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About Hulaw2007

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 01/21/1971

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Frederick, MD
  • Age


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Brebbia
  • Hospital
    Medstar Montgomery hospital in olney, md
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Brebbia and Dr. Zubowicz
  1. I saw the surgeon this morning and he assured me that everything I'm experiencing is still in the range of normal. Even the pain. He said im still healing and so it might hurt a while longer.
  2. Just to be clear, I can get food and drink down for the most part. JUST not much of it. Sometimes if I eat able I can eat an ounce of cheese, other times I take two small bites of chicken and I feel like it's stuck in my chest and it hurts until it finally goes down. I don't feel hungry for anything really. And even if I do get a craving for something, after one bite or two I feel sick and I don't want anymore. I know you are supposed to eat small meals and not eat like you used to, but this feels excessive. I guess I'll wait and see what the doctor says.
  3. I just got a quick call back from the nurse. I'm probably going in to see the physician's assistant this afternoon to check on things. I'm glad they got back to me quickly.
  4. I just got off the phone with the surgeon's office but the surgeon isn't in the office until tomorrow. They sent my message till the nursing staff and if they have a question they will call me. I don't know what else to do. Thank you for the reply. I am really feeling low and tearful. I'm trying to stay positive but I'm not being successful at that right now.
  5. I had a two week pre op diet and then by two weeks after surgery I had lost a total of 27 pounds. In the week following that I only lost one pound. This week I don't know yet because I won't weigh myself until Saturday. Decided to stop weighing myself everyday and riving myself crazy. I feel like I am eating nothing, enjoying nothing, and merely sitting here existing and taking up space. I did not know I would feel like this after surgery. My left upper quadrant of my abdomen hurts when I breathe in deeply or even semi-deeply, I feel nauseous all the time, even drinking a small bit of powerade zero makes me feel like its stuck in my chest and won't go down. I can't seem to coordinate my meals and drinks and vitamins and I think I end the day deficient on everything. We went out tot he Japanese Steakhouse on Mothers day, and I usually love it, but all I could manage was about thre pieces of chicken and a few grains of rice. It was not enjoyable at all. I have an appointment to see my therapist tomorrow, I am obviously having some mental issues with all this. But I didn't know who else to complain to, I am having a hard time getting through each day. I feel like all the joy has been sucked out of my life.
  6. Magnesium citrate

    What is this for. My doctor didn't have me do this... Just curious.
  7. Got my surgery date!

    I apologize I just posted this again. I must be excited. Lol
  8. Got my surgery date!

    On April 21 I will have my gastric bypass. On April 7 I start my pre op diet. Just wanted to share with everyone! :-) I hate this pre op diet a little bit. But it seems doable. There was a little bit of an organizational hurdle for me because my surgery had to include these two surgeons and I almost had to have my date moved. But it all worked out in the end. The surgery is at 3:15pm on the 21st.
  9. Got my surgery date!

    I honestly don't know if I am as ready as I can be. Psychologically I love food. And cokes. I have a therapist who is helping me with those problems. I am doing the best I can. My family is very supportive, and I've already purchased my vitamins and some varied samples of protein powders to make shakes with.
  10. Starting soon

    I have the federal BCBS in Maryland. I had to do a 90 day pre opp diet which only amounted to one visit with the nutritionist one on one and three class like nutritionist visits that included a lot of people. I also needed a letter from my PCP detailing my weights over the last three years, a psych eval. I also needed an EGD but I had already had one recently, so all I had to do was have the gastroenterologist a the results to my surgeons office. Then they submitted it all to insurance and in a little less than two weeks I was approved. My first visit with the surgeon was on December 8, 2016, and my surgery is scheduled for April 21, 2017,'so that's how long my total process took. My doc didn't require any certain weight loss ahead of time to get approved. But he does require a two week liquid diet before surgery. That diet can include unflavored oatmeal, and unsweetened applesauce as well as yogurt, in addition to the protein shakes and liquids. Best of luck to you!
  11. Got my surgery date!

    On April 21 I will have my gastric bypass. On April 7 I start my pre op diet. Just wanted to share with everyone! :-)
  12. Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Thanks. Actually I got approved on Wednesday! Surgery will be on April 21! So it took less than two wks to get approval.
  13. Plantar fasciitis helped by weight loss?

    Isn't that the truth. Just had to come in on that point. Every doctor send to first see an obese person and only later consider that other factors may be impacting the person's quality of life.
  14. If any of you all had this type of insurance, how long did it take for approval once the paperwork was submitted?
  15. dry itchy skin

    The first symptom my little brother had of his pancreatic cancer was itchy skin and jaundice. Make sure you look into the medical causes of your itchiness first before trying all the lotions, etc. Not trying to scare you but this is a true story.