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11 minutes ago, Roxine said:

PPS - I'm going to try and make the September meeting! And maybe the Hospital one next Thursday...

Awesome! It would be great to meet you. I should be able to make the September meeting on the 11th, but I have a scheduling conflict for next Thursday evening which means I'm probably not going to be able to make it to the "Staple Club" meeting. It's really frustrating, because I wanted to show up for the first meeting after surgery and share my experience there. Oh well, if I don't go until September, I'll make a more dramatic appearance. LOL.

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14 minutes ago, gr8ful1 said:

Awesome! It would be great to meet you. I should be able to make the September meeting on the 11th, but I have a scheduling conflict for next Thursday evening which means I'm probably not going to be able to make it to the "Staple Club" meeting. It's really frustrating, because I wanted to show up for the first meeting after surgery and share my experience there. Oh well, if I don't go until September, I'll make a more dramatic appearance. LOL.

Just for clarification - I believe you said the September meeting would be September 4th - the Day after Labor Day? i put that on my calendar as I'm not sure I can make next Thursday's meeting either.

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On 8/8/2018 at 12:01 PM, gr8ful1 said:

Just got this message about the 2018 support group schedule from Fitzer's support group leader:

Sept 4th 6-7 pm which is the day after Labor Day, on Tuesday. ... October 1st 6-7pm November 5th 6-7pm December 3rd 6-7 pm.

Change to the change! The next support group meeting is on September 11th, *not* September 4th. Deby decided to keep it on the 11th because that date is on the schedule that Dr. Fitzer's office distributed to his patients.

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2 minutes ago, gr8ful1 said:

Change to the change! The next support group meeting is on September 11th, *not* September 4th. Deby decided to keep it on the 11th because that date is on the schedule that Dr. Fitzer's office distributed to his patients.

Then I will be there for sure! My #6 Nutrition Appointment is just a few hours before.

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On 8/9/2018 at 12:51 PM, gr8ful1 said:

Change to the change! The next support group meeting is on September 11th, *not* September 4th. Deby decided to keep it on the 11th because that date is on the schedule that Dr. Fitzer's office distributed to his patients.

What time and where is the meeting tonight? I have a follow-up appointment this afternoon and may just stay in the area.

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On 8/9/2018 at 12:54 PM, reboot said:

Then I will be there for sure! My #6 Nutrition Appointment is just a few hours before.

What time is your appointment? I will be there at 1:00 today.

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6 minutes ago, Roxine said:

What time and where is the meeting tonight? I have a follow-up appointment this afternoon and may just stay in the area.

6:00 p.m., Pavilion 2, 2nd floor, Classroom A. Hope you're doing well and hope to see you there!

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Hi everybody. Bypass patient of fitzer. How much weight had you lost at 6-8 weeks. I’m starting to feel like my weight loss is very slow compared to everybody else.

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2 minutes ago, 12345shs16 said:

Hi everybody. Bypass patient of fitzer. How much weight had you lost at 6-8 weeks. I’m starting to feel like my weight loss is very slow compared to everybody else.

I lost 40+ pounds in 8 weeks. It came off fairly quick. However x please keep in mind that everyone is different. Which surgery did you have?

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I had bypass on July 25th, and I’ve lost 36 pounds. It’s been a while at this weight. I don’t understand how people are at 5 months and have lost 80 pounds!

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1 minute ago, 12345shs16 said:

I had bypass on July 25th, and I’ve lost 36 pounds. It’s been a while at this weight. I don’t understand how people are at 5 months and have lost 80 pounds!

It happens. I lost 24 the first week. I lost really quick. I hit 100 pounds in like 4/5ish months. It's insane. Just try to enjoy the ride my friend. Its gets much better. Trust me! You interested in coming to Dr. Fitzer's monthly support group? They are awesome and super supportive. The next one is September 10th at Reston Hopital. Pavillion II, classroom B @6pm.

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On 09/02/2019 at 15:30, SampTheChamp said:






It happens. I lost 24 the first week. I lost really quick. I hit 100 pounds in like 4/5ish months. It's insane. Just try to enjoy the ride my friend. Its gets much better. Trust me! You interested in coming to Dr. Fitzer's monthly support group? They are awesome and super supportive. The next one is September 10th at Reston Hopital. Pavillion II, classroom B @6pm.


Unfortunately I have class :/ how did you manage to lose so quickly? Could you PM if you have time??

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I am seeing Dr Fitzer to have a failed lap band removed with a conversion to bypass. So far I like everyone there and their office staff are the sharpest of ANY doctor I have visited for 65 years! I posted this another place but I'll say it again--there are lots of competent surgeons out there but the "front of the practice" is probably the most important part of your weight loss journey. If you don't have those movers-and-shakers keeping it together for you, helping you jump through all your insurance hoops, answering all your (my!) dumb questions it just isn't happening. I had to bail out of a practice in Richmond which is closer to my home due to the office staff. I liked the surgeon but the office was terrible at communication, returning calls, finding insurance requirements and once I was given just flat out wrong information about Medicare that almost ended my journey before it even got started.

Dr Fitzer's office runs like a top! I can give a better referral after my surgery but so far I love them enough to travel 4.5 hours to see them.

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