GRANDMA

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About GRANDMA

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 03/02/1955

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    FLORIDA
  • Interests
    SWIM, SHOP, VACATION, FAMILY TIME
  • Age
    61

Information

  • Surgeon
    DR. KIM
  • Hospital
    FLORIDA HOSPITAL CELEBRATION
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-07
  • Start Weight
    253
  • Current Weight
    240
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    36
  • Surgery Date
    10/21/2016
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    DR. KEITH KIM

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  1. Hi SuperMom69 I am happy you like my post. As you can see, I am no youngster. I am 61 and went into this because my health was deteriorating quickly. I have 3 Beautiful grandchildren I want to see grow. I have a loving husband I've been married to since I am 19. I want us to enjoy the fruits of our hard work......and I have been willing to do whatever I need to to be able to live my life fully. If I look better, it is an extra bonus. So think carefully about what you want and why and what you are willing to do. GOOD LUCK!
  2. Thx. Except for my energy , I think I am there. My energy was never the greatest. I hope to join a gym and start working out next week . That will help!
  3. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ONE MONTH HAS PASSED SINCE I WAS SLEEVED. HIGHEST WT. 261 LBS. WEIGHT AT BEGINNING OF JOURNEY 251 LBS. DATE OF SLEEVE OCT. 21, 2016 WEIGHT ON DAY OF SURGERY 241 LBS. CURRENT WEIGHT 213.1 LBS. IF YOU ARE HAVING BARIATRIC SURGERY AS THE SOLUTION TO YOUR WEIGHT LOSS ISSUES, YOU COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG. I AM SURE YOU HAVE HEARD IT IS JUST A TOOL.....AND IT IS. HAVING BARIATRIC SURGERY REQUIRES A LIFE CHANGING COMMITMENT . HOW YOU ASK? WELL, MOST REQUIRED PREPS ARE VERY DIFFICULT. FOR ME, IT WAS A STRICK DIET FROM THE DAY OF MY CONSULT UNTIL 2 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY . THEN, IT WAS A 2 WEEK LIQUID DIET . THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY AND ALL LIQUIDS. NO CAFFEINE , NO SODA, NO ALCOHOL, NO SUGARY DRINKS AND NO CARBINATED DRINKS. I LOVE THE WEIGHT LOSS I'VE EXPERIENCED AND THE COMPLEMENTS . SINCE SURGERY I'VE HAD TO FOLLOW SEVERAL EATING PLANS. WEEK 1: SAME LIQUID DIET AS PRE OP WEEK 2 & 3: PUREED DIET. 1 1/2 OZ. PROTEIN AND 1 OZ. FRUIT OR VEGGIE. NOT ALL FRUITS OR VEGGIES. WEEK 4 & 5: SOFT DIET. SAME AS PUREED EXCEPT FOOD IS NOT PUREED. WEEK 5: I AM NOW ABLE TO EAT MOST FOODS AND UP TO 4 OZ. OF PROTEIN , IF POSSIBLE. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER DIET PLAN AFTER THIS. IT IS IMPORTANT , ALTHOUGH NOT MANDATORY , THAT YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY AND OR FRIRNDS. EACH PERSON HEALS AT A DIFFERENT RATE SO YOU MAY NEED HELP FOR LONGER THAN YOU THINK. IT TAKES A WHILE TO GAIN YOUR ENERGY BACK. I AM STILL WAITING. BUT I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN HERE FOR ME AT EACH TURN OF MY JOURNEY. FOR ME, THESE ARE THE HARDEST LIFE CHANGES: NO DECAF FOR A MONTH AND NO CAFFEINE AT ALL. NO BREAD, PASTA OR WHITE POTOES UNTIL MONTH 6. AND....TALK ABOUT LIFE CHANGES . .NOTHING TO DRINK BEFORE EATING, DURING EATING AND FOR AN HOUR AFTER EATING. EATING HAS CHANGED, TOO....TAKE A BITE, PUT FORK DOWN, CHEW AT LEAST 20 TIMES PER BITE, SWALLOW, COUNT TO AT LEAST W0 BEFORE TAKING ANOTHER BITE. NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG. I AM HAPPY TO MAKE THESE CHANGES. MY PURPOSE FOR THIS SURGERY WAS TO GET HEALTHY, NOT TO WEAR A BIKINI. SINCE SURGERY , MY BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS. HAVE BEEN CUT IN HALF, I AM OFF SOME OF MY HEARTBURN MEDS AND WILL BE OFF THE REST BY THE END OF MY 2ND MONTH. I HAVEN'T HAD TO HAVE A STEROID INJECTION IN MY BACK AND AS I SAID IN A PREVIOUS POST , I AM ABLE TO WALK BETTER THAN I HAVE IN YEARS. SO READ THIS CAREFULLY . USE IT AS PART OF YOUR RESEARCH TO SEE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO OR WILLING TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DECISIONS!! Clip on the pictures below. The top picture was taken at the end of week 4. The bottom picture was taken the day before surgery .
  4. Hi Alexa 21 Congrats on your decision to begin this new journey! As far as I know, surgical dates are usually set for after all appointments are completed and results are sent to the doctor for review. My guess is that your surgery will take place within 2 to 4 weeks after everything is completed. May the roads in this journey be filled with few bumps. If I can help you in any way, feel free to contact me!!
  5. HI ALL I HAVE 2 BAGS OF TOPS. THEY ARE SIZES XXL, 1X, 2X. THEY ARE CASUAL AND WORK APPROPRIATE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED AND CAN PICK THEM UP, THEY ARE YOURS.
  6. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!
  7. 1 WEEK ANNIVERSARY

    IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ONE WEEK HAS PASSED SINCE I WAS SLEEVED. I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT DURING THIS WEEK, I HAD SEVERAL TIMES WHEN I ASKED "WHY DID I DO THIS?" AND "WILL I EVER FEEL BETTER?" THE PAIN WAS PRETTY TOLERABLE. I USED PAIN MEDS IN THE HOSPITAL AND AT NIGHT FOR THE FIRST 2 OR 3 NIGHTS I WAS HOME. I COULDN'T SLEEP IN MY BED, SLEPT IN MY RECLINER. GETTING THE LIQUIDS DOWN AND THE PROTEIN DRINKS WAS DIFFICULT, TOO. THE ONLY "EASY" THING WAS WALKING, BELIEVE IT OR NOT! AS I LOOK BACK ON THIS PAST WEEK, I HAVE TO WONDER IF I DID ENOUGH HOMEWORK. MY ANSWER IS NO! I GUESS THAT I WANTED TO BE THE SUPER PERSON WHO WENT THROUGH THIS PROCESS UNSCAVVED. GUESS WHAT? CAN'T HAPPEN........NOT ME, NOT YOU, NO ONE. WE ALL HAD MAJOR SURGERY AND FOR ME, I HAVE THE EXTRA BURDEN OF MY AGE. GETTING REAL, I DON'T HEAL LIKE I USED TO AND I DIDN'T HAVE THE ENERGY BEFORE SURGERY. BUT THE SUN IS SHINING. I AM WALKING LIKE I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO IN YEARS. YES YEARS!!!! MY DOUBLE (OR TRIPLE) CHIN IS NOW ONE AND THE CLOTHES I BOUGHT FOR THIS TIME IS CALLING MY NAME. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN OVER THE WEEK BUT SINCE I STARTED THE PROCESS AND THE PRE OP DIETS. YES, DIETS. 2 TO BE EXACT. AS I FEEL BETTER (AND I DO), I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT ROAD OF MY JOURNEY AND ALL IT WILL BRING.
  8. HI CONGRATS ON ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY SAMPLES OF PROTEIN I WENT THROUGH. I COULD NOT STAND THE SMELL OR TASTE. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I STARTED USING SLIMFAST 20. MY NUTRITIONIST WAS NOT IN LOVE WITH IT BUT SHE SAID IT WAS BETTER THAN NOTHING. THE ONLY OTHER WAS ISOPURE GRAPE FROST. THAT'S IT! PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH ALL THE STRETCHING AND BENDING YOU ARE DOING. DON'T FORGET IT TAKES A MONTH FOR INTERNAL HEALING (ALTHOUGH EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT). YOU ARE LUCKY LIKE ME. WE BOTH LIVE IN WARM PLACES SO WE CAN GET OUTSIDE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE REST OF YOUR JOURNEY!!!!
  9. Thank you. I needed to hear that!!
  10. WELL MY SURGERY HAS COME AND GONE. I AM NOW 4 DAYS POST OP. I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE PRE-OP TIME IN THE HOSPITAL WAS NOT TOO BAD. WITH ALL THE COMINGS AND GOINGS I ONLY HAD TO WAIT ABOUT ONE HOUR TO BE TAKEN INTO THE OPERATING ROOM. I HAVE HAD SURGERIES WHERE I WAITING FOR HOURS. I DO NOT REMEMBER TOO MUCH EXCEPT BEING TAKEN INTO THE OPERATING ROOM, GOING ONTO THE TABLE AND PUTTING MY ARMS OUT.....BAM....NEXT THING I KNEW I WAS WAKING UP IN THE RECOVERY ROOM. IT TAKES ME TIME TO COME OUT OF ANESTHESIA. EACH TIME I OPENED MY EYES, I'D ASK THE NURSE IF I WAS OK. I KNOW I HAD TO WAIT A WHILE FOR MY ROOM TO BE READY BUT THAT WAS FINE. I DON'T REMEMBER BEING TAKEN THERE OR GOING INTO MY BED. MY ROOM WAS NICE. THEY HAVE ALL PRIVATE ROOMS. LIKE ALL HOSPITALS, I WAS WOKEN UP SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE NIGHT FOR VITALS AND I EVEN TOOK AN OPPORTUNITY TO WALK. THE FIRST DAY I GOT MY FIRST "MEAL". IT WAS SO HORRIBLE! A PACKET OF CHICKEN BROTH AND LUKE WARM TEA. FUNNY, I GOT THE SAME FOR LUNCH EXCEPT THIS TIME, BEEF BROTH. I WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE A CLASS BEFORE I LEFT BUT THE NURSE DID NOT UNHOOK ME TO GO. AS A RESULT THE NURSE HAD TO "TACH" ME HERSELF. I WENT HOME SATURDAY EVENING. I SLEPT IN MY CHAIR. I DON'T FEEL GREAT. I AM TIRED AND HUNGRY FOR FOOD! I SUPPOSE I AM HOPING FOR TOO MUCH TOO SOON. I AM EXCITED WHERE THIS PATH IS GOING TO TAKE ME.
  11. WELL, FRIDAY WAS MY BIG DAY WHICH MAKES THIS DAY 4 OF BEING SLEEVED. I WISH I COULD SAY THINGS ARE GREAT BUT I CAN'T. ON THE GOOD SIDE, I NO LONGER HAVE PAIN THAT REQUIRES REGULAR DOSES OF PAIN KILLERS AND I AM NOT GETTING SICK TO MY STOMACH. HERE IS WHAT IS REALLY BOTHERING ME. I WOULD LOVE SOME FEEDBACK AS FAR AS YOUR EXPERIENCES: 1. EVERYTHING SMELLS AND TASTES DIFFERENT. TASTES ARE YUCK AND SMELLS ARE, TOO. IT MAKES THIS LIQUID DIET DIFFICULT. 2. I AM SICK OF JUST LIQUIDS, I WANT FOOD, EVEN IF IT IS PUREED. 3. I AM SO LETHARGIC. I DON'T FEEL RIGHT. ENERGY LEVEL IS 0. 4. I DON'T FEEL LIKE MYSELF. 5. WHEN I DRINK ANYTHING, EVEN WATER, I OFTEN GET HEARTBURN. 6. I STILL CAN'T SLEEP IN MY BED. IT HURTS IF I TURN ON MY SIDE OR MY STOMACH FLAP HANGS AND HURTS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BOTHERED YOU EARLY ON IN YOUR POST OP? THANKS!
  12. thank you
  13. Thinking of you today Grandma - have a safe trip to the losers bench.

    1. cinwa

      cinwa

      Checking in to see how you're doing.

  14. YES, TOMORROW IS MY BIG DAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BEST WISHES!!!
  15. Hi How do I go about finding a plastic surgeon who has a multitude of experience with skin removal? By the time I am ready, I will be 62. I don't know if this will be a factor. Thank you