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Hi I'm in Woodbury! I have BCBS FEP and I believe the preferred Center of Excellence is mayo Clinic. I had started at my primary back in ivity August and they sent a referral to Mayo, but when the center called I was in the midst of my husbands' cancer treatment and felt it was just too much for our family to take on an elective surgery... now that my husband had his RP and is on his road to healing I figured it was time to look back into my own journey. I plan to call Mayo today. I sent an email back on 12/15 and haven't heard from them yet... I just have to go for it. Any insight into the program would be greatly appreciated!

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All I can tell you is it is the best thing I have done for myself although I am only 5 days post op now and my circumstances are a bit different then yours and the program may be different any thing you do to improve your longevity to your health care can only be a good thing, I went through the essentia health program which is the only program my insurance would pay for, my support team has been wonderful and helped me lose 42lbs pre op. My father passed away just less then a week before my surgery so I had a lot of emotional stuff I was going through prior to my surgery and I was surrounded my family and food that i I had to have so much will power to comply with what I had to do, it is really hard to be doing Protein shakes while all others are eating lasagna which is one of my most favorite foods. I could have cancelled and rescheduled but my dad would have wanted me to continue for my health and I thought if I could get through all that the chances of me succeeding would be so much higher. My highest weight was 372 surgery weight was 305 and current weight 5 days post op is 302. I am still having trouble with the Protein Shakes but my doctor right now is more concerned with being hydrated and this I am doing fine with I am able to get my liquids in if I cut back on the Protein Shakes. I do suggest and there is a lot of information out there do follow your programs instructions and if you are having any issues let them now they are there for you. I had very little pain from surgery but i had very bad back pain from them having me on my back for 2 and a half hours so for three days they were mostly giving me pain meds for my back, I was up and walking 2 hours after they got me to my room and the had me sipping on broth, ice chips and eating Jello as soon as i got to my room although I was only taking in maybe an oz or two a a time and that increased I was past 40 oz for the day before leaving the hospital and I am now at my next weeks goal of 64 oz with out all the required Protein once I can get on pureed food and soft food I know this will change. I am also off of 2 meds from get go and my metformin for my diabetes is on hold because my blood sugars are in the normal range this was one of the reasons for the surgery was to get off of the medications. Feel free to ask me any questions and if I can answer I will g'luck I am pulling for you :)

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Well my surgery was last Wednesday on the 21st 7 days ago and today is about the only day that I felt like doing anything. The surgery I guess went good. I had some problems with the pain because I am on pain medication every day so it is a little different for me so I was pretty drugged up. And the main problem I have had was the gas and bloating I couldn't get anything down I'm finally up to about 30 ounces of the Water so that is all I have been able to have pretty much, so I got the Iso pure water that has the Protein with it. I needed to have a bowel movement and finally did so yesterday I think that was a big step also. The gas was very painful and actually I was up weight until about three days ago so now I am down from my surgery weight about 6 pounds.

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Well my surgery was last Wednesday on the 21st 7 days ago and today is about the only day that I felt like doing anything. The surgery I guess went good. I had some problems with the pain because I am on pain medication every day so it is a little different for me so I was pretty drugged up. And the main problem I have had was the gas and bloating I couldn't get anything down I'm finally up to about 30 ounces of the Water so that is all I have been able to have pretty much, so I got the Iso pure Water that has the Protein with it. I needed to have a bowel movement and finally did so yesterday I think that was a big step also. The gas was very painful and actually I was up weight until about three days ago so now I am down from my surgery weight about 6 pounds.

I hear yeah I was full of gas to which was making me feel nauseated and I was miserable from that I passed no gas day of surgery and the next afternoon passed a bit more I did not have a bowl movement until I left the hospital on Saturday and was at my mothers and I do think that did make a big difference but again I am still having trouble with the Protein so I think I am going to look into that protein water you mentioned maybe that will help me better congrats on your surgery

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16 hours ago, lamchop said:

I live in Eagan, I am pre op


When is your surgery date do you have one yet? I am in Kettle River north of you I do believe I think Eagan is down by the cities

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How are you doing? have you been able to keep the weight off?

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On 12/28/2016 at 9:36 AM, Shelly54 said:

Well my surgery was last Wednesday on the 21st 7 days ago and today is about the only day that I felt like doing anything. The surgery I guess went good. I had some problems with the pain because I am on pain medication every day so it is a little different for me so I was pretty drugged up. And the main problem I have had was the gas and bloating I couldn't get anything down I'm finally up to about 30 ounces of the Water so that is all I have been able to have pretty much, so I got the Iso pure Water that has the Protein with it. I needed to have a bowel movement and finally did so yesterday I think that was a big step also. The gas was very painful and actually I was up weight until about three days ago so now I am down from my surgery weight about 6 pounds.

Sorry Shelly missed your post my surgery was a day after yours, how are you doing now, have things gotten any better for you? I have been through many changes and I am still on soft food per nutritionist I go for my 3 month evaluation in two weeks from today and my first set of labs post op so it will be interesting to see what they will be I am so excited to see them and hoping they take me off of the cholesterol meds and possibly the last of the blood pressure meds, I have been stalling so much and i struggle to get my Protein in and my water since I went to soft food so I average about 48 oz of water and I am working on the protein my calories are very low between 500 and 900 on a great day.

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When is your surgery date do you have one yet? I am in Kettle River north of you I do believe I think Eagan is down by the cities

I don't have one yet, waiting for insurance approval.



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8 minutes ago, lamchop said:


I don't have one yet, waiting for insurance approval.


Oh your close then the insurance company does not take long to make a decision by law i think they have like two weeks I think I could be wrong i knew about a week or week and a half out then once approved you get your date I am so excited for you

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4 hours ago, ItsMeBirdie said:

Oh your close then the insurance company does not take long to make a decision by law i think they have like two weeks I think I could be wrong i knew about a week or week and a half out then once approved you get your date I am so excited for you

Thank you

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On 3/13/2017 at 9:38 PM, ItsMeBirdie said:

I am in Kettle River north of you

Hi! I am new to all of this. But I'm about 15 miles up the road from you! I haven't been able to find any kind of support groups in our area (without driving 2 hours). So I was wondering if you knew of any?

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I’m just east of the twin cities in Hudson wi.


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Oh, many years ago Hudson was home to the only "marathon" I have ever run--d**k's Bar 1 Block run. They had a Water station at the halfway mark.

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Just now, NorthernMNJayhawk said:

Oh, many years ago Hudson was home to the only "marathon" I have ever run--d**k's Bar 1 Block run. They had a Water station at the halfway mark.

Okay, The name of the bar isn't that offensive that they need to block it out. Think "Richard's bar."

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