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About Spunkycat

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    Long Island, New York
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Thanks for your kind and caring words. I need all the help I can get. I am a person who prays and truly believes in miracles. Best........
  2. Protein shakes count as part of your liquid intake in most programs
  3. I don't know what a "solid liquid " stage is. didn't you get info before surgery for you to follow? i would email or call your NUT before the appointment.
  4. sometimes real Tea causes me to have heartburn. I asked my PCP to change my protonix rom 40mg daily to protonix 20 mg twice daily. Helped me. I have also tried to switch to organic green tea in different flavors but I disliked them a lot. I hope you are feeling better.it is always good to call your surgeon for persistent symptoms of any kind.
  5. Best wishes for an uncomplicated recovery. i don't want to burst your bubble, but the surgery is on your stomach, not of your brain.. In other words, your brain needs to be retrained. I still need to remind myself at least once a day to make a better decision when choosing food an apple or cookies lasagna or some chicken with a little sauce. i found the "head work" hard at times but TT you will get support . best wishes. spunky
  6. you may want to switch to another drug. Some people do better a different. I agree that your doctor should be called to report your symptoms.
  7. I am well aware of all the issues WLS patients experience from day 1 to 5 years. I also am aware that having a fixed focus on weight loss may limit some people to be unaware of the critical problems going on around us right now. This is not a political email.All I ask is that you be aware of the many incidents happening around us every day. My heart wa broken when I saw police officials take away a mother from her children. I cry when I see these events happening around me. I thought about the courage it took every emigrant to cross an ocean having no idea where they were was no guarantee of work, jobs or shelter. thank you for taking time to read this.
  8. no. My surgeon does not use catheters. He said they cause too many infections. Also without a catheter, you are forced to get up to walk to the bedroom which is very important(walking). i recently had orthopedic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian that lasted 6 hours. No catheter. Up and walking 4. Hours after surgery. you have the right to refuse a catheter. That is in the Patients Bill of rights. Patients have a lot of rights. It is usually included in the admission packets.
  9. are you on an acid blocker?
  10. carry quest protein bars and hard boiled eggs
  11. Congratulations on your decision to get healthier. I knew that there are real possibilities for complications. the best advice I can give you is to follow your surgeon's advice to the letter. There have been people on this forum who write in to brag about how they advance their diets early, eat junk frequently and then complain they are not losing and/or getting nauseous all the time. if you have been given a bunch of instructions, place sheets in a binder and read it all carefully at least twice. Highlight things that you are unclear about and ask your surgeon about your questions. After surgery call a member of your surgical team if you don't feel well, not able to get enough fluids down, or new pain, or anything else you are experiencing. After the surgeon does her/his thing, you need to become your own advocate. Before my surgery( the sleeve), I asked how many "leaks" did his patients have along with a bunch of of other questions.He has done over 3,000 weight loss surgeries and he smiled and said "one". He put his arm around me and thanked me for all my preparation questions. Ask any or all questions but being prepared is a great place to start. best....
  12. they are not dress shorts but the kind of shorts you pull on to be comfortable inside and outside the house. I also wear them to the grocery store and doing errands. They are are all solid colors but easy to get. coordinated tops. I go to ON for dressier Bermuda shorts.
  13. Even though we have 10 inches of snow the ground , my local KMart has shorts for sale. i am mentioning hthis because they are inexpensive (. $6 or $7), and while I was in active weight loss one pair carried me down 2 sizes. Check them out.
  14. Donate to the Veterans Home or Goodwill or Salvation Army. i do read. e books but. I prefer reading books that I can touch and feel.
  15. In most cultures food=love, respect or something other belief passed down through generations. My mother felt food fixed every problem. That is on my top 5 of why I got fat. Not denying responsibility, but that was how many of us were raised. I also think that for some people cooking elaborate meals makes them feel better emotionally. You also need to consider demographics. My mother was raised in the depression, so things like cakes and cookies were very rare. I do also think that she probably is concerned about your health, because most Mom's do that. i would encourage you to consider that it is unlikely she will drastically change. That means you will need to change your reaction to her. You might consider taking a small bite of one cookie and ask if you can bring them to work to share. My church has a social hour after worship and you might share that way. Soup kitchens will also accept home baked goods. Is it possible that you might bake together? It would be a bonding experience and you will also let her see how much homeless / hungry people enjoy a treat like home baked something. Oreos are good, but home baked cc cookies are so much better because each cookie lets people know you care. Noneof these thoughts may work for you, but it is what comes into my head this morning. Best....