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About LeeC

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday September 2

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Spokane, WA
  • Interests
    Horses, Motorcycling, Beading, Reading, Photography and Ceramics
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  • Surgeon
    Mathew Rawlins MD
  • Hospital
    Deaconess - Spokane WA
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I was 61 when I had my RNY bypass. I struggled for years to control my weight. I wanted the best weight loss which is RNY bypass. I've had heartburn issues off and on as well as H-pylori ulcers twice so that was another reason to have the RNY bypass. Taking extra vitamins and minerals is not that difficult (finding the right kind took a bit of time). My bariatric team told me that my life expectancy is now 20 years (up from 10 years) and most likely I will die from an accident or something like cancer rather than from morbid obesity, asthma attack, heart attack or complications from diabetes (as my A1c was getting higher). Last reason - I still have all my stomach and GI parts if needed.
  2. Apparently it's been awhile since I posted a picture and it's 90 here today. So I went with the au natural shoes (barefeet)
  3. In my program, bread was a NO at this point post op. I was eating applesauce, chewing cottage cheese, eating high protein yogurt, drinking protein shakes or sipping broth. Bread is not a soft food - it's doughy and that is a different texture and breaks down differently. It's not really a food for our new life as it is high carb and low protein. I am 16 months post op now and rarely have a slice of well toasted sourdough bread or English muffin. I don't miss bread and even if I did I know it's not what is good for me, so I don't.
  4. Having gone through the constipation problem I can offer two suggestions: Currently you might consider drinking mineral oil (about 1/4 cup). It is odorless and tasteless and basically it oils up your system. I used it in the early stages after remembering that my dad used it when he was in his '80's and ate and drank less (he never ate fruit and rarely salad). When I got to the point I could eat regular foods I did some research and found Barlean's Digestive Blend with shredded Quinoa, Pumpkin seed, Coconut, Chia and Flax. Two tablespoons in my sugar free jello or high protein yogurt is 4 carbs and 2 protein and lots of healthy fiber. It has helped and is very natural.
  5. This has almost the same protein to carb ratio that Atkins Lift protein drink had. The Atkins protein drink has recently been discontinued but it looks like I've found a replacement - thank you.
  6. I had a stricture about 1 month post op and had to be dilated twice. The doctor wanted to do it in stages to let things continue to heal and to not do any damage to the esophagus. I spent from the end of January (surgery) until mid June eating really small amounts and some of that time was full liquid diet. But all healed now and doing great.
  7. If you have a smart phone there is an free app called MyFitnessPal which will let you enter food data and show you how many calories, proteins, carbs and fat you are eating and allows you to increase or decrease those numbers. Doesn't matter if it's 2% Cottage Cheese (much more protein than grits) or a plain skinny latte or butter lettuce. It even has a bar code scanner to enter data more easily.
  8. Welcome to Thinner Times.
  9. Hopefully your bariatric team gave you a binder with an eating plan for not only the first two weeks of surgery but for several months.
  10. Welcome to Thinner Times. Have you taken your blood pressure when you feel lightheaded. Start with your bariatric team and if you're not getting help there then see your primary doctor.
  11. I had it done about 4 months post op and done again 1 month later (enlarged in two stages). Mine was easy and painless - an outpatient procedure.
  12. Your house, your rules. What's the worst that can happen - what, she should up and leave? You can throw the junk food out (I did that when I found my stepson's beer, he was under 21 - nothing he could say about it). Not cleaning up; put her clothes in hock, $1 an item to reclaim it. Guests and fish get really old after 3 days. Your sister is either saving a lot of money (deployment pay) or spending a lot of money but she needs to give you money towards utilities (gas, lights, garbage). Sit down after the kids are in bed and have a polite discussion. Best of luck.
  13. 15 months post-op and I'm looking forward to 90 degree days (about mid July). Under armor shirt, T-shirt, light weight hoodie and a flannel lined shirt on right now. Sometimes I wear peds and socks (so cold feet) at the same time. Have a heated mattress pad warming the bed right now and (if needed) fuzzy warm socks. I'll take being cold and healthy any day of the week.
  14. The best sweetner IMO is raw honey. I prefer sage honey but any honey (lavendar, fireweed, etc) is great and takes very little add flavor.
  15. Don't bother to weigh, your system is in shock and you are only 16 days out of surgery. Hopefully your bariatric team gave you a book or handouts about the various stages after surgery for what types of food (liquid, etc) and that there is information about vitamins, etc in that. Your stomach is very tender and healing - treat it kindly. Find a chewable vitamin that you like and use it for awhile. You can ask the bariatric staff about when to take biotin.