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About Mwin

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    Northern Minnesota
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Bettendorf
  • Hospital
    Essentia - St. Mary's
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Hi ptpatty.... You will learn all about the signs of dehydration at your meetings with your surgeons office. It will be hard to get the fluids in immediately following the surgery, but you'll get to where it's not a problem. Also, yes, you can have wine and coffee...down the road. They will encourage you (probably) to stay away from caffeine, and you may find that you can't have as much wine as you were able to prior to the surgery, but you'll have to wait a bit on that as well. I am coming up on 9 months out from surgery. It is, by far the best thing I have EVER done for myself. I have lost 107.5 pounds from my highest, and I'm currently 42 pounds away from my goal of 140 (that's my goal, not my surgeons goal). I have a cup of decaf every morning, and occasionally I have a glass of wine. Make sure you get as much information as you can from your surgeons office as well...they will give you the best recommendations for you! Good luck on your journey!
  2. Welcome to Thinner Times. We're glad you're here, and wish you the best of luck on your journey!
  3. Welcome to the forum. I echo princessblog's comment...this isn't a surgery that will speed up's based on restriction. I have heard of people who experience heartburn afterwards...but every person is different, so what one person may experience is not an 'across the board' experience. Read up and learn as much as you can...this is a huge decision to make, and you want to make it informed! Best wishes to you!
  4. I have so many goals that I am just determined to succeed at since I have had my surgery! I'm blessed and thankful for a new lease on life for sure! Best wishes to you!
  5. I'm so sorry that you are having these problems...especially so close to your surgery! Can you get the specific letter they are requesting from the insurance company? Wishing you the very best of luck in getting this all sorted out! I feel for you!
  6. Had to start a day late - but did 60 my first day (because I lost track) Day 2 is today!
  7. You bettah believe I am in...Maybe I will start tomorrow as my day 1, since I will be on the road for April 1...Just realized that we are coming back in the middle of that horrible storm which happens to be falling on April Fool's Day
  8. Wondered if anyone was successful in using this promo code. I tried this one, and several others, and none of them seem to work.
  9. Mwin


    Welcome to TT. Best wishes to you on your surgery!
  10. I felt incredibly blessed to have a husband who wanted to attend the appointments with me. Although I was the one having surgery, this changes both of us. He had a lot of questions that he asked at the appointments and there were times when I was so overwhelmed with information that he asked questions and got feedback on things that I may have forgotten about. He also wanted to know what to expect throughout the entire process as well, so he knew how to care for me, what to expect on 'the other side' etc. it honestly had nothing to do with whether or not I am independent, it had to do with the fact that he was/is my biggest cheerleader, and he wanted to support me in any way that he could. I have read/heard far too many stories of spouses that didn't care enough to get involved, wasn't supportive and even was against it. I, personally (and this is just my opinion) far prefer having the level of involvement that my husband has provided.
  11. I have Anthem BCBS. It took about a week after submission to get the approval for me. They told me to expect 10-15 business days. Good luck to you.
  12. Welcome to TT. I too have heard about the 5 day pouch test and heard it works for many. Wishing y the best of luck!
  13. Congratulations on your weight loss so far. I also commend you on your restraint from weighing yourself. I am a very numbers driven person (always have been) so I do weigh myself almost daily. In the beginning I used to get frustrated at not seeing the scale move, but 3 months post op has taught me a lot, so I no longer sweat the stalls...but it does help me keep track. You're doing great! Keep up the good work, and glad you remembered your password.