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  1. Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch series Lee Child. Jack reacher series john Sanford. Lucas Davenport series and the Virgil flowers series catherine coulter. FBI series will give you more but my brain is clogged right now.
  2. Just checking in to let you know I am still alive which is a good thing.

    I am not adjusting well to chronic pain. Hubby not so supportive.

    A corrective surgery( # 5 I think ) did not go well I may need #6.

    for those who don't know me the surgeries were all orthopedic related to work related injuries.

    will write more later 


    1. Res Ipsa

      Res Ipsa

      Thank you so much for checking in.  I am very sorry that you need more surgery, and that your DH is not very supportive.

    2. Spunkycat


      Thank you

  3. If you have a bypass, it is essential to take your vitamins daily as prescribed. Gastric bypasses are more likely to have vitamin deficiencies than sleeves. Also make sure you go to all your follow up appointments. Best wishes...
  4. I don't know if there is any reliable way to predict who will get a leak. what criteria is he using to determine if you are developing a leak? your length of stay is way longer than the majority of people. my surgeon doesn't even do the after surgery swallow test any more. He has done close to 4000 sleeves and has had 1 leak. He wants patients home and learning how to manage their new post weight loss life in your real life. best wishes.... i certainly would
  5. Drink one cup of full salted chicken broth daily.
  6. My taste buds change regularly.For instance, my last change was that plain water made me sick. I lived on Tang drops. Suddenly I couldn't tolerate thatand now I only want water and gulp down 3 to 4 bottles a day
  7. Never have had a good sleep schedule so I am used to housecleaning at 3 am
  8. Follow your surgeons instructions.

    if you have questions about anything after surgery call your surgeon.

    everyones journey is different, so don't compare yourself to others. Get rid of your"trigger foods" in your house.if food things are unopened, they can be donated to a local food bank.

    sip, sip, sip

    walk, walk, walk

    1. Alexa21


      Thank you Spunkycat yes sip sip sip & a lot of walking 

  9. My psychiatrist put me on klonopin.if you take any time released meds they will have to be changed to short acting because of not being allowed to swallow pills after surgery for a period of time.
  10. If this is menstrual pain ask your GYN if there are other sltnatives. If you do take Advil, take the lowest dose for the shortest time period anddlways take it with food ( taking with milk is not good enough). best...
  11. Discuss with your surgeon ahead of time. My surgeon doesn't believe in them because while you are in his bari unit, you walk every 2 hours from 6am to midnight. Walking so much encourages you to pee. aside from that, as a patient you have the right to refuse any treatment as per national "Patient care guidelines." good luck.
  12. 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........
  13. Protein shakes count as part of your liquid intake in most programs
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. are you on an acid blocker?
  21. carry quest protein bars and hard boiled eggs
  22. 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.
  23. 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....
  24. 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.
  25. 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.