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  4. BurgundyBoy

    Whew!

    Well @NerdyToothpick your tale shows you have really incorporated WLS lessons into your life. 2-3 lbs for me is normal variation over a week. It's impressive that without being mindful, and with all the stresses in your life, you are that fixed at your weight. So if it is confession time... my parallel universe is similar, but my weight gain was about 18-20 lbs. So perhaps more sheepishly than you: I weigh almost exactly what I did a year ago (204 lbs) today. In the interim though, especially over last summer and early fall, I ate well and upped my exercise level to 30-40 minutes a day of intense rowing in the gym, plus summertime walking and cycling, and got down to something like 192-193 last August - and a normal BMI for the first time since my twenties (I'm 63 now). And then in Sept-October work got intense, lots of conflict there, blah blah blah and I stopped working out, and only weighed intermittently. My BMI went from 24.8 or so to... 27, and I was in the 210-212 region (So + 2.1 or 2.2 BMI units). My diet really didn't change much (yes I drank fermented grape juice beverages most nights, ate foie gras and confit duck as much as possible, e.g. my normal weird diet). In December I said to h3ll with this, hit the gym again daily and did the usual stuff we do. Even spent 2 weeks in India where it was harder to control my diet, since I had to eat out most meals, and walked 4 or more miles a day, and lost some there too. Not quite half way back to where I want to be, which is the weight I was at in August-September. I have not had a moment of anxiety about this circumstance. Two things to point out: - My weight bump up, with my diet the same, but with and without exercise - was 2 BMI units, and all in about 3 months time. What do all the studies show about people who exercise after WLS? That their long-term BMI is ~ 2.1 BMI units lower than that of people who don't exercise. I feel like my body must have read the scientific studies and taken them to heart. - We can just do the stuff we know how to do, e.g. eat right and get some exercise and eschew the Cheetos and so forth when we have stopped being mindful ... and we can get right back on track. It feels SO GOOD to know that I have the tools and ability to do this now. None of us are perfect and we all have ups and down. All of you reading this now, especially the Lurkers thinking of having surgery, should take heart. You get so many useful tools going through this process. and now, having confessed, I feel much better. Thank you @NerdyToothpick!!
  5. Nana Trish

    The flu....

    Lol thank you, @BurgundyBoy...hehehe! It’s Snapchat, I didn’t actually color my hair It’s finally growing in nicely after falling out for close to 6 years, so I don’t dare color or perm it. But I love your suggestions...hubs and I are huge Halloween people, so I might do a faux pink hair style this year! I’m glad to be getting my knee done too. Im getting them both done this year, actually. But the right one is the worst, so it’s the first to go. I had started PT back in November, and the last session I went to apparently broke the now loose piece free. When I finally had X-rays done after the fact, we got to see just how far gone my poor knees are. At least now I know, lol. I can’t WAIT to be mobile!! I’m so excited, you can’t even imagine, lol. I’m definitely not a fan of surgery or hospitals, but it is necessary at this point to regain my mobility. Mice in the knee...I have to admit, I’ve never heard that one before But I like the saying...it sure feels that way! I am looking so forward to WALKING up to you guys at the get together this year...hopefully not even needing the walker!! My timeline for that might be a bit ambitious, but we shall see! I just took my last Tamiflu capsule today, and as of right now I’m still flu free Now if I can only stay away from everyone that has this horrible stomach flu, ugh!
  6. BurgundyBoy

    The flu....

    @Nana Trish Hi Trish, sorry not to have replied earlier, have been off the Forum as have been travelling. FWIW there is also some data that zinc lozenges can also help with viral infections. Glad you are getting your knee fixed. Being mobile is better than not being mobile. I had my right knee cleaned out 12-13 years ago but I still must have some garbage floating around in it, once in a while when I row in the gym I feel it... my parents used to call it mice in the knee. Sounds like you have a big muskrat or skunk in yours. So your hair color really had me going there .... you know you could play to the need for a high protein diet that we have ... you know do your hair red, very red. Recolor your eye color so it is ... red, very red. Then add a couple of pointy sharp teeth to your smile and talk about your Transylvanian roots ... and put a mirror in the back of your photo and erase your image from the reflection. Just a thought. Maybe better for, um, late October than now... More seriously it looks great!
  7. Aussie Bear have you seen a specialist for this? Im not sure what we have is the same thing...but I would suggest you see someone. If you have...then of course disregard this. I saw an Endocrinologist and they ran blood test on me and checked my pancreas for tumors. Tried to find out why I produce too much insulin. All test came back negative. So only culprit...was the gastric bypass surgery. Decided to come on here and share...because I know there has to be more people dealing with this as well.
  8. BurgundyBoy

    Life updates

    @ktallon I've had the Buddhist prayer wheels going like mad at my house for you. Lots of positive vibes in the ethers with you as the address for delivery.
  9. Sorry to hear this. The medication I am taking controls it a bit. My blood sugar usually ranges from 75 to 89 most days. Im starting to learn what I can and can't eat or drink. If I keep my net carb intake around 2 or 3 for each meal I am good. Its a very delicate condition...one slip and my blood sugar drops and its a yo-yo effect all day. Then I'm in a brain fog till it stabilizes again.
  10. I have the same problem @icugirl00. I've had this issue since very early post-op. This is such a frustrating condition, partly because I don't want to take more medications post surgery than I did before, as well as the quickly developed but long lasting side effects of a sugar high and subsequent low. This post bypass phenomena is very rare though, so we drew a very short straw. While still early days I've found completely eliminating grains and added sugars has helped me immensely. I almost feel human again for the majority if the time. Unfortunately one tiny slip (generally it's a hidden grain in something I've eaten) and I'm back where I started though.
  11. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2014. I started having symptoms a year ago of being very sensitive to low carb intake. I would get super shaky, my heart would start racing and I felt like I was going to pass out....usually about an hour after a meal. I was experiencing Extreme low blood sugar after eating carbs...very little carbs. My number would go as low as 52 sometimes. I have was diagnosed with Postprandial Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia in December of 2018 by my Endocrinologist. It is a condition caused by me getting the roux-en-y. Basically my body produces way too much insulin now. I have to eat high protein meals every 2 hours and very very few carbs. I try not to go above 3 per meal. I am currently taking Proglycem. This helps control the insulin. Only one manufature for this medicine...so I pay 385 a month with insurance. If anyone out there is experiencing these symptoms as well. Please see an Endocrinologist asap. If you have any questions. Please contact me. As of now...there is no fix for this condition. Doctors aren't even sure what exactly from gastric bypass surgery is causing it. I am basically on a diet of meats,cheeses and low carb veggies. I can no longer eat any fruit, or high carb foods(not even a bit). I cant even have creamer, soy or almond milk. I use heavy cream in my coffee. I hope this may be helpful to someone out there.
  12. Nana Trish

    Life updates

    Sending prayers, hugs, and love to you, @ktallon ❤️ I hope better days are coming to you soon!
  13. Jen581791

    Life updates

    Sending good vibes and a gentle hug across the ether to you, @ktallon. You have really been through the wringer, and I hope you're approaching the time when things get easier. My thoughts are with you, and I really hope you can get some medical peace and quiet soon!
  14. Nana Trish

    The flu....

    We have about 20” out there so far, and it’s supposed to keep snowing for a few more hours, lol. Me and my bad knees are spending the day watching Ridiculousness, lol, in my jammies and fuzzy socks...and gearing up for a long week with Harper His other nana is going to Florida for a couple of months, so I will have him for 4 days next week instead of 3, but I only have him two days the week after...then off for 8 weeks because of surgery.
  15. CheeringCJ

    Life updates

    Yikes, not again!!! You poor thing. Update us when you can, hope youre soon up and about and healing.
  16. CheeringCJ

    The flu....

    Who is making who jealous, now, @Aussie Bear?? I will definitely take summer back! Well, ok, not the heatwaves like you get down there, but regular summer would be nice! You try to stay cool and I will try to stay warm! (I suppose if I had enough money, I could have two homes, one down there and one up here and live in each one half the year and never have to deal with winter!!!). BTW, I guess it is safe to say that right now you’re not wearing the cozy sweater you knitted for yourself!
  17. Kim M

    Life updates

    Sending healing thoughts your way.
  18. Aussie Bear

    The flu....

    Stop making me jealous @CheeringCJ. We had a heatwave lasted, and after a weekend respite are heading into another starting tomorrow. I'll be shutting myself in my house under the aircon probably binging on Netflix.
  19. CheeringCJ

    The flu....

    Thanks....but we lucked out and pushed it all north...sorry! it was heading here all week but last night took a swing towards the north, which isn’t as good for you but great for us. We are getting 2” of rain only...I can live w/ that. It was supposed to be snow, then rain overnight and in the am and then a flash freeze of ice and forcasted over 1/4” of ice which brings down the trees and power lines and though we are getting the ice, it isn’t going to be a flash freeze this time, the rain is supposed to stop before the drastic temp drop so we will get ice where water is ponded but not on the lines and trees. We totally dodged this one! YOU be careful and stay inside...no reason to go out on bad knees this weekend!
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  21. Nana Trish

    The flu....

    Lol @CheeringCJ...this storm is named after my Harper, for sure!! The “terrific” twos are here, and the storm has perfect timing, haha! Yes, this is extremely painful, and I can’t wait until surgery. This is torture, ugh. Stay safe through the upcoming storm, my friend! Hugs ❤️
  22. CheeringCJ

    Oh life!

    Sorrry things have been so difficult. You know I totally get it. When our son was diagnosed, it turned my world upside down also. Our marriage wasn’t in a good place at the time (thank God that’s done a total 180 and we are better than ever) but I had 2 teens, and 3 little ones (1, 2 and 5 year olds). Our 5 yr old was very high maintenance to begin with (on the spectrum) and our little guy was just not thriving and he became my FT job of taking him to drs to see what was wrong. He had tons of sensory issues that affected his eating (lack of) which affected his growth. He ended up with 4 hours of therapy (occupational, speech, developmental and physical therapies) a week and then I had to do his treatments (skin brushing/joint compressions/oral stimulation etc) all day long. Bc the therapies were done in my house I felt like I had to have my house clean all time time which isn’t easy with 5 kids and toys everywhere. To say I was overwhelmed is a total understatement. The good thing is, I survived (probably due to my total addiction to food for comfort!) and my son is thriving. It just caused a whirlwind for a few years. It was very hard to take him out because new situations total frightened him and his anxiety level was very high. Home was his safe place, going out exposed him to a sensory nightmare of sounds, smells, brightness, noise everything that was too intense for him. Being in a restaurant was impossible, after about 10 mins he had had it and he would just scream, so one of us would stay at the table and eat w/ the other kids and one would take the baby outside and walk around w/ him till we could switch. Then the other one would walk him while we finished eating. I broke down and cried and said “no more meals out until he can handle it” and we literally didn’t go out until he was 5 and even then we had to take a portable DVD player and sit near an outlet and let him take a bag of toys and whatever we could do to distract him (plus he was on Prozac at that time so that helped). We could only drive certain ways (the routes he was used to, nothing veering off the regular route) or he’d melt down. we could only turn left on the green left arrow, not if that went away...or he’d kick and scream the whole rest of the way to church (which was another 10 mins away!). If he got really upset at the route, he’d projectile vomit his chocolate pediasure all over the car! I decided one day I had to break him of that so I sucked it up and started going different routes....I’d try just very close places and I would tell him ahead of time, this time Mommy is choosing LEFT....let’s go LEFT! (Trying to make it a fun adventure). It as pure torture for him but eventually he got over it...whew! I didn’t have many moments of tears because I couldn’t afford to melt down myself, but they were always just there below the surface, but I held them in. My life was so overwhelming, it is no wonder I wasn’t 500 pounds from shoving down the pressure and frustration and not having a second to care for myself. My point of sharing all of this is that....for one, I wanted you to know that you aren’t alone. I’ve been there and others have been there before you too....try to connect w/ a group in your area where they have things for kids on the spectrum...Meeting other moms who are also in the trenches helps. Just being able to vent helps! Also, it gets easier. It never gets perfect (but I have 4 other kids and they aren’t perfect either! Haha!) but it gets better. Try to enjoy the little things with her too. With mine, I celebrated little things way more than w/ my typical kids. Like when Mason finally learned to poop on the potty (at age 6!) it was such a huge deal! He couldnt’ sit on the potty bc there wasn’t anything under him and sensory wise he needed to have something supporting him and couldn’t sit over a hole (not even on a potty seat on the floor) so I danced the happy dance all day when he finally did it. So, embrace the little challenges that your child makes that is harder for her than for typical kids. I am glad to hear she is doing good and is a happy, healthy girl, but there are so many challenges that can break your heart to think of but you can help her overcome them. My son still hates going places but he has learned there is a limit. I give him a time frame and try not to go over. He knows we HAVE to go out but we WILL be back home by 9 pm (or whatever I tell him) I can’t be spontaneous with him, it still overwhelms him (at 15 yrs old). BUT he is a happy, healthy and absolutely adorable child that I wouldn’t have given up the chance to raise for all the money in the world!!! Here he is now...isn’t he too cute? This was at Christmas. The other pic is at the beginning before he was diagnosed. (It’s all 5 of our kids...our DTR was graduating high school, our son graduating 8th grade, our other daughter just turned 4, our little son was 18 months and the baby was 3 months). He is the baby and you can literally SEE something is wrong with him. He would always scream when he was held and see how he tensed up? He hated being touched. It confused me to no end because i was an “experienced mom” and I knew how to soothe a baby by cuddling them and it was just the opposite for him. When I would hold him, he would just cry and cry. Talk about overwhelming a momma!!! That is when I started searching for a diagnosis because something was clearly wrong and my drs didn’t see it. They just told me to stop comparing him to my other kids. I pushed and searched and he was diagnosed at 17 months. But that is when his help began. As much as I didn’t want the diagnosis, it validated me that I wasn’t just a bad mom or crazy and it gave me something to learn about and DO to help my baby! He still struggles but is doing so much better now. He started high school this year and loves it! He went to a private school just for kids on the spectrum (best decision EVER) and by the time he was 9 he was able to go back to our public school w/ his siblings (in special ed). (any time you want to talk, just message me)
  23. CheeringCJ

    Whew!

    Good for you. You must be awesome at maintenance. Way to go!!!
  24. Cheesehead

    ballroom dancing

    Wow! Losing weight opens so many new doors:). You look great!
  25. Jen581791

    ballroom dancing

    You look great! Enjoy the dance classes - a great way to treat yourself
  26. NerdyToothpick

    Anxiously Waiting.....

    @Abbey Morrison How did your surgery go? I hope you are feeling well. I can relate to thinking of your child when making the decision to move forward with WLS. I also have a three year old and my rationale for having surgery was to be fully involved in my daughter’s life. Kudos to you! Please report back and let us know how you are doing.
  27. Boston Redhead

    Bostonredhead surgery

    Almost at the losers’ bench!
  28. Cheesehead

    Whew!

    Way to go. Don’t let fear rule! Only a 2-3 pound gain and it was over the holidays;)
  29. NerdyToothpick

    Oh life!

    @tracyringo Hugs right back! Thank you ❤️❤️
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