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About Northchild

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    Syracuse, New York
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  • Surgeon
    Jeffrey DeSimone
  • Hospital
    Crouse Hospital
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  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. The Coffee Incident of Oct 31, 2016

    As it turns out, I think that my Zoloft needs to be reduced again. I've gone from 200mg to 150mg this past year and tomorrow I'm going to ask my doctor if I can reduce it by another 25mg or 50mg. I feel like a long-tailed cat in a room filled with rocking chairs, and I haven't even had a sip of caffeine in 2 days.
  2. The Coffee Incident of Oct 31, 2016

    Hi all, So I was out and about yesterday and everyone was going to Mc. Donalds. I figured "No problem, I'll get a cheeseburger to go and a coffee to drink while I'm there chatting." My pouch has no problems with liquid of any temperature and it had been quite a while since I had coffee. 30 minutes later I had finished my large coffee and went shopping. I knew that something was wrong when I started shaking like a leaf and felt like my blood pressure must have ticked up about 20 points. A feeling of impending doom followed. For some reason, I couldn't get warm enough. Long story short, for the next 4 hours I could not relax and even toyed with the idea of going to Urgent Care to see if there was anything wrong with me. I ended up in bed watching television with the funny idea that if I could only take a nap then things would sort themselves out. After a couple of hours I felt my jaw finally unclench and was able to relax enough to drift off into a sort of half-sleep. I awoke feeling much better. Obviously I'm not going to drink coffee again, or at least not a large cup and not caffeinated. I have a working theory that it bypassed whatever digestive process that I have left and went directly to my bloodstream. I'm glad I don't like alcohol, because I can only imagine what that must be like. I'm not a medical guy so I don't know if my theory is sound or not. Does anyone have any similar experiences or medical insight?
  3. BMI measuring device thingy?

    I hadn't thought of that, Amber76bailey, thank you.
  4. BMI measuring device thingy?

    Ah! Yes, body fat percentage thing rather than BMI measurement thing is what I meant. BMI wouldn't change except with overall weight loss, I think, like you said athenarose. I've always been in love with technology so I'm still interested in an electronic way to do this. I do however concede that tape measures, calipers, and other methods are probably more accurate.
  5. BMI measuring device thingy?

    Hi all, I was looking my BMI up on an online chart today and was wondering if there were any devices that exist for USD $50 or less that would measure someone's actual BMI based on muscle/fat ratio or whatever the heck they use. I'm at the gym most days and I want to know if I'm making a dent in my obesity problem or if it's just nice to cycle and lift weights for the lower blood pressure and depression relief and such. As you know there can be a big difference in appearance between someone who exercises and weighs 250 pounds versus someone who doesn't and weighs 250 pounds. I guess I'm curious about a way that you can put numbers on that sort of thing.
  6. 3 yr surgiversary!

    Inspiring. Love the tattoos.
  7. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Had an A1C test yesterday. My level is 4.8, which I think is very good.
  8. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    It's not even autumn here yet, but on a whim I tried on my fall/winter jacket. Last year, it didn't even go around my midsection, and there was absolutely no danger of me zipping it up. This year, it's roomy, even a little too big, and it zips up just fine.
  9. Starting to feel the stress.

    I know what you mean about finding fashionable clothing, usually for me it was/is a plain old 4XL t-shirt and a pair of jeans in a color that doesn't work for me and takes a week and a half to get tailored at the tailor's shop.
  10. Things out of our control

    I'm glad that things worked out for you DebiW.
  11. Med adjustment after weight loss

    Finally got in to see my doctor today. For the past two weeks I've been shaking/trembling quite a bit, holding a lot of tension in my shoulders and jaw, sleeping about 5 hours a day, and tend to jump three feet in the air if there are any sudden noises around the house. Also, embarrassingly, I've been feeling... er... friskier than I have in a few years and am getting pleasant and unpleasant flashbacks of being a teenager. So, I got bloodwork and an EKG done today. My doctor increased my Geodon from 80mg to 120mg a day and decreased my Zoloft from 200mg to 150mg a day. He said that he thought that what I was experiencing was fallout due to the 130 pound weight loss and malabsorption issues faced by gastric bypass patients. I am very much looking forward to NOT feeling like a long-tailed cat in a room filled with rocking chairs.
  12. Throwing up Mucus

    I've done this several times in the past few months. In my case, it happens after I've eaten too fast, or too much, or haven't chewed my food properly.
  13. Surgery is in the morning!

    Today's your big day. Please stay in touch. Also, I don't think that people who have VSG done have to drink the horrible, horrible, vomit-making gallon of laxative prep mix that GB people had to drink. Consider that a small blessing, if you didn't. I'd almost rather drink what comes out on the other side after the laxative has done what it does. Remember lip balm.
  14. 30 Before/After Photos

    I needed some inspiration tonight, and ran across this in my Facebook news feed: I don't know what's real and what's Photoshopped, if any of the people had WLS, or if they maintained their weight loss long-term, but the photos were just what I needed because I wasn't feeling good about myself tonight.
  15. How to deal with unsupportive partners?

    I've found that in every great romantic relationship, there are things that the couple fight about. The others here have good advice. But, I also think that it's important to be able to fight with a partner without becoming involved in World War 3. Peace at any price just isn't a reasonable goal.