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About shadebabe

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  • Birthday 12/27/1948

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    Dr Callery
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    Sharp Memorial, San Diego
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  1. I was so fortunate to have a perfectly ideal menstruation life. All three of my now adult girls are fortunate to have the same menstruation life that I had. When I went through menopause, I had some personal summers ( hot flashes) that weren't bad. The night sweats are another thing. At night they make me feel like I'm floating in a pool, and thanks they don't happen too often, and I am so glad I can swim. The doctor told me to go off Premarin because I was reaching the stage where the risks are greater than the benefits. I asked him if I needed to look out for anything special, and he said no. I saw him awhile later, and he asked me how the come-off went, and I looked right at him and said 'you need to be so glad you weren't living at my house"-I have known him for 30 years, so I can say just about anything to him. Lol-he was shocked, to say the least. Heeeheeeheeee!
  2. I once had a plateau that lasted over a year-so a stall was do-able. I can't say enough about my surgeon's program. It's all-inclusive, and by the time you have the surgery you're very informed. I know you've heard this a thousnd times: your pouch is a tool- it's how you value yourself that makes or breaks what you are willing to do for yourself-you either commit to making changes, or you don't. Nobody ever said weight loss surgery is a be-all and end-all or even easy. I'm going on 2 years out, and there's a whole list of things I no longer like and/or just don't eat. And I don't miss them at all.
  3. I take 50mg zinc, 5000mcg biotin, and 5 mg melatonin. It takes all 3 together, and it's working for me.
  4. Hi-- I take biotin, zinc, and melatonin and my hair fall has stopped and some of it is growing back. I would get your surgeon's ok about when to start these.
  5. Stalling is completely normal. Your body has undergone surgery, and is in the process of a major transaction. Nobody likes stalls, but they do happen. I once was on a plateau for more than a year, pre-surgery. Afterwards, just keep doing what you are, and keep following the plan. You will start losing again, and somewhere down the line you will have more stalls. Hang in there, things eventually will start moving again.
  6. I'm all of 5' 2" like many of you. My top weight was 239. My husband had his bypass a year before me, and I managed to lose 50 pounds before my surgery, mostly due to all the bad things that were happening to me. Surgery day I weighed 189. i'm 21 months out, and I don't realistically know if I can make my goal weight of 110. I go up and down between 123 and 128 or so. Just to list another route, when I was in my early 20's I did the 500 calorie 4 food groups earliest version of the HCG program, without the expensive supplements. By the way, I felt really good the whole time I tried this diet as a favor to my doctor. You can lose weight, be very imaginative with the food, but after a while it's hard to stay put, just like my friends said who did the Atkins diet program.
  7. For once in my life I would like to hear someone say to me 'you're so skinny!' It's kind of a confirmation that all my work is real and noticeable by others. On the nice side,, this morning when we woke up, just laying quietly for a few minutes, my husband actually said 'you are so beautiful, and still so enchanting.' It was unexpected, lovely, and made my day. Not bad after 36 years. :) I saw a cute cartoon with a man saying now he knows what to do with his batwing arms. He was poised to fly off a cliff with a big smile on his face.
  8. My husband had gastric bypass in November 2010, and I had the same in December 2011. We're both doing well, and it was a good decision for both of us. Life is not perfect, but we're doing it. Keri
  9. Well, in 2008 I had an elevated parathyroid reading. The endocronologist said not to worry, the level would go back down. It did. In 2012, just about 10 months out, I had another elevated parathyroid reading. At 14 months out I decided it was time to get a bone density scan. I was shocked-I now have full blown osteoprosis! I doubled my delicious calcium chews that I get at Costco. This time I went to a different endocronologist. He took me off the calcium with D3, and I have been to the lab several times. My blood calcium was sky high, and my parathyroid reading was elevated. As my blood calcium has gone down, so has the elevated reading. So far it looks like my body is metabolising the calcium from my diet. A couple more trips to the lab and we'll know for sure. Looks like I don't have any parathyroid tumors, either. And I can't take the run-of-the-mill stuff like Fosamax because it tears my esophagus and pouch up. The endo is trying to get me some twice yearly injectable stuff. If it's not one thing, it's something else.
  10. I'm 5'2" and I have oodles of loose, sagging skin. Even my forehead sags, if you can picture that. Of course it means wearing 3/4 or long sleeves, long skirts or long pants, no tank or sleeveless tops, and thanks to smart thinking, I wear bangs! I look completely normal, and nobody knows what's under my clothes. I really want surgery, but first I have to work out this shingles shot project. My insurance company came through with flying colors with my bypass surgery, then fell flat on their faces by screwing up with shingles shots. And then of course I got shingles. Fortunately it was a very light case with just a few spots. If we can successfully go through weight loss surgery, I can take on another project, too.
  11. I had gastric bypass on December 1, 2011. Getting down to my current 123 has had it's ups and downs. Mostly I just follow the guidelines, but sometimes I don't-and then I feel awful for about an hour. i'm working hard to train myself out of it, but it's not easy. I'm 5' 2" and my measurements are 35, 30, 37. I generally wear a size 8, but also wear a small, medium and large. My top weight was 239, and I have oodles of hanging skin, from the top of my head to below my knees. (and not my ankles) Skirts and dresses require support pantyhose or I can't wear them, no short sleeves or sleeveless ever, or bathing suits, either. Something says I'm stuck in long pants and 3/4 and long sleeves year around. People don't give me any unwanted notice, and I like being buttless. When I see myself in windows near someone who looks normal weight to me, I still look like a huge fatty who shouldn't be seen out in public. I know I have come a long way into a different world, but I see I am no where near normal at all. I know weight loss surgery is not a panacea; I am in that disjointed place where things don't jive, and I don't know how long it takes for everything to meld so I can get down to my goal of 110. I probably will never look like anyone else, just dealing with the tiny person I am.
  12. I was watching an interesting documentary about a man who had not seen a doctor in more than 10 years. He wasn't feeling well, and found out he weighed nearly 300 pounds, and had high blood pressure. The doctor suggested the man go out and talk to all kinds of people about the methods they used to lose weight before he tried anything. He talked to vegans, bulimics, explored reasons and feelings, work-out junkies, anorexics, yoga practitioners, and others. The man also had an in-depth physical, and took to riding a bicycle, which he enjoys. He also interviewed weight loss surgery patients and surgeons, who stressed that bariatric surgery is not for everyone. One woman said she had wanted surgery for years before she got it. A few years down the line she is miserable, has developed diabetes, which she did not have before. The woman stated she would trade her 270 pound but otherwise healthy life for her bypass life if she could. Listening to her made me feel bad. I'm sorry it's not working for her. The man who made the documentary concluded it's going to be a long haul for society to get to the point where we accept people as they are. His health has improved, he had lost 30 pounds, and decided doing it informed, slowly, and sensibly is the right way. It was a good documentary.
  13. Hi--I beg to differ with you--I had dumping for years before I had surgery. I had most of the listed symptoms, and wondered how many others did the same thing. I'm 16 months out. I sometimes don't feel good, or get dizzy, or speedy, and if I sit down and be quiet, it passes in less than an hour. I am grateful that I don't vomit. Ya-hoo!
  14. Do you deal with any kind of pain? I have IBS, and sometimes the pain is incredible. The next day or two my numbers are higher. Maybe pain is a contributor for you. As you lose more weight your readings should go down. I know about fretting. I haven't taken any diabetic medication since 2 weeks before surgery, and my readings are usually between 77 and 83. Sometimes it goes into the low 90's. As long as it doesn't stay up there I don't worry. I usually test a couple of times a month. My last A1c was 5.0. You do dietary better than me, and all you have to do is keep it up and do the hardest thing: wait. I weigh 122 - 123. I bet your readings will be as good as mine in a few months. Keep up the good work!