innerbeautyoutside

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About innerbeautyoutside

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 10/03/1985

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Washington
  • Interests
    Massage Therapy
  • Age
    27

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Khandelwal
  • Hospital
    University of Washington
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-03
  • Start Weight
    292
  • Current Weight
    169
  • Goal Weight
    ?
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    29.9
  • Surgery Date
    10/28/11
  • Surgery Type
  1. I can relate to so much of this. I was a 24 in pants & now I'm in a 10. It's mind blowing. Going shopping can be very overwhelming but it's worth it to be comfortable in clothes that don't fall off & showing off your progress doesnt hurt either. I strongly recommend starting @ a thrift store. I get upset if $20 jeans get too big in a month or 2 but my $2.99 pair of Dockers (which I love) won't bother me if I out-shrink them.
  2. True, but then I have to jump the hurdle of wearing a swimming suit in public. Lol. Thanks! I hope to lose about that much again, possibly more. (That will put my BMI pretty close to "healthy/normal" but still in the overweight section)
  3. My first 6 weeks post-op (RNY gastric bypass), I lost 4.1 lbs. per week and the following 6 weeks I lost at a rate of 1.6 lbs per week. Nurse Practitioner said 4.1 was a bit too fast, 1.6 is good, anywhere between 1-3 lbs. per week is preferred. My blood protein level was "absolutely amazing" for where I'm at now so my fears of protein deficiency were unfounded. Despite how hard I am on myself about what I do wrong, my medical team seems very satisfied with my progress. I passed my 3 month "Surgiversary" last Saturday and I have now lost a total of 60 POUNDS! Made a mental note to save a little money when we get our tax return this year because I plan on rewarding myself with color on my large back tattoo when I've lost 100 lbs. I just realized that I'm 40 lbs away from that checkpoint and it feels pretty good. Not only for my self esteem but physically it feels soo much better to weigh so much less. I couldn't be happier with my decision to have WLS. I did my homework, prayed, worked for it and finally went through with it and even though my BMI still defines me as "obese", I no longer feel freakishly fat. I'm still very aware of my "plus size" but I can see the metaphorical light at the end of my tunnel now. I no longer feel the need to set my goals on a specific number for my weight but I am content knowing that I feel like a different body already and as long as this body is "healthy" that's good enough for me. My blood pressure prior to surgery was "borderline high" but not bad enough to need meds for at that point. My biggest health complaint at this point is my blood pressure being too LOW. When I stand up too quickly, I often feel dizzy and get tunnel vision for a few seconds but I believe that will improve when I start adding regular REAL exercise to my life. I consider REAL exercise to be something that probably gets you breathing hard and definitely makes you sweat. Gross. I need to get over that. Clogged arteries are much more gross than sweat. I worry that my Dad won't be able to enjoy the benefits of a healthy sized body until the unseen damage has already been done. I don't mind being the family "example" for my surgery but I only pray that others will take the steps that I have taken to get my life back. I am lucky to be young enough to have likely avoided medical problems that once were almost inevitable because of my excess weight like diabetes and needing joints replaced. I feel like I have just been set free from a life sentence of misery. If only I could get my Dad to see the light before his body breaks down. I feel thankful for my new chance at life. I'm still amazed that I've lost 60 lbs. and I have a hard time recognizing the physical change in myself. It's pretty obvious when my clothes get too big but I have a hard time seeing it.
  4. Abdominal muscle pain is getting worse. Seeing the Dr on tues. Anyone else have tummy muscle pain get better then worse?

    1. San

      San

      Not here really. But keep us updated. Good luck

    2. innerbeautyoutside

      innerbeautyoutside

      Doc said I tore a few internal stitches on my abdominal wall. I didn't realize I had any internal stitches! He recommended a heat pad & it helped a LOT!

  5. While the crushed pain meds are not a problem, I cannot get all my normal meds down. Specifically my wellbutrin is horrible. I literally threw up in my mouth this morning when I swallowed half of it. I quit after that. I know its not a med that you're supposed to stop cold turkey but I am completely frustrated and don't know how I'm going to continue it. On another note, I absolutely love my protein shakes! Check out Vitalady. She sells samples but I was lucky enough to have her close enough to me for me to go in person & sample flavors for free. My favorites are strawberry & caramel latte by Syntha 6 & vanilla by Super Pro. I gained 13 lbs. of weight while IN the hospital from all the IV fluids they gave me but I lost all that by the time I got home. I am down 4 lbs. from my surgery day weight now. I feel pretty good, a little sore but spacing my pain meds out more every day. My biggest issue is not getting my regular meds down.
  6. Feeling like healing is the thing to do now. 5 days post-op today.

    1. San

      San

      You doing great

  7. Thanks Mary. I'm home and finally have my pain level under control. I had my surgery around 745pm Friday & I got discharged @ 2pm on Monday (Halloween) so I've been home since then. I had a couple minor issues otherwise I could hav gone home unday. Haven't been able to get quite as much liquid in as I am supposed to, had diarrhea Monday & Tuesday, waking myself up every 3 hrs. for pain meds. My wonderful husband gets up at any hour, crushes my pain pills and gives me something to take them with. So far i found that chocolate sugar free pudding works ok but I like my pain meds mixed with my strawberry protein shake better than that. I admit, I am having the WORST time getting all my other meds down in crushed form. The horrible taste lingers in the back of my throat way too long. I am supposed to take wellbutrin 3 x a day but I have only been able to get it down once a day. Nearly vomited from the taste last time I tried taking it. Any suggestions? All my morning pills crushed are about 2.5 to 5 cc's & I'm only allowed to intake 60 cc's total every 10-12 minutes. If I could add more flavoring & a decent chaser it wouldnt be too bad but it's difficult with such a small amt. Thanks so much. Sorry about my grammar. I'm still a bit drugged up.
  8. So glad you didn't give up on what you wanted!!!

  9. Had Surgery On Oct. 28Th!

    I am officially a post-op patient now. Friday October 28th I checked in at 100PM & didn't have surgery until after 730PM. I was miserable & starving but it's all good. I'd want my doctor spending extra time on me if I needed it. My laporoscopic Gastric Bypass went well with no complications during the procedure. I will probably get out of the hospital 2moro (Monday/Halloween) and all the nurses & docs are telling me that I'm doing a great job. I am being switched from a patient controlled IV pain med to oral pain meds crushed. It's going better than I expected. I get to see my daughters today (my husband gets to also). I'm so glad my family is so supportive & has been taking care of our girls while I'm in the hospital. Well I'm going to attempt to pee & go for a walk down the halls again.
  10. I am officially a post-op patient now. Friday October 28th I checked in at 100PM & didn't have surgery until after 730PM. I was miserable & starving but it's all good. I'd want my doctor spending extra time on me if I needed it. My laporoscopic Gastric Bypass went well with no complications during the procedure. I will probably get out of the hospital 2moro (Monday/Halloween) and all the nurses & docs are telling me that I'm doing a great job. I am being switched from a patient controlled IV pain med to oral pain meds crushed. It's going better than I expected. I get to see my daughters today (my husband gets to also). I'm so glad my family is so supportive & has been taking care of our girls while I'm in the hospital. Well I'm going to attempt to pee & go for a walk down the halls again.
  11. Freaking Out

    I am really starting to panic. I keep thinking what if I died & my daughters don't have much to remember me by? They are 7 & 4 in 3 weeks. Im having bad dreams all night long. Not about surgery but when I wake up my heart is pounding & my stomach is queasy. Tomorrow I say goodbye to my kids & parents & go to the hotel for surgery the following morning. I feel incredibly nervous & not ready. Almost like I am forgetting something. I am making little notes for my daughters to open one for every day I am gone in the hospital. I'm putting stickers in each envelope too so they will be excited about opening a note from Mommy with STICKERS! They love stickers. I just keep thinking maybe I need to write a note for each day for the rest of their lives, or at least for every accomplishment. But I dont have time to do that. I havent started packing yet. I have a list, made purchases & have everything just havent actually packed it all yet. Well I gotta go freak out some more. Thanks for reading.
  12. Thanks so much for your support. It warms my heart knowing people care, especially people that can relate to me.
  13. Nervous

    Ok, don't get me wrong, I want this surgery. I've wanted it soo bad for soo long it's not even funny but now that I'm finally approved, I am starting to feel...panicked & nervous. I'm sure this is normal considering that it's a pretty serious surgery but still, I'm kinda freaking out. I have so much I need to do and not enough energy to do it. Gotta clean my room (serious makeover needed) so I will be able to easily get in & out of bed. Gotta get some kind of recliner because my couch is low & uncomfortable (only in my opinion), gonna make a list for my hospital bag, heck I gotta figure out which bag I'm gonna take! I sleep fine @ night time, but I usually go back to sleep for an hour or two after taking my daughter to school but now I can't. I can't get my brain to shut off. Anyone else get nervous like this? I'd NEVER back out but I AM beginning to freak out.
  14. When I read your posts, it sounds soo much like how I think. It's comforting to know that someone else has a problem with the number on the stupid tag. Clothing is never sized to make you feel good. You're doing great so don't let this number thing get to you.
  15. I'm so excited to have been approved today! After being denied twice & having 2 surgery dates cancelled & my insurance expiring at the end of the month, I was starting to panic. Apparently the third time is the charm for me!