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About Jabsie

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

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  1. Funny thing about Thyroid hormone, it may or may not need to change with weight loss. I lost 119 lbs and haven't required a change in dose from what I had pre-op. You could actually even end up needing more because some of the absorption of the hormone happens in the the stomach. With so much removed, some patients end up needing an increase post op.
  2. Upon returning to my our car following a group dinner, my husband realized that the person next to us parked way too close on the driver's side for anyone to get in to the door.....anyone except me! He said you're going to have to get in there and back the car out for us. LOL!
  3. You have nothing to be ashamed of. The people that you work with that were bad mouthing the patient sound kind of like unprofessional jerks. You have much more restraint than I. I don't think I could have kept my mouth shut during that conversation.You have a right to privacy and dignity. You are not obligated to share that you're having weight loss surgery nor should you have to lie about it. The only thing we're obligated to share with work is what and if we will have limitations. Do you think it would help to go through your HR rep and explain the situation and your desire for privacy? Given that you're in the medical field, there's a good chance people will put 2 and 2 together once your weight loss becomes clear (which it will pretty quickly). It may make sense for you to formulate an explanation that you're comfortable with. When people ask me how I lost my weight, I tell them that I got really serious about getting healthy and made some drastic changes. Saying that you're not comfortable discussing personal medical information is a perfectly acceptable answer to inquiries about your surgery.
  4. It's hard to know what the cause is for sure but it seems like it could be one or many of the things posted here, including hormones. 1 of the 2 forms of estrogen our bodies produce is stored in fat. With rapid weight loss, it is released into the bloodstream and our bodies become flooded with it. Many many people have reported issues with with it post op and I suppose that sleep disruption could be one of the ways that issue is expressed. Either way, I'm really sorry you're experiencing an nightmares and insomnia. It sounds really unpleasant.
  5. I'm so glad I read this post. I really needed this. My scale has crept up a bit recently and I know that I need to buckle down to get back into my 4 pound goal window. Like most of us, I have likely spent thousands of hours of my life trying to figure out what the hell it is with me and eating?!? I know that a critical part of staying at my goal is getting to the bottom of why I became obese in the first place. It's an issue I've explored in therapy many times throughout my life but was never really able to figure it out. Recently, and with the help of a new therapist, I think I'm finally beginning to understand how I got here. I'm working on creating strategies and when I adhere to them, they really work. Here are a few: I have tossed out the 'all or nothing' approach to food/eating. It has been at the source of every failed weight loss attempt I've ever had up until WLS. The slightest bite off plan and all was lost. Every single person I know that has a healthy relationship with food does not eat this way. I do not believe I can learn to live a life of moderation by practicing in extremes. I do a quick journal entry/checklist/to-do list every morning. In it, I've replaced strict rules about food with a list of daily health goals. They include things like drinking 100+ oz of water, exercising, logging all my food, etc... I include these goals with other, regular ones I may have for the day like getting my oil changed or picking up dry cleaning. I weigh myself every morning and keep track in my journal entry. Studies have shown that people who weigh themselves daily have better weight loss outcomes than those who don't. For me, it has become critical. It's my way of staying accountable. A small increase on the scale requires only a small course correction which feels much less intimidating. And when the numbers are good, I make the connection between meeting my health goals and positive outcomes on the scale. If I find myself drawn to a certain food more than I'd like, I get rid of it. My husband is very supportive. In order to stop myself from eating, I have to manage my obsessive thoughts about food. I'm working on this with my therapist and I'm starting to see positive results. Thanks for your post! Hope is not lost. You're in the right place. Hang in there and please let us know how you're making out.
  6. I have to work to stay close to goal. My weight crept up a few pounds recently and now I'm on lock down to get it off.
  7. At a year and a half out, I have a daily goal of 100+ oz of water daily. That amount doesn't include the fluids I get with coffee/ unsweetened tea/etc... As long as you're not in pain and you can gradually sip throughout the day, I think the more fluids you get in the better. Sounds like you're doing great!
  8. Yup, most of our weight loss (especially the ladies) charts like it's a funhouse staircase. On a separate note, I'd strongly encourage taking body measurements in addition to regular weigh-ins. There were weeks, especially early out, where I lost inches but not pounds. I understand your frustration. After being obese for so long, we're done being patient. After everything you went through to get here, you want to see some dog-gone results already! Hang in there, toots. You've just had 80% of your stomach removed....it will happen :-)
  9. I agree with this post! My husband was (and is) a big part of my success. I'm so grateful. It's unfortunate that your husband is having a hard time getting behind your decision. I spent a year researching weight loss for a blog I was writing before making the decision to have bariatric surgery. I read countless articles, clinical studies, etc...from credible medical sources. Here are some of the sobering statistics that sealed the deal for me: Only 1% of people who've lost 100+ pounds have been able to maintain their loss for 5+ years without surgical intervention. Literally 99% fail. Patients are 50 TIMES more likely to lose and maintain their weight loss with bariatric surgery. Bariatric patients extend their lives by an average of 10 years as a result of having weight loss surgery. The relative safety of bariatric surgery has dramatically increased since the incorporation of the laparoscopic method. The science and data is clear but convincing you isn't the issue. My answer to anyone who says it's the easy way out is simply...so what?! Our entire civilization has been built on the desire to always find an easier way to do things. Why would you do anything the hard way if you don't have to? I'm the healthiest I've been in my adult life and couldn't care less if someone disagrees with how I did it. It's hard to know which of the things Stephtay listed is motivating your husband's lack of support. Aside from inviting him to be a part of the process and providing him with information, there's not much you can do. He's either going to be on board or not. I took a clear position early on; I'm doing this. Walk with me or get out of my way. Do you have any other family or close friends you could connect with who you feel will support and encourage you? WLS affects couples differently. Based on what you've written, your husband has demonstrated some pretty controlling behavior. This type of thing may not improve as a result of your surgery. If you're not already, I'd suggest getting some couples counseling or at least counseling for yourself. My hubby and I did it in the months leading up to my procedure and it was super helpful.
  10. I've had several surgeries in my life and typically wake up from anesthesia with terrible nausea. I explained that to the Anesthesiologist and she did a wonderful job of managing it. I woke up in the recovery room with no nausea or pain minus a little tender throat from the intubation tube. I had a pain pump that I used for the first half day but nothing after that. In general I felt more soreness than pain and primarily felt it when I sat up/down or engaged my abdominal muscles. It was kind of like I had done the most intense ab workout ever. I went home and never used anything stronger than Tylenol for pain. As advised by my surgeon, I took the full 2 weeks away from work but probably could have gone back after 1. It took about a week to get my energy back. My incisions healed very well. They are barely visible now. The best advice I got and would share in return is as follows: Follow your doctor's orders to the T. Sip sip sip. Walk walk walk. Everybody has a different experience. Listen to your body. There is no need to suffer with anything so don't be afraid to reach out to your doctor with questions or concerns. Best of luck with your procedure! Please let us know how you make out.
  11. I can think of fewer things more anxiety and stress provoking that having a child hospitalized. I'm thinking the best of thoughts for your boy and wishing him a speedy recovery. I'm not suggesting you check out in regards to your eating but I do think you have enough on your plate right now (no pun intended) and the food guilt you feel may actually be more detrimental than what you ate. Try and let it go. It's been a couple of days. A small course correction can get you back on track. I'd suggest asking a friend or family member to bring you some healthy options or at the very least, some protein shakes you can drink if the caf is closed. Hang in there lady. This too shall pass.
  12. Sorry to hear about the nausea but I'm glad that the procedure went well and you're on the mend. Welcome to the losers bench!
  13. Congrats! So happy and excited for you!
  14. As others have said, best to contact your surgeon.
  15. Can't say I've noticed much of a change but it's great you have :-)