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About Jabsie

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Namir Katkhouda
  • Hospital
    USC - Keck Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Hello TT Community. It's been a while since I've been here but with all the time at home we're having it seemed like the perfect opportunity to reconnect. To put it plainly, I'm struggling. I got to my goal weight in about 8/9 months post op and kept within 5 lbs of it for a couple of years. Over the last few years I regained about 50 lbs and it bothers me A LOT. There are a number of factors I can point to for which I haven't coped well where my maintenance is concerned. They include things like entering meno, my Dad dying, and starting a new job that demands a lot more of my time. I use
  2. I was not ashamed of having surgery so I wasn't willing to lie about it to anyone, however, I wanted privacy. There's a difference between privacy and secrecy so here's how I chose handle it: I went to my employer shortly before my surgery to request the time off recommended by my surgeon for recovery. I explained that I was having a routine surgical procedure and explained what/how long my physical limitations would be afterward. When pressed for more information regarding the type of surgery, I expressed gratitude for their concerns and assured them the procedure was not life-threatenin
  3. Hair loss is a total drag. I'm sorry you're experiencing it. It may end of being one of those things you just have to wait out. It will not last and your hair will grow back. A couple of suggestions in the interim are to try not to keep hair pulled back in tight ponytails or buns, or at least alternate with hair-down styles from day to day. Pulling on the root can contribute to hair loss or breakage. Changing over to shorter styles or at least taking a few inches off, may also help. Some feel that taking biotin and keeping their protein up helps. Hang in there!
  4. "Treat your body like it belongs to someone you love." I love this, thank you!
  5. I think you should wait until your doc gives you the ok. I would imagine that they will either use the data from your machine if you have one that does this or ask you to do another sleep study or have your loved ones observe you while you sleep without it. My hubby has tried a ton of different devices, none of which worked. The only thing that does is the cpap and has refused to wear it for the same reasons I suspect you hate it. He has a number of other health issues that are impacted by weight too so his doc has recommended WLS. Despite my success with it, his fear of surgery is preventing
  6. I get much colder now than I did before WLS even in the LA "winter" where I live. My husband is from north east Canada and has pretty much worn shorts year round. The battles over the thermostat have escalated to epic proportions ;-)
  7. Man-o-man can I relate! I was going to post on this very topic today :-) My entire life I felt like I could eat a TON of food at one sitting. My hubby is 6'4" and a big guy and I could eat the same amount as him easily. Post op was the first time I ever felt limited by how much I could eat and the first time I ever experienced what it was like to not have the desire to eat as a constant companion. I lost most of my weight within 9 months of my surgery and got to goal by month 10, 119 lbs total. In the past year I regained about 35. My self talk has been so very similar to yours yet the f
  8. Kim - I totally understand why you feel conflicted. As you and others have noted, the RNY isn't WLS, it's GERD surgery. If you had gallstones, you probably wouldn't feel the same way about having your gallbladder removed. Perhaps looking at it through that lens might help reconcile some of your feelings. You are already WL success story without the RNY.....and an inspiration to the rest of us :-) Good luck with your procedure. I'm sure everything will go smoothly.
  9. All humans have inherent biases, and Dr.'S are no exception. It's unfortunate that any physician would give professional advice about a topic for which they are not a specialist. The data doesn't lie and currently there is no treatment more effective for reversing morbid obesity than WLS. It's 5 times more successful at long term weight loss than any other known treatment. Also, complications and related death rates reduced dramatically once surgeons started utilizing the laparoscopic method.
  10. That's such a great story, thank you for sharing it! It's crazy, probably my biggest NSV is the same type of thing. Rarely was I more painfully reminded of just how big I was than when flying. I have to travel a lot for my career and I always dreaded being on the plane. Not because I am afraid to fly but because there was always the risk of the seatbelt not fitting, I'd be stuck in the middle seat, the seats were especially narrow, etc... There was one time when I couldn't close the seatbelt and hid the fact from the attendant just so I wouldn't have to ask for the extender. My hips were
  11. I love this update so much. I have struggled with some regain recently and I really really need to read this today. Thank you and keep them coming!
  12. What a great post! Your husband is a sweet guy :-) The moment that comes to mind like that for me is being on my first flight post op. I regularly have to travel for work and had always dreaded being squeezed into the airplane seats. The seatbelt never fit comfortably and in some cases, not at all. Being able to sit comfortably and have slack on the seatbelt blew my mind. I remember taking a picture of it and thinking that this small thing was going to make a huge difference. Keep these stories coming, I love them!
  13. That sounds awesome! Always nice to get feedback like that :-)
  14. Jabsie


    Hi Everyone! It's been a while so I wanted to check back in and reconnect with my peeps Never thought it would happen but it did. I got comfortable, over confident, and took my eyes off the road......then BAM! regain. About 6 months ago, the demands of my career increased dramatically and I let it divert my attention away from what should have been my highest priority, my health. My weight had been stable up until that point but I regained about 25 lbs at what felt like break neck speed. There's no mystery as to what I need to do. I know what works, I just need to do it. Posting here is p
  15. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I am so very sorry about your loss. Please know that I'm thinking good thoughts for you.
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