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About athenarose

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
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    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Welcome! The length of your liquid diet really depends on your doctor. I only had to do one for 24 hours before surgery. I hope everything goes smoothly for you!
  2. Welcome!
  3. Welcome Amanda!
  4. When I ordered them on Amazon, I got the 90 count package, but I think they have the 30 count too. And they were prime-eligible & the same price as directly from Celebrate. If you want to try before buying a big pack, you can always order the Celebrate sample pack. I'm pretty sure it includes one of each of the calcium chew flavors.
  5. To echo @Gretta, they are calcium citrate and I also order mine on Amazon unless I have a coupon or a big order from Celebrate. I bet you'll like them. They're yummy and don't have any of the chalkiness that a lot of calcium supplements have.
  6. Lol. I'm happy to share. He also eats my chewable multivitamins. I'm just glad he's willing to be healthy with me.
  7. FWIW, I've found that I really like the caramel calcium chews from Celebrate. Even my boyfriend (who isn't a WLS patient) thinks they taste ok and will happily eat them.
  8. Ditto. I think it's one of those things that varies from surgeon to surgeon on a case by case basis. Asking your surgeon may give you a better idea of what he/she typically does.
  9. Welcome back! I totally remember you because you're actually the reason I started looking into WLS in the first place. I don't think I ever actually thanked you, though. You posted about it on the WTM forums and got the wheels turning in my head. I'm so grateful that you helped start me down this path and I'm looking forward to hearing about your renewed weight loss journey.
  10. Welcome! Most likely, the weigh ins need to be consecutive months (and some insurance companies can be really picky about getting a weigh in during each calendar month, not every 30 days or whatever), but ultimately, your best bet is to call your insurance and find out. If your surgeon has an insurance coordinator who is really familiar with your particular insurance, they may know, but it's still best to confirm everything directly with your insurance. And, as far as whether to "start over", you'll have to discuss the best course of action for you with your surgeon. He/she may have specific protocol that they follow for pre-op prep...or maybe not. But it's best just to talk to your surgeon and go from there. Good luck with everything and, again, welcome to TT!
  11. Welcome Star! This really is a great, supportive place. Lurk and read until you feel comfortable, then jump in at your own pace. We're here to support you in your journey.
  12. Al

  13. Totally jumping in to say that I have the feeling that traditional family dinners with everyone sitting nicely around the dining room table are likely less common than situations like the one you're describing. In the 11+ years that I've been a parent, I'd estimate a good 80-90% of dinners with my kids look a lot like yours. I don't know much about this program, but I bet that they're more looking to see what the relationships and attitudes about food are like more than anything else. Think about it: we all got fat because we have unhealthy relationships with food. Some of us had parents who made us clean our plates or admonished us about the amount of food we ate. I bet they're looking for those kind of ingrained habits more than the where & how of what dinner looks likes. They're trying to help you do whatever you're doing better, not judging you for how you're doing what you're doing. And, fwiw, if it's working, keep doing it. You're feeding her healthy food and not making food an unhealthy obsession. That's a great place to be IMHO.
  14. My program counted anything liquid at room temp towards the fluid goal so protein shakes definitely count. So does jello, Popsicles, etc