Res Ipsa

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  1. My best wishes and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. We remain here to support you.
  2. Someone I know approached me on whether GERD is a comorbidity for insurance purposes. This person has a BMI of a bit over 35 and their primary medical health problem is a long-standing case of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Has anyone seen GERD accepted by a health insurer as a comorbidity to approve gastric bypass surgery?
  3. Welcome to the losers bench. We remain here to support you. John Major
  4. Welcome! I am so very sorry to hear of your problems with a lap band - but your unpleasant history with this form of weight loss surgery is not unusual. We are here to support you on your weight loss surgery journey. I have never regretted having my RNY gastric bypass.
  5. Kim, How are you doing? We all are worried and are here to support you.
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    On my way!!

    @Nana Trish I am so glad to hear that you are doing well, and I wish you a speedy and hopefully low pain recovery. Once you get through these two knee surgeries you should be able to take nice long walks (much longer than a "Trish" or two in length)! We are here to support you.
  7. Thank you for sharing the news of your post-surgery journey so far. You are doing great! By the way, there is nothing wrong with eating beef if that is what your stomach will tolerate - it is high in both protein and iron.
  8. My dumping episodes only last about 20-30 minutes, so I doubt that what you are experiencing is dumping.
  9. Be sure to let us all know how the surgery goes. I will be thinking of you today, and send you my best wishes and prayers.
  10. Yes! Be kind to your hair now, and be sure to have lots of protein (and take biotin pills) after surgery. And, hope for the best. Even if you lose hair, it should grow back after a few months or so, and being thinner, healthier and more active is well worth a loss of some hair. I look forward to welcoming you in a few days to the losers bench. By the way, how does a Boston Redhead end up in NC? Did you want to escape our wonderful winters or our wonderful drivers?
  11. You look great - I see no reason for surgery, especially given the costs and risks. By the way, I had a friend who had cold sculpting to remove excess fat and the only fat that was removed was some fat in her wallet..... We are here to support you.
  12. Great news!! Welcome to the losers bench!! A lifetime of being more healthy, slender and active lies ahead of you. We are here to support you.
  13. As I am a guy in my 50s, I may be able to provide some insight here. Guys generally are very unwilling to change, and this can make us look (from a woman's point of view) to be totally clueless and insensitive at times. Guys really like the status quo (our motto is "if it ain't broken, don't fix it"); we like to avoid talking about feelings; and we like to ignore obvious hints or suggestions that we change (because any acknowledgment of a need to change means a loss of the status quo). I am 99% sure that he sees all of your positive weight and lifestyle changes, and (in his own way and without admitting it to you) is very proud (or even jealous, although he will never admit this) of you for these changes. So if you want him to change and be more sensitive to your feelings, you best approach probably is to be very direct (in a nice way) with him about what you want, but do not expect (or ask for) drastic/immediate changes. Ask for gradual changes (e.g., please do not smoke in the house, please not bring ice cream or cookies into the house, etc.) so that the status quo changes slowly. Try to explain to him how much better you feel now that you have given up being overweight and given up smoking; try to explain to him that you want to spend the rest of your life with him, and that's why he needs to live a more healthy lifestyle. Ask him to go for walks with you if you want him to be more active. Try to avoid appeared to be bossy or to give ultimatums - guys hate these things even when we know that the wife/girlfriend is 100% right. And, be sure to tell him (if it is true) that you love him. We are here to support you.
  14. Yeah!!! The two surgeries will not be fun, but you should be so much more mobile by May or June. You may want to take some photos of your knees now, so that you can compare how they look before and after the surgeries.
  15. I have had excellent results over the past 5 years with CVS and Walgreens brand vitamins and minerals. They are not expensive, especially if you buy them on sale. Also Centrum Silver has a chewable multivitamin pill that is very easy to take. Calcium citrate (with Vitamin D) is the large pill that many people have trouble swallowing. Look for the same pills in “petite” size - CVS and Walgreens sell them - which are much easy to swallow although you will have to take a lot more of them. Or, you can split the big pills yourself with a pill splitter. Be very careful to check that your calcium pills are made of calcium citrate, as the other forms of calcium (such as calcium carbonate) are hard for your body to absorb.
  16. Your weight loss is both amazing and inspirational. It is amazing how many fun things, like dancing, one can do at a healthy weight.
  17. Welcome back! We all missed your wisdom and thoughtful postings. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2019.
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    Wow. I am so very sorry to hear of your continued troubles. You are in my very best thoughts and prayers. Continue to believe in yourself and in how wonderful your son is, and remember that it is always darkest just before the dawn. We remain here to support you.
  19. Great news! Congratulations!
  20. “You can’t go back and change the beginning. But you can start where you are and change the ending.” C.S. Lewis
  21. Here is the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's posting on the primary advantages and disadvantages of the various types of weight loss surgery: I totally agree that anyone considering weight loss surgery should research all of the types of surgery, and then make an informed decision in consultation with their physician. I have never regretted my decision to have a gastric bypass.
  22. Welcome to the losers bench! The gas should go away in a couple more days. Be sure to walk as much as you can, and also to drink lots of liquids. Although the first week or so after surgery can be s but rough, a lifetime of being more healthy, thin and active awaits you! We are here to support you.
  23. My "go to" easy dinner is to heat up a frozen raw chicken breast cordon blue - about 33 minutes in a 375 degree oven. I particularly like the ones from Barber Foods (which are sold in almost every supermarket in New England), although the other brands are tasty as well. A chicken cordon blue is just 260 calories, has 23 grams of protein, and really fills me up.
  24. You should not have rice until you reach your goal weight, as it gives you carbs with little or no protein. On the other hand, I am at my goal weight and have and enjoy rice (in moderation) several days a week.