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About msmarymac

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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. That's exciting, congratulations! I never imagined how much different I would feel once that hanging skin was gone. It allowed me to feel normal and for clothes to fit better. And the X-Ray scanner at the airport quit flagging my for having something tucked under my clothes which was mortifying. Nope, just my leftover skin... Hoping the time flies by and all goes smoothly.
  2. I too experienced some Covid weight gain. I think most of America did. Stuck at home 24/7, working remotely, so not even up and moving at work like usual, more time to go search for snacks, and more of the things that make you (well me anyway) want to mindlessly graze...boredom, stress, ordering groceries online, trying new recipes. I had an added new challenge...my husband who travels for work, suddenly wasn't and his sweet tooth meant more trigger foods in the house. Which meant dessert every evening. I've kind of snapped out of it lol. Walking more which helps the stress, increased wor
  3. My sleeve surgery has been absolutely life changing for me in ways I hadn't even considered. However, it's not a "cure" for what is causing you to be overweight or obese. It is one tool to help successfully manage what most understand to be a chronic issue (obesity). You have to commit to changing eating and activity habits. And, how you cope with stress sound like it would be a huge one for you. Many of us spend years with food as our best friend, our quick fix to feel better. Life continues to throw things at us that are tough to manage so unless we develop replacement ways to deal with
  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. The stories of people losing loved ones and not being able to be with them to say goodbye are the heartbreakers, and you're living it. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.
  5. Hope all continue to be healthy and safe in your homes. It is the strangest time. In the center of the country, things are just getting bad. The meat packing industry is getting hit hard and the plant in my town is one that is hurting. My husband normally travels for work, and is home on weekends, but has now been working from home for 3 weeks. With his newly diagnosed heart problems (February) this is a relief for me to have him stop that. Although on his last flight home he was the only person in first class so all in all it may have been relatively safe lol. We have been married 2 1/2
  6. Hi Celine, Sleever here 5+ years out very happy with sleeve, maintaining weight loss. I did have to start taking a ppi (Nexium)at bedtime to control GERD about 2 years ago. Had an EGD and discovered a hiatal hernia I didn't have at the time of my sleeve. So, I could have it repaired surgically, which would probably fix the GERD. What if it didn't and I someday had to have a 3rd surgery and convert to bypass? Can't decide so since it's controlled with meds, I'm doing none of the above. I am leery of converting to bypass because I'm not sure I can handle a future without NSAIDS. I ha
  7. Hi there, It's discouraging to start gaining weight, but you're doing the right thing, which is to take control and get back on track. I've used the 5 day pouch test as a "reset" before. You can google the plan. The first 2 days are pretty rough; it's just liquids. By the 5th day though, your carb cravings are gone and more importantly your mind is reset. At least that has been my experience. Then it's back to eating what I was successful on in the beginning. Lean protein and veggies. Fruit for a sweet tooth, some dairy like greek yogurt and string cheese for snacks. Limit carbs like
  8. I think bypass has more issues with absorption of alcohol post-op, so be careful. I'm a sleever, but I still tried it out at home the first time. Even 5 years out I don't like beer, there's just too much carbonation to be comfortable in my little sleeve. I love red wine, but sometimes it flares up some heartburn which is a sleever's nightmare issue. I do like the hard selzers, or making my own with flavored vodka and LaCroix (DeepEddy Cranberry Vodka and Orange LaCroix is a fav). You do have to keep in mind the empty calories in alcohol; I don't think I had any until I was almost at goal
  9. Yay you!! First, give yourself some grace here. You have done incredible things, from the tremendous weight loss, to surviving cancer, and now navigating the apocalypse and the over-eater's worst nightmare...being stuck at home!! And here you are doing the correct thing; addressing the issue before it gets way out of hand...great job! So, I see that there are likely 2 main issues; the physical stuff (diet and activity) and the emotional stuff (anxiety, boredom, etc). When I have gotten off track it has helped me to do a radical restart like the 5 day pouch test. It really helps reset
  10. And we got the dreaded cancellation call today... He is medically stable and working from home. He does medical IT work so it's not a difficult thing to do from home. He's just depressed to have to put it off and not be able to get back to the active life he loves. Some things are beyond our control though, so we'll make the best of the situation and get on with life.
  11. My husband has a recently diagnosed heart issue and has an appointment March 30 for a procedure to relieve the 100% blocked artery. We wait in dread of the cancellation.
  12. I'm sorry, I know that is disappointing to say the least. However, I am not at all surprised. I'm not sure where you're at but it's getting very serious in much of the world and hospitals just have to focus on doing the right thing from a public health standpoint. First, it's not wise to bring in non-ill patients for elective procedures to places where very ill people are or could be. Second, hospitals just have to focus all resources on fighting this thing. I attended a county resources meeting today and our local hospital is nearly out of supplies. They are talking of enlisting the loc
  13. Wow, you've had some grand adventures! The loss of a marriage is sad but it sounds like the two of you have been able to work through things positively. Way to stay strong and live your best life! Good to see you pop back on here...I remember your name from awhile back. I don't spend as much time here as I did in the early post-op period but it does seem to help me stay on track.
  14. Oh Kim, I'm so sorry to hear you're having so much trouble. Revision is supposed to fix GERD, that's not fair! I understand "medical system fatigue" but I really think that might be worth pursuing. It's obvious something isn't right and things will continue to get worse if you can't get adequate nutrition. I hope you'll follow up with your surgeon, and even more, I hope you'll get some answers for which there is a solution. If your nutrition continues to be an issue, you may even need TPN or a feeding tube. You are literally starving You certainly are overdue for some good news, I
  15. Sleever here and can confirm that whole fruit fills you up and keeps you feeling full far longer than liquids. Which of course is the reason we are discouraged from drinking our calories. Really not just "us" though, it's good advice for everyone. You can consume a lot of calories very quickly gulping down a fancy coffee, soda, milkshake, smoothie, etc. I'll admit though, I have been having a small smoothie occasionally here lately. My husband, who works out and isn't overweight, had a heart scare recently. He has been on an ultra-high protein kick for about 5 years and even though h
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