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STLoser

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  1. STLoser

    SIPS procedure coming up

    Hi! Dr. Minkin was my surgeon!! I can't recommend him enough!!! He was fantastic! I actually had a different surgeon at a different hospital originally and planned to get gastric bypass and because of covid that didn't work out and I went to Dr. Minkin and he recommended Loop DS and and I was really unsure at first but I am so glad I listened to him. I am feeling great! I love Dr. Minkin and really thankful I ended up choosing him as my surgeon and I think you will be glad you did too! It's cool to find someone else from St. Louis! Let me know if you have any questions! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  2. As long as I get my protein in I don't usually have room for pasta or rice, but if I have had my protein first, then my veggies, and still have room for a bite of rice or pasta I will have it. It never happens though. I will admit, here and there I have had a bite before my protein, but only on a rare occasion.. I don't really have much of a taste for it anymore. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
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  4. I weigh myself daily, but seeing my weight fluctuate does not bother me, and if I do get aggravated I take a break. As long as the overall trend is going down over time I'm happy though, and I place more emphasis on how I feel, how my close fit, and my labs. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  5. I bet you won't be on them for very long. The hydrochlorothiazide is a water pill and could dehydrate you too. Good luck to you! [emoji4] Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  6. It was days. I actually had my gallbladder out in January 2020. That surgeon recommended wls at my follow up appointment which was at the end of February. As I was driving home from the appt. that day, the bariatric surgeon's office that he referred me to called to schedule my consult appt. I saw that doctor at the beginning of March 2020 but then COVID happened and the hospital let him go, and I ended up going with a different surgeon at a different hospital. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. I talked to my pcp prior to surgery and she put me on Imitrex to take when I get a migraine. I actually had my yearly checkup with her Monday and she wasn't happy that I'm still having quite a few migraines a month so she she also put me on Topamax for prevention of migraines.. There are quite a few options nowadays, so it is worth talking to your doctor before your surgery since you won't be able to take NSAIDS. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  8. I can tell you, from opposite end of this spectrum, I sure wish I hadn't waited so long. I'm 49. I will be 50 in August. I first considered wls back around 1999 when it was fairly new and I weighed around 210. I am 5'3". I yo yo dieted for the next 20ish years, always losing very little (45 was the most ever), and gaining more each time, until I reached my high weight of 393 and a BMI of 69.9. I had my surgery in July and I'm down to a BMI of 45ish I think, so I STILL have a long way to go. If I had done this years ago before I got that big I wouldn't have gotten into this predicament. The truth is, very few people can lose their weight and keep it off. You know yourself best though, and what's right for you. It's pretty normal to have some doubts.. Good luck. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  9. STLoser

    Covid Vaccine

    I had my 2nd vaccine on February 27th. It went as well as the first. Just a mildy sore arm for the first day and that's it. I am so happy to be fully vaccinated now. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  10. STLoser

    Gall bladder removal

    It is definitely very common for your gallbladder to act up with rapid weight loss.. Having my gallbladder out is what actually led me to getting wls though, because the surgeon saw how bad my liver looked and suggested wls. So hopefully, it won't happen to you, but there is a possibility. It's not too bad of an operation luckily.. I didn't even have to stay overnight for it. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Loose skin

    I've lost 130 but I still have about 100 to go, so it is bound to get worse, but the main area of loose skin I have is my lower belly and inner thighs, and right at the bottom of my very big butt. My arms have very little loose skin but they're also not a place I carry much fat. My breast aren't too bad so far.. I had a breast reduction in 2003, but I'm still pretty big on top and I never lost a ton of weight in my breasts before either. That being said, who knows what will happen in another 100 pounds, but considering I started at almost 400 pounds my loose skin is not bad at all. I am going to be 50 in August, and haven't decided if I'll do any skin removal surgery, except maybe my lower stomach because I get rashes there. For one thing, I paid out of pocket for my wls, and I don't really have the budget to pay out of pocket for plastic surgery. Also, I feel like what's the point at my age. I mean, I feel like a very young 49, but still. I'm pretty secure in myself after many years of struggle with that, and I just feel in a good place, loose skin or not. Also, my biggest reason for wls was my health and as long as I am healthy I will be pretty happy! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  12. STLoser

    I "snuck" having WLS

    I'll admit, there was a time I thought wls was the easy way out, thanks to the lies that are told by so many about it. After my own research and finding out everything I could I realized that was so untrue, and now that I've been through it myself I definitely know better! It makes me so mad. It's the most effective treatment we have for obesity at this point. And I feel like as much as fat people are shamed to lose weight they shouldn't have to justify HOW they lose it. It's a medical condition. No one would tell a diabetic not to take their meds. This is just another medical treatment. This is a big reason I have told everyone about it.. I hope that by being open I can clear up some misconceptions. I'm pretty much an open book though and I understand why someone would want to keep it to themselves. I am so lucky that the people in my life have been very supportive, but if they said something rude they know my big mouth and that I'll let them have it. Lol I'm gonna be 50 in August and I think I've finally arrived at the "I don't give a sh*t what anyone thinks" part of my life. Ha ha Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  13. I was only allowed one visitor during visiting hours after my surgery in July. I was feeling so nauseated and sleepy the first couple days I barely knew my husband was there. I There are so many people in the past year who have died and their loved ones couldn't be there with them, so I felt thankful that my husband was able to come see me at all, and at least I wasn't someone dying alone in a hospital or someone who had a loved one dying alone that I couldn't be with. People in a hospital are vulnerable, so it's especially important to take all the precautions necessary to prevent Covid spreading in there. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  14. I actually started BP meds in May 2020 (Lisinopril). I had just started having high BP right before that.. My surgery was July 23, 2020, and my BP was low after surgery and so they told me not to take Lisinopril, and I have not had to go back to it. My BP has been normal since surgery. It may take longer the longer you've had hypertension and been on meds though. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  15. You have a good attitude about it and that's what will help you be successful in spite of your doctor not being encouraging! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  16. I don't like fast food and didn't before surgery, but my husband and son do and I have found something I can eat at most places. I usually go for a salad that has protein in it or any type of grilled chicken.. I am allowed carbs so sometimes I will eat part of a bun, but usually I just eat the chicken. I was never a big bread person anyway and I find it doesn't feel good in my stomach now. Thanks to Covid we have only been to Olive Garden in the past year, and they have a lighter chicken option called Chicken Margherita and it's very good. I don't know if you have Culvers in your area but their salad is great and they have really good grilled chicken. I end up eating some of the chicken out of the salad and a little bit of lettuce and my husband eats the rest. The good thing is, protein is on the menu at pretty much every restaurant so I haven't found it too difficult, except that I don't eat any red meat. For breakfast, QT has a delicious egg scramble with veggies and cheese, if you have a QT around. As long as you know what you are allowed you should be able to find something at most places. It takes a little planning but it's doable. Good luck! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  17. STLoser

    Taste changes for the worst!

    It should pass.. I went through this also and it was terrible! It was really hard to get my protein in at first because the shakes tasted disgusting. I had to force myself to drink them. A lot of my other favorites tasted weird.. Cottage cheese was weird. Now I'm 8 months out and for the most part things taste like they did before, and I can even drink Premier Protein again. I do notice that I'm more sensitive to the taste of salt though. I've always been a saltaholic and not much tasted salty to me but now it does. That's a good thing I guess. Ha ha I'm sorry you're dealing with this but it will pass! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  18. Wow! It makes me really mad that your doctor would have an expectation of how much you should lose in a certain amount of time. What a jerk. Everyone loses at a different rate! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  19. I had Loop DS and I'm required to get 90 to 110 of protein a day. I usually get around 100 most days. I'm almost 8 months post op. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  20. STLoser

    July 2020 Surgery anyone?

    That's awesome! Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Sick of Liquid Diet

    The first 3 weeks post op were definitely the hardest for me. I hated all the protein shakes because my taste changed, and I was dying for something savory. Getting to purees was so great. I spent the whole time looking for recipes and it helped get me through. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  22. STLoser

    Stomach Gurgling

    I had a Loop DS 6 months ago, and my stomach has become pretty noisy. It's better than it was the first month or so but it still makes quite a bit of noise Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  23. STLoser

    July 2020 Surgery anyone?

    Thank you so much. You are doing amazing too and I'm so inspired by you and everyone here! I am so thankful for this forum! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  24. Yum. That sounds so good. I think I need to try that one! Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
  25. Oh yeah these are great! My sweet husband got me some of these right after surgery because the only way I could stand the protein shakes was mixed with decaf coffee, and he thought these would add some flavor. It really helped! I normally like black coffee, but these are good when you want "fancy" coffee. Sent from my Nokia 7.2 using BariatricPal mobile app
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