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About Christmaspenquins

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    Dr Johnson
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Looking for buddy/mentor

    Hey Autumn> I've done 3 of my 6 nut visits, hoping to have my surgery in July or Aug. Using this time to say goodbye to my friend and comfort. I have support but they have no idea where I'm coming from. I know they feel like "why don't you just lose the weight on your own" or "just stop eating and drinking so much" but I'm doing this for me and can't expect them to understand. I try not to see myself just after surgery but a year after surgery and I'M SO EXCITED! Good luck to you on your journey. I won't have surgery until July or Aug but I can be here for support. Stay strong!
  2. July / August 2016 surgery - wanna hold hands?

    I just had my 3rd appt and the closer I get the more it becomes real. I was upset at first that I had to do 6 months of the weigh ins, but it's actually been beneficial as I have had time to debate with myself up, down and sideways about other ways to do this without the surgery and each time come back to the surgery being the only way. It's also given me time to enjoy some "last meals" and say good-bye to my "friend and comfort". Good luck in your journey and please keep me posted. I'm rooting for you!
  3. July / August 2016 surgery - wanna hold hands?

    Hello Eileen. It's scary and exciting all at once. I try in my head not to see myself right after surgery but a year after surgery AND I CAN'T WAIT! I'm curious, how did I you decide on the sleeve vs gastric bypass?
  4. July / August 2016 surgery - wanna hold hands?

    You are explaining me as well. I understand 100%. But I hear everyday from people who's only regret is they didn't do the surgery sooner. They are able to eat basically anything they want (after a few months) but only smaller portions of it. And the more weight they loose, the better they feel and the better they feel, the more apt to get out and DO STUFF and exercise and live life the way it was meant to be lived. It is scary, no doubt about that, and it is depressing that I have to have the surgery instead of doing it on I own, but having the surgery is so much braver than not doing anything (in my opinion) and if I'm really questioning my decision, I look at my youngest son who's 6 and wonder what his life would be like without me, and I know I need this to be a healthier me. Good luck to you on the 6th (3 more days!) and please keep me posted. I'm rooting for you!
  5. Hey there! You and I had a conversation back in July 2014.  Wow, I can't believe it's been that long.  I've been wanting the surgery since then and FINALLY this year I have insurance that covers the surgery.  I'm still debating between GB and sleeve but leaning heavily toward the sleeve.  I would love to conversate and ping questions and concerns off of you.  I see you haven't been on here in a while but I'm hoping you get some kind of alert with this message.

    Hope to hear from you soon

    1. WendyH


      Try sending a personal message to Jenny. When someone PMs me, a copy goes to my email as well.

    2. Christmaspenquins
  6. July / August 2016 surgery - wanna hold hands?

    Nice to meet you. Why were you against it before? Just curious. It's scary and I find myself having debates with myself about it but I've been wanting this for years and finally my insurance will cover it so I've got to go for it. I want to feel better and look better!! I'm ready I'm 45 and have 3 children. What state are you in?
  7. In Atlanta looking for a buddy/Mentor

    I'm in Atlanta with a July surgery date. I live on the south side but my surgeon is in Johns Creek. I can't seem to find a Psyc on the south side either, so I'll probably have to go north. Congrats on setting your date. I can't be a mentor, but I'll be here for support.
  8. I can check off my initial surgeon appt, nutritionist eval, blood work and I've had 2nd of 6 monthly weight loss visits and hope to be cleared for surgery the beginning of July. I was hoping to find someone close in timeline that we could perhaps journey together. Anyone?
  9. Well it's here.  Finally have insurance that will cover the surgery.  Met with my surgeon, nutritionist and all my blood tests are done.  I've had my 2nd of 6 weight loss visits.  Still need my psyc eval and upper GI and I should have a surgery date in July or Aug.  God is good and prayers are answered.  I now have to decide between the sleeve and GB.

  10. Need info on self-pay in Mexico

    Awesome information! Thank you so much. That's such a relief! I will get it done in 2016, one way or another!!
  11. Meeting with surgeon today - RNY vs Sleeve

    I have the same question. I've read that the Type 2 Diabetes remission rate is higher with RY than with the Sleeve because of the intestine re-route. That's why I'm leaning toward RY.
  12. Need info on self-pay in Mexico

    *but I've since heard good things
  13. Need info on self-pay in Mexico

    My insurance is changing for 2016 and I pray the surgery is covered, but if it's not, I'd like to know what my other options are. When I heard about people going to Mexico to have it done, I was immediately like "NO WAY!" I'd never come back! But I've heard good things, so it's peaked my interest as a Plan B. Money IS a factor, so please give all details. Thanks so much!!
  14. 18 month before and after- 150 pounds later

    I can only imagine how much better you feel. Can't wait!!
  15. There may be hope after all!

    1. Christmaspenquins


      Husbands job is changing insurances, and the word on the street is the new insurance covers GB. I don't want to get too excited until I'm totally sure, but I find that little spark of hope burning again!