Sue Dohnim

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About 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. Sue Dohnim

    Hair loss

    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.
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    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. Sue Dohnim

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    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.
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    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.
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    Do not give into cereal temptation

    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.
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    A recipe for healthy cookies or nutrition bar?

    Okay, good - I knew there was something about the proteins and heat, but couldn't remember. Thank you!
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    A recipe for healthy cookies or nutrition bar?

    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.
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    Not finishing your food

    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.
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    Help!! Am I a candidate for surgery?

    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!
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    Eating Out

    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.
  11. 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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    Besides the discomfort some people feel, it's just not good for you. As in, not at all good for you. If you're jonesin' for carbonation, do what my son calls "fizzy water" - flavored Perrier and things like that, or the sugar free flavored carbonated waters. Much better for you than the garbage in diet sodas. I just haven't tried to push the envelope in regards to carbonated things. I had a single glass of prosecco at Christmas, nursed it carefully, and had no problems, but I'm not interested in pushing it.
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Oh, lots in this last week. Trying on clothes, happy to see I don't need a 24/26, expecting a 22, but am down to 20 and, depending on who makes the clothes, 18W. Not normal 18 yet, but getting there. Need a new bra. Again. I moved the file cabinet to the new house, by myself. Today, I was up at our new house because of deliveries, but also because the builder's landscapers don't know what the heck they're doing. In the last rain, the topsoil all went downhill. I grabbed my pulaski and a rake, and put in waterbars (to divert the rainfall so as not to undermine the driveway). I did this all day. ALL DAY. Like 6-7 hours' worth of digging, raking and moving rocks and such. And didn't even think twice about it! Back to my hotshot days! I can wear my favorite Cowboys pullover and it's super comfy now, not binding at my hips.
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    Six Month Mark: Century Club

    I have lost a bit over 100 pounds - Century Club! Well, how do you like that? I wasn't even paying attention; Dr F told me about it at my six month checkup yesterday. And even better, I'm 11 pounds away from Onederland!!! B*tchin' A!!! WOOHOO!!!!! ***cartwheels** The Doc is super happy about my progress. Liver and kidney function is perfect, sugars and proteins are where they need to be, and the rate of weight loss is beautiful. Can't ask for more than that. The only stick in the mud is my persistent anemia - "you've had enough iron treatments to kill a horse," said he, and my levels still suck. However, I'm under the care of a specialist for it - they're happy with the slow upward trend. Very slow, but upward. I've put my IV iron on hiatus until the move to our new house is done. I cannot burn entire mornings right now. As soon as the move is done, I'll schedule them again. The bummer is that I told Dr F I need a referral for a doctor further north - we've built a new house about 25 miles north of our current abode, which would make the drive to downtown Austin a living hell (plus paying for parking!!) for a ten minute checkup where Dr F basically makes the sign of the cross over me and moves along. So he's bumping me to one of his partners in Round Rock. It sucks - I really like Dr F, but my drive time is already insane and I can't add to it. Ah yes, moving house - I could NOT do this at this time last year. I think I really was ill and sliding downhill last March. There is no way I could do the interminable runs up to the new town, carry stuff in the house and put it away, and so forth. I actually moved the filing cabinet by myself! That's a hell of a milestone (almost putting me back to my old self that used to move a baby grand piano by myself at my parents' house). I also put in waterbars the other day (and will put in more tomorrow) because the stupid landscapers don't know how to grade a slope, and I have to do something before a big storm system moves in this weekend; I don't want the erosion to undermine the driveway. Here again, something I could NOT have done last year in my crummy state of health. I had my first episode of insta-puking - not sure what it was I did, but holy cow did I feel awful. All that came up (sorry, TMI) was a bit of water and tiny bits of vegetable - not a full-on puke. It's like my sleeve said "Nope, just enough to be too much, get out of here." The lead-up to the puke was the worst; I thought I was going to die. So when someone tells you "You'll know when you eat too much," it's true, very very true. It's unmistakable. It's flippin' miserable. Ugh. Hair loss has slowed tremendously and it's starting to grow back in... but my hair is now limp and unhappy. Hate it. Gotta talk to my stylist about that. I can pretty much eat anything except sugar substitutes, as they make me dump. I avoid pasta and bread (indulging in one crouton in a salad here and there). The bad thing is that I discovered I can eat regular ice cream and Skinny Cow i.c. sandwiches, and they must be banned from my presence permanently. I also have learned that I can eat popcorn like no tomorrow, but HEB has these mini bags of their organic popcorn and I'll eat that. They're not that salty at all, though all microwave popcorn with the palm oil isn't all that great for anyone. I have an aversion to protein drinks, which is bad; I think I'm having problems with whey protein (sour aftertaste) so I need to get some soy or veg powder and play with that after the move. I can't have deep fried anything - I don't dump, or puke, but it sure doesn't feel good going down. I tried eating chicken strips - the chicken was of fantastic quality and very tasty, but the inherent oil/grease because of the cooking method killed it for me. Boo. It also knocks out tortilla chips with salsa and that really sucks. I don't miss a lot of other deep fried things I used to eat, but with these two, it's hard. /sadpanda I have been very lucky and blessed - I have a supportive spouse and a selective circle in the know, I had an uncomplicated surgery and recovery, and not a lot of post-operative sensitivities or issues. That said, it's still not an easy road. It's easy to slip off the wagon, and easy to skip meals when you're super busy - both of these things are bad, mmmkay? Don't be a Mr Bungle. (nothing like mixed metaphors/memes/references, eh?) But I'm not done. I have a goal once I'm in Onederland: horsemanship lessons. I always wanted to do that, and the heavier I got, the further away it seemed. Now it's so close I can taste it. Once the move is done and everyone's settled, I can look into that. I'm so very excited!! I also want to start tai-chi to help with my balance and flexibility, and our new city offers it at their community center. I'm thinking eventually I'll get into Crossfit or something, but not yet - I don't think I'm ready to put my bad knees through that yet. Thank you all for your support! See you on the board!