marciewoo

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About marciewoo

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 09/25/1975

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Tampa Bay
  • Age
    39

Information

  • Surgeon
    David Echevarria, M.D
  • Hospital
    St. Johns Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-05
  • Start Weight
    283
  • Current Weight
    180
  • Goal Weight
    145
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    30
  • Surgery Date
    12/19/2013
  1. After I see my surgeon next month, I will make the decision on seen a separate gastro doctor. I am at 174 right now. I have had a headache for 5 weeks now, so I have been concentrating on that. Food intake is low because of I am almost afraid to eat. I know that achy feeling you are talking about. My husband is always on me about eating.
  2. Grapey, Glad you are feeling better. I am with you about still making this choice for a better life. And yes, It is starting over. The binder did not work for me. I think it made it worse. The healing from the surgery was, to me, a lot harder than the original surgery. Luckily, my youngest is 5 and my husband took over for a month. I still had to do finals, but he took care of the rest. My professors were so awesome during that time and worked with me so that I could get everything done. Lynne, I am also having that problem. My primary doc thought it was dumping syndrome. I told him I was having episodes in the middle of the night and that I had passed out on 4 different occasions in a month. I did that horrible fasting glucose test. 4 hours long. The solution made me sick. I started dumping almost immediately and then hour later. The lab techs were freaked out over how I looked after drinking the solution. At 2 hours, my blood glucose was at 44. 3 hours 51, 4 hours 65. I am now hypoglycemic. So I have to test myself 4 times a day, and watch what I eat even more. I am looking into gluten intolerance because of how I feel when I have anything with gluten. With everything that has happened since D-day, I still feel like I made the right choice. It has made me look at food in a different way. My husband makes sure that I eat, because there are so many times were eating is a chore. KIND bars are always in my purse. They have a low glycemic index, and so far do not bother me. Protein shakes in almond milk are still the go to for me. Dairy makes me sick. I had cheese about 2 hours ago and I still feel it. I see my surgeon in 2 weeks, and I have a list for him. My primary dr is awesome. I have a feeling he is going to send me to an endocrinologist soon. He is worried about my glucose levels. Other then that, I am okay. It is hard getting used to what my body can take.
  3. I was just diagnosed this week. I did the fasting test, which was horrible. My blood sugar count was at 44 after two hours. This was a concern for my dr. So now I have to watch what I am eating even more! Sugar crashes are the worst. I have passed out 4 times in the last month. I am getting concerned about this.
  4. So I had a revision on my gastric bypass because of ulcers. They also fixed the hiatal hernia. I had surgery on April 15. I am still sore and having to take it slow. Anyone else experience this?
  5. I am doing good. No ulcer pain. I am 3 weeks out now. I am still trying to overdo it, which kicks me in the butt. I just want to be healed and done. My husband keeps telling me to slow down. My dr was great. He did everything by hand, which we were told has a longer healing process. Every dr knows my dr and says he is the best. I wish I would of had him originally. Prayers to you. I hope it will make you feel better. Take it slow afterwards.
  6. I know with my last endoscopy, they found more ulcers. They could not get the scope all the way around to count. I am hoping that when I have my surgery follow up, they can tell me everything that they found. Again, you are in my prayers. I was on a liquid diet to keep anything down before surgery. It hurts to eat, and it hurts not to eat. It really stinks.
  7. Lynne, I have been home since Friday. The revision went without a hitch. While in recovery, right after surgery, my husband said that I had a problem getting my pain level under control and that my stats were falling. I do not remember any of this. This surgery is different from the original gastric bypass. I feel more out of it. I hurt, but I do not want to take my pain meds because of fear of running out. But the pain is real. I can not get comfortable at all. I take ambien at night to sleep, but the pain is waking me up. If I sit still, I am okay. But with 3 kids and school to finish up, that is impossible. My belly, of course is swollen from the surgery. But I no longer have ulcer pain. Surgery pain, yes. I see my Primary doctor tomorrow, so I will see what he has to say about this. I just want normalcy again. Lynne, you are in my prayers, and I will keep you updated. Hopefully next week, I will be completely different. I personally feel that I should have stayed in the hospital a little longer, but I just wanted to get home for my family. Oh, an yes, hypoglycemic, problems with all B vitamins and iron. I was also anemic. Hopefully with the revision, that goes away.
  8. Lynne, The surgeon says that is have a 5% chance of recurrence. This is not my original surgeon. My original surgeon did not want to really help with my situation. According to my latest endoscopy, my ulcers are old, so they are not healing, even with all the meds that I am taking for them. They are also going into my small intestine. Also my pouch was made too long, which he is thinking is causing most of the problems. Kind of freaking out over this, but I am praying this is going to help.
  9. I have been dealing with an ulcer that has not recovered since April 2014. It has become larger and now has friends in my small intestine right at the Anastomosis line. I also have a hiatal hernia that doubled in size in two months. My original surgeon did not want to do anything. He told me to get a second opinion, which I did. That led to two more endoscopies in two months. My new doctor is concerned because I have taken all the medication there is out there to try to heal the ulcer. None of it has worked. They fell that I am not having sufficient blood flow to that area. It has been a long year for me. I am finally having the revision done on April 15. My pouch was made too long, which to them is causing more acid. So my new pouch will be smaller, and they are taking about 5 feet of my small intestine out. I am a nervous wreck about this, but I am done with the constant pain. My ulcer has never healed. When I bled out (serious vomiting of blood), my original surgeon should have done something then. But he didn't. You just have to keep pushing the issue. We know our bodies.
  10. Hello everyone. It has been a long time since my last visit to Thinner Times. So I will get right to it. I had been going pretty well. In February I had to have my gall bladder removed. In April, I had to be admitted to the hospital for a perforated ulcer, which was located on the bypass line. I had to stay in the hospital a little longer because of the amount of blood that I lost. My surgeon seemed baffled by this. He is not much of a talker. I hurt my knee in may from exercise, found out that years of being over weight has made my cartilage go bye-bye. In August, I started having problems with my stomach again. I am now anemic, which had never been a problem ever in my life. I have been in constant pain, 24/7 since November. I saw yet another GI doctor, who ordered an endoscopy. I have Gastrojejunal Anastomosis Ulcers. The ulcers are not healing, even with Carafate, Protonix, and Zantac. The medication is not working. His recommendation is a revision to get rid of the ulcers completely. I see my surgeon in Wednesday. My question.. Has anyone gone through this? I am is pain and the only thing that does not kill me is water, protein shakes made with almond milk, saltines, a certain soups. I am miserable. What happens with a revision, and what is the recovery time? Any advice will be so much appreciated, because I am nervous and scared, which makes my stomach hurt even more.
  11. Hello everyone. It has been a long time since my last visit to Thinner Times. So I will get right to it. I had been going pretty well. In February I had to have my gall bladder removed. In April, I had to be admitted to the hospital for a perforated ulcer, which was located on the bypass line. I had to stay in the hospital a little longer because of the amount of blood that I lost. My surgeon seemed baffled by this. He is not much of a talker. I hurt my knee in may from exercise, found out that years of being over weight has made my cartilage go bye-bye. In August, I started having problems with my stomach again. I am now anemic, which had never been a problem ever in my life. I have been in constant pain, 24/7 since November. I saw yet another GI doctor, who ordered an endoscopy. I have Gastrojejunal Anastomosis Ulcers. The ulcers are not healing, even with Carafate, Protonix, and Zantac. The medication is not working. His recommendation is a revision to get rid of the ulcers completely. I see my surgeon in Wednesday. My question.. Has anyone gone through this? I am is pain and the only thing that does not kill me is water, protein shakes made with almond milk, saltines, a certain soups. I am miserable. What happens with a revision, and what is the recovery time? Any advice will be so much appreciated, because I am nervous and scared, which makes my stomach hurt even more.
  12. So my journey has been full of surprises. Gall bladder, bleeding ulcer, and now a possible torn meniscus. I find out the results on Tuesday. All I know is my knee is killing me. I have had to stop riding my bike and stop taking my long walks. I have been extremely depressed over this. I keep asking myself, "what's next?" My weight loss has been slow, I accepted that. I ask my dr if my knee problem could have started with the extra weight. We both think that it is an old injury that just got worse. I just want it fixed, because I miss my activity. I even took my FitBit off because my numbers were depressing me even more. Anyone dealt with this?
  13. My hair is thick and it was almost to the middle of my back. I had it cut because I would freak out over losing my hair. Two weeks ago, I went even shorter because my face has thinned out so much, I could finally pull off short hair!
  14. I just got out of the hospital yesterday. I went in to the ER last Thursday because I was vomiting blood. Not a little blood.. Imagine the Exorcist. My blood count went down to 8.0 and it took 4 days for it to stabilize at 9.8. They did an EGD and found a huge gastric ulcer located at the seam where my pouch and small intestine meet.They put in two clips to close it up. Anyone else have something similar? I am now on ulcer medication, plus I have to take a stomach coating medicine before each meal. So far, I can really only handle soup. I feel like I am having a set back, so I am kinda depressed. Any thoughts please..
  15. I am so happy I am not the only one. I hit 229 1/2 last week, and I weighed in today a pound heavier. I have picked up my workouts and watching all my intake. My hubby thinks it is muscle, but so depressing.