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About KarmaNina

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  1. I had my Interstim (bladder pacemaker) removed yesterday. Most all of my weight was in my belly and breasts, by losing the weight my urgency is manageable. Not to mention the Interstim was becoming painful due to the weight loss when sitting down. I would do the gastric bypass again, no doubt! I should have done it earlier. ☺️
  2. You will be just fine. If you need support, we are here to help. Feel free to contact me and I can talk you through anything. This was the best thing I did for me! sending light and love ❤️
  3. I started doing Vanilla protein shakes in my coffee a while back. When I switched to tea because of an ulcer I gave it a try and it was amazing. My favorite teas to use are Yorkshire, Chai, Earl Grey. If you use the liquid shake, pour a bit in then put the lid back on and shake it until you cannot hear the liquid then pour it in and it is just like a tea vanilla latte!
  4. Good morning Vanessa, I went though all of those same feelings about 1 year ago. At first it was a lot to think about, but take each day one at a time. You will get through this just fine. 1) stick to the diet the doctor and nutritionist give you and follow it to the letter. This is critical for the stomach to heal. And less side effects. 2) The nutritionist is there to help and guide you through the readjustment of your new eating habits. Don’t be shy to ask for guidance from the Bariatric team. They want you to succeed as much as you do. 3) Gas pains only hung around for a few weeks for me, but you may have a different experience. 4) Bear in mind that once you are able to eat solid and semi solid food, that one bite too many “may” cause pain but eating slowly helps immensely. 5) I find drinking tea with Vanilla Protein shake as the creamer/sweetener calms me and soothes my tummy when I feel hungry. I have been doing this since before my surgery. If you shake the protein drink a lot it makes it more like a latte. 6) WATER! H20 is your friend. I have water at my side ALWAYS. Pretty much all I drink now is water, protein shakes and tea. Everything else is empty calories. Sugar is not your friend. 7) You have taken the huge first step of a great journey and you will be so happy you did this for yourself. So proud of you!
  5. KarmaNina

    Did you hair come back?

    Oh my! I lost more than half my hair which wasn’t thick pre Op. Surgery was July 2020. Hair started falling out in hand fulls in December. The hair loss has all but stopped since the first part of April. I have hair growing back because I have 1-3 inch baby hairs all over the top of my head and it sticks straight up! 😂 I should buy stock in hairspray, the only way to tame the crazy going on. after speaking with my nutritionist, she said my labs indicated I was low on iron, so I added a separate iron pill to my vitamin and supplement daily routine. I have also added more biotin as well as daily collagen to my routine. Added Viviscal to my routine as well. So far, so good!
  6. KarmaNina

    Below 27 BMI !!!

    Thanks frens!
  7. Not tripping or falling down because I can see the floor better. My belly was blocking the view of my feet. 😂
  8. KarmaNina

    Almost 4 years after surgery

    Wow! Amazing results. Congratulations on the long term success. 👏🏼🎉🎉
  9. KarmaNina

    I HIT GOAL!!!! Validate me! :):):)

    @New Me, New Mind! Wow! You look amazing! I am sure you will agree it was a great decision to have weight loss surgery. It was time to put ME first after years of raising kids, work and taking care of hubby. Best me thing ever! congratulations 🎉
  10. Here to check in and report a huge milestone today. Not only is my BMI below 27, but I am into the 150’s !!!! Best choice I have ever made. if anyone is on the fence about surgery, based On my results and success, I would recommend gastric bypass. At over 9 months since surgery I had no idea I would be down to a size medium before summer. yipee!
  11. At 6 months out since Gastric Bypass, I started my hair loss at the start of December. Currently taking just for hair loss- Collagen, biotin, iron. After talking with my doctor last Tuesday, she told me my iron intake needed to be increased to 50mg up to 100mg per day.and to watch for constipation. We also spoke about meals, currently at about 65-85 grams of protein per day. I add protein to practically every thing I eat. I use Genepro, it can be added to tea and coffee as well as hot and cold foods. It is flavorless and has helped tremendously keeping my protein Intake up. I buy mine on the bariatric pal store. I am due to get some labs this week so I am curious about my vitamin and mineral numbers. Also, I have been discouraged due to the hair loss and the slow down of weight loss. However the doctor told me it is very normal at this stage to slow down losing. That was incredibly reassuring☺️ TLDR;Key takeaways- more protein, more water and check your iron intake. Good luck. ❤️
  12. KarmaNina

    I’m not obese!

    Oh my goodness! That is exciting!
  13. KarmaNina

    Stomach pain discovery!

    Just got back from the pharmacy, I picked up an rx for Carafate for the stomach ulcer. According to the instructions they must be taken 4 times a day on an empty stomach 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after. 😳 Eating and taking these along with my other medications and supplements is going to be real interesting. Looks like I may need to make a pill reminder to get this done.
  14. KarmaNina

    Stomach pain discovery!

    I am extremely grateful for that!
  15. While at my 3 month appointment with surgeon we discussed the pain in my stomach and food texture intolerance. Doctor recommended a endoscopy, which I had done on Tuesday. Gastrojejunal anastomosis characterized by ulceration. So I have to be back on Prilosec (omeprazole). Everything else was pretty good, except for vitamin A levels being low, which I am ok with because it is an easy fix. At least I know where the tummy pain is coming from. 😁

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