Bizz Bizz

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  • Birthday 07/26/1977

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Bryan Freeman
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    RMC Anniston
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Just an update, in case anyone else is starting Optifast 800 prior to surgery or instead of revision. Y'all are awesome! After just talking with a few of you, I have felt so much better! Knowing that this is used to shrink the liver prior to surgery has been a great help. I took a hard look and realized that even though I have only lost 6 pounds on the scale... My neck is half its size from a month ago, and I am down two sizes in my jeans! Hopefully optimistic, I have my next doctor appointment next Tuesday. Once I talk with her in detail regarding my situation (with all the information this forum has given me) I will do another update in case anyone is interested.
  2. Thank you Readytobeme, I appreciate the offer but I have been on it for 5 weeks now. And yes, everything tastes good. I think you'll be very happy with your upcoming taste test. And knowing that it is used elsewhere for liver shrinking makes a lot of sense. I have only lost 6 pounds total but my neck and waste are noticeably smaller. My problem is that I just can't stay on it. The first two weeks were great. I wasn't hungry at all. But then I hit "the wall" and haven't been able to 100% abide by the diet. Also the group at UAB doesn't have a support group online or classes online (as advertised). I'm getting frustrated with them because the only online service is just a journal and weight in. So again, Readytobeme, knowing that other reputable surgeons are using Optifast is a great relief. I just think I'm going to need surgery again to fix my RNY.
  3. I had RNY Bypass Surgery in 2010. After the birth of our daughter in 2014 I have been battling severe anemia. After multiple iron infusions and acupuncture I was finally getting better. But unfortunately my malnutrition problems left me back in my old bad habits with food. Since my surgeon disappeared (later found out there were multiple malpractice suits against him) I had been dependent on my primary care physician. After gaining close to 70 lbs in roughly six months I was referred to a weight loss medicine group at UAB. Instead of revision surgery they are first having me do this Optifast 800 diet in hopes to shrink my pouch without going in. Does anyone have experience with any of this?!
  4. Concerned. Having problems this last week keeping down protein. I'm 18 months post-op and have maintained my goal weight for 6 months. Is anyone else experiencing this?

  5. Once again ... you are amazing! My husband and I ordered the memory foam mattress top you recommended from WONDERFUL! Between that my knee pillow, body pillow, and neck pillow I don't move. Who knew (other than you of course) that my problem sleeping would be because of my bones. LOL Plus, my husband says it's the best sleep he's had in a long while (he has MS so you know it's good.)
  6. I am 10 months post-op from a laproscopic RNY gastric bypass. I had a complete ultrasound this morning and am waiting on the offical results from my surgeon's office. All I have been told is that I do have gall stones and that I will meet with my bariatric surgeon tomorrow afternoon to discuss and schedule surgery. "Freaking Out" is an understatement at this point. As far as symptoms: I have had the odd chest pain here and there while laying down, but passed it off as indigestion. Last Wednesday I had accute pain in my abdomin with nausea and severe dry heaving. Went to emergency medical where I had pain and tenderness when they examined my stomach. Doctor said she though I might have a stone so she gave me pain meds and said that if it continues after ten days to come back in for a CT scan. Luckily my husband contacted my bariatric surgeon's office as soon as he heard stone and got the ball rolling for my ultrasound this morning. My concern is that I didn't have any acute pain until last week, but my stomach was always sensitive to the touch since the surgery. So I don't know if that was a sign of problems early on ... I just thought my body was still recovering from being cut into. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
  7. Thank all of y'all so much! For posting this. For all the great advice. I have been having constant pain while I sleep. I have to have pillows wedged under me, in between my legs and arms, and one of those special chiropractic pillows just so I can get a few hours. I will definitely try the memory foam mattress topper. Thank you. It helps to know that I'm not alone in this and that it will go away.
  8. Peaches - I too can relate to the awkward bombardment of compliments. I have never been too good at receiving them, but now it's getting ridiculous. But I have learned to stand proud, regardless of my weight, and simply say thank you. No explanations. No apologizes. And no arguments. Hey, let's face it ... they have no idea what we have been through and what we are going through in order to get ourselves healthy. How could they? You can't fault someone for giving you praise. And usually, when I say thank you and leave it at that they get the hint and stop with the skinny minnie stuff. The only time I really get 'mean' (for lack of a better word) is when the men hit on me even when they know that I'm married. I tend to be a bit snappish, but my husband loves it. He actually finds it funny at how much I protest. So my advise is 'take it with a grain of salt' and try to enjoy all the hard work that you have already accomplished ... everything else will come in time. Heck, at my 9 month post op, my surgeon was worried that I'd be upset because he thinks that I'll be losing at least another 30 lbs before my body is done. He's worried that I will be too thin, and that's from a surgeon. It can be a slippery slope if we're not careful. - Amanda
  9. Monday was my 33rd birthday. I woke up like I always do. Letting the puppies outside while I was preparing to get ready for work that day. When for some reason I decided to get on the scale. Now I've been known from time to time to weigh myself a little too often. So I had recently been trying to only weigh myself once every other week. Just so I wouldn't be discouraged, especially since I had hit a major plateau about a month ago. And it had only been a week since the last time I weighed. So I decided to get on the scale, and there it stared back at me. I was 219! I had lost 100 lbs and didn't even know it. I mean, I knew I felt better but I had no idea I had lost 100 lbs. What a birthday present. I jumped up and down ... woke my husband up and proceeded to dance with my puppies in the kitchen. The purpose of this story is not just to shout it from the rooftops, but to let y'all know that plateaus are not bad things. And just keep with it and eventually you too will be dancing with puppies in your kitchen.
  10. Congratulations, Laurie! That is awesome! You look fanastic.
  11. Karen, To answer your question, my surgeon recommended that I not drink 1 hour before and not until 1 hour after each meal. Hope this helps.
  12. Wow. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sherry (and Beth). Once again your wisdom has helped me a great deal. And you're so right, knowing why we can or cannot do something is so important. Especially since I was starting to slip and drink a little water with meals. But definitely no more. Thank you. I only hope that I didn't cause too much damage already.
  13. Thank you Milady! This has been most helpful. I didn't know the damage that could be done by NSAIDS ... I only knew not to take them. And I am getting a medical bracelet in case of emergency ... I don't know why that never occurred to me to do that before.
  14. Thank you so much for posting this. I have been having (what feels like) massive hair loss the past three months. I had really thick hair and now I can see my scalp too. Problem is that I get all my protein in and have high iron, but it still happened around the 3 month mark. I really hope it grows back fast for both of us. And thanks to you all who cleared up that hair loss is not permanent. My surgeon only told me that it could happen ... he didn't say that it would grow back. What a relief!