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About Michael_A

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    I'm an IT guy, so gadgets and electronics to a certain extent. I play the piano. I'm raising 5 kids, ages 3 yo to 13 yo.
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    Gastric Bypass
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  1. Michael_A

    Old posts

    Excellent point.
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    Going to be a looooong week

    Are they telling you that you can't have surgery, ever, if your liver is too big? I was on like, 8 weeks of liquids lol getting my liver down to size. Had 5 ultrasounds over 7 months.
  3. Michael_A

    Interesting advice

    Took the words out of my mouth... :-)
  4. Michael_A

    Old posts

    I have seen this stated from several folks who come on the board infrequently now. This doesn't keep me away, but you are correct in that having been on this board for around 3 years now, I feel like every question asked has been asked and answered many times already. This doesn't really bother me, because I know that I am a researcher by nature and had read through this board for a couple months before joining, and had a pretty good grasp of the WLS basics. Also I do think you're right in that most people get into a good groove once they are post-op for a while and figure things out, and no longer feel the need for daily support or interaction.
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    New to this, and a little lost

    Ok, that makes more sense now about your PCP. Regarding your desires for numbers, I get it. But compared to bypass, the sleeve is still new enough that those long-term numbers aren't there. I will say this though, this forum, I believe, is probably made up now of about half sleeve and half bypass. The VSG is rapidly becoming the WLS of choice among folks that don't have any specific issues, or co-morbiditites, that would make gastric bypass more appropriate from them. Just give it a bit and I'm sure you will get plenty of responses from other sleevers here. I know many of them are several years out post-op and are very successful. I think what @Gretta said is absolutely right- it's less the specific surgery, and more the head issues, that will determine your future success. I encourage you to read through this forum and all the posts here and you will learn a lot, quickly.. I believe this group of people here. more than any other I found when I was looking for a support forum, definitely preach the "tough love" when you need it and speak the truth to you/us about "real" life in the trenches of the WLS lifestyle.
  6. Michael_A

    New to this, and a little lost

    Ha ha loads of it. And it's all free, so take it for what it's worth :-) 1. Do not let yourself feel pressured into jumping into a specific decision. Like most things in life, YOU must be your own best advocate. Take the time that you need to research your options and feel comfortable with your decision. 2. Do not even consider the Lap band. That is all. 3. Seriously, you should consider finding a new PCP. If you truly are considering WLS and want to go that path, then you simply MUST have a PCP who is onboard with your decision, and excited for you and supports you. My PCP of 20+ years was so enthusiastic when I sheepishly asked him what he thought of me getting WLS. It was so liberating! Then he retired while I was in the middle of pursuing it, and the new guy was equally as supportive, and he was genuinely happy for me post-op. I believe you really need this kind of support post-op from your primary medical provider. 4. In a short nutshell, my take on the differences between Sleeve and Bypass... Statistically, will lose more, and faster with bypass. Sleeve will definitely compound your existing acid reflux/GERD issues (if you have them), and quite possibly give you those issues if you don't. Bypass will require a more rigorous vitamin regimen, for life. It's quite doable though- some in the morning, some in the evening, some chews in the mid-day. You won't die if you miss a dose or get it wrong early out. Bypass requires that you pay closer attention to not drinking 30 minutes before or after a meal, or during a meal. Bypass removes the valve that your stomach uses to let liquid pass through the stomach but not food. Sleeve does not have this issue since the stomach itself is left intact, just a large part of it removed. Then the remainder gets rolled up like a waffle cone :-) You will no longer be able to take NSAIDs like ibuprofen after bypass. This is generally not an issue with sleeve. Alcohol will hit you a lot harder with bypass. Gastric bypass will usually, almost instantly, normalize your blood sugar and take away your Type 2 diabetes. It's the main reason I went with bypass. Whichever way you go, I will just add that first and foremost, you should be committed mentally to the new eating style that you will need to adopt post-op. The surgery is only a tool, and like any tool, it can mis-used, or not used at all. It is not a magic bullet and you can only hope to get out of the surgery what you put into it. But this whole forum is a testament to the many many people that have proven that WLS surgery combined with determination and a strong desire to shed the fat, will see you successfully on your way. Congrats on your decision and don't forget we are all here to help you :-)
  7. Michael_A

    Need for painkillers after weight loss??

    My surgeon says that a type of NSAID called a Cox-2 inhibitor (https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/cox-2-inhibitors.html) brand names like Celebrex and Vioxx, are acceptable for her patients if my PCP signs off on it. Maybe something you could research if you still find yourself needing the relief that NSAIDs seem to be so good at.
  8. Michael_A

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    I am so happy for you! It's a very small group that gets to enjoy the amazing life changes of losing 200 lbs. Much respect to you.
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    Day 4 of 2 week liquid diet

    Good for you for pushing through this with a seemingly good attitude. I was on liquids for at least 6 weeks, and was also on diabetes meds during that time. My meds also got cut in half, which was awesome. My sugars were decent for the first time in a long time. Keep your eyes on the prize and this time will soon be a distant memory :-)
  10. How many other WLS patients had this experience- where you lived off ibuprofen pre-op, but didn't need it any more as you lost weight? Giving up ibuprofen was a huge concern for me pre-op. I took ibuprofen daily for headaches, and random aches and pains. 100 lbs later, I'm now convinced that most of those headaches and the aches and pains were caused by being obese. I've not needed a pain killer since surgery, and I've had one single headache since then, 5 months ago. The lessening need for ibuprofen actually started earlier than my surgery date because I had lost quite a bit of weight by then already. But living like I live now, not taking any prescription drugs and having normal blood sugars and blood pressure, I'm positive that my need for the pain killers was caused by all the conditions I had (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea) and the drugs to treat them (total of 7, all of which I'm now off). Anyways, in my fear of having to give up ibuprofen, I had never considered that most of my need for painkillers was because I was so fat. I am curious to know if other folks had the same experience.
  11. Michael_A

    Cheat days

    I agree with the other folks here, sounds like you've found something that really works for you! But at the same time, @Stephtay's mantra of "what you eat today, you'll crave tomorrow" has very much shown itself true in my own life. If I eat a bunch of cookies or whatever, it's all I'm thinking about the next day. I do have small snacks or treats now and then but they usually have to be small-ish if I want the cravings or desire to not be on my radar later. Congrats on your weight loss!!
  12. Michael_A

    4 mos out, eyes still bigger than stomach

    You are correct. Apparently I can't count when I'm full...
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    4 mos out, eyes still bigger than stomach

    Well it's certainly not like that with everything for me! There's plenty of things now that I just can't eat at all unless it's from a dish that I know the size of. Several of my favorites early out, I could probably eat 10 or 12 oz of something if I wanted to. Broccoli, roasted radishes, soft pot-roast style beef, roasted carrots, things like that are really good for me now because they do give me lots of restriction. If I don't drink right away, then the fullness I get from those kinds of foods will last me for hours.
  14. I'm coming up on 4 months out. That itself seems strange to me because it feels like it's been so much longer. I lost most of my weight pre-op and was "at goal" about 6 weeks ago. My eyes are still bigger than my stomach though. I am getting better it, no doubt. But when I'm preparing a plate at home (like today, for Easter lunch), I am still surprised at my before and after feelings. Before: this amount looks appropriate, and looks so good!!! After: Ugh, no way I can eat the 1/3 remaining on the plate, and just looking at the rest makes me sick! I'm sure many of you can relate :-)