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About ValerieKGorman

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 12/06/1968

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  • Location
    Eden Prairie, MN
  • Interests
    Interior Design
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  • Surgeon
    Tom Jones
  • Hospital
    Methodist Hospital
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  • Current Weight
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  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Tom Jones

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  1. Thanks Shrinking Violet...good to know you've been there before.
  2. Good idea thanks Cinwa!
  3. Im 3 1/2 weeks since being sleeved. I've stayed pretty active since getting out of the hospital and working hard to meet my fluid requirements and just recently (2 days ago) have also been hitting my protein requirements. I just started puréed foods 3 days ago. Here's my issue: I find I don't have much stamina. I just get tired during the day. The other day I laid down for a 20 min nap. I never EVER take naps longer than 20 min. My body always wakes up. Well I slept for 2 hours but it felt like only 20 minutes! Last night at 7:30 I was so tired I just had to lay on the couch the rest of the night and relax...I just didn't have any more energy. I haven't heard much about people still wearing out easily this far out. Seems like it is only the first week. Im an older sleeve patient @ 48 so maybe it's my age showing. Anybody have experience with this and when it started to turn around?
  4. You can go with more than one dose a day. Honestly you can do several in a day if you really need a clean out. I have a daughter that struggles with constipation and even at age 12 she was permitted to consume a large quantity in one day to clean out her system until her bowel movements are clewr liquid. Then she returns to one dosage a day. I'm not saying to go that far just saying you CAN go that far without any risk of harm to yourself. a gentler clean out is 2 doses a day until it's watery. Then back to one dose a day as needed.
  5. Update. My Nexium dosage has been bumped up to 40mg 2x a day. I'm to do this regemin for 10 days then back it down. My "hunger" is now only a slightly annoying gnat that flits by from time to time. As I get close to time for my next dose it definitely ramps up. I still keep gaviscon on hand for occasional breakthrough hunger. It was definitely worth the fight to find an answer. I would be in misery if I was still intensely hungry all day. Im excited to help others in the same situation because I know how horrible it is.
  6. Thanks ladies. Good to know. just tried "premiere protein" which comes highly recommended and didn't have any reaction.
  7. My provider recommended miralax to me. I just stir some into one of my 8 oz fluid goals of the day.
  8. Hi Teanna! I was sleeved dec 27 so 8 days before you. How is your recovery?
  9. How touching. Love your story thanks for sharing.
  10. Hunger with the sleeve could be acid/inflammation because we no longer have much ghrelin. I felt INTENSE hunger shortly after surgery and continued nonstop... which stumped every person on my bariatric team. a bariatric doctor from Mexico addressed the issue and suggested the solution (antacids) here: He recommends as a PPI Nexium 20mg capsules taken twice a day (on a different video) and he has also recommended Gaviscon (otc antacids) to others (via email) when they have written him with this problem. I started out withPrilosec aka omeprazole 20mg capsules 2x a day. It BARELY helped with my constant hunger. With a Drs oversight I was switched to nexium 40mg 1x a day (morning). It made a big difference but I still had some breakthrough hunger. So I was upped to 40mg 2x a day for 10 days. (After 10 days I am to back it down) which is what I'm doing now. Now I hardly feel hunger at all. I manage all breakthrough hunger with chewable gaviscon. If one PPI doesnt work for you after several days try a different one. My dr said that each body is different in how it responds to PPIs. Lastly, a woman several years ago took Vitamin E (400iu) daily (vitamin e acts as an anti-inflammatory) and all "false hunger" disappeared almost immediately and the effects lasted. I'm not going to try that yet because I don't know how that would impact my new sleeve. Maybe down the road when it would be safe. Since your hunger is mild I would recommend that you start out by picking up a bottle of Gaviscon from Walmart. They're chewable tablets very much like Tums. When you feel hunger pains take one (I think you can take up to 4 at one time but start with one and see if it works) If the hunger is resolved by chewing Gaviscon then you know that it's not actual hunger but acid or inflammation.
  11. I have the sleeve. 3 weeks out or so. Started using a different protein drink...just to mix it up. Noticed that about 20 min after starting it I feel weak, winded, heart racing...generally lousy. A little nauseous too. Sounds a little like dumping to me. Is that weird?? People don't dump on protein drinks do they...especially sleevers right? There's no sugar in it just maltodextrin. It's MuscleTech protein powder if anybody has heard of that...
  12. Hi Res Ipsa, Thanks for checking in on me! Soooo...I met with the bariatrician. Such a nice gal. She was totally willing to work with me and run with my belief that this was acid/inflammation related. She agreed that if taking Gaviscon took the "hunger" away then it wasn't hunger and that the solution is probably found in playing around with different antacids. So, she changed my PPI Rx from Omeprazole to Nexium. For now she has me on 40mg once a day, in the morning. It has greatly decreased my "hunger" where I only feel it 5-6 times a day instead of basically allllll day long. Today has been rougher...been "hungry" more and not sure why. She asked me to email her feedback so I just did. She told me in the office that they could bump up the dosage even more so I'm hoping we can bump it even higher to get rid of the "breakthough hunger" once and for all. It felt so good to be listened to and begin to experience some RELIEF.
  13. My surgeon has heard my concerns via the nurse and had asked me to see a bariatrician tomorrow morning at 7 am. Hopefully it will be a productive meeting. In the meantime, if I take 1 gaviscon every hour the "hunger" stays mostly away although I still feel a bit of an a physical awareness that my sleeve is there but it's very tolerable.
  14. When I first joined I was soooo pre-op that I joined just to learn as much as I could about bariatric surgery. But nobody knows anything about me...not that you're wondering...but I thought maybe I'd try to tell you a bit about myself. I'm 48 now but I grew up spazzy and skinny but I was a total sugar addict and knew someday it would catch up with did. I've struggled with 100 extra pounds throughout my married life. Got married at only 20 some-odd pounds overweight but over time I grew to 100 lbs too heavy. I'd finally get enough motivation to kick my own butt and get the weight down to my current goal weight: 140lbs. But as soon as I'd hit that weight I'd start climbing back up again. As years passed it got harder and harder to motivate myself to do the work of losing 100 lbs again so I'd lose 20 or 30...then start to gain it back again and I noticed that it got harder to be physically active. Getting up and down off the floor is ridiculous, my knees hurt, and I'm tired all the time. In addition I have sleep apnea and my self image is in the tank from years of being obese in a land of trim, healthy Minnesotans. I saw my future self around the corner and it was a bleak picture. I've sacrificed all of myself to be the best mom I could be. I have 4 daughters ages 21, 18, 17, and 15 which I homeschooled until recently. At this point, I'm tattered. I'm spent. It's time to turn some attention onto me and my future. I've made the decision to have this surgery to give me a chance at a happy, active, and healthy 2nd half of my adult life. I don't care if it's "the easy way out" or if I don't "seem fat enough" to get it. It's the most powerful tool available for permanent weight loss so I'm taking it and running with it! I am excited for a future with my husband Scott who is in the process of having this surgery too. I'm eager to explore the part of our lives just around the corner when all the kids are grown and out of the house and it's just the two of us. I am planning on going back to college next year or so and pursuing a degree in marketing. This will be my first "official" career and I am scared and excited. We have lived below the poverty line most of our parenting years because I stayed home with the kids and my husband is a musician. This surgery is timed to help me regain health, energy, and confidence this year so that I can start a new chapter in my life next year (or so) and see what the future holds for us. Scott and I are eager to have the time, energy, and finances to pursue old hobbies together (raquetball, camping, cycling) and try out new interests (travel and backpacking) I have a list a mile long of all my dreams for our future once we have bodies that will allow us to try them out. Well, that's me. Nice to meet you.
  15. I am so terribly sorry you have been suffering for so long.