Res Ipsa

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About Res Ipsa

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Craftsbury, VT
  • Interests
    Cooking, walking, current events, history, wine, and travel.
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  • Surgeon
    Denise Gee, MD
  • Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
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  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Welcome! We are here to support you. I have never regretted having weight loss surgery.
  2. Your body is going through a lot of change and post-surgery healing now. While it is possible that cold or room temperature drinks will continue to bother you in a few weeks/months, it is also quite likely that you (like me) will be able to enjoy liquids of all temperatures. For now, try to relax and be sure to get enough liquids (of any temperature) into your body, as dehydration can be a very serious problem after weight loss surgery. We are here to support you.
  3. Congratulations! You are a TTF superstar!
  4. Welcome! I have never regretted having my gastric bypass. We are here to support you.
  5. I am so very sorry to hear of your problems. We are here to support you. Gastric stapling surgery is not a common form of weight loss surgery; indeed, I cannot remember reading any other posts on it here at TTF. For the benefit of other people here at TTF, here is some background information on gastric stapling: Gastric stapling surgery, also called gastric banding surgery, is a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) procedure performed to limit the amount of food a person can eat. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in people for whom more conservative measures such as diet, exercise, and medication have not been effective. In gastric banding surgery, no part of the stomach is removed and the digestive process remains intact. Either staples or a band are used to separate the stomach into two parts, one of which is a very small pouch that can hold about one ounce of food. The food from this "new" stomach empties into the closed-off portion of the stomach and then resumes the normal digestive process. Over time, the pouch can expand to hold two to three ounces of food. Because the size of the stomach is reduced so dramatically, this type of procedure is referred to as a restrictive procedure.
  6. Good luck with your surgery today! Be sure to let us know how it went. Remember that the first few days after surgery can be a bit rough, but it will get a lot better. We are here to support you.
  7. Welcome to TTF and to the "losers bench." The liquid diet phase is not pleasant, but it will be over soon and then you can move on to more solid foods. We are here to support you. Some surgeons outside the US do not give their gastric bypass patients detailed information on the proper post-operation diet, so you may find this guide from one of the best hospitals in Boston to be helpful.
  8. Your "next" goal is quite simply what your only weight related goal must be from now on in your life - to maintain your weight in your goal weight range of 5-10 pounds, to not accept any weight regain that puts you above this goal weight range, to keep on taking daily vitamins and minerals pills, and to embrace the many wonderful things that you can do and enjoy now that you are no longer overweight. I find looking at old photos of myself prior to my surgery to be highly motivational. I also find staying active on TTF helpful as postings here (such as your hiking photos) keep me motivated to never accept weight regain.
  9. Great job! Be sure to continue to do what you have found to be successful as many people have found the second year of maintenance to be the toughest (as complacency can set it and with it weight gain). You are a major inspiration to us all.
  10. Res Ipsa

    Reaching out

    I also am so very sorry for all of your troubles. I echo the suggestion by @msmarymac for you to see a therapist. You may also want to see if a social worker can help you and your son get all the help that you need. Have you applied for SSDI? You certainly appear to be disabled from keeping a job. Hang in there. We are here to support you.
  11. Congratulations on your success! In the months ahead you almost certainly will face weight loss surgery challenges - such as weight loss stalks and times when you want to eat the wrong foods. At those times, I am sure that your faith in yourself and in God will help you continue on your path to a truly healthy weight and lifestyle. Remember that we are here to support you.
  12. I do not think that I wrote the quote that is described above. Sorry. But there is no doubt that weight loss surgery only changes your body; it does not change your head. Thus, to be successful in the long term you have to have a more healthy mental approach to food and eating. With respect to weight loss surgery, my two favorite quotes are: Failure is not an option. (From the movie Apollo 13). Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
  13. OK, relax. I'm a guy and you are going to be fine. My gastric bypass saved my life. It allowed me to become healthy, skinny, and active. It was the best decision of my ;life (besides marrying my wonderful wife Marion). We are here to support you.
  14. Wow, just wow. Your weight loss success is truly amazing.