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Kim M

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  • Birthday 03/24/1955

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    Northern Westchester Hospital
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Hi Tracy, Hope you are doing well with the revision It certainly is a different surgery. The GERD is much better, but not completely gone. I still take 1 protonix a day. Somedays if I have eaten anything with any acid I will take another. I am not able to eat much at one seating. One bite too many any I will vomit. I have adjusted and eat smaller meals more often. I will be going for blood work this month to check all my levels. Hoping my vitamin levels have improved. I have been much better about taking supplements. I also think since my diet is more diverse I am probably getting more nutrients. It will be 2 years in November since my revision so I don't really know about the absorption issue. It was not a surgery I wanted, but became necessary. I accept that and the adjustments I have had to make. Hope your GERD has improved and you are feeling well.
  2. Hello to all and hope everyone is well. A message popped up in my email about a thread I had responded to years ago. I had a strange reaction as I no longer think about WLS everyday. I had my first surgery in 2012 and a revision in 2018 due to GERD. I realized my surgery anniversary was in June after glancing at my profile. I completely forgot this year. Granted there is a lot going on with the COVID crisis and trying to adjust to retirement, but I think it is more than that. I have adjusted to a way of living and only occasionally live in fear of gaining all my weight back. I changed the way I was eating last summer. I missed having fruit and veggies especially in the summer. After all, I have a beautiful garden and was denying myself of my abundant bounty. So carbs have come back into my life. I was carb phobic and my body had gotten so used to mostly protein that when I would have carbs I would gain weight. After a bit, my body adjusted and my weight is still the same as it was a year ago. I have not lost the 20 pounds I hoped to but that is okay. I know everyone has their own path. Some still weigh and measure or court carbs and protein. For now this is working for me. I have increased my exercise with the addition of our COVID puppy. Long walks in the morning and evenings feel good. Trying to incorporate yoga and Qigong into my routine via Zoom. I will always be grateful for this site in the beginning of my journey. I was lost and found so much support here. I suppose i am at a different place in my life in many ways. As always I would be willing to answer any questions or offer support to anyone in need. Stay safe and well my friends.
  3. Hi Tracy, hope you are doing better this month. Glad to hear things are improving with the GERD. Most days I take 1 PPI in the morning. I had a bad day last week and needed 3 and was wishing I also had TUMS. I eat small amounts about 3-4 times a day. This seems to work best to prevent vomiting. I have been taking my vitamins and did find a buffered Vitamin C which doesn't seem to bother my stomach. I am eating more fruits and veggies. I go back in the fall for more labs and hope things have improved. My weight has been stable. I still would like to let go of some more weight and honestly am surprised I haven't gained any during this time. I live in NY and we have been on PAUSE since March. We just started Phrase 3 of opening up. I have mostly been home, but busy in my garden and taking walks usually early when there are few others around. I am fortunate that I live outside the city and have a large backyard... so not going stir crazy. Wishing you good health and continued recovery.
  4. Sending condolences to you and your family. So hard not being able to be with loved ones during the illness. Sending healing and prayers to you.
  5. Happy 3 years!! Health and happiness to you.
  6. Hello my friends, Hope all are well. I am here in New York about 1/2 hour outside of the city. There are many suffering here. COVID 19 has touched my family. My son-in-law and grandson have tested positive and have recovered. My son-in-law came out of quarantine today! We share a home with my daughter and her family. I was tested on Friday after 5 days of mild symptoms. I am waiting for results. We are fortunate, as others we know have died. So far my daughter, granddaughter and partner show no symptoms. It could be that they are positive but with no symptoms. Until they have a test to check for antibodies, will can't be sure. We are all home. Only my partner has gone out for curb side pick up of groceries. My daughter is working from home and the children are all home with distance learning. We have a big back yard and go out for fresh air daily. I did some gardening last week before I started not feeling well. I retired on March 31. I had begun to work from home 3 days per week before that. While it was a difficult time to retire, leaving my clients during this crisis, I am enjoying not working. I left them in good hands of someone that stepped into my position which I am grateful for. Sending healing out to all. Stay well and stay safe.
  7. Thanks so much for the support. I certainly do have medical system fatigue. I did get some good news recently. I had some genetic testing done for a condition of my heart and it was mostly negative. At this time, they are putting off the loop recorder to monitor my heart. At least as long as I don't pass out again lol. I am retiring at the end of the month and I feel I will be able to better focus on my needs. A trip to my surgeon will most likely be something I have to do. It is strange, I haven't lost anymore weight despite the amount I am getting down. I think it is because I have added carbs back into my diet. I know you can be malnourished and still be overweight. It really is not my focus right now, but I suppose it is still there. Wishing you good health and much happiness.
  8. Dos it measure the level of acid in your stomach?
  9. Honestly, I have not been back to my surgeon since my revision. I have had numerous health issues and the thought of getting more invasive testing at this time is not on my radar. Although, I do believe my gail bladder is trying to get my attention. I am not eating fatty foods but I had an MRI for something else and the bile duct is enlarged. I am taking bariatric vitamins and purchased some vitamin D3 today as well as potassium. I have to look up when is the best time to take the D3 and the potassium. I can't add extra vitamin C because of the gerd. Thanks for the support.
  10. I thought I would check in with my most recent doctor visit. Had my vitamin levels checked. Not good news. I guess I am absorbing less than I thought. I also am still only able to eat very small portions and solid protein is really hard to get down. The bad news is I am deficient in Vitamin C, A and D. I have no detectable Vitamin C in my body. I eat fruit and veggies. I guess not enough, or not absorbing. He increased my vitamins and calcium. I had a bone density test and in 5 years I went from having the bones of a 30 year old to having osteopenia. When my surgeon told me he wasn't bypassing as much intestine, I didn't think I was at risk. I am also borderline anemic. I don't think I have gone through a day without some pain. I also vomit which I never did before. I know I needed the revision, but this is more than I expected. Tracy I understand your hesitation in having the surgery. I still have GERD. Most days just 1 PPI but some days 2. I seemed to be doing better 6 months post op. I am now almost 1 1/2 years out.. Has anyone who had revision from VSG to bypass had any similar issues? Feeling kind of bummed out.
  11. Obviously, not the medical terminology for how my surgery was done. I had asked my surgeon if he was going to do a mini bypass and he said no. However, he said he would not bypass as much intestine. This is probably why I haven't shown any malabsorption issues. Not yet anyway. I am going to have my vitamin levels checks in February as well as a bone density test. I will know more then. I understand how you feel about the surgery. I did not want to have another surgery. I had my concerns about bypass. I have not seen my surgeon since my post op visit. My endocrinologist does all my testing. I probably should be scoped to see if anything is going on as it does seem strange that I can only eat small amounts This has led to eating every few hours at times. I think the reason I have stopped losing weight is the addition of carbs. As I mentioned, they seem to go down easier. I waited a year before I finally agreed to have the surgery. My surgeon said I was lucky I did not end up with Barretts. VSG is a high pressure surgery and bypass is low pressure. i don't know if there are any other alternatives. Be happy to answer any questions that you might have in the upcoming month.
  12. I haven't heard about bile reflux. Would you expand. Thanks.
  13. The amount I can eat differs each day. A good day is being able to eat both protein and vegges together. I had regain so the weight loss was a plus. My surgeon said I would lose about 20 pounds and after the first year probably gain it back. I lost more and so far am maintaining, I did not have a full bypass as if it was an original bypass surgery. He connected further up so I wouldn't have as much malabsorption. So far my vitamin levels are all good and honestly I am not great about taking vitamins. With no pyloric valve I thought I would be able to eat more but this has not been the case. I guess that is why soup is easy as it slides trough the pouch. Hoping this is the last bariatric surgery I will ever have to have. I am almost 65 and honestly done. I started this process 7 1/2 years ago and would like to eat small portions without throwing up. This really was not an issue with VSG. I guess each surgery has its downside. Again, I wish you well and am here to support you with your upcoming surgery.
  14. Hi Tracy, Sorry to hear that your GERD has not gotten any better. I am a little over a year post-op. I still have GERD...although not as bad as before the revision. One to two protonix a day and nothing spicy. As I mentioned, anything with tomato sauce has me doubled over. This is a very different surgery experience. It is a different type of restriction. If i eat a mouthful more than I should, I vomit. I am having trouble with solid protein. About 2 ounces of fish is all I can get down and a mouthful of veggies. I was able to eat chicken a few months after surgery, but not anymore. I have added more carbs as they go down and stay down...think soup. I lost about 50 pounds and am maintaining now. I did want to lose another 20 but I am not stressing about it. As you know GERD can cause changes in the esophagus which can be dangerous. I was resistant to have the surgery, but in the end did it to prevent further damage. Feeling pretty apathetic about food right now. It is a difficult choice, but unfortunately necessary at times.. Wish you well Keep me posted.
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