Aussie Bear

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About Aussie Bear

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  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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  1. Well done you on staying so close to goal for so long. Given my experience with progesterone, I'd pretty much guarantee that is your problem. I didn't last a week on that medication....I turned into a walking timebomb along with weightgain. I was prescribed it for a different reason though. I don't know how anyone can stay on it to be honest.
  2. Great to read things are looking up again for you @Nana Trish
  3. Well, my sneaky attempt to donate some blood didn't go well. Now I'm barred until I get a Dr to fill in the paperwork for therapeutic venesection. Turns out my ferritin level was 2.5x the maximum acceptable level, so they wouldn't even be able to use it even if they did take it....they just bin it. And just to make me dislike them even more I went to the online link they sent me to give my doctor. The Dr puts in certain info on you BMI, blood test results etc, and it spits our a list of the most likely causes of high ferritin for the patient. Mine came up with most likely reason being "malignancy", followed your a whole list of auto-immune diseases. While I'm not going to worry about it because it's far more likely the hemochromatosis gene....I'm clearly going to end up having a barrage of more tests and therefore Dr visits I'd rather not have to attend...or pay for!!!!
  4. So I got my latest iron studies results yesterday and both my stored iron and ferritin levels are up yet idea what's causing this as I don't take iron supplements, only really eat chicken and pork as far as meat goes, and rarely have green vegetables. I did find out the mobile blood donation unit is in town next week so I'm going to try to book a sneaky appointment before I see my surgeon on Thursday. I need to lose some blood before my haemoglobin level rises above the level at which they'll take it. I've been turned down for donation before because they won't take it over 165. I probably shouldn't say I don't know what causes it when Dr google tells me the first two causes to look for are hereditary hemochromatosis and hyperinsulinemia.... I have been diagnosed in the past with both. I'm going to have to have a serious discussion with the surgeon I think about actually doing some insulin testing. So far all they've been testing is blood sugars and using those results to presume what's happening with insulin levels. It's cheaper and easier to test blood sugar levels as opposed to insulin levels.
  5. Interesting that they recommended MGB with existing reflux. Mine ruled out MGB due to my existing reflux issues....hence why I had RNY reflux issues since then other than when I had issues with systemic thrush.
  6. You can't just drop this line and run.....please share!!!! Sincerely though, congratulations on the two kids and your surgiversary. I had two children as well after my original WLS. I would have just had my 33 year surgiversary for that if any of it still existed.....all that remained of that went into surgical waste (I assume) during my revision.
  7. I revised from the old fashioned stomach stapling to RNY. I'll start with the easiest question....the decision was made for me when it was discovered that my old stapleline had ripped apart. The biggest difference between the two surgeries was firstly the RNY actually works and was performed laprascopically, my first surgery was open. Also these days there is far more information available as well as ongoing support. The hardest thing for me to deal with though has been the reactive hypoglycemia I developed pretty much immediately after surgery, and the ongoing health issues that causes me. I'm on more prescribed medications now than I ever was before my revision. Results wise though, I'm actually a "healthy BMI" these days, which I never came close too with my first surgery. I was only watching a Dr Matthew Weiner video on revisions last night and he claims revision to bypass is very effective after lapband (which is probably the most similar to my original surgery than the others), and has limited effectiveness for regain if revising from a sleeve or original bypass....he reckons only about 20lbs extra loss and some patients actually gain!!!! I assume though, like anything, what you put in effort wise helps determine what you get out of it. I lost 100% of my excess weight, and that's also not what surgeons expect. Sometimes I wonder where they pull their statistics from.
  8. Sounds like you need to log everything you're eating and drinking, print out your logs and visit your dietician.
  9. Calling @Jen581791 and @NerdyToothpick. Both had surgeries in Mexico.
  10. Aussie Bear

    still here!

    No problems when mine was removed either. The one thing people said to me was to avoid acidic foods for the first month. I don't know if that made a difference or not because mine came out during my first WLS. I've never had any issues with fats though.
  11. I think my family doctor never did it because he's obese himself. I suspect he's been told by patients before to practise what he preaches. He's only doing it now because he's made it Lear he doesn't want any further weightloss, and I admit that for once I'm tempted to lie about it because I don't yet agree with him about not losing any more. The bariatric surgeon on the other hand surprised me. He'd ask me what I weighed, and I'd tell him....still does that now. The one that really surprised me was my pre-op checkup with the anesthecist.... I'd always been weighed for those with other surgeries, but not for my bypass surgery. She asked me what I weighed, I told her and even offered to stand on the scales that were right next to me...she said it wasn't necessary because she could tell I weighed what I told her I did......shrug.
  12. My mother, and her mother, had a saying that they pulled out regularly, "There but for the grace of God go I". While I can not imagine ever allowing myself to become as big as the people these shows highlight, and I never in my life had anyone that would enable that to happen, it's a very graphic representation of just how far things can go, and how comorbidities pile up on top of each other very quickly. My inability to become an enabler myself has already been tested in my lifetime...and I walked calmly away with no sense of guilt whatsoever. In my case it was for a drug addict though rather than a food addict. The thing that really stands out for me when I watch these shows is just how manipulative these immobile super morbidly obese people actually are....and they all are. At what point does anyone develop that sense of entitled aggression, that as completely immobile people, they can actually force loved ones to have to perform the most intimate tasks for them that their size no longer allows them to do for themselves....let alone force those people to continue killing them by throwing tantrums to an extent we aren't actually shown, but they must be horrendous to force loved ones into continuing to feed them the unhealthy food they desire and in amounts everyone knows are inappropriate. I can not wrap my head around these people, both the super morbidly obese and their enablers.....I just know these shows keep my head in my own game, which is exactly where my head needs to be. ...and @summerset, I'm not shying away from using the term "pigs" particularly in regard to those featured on My 600lb life... Not only do they eat like pigs, they squeal like pigs yelling at their families forcing them to feed them, thirdly they can't even clean themselves let alone their surroundings, and finally all their skin infections and fungi let alone their soiled nappies would have them smelling like pigs. To me "pigs" seems a more than adequate descriptor.
  13. That hairloss is pretty much inevitable with large weightloss. The body is an amazing biological organism. It knows it's in nutritional deficit while losing weight, so it's choosing to sacrifice hair and nail strength to look after more important cells. Once your weightloss slows somewhat the hair does grow back. About all you can do to try to arrest the list somewhat is to increase your protien intake.
  14. I don't find them depressing. I do find them a good reality check though especially when others are trying to convince me that "just a small serve of XYZ won't hurt me". Even moreso when these folk are bariatric patients themselves that have significant weightgain.....and boy do I know a lot of them!!! I'm not yet at a point where I feel comfortable just responding with a "and how did that work for you?" line, despite the fact I often find their behaviour and comments quite rude. However, I can watch these shows.... admittedly sometimes yelling at the TV....and reassure myself that I've actually made the permanent lifestyle changes the bariatric surgeons on these show tell their patients to make. I can see how those the show focuses on often delude themselves both before and after surgery....and I'm reassured that I know that isn't me. If I'm starting to see old habits sneak back in, then these kinds of shows very quickly snap me back into the reality of where those habits might take me.
  15. Hopefully we won't have to find that that out!!!