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    Pacific Bariatric
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  1. RanchoPenMom

    Pacific Bariatric-San Diego, Ca.

    The posts on this page are from 2010 and 2011. I just noticed your post. Congratulations on your upcoming surgery!! I had Pacific Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Zorn in March 2011 and he was great! My post surgery experience was very good - I was up and walking first day - pain controlled right away by pain med pump in hospital, and didn't need liquid pain med after two days at home I think. His diet to follow kept me on liquids, vitamins first 3 months and I was very comfortable - able to get out and walk pretty quickly. I attended the support group for a year, and I think they started it up again. It was very helpful. People who had Tanaka as their surgeon were very happy too, Miribere92! They say he may seem serious, but he is an excellent surgeon! Read the post-op instructions before surgery so you'll know what you need to get and do. And this website is a great place for all the little questions we have before and after surgery that are not Doctor/Surgeon questions. Just the day to day new experience questions, so we don't feel alone in this. Good luck to you, and maybe I will check out the support group again and see you there!!
  2. Dear GAviv, I absolutely LOVE prunes, but they too burn my bladder terribly. When I could tolerate them, they did work WONDERS. I would eat some every evening. If I could eat them I would definitely put them in my bran muffins too!! Chopped up prunes would have to be amazing in a bran muffin. I can't even have raisins. I can have a few fresh blueberrys, though, maybe I could put some of those in..... I just noticed my little weight ticker thing on my posts. It looks like I went up from my lowest weight 165 pounds to the weight I was in 2012, 177. Bummer. Wish I could tolerate protein powder, but I have tried every one, and even the pure egg white powder and pea powder and they burn. I am gonna have to come up with a highly absorbable protein source I can have....
  3. I just got an email on this and since its a never ending challenge, reallly appreciate all the replys that were here from 2012 and the new ones!!! I have not been on too much this last year. Thank you sooooo much everyone! I really needed to read this today!!! I want to go make some bran muffins with flax seed and coconut oil right now!!
  4. I can't figure out how to treat the constipation. My bladder is flaring and the miralax burns it. I can tolerate phillips mom but dont know how often is okay to do. Meantime I feel so full and gassy.
  5. RanchoPenMom

    A new do and swim suit!

    You look so good!
  6. RanchoPenMom

    Just a tiny NSV

    Congratulations!! It's exciting when we see the changes that are wonderful and unexpected!
  7. RanchoPenMom

    6 Months Post-op down 155lbs (YouTube (Motivating)

    Tears in my eyes, you are amazing!! Thank you for sharing. What a journey!! I know I sometimes have to just put my hand in the space between the steering wheel and me! I just can't believe it is there!!
  8. RanchoPenMom

    Horrible eating

    I had my surgery 3/31/11. I am having major sweets at night issues (I will call it issues). I am thinking it is a 1 year out need to get back on track kind of thing. But it is hard. Do you only snack at night? Are you still doing any protein shakes, or are you getting in enough protein? Wow, I find it amazing that you started the Couch to 5K last week, I just looked up my copy on Friday, and was considering giving it a try. I think getting started on that and posting here shows that you are really staying aware of your body, and are getting back on track. I know what that fear of gaining it back is like. I think staying aware every day is the best we can do. You have made me even more determined to not snack tonight!! Thank you, and Good luck to you!!
  9. RanchoPenMom

    When can I swallow WHOLE pills? Crushing them is NASTY!

    I got a stool softener gel pill stuck at 6 months out and it hurt for 4 hours. Horrible pain. I can only seem to take nexxium, anything bigger I don't every want to try again. I use capsules for my B1 and Biotin and open them into yogurt to take them. I dissolve antibiotics in a tablespoon of water and mix with a little yogurt, down it and wash down with water. My vitamins are chewable celebrate bariatric. I am so jealous if you can take pills!!
  10. RanchoPenMom

    Hello.....pouch....are you working? *poke* : /

    I am a year out and still can not eat a chicken patty. If it is easy for you to eat, you have to really be careful following exactly what your doctor recommends for your diet. Weigh and measure and time your food. Using an online food tracker helps alot. I use Fitday.com. That way I know I have gotten in my 80gms protein a day, and kept my fat and carbs down low, and calories below 1100. Right after surgery I used it for protein and vitamin tracking. Right after surgery my doctor said the most important things were protein shakes, water, and vitamins. Follow your doctors diet and if he did not recommend quantity, I would ask him. Good Luck!!
  11. RanchoPenMom

    Pain all the time

    Definitely check with your surgeon tomorrow. My surgeon puts all patients on acid reducing meds for 1 - 3 months after surgery. I went off them till I was 10 months out then had terrible pain that eased up when I had my protein shake but hurt all the rest of the time. It was a terrible burning that made me unable to think. I went back on nexxium and after 2 months the pain is gone. I hope you feel better soon!
  12. RanchoPenMom

    Tear Duct Surgery bleeding after Tobramycin drops

    Thank you soooo much. I even looked online and found that the dexamethasone in the drops can cause nasal bleeding. I did not use them today and have had no blood pouring out of my head!!
  13. Just curious if anyone has had tear duct surgery. I had it last week, and for the last 2 days, everytime I use my Tobramycin Dexamethasone drops 3 times a day in my eye, about 10 minutes later blood pours out of my nose for about 2 minutes. My two doctors (tear duct and ENT) never heard of such a thing. Figures. So I just wondered if ANYONE ever heard about this. I am not using the drops till I can figure this out. Also, because of the tons of vitamins and protein drinks, I started looking into them for a blood thinner ingredient, but I don't think my celebrate multi and my calcium pill and my B1 and B12 and Biotin are causing it. Anyways, thanks.
  14. So my 3 month cholesterol numbers (when I was not eating) was: Cholesterol 155, HDL 33, LDL 95 and Trig 137. My current ones are : Cholesterol 169, HDL 51, my LDL 98 and my triglycerides were 102. I thought it was better than before, but its not. (I guess it is so much lower than pre-surgery did not know) For things with fat in them, I rarely eat meat, and then it is about a half ounce of turkey, but I eat lowfat cheese, unsalted peanuts and sunflower kernels and an ounce of plain american cheese in my nonfat beans some days at lunch. I have been using soy milk instead of nonfat milk for my 2 protein shakes a day. I need to look over my fitday stuff and see everywhere I am getting fat I guess. What do I need to cut out?
  15. RanchoPenMom

    I think I am dumping my protein shake!

    Have you tried the chicken broth protein by Unjury or their non-flavored stuff to put in whatever you want? I think Isopure was the only one I could tolerate the first month, but then I went to Max Protein, and then they changed their flavor and now I love my GNC Amplified Wheybolic 60 chocolate. I am almost a year out and since about a month after surgery, I have not had my lifelong lactose intolerance symptoms. Good Luck!