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  3. You are kind for letting your sister into your personal space. I'd suggest getting her a 10 gallon storage box and putting all her junk food there. She can keep it in her room, the garage, wherever, but not in plain sight. I'm impressed with your weight loss. Way to go!
  4. Hi Pennyvsg, I had gastric bypass on 4/4/17 and my emotions have been up and down. I can't count how many times I have said that I regret my surgery. I know *exactly* how you feel. The two things that have helped me are this forum and going to a support group. I'm far away from my home and I had my surgery in Mexico (I'm recuperating at my parents' house in CA), so I literally Googled support group and found a meeting. It was amazing to be completely honest about my feelings, fears and doubts to a group of people who had been through the process. Our serotonin levels are going crazy right now and it's normal to feel sad. I'm saying this to myself as much as I'm saying it to you. Let's hold each other's hands through this journey. I wish you well!
  5. I'll keep you in my prayers, too. I'm incredibly impressed with your weight loss. Your date will be here before you know it
  6. I'm glad to hear that you are overall doing well! I've also had constipation and I have been taking a stool softener (not a laxative) to ease my bowel movements. It's been helping a bit. I'm sorry to hear about your hospital roommate. That's pretty bad luck for her. xoxo
  7. I'm beginning my journey, so I settled for a couple of pairs of shorts from a thrift store. No sense in spending a ton of money if I'm only wearing them for a few months. I'll keep an eye out and report back if I see anything that is a swing in the right direction.
  8. I'm not good with patience. I want it to happen right this instant! I'm kidding but deep inside there is a little bit of desiring instant gratification. I've lost two pounds since I originally wrote this post. That's twenty pounds lost. Twenty pounds that my body doesn't have to deal with. I have to focus on the positive.
  9. Thanks for the tough love. I needed to hear this from someone who has been through the process. Your words mean a lot to me and I have been thinking about what you wrote for the past two days. I'm still afraid but less and less every day.
  10. First of all, great job on the weight loss so far! I am impressed. Cold hands, and indeed a cold body, is very common after weight loss surgery.
  11. I'm glad you shared it - I've just been lazy about actually putting all those numbers from my various apps into a spreadsheet so I can see them all together. If you're not using it, has a good app for tracking your losses - I like how it graphs. Numbers! Data! Graphs! I can get behind that.
  12. Hi everyone, I'm a little over four months post op and I've already lost 91 pounds. I'm finding that I'm cold most of the time, especially my hands. Any thoughts on a fix? Lol. I'm feeling great and very blessed to have had a smooth recovery thus far.
  13. What you are going through is totally not normal, and may well be related to using the ring. If your surgeon cannot get you relief, you may want to seek a second opinion from another bariatric surgeon. We are here to help and support you. By the way, here are some medical articles on complications from the ring with gastric bypass:
  14. He said it would be better in the long run of things to help me not stretch out my new pouch. As for my problems well besides the pain witch I was expecting, I spent the better part of 4 days in the restroom, my nurse thought I was having dumping but I have only had water, Gatorade 2, peppermint tea, vegetable broth, and hot lemon water and 1 premier protein shake per day. They took me off all meds thinking they were causing a blockage and for the past 3 days all I've had is water. I've lost 25lbs in less than 2 weeks and I feel very week. I get to see my doctor Tuesday hopefully I'll know more then but for now I'm sorry to say I'm regretting this whole surgery.
  15. You got the silastic ring? What did your surgeon say was his motivation for offering it to you? I'm curious about it. I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. What kind of problems are you having?
  16. If any one Else wants to Join in, Il'll be starting tomorrow (4/30)!
  17. Help. Too much sweat and movement and I have raw skin under my bottom belly and they said they will postpone surgery if you have that. Any tried and true fast treatments?
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  19. I've bought lots of shorts this year....but summer has just come to an end on my side of the globe. While I do prefer Capri length pants, often it is just too hot to wear them where I live. Into jeans and trackie dacks now as winter is fast approaching. Annoying too given I've come to the end of my shopping my wardrobe sizes. I might have to live in trackies for most of this winter which might be comfy at home but definitely not great for leaving the house.
  20. It's really great to have you back, and fabulous job on your weight loss!
  21. I was just at Costco. They had lots of mid length shorts and cute Bermuda lengths. Also Kohls. My legs are horrible and very spider veiny so I don't love shorts. But when I do find appropriate shorts I can live with, usually I find them at TJ maxx, Marshalls and the like. I'm surprised Gap didn't have mid length shorts, I have a couple pairs of cute linen shorts but I bought them last summer.
  22. I did not have this ring, but if you search this forum on it there are several postings: I am sorry that things are not going well. Be sure to contact your surgeon to see what he/she can do for you.
  23. Thanks for posting this update. It sounds like things are going well for you.
  24. What a great update!
  25. I have debilitating menstrual cramps so bad that I have to miss work for a couple days just to writhe in pain at home. Just got a prescription for this, and it's really helping! So grateful! It doesn't make me sleepy.
  26. Oh, thank you! I fixed it so it's a formula!! I'm glad you like it! I know it's not perfect, but it helps to see it in my opinion! But I know it doesn't work for everyone and that's okay!
  27. I think that information patients receive regarding drugs like this very much depends on your doctor. I can't say that I would put too much stock in a blog post. I don't say that to be critical of you, just that it is important to know where you get your information from. Even medical research studies don't really account for much until the results have been duplicated and peer reviewed, so I always take these kinds of articles with a grain of salt. I am surprised to learn that some people had doctors tell them it wasn't an opioid, but then I am also surprised by the number of people who don't ever look up any info on the medication they are taking. It's one of the first things on the wikipedia page. I have a prescription for this for my knee pain, as Tylenol doesn't help and I had RNY so no NSAIDs, which is what I used for my knee pain before surgery. The tramadol does make me sleepy, like it does to you, so I generally only take it in the evening and only when I need it, not daily. I was also advised not to take it if I take my sleep medication. I suspect that as my weight continues to go down, my knee pain will decrease, but I might keep some on hand for menstrual cramps if they will let me. My personal feeling is that even with it being an opioid, if I use it responsibly, it probably still has fewer side effects than what I was doing when I was pumping the NSAIDs into my body all day long before I had the surgery because of my pain. No one ever offered an alternative before and I was always worried someday I was going to get an ulcer. I'm surprised I didn't. I did have terrible reflux though, but no hernia so I suspect it could have played a role. That's gone now too, and it feels pretty liberating to not HAVE to take something for pain every day (even though I still feel like a bit of a pill popper with all the vitamins and such ) But in the end it's a trade off. Some people don't like taking medication at all - so if Tylenol doesn't work and reading this stuff about the tramadol freaks you out, of course you can just choose not to take it. My doc was pretty casual about it too, actually offered it without my asking. He just asked if my knee pain had improved and I said it felt about the same but I thought that was an improvement because I was on daily NSAIDs before. But I think that varies per patient as I actually also work in a doctor's office and it isn't always handed out so easily.
  28. Hello friends! Yesterday was two weeks out for me; here's a lil update. We (the people who had surgery in my week) had a group session with the hospital dieticians. They discussed moving to solid foods, and gave us a sample menu for a day, plus tips for re-introducing solids. For anyone reading this who doesn't know me: my hospital's program is much more liberal than most of the US programs. Always follow your own program's advice. I've discovered that toast goes down well, even with a small piece of cheese on it. I even ate about 1/3 of an apple. I'm still pureeing a lot, though, and relying on dairy for most of my protein. I'm getting to know my pouch. Cramping means stop right now. I really have to eat SLOWLY, and preferably in a stress-free environment. If I don't, things don't go as smoothly. I do burp a LOT, even when I eat slowly. Constipation is a bit of an issue. I've lost about 12 pounds. I spoke to one of my hospital "roommates" at the group session; that was nice. But she told me that the third woman in our room has had really bad luck. She got some kind of stricture or blockage (I don't know the details) and had surgery for that. After several days the abdominal incision started to open back up, so she had to have surgery a third time. I feel so sorry for her, and at the same time grateful that my recovery is going pretty smoothly. I had a couple of dizzy spells this morning. Spoke to the hospital and the theory is that the dosage of the beta blocker I'm taking for an arrhythmia might already have to be lowered. Wow; that's fast! I will talk to my GP this week and have my blood pressure checked etc. Love y'all.
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