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Pines

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    Pines reacted to SleeveToBypass2023 in Hair length and loss   
    My hair started thinning around 3 months post surgery. It thinned out until about 9 months out and then slowly stopped. I cut my hair to juuuuuuuust shoulder length and used volumizing and thickening Shampoo and conditioner, and it's really helped. The longer your hair, the heavier it is and can make the thinning more noticeable.
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    Pines reacted to Spinoza in Hair length and loss   
    I think in general terms shorter cuts hide Hair loss better - IF you do experience significant loss.
    I lost a lot of hair, in three distinct waves. Plus my hair grows (and regrows) abnormally slowly. I'm 28 months post surgery and my last phase of regrowth is just about below my ears now. I've had to cut my hair shorter than I normally would for about 18 months but I think I'll finally be back to my usual below shoulder length soon.
    Have to say it's been an opportunity to experiment that I would never have had otherwise! Maybe try new stuff if you need to?
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    Pines reacted to catwoman7 in Hair length and loss   
    I would wait, too. Not everyone loses hair. Plus some (like me) lose so little that it's not noticeable.
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    Pines reacted to Arabesque in Hair length and loss   
    I wouldn’t worry yet but wait until you start to lose your hair. You don’t know how much you will shed. You may not have to do a thing. You usually start to shed around month 4 so your hair wouldn’t have grown much in those 4 months (about 2 inches) and you may not need to do a thing.
    I had long thick hair & cut it in stages. Cut a few inches off after a month because it was looking a little thin at the ends (well thin for me but not for most). I then went to just above my shoulders the next month when I’d lost some more. I didn’t lose a lot but short hair is always bouncier & looks thicker than long which is why I cut it.
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    Pines reacted to Mercury.Belle in March 2024 Surgery Buddies!   
    Just got a call from the surgery center I’m having mine done at. It had to be pushed back two weeks to March 26th due to a scheduling conflict. Frustrating!!
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    Pines got a reaction from Arabesque in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    I had my last pre-op meeting yesterday and while coffee is allowed on my pre- op diet, the nutritionist recommended weaning off it because it isn’t allowed/recommended post-op. I think I might do a couple of days on the new diet before starting to cut down on coffee. Starting pre-op tomorrow - fingers crossed!
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    Pines reacted to NickelChip in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    I have to say, Decaf tea is like a cruel joke. It looks and tastes just like regular, and yet I am still asleep when it's done. And then it's noon and I'm asking myself how I can still be tired after drinking all that tea!
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    Pines reacted to Shanna NYC in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    I was allowed coffee during pre-op diet, only black no milk or sugar, up until 24hrs prior to surgery. Then it was no caffeine for 30 days post-op. Decaf was awful to me so I just went without my life juice for a month.
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    Pines reacted to ms.sss in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    i was allowed coffee (black only...no sugar or milk, ofc).
    though i think they told me not to drink any 12 hrs before surgery...but i think that was all liquids, not just coffee...i don't remember?
    further, they served me both coffee and tea in the hospital after surgery...with cream and sugar packets for some reason. i take my coffee and tea black anyway so i didn't bother asking if it was a mistake. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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    Pines reacted to summerseeker in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    I had coffee as my last drink before surgery and when I woke from surgery I was asked did I want one. It wasn't a thing with my surgeon.
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    Pines reacted to catwoman7 in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    we weren't allowed coffee on the pre-op diet, or for the first three or four weeks after surgery. After that, we could drink Decaf. We weren't allowed "real" coffee until about six months out. But as others have said, programs are all different.
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    Pines reacted to Arabesque in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    I wasn’t allowed coffee pre or post either. Didn’t bother me as I stopped drinking it years before. Thankfully I was allowed my green tea which I’ve drunk for 20+ yrs & herbal teas.
    Was told the caffeine is too harsh on your smaller tummy especially while it is healing & so sensitive.
    But as with most things, follow the plan you’ve been given. If you are to give it up after surgery for a period of time, I’d give it up before as the withdrawal can be wicked.


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    Pines reacted to Tomo in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    I was allowed coffee before during and after. It depends upon your program.
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    Pines reacted to NickelChip in Coffee on pre-op diet?   
    Every program will be different, but your best bet is to wean off it as quickly as you can. Decaf is usually fine, so you may start doing half-caf tomorrow with the goal of getting to all decaf before surgery. It's less a problem before surgery because you can make yourself drink extra Water to combat the dehydration coffee can cause, but it's impossible to do that after, so ideally you don't want to drink anything that makes you get dehydrated. On the other hand, some programs let you have one cup of regular coffee per day. Just don't go cold turkey if you want to avoid a killer headache. I spent two weeks weaning myself off caffeine before my pre-op diet started.
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    Pines got a reaction from ChunkCat in March 2024 Surgery Buddies!   
    After seeing the Feb 2024 thread and realizing my surgery is only 6 days later, thought I’d start a thread and see if there’s anyone else scheduled in March? I’m having VSG on March 6. I’ve been planning it since last June and am very excited! Any March 2024 Buddies out there? 😀
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    Pines reacted to ms.sss in Family wedding two months after surgery   
    at my two month mark it was christmas-ish and i along with the gazillion family parties, i had a wedding-like 50th bday party as well (not mine lol).
    eating was not an issue, i nibbled stuff here and there. i did bring a Protein Shake (or two) to every single event, just in case, but didn't need it at any of them. i could easily find something among the spread to eat.
    as for something to wear, i would probably nix the idea of buying a dress that fits u now. i can almost guarantee that it WILL NOT fit u in May.
    not sure if u are a hoarder of just-in-case "skinny clothes" like i was, but i was able to dip into this stash for a few months during weight loss phase for my dress-up needs.
    if anything, maybe wait until at least April to buy a new outfit?
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    Pines reacted to SomeBigGuy in Family wedding two months after surgery   
    This is coming from a guy, so take it with a grain of salt. I had to go to an event requiring a jacket and tie last week, which was 6 weeks after the pre-op diet (4 weeks post op) weight loss began. When I put on my suit I wore previously in September, I looked like a little kid trying on his dad's clothes. I needed a shirt 3 sizes smaller than my previous, but only 1 size smaller pants. I would suggest waiting to shop until about 2 weeks prior to the event because its hard to predict where you'll be at that point.
    As far as the foods go, after having the sleeve done, I'm ok with some foods that I probably shouldn't be ready for yet (ground beef, salmon, high fiber/low carb bread which I have since cut back out since its not diet friendly), but others that I should be ok with are making me feel sick (leafy greens, broccoli, canned tuna). Again, I would just assess where you are a week or two out from the wedding, maybe ask them what is on the menu, but maybe plan to pack a diet-friendly snack in your bag just in case. Congrats again on your surgery!
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    Pines reacted to catwoman7 in Family wedding two months after surgery   
    I, too, was mostly eating things like Soup and yogurt then...and other soft-ish things. I was "allowed" to eat most solid foods by then (except for raw vegetables - that took a few more months), but I still found some solid things difficult to eat. I also wasn't eating very much by then - maybe 600-800 kcal/day. I ate mostly Protein and (cooked or soft) produce. I didn't eat breads, rice, Pasta, or treats like cake until I was over a year out. I probably COULD have, but I didn't - some of it just bothered me. Others I just didn't want to eat at the time because I didn't want to go down that road that early.
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    Pines reacted to summerseeker in Family wedding two months after surgery   
    I dont know what weight you are so its really guess work. I did a 3 week pre op diet and with 2 months post surgery weight loss, I dropped 40 pounds. If you do the same and bought your outfit, maybe your clothes would not fit.
    I really had a struggle with food after surgery. At 2 months I was just about getting the hang of it. I would not have eaten regular food. Soup, milk, yogurts and cheese were my staples at that time. If I had to go to a function I would pack myself a emergency pack, just in case. I had massive drops in energy and needed lots of little meals to pick me up. I still carry Protein Bars and a drink.
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    Pines got a reaction from Arabesque in Frustrated About CPAP   
    I’m on a cpap too. I don’t have any advice on dealing with the disappointment but if I were you, I’d probably tell myself it’s just another step toward health. And who knows, maybe you’ll recover faster and lose faster because you are getting quality sleep and rest? Could happen!
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    Pines got a reaction from Arabesque in Frustrated About CPAP   
    I’m on a cpap too. I don’t have any advice on dealing with the disappointment but if I were you, I’d probably tell myself it’s just another step toward health. And who knows, maybe you’ll recover faster and lose faster because you are getting quality sleep and rest? Could happen!
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    Pines got a reaction from Arabesque in Frustrated About CPAP   
    I’m on a cpap too. I don’t have any advice on dealing with the disappointment but if I were you, I’d probably tell myself it’s just another step toward health. And who knows, maybe you’ll recover faster and lose faster because you are getting quality sleep and rest? Could happen!
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    Pines got a reaction from Arabesque in Frustrated About CPAP   
    I’m on a cpap too. I don’t have any advice on dealing with the disappointment but if I were you, I’d probably tell myself it’s just another step toward health. And who knows, maybe you’ll recover faster and lose faster because you are getting quality sleep and rest? Could happen!
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    Pines got a reaction from summerseeker in What was your “Moment” ?   
    I have been large all my life, but always felt healthy and mostly able to do what I wanted. I gained about 40 pounds during Covid and after struggling to get it off and no longer feeling healthy, my doctor recommended seeing an endocrinologist who recommended WLS. I was not interested, at all, so decided to try Ozempic. I was on it for a year, lost my Covid weight and a bit more, and was really surprised how it changed my cravings and interest in food. After my health insurance stopped covering Ozempic, I started researching other options and realized that WLS would give me some of the same effects I appreciated from the medication. I am on a long journey though because my health insurance requires six months of nutrition counseling and that ends in a work window when I can't take time off, so I'm hoping for a March 2024 surgery date. It's giving me plenty of time to plan, research and prepare! 🙂
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    Pines got a reaction from summerseeker in What was your “Moment” ?   
    I have been large all my life, but always felt healthy and mostly able to do what I wanted. I gained about 40 pounds during Covid and after struggling to get it off and no longer feeling healthy, my doctor recommended seeing an endocrinologist who recommended WLS. I was not interested, at all, so decided to try Ozempic. I was on it for a year, lost my Covid weight and a bit more, and was really surprised how it changed my cravings and interest in food. After my health insurance stopped covering Ozempic, I started researching other options and realized that WLS would give me some of the same effects I appreciated from the medication. I am on a long journey though because my health insurance requires six months of nutrition counseling and that ends in a work window when I can't take time off, so I'm hoping for a March 2024 surgery date. It's giving me plenty of time to plan, research and prepare! 🙂

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