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NancyLF

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    NancyLF reacted to dena81 in Today's my surgery!!!   
    Nervous as heck and I had to wake up with a headache.... Ugh. But excited to start my new life!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from HappyHikerGal in Cold Feet, My Lightbulb Moment   
    I got myself psyched up for the surgery before I even had a date! What helped me were some of the many videos on YouTube by former sleevers. Just ordinary people like ourselves - telling of their experiences. They offer advice, suggestions, tips & encouragement.
    There are even videos of the actual surgery - WARNING- Don't watch if you're the squeamish type!
    These videos were SO helpful to me. Check them out - maybe they'll help you as well!
    You got this!!!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from HappyHikerGal in Cold Feet, My Lightbulb Moment   
    I got myself psyched up for the surgery before I even had a date! What helped me were some of the many videos on YouTube by former sleevers. Just ordinary people like ourselves - telling of their experiences. They offer advice, suggestions, tips & encouragement.
    There are even videos of the actual surgery - WARNING- Don't watch if you're the squeamish type!
    These videos were SO helpful to me. Check them out - maybe they'll help you as well!
    You got this!!!
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    NancyLF reacted to HappyHikerGal in Cold Feet, My Lightbulb Moment   
    I'm a month out from VSG surgery and yesterday had a severe bout of second-guessing myself.
    Is it crazy to cut your stomach to lose weight? Am I making this decision in haste? My family aren't fully on board, but are supportive of my decision - am I right to go through with it anyway?
    All these questions running through my mind made me feel quite low, and I sought some answers, did more research on VSG, why people have it, why it is effective, etc. That helped, but it wasn't the complete answer.
    I realized today, that my deepest fear with such an important surgery is that I will fail like every single other time I tried to lose weight. That my family will see me fail again. That one thought is a ball and chain around my neck that is holding me back from fully believing in myself on this incredible new adventure I'm about to embark on.
    Then I realized something important. That my past can either be a crippling weight on my shoulders, or I can choose to examine what I've learned from all of those dieting experiences and turn that wisdom into rocket fuel to propel me into a new healthy life, with the help of this proven surgical tool. I have to see my past as a source of positive wisdom. Like Thomas Edison, I've learned a 1000 different ways in which it doesn't work, but I will keep trying until I eventually find the one way that does. It's not a lightbulb, but my only one precious life. I'm worth the effort to examine those past experiences and mine every little bit of wisdom I can find, with love, humility, and excitement for the future.
    So, I'm feeling much better about this.
  5. Congrats!
    NancyLF reacted to MeowAMR in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    I felt skinny this morning for once so I snapped a pic. I then added it to my collage and what a difference! I still can't believe the first picture is me. But then I still feel like I look like the first picture and that even though I've lost 45lbs I still look that big. Now seeing the difference I gotta push myself to believe I am changing and to stop seeing myself as before. I'm 5lbs away from the half way mark of my goal weight and I'm 17lbs away from Onederland! I can't wait!

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    NancyLF got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Surgery for 70 year old female   
    I had my surgery in July 2019, I was 67 at the time, 68 now. I have a bad hip & need a replacement. I needed to lose weight for the surgery. I have full support from my family, friends & doctors. My surgery went very well. I had very little pain. I am off of 2 of my 3 meds for Type 2 diabetes. I'm glad I had the surgery. My doctor has been trying for 2 years to get me to do it. I'm kicking myself for stalling. I'm sorry you're having pushbacks from your family. I hope they'll come around. Support makes a big difference!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Surgery for 70 year old female   
    I had my surgery in July 2019, I was 67 at the time, 68 now. I have a bad hip & need a replacement. I needed to lose weight for the surgery. I have full support from my family, friends & doctors. My surgery went very well. I had very little pain. I am off of 2 of my 3 meds for Type 2 diabetes. I'm glad I had the surgery. My doctor has been trying for 2 years to get me to do it. I'm kicking myself for stalling. I'm sorry you're having pushbacks from your family. I hope they'll come around. Support makes a big difference!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from GreenTealael in Diabetes any better after revision?   
    I was Sleeved in July. The day after I came home from the hospital, I called my doctor. She immediately had me stop the Glimipride & Ozempic. I'm only on the Metformin (for now). She says I'll probably be able to stop that after monitoring for about 4 months. YAY!!
  9. Congrats!
    NancyLF reacted to Shoppindiva02 in I got approved! Yay 😁   
    I’m so excited that my surgery was approved. All I have left before scheduling my surgery is to take my pre op nutrition class. I’m almost to the Losers Bench. Lol
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    NancyLF reacted to sillykitty in Skin Surgery   
    I agree with @catwoman7 ... I would only go to a very experienced ps who specialized in post massive WL surgeries. There are obviously risk of complications, but also if I'm going to spend thousands, I want to be confident I'll be happy with my results.
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    NancyLF got a reaction from Lynda486 in Help! Going out of town the day I can start puree   
    I took my time switching to the puree stage. My doctor said it was fine. He'd rather I took my time switching rather than jumping into the next phase too quickly.
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    NancyLF got a reaction from GreenTealael in Update from March 28th   
    This is WONDERFUL! You look beautiful.
    Showers of blessings for an easy birth of a happy & healthy baby!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from GreenTealael in Update from March 28th   
    This is WONDERFUL! You look beautiful.
    Showers of blessings for an easy birth of a happy & healthy baby!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from GreenTealael in Update from March 28th   
    This is WONDERFUL! You look beautiful.
    Showers of blessings for an easy birth of a happy & healthy baby!
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    NancyLF reacted to Bebeak in Update from March 28th   
    Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've been on here. The last time I was here was sometime in April, I was almost 4 months postOp and about 6 or 7 weeks pregnant. Well for those who wonder if it's possible to go through the whole pregnancy while still trying to loose weight, the answer is YES! I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and my baby is doing extremely well. As for my weight, I'm pretty much still at my goal weight, plus or minus a pound here and there. But I haven't gained weight at all. Surprise, right? I am too. My baby now weighs just over 4lbs and I'm nesting like crazy, busy preparing nursery and awaiting his arrival. Feel free to ask any questions related to being pregnant and going through weight loss, and I'll do my best to answer. Oh and thank you to all of those who supported and encouraged me back in March/April, I really appreciate you all [emoji182]
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  16. Congrats!
    NancyLF reacted to 50coupe332 in I got the BIG ok !!!!!!!!   
    Got word today from Cigna that my surgery has been approved !!!!! Aiming for a 11/1/19 surgery date !!!!! I am one happy camper 🙂
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    NancyLF reacted to ahillig in Keep an eye on your insurance EOBs!   
    My insurance plan is wonderful, I don't have a deductible, I've only paid co-pays for my appointments with my primary, my surgeon, and facilities. I've had surgeries before with this insurance and never once had an issue. Until now.

    I just got a call from the hospital saying I owe them over $2400, which they were told by my insurance was a deductible. Knowing my plan as well as I do I figured my only hospital cost was $200 for my stay. They originally billed me $350 but because it was done at a Blue Distinction Center my co-pay was only $100/day. I don't have a deductible, I have an out of pocket max that will eliminate co-pays when I hit it but because our out of pocket costs are so low I never reach it. I downloaded all of my EOBs related to the approval process and surgery and kept a spreadsheet of what was billed, what insurance paid, and what my responsibility was. My numbers match what my insurance portal says.

    My insurance company verified that I don't have a deductible and that they show I should only owe the hospital $200.

    Just a heads up to keep track of EVERYTHING! especially if you don't want to pay more than you have to. I had a feeling something like this was going to happen.
  18. Congrats!
    NancyLF reacted to BlueEyedAngel28 in 2yrs out in October starting weigh 232lbs down to 132lbs (pics)   
    Love the new me n confidence....before was a bigggg difference...      
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    NancyLF got a reaction from DEADWRONG in Surgery is tomorrow   
    Yay, YOU! You can do it!! I hope yours is as smooth as mine was. I had some discomfort - but no pain! No gas issues! Quick recovery!
    Good luck!

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    NancyLF reacted to DoxMom in 4-1/2 YEARS AGO   
    So 4-1/2 years ago, I had the sleeve. Within 3 months, I dropped 60 of the 100 pounds I wanted to lose. I was off all blood pressure meds (and still am). Within the year following my sleeve, I developed abdominal hernias that my bariatric surgeon repaired. At that point, my weight loss stopped and I never reached "goal". Also at the time, I was working a 12 hour, physically demanding (not with heavy lifting but with a lot of walking), night shift 7p-730a which was one of my first saboteurs to my weight loss success -- I wasn't getting enough sleep. I also didn't exercise at all because of my physically demanding job. I decided to leave my night shift job, which I loved very much, for a "day job" but there was a 1 hour commute each way to this job. Exercising was now an even bigger challenge, but I got a gym membership near my home and I would drive my hour commute to the gym, work out and by the time I got home it was 8 p.m. 3 nights a week. Then I was eating dinner late. Enter REFLUX. I started with 20 mg of omeprazole, which didn't quite do the trick with my symptoms. Moving on to 40 mg was better but as time went on even the 40 mg of omeprazole wasn't cutting it so I supplemented with OTC omeprazole 20 mg for a total of 60 mg a day. That's where I am now. A recent EGD revealed I have yet another hernia.
    Lessons Learned: 1) Lifestyle matters. Prepare a lifestyle to accommodate your surgery so that you can take care of you. I didn't do this. I tried to be superwoman. I am humbled. 2) Follow up with your doctor's office more frequently than your program requires. Accountability is everything. Don't wander off and think you don't need follow up because you most certainly do. 3) Bloodwork. I can't emphasize this enough. I always keep my bloodwork in check -- I didn't want to lose my hair -- and I didn't. 4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep needs to be as necessary as Water to your well being.
    With these lessons learned, I will be getting the Roux-en-Y revision surgery to end my GERD and hopefully put me back on track with the 70 pounds I want to lose. I have created a lifestyle now that allows me to take care of me. I have a gym membership that includes a pool. I work a day job that allows me to work at home one day a week. I finally realized that being good to me is not a selfish thing, but a necessary thing.
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    NancyLF reacted to Danny Paul in WLS for Friends and Family   
    Two and a half years ago I embarked on my weight loss surgery journey. The six months that I needed to complete all of my pre requistes went by pretty fast. A test for this, a test for that, conferring with this person, etc etc. ( You guys know what I mean) It all culminated with my gastric sleeve surgery in August 2017. Fast forward two years and I lost 63 lbs and gained better health.
    Long gone are the multiple medications I had to take in order to survive. The Meds helped with my heart condition, diabetes, high blood pressure , gout , and other assorted chronic conditions. Unfortunately, the same medications that helped me with those chronic conditions were wrecking havoc on my liver and kidneys. The panacea to help with my chronic conditions and save my vital organs was to lose weight, adopt a healthier lifestyle and maintain the weight loss. . When I say lose weight I meant a good amount of it, 20 lbs was not going to cut it this time. I have been on maintenance for 17 months. For me, it's a struggle everyday. I attend Over Eaters Anonymous meetings and meet with a therapist once a week. I am trying my best to maintain my new found health as I know the insurance company will not give me a do over.
    My wife who has monitored my journey and has a few chronic conditions herself has recently had her gastric sleeve surgery. As we do with so many other things in life we are doing this together. A friend of mine who is quite over weight and suffers from chronic conditions also had gastric sleeve surgery and he is experiencing a rapid weight loss. Hey looks very different. A very close friend and his wife also seeing my result with WLS both recently has gastric sleeve surgery. The wife is experiencing a rapid weight loss the husband is losing slow and sure.
    Prior to their surgeries I counseled them on the pitfalls of relying on surgery alone for long term success. I know three people that had WLS in the past and all three told me that they gained all the weight back and then some. Surprisingly all three work in my various doctors offices. These people are close to medical advice and two are medical professionals. I told my family and friends about these three ( I got permission to tell their stories but I left out the names) and warned them against having the surgery if they couldn't commit to a new lifestyle. They only had one shot at it as insurance would probably not pay again. It was better to wait to get WLS than to rush into it unprepared.
    So far all four are doing well. I speak to my friends at least twice a week to lend support and guidance. This also helps me to keep on track as I find that these conversations help reinforce my good habits as well. My couple friends suggested that we should get together as we have talked on the phone but haven't seen each other in person for a few months. They recommended we meet at a restaurant we frequented in the past and indulge in appetizers. I asked them why are we planning to meet in a restaurant? That would be like asking recovering alcoholics to meet in a bar for sodas. We need to stop the cycle of using food as a social event. We need to think of food as fuel for the body not as a diversion to socialize. They both are only out six months from WLS and they should rethink their relationship with food. In the end we met at the Botanical Gardens for a leisurely stroll among the flora.
    I'm so glad that I had the experience of WLS and that I am able help others achieve better health with theirs. For me, I still have a long road of recovery ahead of me and I take it one day at a time. I stopped eating processed foods, eat mindfully and now instead of living to eat, I eat to live. Good health to everyone.
  22. Congrats!
    NancyLF reacted to RaeSlayVSG in Before And Continuing!!!   
    Just have to stop by and Give Glory to God for what he has brought me from and has been faithful to never leave me where I've been, Can I testify!!!   
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    NancyLF got a reaction from Dtrain84 in Goal Weight Achieved   
    Congratulations!!
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    NancyLF got a reaction from FluffyChix in 500.5lb Guy now down to 316!   
    WOWIE! WOW! WOW!!!!
    You look AWESOME!!
    Congratulations & continued success!
  25. Congrats!
    NancyLF reacted to lyladyp in Just another ONEDERLAND Post!!!   
    For the past few weeks the scale has been going back and forth between 198-200lbs. I refused to count it until I was under 197-today is that day😄😁
    1st goal get under 200lbs met!

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