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Res Ipsa

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    Craftsbury, VT
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    Cooking, walking, current events, history, wine, and travel.
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  • Surgeon
    Denise Gee, MD
  • Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Relax. You can do this. If you stay at 600 pounds, you will die a young death, so that is not an option. Your only chance at a long life is weight loss surgery. While a gastric bypass is an option, a duodenal switch surgery is the usual option for people who have so much weight to lose. We are here to support you. You can do it, but delay is not a viable option. I had my weight loss surgery many years ago and my only regret is that I did not have it sooner.
  2. I'm not a fan of the new format - but the format is really quite irrelevant as compared to the importance of continuing TTF.
  3. Another chewable multivitamin option is Centrum Silver chewable multivitamins (or the equivalent ones available at CVS). I have been taking them since my surgery many years ago with great results. Note that these multivitamins do not have iron, and you will still need to take calcium citrate (and probably vitamin D) separately.
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    Some lean protein food ideas: greek style nonfat yoghurt, sliced deli meat (such as turkey breast, ham or roast beef), Jello no sugar added instant pudding (made with nonfat milk - not the pre-made cups), ground beef made into taco meat or Sloppy Joe (but be careful not to add sugar), frozen chicken breasts cordon blue (my go to dinner since my surgery many years ago), or Premier Protein premixed shakes. By the way, you said that you do not like cheese, but as a Vermonter I still must recommend Extra Sharp Cabot Cheddar (yummy!)
  5. Being able to realize what is going wrong, and sharing that knowledge with others, are important and necessary steps towards recovery and reversing your problems. You should be proud of yourself for doing this. Also remember that even though you have regained much of your excess weight, you still have your sleeve inside you which is a powerful weight loss tool. While I am not a physician, it seems to me that your next steps are to have therapy to deal with your current emotional state and with using food as a way to deal with your problems. An unhealthy relationship with food is the wa
  6. Welcome! We are here to inform and support you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  7. In terms of drinking water, I suggest that you try putting some lime or lemon juice in the water. You can also try drinking iced tea (without sugar of course). Also try drinking bottles of Vitamin Water Zero (I like the orange and the lemonade flavors best - be sure to get the ones with zero calories) or the Bai drinks (the one's without carbonation) - one or both of these brands should be available at a large supermarket. As you are still in your weight loss post op period, I would not worry too much about a lack of hunger. Just take advantage of it to speed your way to your goal weig
  8. There is nothing to forgive. You are an inspiration to us all. Now you our going through some tough times. We are here to help. You know what to do. I clearly remember meeting you and your wonderful husband a few years ago in Boston. You two are strong and can work this out. We are here to support you.
  9. Welcome back! I am sorry to hear of your recent problems. We are here to support you. Malnutrition after a gastric bypass is a risk, although I have no nutritional problems so far by taking my vitamins and mineral pills every day, and by eating a balanced diet based on lean protein and vegetables. For people (like me) who do not know what SIBO is, here is a summary of it that I found on line: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a serious condition affecting the small intestine. It occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in
  10. Patients with a VSG should have the same post op diet as people with a gastric bypass. Thus, this guide from one of the best hospitals in Boston should be helpful to you: https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/-/media/Brochures/TuftsMC/Patient-Care-Services/Departments-and-Services/Weight-and-Wellness-Center/GBP-Diet-Manual12611.ashx?la=en&hash=29F5FC8CE082A84BBD66A46335C50C23B8042A29 We are here to support you.
  11. As a person who travels a lot, I always think of extra weight in terms of heavy suitcases (which weight about 38-44 pound each). So Tracy, when you lost 150 pounds, you no longer had to carry about 4 heavy suitcases every single moment of your life (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). You are a true inspiration to us all.
  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You truly are an inspiration to us all.
  13. Very early on I had dumping from drinking milk (due to lactose), but I got over that by the third month after my gastric bypass surgery. Since then my dumping has been the same - I dump only if I eat moderate to large amounts of high sugar foods that are also high in fat (such as a bowl of ice cream or a plate of birthday cake with ice cream). As I try hard avoid such foods, I only dump one every 9 months or so (when I get sloppy and eat something that I should have avoided). Although deep fat fried foods (such as donuts, french fries or deep fat fried fish) do not make me dump, eating
  14. No - losing 148 pounds is not "pretty awesome", it is very very awesome! (Or as a Bostonian would say, "wicked awesome").
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