blameitonthegenes

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About blameitonthegenes

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  • Birthday 02/08/2017

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Age
    38

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-05
  • Start Weight
    309
  • Current Weight
    165
  • Goal Weight
    155
  • Surgery Date
    06/11/14
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Makes sense! I can definitely do that. Thanks.
  2. Glad to hear you can still have caffeine and not have it affect your blood sugar. Will keep having my regular coffee but implement the rest of the rules and see how it goes. Thanks!
  3. I have some hypoglicemia and have been trying to follow these rules: http://blog.joslin.org/2017/03/dealing-with-post-bariatric-surgery-hypoglycemia/ But it's so hard to give up caffeine!!! I know I have to quit but am still looking for someone to tell me: it's ok, go ahead and have your cup of heaven with caffeine every morning LOL
  4. I've been having very similar symptoms: a combination of anemia and almost constant hypoglicemia (even after low-carb low glycemic index meals). I found this post and am following these rules suggested by BurgundyBoy (thanks!) and it's helping: http://blog.joslin.org/2017/03/dealing-with-post-bariatric-surgery-hypoglycemia/ They are not easy to follow!
  5. Where I live, bariatric doctors don't tell you anything about not drinking with your meals. What is more, when I asked my surgeon and my nutritionist about it they din't think it had any impact. So I'm 4.5 years out and still drink with my meals. When I did some research on how to manage hypoglicemic eposodes, I found these rules: http://blog.joslin.org/2017/03/dealing-with-post-bariatric-surgery-hypoglycemia/ They include the "do not drink with your meals" rule. So here's my question: If I drink 15 to 20 minutes BEFORE a meal, is that ok? For example, if I drink my latte 15 to 20 minutes before eating my whole wheat toast with peanut butter, banana and seeds. Thanks!
  6. Thanks everyone for all the tips. I appreciate your taking the time to share. I'm in Argentina so the stuff measured in blood tests might be named differently. The value "iron" is listed under Chemical Analysis while "hematocrit, hemoglobin and red blood cells" values are listed under Hematology. Transferrin includes two values, the first is still normal and the value with the % symbol is low (concentration %). Ferritin is still normal but on the lower side of the range. Folic Acid and vitamin B12 are normal. The iron drops I've started taking are made of "hierro polimaltosato (polimaltosato férrico)" which I 've been told is the most gentle option for your stomach. Could not find out if this is the same as carbonyl and polysaccharide. What confuses me is that the instructions leaflet says it does not interact with food and can be taken with milk... I'm taking 20 drops twice a day which means I'm taking in 100 mg of elemental iron. My multivitamin (centrum woman silver forte) contains both the vitamin C that I need and some calcium. Should I take it with the iron drops or 2 hours apart? If the latter, should I take another vitamin C supplement with the iron? The RnY procedure and all bariatric surgeries are relatively new here and not as wide-spread so doctors and nutritionists are not as fimiliar with the requirements as they are in the US. I do a lot of research online but trust what's on this formum a lot. If my levels don't go up or at least stop going down in the next 45 to 60 days, I will talk to a hematoligIst to get an iron infusion. For my hypoglicemia, I have started following these rules (http://blog.joslin.org/2017/03/dealing-with-post-bariatric-surgery-hypoglycemia/): -Low carb meals with only low-glycemic index carbohydrates -Include heart healthy fats in every meal -Eat every three hours -Get adequate protein intake -Avoid consuming liquids with meals and chew slowly -Avoid alcohol and caffeine (I'm still in denial about caffeine....I love my coffee so much!) I knew my experience with RnY was too good to be true. I lost all the overweight and made it to the normal weight range, I felt much more energetic and happy than before the surgery, I had virtually no dupmping (except from bananas), my labs were perfect....it couldn't last forever. I will face each issue as it comes up but still swear by the surgery which saved my life. Thanks again.
  7. Hi everyone, I'm 4.5 years post-op and my blood work had always come back perfect until 45 days ago. It turns out my red blood cells, hemoglobin and hematocirt values were low but my iron was ok. My nutritionist told me to increase my red meet intake and I did (ate some almost every day with green leaf veggies, sea food, seeds, etc., for 30 days). When I repeated the test, the values had gone down even further and the iron was now low. I've been having some hypoglicemia in the past few months and was thinking that may have something to do with it? What do you think? I've also had two separate incidents of severe stomach pain in the early morning. Constant pain in the center of my chest and back that subsides on its own after approximately 10 minutes. My weight is still within the normal range and I excercise regularly (I do get tired more easily now though). If you have any suggestions, ideas or articles I can refer to, please share. Also do you know what the best iron supplement type is for us RNY people? Your advice will be much appreciated. Thanks.
  8. Hi, You've had a very hard time lately so take it easy on yourself. The weightgain is not good but it's understandable and you can reverse it. Do the 5 day pouch test but following the instructions to a T. Even a pinch of sugar/flour during these 5 days can ruin it. After those 5 days your cravings should be considerably reduced or gone all together. Your body starts making ketones and these supress hunger/cravings. Then continue with a very low-carb (only whole wheat carbs) diet and you should be back on track. This is the only thing that has ever worked for me, even before surgery, so I fully recommend it. Do as much physical activity as you can and take your vitamins every day. The struggle never ends for us, we must be strong and persistent. The best of luck and keep us updated.
  9. Hi, You are not alone in this. I too get hypoglycemia, sometimes 2 hours or so after eating. This is especially dangerous at night when you are not aware of the first symptoms. It does not depend much on the amount but on the quality of what I eat. Sugar and alcohol are the triggers (this includes fruits like bananas and low-fat food which is usually packed with sugar). The trick is to make sure that your meals are low-sugar and have enough fiber in them. Protein helps but it's not as important as fiber (green leaf veggies, whole wheat crackers, seeds, etc.) when it comes to managing blood sugar. Fiber slows down the process by which your intestines absorb the rest of the nutrients, for example sugar. This will prevent your pancreas from getting the cue to release tons of insulin into your blood stream to counteract the spike in blood sugar. Since I had the first few episodes, I did a lot of research. The reason why some people don't get these symptoms until a few years after surgery is because your intestines will adapt slowly after RNY. Nature is wise but when we mess with it (cut out most of the stomach and a large section of the intestines) it may work against us. The intestines will grow more of the little hairs that retain and absorb the nutrients thus becoming more efficient after some time. This also accounts for some of the weight gain (10% bounce back that most of us experience even if following the diet an exercise routine). So, we have shorter intestines but they work more efficiently than they did before surgery. The pancreas undergoes some changes as well. I am not in a position to explain these changes accurately but I know some people whose pancreas have overly adapted after RNY sometimes need to have the surgery reversed / additional surgery due to uncontrollable hypoglycemia. I hope you are doing well and managing your episodes better. As soon as you feel a little shaky and out of focus, eat something with a little sugar and plenty of fiver. I usually go for Greek yogurt which contains some sugar (you can add a teaspoon or two of sugar if yours doesn’t) and a couple of whole wheat crackers (high fiber ones) or add seeds / fiber to it. This will stop the episode before it gets too bad. The sugar will bring your blood levels back to normal and the fiber will make sure the pancreas doesn't fire another shot of insulin. Drink plenty of fluids to counteract the cold sweating that sometimes ensues. I try not to see this as a curse but as a blessing in disguise. Knowing that I may get it and how bad it feels, helps me make better food choices most of the time. Take care and stay healthy.
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  11. Thank you! It's actually slightly faded blue jeans but they do look black in the picture.
  12. Love seeing the outfits and happy faces. First time posting here...3.5 years out. Ready for a night out with girl friends. Couldn't find a way to rotate the picture.
  13. I don't come into this section often...I saw the picture and thought, oh this is her brother...then read the lablel and was shocked. You look amazing and really young!
  14. Wow, you look amazing! What a feeling being able to do so many things that you couldn't do before. Keep enjoying!