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About SinginSarah

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  • Birthday 07/07/1987

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  • Website URL http://knitsbysarah.com

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Lafayette, IN
  • Age 24


  • Surgeon Dr. Christopher Evanson
  • Hospital St. Vincent, Carmel, IN
  • Height (ft-in) 5-09
  • Start Weight 460
  • Current Weight 381
  • Goal Weight 200
  • Surgery Date 12/30/11
  • Surgery Type Gastric Bypass

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  1. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Scale Suggestions?   

    Whatever you do, DON'T buy The Biggest Loser scales. My mom bought me one for Christmas that claimed to work up to 440 LBs, I'm now under 380 and it still doesn't work on me.
  2. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Did you lose your breasts?   

    I reaaaaally hope not. I was a boob phenomenon pre-op, a 50B. It is IMPOSSIBLE to find a bra in that size because manufacturer's assume if you're a certain number size, you have to be a D+. I've noticed a little loss and a little more droopiness, but not enough to warrant a new bra, not that I think I'd be able to find an A cup bra in my size anyway.
  3. SinginSarah added a post in a topic DO SHOE SIZES CHANGE TOO?   

    Some of my shoes are looser, but I haven't gotten to the point of going down a size. I'm a 9 1/2, but I have very wide feet, so a lot of times I go for a 10. I'm hoping my feet get less wide and less chubby so I can wear strappy shoes.

    I also hope that at some point I can wear heels. Period. I can now, but they have to be chunky or wedges and can't go over 2".
  4. SinginSarah added a post in a topic The scale is going down but I don't look like I have lost...   

    I'm down 53 lbs and only now starting to notice a change in the way my clothes fit, but still a very minimal change, my pants are loosening, but they're not falling off yet. I think a lot of it is just in the mind. Plus we see and feel our bodies every day, it's hard to notice slight changes that happen slowly. I gained about 100 lbs over two years and honestly didn't even notice it, and now I'm losing it and I still don't notice it.
  5. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Girdle Type Stomach Wrap Post Opp   

    I wore mine 24/7 the first week. The second & third weeks I only wore it when I was standing or walking because when I didn't have it on my incisions felt like they were stretching. By the fourth week I was completely pain free and stopped wearing it because it bothered me too much. I'm sure the doc probably wanted me to keep it on longer, but I didn't.
  6. SinginSarah added a post in a topic A Touchy Subject Maybe....   

    They asked me about a living will, but I never actually signed one. I just told my parents that unless there was a possibility to make a full recovery, go ahead and pull the plug. I don't want to be a vegetable.

    But I don't have a husband or kids, and I still live at home so I really have no big possessions that need to be put in a will.

    But my advice to all parents is to make a will. Not just for surgery, for anything. You never know what is going to happen and you need to figure out what's best for your child(ren).
  7. SinginSarah added a post in a topic How many of you told your employer?   

    I'm a bus driver, so I don't interact with my co-workers a whole lot. I told the office people (who gave me leave from work) about it, one of the office lady's husband had it done. I told a couple other people as well, but I didn't really make it well known. The wonderful thing about my job is that you can be gone from work for 3 weeks and some people won't even notice because you don't cross paths very often. Only one person noticed that she hadn't seen me in a while, and I told her I had surgery, but she didn't ask details, and I didn't volunteer them. So far nobody at work has noticed my weight loss, but it's still early. If they ask how I did it I'll tell them, but I probably won't advertise it. I'm afraid of responses like my grandfather's, in which he said the whole "So and so's sister's boyfriend's mother had that and died of an infection".
  8. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Bus Driver + Bad Hrs + Bad Diet + Bumpy Rds = Diarrhea   

    I'm a school bus driver, so my schedule may be different. Except for the first week post-op, I haven't had any diarrhea issues, quite the opposite, actually.

    Anyway, my schedule is up at 6, breakfast with multi, go to work at 6:45, off first route at 8:30, have my calcium, other medications + protein in between, lunch with multi at 1, back to work at 2, off around 3:45, have another calcium, dinner with multi at 6, calcium before bed at 10.

    You may want to try taking a probiotic to help the diarrhea. It helped with my constipation a lot.
  9. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Why Did Everyone But Me Get On A 2 Week Liquid Diet?!?!?!?!?!?   

    I didn't have to go on a liquid diet or any other diet pre-op. My doc said he'd like me to lose 30 or so lbs before surgery to shrink my liver, but that unfortunately didn't happen and everything went fine. I have 6 lap incisions, not sure if that's normal or not, and from what I was told there were no problems during my surgery at all.

    If I were you I wouldn't be worried. I was around 100 lbs heavier than you on my surgery date and there weren't any problems.
  10. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Profect Protein Shots   

    I've not tried them but I'm curious as well. I can't stand protein shakes either. I've tried so many and they're just bleh.

    I bet these are like those 5 hour energy things, they taste horrible, but it's okay because it's just two swigs and you're done.
  11. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Birth Control - Depo Provera   

    I've been on Depo for about 3 years now. My surgeon was a little concerned about bone density, but not about water retention. I decided to stay on it and take an extra calcium supplement.

    The strange thing though, since I've been on Depo so long I haven't had a period at all in about two years (one of the reasons I love it), and a week after I got home from the hospital I started bleeding again. I was due for another shot on Jan 13th, so I thought it might have been that the other shot was wearing off or that my hormones were a little wonky with the weight loss, but even after my latest shot I'm still spotting quite a bit. I don't really know what to think of it.
  12. SinginSarah added a post in a topic How Did You Make The Choice Between Gastric And Lap Band?   

    I never contemplated the band, it was always RNY for me. During the first orientation my surgeon said if your BMI is above 45, he wouldn't recommend the band because you probably wouldn't lose enough weight to even get in the healthy BMI zone. I was around a 65 BMI at the time. So in my mind, I think the lap is for people with slightly lower BMI, RNY is for the more serious cases, like myself.

    I've also heard stories, from more than one person, about people they know that only lost 50-75 lbs and that was it.
  13. SinginSarah added a post in a topic Question For The Ladies - Post Op Birth Control Effects   

    I'm on Depo and have been for a few years now. At the hospital they told me I should think about other ways of birth control because Depo screws with your calcium absorption, and your calcium absorption is already screwed with the surgery itself, so you have a doubly high risk of osteoporosis. I'd like to stay on Depo if I can, I'm going to ask the doc if I can just take extra calcium each day (if it will absorb properly, that is) to make up for it.

    On a slightly different note, with Depo, after a year or so of taking it you don't get periods at all. I haven't had anything but occasional spotting in about 2 years, and after my surgery I had almost a full period. I'm not sure if it's the blood thinners they've given me or if my hormones are just screwing around. It was a pain in the backside added to the pain I already had.
  14. SinginSarah added a topic in Post-op Gastric Bypass   

    When Is This Taste Change Supposed To Happen?
    Hi everyone, n00b here. I had my surgery on Friday, Dec 30th, so right now I'm 4 days post-op.

    Everyone has told me that after surgery my tastes will change and I won't like things I liked before, and will like things I hated before. This was good news to me because I'm already a horribly picky eater, and being a picky eater on the post-op diet is not a whole lot of fun. I haven't noticed any change in my tastes yet and was wondering if it takes a while or does it just happen?

    One of the things I'm having an issue with is fluids. I drink water most of the time but sometimes I just need flavoring, and I can't stand the aftertaste that artificial sweeteners have. I was drinking apple juice in the hospital most of the time, but now I can't seem to find an apple juice that doesn't either have a yucky aftertaste or tons of sugar added.

    But anyway, the real point of this post is to ask how long your taste buds took to change. Was it immediate or a more gradual thing? I'd especially like to hear from those who were picky eaters pre-op.
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