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Juniper123

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    Juniper123 reacted to Vivis in Weight loss/increase 2 weeks post-op?   
    I had no clue this was a thing...I'm definitely new to all of this omg! Thanks for sharing!!!
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from joanie pony in Much less pain after 1 week mark   
    I wrote a few days ago with sharp and significant pain in my largest incision. And I’m checking back in here to happily say that my pain went down dramatically last night into this morning. I’m still sore, but when I went to sit up late last night, I was surprised and very happy that it was MUCH less painful than it had been before, and that has continued throughout the day today. I’m just taking Tylenol now, and drove to the store today and finally got out of the house on my own, and it was great. I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner. The week-mark really was the turning point for me.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Dogmom68 in I hate protein drinks! Any protein pills?   
    Okay. I have found the holy grail of Protein. Gladiator vanilla Protein Powder from smoothie King. It has 45 grams of protein per serving and it is unnoticeable in smoothies to me, and I’m super picky. I use 1/2 cup fairlife milk, fresh strawberries and banana, 10ish ice cubes, blend it, add the powder, blend a little more, and it’s perfect. This is a lifesaver to me.

    It’s $45 per big canister at Smoothie King stores.

    Totally seriously, I would have no idea I was drinking a Protein Shake if you didn’t tell me. It’s that good.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from SHORTY_ in just venting   
    Ugggg, I forgot how much the preop diet sucks. I'm being revised from a lapband to gastric bypass on July 6. My band has been unfilled since December, so I've been able to eat normally since then.
    My current surgeon has me doing two weeks of shake for Breakfast, shake for lunch, healthy choice steamer for dinner. Last time I did all liquids, staying under 20 grams of carbs, but it was only for a week.
    From what I remember, the first days of the preop diet are the worst and then I kinda got numb and it wasn't so bad. But I'm in the thick of it now. And staring down two full week of this is daunting. I made it last time, I'll make it this time, but just uggg.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from SHORTY_ in just venting   
    I made it. My dietician said that if I needed to, I could eat plain vegetables. And that is what saved me during week 2 of the prep-op diet. I ate A LOT of steamed broccoli with salt and spinach with the lightest Italian dressing I could find. It saved me. I lost 10 pounds over the two weeks and I’ve lost another 10 since surgery. My surgery went great. You can do it!!!!!
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from SHORTY_ in just venting   
    Ugggg, I forgot how much the preop diet sucks. I'm being revised from a lapband to gastric bypass on July 6. My band has been unfilled since December, so I've been able to eat normally since then.
    My current surgeon has me doing two weeks of shake for Breakfast, shake for lunch, healthy choice steamer for dinner. Last time I did all liquids, staying under 20 grams of carbs, but it was only for a week.
    From what I remember, the first days of the preop diet are the worst and then I kinda got numb and it wasn't so bad. But I'm in the thick of it now. And staring down two full week of this is daunting. I made it last time, I'll make it this time, but just uggg.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from lexie007 in I hate protein drinks! Any protein pills?   
    I have not heard of Protein pills, but that is not to say they don’t exist.
    two things you may want to try:
    fair life milk. Has 23 grams of protein per 14 oz. tastes and feels exactly like normal white milk. (And I am picky.)
    protein 20 Water. tastes decent to me. About 15 grams of protein per bottle.

    good luck!
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from joanie pony in Much less pain after 1 week mark   
    I wrote a few days ago with sharp and significant pain in my largest incision. And I’m checking back in here to happily say that my pain went down dramatically last night into this morning. I’m still sore, but when I went to sit up late last night, I was surprised and very happy that it was MUCH less painful than it had been before, and that has continued throughout the day today. I’m just taking Tylenol now, and drove to the store today and finally got out of the house on my own, and it was great. I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner. The week-mark really was the turning point for me.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from joanie pony in Much less pain after 1 week mark   
    I wrote a few days ago with sharp and significant pain in my largest incision. And I’m checking back in here to happily say that my pain went down dramatically last night into this morning. I’m still sore, but when I went to sit up late last night, I was surprised and very happy that it was MUCH less painful than it had been before, and that has continued throughout the day today. I’m just taking Tylenol now, and drove to the store today and finally got out of the house on my own, and it was great. I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner. The week-mark really was the turning point for me.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from joanie pony in Much less pain after 1 week mark   
    I wrote a few days ago with sharp and significant pain in my largest incision. And I’m checking back in here to happily say that my pain went down dramatically last night into this morning. I’m still sore, but when I went to sit up late last night, I was surprised and very happy that it was MUCH less painful than it had been before, and that has continued throughout the day today. I’m just taking Tylenol now, and drove to the store today and finally got out of the house on my own, and it was great. I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner. The week-mark really was the turning point for me.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from joanie pony in Much less pain after 1 week mark   
    I wrote a few days ago with sharp and significant pain in my largest incision. And I’m checking back in here to happily say that my pain went down dramatically last night into this morning. I’m still sore, but when I went to sit up late last night, I was surprised and very happy that it was MUCH less painful than it had been before, and that has continued throughout the day today. I’m just taking Tylenol now, and drove to the store today and finally got out of the house on my own, and it was great. I finally feel like I’ve turned the corner. The week-mark really was the turning point for me.
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    Juniper123 reacted to liveaboard15 in Big pain in one incision on day 3 post op   
    about a month.
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    Juniper123 reacted to Arabesque in Big pain in one incision on day 3 post op   
    Yep, that will be the one they used to remove part of your tummy & use the most during the surgery. It’s usually the slightly larger incision, cause more discomfort & take the longest to heal. How long will depend on how you heal. You had three surgeries in one so you had quite a workout & may take longer to heal & recover.
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    Juniper123 reacted to liveaboard15 in Big pain in one incision on day 3 post op   
    i had 1 incision that was extremely painful compared to the others. That one took a while to feel normal. The rest never really hurt. Surgeon said that one incision is the one where they pulled out the part of the stomach. its larger than the rest too
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    Juniper123 reacted to kcuster83 in Big pain in one incision on day 3 post op   
    I had bypass with hernia repair and esophagus repair and "trimming". I had 1 incision that was larger and more painful than the rest but not to the point of taking my breath away. It just took longer to heal and hurt a little more than the rest of them.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Merill in Any July buddies?   
    I’m now on day 6 (out of 14) of my preop diet. I’m past the constant headache stage, but I’m still grumpy. I just ate two cups of steamed broccoli (with only salt) out of desperation — My nutritionist said I can always eat non-starchy vegetables if I need to eat something. I’m counting down the days at this point.

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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Raquelg22 in Any July buddies?   
    Yes! Me!!! July 6th. Getting my lapband taken out, gastric bypass, and hernia repair. I can't wait.
    I've gained about 30 pounds since my lapband has been unfilled in the fall, and I'm ready to get this weight off.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Raquelg22 in Any July buddies?   
    Yes! Me!!! July 6th. Getting my lapband taken out, gastric bypass, and hernia repair. I can't wait.
    I've gained about 30 pounds since my lapband has been unfilled in the fall, and I'm ready to get this weight off.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Manda32830 in Start of my weight loss surgery   
    Best wishes! I started my 2 week preop diet today.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Manda32830 in Start of my weight loss surgery   
    Best wishes! I started my 2 week preop diet today.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from LookingForward22 in Getting closer… timeline question   
    I had my ekg done at my primary care clearance visit. I was already scheduled for surgery at that time. Seems like every doctor does it differently.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from fourmonthspreop in First post op date   
    Good luck! I was banded 11 years ago and am revising to bypass in July, so I have a bit of experience with this. When I eat with new people, I am just very upfront and tell them that I had weight loss surgery and that my eating is weird, so please don't be offended or worried if I don't eat much, eat slow, etc. I'm all good and totally happy unless I say otherwise.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from Tomo in I am approved!!!   
    Woohoo! I have insurance approval and a surgery date of July 6! Lapband coming out, fixing a hernia, and getting revised to a gastric bypass. Should be $0 out of pocket.
    I've been working toward this since November. So relieved, excited, and ready.
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    Juniper123 got a reaction from SleeveDiva2022 in Revision without a high enough bmi now   
    Totally been there. Had a lapband for 11 years and kept off about 60 lbs. Started aspirating at night, and my surgeon determined that my band had to come out. I had the band deflated and my surgeon had me start a supervised diet at the same time while we started jumping through the insurance hoops to try to get a revision to gastric bypass. My bmi was 33 at this point. I'm sure he knew I'd gain weight, and I did -- about 30 pounds, which easily pushed my bmi up into the range for revision surgery.
    I just got approved today to have a gastric bypass at the same time that the lapband comes out. It took me about 6 months from when I went in with problems to get to this point and jump through all the insurance hoops. July 6 can't come soon enough.
    And yes, I agree that it's insane that you have to raise your bmi to qualify. It was the first weight loss surgery that allowed me to get my bmi down in normal range in the first place!!! It would have been SO MUCH BETTER to just have gotten the revision right away when the doctor determined the lapband needed to come out instead of gaining the weight back. It's a ridiculous policy.
    I constantly reminded myself that while I was gaining weight temporarily, that my first weight loss surgery was successful and the revision will be as well, so it's a temporary pain in the rear in order to get a permanent solution. I feel your frustration and fully understand.



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    Juniper123 reacted to Daddyof4 in I am approved!!!   
    Yaayy!!! Congratulations Juniper. I had the same surgery March 21 but not $0 out of pocket. Hospital bill paid by insurance except for $350 copay, another $350 or so for the anesthesiologist and another about $300 for doctor. Still, not too bad. I'm down 50 lb since starting the liquid diet on March 7. I hope yours goes even better than mine did!

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