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About Chibee

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  • Birthday 04/04/1988

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  • Gender Female
  • Location Upstate NY
  • Age 23


  • Surgeon O' Malley
  • Hospital Highland
  • Height (ft-in) 5-04
  • Start Weight 477
  • Current Weight 365
  • Surgery Date 10/14/2011
  • Surgery Type Gastric Bypass

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  1. Chibee added a topic in General Questions   

    Getting Back To 'normal'?
    I'm still really early on, but I've been thinking - for those of you who are post-op, how long until you were able to eat out normally? What I mean is, has anyone been able to eat a slice of pizza? A hamburger? I'm not saying that those kinds of foods are 'all the time' things, but on occasion, are you able to eat these kinds of things? If so, when were you able to tolerate them?
    • 18 replies
  2. Chibee added a post in a topic Drain   

    For some surgeons, it just depends on how much drainage per day you're having, for others, they only put in drains for people over a certain BMI. I had my drain for a week, believe me, I hated that thing!!! There should be a little extra tab of plastic on the drain, you can push a safety pin through it and pin your drain up underneath your shirt, and it'll help with the pulling and falling out.

    Just make sure to take it easy when they do take your drain out. For me, I had a lot of pain at the drain site the day after it was removed, it made it very difficult to breathe.
  3. Chibee added a post in a topic Should I Force Myself To Eat?   

    Thank you everyone for your responses. I'm still feeling overwhelmed, but it's good to hear that I'm not the only one. I still have cravings for foods, for example I 'miss' pizza...but I feel so full the thought of actually chewing and swallowing it makes me feel sick. Does anyone else feel that way? It's almost as though a switch has been flipped inside of me, I feel like I could go days, weeks, without eating - but I know I can't so trying to find something to eat is so hard.
  4. Chibee added a post in a topic Should I Force Myself To Eat?   

    Usually for my 'shake' I have a scoop of unjury w/ a half-spoonful of decaf instant coffee and milk. I've been trying to eat 1/4-1/2c of puree at each meal (1/4 if I'm having sweet potato or something along with whatever protein food I'm having).

    I've also noticed that I always feel very thirsty, but I still feel full. I'm not diabetic, but I wonder if there's something about the thirst that's making my stomach hurt?|

    (PPS: My sister suggested flat diet ginger ale to calm my stomach - I'm going to leave an open can in the fridge overnight. Has anyone had success with this? Will it help?)
  5. Chibee added a topic in General Questions   

    Should I Force Myself To Eat?
    Hello, everyone. I'm a little over 1 week post-op, now on the purees diet. 3 'meals' a day are purees, the other 3 are protein shakes. Here's my problem: Right now, I'm (over)due to have another shake, but I feel so full. My stomach aches, and thinking about drinking a shake makes me feel nauseous. I don't want to do damage to myself by overeating....but I don't want to skip meals either. I just don't know what I should do!

    So, should I 'eat' on schedule, or just when I don't feel full, or what?
    • 13 replies
  6. Chibee added a topic in General Questions   

    Pulmonary Workup?
    Sorry for the incoming vent, but I'm hoping someone can help me out here:

    My surgery date is set for the 28th, and my hospital called me about a week and a half ago to ask me to have my doctor fax them something for the insurance approval process. They wanted something saying that there was no indication for a pulmonary workup. I called my Dr.'s office 4 times before someone finally passed my message along , only to have them call today and tell me they won't fax anything unless I come in for an appointment. I'm going in Monday, but I'm so frustrated. (At the start of this process, I had to bring a questionnaire to my Dr from the hospital, detailing my weight history, health, etc. At that time, she actually told me that she thought I wouldn't be successful, and told me about people she knows who have 'failed' at WLS. I haven't been back there since, but because she's still technically my primary, I have to get her permission for this one thing....)

    Here's my worry: I'm afraid she's going to say I have to have this testing done, which will delay my surgery. Did anyone else have to have a pulmonary workup? What does it entail? How long did you have to wait to get the results?
    • 2 replies
  7. Chibee added a post in a topic 6 Months And Down 134Lbs   

    Congratulations! I always look forward to your photos, your progress is amazing
  8. Chibee added a topic in General Questions   

    Good News! And Some Questions.
    After 8 months of prep and nutrition appointments, I'm finally cleared to talk with the surgeon and set a surgery date! (We'll decide exactly when when I see him, but It'll be ~6wks) I'm very excited, but also a little scared! I thought I'd ask some of the questions nagging at me, so:

    1. I usually sleep on my stomach. Directly after surgery, I'm guessing this is a no-no, but I wanted to hear from you guys - was sleeping a struggle for you? Could you not get comfortable?

    2. My house is a 1.5 hour drive from the hospital, and has a lot of stairs. My sister, who lives ~10 min from the hospital, in a one floor house, has offered to let me stay with her while I recover. How long will it take for me to be able to reasonably take care of myself at home?

    3. In that same vein, how long will I be 'out of it'? My boyfriend goes to school halfway across the country, and won't be around when I have the surgery. My family will be able to call him and let him know how I am, but when do you think I'll be able to handle a phone call? (I know it's silly, but he's worried about me and wants to know XD)

    ::Edit:: 4. Is there some guide/reference I can show family members with questions about the surgery? Something that explains the procedure and maybe gives some details on what they can expect? (as in, I'll be a sleepy grumpy jerkface for the first few days XD)

    I know that some of these I might just have to ask my surgeon or wait and see what happens, but I just wanted to ask to ease my mind. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give .
    • 8 replies
  9. Chibee added a post in a topic 2 Month Difference   

    Wow! Congratulations! You're doing so well! Another local
  10. Chibee added a post in a topic Introduction And I'd Love Some Advice!   

    I meant to post this sooner, but I went to my nutrition appt (once it was rescheduled) and....another month of nutrition. While that is sort of a bummer, I'm happy about it because I -did- lose weight, and it gives me more time to prepare. The more I read the more I realize I'm not 100% emotionally prepared for this journey. I don't know if a month will make that difference, but I know I will feel better about going into surgery if I work hard this month - if I had gotten approved after the kind of half-@*# month I had in June/July, well....
  11. Chibee added a post in a topic Whats The One Thing You Would Have Done Differently?   

    Sorry for going a little bit off topic, but

    @honeebee - I'm glad you've said something, as I feel much the same way. I'm amazed at how many people here start out their weight loss journey at a size I'd do anything to be at XD. I've started scanning people's 'stats' on the side to see how many people started out in the 400+ boat like me...not many, but I'm glad to see someone be successful after starting out there! It's inspiring! Great job!
  12. Chibee added a post in a topic Zumba   

    I've got a few questions for all of you who take zumba classes: At the recommendation of a friend, I'm thinking about joining the local Curves, which offers zumba classes certain nights (not the integrated one where you do zumba between stations, just a regular class). It sounds really fun, and I'd definitely enjoy being able to go with my friend when she's in town...but...

    I'm concerned because I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up with the crowd, or that I'll stand out like a sore thumb. I'm 400+ lbs right now, I very much want to participate in something like this, but I'm not sure....I don't care so much that I'll most likely be bigger than everyone else there, but I'd like to know - is anyone else in the same boat? How easy/hard is it to blend into a Zumba class? Will the instructor be able to show me how to do things at a 'limited' range or speed in order to get through the whole class? Any feedback would be awesome.
  13. Chibee added a post in a topic Introduction And I'd Love Some Advice!   

    I know what you mean Sherryann! I got myself all ready for today, and went to sleep having numbed myself thinking 'whatever happens, happens'....and then the nut. office calls me at 7 this morning: "Your nutritionist won't be here today, actually....can you come back August 1st?".

    It's -fine- but I'm in a right state. I'm all freaked out again and I feel like I can't eat anything but celery or something this week in the hopes that I lose a lot since I've been given this extra time.
  14. Chibee added a post in a topic Introduction And I'd Love Some Advice!   

    It's good to hear that others have been through the same thing. I suppose the only thing I can do now is RELAX and hope for the best. @Kristin - Ooh, another local buddy! I'm so glad I found this site.
  15. Chibee added a post in a topic Introduction And I'd Love Some Advice!   

    Thank you for all your advice. I always get so freaked out right before appointments, I'm afraid that at any moment someone is going to say "nevermind, we can't help you" and send me away.

    @CrstlMason - I'm actually closer to Syracuse as well, I chose highland because I have family in Rochester that I will be staying with during the first few weeks post-op.