guitarjeff

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  • Birthday 11/23/1962

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    Justin D. Braverman
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    Chapman

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  1. Hello my name is Jeff, I am 48 years old, I was wondering if other people are experiencing the same issue I have when it comes to the embarrasing odor from my farts. It is really noticeable lately, it has been 2 years after bypass surgery. I did not have this bad of a problem before. This really is the only side effect I have had after surgery that seems to be a noticeable problem for myself, my new girlfriend and co-workers. I lost about 100 lbs. I feel great and maintaining my wieght, so I feel I am eating healthy. I have done some research on this and I guess there is Gas X or Beano I could take, I have also heard of the charcoal liners that are put in and taped to your underwear, but sounds like this could become expensive and I wear boxers, it says have to wear what I call nut huggers or briefs. My new girlfriend is seems to be having a hard time with this as I have to leave the room everytime I pass gas and of course this is embarrasing for me as well. looking for any help or suggestions, Thanks, Jeff: confused:
  2. I am 45 yrs. old and have had gastric bypass surgery back in August 2008. Since then I lost 40 lbs. and no longer have Type II Diabetes, "Great Right" Well before I had my surgery the program I have been involved in suggested I seek a Family Therapist or psychologist to deal with my alcohol issue. They told me that I need to stay sober for at least 4 months prior to surgery date before they would allow me to go through with the surgery. I followed the rules, seeked help though a family therapist and stayed sober for 4 months. The surgery was a success, my surgeon even stated that I made his job easy for him because my liver had shrunk and was not an issue. Several months after surgery I tried alcohol, vodka. The effects were not what I expected, maybe it is just me, I have been a heavy user of alcohol most of my life and able to handle large quanities of alcohol. I found that the alcohol stays in your system along time. In fact I lost 2 days of work because of this, I would go to sleep but wake up still drunk. I thought that it would hit me quicker so I would drink less, not really so. I still drink almost the same amount but now it is 3 times worse than before, in fact it is dangerous. I have suffered 2 day hangovers because of drinking. I have tried alcohol 5 -6 times since, even just wine but I end up getting and drinking the hard stuff on my days off. It is no fun anymore, and I can no longer control it. So I am trying to quit!! I have been sober now for about a month. I have seeked help through AA and have went back to Church. I still suffer the alcohol urges all the time, especially after work and on my days off because this was when I would usually drink. My psychologist says that what is happening to me is I am relapsing and I should enter a rehab center. For those of you who have a drinking problem, think long and hard before you have gastric bypass surgery and take time to get seek help to quit the habit before having surgery. Has anybody had the experiences with alcohol like I have? Looking for all support Thanks, Jeff
  3. I was wondering if anybody has experienced the same wieght loss as me. I am 45, have lost 40 lbs. since my gastric bypass surgery back in August 18, 2008. I lost most of the wieght 2 weeks before my surgery with the Protien shake diet and during the month after my surgery. The wieght came off fast, 3-5 lbs. a week. I was 262 lbs. and now I am stuck at 224 lbs. I have been stuck at this wieght for about 3 to 4 weeks with no more wieght loss. I am eating mostly all low carb foods, meats and vegatables, fruits no breads and sugar free desserts. I no longer have type II diabetes which is great but I am getting a little depressed with no more wieght loss. My goal is 180 lbs. My dietician tells me I need to exercise 20 minutes a day with wieghts or vigorious walk, that my metabolism thinks my body is in trouble, that I need to get my metabolism up. I work long hours and I am tired when I get home and do not feel like exercising plus I have to help my 11 year old twin girls with homework and raising a family. I have also noticed I seem to be getting hungary more often than I used to, but I just snack on a fruit , low fat cheese stick or Turkey Jerky. Has anybody experienced this, need all the support I can get. Also would like to know more food ideas to eat after gastric bypass surgery. Thanks, Jeff
  4. This is my forth day after my gastric bypass surgery. thank god it is over, i am now looking forward for the journey ahead. My stomach is a little bruised up but the surgery went well. my surgeon was happy with my pre-diet before surgery. I actually lost 17 lbs. before my surgery, unbelieveable. My surgeon said I made his job easy and everything went well. Everything that happened in the surgery was pretty much what I had expected. I am off from work to recover, thanks for everybody's support.
  5. Just 2 more days left, I am having my gastric bypass surgery on Monday, check in time at the hospital at 7:00 a.m, surgery around 9:00 a.m. I am feeling a little nervous and scared. Although I am happy with what I have accomplished so far. I have lost 10 lbs. on the protein shake diet and my lab results were excellent, I am actually the healthiest I have been in years. I have stopped all my medicines 2 weeks ago including my type II diabetes medicines and my sugar levels have been normal. I feel pretty comfortable with my health going in. I have come along way. Last year I wieghed 275 lbs. with my AC1 count at 9.6, now I am at 250lbs. my AC1 is 7.2. What really blows me away that I have been able to stay on this strict protein shake diet without cheating, I am actually getting used to it, just 1 more day left, I am ready. Thank you all for your support. Jeff
  6. guitarjeff

    1 week left to surgery

    Only 1 more week left to go for my gastric bypass surgery, I can't believe how far I have come to prepare for this. I saw my endocrinologist ( Type II Diabetes doctor) today and my lab results were excellent. I am the healthiest I have been for a long time. My A1C % is 7.2, back in Nov. 07 it was at 9.6. My cholesterol is 93, was over 240, my triglycerides is 65, was over 90 and my blood pressure is now normal range, was high. I am ready for surgery!!!! I have battled type II Diabetes for 8 years, to prepare for this surgery I lost 20 lbs. and quit drinking alcohol. I have lost 5 lbs. this past week on the protein shake diet and will probably loose another 5 lbs. through the week. I am 45 years old, 5' 10 and at 257 lbs. Last year my highest wieght was at 280 lbs. and at that point I was sick and tied of being sick and tired, my doctor put me on insulin shots for the first time to get my sugar level under control and told me I need to quit drinking alcohol, that was it, that's when I decided to do something about my health. None of this process has been easy, I have lost and gained wieght throughout my life, the worst for me was quiting alcohol, I quess I just want to live longer. I am hoping to get rid of my type II diabetes after surgery and of course drop some wieght. Thank you all for your support.
  7. guitarjeff

    Support Group in Southern California

    Hello, I am new to forum, my surgery for gastric bypass surgery is in 9 days. I am 45 from San Clemente CA . I wieghed in at 262 lbs., have type II Diabetes and sleep apnea. I joined The N.E.W Program in Irvine with Dr. Quebbemann and Justin Braverman. I am all set for surgery, Blue Cross PPO is covering 80% of my surgery at Chapman Medical Center in Anaheim CA. I have been on my pre-op protein shake diet since monday Aug. 4th. This is one of the toughest things I have had to go through, at times I have felt weak and drained, it is no fun when you have to go through this and work. The program through is giving me support and is helping me through this and have added a little of turkey jerky, 1 fruit, and lettuce,cucumber,bellpepper,celery with No calorie dressing per day. I have 9 days left until surgery, looking for a new life. If I could get rid of my diabetes it would be great!!!. Wish me luck, thanks for all the support.
  8. I have 9 more days left for surgery. I have been on the Protein shake diet since Monday Aug. 4th and I will have to say it is one of the hardest thing I have had to endure, especially when I have to work. The program I am involved in told me I am allowed 3 protein drinks and 2 health bars a day. To add to this a day I am allowed sugarfree popcycles, sugarfree jello, soup broth and celery/carrots, Thats it.The first 2 days were brutal, my body went into shock and by the 3rd day I became very weak and was forgetting things a work, I felt I was not getting enough protein so I added a little lean deli meat and low cal cottege cheese with 1 fruit and finally I feeled better. I called the program and expained to them how I was feeling, they told me that this is normal to feel this way and to not eat anymore meat just add more soup broth, that this was important for my liver to shrink so that I wouldn't have any problems in surgery with having a big liver. They also told me that if I did'nt follow the program that I could sabbotage my surgery and the surgeon would close me up and rescheldule my surgery. This sucks, I went through alot just to get here, I want my surgery to go well and get it over with, I went ahead and followed with the program. Finally I recieved a call from the head surgeon yesterday and he said some people have more muscle mass and for me, I will need more to go ahead and add turkey jerky from Costco (just the little lunch bags) 1 a day , add an apple a day and crunch on bellpepper,cucumbers,lettuce,celery and use no calorie free dressing. This will definately help!!! I can not believe I made it this far, I have lost 5 lbs. also, and I am ready for surgery. Has anybody had this kind of experience with the shake Diet? This has been a draining ordeal.
  9. guitarjeff

    ~*~August 2008 Staplers~*~

    I am new to forum. I am scheduled for Gastric Bypass surgery on August 18, 2008, at Chapman Medical Center in Orange CA. I wieghed in at 262 lbs., hope to get down to around 160-180 lbs.
  10. I start my 2 week pre-op diet tomorrow. i am scheduled for my Gastric Bypass surgery on August 18, 2008. I am concerned that I will have problems with the protein shake diet for the next 2 weeks. I am supposed to have 3 shakes per day with water and 2 health bars that I purchased from the program I am involved in. I am 45, 262 lbs. with Type II diabetes. Because I have type II diabetes I am afraid my blood sugars will drop too low and I will get weak. I am a Operator at a Water Treatment plant, my work is usually routine but when something breaks I am involved in physical work. Hos anybody have any problems on the protien shake diet? The only thing I can add to the diet is sugarfree jello and broth soups. Need all support.
  11. Hello, I will be having my gastric bypass surgery on aug. 18th 2008. I am 45, wieght at 260 and have had type II diabetes for 8 years with sleep apnea. My insurance and all my tests have been approved. I am not looking forward to the 2 week shake pre-op diet. Since I have Diabetes I am afraid of my blood sugar dropping too low on this diet, which I have had this happen a couple of times and I don't like it at all. Has anybody went through this that has had diabetes? I am scared of this surgery but the surgeons I have has a 0% mortality rate and have had alot of experience. If I could get rid of my diabetes and lose some wieght I feel this will help me alot. Looking for any support. Thanks, Jeff