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About Michael_A

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  • Birthday 09/21/1974

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    I'm an IT guy, so gadgets and electronics to a certain extent. I play the piano. I'm raising 5 kids, ages 2 yo to 12 yo.
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    Aug 2017
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    Gastric Bypass
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  1. I'm still pre-op, but have been on a fairly restrictive diet for several months now. Like you ( @TammyP) I also realized that we ate out (at my prompting usually) more than is healthy. I also miss it, but not in a food funeral kind of way, just going to take some time for it to not be as much of a habit. Anyways I have a standing weekly lunch date at a restaurant with two of my buddies, as well as have been out with the fam a few times. And I have learned something about myself that surprised me a little bit--- I am absolutely shameless about eating my food in a manner "not the way it was intended" lol. Several times now I've ordered burgers that were loaded with all the veggies and have no problem eating just the meat and veggies with a knife and fork and not touching the bread. About 20 of us family members went out for pizza and I didn't even care that everyone saw me scrape all the toppings off 3 pieces of supreme pizza onto my plate and leave the crust in a pile. I just told them the truth, I was on a low carb diet, and it was a big deal to everyone for like, oh wait. It wasn't. No one even cared. My daughter wanted to go out for her 13th birthday, so we went to a place where I could get an omelette. My plan at this point based on my experience and those of others like @Stephtay, is to just try to have an idea ahead of time that the restaurant will have something that I can eat, whether it be appetizer, or entree, or whatever. Thinking back on the restaurants that I've been to over the last few years, I really can't think of a single place that I went to that didn't have something that would work for me, even post-op.
  2. I didn't know this was a thing until a couple months ago, when my dad's back surgery was denied. His surgeon called and spoke with the insurance company, and then it was approved the next day. @karilhg, your surgeon's office also may have some experience with getting procedures approved that have been previously denied. I've heard several cases now, where it seems to be all in how the surgeon's office articulates the need. Best of luck to you friend.
  3. Dude. If you're going to spy on me through my windows or whatever, just come to the door and introduce yourself.
  4. I'm sorry to hear about the drama you are going through to make this surgery happen. Is your husband overweight, what's his health like? Also is he normally comfortable/happy to help with watching the children? I just wonder if there could be some uncertainty issues or possibly jealousy where your upcoming weight loss is concerned. Talk it out with us here. I am so excited for your upcoming surgery, mine will be in mid or late August.
  5. After reading this yesterday, I realized something-- since I started my pre-op diet in Feb (lean meats and veggies, no dairy), I really have only needed ibuprofen a couple times. Which really surprised me because before that I was using some almost every day. I can only guess the combination of diet, normal blood sugars now, and some weight loss (less than 20 lbs still ) has contributed to that. Anyways you've definitely put my mind a little more at ease, thanks for the great insight.
  6. This reason alone would have me doing sleeve instead of bypass, but for my diabetes. And absolutely, type 2 diabetics do regain better control as they lose the weight. But my Dr. was fairly insistent on bypass for the quick remission of diabetes. I don't feel like I'm not free to choose, but he had some sound reasoning why it made better sense for me. But man that NSAIDS issue is a tough one for me to accept. :-(
  7. Gretta, this is what this board is about-- sharing the info and helping others who need it. I hope you don't relegate your conversation to a PM. I'm not sure who may have said what to you about your choice of sleeve, but I'm sorry someone made you feel as if it wasn't the way to go. All of us have to make that choice for ourselves and hopefully we make it based on good research or good counsel. My own personal opinion is that there are several very strong and successful sleevers on here, and I definitely don't feel like the place is heavily slanted toward bypass, but that is just me :-). Also don't forget that while the sleeve is becoming very popular (and for generally very good reasons), it hasn't been done nearly as long as gastric bypass. So there is bound to be much more familiarity with bypass, and maybe even a preference for it by some due to no long-term data on the success or issues with it. But notice that the OP asked why each of us chose what we chose. You should definitely feel like you can speak freely about your journey and experience, that's what we're here for!
  8. I'm about two months away from my surgery date. I chose gastric bypass because I have type 2 diabetes, and gastric bypass usually instantly corrects this, even before you leave the hospital. Gastric bypass also provides 2 mechanisms for weight loss- restriction, and malabsorbtion. I definitely want the restriction, as do most of us that pursue WLS. But the malabsorbtion part also appealed to me as it gets the weight off quicker. Also there are no potentially massive heartburn issues with bypass, as there can be with sleeve. Because bypass does malabsorb you, you must be committed to taking vitamins daily, for life. But I'm fine with that. It's not for everyone though, and I'm sure some sleevers will give you a good counter-point to us bypassers.
  9. I love the Sweet Home/ Wirecutter for things like this! Hope it helps :-) http://thesweethome.com/reviews/the-best-bathroom-scales/
  10. Same with diet soda before my preop diet started. Pretty much Taco Bell was what I frequented for lunch, and I finally got to the point where I made them confirm that it was diet they were giving me because a lot of the time I knew for sure it wasn't. Once I started paying attention, I bet it was close to 25% of the time they'd say "oops" and pour me a diet. If they couldn't tell me with certainty then I just asked them to redo it. Several times in restaurants as well.
  11. You should not try it, IMHO. Chinese food is drenched in sauces full of sugar. As for what you should be eating right now, @Res Ipsais the go-to guy for educating folks on a healthy gastric bypass diet...
  12. Inspirational, Tom.
  13. You're not wrong, I didn't realize blood sugar was measured in different units outside the US. I thought she was referring to A1c, which in this case would still work- 9.6 would be pretty high and 5.5 would be awesome! Thanks for making me learn something new today...
  14. I think that's a UK thing. Here in the States, they almost always want you to be under a specific A1C, either 8 or 7. My surgeon said 7. I was close to 9 when I started my 6 month pre-op diet, but I'm guessing I'm in my mid 5's now. I don't think they'll take me off of metformin until surgery. There is research that shows too high of an A1C before surgery puts you in a higher risk for complications afterward... http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/a1c-is-a-predictor-of-clinical-outcomes-following-noncardiac-surgery/
  15. Specifically, gastric bypass. The Dr. I was seeing for my diabetes only (not my PCP) just came out and said it- "we don't know why it works, there's just something magical about gastric bypass that almost immediately corrects blood sugar numbers". No doubt at all though that someone with a sleeve will also see better blood sugar control, but I would guess that will come more slowly and gradually as weight is lost.