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StevieVieth

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  1. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Jodi it is ok, I should have typed out birthcontrol. I didnt list it as a med that I was taking, but during my pre admissions testing I asked a question about it, and She was like well thats a medicine. I said I wasnt taking the pill I am on the Nuva Ring. As for the previous post that you re posted here when the person referred to as "SLIME", the doctors will tell you it is called "Frothing" I have all this information in a booklet that I received at pre op education(BootCamp). Frothing would be the medical term, you will not hear your doctor refer to it as slime. I just went through all of my extras and I need to go out and buy retainers for my facial piercings, I do however have my plugs so my 3/4" holes in my ears do not close.:cursing:
  2. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    The Dr. Told me to stop right away, because for 3 weeks following surgery you are able to develope blood clots, and one birth control it triples that risk. I take the nuvaring and have been for over a year, and he told me to stop right away. So I would call your doctors office and ask before your surgery so you dont have a chance to get blood clots. So get a supply of condoms =) A chain store that you can get retainers at is like Hot Topic in the malls or like Spencers gifts. those are two off the top of my head, some odds and ends store that sells plugs and gauges for your piercings should sell them too. Not the fancy jewelry places, even claires accessory stores might. I know I have one or 2 for my monroe and septum, but I know I have to get one for my tongue ring. :eek:
  3. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Stevie thats great!!! SIm so excited for you about the surgery on the March 2nd and you are good to go!! You must be so relieved. Do you have to stay over night at all or are you going outpatient? I am staying one night..protocol. So, now you can get on with planning for your first weeks. My mother god bless her....she went out and bought me five days worth of new PJS and socks...lol of course it was appreciated as I really needed them in any case. I had a friend once who who had a friend named Stevie she was a girl as well. I always really liked that name. Im not really sure why I had to go through the hoops. Not sure wether it is the surgeons, hospitals or insurance company. Nobody seems to know lol but no one has the exact same protocol no matter what city or state they live in. Im just hoping for no blood gas~! That scared me more then the surgery itself! You said your sister lives in SI? Are you from NY orriginally? Im in Cedarhurst LI. I work in Brooklyn. OMG...me too...in fact I gained 5 llbs. in the last month..because its all about that last hoorah? I dont think I ate so much or anything additional..however I guess that psychologically its easy to think like this. I think that if I was on supervised diet for a certain amount of time before surgery and demonstrate some weight loss or noooo surgery...then maybe I would have..but I didnt need to be on any pre-surgery diet at all. The day before needs to be liquid and thats it. so...I guess...itl take a little longer but Im ready for it and I know afterwards...thats it!! lol So you arent the only one...and im sure there are others who feel the same. Well hope all is well with everyone. Would love to know what everyone is doing to get ready for their surgery and the first week afterwhich. Are people buying containers of broth or making their own and if they are buying how much sodium is considered okay per serving:? If I make broth on my own..the chances of sodium and fat is higher for sure lol so, clear liquids such as apple juice..low sugar and cranberry juice I was told..but that doesnt sound like it will feel good after another endoscopy and skin milk and clear jello. hmmm that and broth and hot water with hmm what? any other ideas that people have heard? would love to start buying a few staples for the week. any suggestions will be welcomed. Have a great night! Jodi Hey Jodi, yes I am originally from Staten Island myself. I was born there and raised most of my life. I know maybe one or two other girls named Stevie, but they are younger then I am. My parents loved Stevie Nicks and thats how I became Stevie-Nicole.. SO I lost 3 lbs since tuesday!!!!!! At frst the hospital weighed me when I went in for pre admission testings and bootcamp yesterday, but the scale they used was this old rikity thing. Im use to get weighed on my dr's scale at the office which is this all high tech can calibrate itself type that is right on the money all the time. The difference is the hospitals scale said i gained a lb. Then I went back to the Dr.'s office and they weighed me and I was down 3 lbs from my last weight check. So Im use to going by this scale and I was relieved. Plus at the Dr.'s office they make me take off my shoes and such the hosp didnt. The problem I am going to have is I cant use my birth control for 1 month!!!! I dont want to get pregnant. And my husband and I are 23 and 21 so He is still at his peek !! Ive had to fight him off for the last day!! SO its off to the store for condoms. Another thing is you cant wear any metal into the OR. that means my tongue ring, septum ring, and monroe need retainers made of plastic so they wont close. Then I need to dig out my plastic or acrillic plugs as well! This part is frustrating,
  4. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Im super excited!!!!! I had my pre op visit with the surgeon to score everything. I had my bootcamp and pre admissions testing too this morning. Im set and ready to go!!! 3/2 is my date must be at the hospital at 6:30am I am the first on the list. Op is at 7:30... Yay its coming very close!:smile2:
  5. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Hey Jodi, My name is Stevie by the way. You dont have to write StevieVieth. Just call me stevie. I am excited but the weather however has me all arggg. Its snowing this morning and I am not the person to be driving in the snow. But I have to make my appt at the hosp. im not sure about everything with boot camp. Where in Ny are you? My sister lives in Staten Island and she didnt have to do the whole pre admissions testing at the hospital. Well off I go. Ill update when I get back~
  6. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Isnt the Upper G I series horrible. I was reading up on it and I believe you have to do something similar after surgery too. The Barium is terrible. I felt so sick after that. But I also had all of my testing done at once. First the chest x-rays, then the Upper G I series, then I went and did my pulminary functions, where they also drew blood from a vein where the woman said blood has oxygen and it was on the side of my wrist. Then I went and had a ekg, then someone came in an did a eeg which is a sonogram of your heart that was pretty neat to watch. I did my bloodwork and nicotine pee test another day, because my insurance didnt cover it through the hospital. Tomorrow is my pre admissions testing, I am excitedddddd tuesday!
  7. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Bariatriceating.com is also a great site for pree and post op dieting and such. They also sell protein shakes and misc. protein items.
  8. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Congrats, I know how exciting it is to hear about the approval through the insurance companies. I was sooooo excited when my dr.'s office called me to confirm, well mostly because I read some insurance companies take over a month to get back to you, but mine only too 5 days. My procedure date is next tuesday, 1 week!
  9. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Bootcamp is just what my surgeon calls it, Well the whole hospital itself. They call it that because it is to get you ready for the procedure.Like in the army they send you to bootcamp to get ready for combat or anything. So I dont look at it as someone pushing you around. I look at it as preparing you for the day and the healing process. I learned more about it. They also call it pre admissions testing. I arrive and speak with the anesthesiologist, then I tour the surgery floor where I will be staying after Im out of recovery, then we meet with nurses and answer and ask questions, have blood drawn, get a goodie bag(suport pillow, the breathing tool to keep you from getting pnemonia, and paperwork) Not the type of goodie bag you want, but need. Then we go back to the surgeons office and meet with him. I had started my 1 week pre op liquid diet yesterday and it isnt that bad. I had a carnation instant breakfast sugar free with skim milk in the morning it was only like 190 calories but 13 grams of protein. then for lunch I had some chicken boullion(broth) and for dinner an isopure protein shake. and a little sugar free jello. I had made sugar free vanilla pudding but I did the smart thing and added a scoop of isopure creamy vanilla to it to make it actually worth eating. :tongue_smilie:
  10. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    My Dr. requires everyone to do a 1 week pre-op diet, no matter if you have a fatty liver or not. For patients with a fatty liver, they require a 2 or 3 week pre-op diet. I start mine today my surgery is next tuesday. I have bootcamp or pre admissions on thursday at the hospital, its getting close. :frown:
  11. I will be banded on 3/2 by Dr. O @ Atlanticare in Atlantic City. My Husbands Aunt was banded by Dr. Patel and did not like him. She is looking into changing to Dr. O for her fills. Dr. O's staff is wonderful and I look forward to being banded by Dr. O I have heard so many great things about him. I also enjoy the support group meetings for the Lapband at the Altanticare Lifecenter in Egg Harbor Township. I would love to hear stories about what to expect. I go in for "Bootcamp" on Thursday this week.:thumbup:
  12. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Im not all sure what exactly bootcamp is. I know that I have to be at the hospital where the procedure takes place at 9am. I will talk to the anesthesiologist for an hour and go over everthing. Then there is a little class for another couple hours. Not sure exactly what. But then you also get a tour of the hosptal. And at some point I will go over to my doctors office and talk to the surgeon. Other then that all I know is this... I posted a subject in the forum asking if anyone knew this. But I guess a lot of other doctors do not require bootcamp.
  13. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Well, it is official I will be a March Bandster. My doctors office called me about an hour ago and informed me that my insurance approved my procedure. So I am all set. I start my 1 week pre diet on tuesday all liquids. Then I have bootcamp at the hospital next thursday. All worth it my procedure will be at 7:30 on March 2nd!!
  14. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Congrats to you, I know the feeling, My weakness is Nature valley granola nut clusters. They are fine in moderation.. But I can so eat a whole bag in one or two sittings. They are soo good. It does feel goo to walk by things in the grocery store, that you know you will feel guilty about eating later. When I know I am eating something I shouldnt be... It really bothers me in the long run. Physically and emotionally. a big HURRAY to me because this Valentines day I did not ask for Chocolate, and my husband didnt even attempt to get any. Any candy for the matter. I did get Strawberries( Without the dipped chocolate) But that was it. I did ask for an edible bouquet ( The ones made of fruit) But the one I wanted was $69. Im a mush for Hello Kitty and they had one. But the Husband arlready bought me a rose bouquet and two hello Kitty Ty beanie Dolls!! I hope everyone had as good of a day as I had.
  15. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Msdv its ok, Im sure most of us feel this way. I am actually going to therapy because of my body and self image. It is embarassing but if you need to talk to someone about it without judgement I advise you to do it this way. In 2007 before I got pregnant with my son I was only 120 lbs. I had taken an unhealthy attempt at becoming thin and believe me it worked but I am paying for it now. I believe my actions resulted in Karma coming around and making me gain 80 lbs during my pregnancy and keeping it on since then. I have tried really hard to lose weight, but even with diet and exercise I am merely losing a lb here and a few lbs there. And now my body is not likeing the weight, or the choices of weightloss. It sucks and I hear oh youre not fat. But YEAH right I know I am. How can you say someone who is 200 lbs and is only 4'10" is not fat? But in reality I have never been a skinny.. Even at 120lbs I was still curvy, but I was healthy. Think positive it will get better. Atleast this is my new outlook. By receiveing the band and taking the journey to a new and improved you.:biggrin:
  16. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Yes I am sorry to hear that your date got moved too. I hope that doesnt happen to me last minute. I am actually calling they office today to see if they heard anything. Just so I can make sure I have someone to watch my son on the 25th for my bootcamp if it is deffinant.
  17. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Yeah waiting is the toughest part... I am just so excited. 2 weeks till the tentative date, and if everything with the insurance company goes well. Then it will be 2 weeks till the deffinant date. I had to go through the 6 month monitored diet, so I have been anticipating this day since last July. I went to the monthly support group last night. I think it really helps with support if you are not getting any from your family. My husband is 100% by my side, but some other family members just need to not know because of the fat that they may not approve .
  18. My surgeon requires that the thursday before your surgery, you have to attend a bootcamp at the hospital that you will be going to. The only information they really told me at the Dr.'s office is that I will meet with the anesthesiologist, tour the hospital, and then have a little class. I was wondering how long could this take and what is involved. If there is anymore information to know.. My bootcamp day is 2/25/10 which is next week. My tentative surgery date is 3/2/10 as long as my insurance approves.
  19. StevieVieth

    Spring into March 2010 Bandsters

    Hello Everyone, First things first.. I am excited about starting my life over or beginning a new Journey which ever statement you would prefer. I am only 23 (yes, I know rather young to be banded) But there are so many issues medically in my families history that requires me to take charge of my life. My tentative surgery date is right around the corner. March 2, 2010. I am just waiting on the insurance to accept. My last office visit was 2/9/10, and they said they will know within 5 to 7 days.SO I am just waiting on the lucky piece of paper to come in the mail finalizing my surgery date and bootcamp date. My procedure will be funded if accepted by the insurance company.

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