Aussie H

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  1. It will be interesting to compare experiences I think given we are both revisions, and both starting with similarly low BMIs. I just had a call from a dietician which I wasn't expecting. Told me nothing I didn't already know about the pre-op diet, but was nice to finally get some contact about it. She's going to post me more information. Also to finally be given a contact number should I have any questions regarding the pre-op diet. Up until the call I was feeling like I was being left entirely on my own. I'm not expecting any great weightloss prior to my surgery though because I've pretty much been on the same diet for the past six months as my 4 week pre-op diet is. Good to hear your already able to get out and about, albeit without as much energy as you might like. Was your bypass done laprascopically or open. I'm assuming laproscopic if you're already driving.
  2. This! My hospital is the same. If you have anaesthesia of any kind and get released on the same day they require eyeballing your driver before they'll let you leave the premises. If you can't provide that then they require you to stay on the premises for 24 hours after the anaesthesia. I'll be doing a similar thing in getting to the hospital by myself, and getting myself home afterwards. I really dislike visitors when in hospital as well. To me they are just people who have to be entertained when I'm least able to do so. I remember my first WLS in 1986. I actually told everyone to stay away and requested the nurses to not allow visitors. I'll very likely do the same thing this time around.
  3. There are no bariatric programs at all where I live. I'm travelling over 3 hours away to have my surgery. As it isn't considered weight loss surgery, rather it is an operative solution to an ongoing health issue, I get none of the pre-op WLS preparation, but at the same time have no hoops to jump through and definitely a fast track though what is a very long pre-surgical bariatric surgery timeline. While my surgeon is the head bariatric surgeon at a major teaching hospital in my state, he is also the surgeon that handles oncology surgeries and surgeries like mine where gastric bypass is the surgery required to fix other medical needs.The reality in my situation is that I NEED to have a gastrectomy to cut away my 31 year old staple line and now scarred over stoma. Because of the positioning of the impenetrable stoma this will necessitate a full gastric bypass. This surgery was never in my plan, and I certainly wasn't seeking it out. Given that I need to have a bypass for the reasons stated I have every intention of making the most of what this surgery can offer me from the weightloss perspective. I'm aware that surgeon's advertise success rates, and likely their measure of a "success" is quite different to the measures their patients might use. The fact is I personally have never seen anyone...that's right, not one person....successfully maintain their post surgical losses. That is just a fact in my experience. I can see why they haven't, even if they can't see or admit it. It is all part of my education process. I certainly don't discuss it with them because it's none of my business whether they maintain or not, but I sure as hell intend to learn from it. There are many long term success stories on this site and I really appreciate that they share their knowledge and readily admit to their lapses along with their methods to reign things back in. Their shared attitudes, their ethics, and their refusal to make excuses for the bumps they might have in their journeys is where the real education regarding maintenance can be found on this site.
  4. So happy to see an update Kym 56. I was wondering how you were getting on. I'm fine with the delay in my surgery. The surgeon was the one who asked for the date change so I know he would have his reasons. The best part for me is knowing I should get to come home earlier in my recovery because he will be the duty surgeon at my local hospital. Yay!!! If something goes wrong I'll be able to see him, someone that other patients operated on that day won't get. They'll have to make do with his 2IC. That could well be the reason he asked for the change of date in the first place. I know it was something he was taking into consideration because most of our local doctors here are rubbish....and some of the rostered visiting surgeon's aren't much better.
  5. I asked my surgeon about binders mainly because my bypass will most likely be open surgery not laproscopic. He gave me a big "No". He said they really do nothing to help at all, are unnecessary, plus they hinder blood flow to healing tissue. His comment was that they just make you "feel" better rather than serving any practical cause. I heard the same thing two years ago when I had an open hysterectomy. I still used one occasionally but was sure to give myself at least 50% time out of it. I felt better supported when wearing it, and much more comfortable. I'll be playing it by ear again with this surgery. I know now that there's no point taking one to the hospital, but I'll certainly have it handy for after that. Best to ask your surgeon what their opinion is. Whether you their advice or not though is up to you.
  6. I too am especially fond of invisibility when it comes to any surgery let alone WLS. Where I live there is no support group at all for WLS patients. I pondered whether it might be worth trying to set one up....that lasted only a few seconds because I realised that I wouldn't want to go to a group like that even if there was one. I know quite a lot of people who have had WLS. Not a single one of them has kept off most of their original weightloss. In my head I just see a support group here where everyone moans about how they eat right and still don't lose, or worse still makes excuses for their poor choices. I don't want surgery to not lose weight, I want to be a poster girl for success. If I surround myself with failure and excuses, then I believe I'll be setting myself up for failure.
  7. I'm another that weighs everyday, when I'm home. Only at home though where the scale is the same one each time. I only chart my weight on a Sunday though. The rest of the week I do record it in a small diary where I also record anything out of the ordinary, like extremely hot weather or visiting family or friends, or road trips, eating out etc. I know I stack water weight on during a heatwave, I also stack it on if I eat carbs late in the day. I had a 24 hour period last month when I gained 5kg (11lb in your language) and it took about 8 days to drop that water. I've done this long enough to know not to sweat those small gains because I know when they are going to happen. Sure daily weighing is a double edged sword in many ways because it sure is disappointing to see any gain, but I know now when and why it is happening. I'm hoping that I can change my mindset to weekly weigh-in only after surgery......but that remains to be seen. A few things happened yesterday that caused me to have a long hard look at my upcoming surgery, not the least of which was getting my official paperwork from the hospital, and my day ending with watching the latest you tube episode of my 600lb Life.....what a nightmare show that was!!!! I realised that I don't know a single person that has had any weightloss surgery that has managed to keep their lost weight off....not even one..... and I know many people that have undergone WLS! I can even tell when people have had surgery that haven't told others simply by watching how they handle dense protein.... Its scary to not be able to see even one success story. While my surgery isn't technically being performed for weightloss, I'll be very disappointed if that isn't an end result of the procedure long term. To me the education (which in my case hasn't been required or even available) is crucial to the success or failure of the surgery. That's why I'm educating myself. I don't talk about the upcoming surgery to anyone other than my sister who has a lapband, because I know the attitude of many of the people I tend to spend time with, and it's not positive. What I do though is watch and listen to others who I do know have had WLS and try to work out in my head why they've failed long term. It's been quite an eye-opener. I can then read posts here from long termers who've succeeded and compare the differences both in attitude and habits. That is all I really have for the encouragement that these surgeries can be effective in the long term. It really teaches you that you alone are the one holding the key to your long term success. Being able to fully process all this prior to surgery is what will allow people to take full advantage of their post surgical "honeymoon" period. We see it all the time both in real life and on TV with shows like my 600lb Life and fat doctor, where many of the patients are clearly deluded about what is and isn't healthy eating. They still just see surgery as the magic bullet. Used to its full potential this 6 month pre-op diet period can be the difference between winning your personal battle with weight..... or failing. The ONLY person who controls the end result is the person having the surgery. In my opinion until this realisation has fully sunk in, no-one will have long term personal success with any style of WLS, because every other reason they can give is merely an excuse that will stand in their way. I certainly have to do things completely different this time around, and I'm so grateful this community has been here to make that realisation sink in. In a way I envy those that have that 6 month support group environment, because you do have a safe supportive environment to help you process the truth from the fiction. I sincerely hope that your upcoming weigh-in (whatever the result may be) enlightens you in a way that helps you to succeed in what will be the rest of your life's individual journey.
  8. Very common here in Australia. Usually medical information is signed off by family doctor then gets registered nationally. The bracelets carry a unique number along with most important medical condition if. Paramedics and hospitals can then check the number against the register and get any additional information that might be held. In other words the bracelet number is also a file number so not all information needs to be etched on the small bracelet. Mind you the bracelets are costly here, plus there is a yearly fee for the registry.
  9. Congratulations!!! By the way I love the meme!
  10. A friend's dermatologist told her to walk past all the expensive alternatives and just buy liquid paraffin. She swears by it now.
  11. Antihistamine for me. Not sure where you're at in the process but I remember reading that when you are in ketosis it affects sleep quite dramatically. The recommendation was to take some honey or sugar before bed to just tip you out of ketosis long enough to get to sleep. That sounded counterproductive to me so I choose to try a few water crackers with around 20g cheese. It works a treat for me. Takes me out of ketosis long enough to get to sleep, then I go back into ketosis while sleeping. Your mileage may vary. I do find though that getting out of bed and walking around just serves to wake me up even more, so on night time waking I try to stay in bed unless nature calls.
  12. My sister had a band and loves it. For her the hardest bit was getting the right level of fill. She has hers more for maintenance than weightloss.
  13. I pretty much got this from the person from the hospital that phoned to book my surgery. Told her that if she bothered to look at the paperwork she'd see that the surgery was a repair. That shut her up. Mind you I got a call a week later to reschedule at surgeon's insistence. I suspect she didn't allow the extra time that a revision takes compared to a first time surgery.
  14. My first surgery in 1986 was instigated by me. WLS wasn't very common back then and very few surgeon's did it. My revision surgery was instigated by my surgeon as the only real fix for recurring abdominal pain.
  15. Lauraalice6 is from UK with a low BMI. Lapband would probably be all that is on offer. Same here in Australia for 30-35 BMI. These days surgeons are more aware of complications from lapband surgery so they stitch the band in place to prevent slippage.