SouthJerseySleever

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About SouthJerseySleever

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Southern New Jersey

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Balsama
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-03
  • Start Weight
    257
  • Goal Weight
    130
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    44
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  1. Tomorrow is my mandatory pre-op class. It is the LAST thing on my "to-do" list before my paperwork gets submitted to my insurance company (Federal BCBS). I couldn't get into my surgeons office until next week, so once I show them all of my completed paperwork they will send it off and the waiting game begins. Of course I have a bit of a wrench in the timeline. My husband and I are going to France and Italy for 2 weeks at the end of this month to celebrate our 10th anniversary. GREAT, right?!? Well, yeah, it is, and I've been looking forward to this trip for over a year. BUT it means I can't start my liquid diet until I'm home. Which means more of a wait for surgery. The plan is to start the liquid diet on May 1st and I'm shooting for May 16th as THE DAY as long as all the stars align. Wish me luck!
  2. I had to do a sleep study with pulmonologist visit and clearance if sleep apnea was detected (I had an at home study, no apnea), a psych eval (2 visits), EKG/cardiologist clearance, Upper GI & chest xray, a bunch of bloodwork, and 3 visits with a nutritionist (insurance requirement). Everything but the NUT visits was my required by my surgeon.
  3. I started my 3 month supervised weight loss program required by my insurance company on Jan 16th I'm aiming for surgery in May.
  4. Thank you! I have a call in to my nurse coordinator to see what she says.
  5. I work as an investigator for a federal law enforcement agency. I love my work, and I feel like I'm fulfilling my civic duty. I get to work from home 1 day a week (as well as situational telework if needed) and I earn plenty of sick and vacation time, so taking off is never an issue. I work a regular 8.5 hr day M-F and have off on federal holidays. I have a flex schedule, so I can come and go as I please as long as I work 8.5 hrs, and there is no dress code (unless I have to go to court or meet with "important" people). I also get to work overseas -- all voluntary, and I pick the places and dates. In the last 2 years I've gone on work trips to Italy, India, England, Belgium, and a few places in Africa. I have an incurable case of wanderlust and my job affords me the ability to travel the world with little personal cost. While I feel like I should be paid more than I am, when I weigh the positives and negatives of transferring to another agency, I always end up much further ahead where I am. I'm most looking forward to more comfortable travel when I get rid of this extra weight!
  6. New here! I had my initial consultation yesterday and while I asked a ton of questions, I'm realizing I left some important questions out. I'm looking for some real world experience anyway, so here I am. I have been working out 3-4 days a week for 2 years. I started with a personal trainer and then moved to Crossfit. I want to keep my workout routine in place up until surgery day (which is still 3+ months away). I don't have to worry about losing weight and no longer qualifying (I've been Crossfitting for 1.5 yrs and haven't lost more than 10 lbs, though I've made significant improvements in my strength and energy levels). In my mind if I stop now then it will be near impossible to get back into it post-surgery. I'm actually hoping that it will help my recovery time, too. So, that leads to my question -- were any of you working out regularly prior to surgery? Do you think you rebounded faster because of it? Were you able to jump right back in to your routine? Crossfit is VERY scale-able and I'm hoping to get back to class within 4-6 weeks post-op. Just trying to see if that is at ALL realistic. Thanks
  7. I'm hoping someone will answer this, too. I had my initial consult yesterday and this was mentioned, but I didn't think to ask more about it.