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About 2Bme

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  • Gender Female
  • Location New Hampshire
  • Age 42


  • Surgeon Dr. Gould
  • Hospital Dartmouth Hitchcock, Manchester (surgery at Elliot Hosp)
  • Height (ft-in) 5-04
  • Start Weight 254
  • Current Weight 155
  • Goal Weight 147
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) 27.1
  • Surgery Date 12/19/11
  • Surgery Type Gastric Bypass

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  1. 2Bme added a post in a topic surgery for excessive scar tissue   

    Thank you.
  2. 2Bme added a post in a topic surgery for excessive scar tissue   

    Thank you.
    As I understand it, my scar tissue is extensive and deep. The superficial areas we are still working on and have made some progress.
    Do you have a recommendation for finding a board certified plastic surgeon in my area? I live in a small town with limited access. Is there a database that I can use to find a good doctor?
  3. 2Bme added a topic in Ask Dr. Gupta, Plastic Surgeon   

    surgery for excessive scar tissue
    Hi Doctor,
    I have excessive scar tissue due to 5 abdominal surgeries. I am currently seeing a physical therapist who is trying to break up the scar tissue. My primary care doctor and the PT have mentioned I most likely will end up needing surgery due to the scar tissue. (2 c-sections, hysterectomy, gallbladder, and gastric by pass) Recently I was told the surgery would most likely be done by a plastic surgeon. I was concerned another surgery would just make more scar tissue.
    If I end up needing a plastic surgeon to remove/cut all those scar tissue,....
    1. Do you think a plastic surgeon would also be willing to remove excess abdominal skin/tighten as well?
    2. Add in a breast lift?
    How much time does scar tissue work take? Would the same amount of work have to be done in the removal of excess skin?
    How is the scar tissue removed?
    I have scar tissue and pain pretty much covering my entire abdominal and going under my hanging ribs.
    Thank you
    • 4 replies
  4. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    I was sent for an abdominal CT scan just in case. The results are in... not related to gastric bypass. They were looking to make sure I did not have an internal hernia or something trapping the intestines, etc... Everything looks good there. However, I do have a kidney stone. I have had no symptoms, so it is ok for now. According to the nurse, many people have stones and ever know it.
    I have a referral out to a gastroenterologist, but I have not heard back. I requested a referral to a nutritionist but I have heard nothing on it.
    Feeling better.
  5. 2Bme added a post in a topic Reality Check   

    It seems that my body wants to weigh 159 pounds. Every time I drop lower, something always happens and brings it back up again.
    I watch my diet, exercise, etc... I don't snack after dinner. I have had health issue where I will drop 5 to 10 pounds and as soon as the health issue is resolved, bing, back to 159pd. I track everything on myfitnesspal.
    I keep trying to go lower. My body seems to want to stay at 159pd. Hmmmm. Not sure how to get it to reset itself and allow for a lower number.
  6. 2Bme added a post in a topic Unexplained pain   

    Hi Rhonda. I just found this post. What did the CT scan reveal? What was wrong? I assume/hope after all this time your doing great.
  7. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    I am not in the hospital. I am too stubborn.
    I got one of the doctors to run blood work on me. Several of the levels (forget which ones) were elevated, which the doctor reads as pancreatitis.
    I went back today and had more blood work done. The liver and lipids have returned to normal range. However, I am still having some pain across my abdomen. So I am still on a full liquid diet. I was told I can include oatmeal and fresh berries too. I am being referred to a gastroenterologist nearby.
    Current thought is... the cherry pit irritated my system and kicked off the pancreatitis (this time). Don't know why. The pancreatitis irritated the scar tissue I have across my abdomen resulting in more pain from the tugging and pulling as I ate/drank. The current pain is most likely from the scar tissue. Plus drinking barium for the upper gi irritated my bowels, and caused things to get sluggish, resulting in more of an issue with things tugging at the scar tissue. 
    Confused yet? It is a wicked web. I am looking forward to all of it settling down. I am hoping the newest referral will look into things and assist me in getting this solved. I would like to prevent another bout of pancreatitis, and have a game plan should it happen again. I do not want to end up as an inpatient. Bad experience.
  8. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    Latest and last update.
    I want to let anyone who is following this know that my problems and the cherry pit are most likely coincidence.
    I am having another bout of pancreatitis. This episode is presenting differently then the initial one, but it is still pancreatitis.
    Did the cherry pit trigger this episode? Possibly, but I am not sure how.
    What caused the pancreatitis? Not sure. In my research I have found I do not have any of the classic behaviors and warning signs. Even when I was in the hospital with it back in February the doctors did not know. I have 2 possible suspects. I am on estrogen, a very low dose that I have been on for 5 years without any issues. I had abdominal surgery. Any abdominal surgery increases the risk for developing pancreatitis. My gallbladder was out in 2008. I had WLS in 2011. I believe the WLS is the most likely culprit.
    Rest at ease, should you swallow something like a cherry pit, it might be uncomfortable, but it should make its way through without too much difficulties.
    I like looking at the silver lining.... I posted 5/19/13 I needed to get back on track since my weight was slowly creeping up. I am already down 5 pounds and its only been a week.
    Thank you everyone for your concern. I will get through this. Your thoughts and support means the world to me. 
  9. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    I don't think it is the appendix. It is about 2 inches down from the sternum and over 2 inches to the right.
  10. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    Ok, I have heard back from the nurse at my surgeon's office.
    The upper GI came back fine. That is good news.
    Bad news, they don't know why I am still having problems. Tried saying it was the gallbladder- not, it was out in 2008. Tried saying maybe its pancreatitis again- no, it really does feel differently.
    They admit, they just don't know. The dr is out of town, so it is up to the techs and nurses to figure out.
    Results: clear liquid diet for the rest of today, and possibly until Tuesday. I can slowly add soft foods back in if i can tolerate them on Sunday. Keep hydrated, even though fluids cause pain.
    If it gets worse go to the ER. Otherwise they will tell my dr when he comes back on Tuesday that I was having problems.They should call me Tuesday with an update.
    I appreciate the staff being so friendly and helpful. I really do. But i am uncomfortable at the best and in pain at the worst. I can't eat or drink without it hurting. Different positions cause it to be worse. Can't exercise or do much of anything. I have a bad headache from not eating this morning. I keep crying (new, started about an hour ago) and just am inconsolable. I am miserable.
    All this because I swallowed a cherry pit. I read up, and many other people have swallowed cherry pits, gum, etc... and been fine.
    Thank you everyone. I think I am a bit emotional at the moment. I am going to go lay in my hammock and try to go to sleep. Maybe that will make me feel better. I appreciate everyone on here. You guys make life so much easier. I love the support you guys give. Thank you!
  11. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    I am back.
    Originally the nurse was referring to a scope, but called it an upper GI. I did confuse them because she referred to them as 1 procedure. I ended up with the Upper GI, where you swallow barium. Icky, but necessary. Honestly, I think I would have preferred the scope. I do not have much faith in the upper GI.
    I managed to get in early instead of having to wait until 2pm.
    The tech said he could not tell me anything, I have to wait to hear from the doctor. I was in tears by the time it was done. Laying on my back after drinking the stuff was painful. Glad it is over. I do not know what they will find if anything.
    I can eat and drink, so the cherry pit is not blocking anything. But eating and drinking causes nausea and discomfort. I have only tried soft foods really: yogurt, cheesy eggs, tea, and water. I cannot eat even half as much as I did before in one sitting.
    I hope to hear from the doctors office today. I won't hold my breathe, they tend to be slow with communications.
    Thank you everyone for your concern and well wishes. I will update you when i hear back.
  12. 2Bme added a post in a topic Swallowed a cherry pit   

    I do not tend to vomit or get the foamies.
    Update: I am getting more nasueas and uncomfortable. I have a never ending pain/pressure on the right center of my abdomen.  To walk quickly I need to hold my side so I can breathe and walk quickly. Even yogurt is too much. I can eat and drink but it makes me even more miserable.
    I called the dr office today and gave them the update. I have an upper GI tomorrow afternoon. In the past I have always needed to be sedated for this. I found out a few minutes ago when I pre-registered, I will be awake for this. Oh-no. But I am miserable enough that I don't care. I want them to see what is wrong and fix it.
    3 theories:
    The cherry pit is stuck in my tummy/stoma
    The cherry pit made it through but did damage on its way through.
    I am having a re-occurrence of the pancreatis that I had back in January. (why????)
    Strongly suggested to have a soft diet tonight. Nothing after midnight. Good thing I already had the day off tomorrow.
    Thank you everyone for your well wishes
  13. 2Bme added a post in a topic Lost almost 100 pounds and still feel like the fat girl.   

    I don't know about that. I am not so far from goal.
    When I was fat I really did not see it. I did not identify with being "fat", I was just me. As I lost the weight I became more and more aware of just how fat I really was. Now it is an image that is etched in my brain. I have days where I am fine. Like this morning, I looked at myself naked in the mirror, and I was "wow, I look pretty good" but most days I am "ick, sagging, droopy,... lets get so clothes on- that's better."
    I think the saggy skin bothers me more then the firm but fat skin- to the eye. It is how it looks, and I interpret it as good/bad, etc...
    I doubt I will ever be able to afford plastics. But that would be nice.
  14. 2Bme added a topic in Socialize   

    Swallowed a cherry pit
    Ok, I know cherry pits are not good. But yes, I did swallow a cherry pit. It goes between discomfort to pain.
    I was eating cherries at my desk and accidentally swallowed a pit. I don't know how i did that, since I cannot even swallow small pills without liquid to wash them down. But it happened.
    I called my surgeon's office. The lady who answered told me to call my PCP. What??? I explained nicely that my PCP knows nothing about gastric bypass and would tell me to call my surgeon's office that did the gastric bypass. So she took a message to give to the nurse. A couple of hours later the nurse calls me back.
    Yes, a cherry pit is larger then an aspirin. No, I did not do it on purpose. Yes, it is uncomfortable. Yes, I can still drink liquids. No, I have not tried to eat anything since this happened.
    Results: Take it easy. Keep hydrated. Liquid stage 2 diet tonight and breakfast tomorrow. Call back mid-day tomorrow with an update. Plus however much it hurt for the cherry pit to enter my stomach, it likely will hurt more trying to leave my tummy....
    Anyone else do this?
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  15. 2Bme added a topic in Gastric Bypass Nutrition   

    mid-day snacks- no fridge
    I apologize if this is already covered somewhere. I could not find it.
    I found I need to eat every 2 hours. I have slowly started making some bad choices, and am revamping my food choices.
    I work in an office/store. I have my own office and desk, and can have snacks in there. The room stays around 76 degrees or I freeze. That is my idea temperature.
    I need snack ideas that I can keep at my desk that do not need to be kept cold. I do not have easy access to a fridge and the lunch box cooling bags just don't keep things cold enough.
    Please, what suggestions do you have? What has worked for you?
    I am already doing mixed nuts. I am thinking protein, healthy, crunchy (preferred), and not messy.
    For me to feel satisfied I need to chew and crunch. Otherwise my brain says it still needs to eat. Gum helps some but really doesn't cut it.
    Thank you!
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