mcnerd

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About mcnerd

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 07/11/1944

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Cerritos (SoCal), CA
  • Interests
    2012, Genealogy, Canning, Computers
  • Age
    66

Information

  • Surgeon
    Miguel Burch
  • Hospital
    Cedars-Sinai
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-07
  • Start Weight
    349
  • Current Weight
    289
  • Goal Weight
    160
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    53
  • Surgery Date
    5/23/2011
  • Surgery Type
  1. Been missing you and thought I'd stop in to check on you. Hope you're doing OK. Sending hugs and warm wishes!

  2. Hope all is well......take care!

  3. I hope all is well with you. You are missed. :)

  4. You are missed on the forum!!! I have noticed you haven't been around and Kel said you were taking time off, I hope it's for a relaxing vacay. We miss you here!

  5. Sure hope you are having a grand vacation somewhere and just taking a break from the TT family...admit I am worrying over you :)

  6. We miss you! Where are you McNerd????

  7. Welcome to the TT Forum. Great support here and lots of information to read to learn more about your journey before surgery and after. Keep us informed of your program. I had my Gastric Bypass by laparoscopic methods, including fixing of an umbilical hernia, almost 2 months ago and walked out of the hospital without my diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and my sleep apnea is basically gone now. Since then I've never looked back. Good luck.
  8. I'm too early to know, but I would anticipate it is settling in to a 'normal' life again and eating regular foods again that have a much higher calorie count. Some may hit the sweets if they don't dump. The surgery is afterall just a tool and if you quit using it properly it is easy to gain back weight.
  9. Just remember that everyone's tastes often change after surgery and what one person likes now could be totally different later. As stated, the recommendation is pre-op to buy nothing but 'samples' and you are able to then find something you can tolerate before you fork out a ton of money for a tub. SqueezyMama, is there a reason why you are only doing a protein drink in the morning and at night? Another one at lunch would get you into the higher numbers. You should also be able to use milk which will give you more protein.
  10. I'm Medicare using an Advantage Plan HMO for coverage. Mine covered 100% of the surgery and all the tests, but you really have to do your research on these different plans. Most seem to be 80% covered with 20% paid by patient with certain maximums and/or co-pays. Too detailed and different and it will give you a migraine reviewing all of them. My surgery, not including tests and Anesthesia services, was $87,282.23 but the negotiated billing (actual charge) was $12,383.90 which was paid by my HMO. You might try going to the Social Security/Medicare website and see if you can get some questions answered about WLS if you stick with them. I would then start doing serious research on the different Advantage Plans that are available in your area and find out what each of them cover dollar-wise. As for the surgery itself, Medicare only offers lap-band or RNY Gastric Bypass at the present time. The 'Sleeve' is not yet covered. Good luck.
  11. Sounds like you have things under control. Keep us informed of your progress and hopeful resolution of your anxiety issues.
  12. Awesome. Keep it up.
  13. Sounds like you are doing great. Just stick to your surgeon's eating routine and don't try to rush things if you happen to find one stage easier to do. Your new plumbing needs to have time to heal.
  14. Yup, we all have those thoughts at one moment or another. Shows you are a normal human being. Mine lasted about a minute and then I reminded myself of what could go RIGHT and that had a higher percentage of succeeding that going the other route. After that I relaxed and enjoyed the ride. You will do fine. I slept through the whole thing. All I remember was the Anesthesia guy talking to me and the next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. At that point I realized I was alive and breathing. Since then I've never looked back and I try my best to follow the rules given me.
  15. You're doing fine, better than me for sure. Remember your body is not a machine and there are times when it needs to rest and figure out what its supposed to be doing. Perfectly normal. Keep up your levels of protein and liquids and your body will continue in due time. If you have been low on your protein intake, try increasing it a bit and it may be enough to nudge your body into doing something.