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About ThinCVT

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    Horseback riding, kayaking/rafting, hiking, Go Packers!
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ariel Ortiz and Dr. Arturo Martinez
  • Hospital
    Obesity Control Center
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  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I had my VSG in Mexico. I talked to the anesthesiologist prior to surgery and let him know I'd had issues with extreme nausea when waking up from anesthesia in the past. I had surgery around 3pm, was back in my room (but still very sleepy) by 5pm and then re-awoke around 9pm. I emailed and Facetimed with family at that point, watched TV and walked the halls most of the night and luckily experienced no pain and no nausea. Discharged and went shopping at 9am the next morning. Never had to take any pain meds and was back at work on day 7 postop. In fact, I had such an easy recovery I got a copy of the anesthetic protocol they used so I can provide it to future anesthesiologists. My job is very active, requires a lot of lifting and I have horses to take care of, so prior to surgery I was actually quite fit, despite my size. I also used a spirometer pre and postop to help with my breathing and lung capacity. Postop I was as active as possible...walked 2 miles the day after surgery, traveled via plane and car days 3 and 4 and had chores to take care of the moment I got home. Don't know if any of this helped with the pain or not, but for whatever reason, I had no pain at all....just some fatigue in my abdominal muscles. hopefully you have just as easy of a recovery.
  2. Thx.....hanging out in the desert makes me happy. I always get comments from my clients about how relaxed I look whenever I first get back from a vaca (even if it is just getting out of town for 3 days). Unfortunately my body language and face end up back in the tense, stressed, pissed off mode within a week. Lol.
  3. Kind Organic Plant Calcium 1 tablet 3x/day. Formulated with vitamin D, Vitamin K, and magnesium to maximize absorption. Never did like the chewables.
  4. Start seeing a therapist. If I had learned earlier on a better way to deal with emotions besides with food and alcohol I would have never gotten fat in the first place.
  5. A little update.... We managed to get out of winter again. Took a 6 hour drive to Vernal Utah for a 3 day weekend where it is sunny and 70's. Currently camped out in the desert 1 1/2 miles from the nearest road (took a 3/4 ton 4WD to get out here). Went for a 9 mile mountain bike ride yesterday through some gorgeous canyons and high sage/juniper landscape. I'm borrowing a friend's mountain bike that I may (probably will) buy. Never been on a full suspension bike and it's awesome!!! My butt doesn't hurt at all this morning and ready to hit the trail again after coffee, eggs and bacon. (And whenever the BF decides to get out of bed) The best part is this is BLM land so dogs are welcome to run around to their heart's content. It's my dog's first camping trip and second bike ride.....boy did he sleep well last night.Ok, I'm rambling, but just wanted to share how much fun I'm having. 2 more days and it's back to rain and snow.
  6. I felt light headed and hungry every day of my preop. No surprise, though, going from 3000+ calories of crap to under 1000 calories of good nutrition is bound to be noticeable. It's not just the drop in calories, you are also probably detoxing off sugars and other refined foods. At least The wicked headache I had went away after the first 5 days. But don't worry, a few weeks of feeling faint and starving on liquids is well worth the decades of a healthy, thin body that lie ahead.
  7. What you describe is certainly not normal for 4 months postop. Have you talked to your surgeon? Had any diagnostics like an endoscopy or upper GI to try and figure out what's wrong?
  8. I agree with Res Ispa. Exactly how is this person your friend? I'd hate to meet your enemies! This is a person I would have phased out of my life decades ago. Just because you have a long history doesn't mean you need to have a future. If she does have any redeeming qualities that you didn't reveal in your post and you want to keep her in your life, I see two options.....1) you suck it up, deal with her *&^% and carry on like you always have. Or 2) you honestly and brutally confront her with all of these things she does and how you feel about it and see what happens after the fur stops flying. I had a similar situation with an old college buddy. It wasn't a competition thing, but she has always been SO NEGATIVE and I finally couldn't bare to be around her anymore. She lives in FL and I'm in ID, but after my last visit, I let her know I wouldn't be coming back. She actually took my words to heart, took a good look at just how miserable she was and started seeing a therapist. OMG!!! A year later she is a different person! We are talking again and I can tell how much happier she is, finally dealing with 40 years of guilt and shame and childhood trauma. Sometime tough love is what it takes.
  9. My starting stats were similar to yours...5'5" 238 pounds BMI 40 and looking to lose about 80-90 pounds. I don't even own a scale, so only weighed myself 5 times in the first 3 months. I mostly measured my success by NSVs and clothes size. Here's my early stats..... day 11 - 0 pounds lost week 6 - 17 pounds lost week 7 - up 3 pounds week 10 - weighed the same as week 6 ( but had dropped a whole pant size during this stall month) week 12 - lost 8 pounds So basically, at 3 months postop I had lost 25 pounds. I went on to lose 100 pounds within the first year. This was 20 pounds below my surgeon's goal and 10 pounds below my personal goal. Just remember you will likely stall and even gain a few pounds along the way, but if you are diligent, stick with the basic rules of protein, veggies and LOTS of water you will get where you want to be, at whatever pace your body wants to.
  10. Pretty much every OTC sleep aid is just an antihistamine.....either diphenhydramine or doxylamine. Advil PM is ibuprofen +diphenhydramine. Zzquill is diphenhydramine. Benadryl is diphenhydramine. Unison is doxylamine. Nothing magic or special about any of them. If they work for you, Just find the cheapest version. Other natural sleep aid options are melatonin, valerian root and camomille tea. Personally, none of them work for me and I have to hit the big a good supply of ambien, trazadone, and diazepam in my medicine cabinet.
  11. My mom has various gastric problems including gluten/lactose/soy intolerance and GERD. Vitamins have always upset her stomach. She found that whole food based vitamins did not cause the pain and nausea that others ones did. She uses both Source of Life Gold....which comes in chewable and liquid forms, and Garden of Life/Vitamin Code products with no problems. I'm a big fan of the Vitamin Code and Kind supplements - it's all I've taken since my VSG over 3 years ago and all of my levels are spot on, if not high. You may give them a try.
  12. I started with a BMI of 40 and By a lot of people's standards you could say I was a slow loser. I don't own a scale so never weighed all that often, but here are my early stats..... day 11 - 0 pounds lost week 6 - 17 pounds lost week 7 - up 3 pounds week 10 - weighed the same as week 6 week 12 - lost 8 pounds for a total of 25 pounds down in the first 3 months postop. i see a lot of people that lose those 20-25 pounds in the first month alone (and complain about it). I, however, was thrilled with my progress, eventually lost over 100% of my excess weight and have kept it off. You have your bypass for the rest of your life and The first few months are by no means an indication of your long term success I never counted calories, just protein (80+ grams) and water (100+ ounces), but if tracking and measuring helps you stay compliant and get to your goal then by all means, do it!
  13. It really is trial and error. If it makes you feel any better, I didn't eat anything solid till almost 5 weeks postop and even then it was 1-2 teaspoons at the most. And when I transitioned I only ate one new thing every few days. That way if I had any issues I knew exactly what the culprit was. I'd wait a month or two before going back and trying that again. What you can tolerate is going to change over time. There are a lot of things it took me up to a year to be able to eat. Treat your sleeve like a newborn baby's tummy. You don't start them off with chicken and green beans, right? You transition from formula to cereal to easy to digest "stage 1" baby food, then more complex stage 2 and 3 foods. Your sleeve is raw and inflamed and held together with a tiny row of staples. Be gentle and go slow. You'll figure out what works for you. Oh, and definitely try and find things that will help meet your protein goals. I always strained out any rice/noodles and added unflavored protein powder to the many many soups I ate.
  14. My belly stuck out so far it definitely looked like I was pregnant. My sister thought it was hilarious and took several profile picture. Took about 2-3 weeks before I could fit in my jeans. Had to wear elastic waist pants in the meantime. As for weighing, I stepped on the scale for the first time 11 days postop because it was January 1 and I thought I should have a milestone number. I weighed exactly the same as surgery day. . Didn't step on the scale again until I went to see my PCP at 6 weeks out. Down 17 pounds and no idea if I "suffered" the infamous 3 week stall or not. Infrequent weighins have been the norm for me through my entire postop. I measured my progress with NSV's and clothes sizes.