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About delilas

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  1. You did great! That wasn't super easy to navigate, and I imagine it has to be a little terrifying being unsure if you'll end up with dumping syndrome at a stranger's home, but you managed it all very well! Good to hear you didnt really have cravings after, either.
  2. Funny, I had the opposite I had my heart set on RNY and was told it is not a good option because I'm prone to ulcers due to treatment for my heart - so I know where you are coming from, and it does certainly suck to be told you are not getting what your heart is set on. The reflux for a sleever can be absolutely horrible, and can mean being on PPIs and/or H2 blockers for the rest of your life (which carries risk as well, as recently long term PPIs are linked to dementia and increased mortality), as well as the risk of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer. RNY is the gold standard. It is the most studied, and as Res Ipsa noted, has advantages in spades. The few disadvantages, like a bit more cost and a slightly longer recovery time, are things that fall to the wayside once you are reaping the benefits.
  3. Get it girl! That's amazing. I'm so happy for you! To keep in line with our Tina Fey theme for you:
  4. Sounds like you're doing great! Congrats! Also, welcome to the world of nursing
  5. I knew once I signed a contract saying I'd keep my weight stable for this research study, I'd break that damn plateau. True to my word, I finally - FINALLY - fell below 300 pounds at last week's weigh in, and at Monday's weigh in, dropped another pound. No one at the study can tell me exactly what they consider to be stable - 5 pounds? 10 pounds? 5% of my body weight? - so I'll just keep chugging along. Even losing a couple pounds a week, I shouldn't lose more than 6 pounds before the pre-op phase of the study is over, so I'm focusing on the good - which is finally falling through that plateau! I had the second visit for the research study today. I did indirect calorimetry - wearing a really tight face mask for 30 minutes to measure my calorie burning at rest - and a long form glucose tolerance test with blood draws every 15 to 30 minutes. They had an issue getting my sugar to come back up after I drank the sugar drink. My fasting was 85, and peaked at 146 about 30 minutes later, and then quickly returned to 85. Then 68. Then 60. Then 54. They called the doc, who said they could keep going as long as I didn't get symptomatic. I didn't feel shaky, just tired and headachey, which was more from lack of caffeine. Anyway, 3 hours later, my sugar was still at 62. Upside, they gave me a sandwich and orange juice before I could leave. I have my 3rd out of 4 "life after surgery" classes this week, and only 4 more of the "Living Well" classes left as well. I can't wait. The classes have been great and the people who have been with it the longest are like a mini family group to me now, but I'm so ready to move past it. I do think it'll be a great resource for the future, though, as they have similar classes for post-ops that need reinforcement or to get back on track or just to have motivation. Also, I went hiking this weekend. Have been getting bit by the "get outdoors" bug and started researching local hiking trails and parks and was blown away by how much there was to do. Went down to a park here that normally has bison out roaming. Naturally, there were none to see when I went down there, but I tromped around a couple short trails and then some wet prairie. Made a side trip to an excellent waterfall before I returned home. I can't wait to go try another trail at a different reserve this coming weekend!
  6. Unfortunately, it's women's only, but the clothing retailer Universal Standard allows you to return your clothing for a smaller size up to a year after your purchase if its part of their UFL line. Most of their clothing is basic, and on the one hand, the prices are bit high for a tshirt or a dress...but when I consider that I could return it several times for smaller sizes....well, that adds up! In the end, tshirts and the like aren't all that much more than you'd spend on one at LB or Torrid, etc, but with the bonus of the exchange program. Thought it worth a mention around here
  7. As hard as it is, it is always better to start earlier and lose a bit of weight before surgery. In some cases, your insurance or the program/company you're seeking surgery through may even require it of you. My program also requires some counseling for those that are emotional/stress eaters or binge eaters - even if yours doesn't, it could definitely help you if it's something you're willing to look into. As for the haters at work, it's easier said than done, but let it roll. I've been in jobs I hated before with people I hated, and I know how much that impacts your life. But it doesn't have to, and it took me a lot of years to figure that out. I was/am the epitome of someone who can rationalize anything, especially when stressed - I'd code someone at the hospital, CPR, intubation, the whole nine yards. I'd go to lunch after and think "to hell with something healthy, after all that, I deserve a burger." or "I had to take care of a serious stroke case this morning, I'm going to get chicken fingers". The thing is, I'm not actually rewarding myself with that. It didn't make me feel any better about losing a patient. It didn't make trudging back to my unit any easier after. And even now that I'm not working in the hospital, food doesn't make this job any better or worse, either. That doesn't mean it's not still a daily struggle to not hit a drive thru. But understanding - really, truly, understanding that willpower isn't just stopping myself from eating poorly, but rather getting it through my skull that my food choices really mean something - helps a lot. The end point is: the food obviously isn't making you feel better about where you work, and it won't help you as you head towards surgery. Everyone here is always here to help if you need it though, and having some support in your life outside of work can help also!
  8. Great update It's so exciting to hear how things are going for you, both with your weight and with your new locale! Sucks about the wardrobe - I mean, it's a good problem to have, but no doubt frustrating! Love the pictures, too
  9. Sounds like you're doing great! I like the protein hot chocolate idea. I got the caramel premier protein after a lot of recommendations but its so sweet I couldnt deal - but now youve got my wheels turning about how I could potentially fix it up and make it worthwhile Hope you can tolerate some bacon if your post-WLS normal also! Life without bacon would be rough I can see myself being fine without red meat and a lot of else, but I get a little nervous when people talk about intolerances to things like chicken or bacon. Chicken is probably 80% of my protein on any given day!
  10. Welcome back! Sounds like you know exactly what's needed and a great motivator in being a model for your son!
  11. Love hearing people's experiences after surgery. Hoping yours keeps going well! And hope mine goes similarly when I get there
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    @BurgundyBoy So far so good on the family front. Dad's still in some pain, but at least able to stand and sit again! Mom's completely in the clear. The army actually decided to send my brother home for his hernia surgery, which is the best news we could've possibly asked for at this point! I'll chalk it up to those great positive vibes from you. Thanks for checking in!
  13. I have to go through classes with people from all different insurances, and its interesting to see what each insurance requires. Mine does not require me to lose weight, but does require I attend weekly classes for six months with a weigh in at each, which is certainly motivating for losing weight The girl I sit next to has to NOT lose any more weight or her surgery will be declined until she regains weight, and the guy who sits on my other side has to lose 10% of his starting bodyweight before his surgery is approved. Yeesh!
  14. Boogie is someone my SO follows, and watching his videos has been super helpful for him to normalize it and to understand what I'll be going through. Yay Boogie! I think he'll be able to reach a lot of people who can and should think of WLS as an option. To answer a few of your questions: - What surgery they recommend is purely based on your testing results. If you do have bad heartburn or reflux, though, chances are they will tell you to get RNY/bypass. - We have several members who are vegetarian successfully after bypass, so that shouldn't be a worry. You may be a bit more creative in your protein sources, or a bit more reliant on protein shakes to meet your requirements, but otherwise, you should be fine. - There are no guarantees in surgery, however, the most quoted rate of death is 0.5% for gastric bypass. Less for sleeve, as it is a shorter surgery and doesn't involve as much manipulation internally. - As for what you'll be able to eat afterwards, there's unfortunately no telling. Some people can handle everything they did before, just in much smaller quantities, and some people have to face that they'll never eat something again. Hope that helps a little, glad Boogie brought you around!