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Sue Dohnim

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    Austin, TX
  • Interests
    Reading, writing, gardening, scrapbooking...and I'm SOOO happy Bloom County is back!
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  • Hospital
    St David's Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr Eric Acheson

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  1. My hair started falling out about eight or so weeks after surgery. I'm not a terribly vain person, but holy cow did losing my hair bother me. It took a couple of months for it to start growing back in - same color, perhaps a little less thicker? But now I've got cowlicks on top of my original cowlicks and there have been days where my hair looks like a tribute to Trump's horrible combover. Thankfully, it's growing out and in about another month I should be able to do a whole new hairstyle and grow it out even more. But I can't tell you how many times I've had someone try and sell me that topical growth stuff. I don't see how it works to help. Biotin and other ingested stuff, sure - topical? No. It just takes time.
  2. I changed surgeons a few months ago; we moved to a community north of Austin in March, and the drive downtown was killing me (never mind parking, ugh!), so I asked to be reassigned to a different surgeon in the clinic that's in Round Rock (I'm north of RR, too, but it's a lot closer than downtown Austin!). NB: I didn't change surgeons because I didn't like him - no, I adore Dr Faulkenberry. I already drive over 100 miles a day just to get stuff done, and to add a trip to downtown Austin was more than I could stand. I love Dr Acheson, too - just as nice, and we have a great connection re football (he's a former college QB!). So I saw Dr A on June 16th. He was very happy with my progress. He nodded along with my long tale about my umpteen doctors regarding my anemia and my hypothyroidism - "as long as you're following up with it and staying on top of it, I'm not going to worry too much." Believe me, I want this other crap over and done with and stabilized so I can move on with life. He looked at my weight and smiled: "As of today's visit, your BMI [34.6] is no longer in the morbidly obese range." And: "Your weight is great - you're at 202; I bet it will feel great to be under 200 here shortly!" Yeah, baby! I've been busy with a zillion things since that day, including a blood transfusion and the beginning of a second set of ten iron infusions (yeah, I was/am walking dead anemic, have been for a long time). My son's school year ended, and I've been trying to keep him busy, including a month's camp. BUT! Today, I finally got into an endocrinologist, Dr Singh. I have to say, I love her... and, as I said to my better half, I love all my Texas doctors. I've gotten more accomplished in the 18 months we've been here than all that time in Phoenix. My docs are no-nonsense, Dr Singh included. She popped me on Synthroid immediately with samples, before she fired off my prescription to the pharmacy. Now THAT'S progress! But as of today, officially at the endocrinologist's office, I weigh 197. 197! I AM IN ONEDERLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *cartwheels*
  3. I was doing my online genealogy course last night and was playing with my wedding band, putting it on, taking it off (it's already really loose - if I shake my hand it'll fly across the room). Unconsciously I put it on my index finger and it went on easily. It blew my mind.
  4. For the first time since my son was born - six and a half years - I hit a trailhead. The motivation came earlier this week from doing a tour with my DAR chapter at the Gault Archaeological Site in Florence, TX, led by Dr Wernecke himself; it was all downhill to the dig site, so uphill on the way up. I started the tour with trepidation because I didn't want to have to stop on the way up... but I went down the hill sure-footed and in the lead, and when the talk was over, motored right back up and could have gone on a long while. I was amazed! No way could I have done that a year ago! So, after coffee this morning, I decided to take the plunge. The first marker was .6 miles out,* so a round trip would be 1.2 miles, plus about an eighth of a mile each way to the outer parking lot. It was perhaps just shy of a mile and a half from my truck and back. The way out was quite a slope, so on the way back it was uphill. Pic attached is about 1/2 way through, looking back at the trailhead. Lots of Edwards limestone and tree roots and such sticking out of the ground, so a good workout for the legs, and hilly terrain going in a general downward trajectory.I consider it a "hotshot trail", like the ones I'd hiked all those years ago in the Forest Service. NAILED IT. I could have gone on hiking forever, I was so stoked when I got back to the truck! I thought to myself, this is so empowering to be able to do this again... probably the first time I used that word - empowering - in relation to myself. And I feel great! And in a way, I feel free - I'm not bound by the train of thought saying oh my god I'm never going to make it. Now, I know I can. I'm going to get better footwear - the limestone sticking up from the ground can be treacherous - and a better butt-pack and keep extending the hike! _____ * We had a big rain at 4am, and the trail beyond the marker I turned around at was a wet, treacherous mess, so I decided to play it safe despite knowing I could hit the next marker easily. Not worth getting injured over, that's for sure.
  5. Bingo wings FTL. <_<

    1. LosingLex


      Haha I took a progress pic last night and realized I look like melting silly putty but hey, it's MY melting silly putty and I earned it! #FlyAwayWings

  6. I'm sorry you went through that. I LURVE Cheerios (my forever #1 cereal for life), but haven't touched them since surgery. I know that in the grand scheme of things they're just not worth it. I have Special K with protein with milk several times a week. It works for me, but I only have a bit more than a 1/4 cup, or I start getting that fullness feeling too fast, probably because I prefer my cereal with a bit of crunch and so I eat it before the milk is absorbed... therefore expanding in 'mah belleh.' Can't win them all, I guess.
  7. Okay, good - I knew there was something about the proteins and heat, but couldn't remember. Thank you!
  8. Someone correct me if I'm wrong... but doesn't the protein in protein powders degrade in hot foods/baking? Might want to do some research on that.
  9. Oh, I definitely have that sensor in the pouch. I know when I'm done. I'll actually say aloud, "I have to stop," because I'm getting that warning. That said, "done" changes from day to day. Sometimes I can eat quite a lot; some days it's just enough to keep me fueled. Either way, there's a definite limit and I've learned to listen.
  10. You certainly have compelling reasons to consider it. Look into the clinics in your area that do the surgeries, and attend one or more informational seminars. That'll give you a better idea of what surgery may be appropriate. I personally was not comfortable with an out of country clinic, but there are several here that swear by their experiences. But I made sure I was danged comfortable with the doctor and the process before committing. However, before you jump into any gastric surgery, do your research. There are LOTS of websites, LOTS of books you should read. And you need to ask yourself if you're willing to change your ways and commit to a new way of eating and a new relationship with food. It's not a quick fix or cure. Once you've done all that, make sure you're comfortable with the doctor's office before setting a date. There's nothing worse than not being comfortable with a doctor or the staff while going through what is an intimidating, serious, and consequential process. Good luck!
  11. Bloom County is back?


    Wow. I still have my copy of Billy and the Boingers Bootleg with the 45 of "I'm a Boingers" and "U Stink but I [heart] U" inside. Copyright 1987. It's actually in really good shape. Ack!

    1. Sue Dohnim

      Sue Dohnim

      Where've you been? BC's been back for awhile now. It's awesome.

    2. WendyH


      Where have I been? Working way too many hours and tending to six children. I bought a book to read on my last maternity leave almost three years ago. It's still sitting unopened on a shelf.

    3. Sue Dohnim
  12. You have to adapt or you'll lose all the progress you've made. Because I drive my son to several therapies not close to the house, and he needs to eat afterwards or he's a mess, I've learned to adapt. He loves Mexican, so I go to the better places in the vicinity and get fajitas... but no flour tortillas. I request that the bell peppers be cut wider before they're sauteed and use those as my stacking vehicle - pepper, meat, cheese, beans, a touch of lettuce maybe. I bring the rest home for my husband. Or if he wants pizza, I go to the better joint in the neighborhood, and get a caesar salad with the grilled chicken on the side, using the chicken as my stacker: chicken first, a small piece of lettuce, and shaved Parmesan. It also helps to control the intake of dressing. But no bread, fries, pizza, etc. It's just not worth it.
  13. This is what caught my eye in your post. I don't think it's so much head hunger; I suspect you need to eat more. You're burning calories out the wazoo and your body is crying for healing food. Stick to the protein-heavy stuff - which you need with this more intense exercise anyway - so as previously advised, toss a snack into your routine (hard boiled eggs, cheese, etc. ), and give yourself more for breakfast than a shake. See if that helps.
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