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About athenarose

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  • Birthday July 24

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
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    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Welcome! It took me a good couple months before I wasn't absolutely exhausted all the time. Even then, I found that after strenuous workouts, I'd still often come home and nap for an hour or two. I'd encourage you to try to get in your protein and be diligent about your vitamins as slacking on those made my fatigue worse. Other than the exhaustion, I hope you're healing up ok.
  2. Fwiw, a lot of antidepressants aren't that expensive, even if your insurance is awful. Because many have been around a while, there are generic forms which typically work as well as name brands. One of my kiddos just started the generic form of Prozac (which has been incredible for her) and her prescription is 13 cents for a month's supply (she has pretty good insurance, but even the cash cost is pretty low). My OTC St. John's Wort tincture is $15 for a bottle that lasts maybe ten days. I wish I could still take generic Zoloft (post op it started making me horrendously nauseous). It would be so much cheaper than my OTC alternative. And if you have a good doctor, they'll prescribe you what you need, taking care to be mindful of bad reactions and side effects. Good doctors want their patients to feel better and will facilitate that. The other thing I wanted to mention is that possibly your serotonin might be down if you're sticking to your post-op diet because your carb intake has significantly decreased. If your system is used to getting a boost from carbs, sugar, etc, that might also contribute to your feeling depressed. Once you're cleared for exercise, getting in some daily walking (or whatever form of exercise you prefer) might also help lift your moods. But if you need meds, there's no shame in that. Do what you have to do to take care of your mind & body so you can make the most of your new pouch and this opportunity.
  3. Welcome! Yep, I definitely heard my fair share of those comments. My solution was to keep my surgery pretty private and not tell many people. Also, keep in mind that the "normal" in our society is overweight. So to a lot of people you look "normal" and if you need surgery, then it opens up a can of worms about whether *they* might qualify for surgery too. Unfortunately, you're just getting practice right now- be prepared for tons of comments post-op about how you're wasting away, need to stop losing weight, too skinny, etc. Learning how to tune everyone out, smile and nod, and shut down discussions is really your best bet. And congrats! Your life is about to change so much. It won't always be easy, but it'll be worth it. WLS was the best decision I ever made and I hope you have the same experience.
  4. I've had that same issue with pressure too. It happens less frequently as I get further out from surgery. Have you tried soft, no wire bra? I find the discomfort is worse when I'm wearing my underwire bras.
  5. I don't track consistently. I haven't since I had WLS. But I did weigh & measure my food until I hit goal and I'm a creature of habit (and was even more so when I was actively losing), so it was easy to figure out my daily calories. I did weigh myself every day during active weight loss and for a good six months after I got to my goal. Now I weigh myself a couple times a week, but mainly go by how my clothes fit. I have to say though, my biggest goal through all this was getting to the point where I felt normal. Obsessively tracking my food and weight doesn't feel normal (or healthy) to me. I don't want to be hyper focused on what I'm eating. When I was in the yo yo dieting cycle, I did track religiously and it constantly preoccupied my thoughts. So it was a very conscious choice on my part to not track after WLS. But that all said, I think keeping a food journal can be really helpful when you're just starting out and trying to develop new habits. It also can be eye opening to realize how many calories, carbs, etc food has if you've never paid attention to that kind of stuff.
  6. Welcome! Yeah, carbs and sweets are a really slippery slope. Good for you that you're catching yourself and doing a reset. Hopefully it'll help you refocus and get back on track.
  7. I'm not Katie (obviously), but I'm on another forum she frequents and I'm guessing she found a solution as she wound up getting pregnant and having another baby. Hopefully she'll visit here and respond. On a related (kinda TMI) note, have you tried coconut oil or a silicone based lube? They last longer than the water based ones. Just don't combine silicone-based lube with silicone toys or coconut oil with latex.
  8. Welcome! How exciting that your surgery is only a couple weeks away!
  9. I know my surgeon does self pay, but she's in Santa Barbara. I'm sure most doctors in private practice would do self pay.
  10. That reminds me- I remember watching a YouTube vlog by someone who had bypass and she talked about how she misses the overfull feeling she'd get deep in her belly when she overate pre-op. It comforted her on some level and she struggled post-op with the lack of physical sensation after eating. I can definitely see how depression would stem from having a coping mechanism (food and the associated physical & chemical reactions) taken away. This site is such a valuable resource because, as a community, we model and encourage addressing issues through therapy, self-reflection, etc and finding healthy substitutes for our former unhealthy behaviors. I also feel like this community is super realistic, sometimes to the point of bluntness when it comes to the actual realities of post-op life which can help prevent one of the struggles listed in the article. I'm so grateful for this community!!!