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cjernsttribe5

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    cjernsttribe5 got a reaction from RhondaHigdon in Anyone November 2020   
    I have no idea how long it will take medicaid to approve. Wish I could tell you!! I hope it’s soon though😉
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to RhondaHigdon in Anyone November 2020   
    I'm excited for all of you. I wish the best you the best of luck. I am on track for my bypass as soon as I get insurance approval. I have NC Medicaid, and get my pre-op diet I'm still hoping for sometime in November. We shall see?
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to Desire Goddess in Anyone November 2020   
    I’m scheduled for Nov. 18th. I found a bunch of Protein Shakes on sale. Unfortunately some of them may not work but I’ll save them for when I’m working back up to soft foods.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to cpudoctor2020 in Gastric ByPass on Nov. 10, 2020   
    Good Morning All
    I am scheduled for Bypass on Nov.10, 2020 at Humber River Hospital in Toronto.
    Is there anyone else who is scheduled in Toronto for Nov ?
    I am looking for a surgery buddy to go through this with.
    For anyone from Toronto who had surgery at HRH. Can you let me know how it went ?
    I am excited and nervous all at same time
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to mlmx1138 in Anyone November 2020   
    As of today, my bypass in on November 10th! And I also started this in August of 2019!
    1000islandgirl, we are twins lol.
    I need to start getting ready, thank God I work from home!
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to SarahSL2020 in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    Hi everyone,
    Not sure if this is still an active thread or not. My highest weight was 395. I started the bariatric program at around 330 and had surgery at 318. I had a VSG on 9/24/2020 and I'm currently down to 305. I was down more before surgery and then Covid hit, so I put a little back on in the middle.
    I'm almost 3 weeks post-op and feeling pretty good. I have really bad knees and need to lose weight before they will do the knee replacements.
    Hope you are all doing well.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to GreenTealael in Where to go for support?   
    This site was created with rules and safeguards so that it can remain a safe place, so most of the time it is.
    Please report anything/anyone that doesn't meet the standards, that's the one of the ways to remove the negativity.
    The other way is to create threads, find your "tribe" and cultivate safe spaces.
    Be the change that you want to see ♥️
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to catwoman7 in Any special supplies I should buy before bypass surgery?   
    I didn't have a binder with RNY. I did with plastic surgery, but that obviously wasn't laproscopic - I had HUGE incisions with that.
    things I used a lot: blender, kitchen scale, ramekins (although your measuring cups will work for this. I used my ramekins so I'd know how much I was eating. You can get them in different sizes like 4 oz, 8 oz, etc - but your measuring cups will work for this, too). A baby spoon (I still use one at five years out because I love it!). I also bought individual packets of various Protein powders so I wouldn't waste money on huge tubs of powder that I ended up hating. Before surgery, I liked the chocolate and vanilla ones, but after surgery, I found those too sweet (at least for the first few weeks or months). I preferred the fruity ones after surgery - and/or savory ones, like chicken soup-flavored. So get a variety of flavors...
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to Sara with an H in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    My pre-OP weight was 375.
    Surgery: 345 on 2/10/20
    I'm at 275 now, so I've lost 100 lbs total, 70 in the last 4 months
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to Frustr8 in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    While scrolling through past postings I noticed there is" Guys who started over 400lbs" in the Guys Room. Well I believe if there is" gravy for the 🐔rooster" there certainly should be "gravy for the🐔 hen " especially those of us with meatier🍗 drumsticks. Are there challenges we face that aren't faced by our 200 lb sisters? Do we tend to lose weight faster or slower than smaller🐣 flock members?
    Weigh in my sisters, weigh in!
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to starladustangel in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    I've started losing a little again. 169 and pound to go until my surgeon's goal.😀
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    cjernsttribe5 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Overwhelmed newbie   
    Hi!!
    I think all those questions and anxiety is normal for getting GB. I am in the same situation. Only I will get mine done in November most likely.
    I have done research, met with 2 surgeons. And starting all the other stuff.
    It can be overwhelming and if you are lacking support, even more so. I have told my mom, sister, and 3-4 friends. I don’t want anyone else to know yet. So far everyone is supportive. My sister wasn’t at first but she has come around.
    I am having the surgery not just for weight loss but for the comorbidities. I have several and my surgeon helped me to understand how the surgery will help with diabetes, high blood pressure, Gastroparesis, joint pain. Which I have those and several more.
    If your surgeon feels your a good candidate and that it will benefit you, I think it will be safe. Did you tell them about the neck and nerve pain? They may want to address that. I have Multiple Sclerosis and nerve pain isn’t something I deal with and I am making sure they know that.
    I’m not sure if anything I just said helps but I hope it does. Please update and let us know what’s going on.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to YeahOkay31 in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    Hi all, joining the party. When I was 21 I found myself at 305 and it freaked me out, and I went on a severe diet. I dropped 112 pounds in a year, but after I met my husband and quit smoking I was back up to 305. And then marriage added another 72! My highest was 377 in 2011. From 2011-2017 I was able to get down to 315, but I kept bouncing back and forth from 335 to 315. When I decided to start the sleeve journey I was 333. On my surgery day, 4/27/18, I was 303, and nearly 4 weeks post op I am 278.
    I question my choice constantly. I am discouraged by the 3 week stall, I miss food, I hate the nausea and the heartburn and all the pills. I am super tired. I know a lot of people regret their sleeve the first month. I just hope to get out of this funk soon.
    Here is my progress.

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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to MNgirl1234 in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    Hello ladies!!!! My highest weight was 437 before I decided to change my life. I started seeing my dietician and worked my butt off to drop to 376 before DS surgery. I've lost 27 pounds in the first month post op and finally am starting to feel better. I have hit a stall the last few days, just hanging out... not losing, not gaining. It's so frustrating! I have to remind myself that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Congratulations on everyone's success!!

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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to catwoman7 in Overwhelmed newbie   
    people fail because they don't follow the rules. If you follow the rules, you'll be fine.
    the people you've talked to are going on very outdated information. Yes, weight loss surgeries WERE risky 30 or 40 or 50 years ago, but they're not anymore. They're among the safest surgeries being done today. And if you're able to take the weight off and maintain it, more power to you - less than 5% of people are able to do that. I tried for years - it never worked for me. Surgery was the only way I was able to loss a massive amount of weight and keep it off.
    you might want to quit telling people. I didn't tell many people because I knew I might get the same kind of feedback that you're getting. My immediate family knew, and some close friends knew. And my boss knew (because I needed the time off, and I trusted her not to blab). I'm more open about it NOW, but before surgery, no. I didn't want to hear that someone's cousin's husband's nephew's first wife had it in 1972 and died. I'd done enough research to know that isn't the reality anymore. These surgeries are safe and effective, as long as you follow your medical team's instructions.
    P.S. I just read Summerset's comments. Yes - she's right - there can be complications - but as long as you follow the rules (like keep on top of your supplements), they're rare. But you can get complications from ANY surgery. People have died having their tonsils out - or even having their wisdom teeth pulled. But how common is that? Answer: it's not. She's also right in that you're not going to find very many people who regret having the surgery. The vast majority would do it again in a heartbeat. I would. In fact, if I had to go back every year and have it, I would. Definitely.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to Lynda486 in Overwhelmed newbie   
    I have had 2 weight loss surgeries and have been successful losing weight with both. I only regained because my pouch developed a fistula, which allowed me to eat more, and I didn't realize why I was gaining. Most of the people that have nothing good to say about this surgery have not researched is as you have. They only know what they have heard or assumed to be correct. People are well intention ed, but also don't understand. You are doing this for you, not them. You want to be healthier and feel better and live a longer life and you can do so with this surgery. Also we are here for you to help in anyway we can! Hugs!
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    cjernsttribe5 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Overwhelmed newbie   
    Hi!!
    I think all those questions and anxiety is normal for getting GB. I am in the same situation. Only I will get mine done in November most likely.
    I have done research, met with 2 surgeons. And starting all the other stuff.
    It can be overwhelming and if you are lacking support, even more so. I have told my mom, sister, and 3-4 friends. I don’t want anyone else to know yet. So far everyone is supportive. My sister wasn’t at first but she has come around.
    I am having the surgery not just for weight loss but for the comorbidities. I have several and my surgeon helped me to understand how the surgery will help with diabetes, high blood pressure, Gastroparesis, joint pain. Which I have those and several more.
    If your surgeon feels your a good candidate and that it will benefit you, I think it will be safe. Did you tell them about the neck and nerve pain? They may want to address that. I have Multiple Sclerosis and nerve pain isn’t something I deal with and I am making sure they know that.
    I’m not sure if anything I just said helps but I hope it does. Please update and let us know what’s going on.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to JessLess in What to expect from my surgery consult?   
    I'd ask if they have a nutritionist as part of the program and what their involvement will be. I found it helpful to meet with one several times and have a nutrition plan for before and after surgery. I also can call her if I have questions or (hope this never happens!) regain weight. Some people seem to leave the surgery with a solid nutrition plan and some people seem like they didn't receive sufficient info.
    I also wanted to know where my doctor went to school, did her residency, how many of the procedures she had done, and which she recommended for me. I ❤️ her.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to Daisyjayne in What to expect from my surgery consult?   
    I'd be asking for their results, my doctor tracks patients for 5 years after surgery and has great data on weight loss/ regain over time. Ask what their personal complication rate is, and how it compares to the average for your locality/ worldwide. Ask about their support services, my surgeons office do support for 5 years with nutrition, exercise and psych (if needed). They also have a "back on track" programme for people who find they are regaining weight within 5 years. I can't believe how many people choose surgeons that have zero follow up.
    Ask how much time you'll need off work, when you can start exercising again, all surgeons seem to have different expectations on these factors.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to MaddieSpahr in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    Hey girls! I started my journey at 338 pounds!!!!! I’m now 158 pounds and at my goal weight!!!!!! BEST DECISION EVER!!!! I share my story in Instagram! I’m Maddie5088 on there!

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    cjernsttribe5 got a reaction from ResaRoo in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    I met with the surgeon for the first time today. He says I am a good candidate for gastric bypass. My insurance is requiring about 6 months for nutritional classes. I asked a lot of questions. I’m excited and determined to make this happen. 2021 will be the start of a new year for a new me.
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to RainbowBrite57 in Silly plan   
    So, I've come up with a silly plan to encourage myself as I lose weight. I just had to share the idea with somebody because I'm excited about it! I have a ton of clothes in all different sizes, from 26 all the way down to a few size 6's. I'm wanting to buy a few of those rolling clothes rack and set up a little "shop" for myself in my basement. Each rack would contain a different size and would only include clothes that I'm really excited to get back in to. For X number of pounds I lose (enough to make a difference in clothing sizes), I'd reward myself with a shopping trip! Sounds fun & encouraging, right??? 😃
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to plain.sight in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    It's hard to say what is 'normal' as everyone loses at different rates. I know that I have hit a couple stalls (I'm 3 months post-op), but I can't say how long they lasted as I specifically did not weigh myself often so that I would not get discouraged by stalls or feeling like I was losing slowly. I would suggest maybe changing some of your macros around. A lot of people can get through a stall by either introducing a bit more fat (we do need some to 'clean the valves') or more carbs.
    That's great! I was able to do mine locally as well, and I think that made a HUGE difference in my motivation and treatment. I just stopped by the office yesterday to buy more Vitamins, and the fact that they know my name and are friendly and personable makes a huge difference. It's such a little thing, but this is such a huge decision and difference in our lives that having a local support team of doctors is genuinely wonderful. I can't wait to hear more of your story!
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to NovaLuna in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    Hi all! I was 385 pounds at my first bariatric appointment and my highest weight was 389 (could have possibly been higher, but I avoided scales like the plague lol). My insurance required six months of weigh-in, but they had too many surgeries scheduled in December so the put me in January which made my whole journey to surgery an eight month process. I had my surgery January 23, 2020 so I'm seven weeks out as of today. On the day of my surgery I weighed in at 321 so I had lost 64 pounds on my own. I weighed myself yesterday morning and I'm down to 288! So I've lost 33 pounds since surgery and 97 overall! It's been a tough journey, but hopefully by the end of the year I can maybe get under 200, which I haven't been since I was 13! If that's not possible I would at least like to fit into a size 18 lol (I'm a 24-26 depending on the brand right now)
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    cjernsttribe5 reacted to plain.sight in GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +   
    Good luck! I think you will be pleasantly surprised with how quickly the process can go and how quickly you can start to feel better. Let us know how the seminar goes!
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