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About sprocket

  • Birthday 04/06/1975

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    Phoenix, AZ


  • Surgeon
    Ariel Lagardere Ortiz
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Just amazing. You should be very proud.
  2. There aren't any restrictions on drinking before meals according to my plan.
  3. My program says to wait 30 minutes after eating and I wait. If I drink with food it upsets my stomach and makes it feel very uncomfortable. Probably a space issue. Rarely I'll take a very small sip of water if something I am eating is too dry, but try to avoid doing so when at all possible.
  4. Style & Co. size small dress. Rockport sandals.
  5. My mother had DS in 2010 and loves it. Her pre-op weight was 320 and she's 5'7". She now weighs about 155. She chose DS after careful consideration of her lifestyle - she hadn't been able to maintain a weight loss for any real length of time, she loves to cook, and is a "foodie" type, etc. For her, the extreme malabsorption was a huge factor in her choice simply because she knew herself and felt she needed the atom bomb of WLS. In the past 5+ years she has remained successful in maintaining her loss and staying healthy as far as her blood work, etc. You do have to be especially vigilant with regard to your health due to the malabsorption component but she hasn't suffered any of the socially unacceptable outcomes. I'd say go for it if you're aware of the issues surrounding living with a DS body long-term, you've carefully considered your lifestyle, your outlook for long-term weight-loss success, and your doctor is on board. On the other hand, I was near your weight range and chose the sleeve and have been quite successful in my own right. Ultimately, Sleevalicious is correct that any of the WLS procedures will work if you can win the mental battle. Only you know, though, how strong you are and can make the best decision for you.
  6. I'm three pounds from my personal goal and have well surpassed my NUT's and surgeon's goal for me and I'm rapidly approaching my two year surgiversary in November. Not a huge length of time, but my sleeve is still working perfectly and I'm still losing weight. If you don't abuse your sleeve, and consistently practice the good habits drummed into you way back when you were preparing for WLS, you shouldn't have problems. Many people go on about how they can't lose weight after 6 months or whatever they've decided is their honeymoon period and the sleeve does relax and allow you to eat more, but it's your decision whether to increase the serving size or not. It all boils down to the choices we make.
  7. Don't eat close to bedtime. I don't eat anything after 8 pm to reduce acid. Avoid spicy and acidic foods. Sleep with your head elevated. Try a different antacid - there are many and what works for one person doesn't for another. I was prescribed omeprazole and faithfully took one each night for a year post-op. After a year, I've found I very rarely need to take one as long as I don't eat late or too much. You are very recent post-op so acid is naturally going to be an issue right now while healing and is common. That said, if the acid doesn't get under control after you've had sufficient healing time, it's likely better to look into a revision because unchecked GERD can cause a lot of health problems down the road.
  8. I don't think there is an override. At least not that I've found. MFPs magic number is 1000 when it comes to calories and giving you the projection.
  9. My NUT gave me a goal of 166 based on the average loss of patients who have the sleeve. I set my personal goal at 135. Personally, I did not go to these lengths to still have an obese/overweight BMI, so that's why I chose 135 - it's just within the normal range. Body-wise, I think, ideally, I should probably be somewhere in the low 120s or high teens based on the chub I still carry, but we'll see how it goes.
  10. Yes, it's been my experience that the red face and sweatiness disappear. Think of it like you are losing all that extra insulation. I'm often freezing instead.
  11. I totally feel you with regard to having room in chairs. I can sit in chairs now, which used to be a tight squeeze, with room for my large bag next to me on the seat and still have room to spare. Everything seems so much roomier these days wherever I go. Sometimes aggravatingly so - for instance, restaurant booths where the table used to rub up against my stomach, now the table is so far away it makes it difficult to eat. I wouldn't go back to that for anything, but it's interesting how "problems" change.
  12. It's a joke. I've had to deal with this as well. Basically you have to go back and redo your policy once you're further out.
  13. I think Wendy is spot on. How you feel about yourself is hugely important. You aren't old and several more decades of feeling uncomfortable and dissatisfied with your body seems unnecessary. $15000 doesn't seem too high a price when you consider all the factors. The implant replacement is the issue I waffle over, but it sounds like the benefits you'll receive likely outweigh the cons at this point. Sometimes choosing to do something for yourself is the hardest decision of all.
  14. Lip balm, hairbrush or comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, phone, and an iPad (or entertainment of your choice). I wore the same outfit for arrival and departure - non-restrictive is best because you'll be sore and swollen.
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