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About kcfan01

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    Dr. Corrigan McBride
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  1. I use to buy the caramel Premier Protein shakes at Walmart, Costco and Sam's Club. Now none of them have that flavor. Does anyone know why?
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    Iron Infusion

    Has anyone had to get iron infusions? I had surgery 3 1/2 years ago and my labs have been showing low iron. Yes I take an iron pill every day. My last lab showed it low enough that the doctors are worried about it and are talking iron infusions. They had me start taking 2 iron pills a day to see if it helps. I go next Wednesday for lab work to see if it helped. If not then i have to have iron infusions. I have heard a few good and bad things about iron infusions including allergic reactions. I have to get my iron count up so I can have surgery. It seems that I was born with bad knee caps. The x-rays show my knee joints are in great shape with lots of cartilage in them. My knee caps are off onto the outside of each knee and are shot. They have lost all of their cartilage and are rubbing on my knee joints and have bone spurs from it. My knees have always caused me trouble and I have been getting shots in my knees every 6 months for 1 1/2 years to try to help. At first it helped but now nothing. I have to get my iron up so I can get the surgery, they will do a complete knee replacement since I am no longer in my 30's and will do one knee and then 6 months later do the other. I am just wondering if anyone else has had iron infusions and what they experienced from them. Thanks.
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    I am wondering if any one has had this problem. I am 3 years out from bypass surgery. I had an ulcer when I was 1 year out from dissolving stitches that moved into my pouch. The doctor left them and said they should dissolve from my stomach acid. I did not have any more problem with them after taking Carafate and 2 Nexium's a day for 3 months. A month ago I started having problems with a burning feeling in my throat and pain in my pouch. It got harder and harder to get my fluids in and I would feel sick when I would eat. I was having to use my Zofran every day. I called my surgeon and they scheduled a scope which I had done May 10th. They found stitches where my esophagus connects to my pouch and they took them out. They put me on Carafate 4 times a day for a month and 1 Nexium a day for a month. Now I am having burning in my throat again and tonight I felt sick when I looked at my supper. Does it take awhile for the area to heal? Should I call my surgeons office tomorrow and talk to them? Thanks for your help.
  4. I was low on my vitamin D and was told to take 5000 units a day. I did and my next lab work said I was to high. So they said take 2000 units a day. My next lab said I was just above normal so I was told to take 2000 units every other day. I go in a month to get a yearly lab work done by my surgeon. My regular doctor has me get lab work every 3 months and he was happy with my last one 2 months ago. It is really important that you get lab work done at least once a year or more.
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    Lactose intolerance

    I became lactose intolerant after I had surgery. My stomach does not feel right if I have any dairy product and I get a lot of gas. So I avoid all dairy products.
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    Thanksgiving Recipes?

    Thank you for the recipe. It is never to late to have turkey so I will be using this soon. I prefer eating turkey, chicken and tuna over beef. Hope that you have a great holiday.
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    Question about Quest protein

    I eat 1/3 of a bar for breakfast along with half a banana. The most I can eat in one sitting is 1/2 of a bar.
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    Protein Powder

    I have used the Body Fortress they have at Walmart. That is what I used for the first couple of years. I still have it and use it once in awhile. I have one of each of their flavors and use the vanilla and strawberry to make smoothies. I also now use the Premier protein drinks.
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    Thanksgiving Recipes?

    Would you share the recipe you have for glazing a turkey? Thanks.
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    Question about meds

    I had to take prednisone for a sinus problem after having WLS. You have to remind yourself that you are going to feel like you are always hungry and thirsty. I had taken it before WLS so I know what it felt like before taking it after surgery. Since I was prepared and was drinking a lot I did not have any problems. I made sure I did my meals on time and kept busy in between meals to help take my mind off of being hungry. It was not easy but I made it.
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    Now what do I do?

    I had WLS done about 2 1/2 years ago. I had a rough start after my surgery and after about 6 -8 months things settled down. One of the things I had a lot of trouble with was getting enough water in each day. As a result I now have kidney problems. My labs were showing a big problem with my kidneys and my family doctor told me it is probably because of all of the protein I have to have each day. Protein is hard on kidneys especially ones that have problems. So he suggested I cut back my protein from 80-90 grams a day to 40-50 grams. My surgeon says no you have to have the 80-90 grams of protein. When I was doing the 80-90 grams of protein my lab test showed my kidneys were damaged and were getting worse. I cut back my protein to 40-50 grams and my kidneys have improved. The damage that was done cannot be completely fixed but my lab tests have improved. And I am stopping any more damage to my kidneys. So I have a family doctor telling me one thing an a surgeon telling me something else. Anyone else having kidney problems and having trouble getting the required 80-90 grams of protein a day? Did you cut back on your protein? I do not want to end up on dialysis which is what would happen if I continued doing damage to my kidneys.
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    Straws yet?

    I was like you on trying to get my liquids in. I finally started using a straw because I could not drink enough each day without it. Then I saw the post on the bite valve Camelbak and ordered one. I got it and am so happy with it. I can drink all I need to without any problems.
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    I tried cereal a couple of times and found it does not sit well in my pouch. I tried it when I was a year out from my surgery and two years out from my surgery. So I do not eat it. And I am lactose intolerant so I have to drink Lactaid instead of milk.
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    10 weeks out and I am having a test.

    Yes, call your surgeon.
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    I think it had to be denial...

    I am the same way. I knew I was overweight and big but I did not realize just how big I was. I would not let anyone take my picture and when I would see a camera I would go the other way. I was wearing a 26/28 in pants and a size 4x-5x in shirts. I now wear a size 12 jean and a size L in shirts. I have lost 123 pounds and I am still overweight. I look in the mirror without any clothes and just want to cry. Some of it is from everything sagging. I know I am healthier now but I still feel like I am big.