zirco leopard

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Hamad
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    UPMC Magee Women's Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I don't know what EVERYTHING cost. I know my surgery with hospital stay was $27,000 for gastric bypass in Pittsburgh, PA. I had a bunch of pre op tests and doctors appointments and all that cost money too. My insurance helped pay for some but I still had to pay for what they didn't cover.. so all that plus the $27,000 was my total cost. I was able to claim the $27,000 surgery bill on my taxes and it helped give me a tax credit.
  2. Hi carina! Thanks for asking! This was like six months ago.. it was weird reading this post - it definitely brought back all those memories. Lol. Nothing like reading how bad I was doing to make me appreciate where I'm at now! Thank you for that! I needed that reminder today! I am doing much better since then. A little after I posted this I actually ended up being hospitalized. I had severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies and I was extremely dehydrated. I went into the hospital for 6 days 5 nights and ever since then I've gotten better ever day. i get my blood checked every other month now for my vitamins and minerals to make sure they stay where they should. I want to be proactive about that. I would prefer to not get as bad As I got back then... I still burp, im better with water now, I'm better with eating now, I only gag when I brush my teeth, I no longer take all the vitamins (I only take a multivitamin and I know this is wrong - I'm working on it), I get more protein in than I used to but probably still not as much as I should, and I'm not as exhausted as I used to be. I battle every day making sure I don't eat bad foods that got me as big as I was before... but the cravings are more bearable now... but still there. My hair is definitely falling out!! It's horrible!! Luckily I had extremely thick hair so at the moment it's just really thinned out.. no bald spots yet. I hope I don't get any of those. I hope my hair stops falling out and grows back. My weight stats on my profile are current and up to date. This is definitely a mental / emotional battle for me too cause I am having problems with getting new girly better fitting clothes.. im so used to my 4xl men's sweat pants and 4xl men's tshirts being all baggy and loose on me. I'm not used to form fitting clothes that fit and show my new body. My six month post op appointment with my surgeon was supposed to be this month in march but we got some snow at that time so I had to reschedule it. Now my six month post op appointment is in April which at that time I'll be 7 months out.
  3. Thank you everyone! The weight is still coming off just not at that 20 lbs a month rate I wanted.. but that's ok. I know I couldn't keep going like that forever. Idk why I have that unrealistic expectation. I did buy my bike and I have gotten to ride it a few times so far but the weather isn't really working in my favor - it's either raining or snowing or it's in the 20s or 30s and just too cold for me. I can't wait till the weather clears up for spring so I can ride more! The pouch reset wasn't bad at all and I'm glad I did it. I lost five pounds doing that and if anything seeing the scale move put me in a better mood! I have not regained any of the weight that I lost from the pouch reset. I wish I would have measured my body with a measuring tape but I never did. It would have been nice having that information so I could use that sometimes to measure progress instead of always using the scale. My six month appointment is next Tuesday and I am very nervous. I was just hoping to be at 120 lbs lost.. I feel like a failure for not being there. Right now I'm at 111 lbs lost since surgery day. I still got a few more days left though. Gotta make every day count. I don't want to let down my surgeon and have her be mad at me. Thanks again everyone for your advice and help! I love knowing I can come here for support during this journey!
  4. Stephtay, no I haven't exercised. I picked out a bike and I'm ordering it today. The weather is getting a little nicer here. Since I'm not the biggest fan of walking I thought I could alternate walking with bike rides. I hope that helps me along with the pouch reset and limites food intake.
  5. Thank you Res Ispa! Do you think this is just a stall then or is my honeymoon over? if you think it's just a stall how long do stalls typically last?
  6. How often do you have stalls or plateaus? Do you get stalls or plateaus during your honeymoon phase? How long do stalls or plateaus last? I'm five months out as of feb 12 and I've lost an even 100 lbs in that five months without any slow down... but since this past Sunday on feb 12 I've only lost 1.1 pounds. Here is my question: Is this the beginning of the end of my honey moon? Or is this just me experiencing my first stall or plateau and I'll break through it? I'm so worried.. in addition my "time of the month" will start next week sun - sat and I know that week is very difficult for me to see the scale move even when I was losing rapidly.. now I fear it just won't move at all. I'm self pay and I didn't pay all that money for this to be the end for me. I'm so used to losing 20 lbs a month and I don't want to give that up. I want to keep that rate going. I know its insane to think like that but I'm obsessed to at least try I think. After seeing the scale drop only 1.1 lbs I am now taking action. I am starting the five day pouch reset thing tomorrow. I will probably limit my food intake. I have purchased some exercise stuff to exercise with. I feel like I'm on the edge of a cliff. Like this is a defining moment on the success of my weight loss journey. I weigh myself every other day. I don't want to be that crazy person obsessed with their weight and develop eating disorders but I also don't want to be that failure who couldn't even reach her goal weight with the help of surgery. I don't know which way to turn. The stress that the scale gives me is so crushing and unbearable but something I feel like I HAVE to do... cause if I don't I'm scared I'll go back to my old ways. Will I get through this? Is it a stall? A plateau? Or is this the end of my honeymoon? Any advice or experience would be appreciated. Here are my stats: Age 28 Highest weight 354 Surgery weight 328 Current weight 227 Goal weight 140s Surgery type gastric bypass
  7. I can sit indian style comfortably and I fit much much better in the shower!
  8. Hello everyone! Thank you for your comments! I had my ct scan this past Monday and got my results back. My liver and other organs that they saw looked just fine. So, I'm just gonna assume these elevated liver enzymes are my new normal. Ill still get my blood checked regularly so that way if there is a drastic change I'll know. Anyways, I feel pretty good!
  9. My PCP looked into my medication that I'm taking and she doesn't believe any of th could be causing the elevated enzymes. Yeah, I'm kinda starting to think it's nothing to be too concerned about. I will do the ct scan just to be safe but I don't think much is going to come out of it.
  10. Has anyone had any problems with their liver after gastric bypass surgery? My ALT and AST are elevated. I was told those are liver enzymes. My blood work that was done before my surgery shows my ALT and AST within normal range but ever since my surgery they are now very high. In Nov 2016 during my hospitalization for low potassium, my surgeon noticed the elevated liver enzymes. My surgeon checked me for hepatitis and did an ultrasound and X-ray. Hepatitis was negative and ultrasound and X-ray came back ok. I have no gallbladder and they checked the gallbladder ducts and those are ok too. My surgeon has since fluffed it off as nothing. Because of my low potassium and my trying of new meds to control it, I have been getting regular weekly blood work with my PCP. My PCP asked about the elevated liver enzymes and I explained what happened in Nov 2016 with my surgeon about it. She is still concerned enough to do a ct scan based on all of my recent weekly blood work results. It was high in Nov and now it's almost Feb and it's still high. While I don't want costly tests I figured I better be safe than sorry so I agreed. My ct scan is scheduled for this Friday Feb 3. Any body ever go through this with their liver? Is this normal and is it just nothing? I'd appreciate any thoughts, feedback, or experience. P.S - I was hospitalized for 6 days 5 nights for low potassium and I required 28 bags of IV potassium. It was awful! I'm happy to report to you all that I do believe my PCP and I have found the perfect medication for me to help control it so I don't end until back in the hospital! That potassium medicine is helping me sooo much and I feel sooo much better than I used to! I'm finally having more good days than bad days. Now if we can just get the liver thing figured out. Hopefully it's nothing.
  11. Hi cmoore! I am a self payer. My surgeon and hospital said it'd cost $27,000. I put $10,000 down in cash and the remaining $17,000 I got a private loan with no collateral. I make monthly payments on that loan. Like someone else said above me, I opted not to go out of the country for my surgery because I found it was difficult getting post surgery care. I'm glad I stayed in the country and chose a surgeon and hospital near me because I have had some complications. It's reassuring knowing my medical team is close by if I need them. Through it all I believe taking the loan out and getting the surgery done in the statements has been worth it. I recommend it.
  12. Thank you everyone for your responses! Tmcgee, I don't think my potassium was ever low before surgery. I strongly believe it started post surgery. How do you keep your potassium in check? Bellamoma, I didn't know I could mix liquid potassium in with all that stuff! I'll have to try it in the sugar free pudding, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. As of today, I still feel good however I am struggling with the potassium and have probably only taken it two days. But with this new info on available mix ins, today might be the start of a better program for me!
  13. Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted but I'm still here. I got my surgery on Sept 12 so I am a little over 2 months post op. This process has been quite difficult for me. More than i thought it would be. I'm still having trouble eating, drinking, taking vitamins, and so on.. even today as I am typing this. To start at the beginning, I landed in the emergency room on my one month post open visit. Then, after many days of not feeling good, I went to the emergency room again on Nov 10 just before my two month mark. After leaving there I got worse and vomitted numerous times throughout the day for five straight days before I finally went back to the emergency room yet again on Nov 15. I was admitted to the hospital and I was there for 6 days 5 nights. They did an ultrasound on my liver and an endoscope thing. They did the liver ultrasound because in my bloodwork the liver enzymes or whatever were not right. They did the endoscope thing because they wanted to peek inside my pouch and look for ulcers and strictures. The liver ultrasound and some tests they ran came back ok - thank god. The only thing they found wrong in my pouch was a slight red inflammation that hasn't yet become anything serious but may have been contributing to my discomfort. The main reason I was in the hospital for so long was because my potassium was dangerously low. It was like 2.5 low when the surgeon said it should be like 3.7 or something. Has anyone had problems with potassium during their weight loss journey? It took 23 (yes twenty-three) small bags of straight potassium and God only knows how many of the bigger bags of fluids that has potassium in it but just not as strong as the small bags. It was awful. They wouldn't let me leave until I got to 3.7 and the potassium burned my arm soooooo bad. It hurt - it really seriously hurt and I cried. I was scared too because in the hospital they kept talking about how potassium is important for the heart and I could develop heart problems and stuff. In addition to potassium, I was low in magnesium, thiamine, folic acid, and b12 and thus had to take bags of fluids / shots / pills for that too. I will admit that going into the hospital I felt the worst I have ever been. It was my lowest low. When I left the hospital, while I didn't feel 100%, I definitely felt the best I ever have felt since surgery. I left the hospital with a prescription for protonix, pain meds, and potassium. The protonix seem to really help. The pain meds obviously help too. The potassium is in two huge bottles that I have to mix with something and take after I eat. I have a feeling I'm going to struggle with it. Do you have any tips on what I could mix it with so it tastes decent and I can get it down? I don't want that "best I have ever felt since surgery" feeling to go away and I can already feel it slipping through my fingers. I want to hit the ground running since they released me and don't want to end up back in the hospital with potassium IVs. Ugh, I hated it and it burned! And why did it take 23 bags of potassium? My surgeon said some of her weight loss surgery patients needed potassium and she gave them IVs of it too but none of them ever needed 23 bags of it. With? Thank you in advance for all your help and advice!
  14. I was on the pill when I started the gastric bypass surgery process. All I had to do was stop taking it 1 month before surgery and I couldn't begin retaking it until 1 month after surgery. When I asked why I was told it's because of the increased risk of blood clots - nothing about ineffectiveness.
  15. Thanks cheesehead! I will definitely check out that website. I actually have never had chicken salad or egg salad before but I will definitely try it. I also don't think I like mayo but again I'm willing to give it a shot. With that being said I'm not worried about over doing it with the mayo. Lol. I have never had chili from Wendy's before. I would try it but I don't want to go to Wendy's cause I like their fries and just about everything else they have that's not good for me. I'm not ready for fast food places yet. Perhaps I can find a recipe that I would like for it. Does anyone have any good chili recipes?