Kim M

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About Kim M

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  • Birthday 03/24/1955

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    New York
  • Age
    63

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  • Hospital
    Northern Westchester Hospital
  • Start Weight
    266
  • Current Weight
    178
  • Goal Weight
    140
  • Surgery Date
    06-07-2012
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Kim M

    The flu....

    Hoping the tamiful helps. I also take elderberry and double up on vitamins.
  2. Kim M

    Any ideas

    Went to my surgeon yesterday. He does not think the burning is GERD. He suspects that it is the constipation which he said is out of his realm. I told him I had an appointment with the gastro to have a motility test done which he thinks is a start. He said if the burning continues he wants me to have an endoscopy where they measure the PH balance in my stomach. I had the revision for the GERD. That was all he had and see him in 3 months. I am frustrated, but it was what I expected. Well I am stocked up for tonight with laxatives. I just bought smooth move, MOM and ducolax. I am going full force. Taking them all. Something has to move. The spasms are better. It has been tough and very emotional I really didn't want the surgery but was told by my gastro and surgeon that not having it was putting me at high risk for developing serious medical issues. I am fulled with regret right now and hope this will pass as I feel better. I am hopeful. Side note I have lost 24 pounds. I only last 4 pounds since my last visit. I thought I would lose more since I am eating so little. Oh well. Regain is another topic. I thank you all for your support and suggestions. I know you all get it. Wishing everyone a year filled with joy and new adventures.
  3. Kim M

    Any ideas

    I only do room temperature. Strange thing is it wasn't like this at first. I really can't figure it out.
  4. Kim M

    Any ideas

    Thanks for the response. Still no luck with the laxatives. Did another double dose of MOM last night and nothing. My surgeon only sees patients on Thursday and Friday. He operates out of 2 hospitals. Honestly I am not expecting much. I also hope he has some answers about the GERD. Still taking 2-3 Protonix a day. On several occasions I needed 4. I have been popping Tums at work over the last few days. He told me I should be off all medications within 2 months. I will be 10 weeks post op on Thursday. Not eating much the last week. I got down a shake today. Lunch didn't go well. Sipping tea now. No dinner tonight. I am in Westchester county. About 1 hour north of NYC.
  5. Kim M

    Knee surgery

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Do the physical therapy...it will hurt but do it anyway. It will get better. Had a bilateral done 2017 and I can now walk with no pain. The most important thing to work on at first is your range of motion. Your physical therapist will do this with you. Good luck. It has been a life changer for me.
  6. Kim M

    Heading to Haiti

    Wow what a transformation. The gifts we give always come back to us 2 fold. So happy that you have found joy in her personal life and also the joy you can give to others. Abundance. We are so fortunate. Have a wonderful trip. I love your story.
  7. Kim M

    Any ideas

    Not asking for medical advice. I am seeing my surgeon on Friday. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this. After or during eating or even having a shake, I get severe spasms in my upper stomach that radiates to my right side. This sounds ridiculous but they feel like contractions. I am walking the floors and having to stop and hold onto things. i have tried heat which helped a bit. I am 9 weeks post op. This just started 2 days ago. Now I am afraid to eat. I wasn't having this kind of problem before. A typical day is a shake in the morning, a bit of chicken or fish with a mouthful of spinach for lunch or dinner. Dinner can be a repeat or an egg or some kind of veggie added. I know I am not getting enough protein but that is another issue. Do you think it is something I am eating? I am currently doing a shake as I have not had anything since yesterday lunch and going very slowly. I feel full after 2 sips. I am not pushing it. Any thoughts?
  8. Thanks so much Nana Trish, I had both my knees done last year. I can walk without pain which is a blessing. My right knee still gives me some pain and stiffness but so much better than better. I can't kneel and do miss my yoga classes. I can do some modifications but hard to find a gentle yoga class that is not during the day. I guess that is when the older folks, like me, go...except I am still working. I took 3 ducolax again last night. Waiting. I know they are coated so I crushed them. Big mistake I burned the back of my throat. I do appreciate all your support.
  9. Thanks so much for responding. I really was starting to feel like I was alone in this. Do they know why you can't go without the laxatives? I have done what they recommend regarding adding more fat and fiber to my diet. I am getting in my fluids. I met with the endocrinologist and my sodium levels are low. He suggested I cut back on my fluids as he felt I was washing everything out of my system. I haven't done that. I am going to try the MOM again today as so far that at least produced something. TMI...sorry. Sometimes it is the simply things that we just take for granted.
  10. Kim M

    I'm going to change things up - Wish me luck!

    I applaud you for listening to your body. This certainly is not what we learned which led to our morbid obesity. I'm hoping this works for you. You might have to modify even this. Do whatever works for you. Keep us posted. wishing you the best.
  11. Did MOM twice with little results. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist on 1-24...earliest appointment I could get. I was suppose to follow up with her over a year ago for a motility test. This is what my gastro had recommended after a diagnostic colonoscopy that showed nothing except my lower intestines were long. What does that even mean? He didn't think it had anything to do with the constipation. Thanks again for all your suggestions.
  12. Thanks for all the suggestions, The ducolax did not work. I will try MOM tomorrow as I will be home. Fingers crossed.
  13. Kim M

    Dating with loose skin etc

    Ditto on the nude pictures.. When I decided to date ,after 20 years of being divorced, I went on a dating site. Any guys who said anything the least bit inappropriate got blocked. I do understand the whole how am I going to get naked thing with this body, if the right guy comes along, he will accept you probably more than you accept yourself. I am extremely fortunate to have found the right man at 60. Maybe it would help to start looking at your body differently and focus on how it serves you. Not just the outside but the inside more so. Things such as my heart keeps beating each day, my liver filters waste, etc. I know it would be nice to not have to deal with the hanging skin but I am sure you are healthier now and that is the gift. Maybe I can appreciate it more as I will be 64 in a few months. That is not to say that it doesn't bother me sometimes. It also bothers me that I have lost 3/4 of an inch in height but not much I can do about that. If you are ready to date, look for the qualities you want in a man and get to know each other. The other stuff will come. Good Luck
  14. Kim M

    Researching sleeve to bypass (help)

    I had a sleeve to bypass revision 7 weeks ago due to severe GERD. I also had a hernia. I had reached a healthy weight and maintained it for about 4 years. There were minor ups and downs during that period but overall I stayed within a comfortable range of 4 pounds. I was told by my surgeon at my 2 year check up that at that point it was 85% me and 15% surgery. My weight was 132 pounds, I was surprised. I worked hard to maintain. My restriction eased over the years but this has been said many times on this forum...just because you can doesn't mean you should. When I had my revision, I had regained quite a bit of weight. I have to tell you I put off the surgery for almost a year. I did not want to have the bypass and I did not want to start over. However the warnings from my gastro and surgeon and the ongoing symptoms, convinced me I had to proceed. I don't have the health issues you speak of but I was becoming unhealthy. You said you are taking medication for depression. Some have been know to cause weight gain. Could this be looked out and perhaps changed if needed? I have lost some weight simply because you cannot eat after surgery. Mostly liquids and just small amounts of soft foods I don't see how anyone would not lose weight. The feeling is very different than the sleeve. I have just advanced to solid protein and veggies. I can eat 1.5 ounces of fish and a mouthful of spinach. Last night I could not even get all that down. I know if I put one more bite in my month I will be in pain. I don't remember it being this restrictive with the sleeve. Perhaps my memory fails me. I have to eat a very low calorie diet 700-800 calories to lose. I am not getting that much in yet. Baby steps. No more than 1000 to maintain. Also very low carb. Once I started added some carbs back in, I started to gain. That and the fact I could eat more and emotional stuff led me to where I am. I have seen a therapist for 4 years and realize I would try to self regulate with food. I can get caught up in a cycle of obsession that is maddening. the self loathing is awful. I do admit being free of that right now is a relief. I continue to work on alternative ways of meeting my genuine needs which have nothing to do with food. I wish you all the best. If you have anything you want to ask, please feel free to pm me.
  15. Kim M

    It is a choice

    Hope you are doing well. What surgery are you going to have? Have you been approved yet? In the meantime keep taking care of yourself and be well.