Aussie Bear

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About Aussie Bear

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  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    South Australia
  • Age
    60

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-09
  • Start Weight
    118kg
  • Current Weight
    66kg
  • Goal Weight
    76kg
  • Surgery Date
    05/04/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Revision

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  1. My surgeon says it does eventually just go away. Unfortunately the timing is different for everybody, and they can't predict how long that will take. I actually saw my surgeon this morning. He told me that my ulcer is unlikely to heal on its own, so he'll be going in himself next time he visits (not for 9 weeks) to see what's really going on. He said the description he has from the surgeon who found it leads him to believe there is a blood flow issue to the site, and that it would have had nothing to do with the NSAIDS afterall. Unfortunately, that surgeon didn't attach photos to my file. So I have to stay on the PPIs for another couple of months at a minimum, even though he acknowledges the blood sugar issues are exacerbated by the PPI. At least he is intent on handling it himself, rather than me being frustrated any further by other surgeons.
  2. Processed foods usually have some form of sugar or high GI ingredients. Have you tested your blood glucose at all when this feeling happens. Mine skyrockets with pretty much any processed foods or anything containing high GI flour (especially white flour, rice flour or rye flours). Then it will drop through the floor. You may just be getting the rise without the hypoglycemia later that would be classified as classic late dumping.
  3. I can't stand this tosser. Apart from the fact that he hasn't been a practising surgeon for years, his attempts to start his own MLM flogging human growth hormones was the end for me. I much prefer Dr Matthew Weiner, and he is still a practising bariatric surgeon.
  4. Congrats NerdyToothpick...sorry I'm so late to the party. Our little core group would have all hit that three year surgiversary by now I would think. Yesterday I had my blood draw for my 3 year checkup. I figured I better not show up for my appointment without having done them.
  5. My surgeon told me the last time I saw him that we do eventually stop dumping. Pretty sure he said we "grow out of it" as our body eventually adapts.There's no timeline for that though. In my case he said, it could happen tomorrow or it could go on for years. The dieticians I've spoken to about it have all been diametrically opposed at extreme ends. Some have suggested we make it worse on ourselves by avoiding foods that cause the reaction, while others are very much in the camp of staying well clear of those foods. The one I'm dealing with currently has admitted to having no Ida, but she did ask me to sign an information release so she could talk to other professionals about my circumstances and hopefully we can both learn more about it. I'd rather that honesty than others pretending they know when they don't, or even worse, they deny it's an issue. I realise I'm an extreme example, and that for most folk "dumping" isn't much more than a minor inconvenience, I just wish they wouldn't downplay it's consequences when it's seriously affecting my overall health. My family doctor is great (but 3 hours away), and even he gets totally frustrated by the attitudes of other professionals.
  6. Oh my ulcer is the result of NSAIDS. My surgeon signed off on a mild anti-inflamatory as long as I had an acid reducer to try to control inflamation in my foot. Four days was all it took....not even long enough to see any benefit from the NSAID....yet here we are 7 months later and I'm still having to be treated for the "very small" ulcer those four freaking tablets I took caused. As for the dumping, my advice is to always have protien with your high GI carbs if it's "late dumping". The protien tends to mitigate the dramatic blood sugar fall once the pancreas start spurting out the insulin. If it's "early dumping", sorry but I've no advice other than to avoid what caused it altogether. It's two very different body processes in action with dumping....while I've unfortunately become very educated about one, the other I've happily managed to avoid completely. I seriously wish these weren't both under the same umbrella because even doctors don't seem to be able to wrap their head around the differences. I don't think ulcers are actually very common after surgery. Even though my sister had emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer about nine months after her revision it was blamed on an H pylori infection. The bariatric surgeon I saw that diagnosed mine (my surgeon was unavailable at the time) said he's only seen two cases of NSAID induced ulcers (without H pylori), mine being his second...and he's been a bariatric surgeon for at least a decade.
  7. The contradiction here is pretty obvious when you think about it. Low blood sugar that causes a person to "pass out" is definitely life threatening...end of story. I've really had a fight on my hands simply to keep my driver's license. I have to be able to prove my hypoglycemic awareness is sufficient, and if asked to do that right now, I simply wouldn't be able to so I'm just not driving anywhere and avoiding my doctor until I can stop taking the medication that is causing my current hypoglycemic episodes. My blood sugars have been dropping to 1.8 before I'm aware of the issue at the moment whereas in the past I could pick it at double that figure. In your language that's a blood glucose figure of approximately 33.
  8. Not that I noticed immediately. I do have restriction, but really only when it comes to solid protiens like meat and eggs. Believe it or not, I've really only had restriction issues twice since my surgery, as in getting the foamies and wishing I could throw up what I just ate because the pain is soon bad. I've had loads of endoscopies since my revision (and more to come), and my surgeon has said my pouch is still the same small size he made it over three years ago. However, I do recall him saying prior to my surgery that as my pouch would by necessity be much smaller than he usually makes, that my stoma (the opening into the intestine) would have to be made larger than usual. I had my revision due to my original opening completely scarring over and causing my stapleline to blow out. I'm still very careful in my portion size, and while I do eat all kinds of meats, I rarely would put more than 100g on my plate. That's between 3-4oz in your language. 2oz of chicken seems a reasonable amount for you so early out. Just like when you had your sleeve, the amount will increase somewhat over time. They do say that you don't get the same effects from a revision as you get from a first WLS, and for those folk I know that have had revisions, that would seem to be true. Maybe my results were so much more dramatic after my revision because my original surgery was over 30 years earlier. Then again it may have just as easily have been the support and great examples and advice I got here. The real bonus though for me was always going to be getting rid of the GERD, mind you my ulcer bought that back very dramatically.
  9. No, a slipped band won't repair itself. It sounds more like you had something you weren't aware of lodged in the opening that may have dislodged when you vomited. My sister used to get that with lettuce or other leafy vegetables prior to her revision. Hopefully you're still checking in with your surgeon, so tell them what happened. Bands are rarely done in Australia anymore (where I live), and are actually banned in our government funded hospitals. Any issues with them, and surgeons just do a revisional surgery to VSG or RNY if warranted. If your not having any ongoing issues though, and your band is working well for you, then it's not a priority. Eventually though, they usually have to be removed as their lifetime is unfortunately limited to around 10 years. It sounds like yours would be getting very near the end of its lifespan, so definitely worth a followup visit to a bariatric surgeon.
  10. Actually dumping can be deadly. Late dumping causes blood glucose levels to drop, and this can land you in a coma, or even die if it happens during sleep or when you are unaware...let alone if you happen to be driving when your blood glucose levels take a severe dive. Healthy eating is no guarantee either as certain medications can stimulate insulin release thereby causing the dumping regardless of what foods are consumed. I've found all acid reducing medications cause severe dumping for me...not great when you are forced to take them for stomach ulcers.
  11. I'm here today. I had my revision to RNY over three years ago now. Any questions you have I'm happy to answer as best I can. My surgeon watched me like a hawk after my revision to make sure I didn't lose too much. The self isolation with Covid 19 has been particularly hard for me. I had an endoscopy in Jan/Feb and was diagnosed with an anastomotic ulcer (an RNY scarring ulcer). Unfortunately the medications I have no option but to take, exacerbate my reactive hypoglycemia, so life has been really tough. I can't stop taking these meds, although the surgeon's have significantly lowered the dosages, until I can have another endoscopy to confirm healing. My sister had one last year after her RNY that perforated leading to emergency surgery, so I'm loathe to not do what I'm told despite how unwell the acid reducers make me. Endoscopies were banned here in Australia due to covid unless a life threatening emergency, so that meant staying on the meds until at least October. Some restrictions have now been lifted, so I made an appointment to see my surgeon in two weeks, and desperately hoping he can schedule one while he's here. Maybe once I get that out of the way, I'll start to feel normal, and communicative again.
  12. Hey there @Nana Trish. Long time no see. Might be serendipity that I chose to check back in now after a long time not being here. Lots of reasons for that...none particularly good...but improving. I've had a personally very stressful last 18 months or so. Eventually I sought out some therapy, so seem to be more on track now. Fortunately I only gained a few pounds (less than 10) through all the stressful times. It wasn't as much about stress eating for me, as it was about being unable to eat most of the healthier foods I normally do. I ended up relying on (some uncharacteristically for me) slider foods just to be able to eat without ongoing pain. I currently have an anastomotic ulcer (4 days of emergency NSAIDS was all it took). They were taken with my bariatric surgeon's permission, and instructions to take an acid blocker simultaneously... seems that didn't work!!! I haven't seen my bariatric surgeon since then, but did get an emergency appointment with another that works alongside him (and was actually second surgeon for my revision). He ordered an endoscopy... ulcer found!!! Won't see my surgeon for another 3 weeks, so just taking maximum nexium until that appointment. That's enough about my woes. Most of us know you only too well to know that the strong woman you are, will traverse your latest obstacle when you're ready to do so. It's taken me a long time, and some strategic planning to feel back in control again. You will get there. You know that at some point things will click back into place and once that happens, you'll be back on track in no time. Drop some of those "25 balls" you're juggling right now and concentrate on your biggest priority areas. I've had to do that. Being overwhelmed isn't going to help you right now. One thing at a time woman, and acknowledge the victory getting on top of that before taking on the next priority. I still have some of those dropped "balls" to deal with, but getting others out of the picture means I can see I'm back to moving forward, instead of staying buried under what felt like an impenetrable avalanche. You are going to get there as well. With PapaDavid right there next to you, it's only a matter of time before you're back on track again.
  13. Try not to worry too much about the no weight-bearing. I probably spent a good year since my surgery non-weightbearing, either in a cast or a boot. It doesn't have to cause regain unless you let it. You just need to be careful not to let too many carbs slip back in at this time. I still tend to go with the drink first if I think I might be hungry. Even though I may actually be hungry, at least it delays my eating something for around about an hour. Make staying non-weightbearing your top priority for now, if you don't it can really delay the healing process, and having been there done that multiple times over the past 5 years, I'd much rather deal with the small amount of weight regain, than end up booted and non-weightbearing for even longer. Hope you mend soon.
  14. These days most doctors just recommend a 3 monthly B 12 intramuscular injection. No worries with timing when it's injected directly into the muscle.
  15. My surgeon originally wanted to reverse my first WLS, but when he did the endoscopy to plan the surgery discovered there was insufficient room between the original stapleline and the lower esophageal sphincter to be able to safely rejoin the original pouch to the remnant stomach. In the end he was able to cut out my old stapleline by performing an RNY.