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About dreamangel1974

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  • Birthday 08/02/1974

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  1. This is an older post, but always happy to connect with other mini Sleeve patients. 😊 Had mine May 15th 2018. I’m doing great also...down 30 lbs. Love Dr. McCarty and his entire staff!
  2. dreamangel1974

    Surgery tomorrow!!!!!

    The closer my surgery date gets, I’m experiencing all of these emotions as well. Praying all goes well! It will be worth it! [emoji173]️
  3. dreamangel1974

    I'm New...

    I have IBS, and I’m having VSG next month. My surgeon apparently doesn’t think it’s an issue.
  4. dreamangel1974

    Do a lot of people have hiatal hernias?

    My surgeon found mine during my EGD, and will repair it during my VSG. He said it’s a simple fix and only adds a few minutes to the VSG procedure. I think they are fairly common for those of us who are obese. I have had heart burn off and on, but had no idea I had one.
  5. dreamangel1974

    Any MAY sleevers???

    My VSG is scheduled for May 17th! Excited, but nervous. Glad to see that I’ll have some surgery buddies. [emoji4]
  6. Had my EGD this morning at the same hospital that I’m going to for my VSG, so I kinda used today as a practice run for my surgery. I was so anxious about even this minor procedure that I barely slept last night, but my surgeon and all of the surgical staff were amazing and put me at ease. Feeling so much better about my upcoming surgery, and looking forward to May 17th! [emoji4]
  7. I have Medicare because I’m currently on disability. The office folks are really helpful with getting your insurance requirements met.
  8. I live in Garland, and found an amazing surgeon...Dr. Todd McCarty at McCarty Weight Loss Center in Dallas. He does the sleeve with a minimally invasive method that requires only 2 incisions and has less recovery time. His office staff is very responsive and supportive as well. Very impressed so far! I’m still in the pre op stage, but had at least 3 separate people on here who had the sleeve done by him and said they had a great experience! [emoji4]
  9. Since I have always eaten a carb heavy diet...even while I was on WW, I’ve been making a list of higher protein foods and recipes that I like and will be able to eat after surgery. Finding some great options, including some pre prepped stuff at the grocery stores near me. (High protein packs with cubed deli meat and cheese for an occasional lunch on the go, chopped fresh fruit and veggies, trimmed lean meat etc. to make dinner prep easier, and even a packaged meal I could eat in a pinch on a busy night) Since I will be eating less food, I’m willing to pay a little more for convenience. One thing I definitely wanna try is mashed cauliflower to see if that could replace mashed potatoes for me.
  10. dreamangel1974

    Sleeve Tomorrow!!

    Hope all goes well for you! [emoji4]
  11. dreamangel1974

    First night at the hospital

    Congrats! [emoji4]
  12. I am on a bit of a high this evening after an amazing consultation with my preferred surgeon! So many things to be excited about! [emoji4] -My husband, who initially wasn’t on board with me having WLS, came with me to my appointment and is supporting me and respecting my choice to move forward with surgery ASAP! -I was thoroughly impressed with the office staff, who were very friendly and efficient, and helped calm my nerves. -Dr. McCarty answered my million and one questions very patiently, and believes I’m a good candidate for the mini sleeve procedure. I am moving forward with him, and canceling my other scheduled consultation! -I found out that my maximum out of pocket expenses for the entire WLS journey, including pre-op requirements will be less than $300! (Did a little jig on that one!) -My pre-op requirements aren’t as extensive as I thought they would be! (GI Test will be scheduled within the next 2 weeks, psych evaluation is scheduled for next Monday, and already had the first of three required visits with the in-house nutritionist today! The bottom line is that I could be scheduled for surgery as soon as the end of May! So excited! Interesting discovery...Found out today that after thinking my height was 5’ 6” for my entire adult life, I’m actually only 5’ 5”. 🤷‍♀️
  13. Hey y’all! In preparation for my initial VSG consultation with Dr. McCarty on Monday, I’m making a list of questions to ask. I want to be thorough, and I’m afraid I’m gonna forget to ask something important! I’d love some input from those of you who have already been through it. TIA! [emoji4]
  14. dreamangel1974

    Got a VSG date!!

    Congratulations! [emoji322][emoji322][emoji322]