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    Dr. Coon
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    Parkview, Riverside, CA
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  1. Hi BugdocMon, Iposted the message below in the forum. I am sending the message to you directly becuase I follow your posts/responses and I feel that you are a subject matter expert in the Hypoglycemic area. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thx 


    Need your Advice/Ideas:

    Quick Background: Had my Gastric Bypass Feb 2016 primarily to get rid of my Type II Diabetes. Almost everything went well. Type II Diabetes-Gone, CPAP-Gone. All other Blood Tests Perfect. However, within 3 months of surgery, started having hypoglycemic events. My endocrinologist referred me to a Specialist Endocrinologist at a University Hospital. Got admitted to a Hospital for Insulinoma Testing. Results-Negative. Was diagnosed with "Post Gastric Bypass Hypoglycemia". Was told to manage through More Protein and less Carb diet. Have played around with diet for past 18 months but no significant improvement. Kept getting hypoglycemic events 2-3 times a week. She started me on acarbose but my stomach could not handle it since the Gas in my stomach was making my daily living miserable.  On Feb 23 of 2018, my specialist put me on Proglycem (diazoxide) suspension. 2.5 ml (Twice Per Day). Magic happened. Not even a single incident of Hypoglycemia. Medicine tastes awful but more than happy to take it. Well since things were going great, I had stopped measuring my sugars. I have having an Arthroscopy later next week and I had to go in for some pre-Op blood testing. My primary said that everything was fine except that my sugar was 282! Huh! I thought it was because I took the blood test without fasting. But then I have taken about 6 random blood sugars including early morning fasting. They are all above 200!! What a reversal from Hypoglycemia to High Blood Sugars!

    Question: Is my high blood sugars because of Proglycem? Seems logical. Has anyone has kind of experience taking this medication?  Any alternative medications?

    The only thing that comes to mind is that on March 27, 2018 I had an epidural injection of steroids in my C4-C5 for neck/migraine pain management. I know that steroid injections definitely increase blood sugar but it has been two weeks. Would the effect of high blood sugars from steroids remain there for 2 weeks? Anybody have this experience?

    I have an appointment scheduled with my specialist next week but I feel gathering additional information from this splendid patient portal site is always a great idea.

    Thank you In advance.


  2. Hi! I am at the very beginning of my journey and was wondering about your process with insurance. I see that your beginning weight was similar to mine. Did you have any comortalities and did your BMI ever go below 35 during the prior two years? Thanks for any help

  3. Wow! You are ROCKING THAT SLEEVE!!! You look absolutely terrific! Congratulations on your incredible success so far!
  4. I could not handle the Ready-to-Drink Isopure drinks. But some folks find them tolerable when mixed with Crystal Lite.
  5. BugdocMom

    Dear John

    Wow! I have been here for over FOUR YEARS and never noticed that option! Thanks for pointing it out, Michael!
  6. I am so sorry to hear you are having trouble with your surgery. I got your PM. No worries, I can discuss it here so folks have something to refer to if they need some info in a similar situation. I have been seen by Dr. Silva at NE FL Endocrinology. He could not treat me but sent me to Mayo very quickly and helped manage my treatment in general. Mayo also cannot do much to help either because I am at a point where the only real thing that can be done is to remove my pancreas, which is not a reasonable choice right now because my condition is actually improving since my reversal. Improving very slowly, but still improving. I have been given a few "mixed meal" tests under close medical supervision (which are utterly miserable themselves) but no one EVER suggested I take an oral glucose test. It would have literally killed me. So, if you are very sensitive to carbs/sugar, I'd highly recommend you discuss alternatives to the glucose tolerance test. Feel free to PM me or to discuss it here:) edited because the font was tiny for some reason
  7. As you can see, each person seems to have a unique experience. As a matter of fact, since my bypass (which was my first surgery) I have had a couple of other surgeries and each of those has been distinctly different. A lot of folks will say it depends on your pain tolerance. But I think it has more to do with the details of your surgery and your surgeon's technique. The good thing is that the memory seems to fade pretty quickly. I remember that I was in a lot of pain on some occasions. But, like childbirth, over time I have forgotten the feeling and remember the story more than I remember the actual event... if that makes any sense. I kept a pretty detailed account of my experience in my blog if you are interested:
  8. That was good stuff! Thanks for sharing your journey! I have looked at a lot of those things as badges of honor. I think it helps that much of my skin "bounced back" a little better than I expected. Also that I became pregnant as a teen so I've had stretch marks and a not-for-bikinis body as long as I can remember. Now that I'm old and have been married for 20 years, I am not expecting to be toned and sexy just because I am thinner. I love your attitude toward the changes you are going through and think your ability to talk openly about your expectations will help you accept your new body and progress more easily through your changes-- both physical and emotional. Here was my take on my very own bat wings in my blog entry, Ninja Mom.
  9. I like Trader Joe's Spiced Chai with a little Sweet N Low. But the Haney and Sons certainly sounds yummy! Does it come with sugar added or is it just tea and spices?
  10. Thanks for your support and kind words! I will continue to post as much as I can!
  11. Yep! Preparation makes a HUGE difference. My pouch has always been extremely picky so when I wanted to try a new protein powder, I would go on a site like Nashua Nutrition and order samples. I would get AT LEAST TWO of the same samples so I could try them prepared different ways. Sometimes a water-based, blender bottle shaken drink poured over ice hit the spot. And sometimes a creamy milk (almond or soy) based drink mixed in a real blender with some ice was the best way to prepare a certain flavor/brand. If you do use the blender, pulsing it works best to keep it from getting too foamy:) I am also a HUGE fan of sipping hot protein drinks.
  12. There are many threads about the topic of what to bring with you to the hospital that will suggest a plethora of must-have items. I think a lot of people will agree that things like a robe, chap stick, your phone, etc are all pretty darn common recommendations. A couple of things I was surprised to find I really appreciated were extra pairs of my own fresh clean panties, kandoo butt wipes, and my iPad for internet access and book reading. Besides having my babies, my RNY was the first time I had been in the hospital overnight. It was an unexpectedly tough. My hubby was absolutely TERRIFIC! Since then, I have been in the hospital on several more occasions. Each one was very different and I needed/wanted different things. Sometimes, I felt well enough to spend a lot of time on the iPad surfing the net or reading (not so much with RNY), other times I was just too miserable to do anything. But, EACH time, fresh panties and chap stick were a godsend! I blogged about my RNY experience in detail if you want to read about it: http://www.thinnertimesforum.com/blogs/blog/1371-bugdocmoms-blog/?page=12 Congrats and good luck!!!!
  13. I also add them when I put the meat in. They are soft but are just fine and contribute to the yummy flavor of the dish!
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