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So two kinda cool things:

 
First, I finally decided on a surgery, and I'm going with the sleeve. I've been weighing things heavily, and was more recently leaning towards RNY, but after a frank discussion with my cardiologist and the NP, my occasionally necessary use of high-dose NSAIDS would be more problematic if I had an RNY. Since the stomach stays in you in RNY, I could still develop an ulcer from NSAID use. Since that stomach is no longer accessible via EGD, however, I'd need surgery to fix it, and that's not something any of us would be happy with. I also have some interest in seeing how getting rid of the ghrelin and leptin receptors in my body could help me, so I'm trying to be super positive :D 
 
Second, I was contacted by my hospital university to take part in a research study regarding patients cognitive changes and metabolism changes after bariatric surgery. I find the science behind bariatric surgery fascinating, so although some parts of the research totally sound not fun, it's pretty well compensated and I get a free liver MRI and DEXA scan, among other things. It's really only two days both before and after surgery I give to them, although one of the days sounds ugh...I essentially have to stay in bed for 10 straight hours while they put sugar and insulin in me to measure my sugar metabolism. After I've lost 15% of my pre-surgery weight, I'll repeat the two days of testing. Upside, the payout from the research will put a very nice dent in what I owe for my surgery.
 
In other parts of delila-land, I am still stuck in my little plateau, but unbothered by it currently because I feel great, and I now need to keep my weight within a 10 pound range for the study. We hosted a little Labor Day cookout for friends and neighbors yesterday, and fun and good food was had by all and I find lately Im not even tempted by a lot of food. 
 
My dad is having back surgery this week after fracturing his T7. My mom just got out of the hospital after a canker sore got crazy infected and she needed IV antibiotics. And for more fun, my little brother, who is currently deployed to the middle east, has a double hernia and needs surgery and currently they wont let him come home - current plan is to send him to germany for surgery and they'll even make him make up whatever time he stays for recovery and add it on to his deployment. Ugh. I can't wait until this time next year. God willing, no more medical things going on with my family and my brother will be home safe and sound. Whew!

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Glad you have decided on which surgery. You are clearly in a good place in 'delila-land.' .... good place for upcoming surgery. :D

Yes, may you and your family (and all of us) not have medical things going on except the good ones!! Hope your Dad does ok with his surgery. No fun at all. 

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It's nice to finally decide on which surgery. With your determination, I truly believe you'd be a success with either one.

That study sounds awesome! Can't wait for you to blog about it. 

So sorry there are so many medical issues happening all at once. That's a lot to deal with. Hoping for great resolutions for all. I'm so grateful to your brother for protecting us.

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Yay, you've decided on a surgery! That's a good feeling. I think it's very cool that you're going to be in a study - it sounds like you're going to be asked to do some not pleasant stuff, but in the name of *science*! And for pay. 

Your family has had some sort of hospital harmonic convergence - I hope they all (and you) do well with the respective surgeries. 

It's getting closer... 

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@BurgundyBoy

So far so good on the family front. Dad's still in some pain, but at least able to stand and sit again! Mom's completely in the clear. The army actually decided to send my brother home for his hernia surgery, which is the best news we could've possibly asked for at this point! I'll chalk it up to those great positive vibes from you. Thanks for checking in!

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10 hours ago, delilas said:

@BurgundyBoy

So far so good on the family front. Dad's still in some pain, but at least able to stand and sit again! Mom's completely in the clear. The army actually decided to send my brother home for his hernia surgery, which is the best news we could've possibly asked for at this point! I'll chalk it up to those great positive vibes from you. Thanks for checking in!

Family is just about the most important. A lot of stuff that we spend emotional energy on is not very important.

Thanks for the ascribing the "home for hernia surgery" to the vibes. I will offer up another sacrifice to the Gods and get more good vibes out there for your bro.

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