein Shakes and Vitamins? I live in rural Hawaii and I would like to start checking on availability. Our small local grocery store is pretty basic and the adjacent town is probably only a little more stocked. Thanks for you feedback!
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    I am writing all of this down. You are all wonderful to this total newbie.
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    No Dollar Tree here, darn! Lol. Do you mean that I can do yogurt instead of shakes? I am a yogurt freak, so that would be great. Would I need to supplant with additional protein, added to yogurt?
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    sheslittletex reacted to Jazzy1125 in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    My Protein Shakes - I have two.. I buy pure Protein Powder and make my own shakes. Each container cost about $20 at Sams Club but has 30 servings, I also use Torani Flavored Syrup in the SF version.. to make my own flavors. As for the other ones. I buy Premier Protein.. I ONLY use them for Creamer in my coffee! I thought about getting some other stuff, but I can get 5 or 6 cups of coffee out of each container and I don't have to buy creamer anymore. ( I add about 2 ounces of Protein Shake to my cup of decaf) The Vitamins I take are ProCare Health They come with Iron and I get them from Amazon. It is about 20 a month supply, but then you will have to add in Calcium. If you have health insurance ask your surgeon about the Nascobal. That is a prescription for B12, which you will need. My Job offered Health insurance in Jan.. Now my health insurance does NOT cover the surgery, but it covers the Nascobal 100%.. the perk.. when you get the nascobal, they send all the vitamins you need along with it. So you will get your calcium, iron, and Multivitamin if approved for the low cost. Mine is now free for the next year. I was told mine would be declined because I have *** Insurance but to the surprise of all it was approved and without a copay for the prescription.


    I don't know why this is *** out the Insurance type LOL.. Just know its not PPO its the other one that starts with H LOL
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    sheslittletex reacted to insta_adventurer in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    Also- making your own shakes with powder and liquid is cheaper than the RTD options. But even immediately post op- you may be drinking two shakes a day. So, your food at that point would cost about $5/day.

    My biggest hurdle is not food cost, but food waste post op, because we really do not each much so buying just enough can be difficult. I am still working out how to buy just what I need.
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    sheslittletex got a reaction from GreenTealael in Can I afford the post-op diet?   
    I am weighing all of the positives versus all of the negatives while trying to make a final decision about surgery. I have been considering the gastric sleeve surgery for years, and am now closer to making decision than I have ever been . The referral has been made and I have scheduled my consultation. So far, just about everything I have researched has me leaning towards going for it except my fear that I won't be able to afford the expense of groceries in the future. Why are healthy foods so expensive? And the Protein and Vitamins expense is scary to think about. I have joint pain, apnea and high blood pressure as well as a rare disease and know that my future health would benefit from the surgery, but I'm so poor! Is bariatric surgery only a solution for people with more substantial finances? (I have insurance and some savings to help with surgery costs). And advice?
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