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About LeeC

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday September 2

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  • Gender
  • Location
    WA state
  • Interests
    Horses, Harleys, Beading, Reading, Photography and Ceramics
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  • Surgeon
    Mathew Rawlins MD
  • Hospital
    Deaconess - Spokane WA
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
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  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. The best thing for fibromyalgia (according to my doc) is activity. Getting back to a normal weight will help you be more active. Walking is what works for me. Last Monday my friend Jill and I did 7,000 steps mall walking at a quick pace. No way could I have done that before my surgery. I feel younger than my chronological age.
  2. Welcome and congratulations. I am 4 years post R-Y bypass and avoid cold water. I usually drink water from a pitcher. I also like warm teas.
  3. Your bariatric team should have a nutritionist on staff who can best answer this question. My husband is lactose intolerant and eats Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt. Activa makes a lactose free yogurt. You will have to check carbs vs protein. Here are some lactose free yogurts from a Google search: 7 Best Dairy-Free Yogurts You Can Buy Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt. Ripple Greek Yogurt Alternative. Forager Unsweetened Plain Cashewgurt. Stonyfield Organic Dairy-Free Vanilla. Daiya Plain Greek Yogurt Alternative. Almond Dream Plain Non-Dairy Yogurt. Good Karma Plain Dairy-Free Yogurt
  4. I have battled weight issues all my life, done WW, Nutri System, Jenni Craig, hypnosis, acupuncture, exercise, starvation, low carb - you name it I did it. This - weight loss surgery - is the only way I got my health and my life back and have kept off the weight. It wasn't easy and it requires dedication post-op to keep it off. When I told my brother I was having weight loss surgery 4 years ago he was happy for me. I have several words to describe your sister but none of them are polite. Every time I see my brother (we live about 150 miles apart) he just beams when he sees me because he is so happy that I am healthy and have a normal BMI. Ignore your sister and anybody else that tries to derail you from surgery. I lost about 130#. You need to be healthy - go for it - you can do this.
  5. LeeC

    My dream

    Good for you. Dreams and goals are important
  6. LeeC

    9 Years out

    Congrats, you look so healthy.
  7. If you're looking for something that tastes like coffee you can try Postum (which you can find on line). It is a non caffeine drink that has a taste similar to coffee. You really need boiling water to make it though.
  8. You are now 2 days post op and from now on life will only get better and better. My 4 year surgiversary is Jan 26. I wear a size 10 jeans, M or L shirts. My A1C is 5.3, blood pressure low and energy level is good. I take my supplements and use a carb counter. Your next two weeks is small sips and lots of steps. Follow instructions about diet and you should have no problems and much success.
  9. I'm not sure by what you mean as a regular size meal. With weight loss surgery, either RY bypass or Sleeve, we're never expected to eat regular size meals again. I am 4 years out and am very careful about portion size as I don't like or want the horrible feeling and pain from over eating. You should contact your bariatric team to be evaluated and have testing and figure out what is wrong.
  10. LeeC

    Reaching out

    If you have filed and been denied Social Security disability, make sure you file for a reconsideration as soon as possible. If you haven't filed, start the process. Having spent 40 years working as a disability adjudicator I can give you some help if you message me your email. What I can tell you right now is, you either have to meet a medical listing or your physical function has to be less than sedentary work (stand/walk 2 hours, sit 6 hours). It is a process that takes time. You always want to appeal any denial (except adverse onset) as soon as possible. This gets you to the Hearings level faster which as a younger person (under 55) may be your best option. Hang in there.
  11. Thanks for the info on the SF spiced cider. I live in a small town and the grocery store has only 2 diet fruit drink options. If they don't carry this I can get it off Amazon and spiced cider is so good this time of year.
  12. Congrats, you look great
  13. Courtney, My weight was where yours is for many years. I had no complications; A1c and blood pressure were normal. Then as I got older even though I was eating a healthy diet I gained more weight. Yesterday I weighed 158 at 3.5 years post op. I, like most weight loss patients will tell you - "I wish I had done it sooner". Had I had Reflux and knew that an R-Y bypass would (most likely) resolve it, I would have done it yesterday. You're here, reading how well the majority of us have done, how much healthier we are. Dragging around 60 extra pounds is 6 pounds of fat hanging from your heart, making it work harder. Don't discuss it with others; not well meaning aunties, not skinny friends. You'll show them a couple months after surgery by how great you feel and how good you look. There are those of us who can't get to a healthy weight without surgery.