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stacer12

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  1. 10 hours ago, sach1 said:


    Oh my... I suffer from PCOS too.
    Now having same issues you described. Might be because of the insulin levels.
    I used to take inositol before the surgery but wasn't sure if I should continue with it after the surgery.
    I will ask my doctor tomorrow.
    How often do you take metformin?
    Did it help you with further weightloss?

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    I did the metformin and Saxenda for a couple months and I do think it helped me lose weight faster. I then stopped all my meds due to other issues and have been off of everything for like 4 months. I restarted the metformin a couple days ago and have been super nauseated so I’m going to stop again.

    if you have PCOS, it wouldn’t hurt to see if they can check your insulin levels. It’s not a lab that is typically done. Mine was checked for an infertility work up, or I would have had no idea.


  2. I had real, legitimate hunger because I was getting hypoglycemic. I’m not diabetic, but I have PCOS so my insulin levels were too high, which would make me hypoglycemic and feel weak, shaky, and starving until I ate again. I had the same problem pre-op and naively thought the surgery would help fix it. I was started on medication which helped immensely. They gave me an appetite suppressant (phentermine), and Saxenda and metformin for the crazy insulin levels, and it made a difference in my hunger level within a day or two.


  3. On 9/9/2020 at 1:18 AM, NerdySongBird said:

    1. I wear a shock Bracelet that pings me everytime I try to eat something unhealthy.

    2. All of my food is taken in suppository form.

    3. I eat nothing but circus peanuts and wheat grass shots.

    4. I found out I'm allergic to fat and my body is fighting it off.

    5. I have an extensive case of food poisoning.

    6. I have terrible nightmares and I sweat it all off.

    And the list goes on.... lol

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    I love these! I'm definitely going to start making a list and just giving everyone who asks a different answer. That way when they all gossip (cuz they will) they'll be so confused.


  4. On 9/6/2020 at 10:25 AM, Cheeseburgh said:

    Let’s see:

    ”My lifetime goal is to be on America’s Next Top Model, the producers of the show informed me that I’d have to lose weight to achieve that goal.”

    “My car broke down (or repo’d) a few months ago, so I’ve been walking to and from work everyday.”

    ”I developed a fast food allergy “

    ”I burned my mouth so severely on a hot pocket ,I couldn’t eat for months.”

    These are great, thank you!


  5. I’ve had men come up to me in my office, interrupt what I’m doing, and just ask why I’m not smiling, and that I would look better if I would smile. Like why the hell would I be just sitting here smiling while I’m working on my computer? That would be f**king weird. And why would you say that to me? Would you tell a man the same thing? No, no you wouldn’t. I’m not a f**king trained chimp here for your entertainment or to make you feel better about yourself. Although if I were a chimp, I would at least have an excuse to fling poop at these people. That would be pretty awesome.


  6. So I’m getting annoyed by all of the comments and questions from people on my weight loss. I’m not comfortable sharing the fact that I had weight loss surgery, but I work in a VERY large medical office and literally every day somebody is commenting on my weight loss and asking what I’m doing. I don’t even know some of these people; I only know they work for our office because of their name tag. I was giving short non-committal answers, but people insist on continuing to ask questions. It’s gotten to the point that employees are approaching my assistant and asking her how I’m losing weight. I’m just over it. I can’t be too short or blunt with my responses because then I’LL be the one to get in trouble with HR (I know this from previous experience).

    My husband thinks I should give every person who asks about my weight loss method a different answer. So tell one person I have a tapeworm, another person that an old gypsy woman put a curse on me, etc.

    So, I am requesting your assistance. What is the most outrageous, completely ridiculous reason you can think of that I can use to explain my weight loss?

    Edit: thank you to everyone who took the time to reply. However, I think I didn’t explain well enough. I’m not looking for “plausible” reasons for my weight loss. I’m looking for completely outlandish, obviously not true reasons to basically point out that they’re not going to get an answer from me because it’s none of their damn business. Also, I will NOT lie and say I have cancer or another illness. That is diminishing the experience of people who are dealing with those issues and it’s not right.


  7. 8 minutes ago, JessLess said:

    You could be direct. My cousin's husband ALWAYS comments on my weight to the point that it's inappropriate. He said something at my father's funeral and I said, COULD WE NOT TALK ABOUT MY WEIGHT?

    I suggest:

    MYOB or Roller derby

    I would love to, and I am very direct in general, but that combined with my resting b***h face has caused me to be “counseled” several times about how I’m “aggressive” when I interact with people (not in regards to this, but other things, as well). Cuz if you have a vagina you’re not allowed to be direct or you’re considered a b***h. If I’m not at work, I don’t give a ****, but this is literally happening multiple times a day in my workplace.

    Also, I asked the HR lady for tips on what to say to avoid me getting in trouble for being aggressive, and her advice was “just thank them.” Um, yeah, I’m not gonna do that.


  8. So I’m getting annoyed by all of the comments and questions from people on my weight loss. I’m not comfortable sharing the fact that I had weight loss surgery, but I work in a VERY large medical office and literally every day somebody is commenting on my weight loss and asking what I’m doing. I don’t even know some of these people; I only know they work for our office because of their name tag. I was giving short non-committal answers, but people insist on continuing to ask questions. It’s gotten to the point that employees are approaching my assistant and asking her how I’m losing weight. I’m just over it. I can’t be too short or blunt with my responses because then I’LL be the one to get in trouble with HR (I know this from previous experience).

    My husband thinks I should give every person who asks about my weight loss method a different answer. So tell one person I have a tapeworm, another person that an old gypsy woman put a curse on me, etc.

    So, I am requesting your assistance. What is the most outrageous, completely ridiculous reason you can think of that I can use to explain my weight loss?


  9. I'm having a really hard time getting any fluids in. Over the past month I was getting in maybe 8-12 ounces of water/fluids on a good day, so I obviously got very dehydrated, which subsequently made me nauseated, leading to less Fluid intake, ad infinitum. I've really felt like garbage and have had no energy. I had a visit with the NP last week and she ordered IV fluids, so I got two liters a day for four days (Friday-Monday). I gained six pounds over the weekend just from IV fluids, and I definitely felt better, but I'm still not able to get fluids in so she wants me to get a PICC line and get IV fluids for at least the next week until I'm able to start increasing my oral fluid intake.

    Has this been an issue for anybody else? It's not just Water I'm having a hard time with, although that is definitely the worse fluid to try and push right now. I used to chug water like crazy and I usually love ice water, but right now I just can't tolerate it.


  10. 17 minutes ago, over65 said:

    So you really going under tomorrow? Most anesthesiologists want an empty stomach in case of aspiration. But surgeons worry patients get dehydrated postop causing its own problem. So I guess your surgeon wins the battle over anesthesiologist. Maybe stopping two hours before surgery gives enough time to empty stomach.

    As of right now, everything is still on. I've always thought the no Water after midnight thing was stupid. Water doesn't stay in your stomach for more than a couple hours, anyway, so the aspiration risk is minimal with water as long as you stop drinking it 2 hrs prior.


  11. My surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday the 12th, after being delayed for about a month. My surgeon seems to follow some different protocols from what I've seen a lot of other people post. I only have to follow my pre-op diet for one week, and it consists of two Protein Shakes a day then a small meal consisting of lean Protein and veggies. I thought I would be tired and hangry, but my hunger has been pretty manageable and I actually feel physically better and less tired and achy than I did before starting the pre-op diet (I have an autoimmune disease and my GI doctor suspects I have mild Celiac disease so it could have something to do with not eating gluten). So, yay, I guess!

    He also wants me drinking lots of Water the morning of surgery, up until about two hours before my scheduled start time, so that's definitely unusual.


  12. You need to be evaluated for GERD, as well as possibly seasonal allergies. Both of these things can cause a cough which is worse at night due to the chronic irritation to the back of your throat/esophagus. Plus the allergies here in San Antonio suck, and I would wager that the vast majority of people in the area suffer from them, even if they don't think they do.


  13. I think that's a great idea! I would do something similar, but last year I KonMari'ed my clothes and am down to a pretty minimal capsule wardrobe of things that only fit me at my current weight (I pretty much wear black pants, a royal blue top, and a cardigan every day). My surgery is scheduled for 05/12/2020, so I know I'll need to buy some new clothes soon. However, other than my family and close friends, I don't want everybody and their mother knowing right now that I'm using surgery as a tool to help my weight loss.

    So my grand plan is I've bought clothes that are identical to my current wardrobe just in a couple of smaller sizes, so that way if people comment on my weight loss I can just say "I don't know what you're talking about, these are the same clothes I've always worn!" Plus having to wear a mask at work every day and basically isolating myself in my office is helpful, because I can just say "you just haven't seen my face for my months because of the COVID."


  14. On 3/10/2020 at 4:21 PM, CarlyK said:

    My friends and family have been wholly supportive, but none of them really understand what I'm going through. Looking for a surgery buddy with similar stats to be my weight loss BFF!

    I'm a 41 year old female, 5'5", starting weight 260. VSG is scheduled for April 7th!

    Anybody out there like me?!

    I'm 38, 5'5" (ish) and 232. My sleeve is currently scheduled for 05/12/2020, so we're pretty close in stats and date!


  15. On 4/21/2020 at 10:54 PM, FinallyLosingIt20 said:

    I recently contacted Blossom Bariatrics after my insurance refused to cover WLS by saying it’s excluded after they preapproved it. I need a clearance from my cardiologist to participate in the Fast Track program, and every time they fax the paperwork to my cardiologist they say they are not receiving it. I am very frustrated by this process. Blossom is my last chance. I know the times are difficult right now, but I really want to do this before my 50th birthday next year. Any advice? How long does the Fast Track really take? TIA

    You might want to see if you can just pick up the paperwork and bring it to your cardiologist's office yourself (or have them email you the paperwork and bring it to your cardiologist). I am a provider in a medical office, and it is not uncommon for us to fax things multiple times, get fax confirmation, and still have the receiving office say they never got it (and vice versa, to be honest).


  16. 2 hours ago, PinknFlawless said:

    So my Doctor’s office called me yesterday morning to set up my pre-op appointment. I went today at 8am and I’m scheduled to proceed with Gastric Bypass on 4/27 at 6am. Originally, things were postponed, but yesterday they called and told me my insurance approved my surgery and asked me what date I was looking at. I told them asap and they got me scheduled. We were asked to wear a mask and everyone in the office wore them as well. Only about 5 people were allowed in and they had the waiting room spaced out for social distancing. We were also screened for high temperature and any Covid-19 symptoms before we were allowed into the office. I’m excited, yet trying not to get my hopes too high in case I get rescheduled in the next 19 days.

    Unfortunately my area is having a spike of cases of COVID19, so there are no elective surgeries happening. They actually even temporarily canceled all mediport placements for chemo patients (I work in an oncology clinic) until our surgeons complained because, you know, cancer patients sort of need their chemo.


  17. All elective surgeries in my area have been postponed. I would have had surgery sometime in the next couple weeks (I started the whole process on March 13) but as of right now my surgery is tentatively scheduled for May 12, although that is subject to change if current circumstances persist. Overall I know that two months from the very first appointment to date of surgery is quite fast, but I'm just sad that surgery could have been a month sooner. I'm just anxious to get this show on the road already!


  18. 3 hours ago, rjan said:

    That sounds like a really fun milestone!. Unfortunately my husband is a skinny little thing and only an inch taller than me. Not sure if that will ever happen - and if it does, it will be when I am already normal weight. 😂

    I'm in the same boat. My husband and I are both 38, and he has weighed the same thing since high school, around 130 pounds. He's muscular due to his job but very thin and lanky (but still in the normal BMI range). I don't think I will ever weigh less than him.

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