Aussie Bear

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  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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  1. The 3-4 hour one is a nuclear bone scan. Totally different to a quick and painless DEXA scan. I had a nuclear bone scan done on my foot well before my foot surgery....this one is actually three when you get there, then the contract dye goes in before a rescan.....then you head off and walk around for 90+ minutes, head back and have another scan. It shows where fluids are pooling in and around bones and joints. A bone density scan (DEXA) is just checking how dense your bones are. They're recommended two yearly after gastric Bypass due to malabsorption of calcium. The endocrinologist I saw last year said after significant weightloss we will nearly always lose muscle mass and that in turn will result in some level of bone density loss. As heavy people most of us start out with very strong bones!!! If you haven't had one before, it's well worth having one now to get a baseline for your bone density so you can be monitored for any potential bone loss issues.
  2. As of today 154lbs. I did get the prescription I needed yesterday and organised to pick it up today. The chemist also told me she'd take the next repeat out of the robo-disoenser and keep it aside for me until next month. The computer is showing the drug I take should be available again in Australia by late here's hoping I can leave the carbs behind again instead of trying to do an unsuccessful juggling act with then to keep my blood sugars up. My family doctor didn't share my concerns that I'd gained around 10 lb in the past month but I sure as hell did!!!! It's got to come off in the next month before I see my surgeon again!!!! Then I'd still like to lose another 5-7 lb beyond that recent gain.
  3. Absolutely not. I've kept food logs in the past and became obsessive about it. This time around I have not logged a single meal let alone day, week or month.
  4. In a similar boat although all my doctors and specialists have told me not to drop more. I did drop an extra 4kg (about 9lbs) over the last 6 months but haven't managed to keep it off. I suspect that's because my hypoglycemia medication is unavailable in Australia and has been for a month (no sign of it bring available until late July either), so I've no choice but to add extra carbs all day long at the moment. Hoping I can start turning that around after a doctors appointment in the morning. I've located some of the medication at a higher dosage in a tiny backwoods chemist....just have to get a new prescription for that dosage which is actually specified in my endocrinologist letter anyway.
  5. Congratulations @Nana Trish. Looking back it doesn't seem like two years, but so much has happened we know it was a very long time. I may not have spent anywhere near the time you did in a wheelchair or with a walker, but believe me when I say I know the sheer joy of parking them somewhere else. Mine are now resident in an assisted care facility with my 90+ year old parents. I doubt I'll ever be totally pain free on my feet, but walking is something I'll never take for granted again. I also love the fact that I didn't need to renew my disability parking permit when it last expired.
  6. Thanks Nana Trish. Interesting isn't it that all of us that are around the two year mark now are still reporting no significant regains... Maybe it's the magic of Thinner Times....we've all achieved great weightloss and all kept it off. We make it look easy even though we all know that it definitely wasn't easy!!!! The really challenging times are still to come according to my surgeon, but at least we're all approaching those times from a really good baseline now, along with loads of knowledge and support from those around us here.
  7. From all the research I've done regarding regain, 5 years is the real danger time for regain after's only 2-3 years for VSG. My surgeon told me that they expect and accept 10% regain at some stage after bypass...he used the word "inevitable". He never did say whether it was a percentage of weight lost, or total body weight though. The human body is an amazing biological creature. It really doesn't like change, and does everything it can to adapt to changes that are made to it. Hunger does return, different parts of the system adapt to produce hormones that have been changed by surgery, and the bowel becomes more efficient at absorbing the food we eat. We first see this happening when the "honeymoon" is over. That's why surgeons tell us not to waste our honeymoon period. I guess that really does tell us that certain aspects of our surgery are indeed temporary. However, our pouches can remain small if we look after them correctly, so we shouldn't revert back to pre-op weight if we have changed our relationship to food. I hope you get some answers. It's probably worth you seeking out a new bariatric practice and checking in with them for advice. It's definitely worth doing so for at least yearly monitoring of everything that still needs monitoring.
  8. Something I saw on a "fashion expert" video the other day said "dress oversized and you'll look oversized". I've personally found this to be very true for me. It wasn't until I changed to more fitted clothes that I actually started to see how small I've really become. You rock that dress Trish....wear it with confidence!!!!
  9. That would be ktallon. She really did do it tough....whenever I start to feel sorry for myself I just have to think about what she went through and I know I've actually had it pretty easy. Yes I do have very obvious symptoms of twisted bowel, and every other potential reason for those symptoms has been ruled out either by Radiology testing or by my own dietary changes. I was hoping it's simply a dietary change fix which was why I went grain-free for so long. My gyn had ordered ultrasounds because of a previous issue with endometrial cancer, hence the TAH BSO......I'm still in the 5 year followup routine....although almost out of that thankfully. My bariatric surgeon was not very impressed he was the last person to hear about it!!! It's actually the first time he's been annoyed with me. Unfortunately they can only find the problem area when the symptoms are actually occurring. At least now I have a timeframe of experiencing symptoms after which I've been told an ambulance must be called, and the surgeon has put instructions into my electronic record regarding what is to happen at the local ER if I do show up, along with involving the local surgical registrar in that process. He's not overly worried about it for now because it is clearly still able to untwist itself and it is very intermittent still. He has told me though that the day that stops it will mean an emergency surgery, and because of where I live that surgery can't happen locally so will require a Royal Flying Doctor airlift to a major city hospital. I don't intend to focus any energy worrying about it....whatever will be, will be....and he's onto it. I have every faith in my surgeon and more than happy to leave the ball in his court on this issue.
  10. Thanks Kim. I wish I could say everything was going fine. Unfortunately the reactive hypoglycemia I've been plagued with since my revision is not resolving no matter what I try....the reality is that it's causing even more problems as I'm now experienceing hypoglycemic episodes even without eating carbohydrates.....I'm really struggling to find a workable solution. My surgeon tells me I'm also showing every sign of a twisted bowel, and at some stage am likely to require surgery to correct that. He told me he has actually been watching for specific signs of that in my case, because of all the corrective work they had to do during my revision as a result of scarring and adhesions caused by my open hysterectomy. He told me the day after my revision that it was really messy in my lower abdomen and that the two surgeons actually spent more time trying to sort that out than they did on the actual bypass part. Regardless of these issues, I still prefer life as a "skinny" person to life before my revision.
  11. Couldn't believe it when I saw the date today and realised it's two years since my RNY. Thankfully no regain so far, which if I'm honest is still my biggest concern. I'm seeing regain in others now that have had surgery since me, and counting my blessings that I had this forum keeping my head in the game. It's definitely taken a while but I do believe that I'm seeing myself as I really am when I look in a mirror now. Life's definitely not perfect since surgery, but I doubt anyone's really is. Despite everything that has challenged me since surgery, I've still never regretted having my revision. I now know there will be more challenging times ahead with the likelihood of another surgery, but I'm just going to put my faith in my surgeon yet again and trust him and his intuition to lead me down the best path for myself.
  12. Congratulations @delilas. Life will never be the same for you an amazing way.
  13. You are such a skinny Nana these days. Once the knee improves I can just picture you and Harper having running races.
  14. My non-scale victory list grew a bit longer today. Two years ago I NEVER would have believed these figures were possible. I realise some of these measurement standards are probably foreign to those of you in the US....but believe me these are really optimal figures in my language (mmol/L). Total cholesterol - 3.7 A1C - 4.4 Fasting glucose - 4.3 Fasting insulin - 4.5...... The nasty fat-storing beast is well under control.....YAY!!!!! C-peptide - 489 BMI - 21.6
  15. Two years....and a lifetime ago at the same time!!!! Amazing job Jen, even though I feel incredibly tired just reading what you get up to exercise wise!!!! Congratulations on not only losing all your excess weight but also finding a formula that works for you to maintain your losses in a way where you can still enjoy your life. So many never manage to find that balance.