Kim M

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About Kim M

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  • Birthday 03/24/1955

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    New York
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    Northern Westchester Hospital
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. 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.
  2. I haven't heard about bile reflux. Would you expand. Thanks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Wishing you a speedy recovery and relief from your symptoms.
  6. I thought I responded last week. Sorry for the delay but don't stop by that often. I am 9 months post revision surgery. The GERD gets better. I really don't recall how long it took to feel relief but it must have been fairly soon as I went form 4 PPI's to 2 fairly quickly. I currently am taking one pill a day in the morning. I still can't eat anything spicy and tomato sauce is beyond painful. I did have hopes of being off all medication but that has not happened. I don't eat after dinner and still have to sleep on 2 pillows at night. I probably was not a great candidate for the sleeve as I had GERD before the surgery. My surgeon didn't think it would be a problem. Hope things are improving for you.
  7. Kim M

    Revision complete

    Hi Greer, Hope you are feeling better. I sent you a PM.
  8. Wow. I realized today that it has been 7 years since my VSG. That was quick. I have been around since about 6 months post op. I was so happy to find this forum and get the support and guidance from those who went before me. Some know my history. I had VSG and lost all my weight in 15 months. My body had released all the weight it wanted to and I was happy with where I was. I maintained for a number of years and it was around year 4 that the emotional eating started. I had regain which I lost once, and am currently working on again. I had GERD and had to have a revision to bypass. The GERD is better but not completely gone. My WLS was VSG. Despite some regain, and another surgery, I am in a much better place. I have to work on my emotions daily and continue to treat myself with compassion. I would like to lose the last of the regain, about 20 pounds, but if I don't that is okay too. Wishing all that are on the journey health and freedom from obsession.
  9. Congratulations on the new venture in life. It looks beautiful and so peaceful. Wishing you and your family much happiness. Cute puppy!!
  10. Unfortunately I still have GERD. It is not as severe but I do still need to take medication. Depending on the day 1-2 PPI. I have to be very careful what I ate so as not to trigger an attack. I wish there was another alternative other than bypass as I would have taken it. I have had some real issues with eating, pain and elimination. I was so desperate I had a colonic yesterday. I am doctored out and have taken things into my own hands. You are doing great. It really sounds as though you are in a good space.
  11. Emotional eating. I also convinced myself that I could just have one of something high in carbs. I have been working very hard on the emotional piece with a therapist. I also have incorporated alternative behaviors to help self regulate. I meditate every day and when I am struggling I try and pause and just allow things to be. This has been my most difficult challenge. I also recognize the lies I tell myself about eating sugar. It has no place in my life and recognize the harmful effects it has on my body and how I feel. None of this is easy by any means. I started to track my food a few months ago and I find it helpful. I am trying not to be obsessive but use it as a guide to make adjustments as needed. I hope you can relax more around food while still being accountable. If you don't eat exactly what is on your plan, self compassion is the key. Giving yourself what you need, which is not food, will provide balance. Wishing you the best.
  12. I had gotten to 130 pretty effortless at my initial surgery. I was able to maintain it for about 4 years. I had revision for GERD in November 2018. The weight loss has been slow. I am hoping to get down to 140. If I should reach 130, that would be a bonus. I agree that maintaining is definitely a concern. I say go for it and see how it feels. If you can maintain it without constantly obsessing about what you are eating, then it works. If it becomes a struggle to maintain, allow yourself to settle where your body feels comfortable. Good luck
  13. It sounds like you are in good hands with your doctors. They seem to be working as a team which is unusually these days. I know we have to be our on advocate and sometimes think outside the box. Worry is a wasted emotion. It puts us in waiting mode and takes away all we have in the present moment. You know what has to happen in the event of an emergency so therefore, you have a plan. Hoping you can find some relief for the hypoglycemia. Congratulations on your 2 years and continue to ask for support. Wishing you a magnificent year ahead.
  14. So sorry to hear that despite your efforts your are still suffering. Why do they think you have a twisted bowel? Are you having symptoms? You are brave with all your complications to still prefer this life to to the before surgery. There was someone on the site quite awhile ago who also suffered terribly. I wish I could remember her name. She ended up doing a several of her bypass. She was very ill and had to stop working etc. If I remember, she was recovering slowly. Maybe Cinwa would remember her name. It might be helpful to read her story. Hope the doctors can find a way for you. Sending you much healing energy.