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About Jabsie

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Namir Katkhouda
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    USC - Keck Medical Center
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I did choose to have the RAI and have been cancer free since :-)
  2. I had a similar experience early out. Having no desire to eat was a completely foreign sensation to me. The want for food had been a constant companion up until that point and I didn't know how to read it's absence. Eating felt a little like a task to get done and checked off my to-do list. Eventually, I started to really like not caring about food. I thought 'this is what folks who don't have issues with eating feel like' and got a little excited at the idea that I may become one of them. I would have been perfectly happy to have never had the desire to eat return but just as so many others warned it would, the desire returned about 3 months after surgery. And when it did, I had to work hard to replace a lack of desire to eat with discipline and commitment. In all likeliness, you won't feel this way for long.
  3. Congrats, this is great progress!!!!
  4. The number of times I've seen this question posed here is a testament to the number of people who are challenged by it. Here's what I chose to do.... Although normally pretty open, I'm very private when it comes to medical issues and had no desire to share that I had had a VSG with people at work. It wasn't a secret, it was just private. However, I am not ashamed of having had weight loss surgery and did not feel comfortable lying about it either. What I chose to do instead was to come up with a set of responses that was honest without compromising my privacy. In the weeks leading up to my VSG, I spoke to only those few people at work that needed to know. I told them I would be having a routine surgery and listed what my physical limitations would be. When pressed about it, I thanked them for their concern and assured them that the procedure was not life threatening. I explained that I preferred not to go into it as I was very private about medical things. I also asked that they respect that privacy by not sharing the information with others. Your dramatic weight loss will be noticeable to...well...everyone. That's going to get you some attention for a while. There's not much you can do about that. Although most people's comments and concerns come from the very best of places, there may be some who are motivated by issues related to their own body image. Try not to take it personally and consider the source should you experience anything less than kind. Inevitably, you're going to get asked how you lost your weight. I told people that although it may seem sudden to them, I actually had been at it for a while now and that my efforts became noticeable only after I had lost quite a bit of weight. I would go on to say that last year I made some big decisions and got really really serious about getting control of my health. It's been hard work but simply put, I eat a lot less and exercise a lot more.
  5. So much this!
  6. Between the alarm features, and fitness and wellness apps, my phone is one of the most important tools I have to help keep me on track.
  7. Rest, over the counter cold meds, and as much water as you can tolerate. Could be more short lived than you think.
  8. I had a thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer about 5 years prior to my sleeve. I don't think the difference in your weight loss experience pre and post your surgery is imagined. For such a small gland it has an enormous impact on our metabolism. It takes a while to get your thyroid hormone properly balanced and regulated. I'd suggest not measuring your current attempts with the previous one. You're doing so great. Don't let this get to you. A year from now, this challenge will all be a distant memory.
  9. I hear ya. It definitely takes getting used to. For the first while, it felt like a full time job to keep up with everything but after a while I learned tricks to simplify it. Eventually, most of it became habitual. Here are a few tricks....some of which you've probably already figured out :-) Get yourself one or two water bottles that you really like and will use. I highly recommend the Camelbak bite bottle. I can't tell you what it is about it that makes getting in the fluids easier, but it does. Figure out how many times you need to fill and drink your bottle to get in the required amount of daily fluids. If I drink 4 of mine a day, I know I've gotten in what I need. 4 is a lot easier to keep track of then a specific number of ounces. Use only what goes into this bottle to calculate your total oz of fluid for the day. If you use MyFitnessPal, try creating recipes in 'My Recipes' so that you can save a little time and aggravation when tracking your food. Most of us eat a lot of the same thing in the beginning any way. Get a pillbox and fill it once a week. I have one of those big ones that has a compartment for AM, noon, PM, and bedtime. Each day is a separate cartridge so I can take it out and pop it in my purse. It's not the most glamorous thing in the world but it prevents me from having to rifle through the bottles every time I have to take a dose.
  10. There are almost no places to go out to eat where you cannot make a good choice. I agree that it is a myth that people have to give up eating out after WLS.
  11. I had PF prior to surgery. When I got up out of bed in the morning, I used to feel like someone was sticking a hot poker into my heal with every step I took. I can't remember the last time I felt that way. Stretching really really helps too.
  12. Losing weight made exercise much much easier. I workout pretty religiously. Walking briskly on the treadmill used to get my heart rate up to 120+ really fast. I have to run now to get my heart rate up that high.
  13. I brought it up but my doctor was extremely supportive and referred me to a fantastic bariatric surgeon.
  14. I'd suggest contacting the surgeon. This sounds like something they may be able to shed some light on.