msmarymac

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About msmarymac

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Kansas
  • Age
    56

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    285
  • Current Weight
    160
  • Goal Weight
    164
  • Surgery Date
    12/17/2014
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Your story is inspiring to so many, thank you for sharing it! This tool we have is like a rebirth isn't it? I know I feel like a completely different person and am thankful every day.
  2. This is a really old thread so you likely won't hear from the former posters. However, I'm curious why you wouldn't be honest with your surgical team so they can mitigate the risk. That's pretty significant information that, if they don't know about it could cause problems for you. Why would you put yourself at that kind of risk?!?
  3. No experiences nor opinions about that particular practice. Just information about absorption in general. Most sleevers do not have significant absorption issues because the function of the GI tract remains intact, whereas with bypass there is significantly altered function and thus can be altered absorption of any intake. This includes "calories", vitamins and supplements, and medications. I think it's likely this practice would have similar experience though these are generalizations and there are always people who are outside the "typical experience". So you really don't know for sure until it's you.
  4. Congratulations! It's not an easy solution but it is a wonderful tool to get you on the path to a new healthy life. Best to you!
  5. Depends what you're eating. Calories and restriction are completely different things. You can consume very high calorie slider foods that sabotage your weight loss but that's not an indication your restriction is faulty. Are you tracking your intake? Make sure your focus is on solid protein first, then veggies. Skip simple carbs like rice/bread/pasta until you reach maintenance and then use them carefully. Drink plenty of water between meals. Sticking to the plan yields results every time even if they are not as fast as you'd like.
  6. Hope all goes well for you! I'm in the scaredy cat club as well. Fortunately symptoms are managed with low dose ppi. Still...there's that risk long term. Sigh. Wishing you the very best oh brave one!
  7. I agree with the above...simple carbs (bread, rice, pasta) are really not advisable until maintenance and then with caution. I would also add that early out, experimenting is best done at home so if it's something that doesn't sit well you are not in agony in public. Which means checking out menu's ahead of time to see if there is something you have had before that is on plan. Grilled chicken breast and steamed veggies can be found on most menus and when chewed really well settles for many that are advanced to solid food stages. Omelets are great generally; many soups, although it sounds like you may have experienced dumping so it's important to make sure it's not one laden with hidden sugars (including lactose for many) that will cause dumping. Fajitas work well, especially if you have someone to share an order with. Skip the tortillas and just pick out the stuff you can eat. Shrimp cocktail was an early go-to for me. But I always made sure it was a food I had tried at home first.
  8. There's no doubt the first weeks are tough, and worse for some than others because we all heal differently. I am a sleever, not bypass, so my experience is likely somewhat ifferent anyway, plus I'm 5 years out so becomes more difficult to remember those early weeks. Kind of like childbirth lol. When you're in the midst of it, you wonder why in the world anyone willingly signs on for this, and then when you reap the results you're like, "well, that wasn't so bad" You have just been through major surgery and now you are without the thing that has been (at least for most of us) the main source of comfort...FOOD. I remember feeling a bit sad that I'd never be "normal" again, until I got my head straight and remembered...duh, you weren't normal, that's why you had this stinking surgery! I came to feel triumph instead, that food was losing it's power over me. But that is a process that doesn't come over night. Right now, you have to focus on healing, so it's all about protein and fluid goals. Developing some new coping skills is a good thing this first year. Be kind to yourself, heal that baby pouch and get ready to love your new life! It's not easy but it is so worth it!
  9. You can do this! Let me tell you the positives I see in this post: 1. You recognize the problem 2. Seeing new therapist 3. Back on meds 4. 3 years out and at normal BMI Boom. You CAN do this, I know because you ARE doing this. Neither the mental illness nor obesity will ever be something you can take for granted that it's "fixed", rather it will be something you manage every day and some days will be easier than others. I am sorry this is a rough patch for you, but I am so proud of the way you are managing it! You. Are. Awesome.
  10. Hello and welcome! So, did you have a revision from sleeve to RNY? With a hiatal hernia repair also? Curious because I am 5 years post-sleeve and started having GERD a couple of years ago. It's controlled with Nexium in the morning and Pepcid at night but about a year ago (I think) I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia that wasn't there at the time of my sleeve. Can't decide whether to do revision to RNY or just the hernia repair so have done nothing lol. Am always interested in others' stories.
  11. I did. It was high at a wellness event for my health insurance so I had it done with my physical and it was also high. That was last year in the 220's. Now this year the wellness event was in the 240's and I'll have it rechecked at my physical next month. I'm sure it will still be high and I will have to quit living in denial. The only thing that changed diet-wise is that my husband built a very cool smoker and I've eaten more red meat in the last year. I don't think that's the culprit though...increase started prior to that plus my serving size is so small I just can't imagine that would have that kind of impact. I told him he's going to have to start smoking chicken, and salmon. He reminded me we live in Beef Country I have to admit, that smoked Prime Rib is pretty delicious.
  12. I've stayed off BP meds but all of a sudden my cholesterol is crazy and I'm pissed! I have never had high cholesterol, even when I was obese and ate crap. 2 years ago lipid profile was perfect, now last 2 years total cholesterol has gone from 160's to 240's. "Good" cholesterol and triglycerides are still good so it's likely bad genes switching on which means meds are likely. Not happy but gene's are what they are...
  13. Yay for you! Congratulations on beginning your journey to a healthy life! You have a lot of healing to do...this is major surgery! You will feel (and hear) lots of strange things in the meantime but I'm sleeve not bypass so our experiences are probably different. What I do know is nearly universal though is that after you heal completely (6 to 8 weeks) and you start developing your new habits, it will soon become your new normal. Which is a good thing. If what was normal before was working we wouldn't have needed surgery. Welcome to the other side, life is so good!
  14. Hi there! This is a really old thread so you may not hear from the original posters, but here's my welcome from a 5 year post-op sleever. Really anything is "normal" in the first few weeks. Your journey is your own throughout this process so your won't be just like anyone else anyway, so just stay on your plan and you'll do very well. The fact that you lost 8 pounds the first week is quite remarkable, many people don't lose any or even come home a little heavier than they went in, usually from all the IV fluids you get while you're in. Sometimes when you have a big drop and you're not consuming hardly any calories your body thinks you're in a famine and are starving to death and puts on the brakes. So it conserves every single calorie it possibly can (designed to save your life in an actual famine) which causes a stall in your weight loss goals and panic in your brain. Happens to all of us, and we are convinced we are the ONE person this dang surgery doesn't work for lol. But, the good news is ...it DOES work, and if you are patient and stick with meeting your fluid and protein goals you will start to see the scale move the direction you want it to. Many people actually limit getting on the scales in the beginning because of this and because we are so easily freaked out when it's not doing what we think it should be. Hang in there. You have the tool, let it do it's job. You are well on your way to your new gloriously healthy life!
  15. Welcome! What a scary experience that must have been in August; you are so fortunate to have this chance for a do-over with your health. Although most patients are able to get off diabetes meds eventually with either surgery, gastric bypass is certainly the fastest; generally it puts most into "remission" and off meds immediately. There are many on here with that very experience and I hope some will sign in and share their stories. Most people also get off any other medication that are for ailments primarily caused by obesity (like hypertension or high cholesterol--unless of a genetic origin, can't change your genes). Your thirst is caused by high blood sugars so once that is resolved you won't experience the type of thirst you have now. However, we are given fluid intake goals of generally a minimum of 64 oz per day so we do drink a lot . Drinking before and after meals is a no-no after surgery, because we need the food to stay in the pouch or sleeve (depending on which surgery you've had) as long as possible and water tends to hurry things along. Keeping food in the pouch/sleeve awhile helps digestion/absorption and keeps us from rapidly becoming hungry again so no drinking with meals is kind of an important rule. But, you can drink lots of water any other time! The healthy diet after surgery is pretty easy to stick with, especially when you experience how wonderful life is as a healthy person of normal weight. But then, I am a fruit and veggie lover so that's never been a problem. I'm an everything lover which has always been the problem lol. But, you stick to the rule of protein first then a bit of veggie and/or fruit to satisfaction while in active weight loss, adding back some healthy carbs after reaching maintenance. I am 5 years out and eat what I think most people would consider "normal healthy". Not crazy healthy, like I have to take my own cooler full of veggies everywhere I go, but just common sense, normal healthy. The thing I've always wanted to be. It is awesome!