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Hey Aviator, welcome back! I'm so glad that you made it through and that you are doing well. After almost four weeks I still have a hard time getting enough fluids in each day.

As everyone has said, each day will get easier and you'll feel better. Just keep walking.

Glad all is well,

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Here I am just over 48 hours post op, and I feel like my belly is twice the size, even as my stomach (or sleeve) is actually a fraction of its original size. I've decided to name it "Nubbin". *whispers* That way Bones and I can speak about it in code.

Stepped on the scale this morning and Im down 12 lbs. 298. Yikes! Twotervlle in two days!

Hey, where do I get one of those cool tickers anyway?

Thanks again to all for the wonderful support.

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I love your attitude Aviator - I've a feeling that you are going to do very well.

Sending you a gentle hug.

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Here I am just over 48 hours post op, and I feel like my belly is twice the size, even as my stomach (or sleeve) is actually a fraction of its original size. I've decided to name it "Nubbin". *whispers* That way Bones and I can speak about it in code.

Stepped on the scale this morning and Im down 12 lbs. 298. Yikes! Twotervlle in two days!

Hey, where do I get one of those cool tickers anyway?

Thanks again to all for the wonderful support.

Hey old man, sounds like your on your way, hurry up, I need someone to fly my "Now not so fat @*#!" down to Loreto (Baja, not Texas)!!

Ive got a couple of drunk "donut dollies" headed your way, so hang on amigo!!

They may be a little sober by the time they get there, but it doesnt take much to re light the fuse!!

Here is the ticker factory link, once you get past some of the questions like this one on the front page Why do I have eggwhite cervical fluid after I have already ovulated? you can make your own ticker, this site is geared towards the females (unless your a guy with eggwhite fluid...YUK, not before breakfast!!), but there are some cool tickers you can make.....

Try this one...

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I cut and paste it to my photo browser, and paste it like a picture using the little mountain icon at the top of the page.

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Avie,

Welcome to the losers bench! I love your attitude and your writing style. I'm not surprised you're a CEO...I think, given your style...many would follow you willingly. If you're still having gas issues, know that GasX strips are extremely helpful, as is moving it! Happy New Year!

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So glad you are on the other side, Av! Welcome to the losers' bench!!!

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Welcome home Av sweety , wishing u a speedy and complication free recovery .

(((((((((HUGS))))))))))) from England .

Sara xxx

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...just how "Vim's Umbrella" got to 90 some odd pages.

Im overwhelmed. Y'all (its a Texas thang) make me feel so very supported. Thanks again.

Now Baja turned me on to a ticker and Im going to post it come hell or high water. Spent and hour already. :P

Lets see...

bbCode, HTML or EZcode?

<a href="http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wRNWqKm/">

<img border="0" src="http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wRNWqKm/weight.png"></a>

Dang it!

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...just how "Vim's Umbrella" got to 90 some odd pages.

Im overwhelmed. Y'all (its a Texas thang) make me feel so very supported. Thanks again.

Now Baja turned me on to a ticker and Im going to post it come hell or high water. Spent and hour already. :P

Lets see...

bbCode, HTML or EZcode?

<a href="http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/we RNWqKm/">

<img border="0" src="http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wRNWqKm/weight.png"></a>

Dang it!

Save the ticker as a picture to your computer, then add it as a signature picture. You have to do this everytime to change the ticker. (So don't weigh yourself everyday.) :)

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Ok, let's hear it! How'd it go??? You should be home by now so get on here and give us the 411 man!

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Here I am just over 48 hours post op, and I feel like my belly is twice the size, even as my stomach (or sleeve) is actually a fraction of its original size. I've decided to name it "Nubbin". *whispers* That way Bones and I can speak about it in code.

Stepped on the scale this morning and Im down 12 lbs. 298. Yikes! Twotervlle in two days!

Hey, where do I get one of those cool tickers anyway?

Thanks again to all for the wonderful support.

I called my stomach and still do the alien--they had to take out all my insides and I swear they put them all back in different! Glad to hear you are feeling better!

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Ok Ok, so I'm not an IT man. :D Bless those of you who are.

Phoenixfire - I was posing away minutes after getting home. No, my darlin' bride, Bones, is a physician and when she catches me in my study she tells me I'm in the "thrombosis position". (What do you think that means anyway?

It certainly doesn't sound good.) So I give her a knowing wink and a thumbs up and shut things down for a while.

There have been a couple of Bowl Games on today, and apparently I didnt get in the dreaded "thrombosis position" during any one of them. But I've had enough college football for a while now.

And there, I believe I've done it. *points proudly at ticker* But it sure is little :P

Addendum: As you can see, I finally figured it out with LOTS of help. Think I might be "High Maintenance"?

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For those of you who are considering WLS, I submit my remembrances of "The Day" of surgery.

The alarm rang at 4am. A shower, packing a small overnight case, I dressed in sweatpants, a tee shirt - clothes easy to get out of. I knew I would not be in them long. I had not slept well for the previous two nights ( see previous posts), but was not at all groggy. Excited, very alert, and a little apprehensive.

We arrived at Memorial Hermann at 6am New Years Eve. I had pre-registered and had an "Express Card" so I was whisked away virtually the instant they placed the wrist band on me. Bones drove me to the hospital - she is a physician and has hospital privileges there, but they cut her no slack with me as a patient. Made her go to the waiting room.

They ushered me into a small Pre-op prep room, where I disrobed, put on a backless gown. I learned that in a hospital you lose your inhibitions pretty quickly. First the Bariatric RN visited me, then the anesthesiologist, a chaplain (which I requested) then finally my surgeon. I laid down on the gurney and they started my IV. A few minutes later the anesthesiologist came in with a syringe that he injected into the IV, and for me it was "Lights Out".

Literally what seemed like 30 seconds later, I was waking up in my hospital room. 2-1/2 hours had ticked off the clock however. I was a bit groggy the rest of the day - sleeping most of it between nurses running in and checking vitals and giving me this or that. I had nothing to eat or drink that day - only swabs for my dry mouth, and an IV to keep me hydrated. That was probably the worst thing...dry mouth for 24 hours.

New Years Day. A vist from the Doc at mid morning and an order to give me breakfast - water, a sugar free popsicle, and crystal light. I was grateful. A southern tradition is black eyed peas and cornbread on New Years. Not this year. I began to feel a little sore when contracting my abdominal muscles, so sitting up was a bit difficult.

By 4pm I was discharged and being chauffered home. I must say that my time was made far better by the fact that Bones never left my side. She was there every moment - spent the night in the room with me. I promise you that makes a huge difference.

At 6:53pm I posted here on TT letting you all know "I had cheated death again".

Believe me, it was a significant two days.

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Welcome home aviator and to your new life!! Thanks for the update and details. We always enjoy them!

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Ticker...whew...thought I was going to have to get out my reading glasses (that come with your 49th birthday apparently). OK, I'll give it a try, the ticker that is.

Glad to hear you're feeling better now. Hang in there and keep posting!

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I was very gratified today upon talking with my doctor, that he is letting me go back to work tomorrow. So six days post-op, and Im happily returning to what some people call "the grind". For me it is bliss. :D

Still on a liquid diet and I will participate in my first Monday morning weigh-in next week on the 12th. I cant resisit stepping on the scales everyday either, but im only "recording" on Mondays.

*whispers* So far Im down 18 lbs - but I suspect its mostly water.

Expecting a dramatic slowing soon. But this is not a sprint.

Also, I shall be participating in a support group which meets the third week of the month in The Woodlands, and will report any interesting kernels of truth or enlightenment.

Bones is now down 38 lbs on Quick Wt Loss and has only 31 to go to her goal. No, we are not racing. :) Hopeful we will be synergistic once I get on real food again.

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Back to work?! You work too much! ;)

From the sounds of things, you're doing well. 18 lbs, holy cow. I'm jealous.

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Good gracious! I'm not sure how I missed this thread, but I'm so sorry that I did.

Av! I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well I've been thinking about you while I've been off and with limited internet.

Best wishes for grand success and I can't wait to read more from you, buddy!

Kimber~

{({({big hugs})})})

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Good gracious! I'm not sure how I missed this thread, but I'm so sorry that I did.

Av! I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well I've been thinking about you while I've been off and with limited internet.

Best wishes for grand success and I can't wait to read more from you, buddy!

Kimber~

{({({big hugs})})})

Glad you found it! And it is so good to have you back. My internet has been out at home so I just now found your note. Hope to see you online again soon. :)

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I hope you are feeling well. By now you have had your procedure. And I am with you. I am not really telling anyone about my procedure either. The closest people to me are aware. But, other than that it is no ones business. But, you are correct. People judge. I have been judged my whole life for being overweight. And I dont want to be judge regarding the issue no more. I wish you a safe recovery!

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Back to work already? Don't do too much too soon, your insides take longer to recover than you think. I worry about you and others who go back to work so quickly. Rest when you can (you know how to do that, right?)

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Back to work already? ..... Rest when you can (you know how to do that, right?)

Um ... *thinking* .... no :o

Actually the job is not physically strenuous - mostly a "mental" thing. The good news is there is a short commute :), the bad news is that I never really leave work....even in the shower.

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So, I am going through the process of receiving the lap band. But, after reading different posts and blogs I am wondering if the lap band is the right choice over gastric. Can you please tell me why you choose the gastric? Thanks..

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So, I am going through the process of receiving the lap band. But, after reading different posts and blogs I am wondering if the lap band is the right choice over gastric. Can you please tell me why you choose the gastric? Thanks..


I did not have RnY Gastric Bypass. I had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. You may want to ask your surgeon about it and see if it is right for you. It is a procedure which decreases the size of your stomach, but does not disturb the intestines. Obviously, RnY is the most effective WLS available right now, and is the most popular.

Here was my rationale in deciding on VSG:
1) My Pre-op BMI was 38. The average weight loss "statistical variation" between VSG and RnY in a person my size is only 10-15 lbs. (with the band it is 30-40 lbs)
2) Lower complication rate with VSG than RnY and is about the same as the band.
3) No malabsorbtion issues, like with B-12 etc.
4) RnY patients often have a "rebound" after 12-18 monts. VSG patients typically dont.
5) VSG while permanent, can be revised, since the alimentary canal is is left intact and unchanged.
6) I travel to godforsaken areas of the world often. I dont want a complication in Timbuktu
7) Cost: In my area the VSG was $13,500 and RnY was $23,000. Since I was self pay (insurance exclusion), the cost difference was a factor, albeit small.

So VSG is (statistically) safer than RnY, more effective than a band. It is a half-way measure however, and may not be for you. It seems to be perfect for me. I am 9 days post-op and down 24 lbs now.

I hope this helps.

 

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Edit April 14, 2014 - Five + years later.  I'm well below the weight an average RnY patient can expect with my VSG.  I no longer believe that RnY is more effective.  What is more effective than ANY surgical procedure is your brain - and your resolve to lose the weight and improve your health.  At the original writing I was just below 300 lbs and a size 52 inch waist.  Today, I am 201.5 and a size 34 waist - and 18 inch reduction.  I'm an all new human being now.  You can be too.  Please read on.....  

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