msbug

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About msbug

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  • Birthday 06/10/1976

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  • Start Weight
    241
  • Current Weight
    185
  • Goal Weight
    165
  • Surgery Date
    10/19/2010
  1. I had a tt and breast lift done in 2009 and had the T incision. So glad I did it! I had 16 pounds of extra skin removed. At that point, I still had my lapband (just had it removed in Oct due to complications and revised to a bypass.) I had lost 100 lbs with the band and been at a stable weight, though still higher than I wanted to be, for about a year at that point. I'll be brutally honest, it was rough. The first few days are still a blur of pain. Make sure you stay on top of the pain meds. Have lots of ice packs ready and a heating pad for your back. That surprised me, how much my back ached just because I was walking so hunched over. Get a GOOD compression garment if your plastic surgeon doesn't provide one. I ordered one from Merena.com after trying a bunch from JcPennys, Macys, etc. I should have just shelled out the money for a good one from the start, it made a huge difference. Get lots of cheap, loose nightgowns that you won't care about bleeding, leaking fluids on for the first few days. I had bought a bunch of pj pants thinking that's what I'd wear but it was too much of a hassle the first couple weeks and I just wore nightgowns the whole time. I had one pair of super loose pants for the few times I left the house and a big sweatshirt to hide the drains under! And a recliner is a must. I couldn't lie down flat for weeks, I think it was a month before I could even consider sleeping in bed or on the couch. If you don't have a recliner, either buy one or borrow one. We wound up borrowing one from my mom and I lived in it for the first 3 weeks. As rough as it was, it was totally, totally worth it though. I'm thrilled with the results. I've lost 55 pounds since I had the conversion to bypass and my stomach still looks great, no loose flabby skn. Now it's just the flabby thighs and butt that bother me. If you got any questions, feel free to ask! Good luck!
  2. I need your last name too! Send it in a message, PM, or email and I'll get them out this week.
  3. I had lapband that slipped had to be taken out & revised to gastric bypass I was worried too. I know have nausea almost every day, my Dr.'s aware they say it's part of bypass some people get it & hopefully it will go away, one of the Rn's says for some reason in some people it takes about a yr. I can't wait for that part to end. I did have a GI bleed, but poss due to ste...

  4. Yep, I got your replies! Message me your address and I will try and get them out to you in the next week or so.
  5. I am interested in your garments if you still have them. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl IMNOTPICKIN@YAHOO.COM

  6. I have 2 compression garments from when I had my tt and breast life. One is the full garment that goes from mid-thigh to just under the bra line. It has a racerback and straps that go over the shoulder (way better that the ones I tried from JcPenny with no straps, those just rolled down). The other one is the same design for the straps and hitting just under the bra line. But, there's no legs, it fits like a bathing suit. The first one has an open crotch for easy peeing the second one has a snap crotch. They are both size XXL, I was about a size 18 when I wore them. They are in very good condition, I didn't bleed on them or anything. But, they cost a ton of money and the thought of just throwing them out depresses me! So, if anyone needs them, I'm willing to ship to anywhere in the U.S. No cost for the garments, just put them to good use! First come, first serve. Let me know if you're interested.
  7. Sorry, I'm sure this is going to be TMI! I had my lapband removed and converted to bypass on Oct 19. I've never had problems with constipation, just the opposite. I frequently get stomach cramps and loose stools. It's not dumping, I have found no connection to anything I"m eating, besides it usually starts in the morning before I've even eaten anything. I've tried cutting out dairy, that makes no difference. Usually each bout lasts about 3 days, starts in the morning with cramping and loose BMs shortly after I wake up. By afternoon, I still have the cramping but no more BMs. Occasionally I will take 1 imodium and that clears it up for a few days but then it starts all over again. Any ideas? I told my surgeon about it at my 6 week visit and he said it could just be my system regulating and he wasn't worried. But, It's still happening 3 months later. I go back to him on Wednesday and will certainly mention it, but wondered if anyone here had the same problem and found a way to deal with it. I do take probiotics and have since I had the surgery. Any ideas?
  8. I need to get my head out of my butt too! I weighed the exact same as you the day of surgery (10/19) and as of this morning weigh 196. Which is great! But, I still find myself getting ticked the weight isn't coming off faster. I literally lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks, then lose nothing for 2-3 weeks. It is driving me nuts. But, yesterday I had a total "DUH" moment when I realized I can't compare myself to the people who are consistently losing 3-5 pounds or more a week. I had a lapband since 2006. I was already eating limited calories compared to most bypass patients. Really, my diet now isn't much different than what I was eating the year before I had to have the band taken out. (I was having problems with the band so it needed to be taken out. I had a revision to a bypass instead of going from the band to a regular stomach!) So the malabsorption is really all that's helping me lose weight right now I think. I'd already been on limited calories before the surgery, probably around 1200-1400. So my body doesn't have the major shock of cutting a ton of calories out after the surgery. I don't know why I didn't realize this before! So, now I'm just going to be happy with what I am losing and not freak out when the scale doesn't move for a while.
  9. I went through so many of the cheap girdles and whatnot from Kohls or JcPenny after my tt/breast lift it was ridiculous! Seemed impossible to find one that didn't ride up or roll down or cut in. I didn't want to shell out a ton of money for one but finally caved and bought one from marenagroup.com and it was soooo worth it! I should have just bought one from there from the start. I got one that hooked at the crotch, came up to just under my bra line in front and had a racer-back style with straps that went over my shoulders. That thing was so comfortable and really helped keep my swelling down. I wore it for months and it held up beautifully.
  10. I had a tt and breast lift in 2009. The dr removed 16 lbs of extra skin/flab from my abdomen. The pain from the abdomen was a 9. I had the breast lift done at the same time and I never even felt those! Compared to the stomach, those were a piece of cake. The most painful part was a few weeks after surgery when the nerves started to "wake up" and would send little zaps through my breasts at the weirdest times! Felt like little bee stings. And as a warning, you will look like you're always cold for a couple months. Thank god for padded bras because the high beams always seemed to be on and it was rather embarrassing at times! Sorry, can't help with the arms though.
  11. I had surgery the day after you and my surgeon just told me the same thing yesterday! Said I needed to up my calories. Sure enough, ate more yesterday than usual and was down two pounds this morning. We'll see if it keeps up!
  12. I'm having the same problem. Have gained and lost the same 2 pounds for 2 weeks now and I"m only 6 weeks out! It is so frustrating. And, I'm going to my surgeon tomorrow for my 6 week check and am paranoid he's going to tell me I suck and my weight loss makes me a failure. Which isn't true, I've still lost 15 pounds since the last time I saw him at one week post op! I keep telling myself I will lose weight eventually. But I still get mad every time I get on the scale in the morning.
  13. I'm heading back to work tomorrow and need to find something quick I can eat first thing in the morning before I go. I can't just do a protein shake in the morning, I get jittery, I need something solid. Well, something non-liquid! I'll be bringing my protein shake to have once I'm at work, just need something for first thing. I'm on soft foods now but can go to regulars in a couple weeks, so I'll take any suggestions. Any ideas? I usually don't have time to scramble an egg or anything. I'd love to find something I can grab as I head out the door or only has to be microwaved for a couple seconds. Thanks!
  14. I love my scrambled eggs! Haven't tried sunny side yet, maybe this weekend. For the scrambled eggs, I mix in a little ff sour cream to lube them up and help them go down better.
  15. Sorry you were so sick. That stinks! My dr and nutritionist said taking occassional sips during a meal is fine. Just no gulping or going through a whole glass of liquids during the meal. So I think you'll be fine taking the pills with a sip or two of water. Hope you recover fast.