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About msmarymac

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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Very discouraged with Insurance

    I agree with @TammyP; you should let the Bariatric Center go to bat for you. I know mine has an insurance specialist who contacts each plan to help the patient figure out exactly what they need to do. If you're just calling customer service you will probably never get a resolution; there is a really high turnover rate in those positions and you often can get 5 different answers from 5 different people. Or if your employer is a large one, they may have someone who can help you sort it out, if you're comfortable with getting HR involved. I wouldn't have of the most gossipy people I know works at our HR lol. Be persistent; the answers are out there it's just a matter of figuring out where. You are worth it!
  2. How did you know when to stop?

    It means literally fat (adipose) inside, usually around the middle and it's not a dietician term exclusively. It's useful in the medical world because even though a person appears to be "normal" weight they can still have the risk factors associated with fat around the middle. Similar to MONW (Metabolically Obese Normal-Weight). It's not a judgement (or at least it's not meant to be) but a clinical term to identify risk.
  3. When do you get out of the hospital

    I left in 22 hours, but I'm a sleever so don't know if it's acceptable to leave early with bypass or not. Hopefully some of our awesome bypassers will chime in Glad you're feeling good!
  4. "At goal" pics

    Your whole demeanor is different; you radiate joy and health! Congrats on a remarkable journey!
  5. I just got my surgery

    Congratulations and welcome! Many of us here have experienced the pain and shame of being overweight/obese most of our lives and I can tell you that it is glorious on the healthy side of life! I will caution you however, that you will still have to make tough food choices, primarily after the "honeymoon" ends and cravings return. Not everyone experiences the return of hunger/cravings but many do. So, while WLS is a wonderful tool, it still comes down to making smart choices every single day. Use your honeymoon period to develop new habits and to work on the "head hunger" issues that drive many of us to eat for reasons other than true physical hunger. Best to you!
  6. 2 weeks out- questions

    Yep, all normal early post-op stuff Your bloating at this point may even be related to the no bowel movement issue. Miralax takes several days to work so keep using it, but at two weeks out, you'll want to follow your program's instructions in regards to stronger laxative use. Many programs approve of Milk of Magnesia or Senna products. Other things that help are getting adequate fluid and walking. There are many "poop" threads on this forum so you know it is a consistent issue. Most eventually figure out what works for them although it may take some trial and error. Good luck!
  7. Low-protein protein shakes

    I think the almond milk (or any of the non-dairy "milks) are a good option; they really don't have much protein. I'm curious about the high protein levels though; a high level of protein in the blood generally isn't caused by diet. Is she referencing Albumin levels? Globulin? Or Total Protein (both albumin and globulin together)? Dehydration can cause an elevated albumin...but I suspect you're hydrating adequately. Hmmm, I will be interested to follow this, please keep us posted.
  8. It sounds like it's time for a heart to heart talk, at least that's what I would do. Tell him you understand if he has changed his mind and that it's OK, but you haven't and you need to know he supports you. Tell him you're concerned about the relationship going forward and that you want to make sure you have the best possible chance at success...both with surgery and with him. Keep the emphasis on improved health and feeling better. Give him a chance to express his concerns. Then carry on. I have learned over the years that you can't live your life to make everyone else happy. If you have done the prep work and have committed to progressing with a new healthy life, then go for it! You will find lots of good information and tons of support here; glad you found us and welcome!
  9. So I'm At My Goal Weight, Now What? Maintenance 101

    OK folks, time for true confessions... I came off the holidays at the top of my "OK" range, which generally triggers me to get refocused and back on plan. However this year I have let the carb thing slide too long and when I got on the scale this weekend I was 2 pounds OVER the top of my comfort range. This scares me to death; not because it's two pounds over but because I have felt really out of control cravings. Like I just can't stop craving, especially in the evenings. So...Monday I started the 5 Day Pouch Test. First day was so rough, reminded me of when I quit smoking decades ago. My brain was screaming "I WANT" at me continuously. Second day I started to feel more in control and today I am feeling confident that I can get back on track. Whew! This is the first time I've let myself reach that point and it really opened my eyes to the fact that I can never ever do that again. Those 2 pounds are off already but it really wasn't as much about that as it was getting back in control. Yikes! I also got moving more. I'd been continuing to walk but was only doing about a 2 mile route instead of my former 4 mile one (I moved and haven't quite got the new neighborhood figured out yet). My husband got our treadmill and TV set up in the office so in addition to my 2 mile route I've been walking on it while I watch the Olympics Newbies, I'd like to be able to tell you that maintenance is as easy as losing but it is not, at least not for me. I long for the honeymoon days when the "feed me demon" in my brain was silent. For me it is a choice every single day. Today I choose to be in control. Today I choose to be healthy.
  10. Systemic Candida Yeast Infection

    Oh my, I'm so glad you're seeing you're physician and are prepared to be assertive as this can be quite serious. Not to mention miserable! I don't know why, especially this late post-op, but having gastrointestinal surgery is one of the listed risk factors for systemic candidiasis. Along with diabetes (fungus loves sugar!), and many other issues that cause a weakened immune system. I hope you get answers and relief soon!
  11. Good Morning!

    Have you tried other protein shakes? Sometimes you just need a change. Also, you can add unflavored protein powder to just about anything; greek yogurt, soup. You can just add a little to everything you consume and before you know it you've met your protein goals. I remember taking a break from the sweet stuff with Unjury chicken soup flavored protein powder. It is a delicious savory option that also allows you to get liquid. It's also yummy added to cream soups. Hang in there, it gets better when you get through the early stages!
  12. Left side pains with chills

    I agree, call today. Keep us posted!
  13. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Amazing!! This looks like much more fun than actual disco parties back in the day
  14. Newbie from the UK

    Welcome and congratulations on the start of your new gloriously healthy life!
  15. Hello

    Welcome Lydia! The sleeved life is glorious, I'm so happy you're getting ready to be healthier! There is a wealth of knowledge and support here from both bypassers and sleevers; in fact the type of surgery seems to matter less than the commitment to a new lifestyle in terms of success. Nerves before surgery are completely normal, after all it's major surgery and a complete life change. Being armed with all the information you can find and a good support system helps; you can find both here!