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I would like to schedule my surgery for the first full week in March once my insurance is approved, any other March Sleevers in the building? :)

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ME! I've had my surgery date scheduled since November and the time has been flying by! Details are in my sig

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Hey! I'm scheduled for March 12. Beyond excited, and just a little nervous. Wish it was getting done tomorrow (or today!). Going to Juarez, Mexico, Dr. Rodriguez.

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I am looking to get down to 150 pounds which is about 122 pounds. What about you all?

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I wish I could afford to go to Mexico to do it, if I could I would already be sleeved. I am trying to go through my insurance, just waiting to get to my next appt so that I can submit my paperwork

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Well I consider myself very blessed bc my parents are paying for mine. I just had to pay for the flight for me and my husband. My ultimate goal is 140. Anything less would be icing on the cake (haha). At 140 I would be wearing a size 5/6. I've been 160 and wore an 8 (and was literally starving myself to death...miserable), so I think thats a pretty accurate guess. That's about 110 lbs to lose. To be honest, I will be THRILLED when I get to 160...but I've heard plenty of sleevers say "don't sell yourself short" and "shoot for the moon" so to me 140 is a dream weight.

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I hope to have mine during the month of March. My consult with the surgeon, bariatician, and nutritionist is on 1-31 and as long as I pass all of their medical tests they'll give me my date. Hopefully I can get everything accomplished during the month of feb. so a march date is

possible. I do not have a supervised diet with my insurance-I just have to pass their required tests (x-rays, upper gi, etc.) first. What is the upper GI like for those of you that have gone thru it? Is it an x-ray or do they go into your stomach with a scope? I thought I had an upper gi years ago, but it turns out that it must've been an upper endoscopy because they twilighted me for the procedure.

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I don't think I have to do an upper GI. Since I'm going to Mexico, they'll do my pre-op tests the day before, but I think it's just bloodwork. I could be wrong. I have to do a diet for 10 days before surgery to shrink the liver. I'm very nervous about the pre surgery diet more so than the surgery! I HAVE to stick with it and do it or else my liver won't be suitable for surgery and they'll send me home. It's not a risk I'm willing to take so I'm pretty sure I will get through it, I just know it's going to be hard. With mine it's not a liquid diet though. It's Protein shakes/bars, lean chicken and fish, and green veggies and a couple pieces citrus fruit per day. So that''s really not too bad and I should get through it :) Basically low carb b/c I have to limit carbs and sugars.

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I don't think I have to do an upper GI. Since I'm going to Mexico, they'll do my pre-op tests the day before, but I think it's just bloodwork. I could be wrong. I have to do a diet for 10 days before surgery to shrink the liver. I'm very nervous about the pre surgery diet more so than the surgery! I HAVE to stick with it and do it or else my liver won't be suitable for surgery and they'll send me home. It's not a risk I'm willing to take so I'm pretty sure I will get through it, I just know it's going to be hard. With mine it's not a liquid diet though. It's Protein shakes/bars, lean chicken and fish, and green veggies and a couple pieces citrus fruit per day. So that''s really not too bad and I should get through it :) Basically low carb b/c I have to limit carbs and sugars.

I've been on the preop diet for 7 weeks now. It's not hard. You can DO IT!

Also futuresleever, I really CAN'T afford going to Mexico either. I had to really scrimp and save. Keep fighting your insurance, but also keep putting away pennies.. I didn't have an extra $4500 laying around that's for sure! Where there is a will there is a way! Don't give up!

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I don't have a date yet but all my required pre-op stuff will be done in the next 2 weeks and then it's a matter of waiting on approval. The surgeon's office staff prepared me for mid to late march. I'm nervous but also excited, ready. I look forward to going through this with others on the same/similar time line.

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I'm 5 ft 5 & 258.9 lbs. I want to get down to 140. I, like others, have had to practically starve myself to be that small before. Frankly, if I got at least 100lbs off I'd be satisfied. If I got down to 140 it'd be over the moon!

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I have my last appointment for my per required visits on feb 21st! Then submitting for approval. We are aiming for a march surgery! I still over think doing it tho!

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I am 5'4'' and I've been overweight since I was 5. I am 30 now.

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