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    Well I received my results and it appears I have a hiatal hernia that needs repaired during my VSG.  This really isn't a surprise to me. So many people have this. At least it will be repaired :) still picking healthier choices and exercising . Hiatel hernia

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    daisychains
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    I am two weeks out of surgery. Well, technically I am only 13 days but I'm rounding up.

    I weigh 103.9kgs!!! I know this site runs on pounds but I am not American and it kind of confuses me, but that's amazing!! I am proud of myself and I cannot really remember the last time I was proud of myself or the last time I was 103.9kgs! Probably two and half years ago.

    When I first started this journey I expected something else, something much simpler, much more straightforward and less painful. I know that weight loss surgery is not the easy option, that it is difficult but I guess subconsciously, I did think of it that way.

    But it isn't.

    First of all, surgery is a nightmare, I've never had it before, never been to a doctor for anything serious, I've never stayed overnight before and I am lucky, because not only is recovery a #*%$#, hospitals are also spooky at night. 

    I also underestimated how awful the liquid diet would be. My stomach wasn't hungry, but I was jealous, of everything that everyone was eating that I could not. Honestly, I thought I would breeze through the liquid stage because I didn't mind protein shakes or soup and yoghurt. Well, that was a lie. There is something so draining about eating the same thing every day, and not chewing, or having any flavours; everything was either too bland or sickly sweet. Eating becomes a chore, and maybe this is for the best because I definitely didn't have a healthy relationship with food pre-op, but I don't like hating food, I would just like to strike a healthy balance.

    I am looking forward to eating real food, but differently, I'm excited to try new healthy recipes, the ability to leave food on my plate. Enjoy food and not gorge myself until I'm filled with self-loathing.

    Pain wise, I am doing okay, I am 2 weeks out and I feel pretty good, almost how I was pre-op barring the occasional struggle. I am moving around and I try and to go up the stairs couple of times each day, I get winded pretty easily but not sure if that's from surgery or being fat. I am lucky that my recovery is going well, I know it's because I'm young.

    It's just this has not been easy, it has not been awful and terrible, and I am very blessed, there have been no medical complications so I shouldn't complain, and I am not. I am happy I had this surgery, I am just learning that this is a tool, that you don't wake up afterwards a new person. You are still you, and you are responsible for making this work.

    It's important that I know my weaknesses

    •  I love carbohydrates. I love my 8 pieces of toast and pasta and rice, and I know that I will have to stay away from them if I want to prevent regain. It is difficult but I know it's for the best. 
    • Exercise! I am good at it. But I am also lazy and good at putting off going to the gym. A good diet is one thing, but I know I need to work out too.
    • Cheating. I am all talk, I know all about diets and healthy eating, I know a number of calories in a milkshake, I know what I should be eating and what I should be eating, therefore, is no excuse as to cheating. I have to be serious. I cannot allow it this time.

    Sorry for the rambling, I've been trying to catch up on the past two weeks and I need somewhere to place my thoughts.  

    -:D

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    I have begun the process of jumping through all of the hoops for the sleeve procedure.  I have BCBS Federal as well as some of you.  How long did it take for approval once you had all of your tests, visits, etc...

  2. The meeting with the surgeon last Friday went well. We decided that the RNY would be the best choice for me. All of my tests came out well, so everything is moving along. They submitted the plan to insurance. Now I wait for insurance to okay things, then I will move on to Phase Three and get a surgery date. When I get a date, I will start the very low calorie diet. I am still trying to follow the plan I have been on the past six months. I don't want to do a farewell tour of bad things to eat, but I have slipped a few extra bites in here and there. Mainly from nerves, I think. Fingers crossed, I hope they call sooner than later.

  3. MottTheHoople
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    Hello everyone! This is just a mid-month check in. I have not weighed myself recently since it was stressing me out so much. I'll make sure to update my weight and inches lost at my two month mark in a couple more weeks. I feel like I'm really flirting with the 200lb mark, I'm really hoping to be under at my two month weigh in buuuuut if I'm not, that's ok too.

    There are just a couple of things I thought I'd share with you all today.

    1. It's very difficult to talk about my surgery with my friends. For the most part I have surrounded myself with other over weight women. I guess I've always thought that skinny girls wouldn't want to be my friend, or would be mean to me. I fully realize that's incredibly juvenile, but I digress. Because most of my female friends are heavy too, my weight loss updates are not really received very warmly. I get it, don't get me wrong. Who wants to hear about somebody else losing weight when you're feeling fat and unattractive? I've been in that position many times; a friend would go on a diet plan, I would feel super jealous, and almost hope they failed. That's so ugly isn't it? Hating yourself does awful things to a person. Maybe I don't deserve support in this arena, as I was never truly that supportive of my friends attempts to get healthy. So maybe I have no right to feel lonely in this, but I still do. If I don't get the negative/envious reaction, it's one that makes me feel guilty. Last week I broke down and went shopping for jeans and I couldn't even text my best friend about it. My best friend, lets call her T, is outwardly very encouraging. But ever since my surgery she keeps talking about how fat she is and how skinny I'm going to be. When I try to tell T she's not fat, she gets upset. When I try to empathize with T (like hello, I'm still fat) she gets upset. We have been so close for 10+ years and she's always been about half my size. I feel like I can't win with her right now.

    2. Somehow, I can wear a size 14. Like I said earlier, I decided to break down and buy at least one pair of jeans. All my size 20 jeans had become almost comically baggy. The waistlines are definitely a couple inches too loose, but the butt area and thigh area had just gotten ridiculous. I'm a supervisor at work and I could see my boss looking down her nose at my clown wear, so I decided what the heck, I'll just get one pair of jeans. Went to a cheapy store here that's kind of like Agaci or Charlotte Russe, but for plus size ladies. The jeans there are basically 1x 2x 3x, not typical numerical sizes. Every pair I tried on was too big and instead of that exciting me, it made me feel super disappointed in myself. I was leaving the mall, I had given up, but I had to walk through JcPenney to get to my car. I happened to stop and look at some jeans, they were sized in inches, I held them up and instantly I knew they wouldn't fit. But I took them into the dressing room, and they DID fit! They were even a little baggy! So I went out and got one size down and tried those on, and was amazed that they fit. I examined the tag really closely and noticed there was a standard size next to the size in inches. It was a 14! This was a MAJOR victory for me. First off, I've never bought jeans that were sized in inches. That's for skinny girls who wear levis, ok? Secondly, I didn't get those jeans from the plus size section. I CANNOT even tell you when the last time was that I bought something that wasn't from the plus size section. Also, I got them for $20.00! I've been paying $50+ for jeans for years from torrid and lane Bryant. I thought it might be a fluke; maybe this brand is just very generous with their sizing. So at walmart today I tried on another pair of 14's in a different brand, and they actually fit! Bottom line, yes I've lost weight and I know that. But for me this was THE thing I needed to show myself I am making progress. It's so much more tangible than a number on a scale.

    3. Eating is weird. I felt way less restriction the 1st month, now that I'm in month 2 I can barely eat a few bites before feeling that sickly full feeling. I went out to eat for the first time since surgery. We went to a walk up bbq place without servers, I shared a plate with my husband. It was honestly ridiculous how very little I could eat. I'm now a very cheap date. The fun of going out to eat has definitely lessened, but I have to learn to deal with it because it's literally one of my husband's favorite things to do.

    I am still struggling to drink enough water, TMI but my pee is so yellow. I've started adding lemon to my water and making Arnold palmers at home, hopefully that will help me drink more.

    NEXT SEGMENT IS TMI LADY BUSSINESS

    5. Lastly a PCOS update. I had surgery March 10th, I got my period a few days after (FUN). Well guess what? I got my period April 15th this month. That's like, almost a normal cycle! Of course I have no idea if I'm ovulating or anything, but I'm going to tell myself its positive progress. It lasted almost exactly 5 days and wasn't crampy or terrible either.  I think I am going to buy some ovulation strips off of Amazon before next month, just to see what's going on down there with my lady parts. As always, my primary number one goal here is to lose enough weight to control my PCOS and ovulate.


    Well that's all for now folks. See you in a couple weeks

  4. Kamnou

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    Well I had surgery on April 4th.  This was scary and exciting. I was right back in action in 3 days.  It was easier then I thought it would be.  I am now current weight of 312 pounds,  I can not remember the last time I was below 320.  Watch out Twosville here I come.   A year ago I was 370 my surgery weight was 324.  I am happy with the results.  I have to say though I travel for work.  I travel across Canada and the US.  It is very difficult to have the protein and the water that you needs while you travel.  I land in cities I do not know and I try and find protein in Walmart's and Targets and try and find a GNC.  I can not purchase to many because I have to go back to the airport and get on a plane again in a day or two. :ph34r:.  Going to enjoy the results and not be the fatest person in the room.  Fall back meal for me is soup.  Some of the waitress think I am crazy when I ask for as much broth and as few noodles as possible.  Ah Well

  5. I'm 2 weeks and 3 days post op and I've only lost 11 Lbs.  I saw my surgeon last Friday and relayed my concerns about my slow weight loss, it was then that he informed me that he couldn't make my stomach as tight as he would have liked because I had too much scar tissue from a previous surgery (lap band 2008).  But he assured me that by keeping on the program, eating enough protein, getting my fluids in and exercising that I would have no problems losing weight.  So I weighted myself on Friday and I had only lost 2 Lbs. from the previous week.  Against my better judgement I decided to weight myself again this morning, 3 days from the last weigh in, and no weight loss!!  I've haven't eaten anything since 2 days before my surgery on March 25, 2016.  All I've had since than is protein shakes and water.  I read blog's from other VSG patients and most have dropped 16 Lbs. or more by the end of their 2nd week.  I even read one blog where the individual is losing 2 to 3 lbs. a day...wow.  I know everyone's body is different and I shouldn't compare myself with others.....but man it’s hard not make the comparisons. Oh, and I'm on my 3rd week, which I understand is notorious for stalls.....great!!   I'm gonna keep the faith and keep on the program and hopefully I'll see a difference soon.

  6. Maybe someday I will come up with a more original title for my blog entries, but it will have to suffice for today.  Day two started off really strong.  By mid-day I was drained of all energy and felt like I was moving under water.  And I had a terrible headache.  On top of that I got some bad news about my dad, who is nearing the end stages of terminal cancer.  When my sister texted that her dog is very ill and they might have to put her down, I lost every ounce of willpower I had in me.  When I got home from school (actually work but I'm a teacher so I always refer to it as school) I was feeling rotten so I ate rice cakes.  I know that sounds harmless, but they were flavored rice cakes and I downed two and a half 3.5 ounce bags over the course of the next hour and a half.  The reason I am able to do that is because I drink while I eat so the chewed up food just goes right through my stomach.  Throughout the rest of the evening I ate a piece of pizza and a half a bag of granola.  

    Past history would have me wallowing in self pity and feeling like a weak-minded sloth!  That type of thinking is just going to perpetuate these eating habits, so I am going to make a conscious choice to think about the positive.  I did manage to go 41 hours on all liquids, which is more than I have done in quite some time.  When I did eat, it wasn't good, but I could have done much worse.  And I exercised.

    Now, I could use feeling crappy, my dad, and my sister's dog as reasons for falling off the wagon.  But here's the thing, if I continue to justify my unhealthy eating because of what is going on in my life, I will never get back to a healthy lifestyle.    

    I am going to my parents this weekend to help my dad transition back home after spending almost a month in the hospital.  It is going to be a very emotionally charged weekend, and in the spirit of honesty, I can't say that I'm going to eat healthy or stick to my plan.  With that said I am going to make an effort to do things that will continue to pull me in the right direction.  I am going to continue blogging and checking into thinner times.  I am going to go for walks (they live on a lake in the middle of the woods so it's absolutely beautiful) and I'm going to strive to make good food choices.  

    I am not going to give up on this.

  7. Wyobabyface
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    It has been 2.5 years since my bypass. I apparently hit my base weight (which I still am not sure what that means) at 245. I just stopped losing weight last January 2015. Just stopped...I have been trying everything to get back on the losing track. What exactly is base weight and why I have I stopped losing? I have kept off the 75 pounds...but don't know why I can't lose. Any ideas what to do? Doc said to eat at the same time everyday. I have tried that even though that is hard with all the things going on in our lives. But I do try. I try to watch how much I'm eating and doing pretty good at that. No soda, not eating out very often...I need help please I need to lose at least another 50 pounds if not more.

    Thanks in advance for any advice from others this has happened to.

     

  8. VicWytch
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    It's been almost 13 weeks since my RNY on 12/11/2015, and I had my 3 month check-up with my doctor's office/NUT on Tuesday. I weighed in at 173, which is 50 lbs down from my highest weight. AND I was finally allowed to eat SALAD, and I've taken advantage of that. I had no idea how much I missed the crispiness of romaine lettuce. Sigh. It is the littlest things.

    The one thing that confused me was the summary that was given to me says I should be intaking about 1100-1400 calories a day. !?!?!? I'm barely making 800. I just cannot eat that much. I have no idea how I'm supposed to be low-fat, low-carb, high-protein when I have to hit that. I'm just too full after 2 oz of chicken, 1 oz of romaine and some cheese. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I don't use protein shake supplements as I'm able to get in 50-60g of protein per day through meals. If I do have a shake, it's a meal replacement because I'm running around and not wanting to stop somewhere.

    All in all, feeling the best I've felt in a LONG TIME. I'm getting enough sleep, the vitamins I'm taking seem to be giving me good energy and I have a pretty sunny outlook. 

  9. On February 20, 2015, my insurance company and medical provider determined that I qualified for bariatric surgery based on BMI.  At 237 lbs and 5' 4", my BMI was over the required 40 (40.7).  While I had (pre-surgery) or still have a number of obesity-related conditions (PCOS, pre-diabetic, plantar fasciitis, etc), none of them were considered qualifying comorbidities under my insurance plan.  However, my plan allows qualification based on BMI alone, and thus I began the testing process to begin my actual approval for surgery.

    My testing took some time due to the usual medical bureaucracy, but went largely without incident, and on November 23rd, 2015, I consulted with my surgeon and my dietitian, and was approved for an RNY gastric bypass, which the surgeon and I both agreed best suited my situation.  The surgery was scheduled for December 14th, 2015. 

    The day of the surgery, I arrived at the medical center just over half an hour earlier than the required check-in time, and after waiting for some time, found that my surgery time had been delayed.  This wasn't surprising - surgeries often run over.  My surgery had been scheduled for 1:30 in the afternoon, and expected to last 3-4 hours, but ended up starting around 3:45.  I was out of surgery before 6:00 PM.  My surgeon told the people who accompanied me to the surgery center that the surgery was able to be completed so quickly because I had "a delightfully small liver."

    My in-hospital recovery (discharged around noon after two nights, so I stayed in the hospital for one full day and one half day) was uneventful, aside from a few minor hiccups with my allergies. (I was, at one point, given a medication to which I am allergic - thankfully it only causes nausea, and I noticed the problem before I took the second dose, and I was on anti-nausea medication at the time, so the effects were not serious.  I was also twice served food to which I am allergic, which I refused to eat, and the dietary services staff chastised me for "not telling my allergies to the kitchen when I called in my meal," which I explained that I had not done, since I was on the clear liquids meal plan, and that my allergies were all on record with the hospital and my nurse.)  My surgeon saw me briefly post-op, but after surgery he delegated all of the check-ups and exams to his ARNP.  I would say that he is a very, very good surgeon, but that his follow-up leaves something to be desired.

    I was off my narcotic pain medication within 2 days of my return home from the hospital, and off of the liquid Acetaminophen another 1.5 days after that.  One of the suture sites was not closed quite right (the glue was inside the top 1/4" or so of the incision, holding it open, rather than over the incision pulling it closed), so it was not healing.  I eventually figured out what was going on when that site still had not healed at 6 weeks after all of the other sites had healed, and I removed the glue, cleaned the site, and used medical tape to pull the top of the incision closed.  It healed quickly, taking less than a week to close, but it is not as neat as the other sites, due to having been held open by the glue for so long.

  10. Ladycat
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    I've been approved for the sleeve, once I get all the pre-approvals!

  11. I am a little over 2 months out now and feeling really good overall. I have stepped up my exerice a little bit; not as much as I would like but its getting there. I am getting a lot more comfortable with food and trying to limit my protein drinks when I can. The time seems to be flying now and everytime I step on the scale I see a little improvement. I am even starting to notice a change in my body somedays. I say somedays because most days I still see the same old me at 264 pounds. Every now and then though when I look in the mirror I see a skinnier me. Its crazy how the mind plays tricks on you.  I attended my first Healthy Behaviors class this week (its 1 of 4) and found it really helpful. I never was of the mindset that "support groups" could be helpful before this journey but now I am finding everything little thing I read or class I attend is helping me stay on the right path. I so wish I would have done this a lot sooner... but then again maybe I wouldnt have been sucessfull back then, who knows.

    One big step I have been able to overcome is eating out. I typically try to avoid eating out as much as possible just because I never know what I can and cant eat. This isnt always possible and I cant keep turning down invites from friends just because I am scared. I am a little obsessive about it but when I know I am going to go eat out; I immediatly go online and start looking at the menu and the nutrition facts. I look at everything and find what fits into my dietary needs. I still havent eaten fast food and honestly it doesnt even appeal to me to try and find something at one of those places. Its weird how food can be scary. I am trying to branch out more and try new things. I just hate that I wont know what doenst agree with me until I eat it. The whole trial and error thing sucks. Luckily I havent had anything that has made me sick just a few things made me feel pretty uncomfortable.

    I am excited for my 3 month post op later this month. I still cant believe how time is flying by now.

  12. I have lost a bit over 100 pounds - Century Club! Well, how do you like that? I wasn't even paying attention; Dr F told me about it at my six month checkup yesterday. And even better, I'm 11 pounds away from Onederland!!! B*tchin' A!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

    ***cartwheels**

    The Doc is super happy about my progress. Liver and kidney function is perfect, sugars and proteins are where they need to be, and the rate of weight loss is beautiful. Can't ask for more than that. The only stick in the mud is my persistent anemia - "you've had enough iron treatments to kill a horse," said he, and my levels still suck. However, I'm under the care of a specialist for it - they're happy with the slow upward trend. Very slow, but upward. I've put my IV iron on hiatus until the move to our new house is done. I cannot burn entire mornings right now. As soon as the move is done, I'll schedule them again. 

    The bummer is that I told Dr F I need a referral for a doctor further north - we've built a new house about 25 miles north of our current abode, which would make the drive to downtown Austin a living hell (plus paying for parking!!) for a ten minute checkup where Dr F basically makes the sign of the cross over me and moves along. So he's bumping me to one of his partners in Round Rock. It sucks - I really like Dr F, but my drive time is already insane and I can't add to it. 

    Ah yes, moving house - I could NOT do this at this time last year. I think I really was ill and sliding downhill last March. There is no way I could do the interminable runs up to the new town, carry stuff in the house and put it away, and so forth. I actually moved the filing cabinet by myself! That's a hell of a milestone (almost putting me back to my old self that used to move a baby grand piano by myself at my parents' house). I also put in waterbars the other day (and will put in more tomorrow) because the stupid landscapers don't know how to grade a slope, and I have to do something before a big storm system moves in this weekend; I don't want the erosion to undermine the driveway. Here again, something I could NOT have done last year in my crummy state of health.

    I had my first episode of insta-puking - not sure what it was I did, but holy cow did I feel awful. All that came up (sorry, TMI) was a bit of water and tiny bits of vegetable - not a full-on puke. It's like my sleeve said "Nope, just enough to be too much, get out of here." The lead-up to the puke was the worst; I thought I was going to die. So when someone tells you "You'll know when you eat too much," it's true, very very true. It's unmistakable. It's flippin' miserable. Ugh.

    Hair loss has slowed tremendously and it's starting to grow back in... but my hair is now limp and unhappy. Hate it. Gotta talk to my stylist about that.

    I can pretty much eat anything except sugar substitutes, as they make me dump. I avoid pasta and bread (indulging in one crouton in a salad here and there). The bad thing is that I discovered I can eat regular ice cream and Skinny Cow i.c. sandwiches, and they must be banned from my presence permanently. I also have learned that I can eat popcorn like no tomorrow, but HEB has these mini bags of their organic popcorn and I'll eat that. They're not that salty at all, though all microwave popcorn with the palm oil isn't all that great for anyone. I have an aversion to protein drinks, which is bad; I think I'm having problems with whey protein (sour aftertaste) so I need to get some soy or veg powder and play with that after the move. I can't have deep fried anything - I don't dump, or puke, but it sure doesn't feel good going down. I tried eating chicken strips - the chicken was of fantastic quality and very tasty, but the inherent oil/grease because of the cooking method killed it for me. Boo. It also knocks out tortilla chips with salsa and that really sucks. I don't miss a lot of other deep fried things I used to eat, but with these two, it's hard. /sadpanda

    I have been very lucky and blessed - I have a supportive spouse and a selective circle in the know, I had an uncomplicated surgery and recovery, and not a lot of post-operative sensitivities or issues. That said, it's still not an easy road. It's easy to slip off the wagon, and easy to skip meals when you're super busy - both of these things are bad, mmmkay? Don't be a Mr Bungle.

    (nothing like mixed metaphors/memes/references, eh?)

    But I'm not done. I have a goal once I'm in Onederland: horsemanship lessons. I always wanted to do that, and the heavier I got, the further away it seemed. Now it's so close I can taste it. Once the move is done and everyone's settled, I can look into that. I'm so very excited!! I also want to start tai-chi to help with my balance and flexibility, and our new city offers it at their community center. I'm thinking eventually I'll get into Crossfit or something, but not yet - I don't think I'm ready to put my bad knees through that yet.

    Thank you all for your support! See you on the board!

     

  13. I'm 11 lbs. from my goal of 135. Slowest pounds in the history of ever, but I keep pushing forward ounce by ounce. Frustratingly, I was stuck at 148 for about three weeks and then all of the sudden, dropped two pounds in two days. I'm thrilled, but confused as I haven't changed anything. I'm sure it's just a body thing as I inch closer and closer to a normal body weight, but urgh! I'm determined to reach my goal, so that I can be in a normal BMI (normal for my height is 141 or less supposedly). I'm happy with my weight now though and how I look, but I need that personal accomplishment - and, who knows, I may be even happier in the 130s.

    I'd been in a size 8 pants since Nov / Dec 2015, but hadn't bought new work trousers since size 10, so this past weekend I went trouser shopping as the 10s were looking very baggy - and I fit in a size 6!!! I couldn't believe it. Size 6!!! I'm in a small shirt already, so that hasn't changed. I kind of hope I don't shrink to extra-small as it seems harder to find shirts in that size.

    Anyway, as of today, I'm down a grand total of 116.6 lbs. from my starting weight and about 103.2 from my day-of-surgery weight.

    Can't wait until the number of pounds left to lose is a single digit. That will seem so much easier. Mind games, y'all. :)

     

    ETA (03/25/2016): Same pattern as before - suddenly dropped from 146 to 144 last night. Seems my body is taking its time in dropping these last few pounds, but no worries! I'm very happy with my progress and am sure I'll get to 135 eventually. Ha! So happy to only have 9 lbs. left to go though.

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    So...

    It's been 2 months since my surgery and Ive lost a considerable amount of weight. There's been some complications that I'm not really sure whether or not they have to do with the surgery but since I started dealing with the ailments after the surgery date, I can only suggest that it was do to an issue the doctor had while performing my procedure.

    What happened??? Well, during my surgery I developed some bleeding that turned into a hematoma. When I started my stay in the hospital room, I developed an even bigger one that made it difficult to breath. The doctors were about to put me back into surgery to attempt to fix the bleed but they first wanted to start blood infusions. I received a total of 4 infusions with the hopes that the natural clotting agents in blood would fix the bleed. While this was happening, I was getting 220mls of IV fluid ever hour for 4 days straight. The problem seemed to fix its-self as the bleeding stopped and my blood count raised to a level that doctors weren't worried anymore.

    I was extremely weak and I had sever headaches during my stay at the hospital and at home. There were times of complete blindness and I could constantly hear my pulse to the point where it began to even whine as if it was a tiny little siren. I felt like my eyes wanted to pop out of my head. When I had my follow up appointment with my surgeons. They were very alarmed by these symptoms and sent me to my general physician. My general physician was also extremely alarmed by what my surgeons and I were telling her so she sent me into to see an eye specialist and requested an MRI on my head. It was determined that I had sever swelling of the optical nerves or papilloedema on both eyes. They were thinking that I had a tumor in my head. So, I went in for the MRI at 5pm and then I got home and was resting about to call it a night when I got a call from my general physician telling me to go to the ER immediately. I was scared as I was preparing myself for the ER doctor to tell me that I needed to have brain surgery ASAP. He was in contact with my doctor and he told me that there was good news and bad news. Good news is that you do NOT have a tumor. What you have is idiopathic intracranial hypertension. I have a pseudo tumor. In other words... my body or eyes are reacting as if there was a tumor but in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, "IT's NOT A TUMAH!!"  Its referred to as idiopathic because there is no medical explanation. He said now for the bad news. We are going to have to perform a spinal tap to drain spinal fluid to ease the pressure on the back of your eyes. Not fun and the only thing I gained was a new respect for women giving birth and receiving an epidural.

    Things are subsiding now. I have lost a total of 48 lbs so far and I'm starting to enjoy the idea of getting new cloths that will fit me. my pants are beginning to far off my hips.. 

  14. Wow. Five years! Happy, healthy, not necessarily a model patient but I weigh 143-145 most days, eat like a "normal" person for the most part, although I still don't use straws, eat rice, or drink carbonated beverages. I try not to drink with meals. I do drink wine. Mm that's about it. Enjoying life. 

  15. Dani_Detroit
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    -Moved into the new house mid- January and so happy too! It is much more space and so quite here. It is great to wake up to nothing but sunlight and well, the baby singing to herself in her room.

    -Husband got a new car which will cost less in taxes and cleaner for the air so that is nice. Also a quite. Never knew how much noise that diesel made over the Prius.

    -Got my sexy workout clothes at last and........they are in a size small from H&M! I am a small! I really need to keep things up if I am going to stay in those clothes because temptation is everywhere. It is so hard to keep passing that damn candy store, they have mint cookies and I love mint. It is rare to have mint ice cream and cookies here so the fact they sell them makes it super hard. I decided to order some mint extract and try to make my own mint chocolate sugar free cookies.

     

  16. I have some things I need to get off my chest... It has been two months since my gastric sleeve/gallbladder surgery.   I had two really important things to discuss, in my first outing since surgery to my monthly book club meeting.  The waitress who waited on us was very RUDE and I was wondering if anyone has anyone had a similar experiences.

    I ordered my chicken Caesar salad and a takeout box(I only 1/4 cup of the salad and took the rest home as previously advised) the waitress made the comment that "why was I ordering that ?  And that it was two years before she could) she had gastric bypass previously. and then when I was cashing out she made the comments about "my stomach what I was going to do with my access skin and that I needed to get myself in gym”, and the third comment was not made to my face but with the owner of the restaurant and waitress talking about me while I was eating all because this particular waitress eavesdrop on our conversation. My question is has anyone ever encountered this problem?? Should I give a bad review on Yelp?? I am still bitter about this.

    My second question is my friends wanting me to start going out for drinks and food and because of this incident I am terrified (my friends have insured me that they love me and just want to see me not what I am eating) .. My second question did anyone have anxiety about going in public after having surgery even with close friends or self?

      I am sorry to bother everyone with these questions and appreciate anyone's advice (normal I would keep off the internet but it’s hard to share with my close knot family and friends and I wanted others opinions who have the surgery... THANK YOU for listening.

     

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  17. If you had Gastric Bypass surgery  9 months ago, I'm doing a graduate thesis on FAT Bias and the role it has played in our lives before and after surgery. I would really love to chat with you about it if your interested in learning more. I need volunteers for my research, this is an important study that considers the fat bias experiences people have had in there lives based on whether they were over-weight as children or if they gained the weight as adults. please contact me to learn more -Scott

  18. 2016&Ready
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    well I went for my psych eval results this morning ... I passed... Whew ... Not that I didn 't think I would .... But what the heck ... Why should the results of my MMPI control my future .... The results actually said My responses were too contrived ???? What does that mean????  It means that I was too afraid to be exposed????

  19. just.a.pretty.face?
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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any advice on sugar alcohols or sugar substitutes.   So far I am doing well and am 70lbs down with surgery being September 18th.  however, I am working out 4-6 times a week walking a 5k at least twice a week and then the gym for about 1.5 hours the other days with a trainer. I am still stalling at times, and I know that that will happen naturally but I want to make sure that I am giving my body the best opportunity possible to loose this weight and be healthy.  Basically I am wondering if anyone has had any issues with sugar substitutes affecting them in a negative way and slowing down their weight loss.

    Also, I am going on a cruise next week and wanted to see if anyone has any advice on the true alcohol.  I have not taken in much alcohol since surgery but know that I will not avoid it on the cruise.  The food aspect does not scare me as I feel like I have beaten that need that I use to feel towards food, but don't want to gain weight from alcohol.  I know that I will not have beer, but any advice on what to have that will not stall me or at least make me not gain would be very appreciated!  (working on being honest with myself about the situation:)) 

  20. So my vsg was 10/19/2015.  I've lost about 80 lbs. Since I began. My highest weight was nearly 375!! On surgery day I was 325 and today I am 284. I have recovered very nicely. To be honest, I feel so normal its like surgery never happened. My loss has been a little slower than I hoped for., but I'm feeling better everyday.  The only real difference is I can't eat very much.  I know that I will hear a lot of crap about goals and diet and being honest with myself. But that's the thing I am honest with myself. I have not changed my life much at all. I healed and did well with food pretty quick. No food is completely off the table for me. I ate cookies and bread throughout the holidays and I enjoyed it. I noticed that I cannot eat beef two days in a row or my digestive system gets sluggish. And some foods just sit a little heavy like potato. But I have not thrown up or felt sick from anything. I have not  vomited once since surgery. Have not had the runs or constipation. No heartburn. No indigestion. Nothing. Nothing has changed for me except the size of my stomach and 5 small puncture scars on my upper tummy. I eat my protein first. But I am not on a "diet" anymore. Im aware to get the most weight off a diet would serve me well.. But I'm trying to live a normal life. I am a foodie. I like to cook. I like to eat. Surgery did not strip me of this. Vsg is what I did, not who I've become. I don't drink soda. I don't do caffeine. I don't fry food often. I don't eat fast food. When I do eat something sweet or fattening its from scratch. I even bake my own bread. My overall diet is pretty natural and healthy anyway. I don't do aspartame or other chemical sweeteners. I use sugar and honey. I quit the protein shakes and don't plan revisiting them unless a blood test shows I'm deficient. I still put carbs on my plate. Once I eat my protein and vegetables there isn't much room for more than a bite or two. I don't graze I eat 2 meals and 3-4 small snacks a day. I drink mostly water. I don't feel deprived of anything. I feel that I have completely adapted. I don't even notice how little I actually eat until someone voices concern that I'm not getting enough. My small portion is my new normal. The hardest part was teaching myself that it's OK to not finish my plate. I waste food every night. I don't plan my meals by protein grams, I naturally gravitate to high protein Foods and I believe that my overall protein and vitamins/ mineral needs are being met with my whole food approach. Considering my surgery was at the beginning of The holiday season ( food season in my family) I am very pleased with my progress.  My loss is weird. I lose 10 stall , lose 10 stall etc. I literally drop 10 pounds overnight and then stall till my next 10. I find it strange and it seems physically impossible. I lose inches during my stalls. 

    All this being said. It is new years and for as long as I can remember losing weight has been my resolution. Not this year. My resolution is to go out and do all the things that I have not been able to because of the pain of my size in the past. I still have a ways to go.. But the current me could run circles around the 3 month ago me. But still I am geared towardss heath this time of year from the past. I guess it's become a tradition. My next doc appointment is at the end of the month and I will finally be cleared to workout more than walking and I can't wait to see how the pace of my loss is once I can do more strenuous activity. I'm getting jiggly in places that have deflated and I can't wait to tighten it up some. I will be eating closer to the surgery status quo minus the sugar free chemicals, and I will be focused on taking myself down to healthy.  I plan on getting as much out of this honeymoon phase as possible. I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store. Im excited about the future and finding myself again. I'm excited to shed this fat suit. I hope you are all well and making strides in your journey. :)

     

  21. My sister and brother in-law were very surprised when they saw me. My brother-in-law repeatedly told me how good I looked. It felt great!!! I had a new outfit on and more importantly a very positive attitude. This year has been a wonderful year for me. Losing seventy pounds does something wonderful for one's ego. I had a lot of energy to walk around the city without getting tired. This year my goal with be to exercise at least five times a week. I have to up the exercise because I have stopped losing weight and have stalled at 169 for  at least a month. My bariatric team has been encouraging me to exercise at least five times a week. I have been really resisting this and giving them plenty of excuses. But now I am ready to make this change in my life. I have become to realize it's never to late to change. This truly has been a journey of wonderful changes.