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About Rainvenezia

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  • Birthday 05/09/1979

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    Things I have accomplished since surgery:
    No more joint problems
    No more back problems
    No more acid reflex meds
    No more blood pressure meds
    No more anxiety meds
    No more migraine meds
    No more diabetic issues - A1C 5.1
    Energy back

    Things I want to do when healthy and in shape:
    _X_Rock Climb
    X_White water rafting
    __Caving/ Splunking
    X_Hike a trail longer then 5 miles
    X_Buy awesome dresses and A-line skirts
    X_Be able to run
    X_Complete P90X
    __Complete Pyio
    __Ride my bike for 25 miles (paved)
    X_Go mountain biking
    __100 sit-ups, 50 push-up (prev army 1999 could do this)
    X_Take a karate class
    __ Complete a tough mudder

    NSV -
    I can paint my toes without struggle
    I can fit on rollercoasters
    I am comfortable when someone pulls out a camera
    Can walk 5 miles without getting winded
    Confidence back
    I feel my age as apposed to 10 years older then I actually am
    My car got bigger
    Ride my bike on a mountain path for 5 miles
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  • Surgeon
    Dr Henderson
  • Hospital
    The Longstreet Clinic, Obesity Solutions
  • Height (ft-in)
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  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Rainvenezia

    mid belly adominal cramping

    Oh i am so bad with the smoking thing. I have quit several times over the last few years only to start again a few months later. My husband is a smoker and this makes it hard for me to stop for good. We've discussed quitting together but he says we cant both be in bad mood. Hes military and often leaves for missions. Ive decided (in light of recent development) that I will stop again as soon as he gets sent to his next mission. Ask him to do the same and we will be apart for the "bad moods", lol. Caffeine intake has reduced considerably as of the last few weeks but i assume the caffeine can cause ulcers. barum swollow is a good idea. Ill see what he says to that when i get my scope results. Honestly i am really hoping for an ulcer. I know that sounds bad but id rather that then surgery. Today was a better day where i had less pain. Hopefully tomorrow will be better as well. I have been watching my acidic intake and it may be helping which is a good sign. Thanks for the feedback, ill let you know the results.
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    mid belly adominal cramping

    Hi all, I have read a few posts about this but are out dated and wanted to start a new topic rather then pick up on a three year old post. A few days ago I started to experience a burning, tight cramp in my mid belly section. It started on Sunday after I had gone out Saturday night and had a few drinks with friends. Initially I thought it was gas or some type of discomfort from drinking. However, the pain continues. It is now Wednesday and I am still experiencing this discomfort. It hurts when I don't eat, it hurts when I do eat followed by gas and bloating and I am unable to eat as much as usual. It is better if i pass gas or burp. I find some relief with pepto tablets. It doesn't hurt constantly, but acidic things seem to make it worse. My stool is soft and dark. I get nauseous after eating. My immediate assumption and research shows it is a possible ulcer. I am a smoker and a coffee drinker so this seem logical to me. I went to doctor to tell him I think i might have an ulcer and i would like to get checked. He explained that it could be an ulcer but it could also be twisted, collapsed, or caved in intestines. He ordered a scope to check for the ulcer first. He said 9/10 CT scans turn up without results and doesn't want to order one unless the pain last longer or doesn't get better. He said that unfortunately i have to live with the pain until it becomes critical where they will do emergency surgery. I am hoping the scope finds an ulcer because the alternative seems scary. If they don't find an ulcer, how do i convince my doctor i don't want to wait to do a CT scan nor do I want to just deal with the pain until I become critical. How do I fix this before it gets worse? How many of you have experienced this? is there a way to avoid complications? Is there anything I can do?
  3. Rainvenezia

    Returning; Hi again

    ahhh! so many familiar faces, its good to see you guys are still here.
  4. Rainvenezia

    Returning; Hi again

    I am coming back to the site after a long inactive year. I have recently moved to a new area and there is no support here. This site was always a useful tool and offered great support. During this move, i have slipped off track. Have been living out of a suitcase for 3 months. We are finally moved into our new home and are settled. I need to get back to eating correctly and staying active. Hope to see some old faces and look forward to meeting the new people.
  5. Rainvenezia

    Tummy Tuck before and after pics.

    Well, i havent done much to lose anything over the last few weeks. Had a horrible week. still have puffiness on side and can clearly see that the right side will need to be fixed due to the corners dog earring. We will see what doc says on the 5th.
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    Tummy Tuck before and after pics.

    I will be at 7 weeks this Wednesday. the scale is reading 135. 3 weeks Pre-op I was 130 but gained a bit of weight due to quitting smoking. I was 138 when I went into surgery . My surgeon wants me to get back down to my original size of around 130 to determine if I have extra skin on the sides that needs to be removed. I go back to see him on the 5th of jan. He told me that there was about 3 pounds removed so I am aiming to get down to 127 by jan. He said I didn't need lipo; that it was majority extra skin. I definitely recommend an extended incision line to remove as much on the sides as possible. I have love handles at the moment at the end of my incisions. Its very strange to have a tight belly and then loose skin on the sides and the back area. I am trying to do everything I can to make sure there is minimal removal necessary. I am hoping, that if needed, it can be done under a local in his office. this picture was taken this morning. As yo can see the sides above my incision are still a bit puffy. Hoping some weight lose will improve that.
  7. I will have the official before and afters from the hospital in Jan but these are some shots that I took at pre-op, week 1 with tubes in and again at about 3 weeks.
  8. Rainvenezia

    Anyone have a TT Revision?

    I might have to get some puckering fixed as well. I was told it was done in the office. If I had to get more skin removed on the sides he will want me going under and laying on my belly during the procedure. I don't know what cost would be but I'm sure its not free. He said I need to give a few more weeks and in January I will have my 3 month check up and we will determine then if I need additional skin removed or fix the dog ears.
  9. Rainvenezia

    Fleur de lis anyone?

    I understand. I am the same way. now that I have had my tummy done I want to start getting other work done in other areas as well. If you are ok with the risk vrs results, it will make you happy, and you can afford it all then absolutely go for it!! I want my arms and inner thighs done. its all just dreaming though. One cut for me hubby says.
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    4 days lbl post-op ugh!

    I just passed my 6 week mark from TT. The 1st week I was itching like crazy. Once I cut pain meds back that was reduced. I didn't have a constipation problem. My butt looked flat when I was swelling badly, even in the back. I already have a flat butt and now that the swelling is gone I seem to have some shape to it, better then It was with the swelling. Ive noticed that now that I have had my tummy fixed, which was my focus point of my flaws pre-op, I now notice all other things wrong with me and want to get it all fixed as well. Belly button takes the longest to heal and I was very worried at week 3 when part of it was still healing. All looks good now. If you go throught the fear of it looking strange, just wait, it gets better.
  11. Rainvenezia

    Back to old habits already!!!

    I didn't read what anyone else wrote, I just went straight to writing so I may be repeating what others have said. I understand. In fact I've done it. The truth is you have to want to follow the plan. We can yell at you all day and give support all day, you are the only one that can make the decision to break old habits. The main challenge of this process is rebooting mentally. Changing your life style. It is not a diet, it is not temporary, it is not a food funeral that lasts only through the 1st few phases. It is a life style change. Some people do well with tracking, some people do well with post it notes on the fridge and pantry. rule of thumb is do not allow the tempting things in your house. Resist the temptation when around it at work. Do not go into a place where you know there will be temptations. Find something to do instead of eating mindlessly. Stick to your plan. And STOP revolving your life around food. Talk to your dietician on a regular basis. Go to support group. Take one day at a time if that's what works. don't look at the over all goal. make small goals and set up a reward system. I bought a new outfit at 25lbs, bought a bike at 50lbs, 75lbs went hiking. When I reached goal I got a tattoo as a reminder of the journey it took to get there. What I found useful was being open to everyone. That kept me motivated to stay on track. If I had people watching my progress, I had to be successful. I couldn't let them see me fail. And I did not want to fall into that statistic of gastric bypass failures. Find what motivates you to stay strong and one track. Reboot your mind. What makes you want to snack on empty calories? try to illuminate those temptations and replace it with something beneficial. Take a break from studying to walk to block, meditate, breath, stretch. Anything but eating empty calories. Most importantly, you are in the honeymoon phase. You most likely not see many consequences for your behavior. You need to take this time to create a healthy lifestyle and purge any habits that will hurt you once the honeymoon is over. take this time to get to your goal and learn what works for your body. Good luck. I hope you find it within yourself to step up to the challenge of creating a new life style. Know that we are always here for you to witness and support your journey. You can do this, just reach for it. We believe in you.
  12. Rainvenezia

    Finally reached my target weight at 13 months

    Has it been 13 months already? It flys by. Congrats on the accomplishment! Now to the new challenge of maintaining the weight. I love to cycle, well mountain terrain really. I try to drag the hubby with me but hes not a big fan. He'd rather walk a trail then ride a bike through one. Its very exhilarating to go fast over a rocky path thought!! LOL. You look great, best part is no more meds and being healthy
  13. Rainvenezia

    New Symptoms after 4 years

    do u by chance check ur sugar? it might be dropping too low.... what is ur BP? If you haven't already I would set up an appointment with your primary care doctor. Let us know.
  14. Rainvenezia

    Always Learning

    Yes!!! the carb cutting does work!! When hubby and I did it we both kick started a weight loss. I plan to do It again once my swelling stops. Right now I'm trying to focus on a pain med schedule. Any type of meds can really mess with your schedule. Sorry you were dealing with a respiratory infection. that's never fun. Are you counting carbs or just cutting back? Its good to aim for <100g a day. It seems like a lot but it adds up quickly.
  15. Rainvenezia

    Follow up intervals for TT

    I had a TT 16 days ago. I had the surgery the 7th on a Wednesday, went back on Friday (2 days later) to remove the gauze. the surgeon said it is expected that gastric bypass patients have tubes in longer then most people. I went back the following Friday at 1 week from previous visit to have tubes checked. Was still producing a large amount of fluids so DOC recommended keeping them in over the weekend. He wanted me to produce <25cc per tube per 24 hours. Come Monday I was still producing about 25cc per tube per 24 hour period so I called to reschedule to Wednesday. Went in this past Wednesday and had both tubes removed, was producing <15cc per tube in 24 hours. Some swelling and discomfort yesterday as it was 1st day with no tubes and out of compression garment. I am now wearing snug spanx for 2 more weeks. no more pain meds. Today will be my first unassisted outing. Will be driving and running errands. back to work on Monday for half day shifts for a week doing desk work. Then the following week back to reg full shift duty. I am a vet tech with 12 hour shifts. I go back for another follow-up on Thursday. I will continue to have appointments until about 3 months out where they will take my post op pics. Luckily I do not have to pay for each visit. I would talk to your surgeon about the cost of follow-up appointments because pre-op I wasn't thinking about the amount of visits I would have. Make sure the cost of post-op visits are covered. Over all recovery was less painful then I expected (planed for the worst pain) I stay on a schedule with meds. Was given Percocet 5mg, took 1 every 2 hours for first few days then reduced to every 4 hours. Took flexiril for muscle spasms 3xs daily and an antibiotic 3xs daily for 2 weeks. I was able to move around fine on meds. I did have my hubby follow me to the bathroom in case of complications. However I was able to sit and stand and laydown on my own. I only got up to use the bathroom for the first few days. After that I only needed hubby for first shower which I took on the 3rd day. I was doing things on my own within 4 days. I have officially disowned my scale for at least 2 months. I had to stop smoking for surgery and put on about 5lbs pre-op because of grazing to fight craving for a smoke. Put on another 5lbs or so post-op from fluids. Today my current weight is at 141; 2 weeks before surgery and before quitting smoking I was 131. I am hoping within the next 3 months, once swelling is gone and daily routine is back that I will be back to at least 130. Doctor said that about 3lbs of skin was removed, so over all goal is 128 which will officially put me at a total loss of 110lbs.