Tri-Delta4Life

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About Tri-Delta4Life

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Iowa
  • Age
    30

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Isaac Samuel
  • Hospital
    University of Iowa
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-05
  • Start Weight
    303
  • Current Weight
    173
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Surgery Date
    05/05/2015
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I had RNY om 5/5/15. First picture is from Nov '14 (308 lbs) & second is from Nov '15 (188 lbs). When times were tough those first few weeks (ok - months) after surgery, when I couldn't sip water without feeling nauseaus, when I wanted to cry about not enjoying a glass of wine with friends, when I thought I'd never feel 'normal' again... looking at people's success pictures on here gave me hope & motivation to push through. I hope this can give someone else the same hope.
  2. That would make a lot of sense, but my gallbladder was removed a couple of years ago.
  3. Tomorrow, I'll be 14 weeks out from surgery and I feel sick the majority of the time. I'm actually starting to regret my decision to have surgery. My biggest issue is nausea, accompanied by a crushing/tight feeling in my chest and lots of burping - terrible discomfort. An episode of this will last anywhere from 2-8 hours, happens at least once a day, and does not appear to be particularly related to food consumption (can occur immediately after eating or right before the next meal). During this time, I can't drink water, let alone consider eating. Besides the obvious physical effects of feeling like this (not being able to eat as much protein or drink as much water as I need some days), it's also starting to take a mental toll. I feel like I can't make social plans because there's a good chance I won't feel well enough to carry them out. Thoughts on the cause of these "episodes"?
  4. I can imagine how tough & scary that feels! Hang in there. Would it help you feel more in 'control' if you planned the extra snacks/foods to increase your calorie intake, as opposed to just winging-it? Good luck with your last couple of months!
  5. I had the same "do I really need this" feelings because I had no-comorbidities going into surgery, but I knew it would just be time before I started to develop some. Like you, I also have baby fever! I had surgery in May, so I'm planning to start trying again late next spring. Whenever I get down about having to wait, I just think about how much more fun and easy being pregnant will be at a normal weight.
  6. Welcome! I had surgery on 5/5 at University of Iowa and am doing pretty well. Where did you do your info session at?
  7. Congrats! No experience to share, but I'm thrilled for you.
  8. Wow! There are more PCOS gals around here than I thought! Glad to know I'm in good company. I had surgery to increase my fertility because attempts to lose weight on my own & under doctor supervision were not working. I was naturally eating a 1400-1600 calorie a day diet (I'm 5'5") when I logged my foods for a few months for my PCP, but my weight continued to keep going up. My doctor was flummoxed, so we experimented on different calorie diets to determine the point where I would lose weight. Ultimately, after lots & lots of tracking - we determined 1000 calories was my "maintain" point and 800 calories a day put me into slight weight loss, while 600 put me in the 1-2 pounds a week loss area. So I did that for about a year (600 calories a day - almost all protein, with very little carbs) and I got down from 260lbs to 185lbs. I maintained there for a few months before just not being able to tolerate being hungry all the time and I slowly returned to my natural 1400-1600 calorie a day diet, which over the course of a couple years took me all the way up to 300lbs. Then when I got serious about trying to get pregnant and when I had no luck (and didn't really want to be pregnant at 300lbs anyway), I went to an OB/GYN who diagnosed me with PCOS and said there was no treatment other than metformin she was willing to perform on me until I was at a healthy weight. That's when I decided to have the surgery!
  9. I don't have any advice, but the one time I had a depo shot, I bleed for 3 straight months and it SUCKED. Hang in there!
  10. I also have PCOS and just had RNY on 5/5. I don't really have any answers to your questions, yet - but hopefully I will in time! Just wanted you to know that you're not alone.
  11. Thanks for sharing! Anyone else out the "waiting"? I feel like it's baby season on Facebook. Everytime I check my newsfeed, there are more pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, big gorgeous baby bumps, and adorable baby pics! It makes me so excited!!
  12. Glad to know I'm not alone! We're you using b/c when you got pregnant? I'm still debating what to use. I can't take estrogen based b/c because of a previous dvt/PE. After my dvt/PE, I took a depo shot while I was on blood thinners and it took 6 months for my period to come back - so I'm not willing to do that again & risk that it'll take even longer to get regular! Guess I'll just go with condoms or see about the mini-pill.
  13. Anyone counting down to the date you can start trying to get pregnant? I know different programs have different suggested wait times post-op. My program is 1 year. After trying actively (and non-actively) for years, I was diagnosed with PCOS. My ob/gyn didn't want to try any fertility treatments until I lost a significant amount of weight - which lead me to WLS. I had no other co-morbidities, so infertility was my main factor in deciding on surgery. I turn 30 in August - so time is ticking! I've got 11 months of waiting to go! Just curious who else is in the same situation.
  14. My surgery center (a center of excellence) doesn't allow the use of protein powder/shakes. In order to get liquid protein in, we use 'double milk'- 8oz skim milk with 1/3 c powdered milk added. Anyone else survive with no protein powder/shakes?
  15. I had a JP drain and it stayed in until my 1 week appointment. My understanding from my surgeon is that one of the main reasons he uses a drain is so that the fluid can be tested, while you're still in the hospital, to determine early on if there's a leak. They test the amylace levels of the draining fluid. I stayed an extra day because my levels jumped up above 650 after the first night. Here's an article on the subject: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19476853