Aussie Bear

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About Aussie Bear

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  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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    South Australia
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  1. Try to get the bypass approved. What have you got to lose. My revision to bypass completely reversed my GERD. Life is so much better now.
  2. Hi Sarsar. Welcome to the forum from a fellow Australian, and a fellow revision to bypasser. Unfortunately weightloss after revisions is usually slower so you may need to lower your expectations if they are based on your previous surgery. Some surgeons say you only get one chance at WLS for this reason. I don't agree, but I'm also not a surgeon. I did lose all of my excess weight after my revision by being extremely compliant with my diet. Try not to focus on how fast you are losing, instead just focus on the fact that you are losing.
  3. I'm from Australia @Songlark. This forum is an amazing support network, even though I haven't been around for awhile, but I totally get the frustration of recommendations for foods etc that aren't available in Australia. If there's anything specific I can help you with, please just ask. You can private message me if you like, although it might be helpful to others to see questions about products in open threads.
  4. Sorry Nerdy, I've been away and haven't been checking in lately. I felt fine when I had mine. Cannula going in didn't really hurt, but the position they put it in was annoying. I knew I'd be laying down for about half an hour while it was done so took a book, but the angle of the cannula needle made it painful to hold the book to read it. If I was tired I would have just slept it off. I googled about them before I even booked it, so I didn't feel like I needed to know anything else. Wasn't like I had a choice to have it, and when I have to have something anyway (like an internal), I just resign myself to it, pull on the big girl panties, and get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Big change from my younger years though!!!!
  5. Visiting Vermont is really the only thing on my bucket....and you get to live there.....magical!!!! Hope the move goes smoothly, enjoy your break, and love your new life.
  6. It's easy to get in Australia. I bought my first lot from Go Vita Health foods, I just happened to stroll I to one and ask...they had it. Since then I've just been buying cheaper brands off eBay.
  7. I had a similar thing happen when an elderly neighbour asked me what had happened to the woman that used to live in my house after my husband died. He was kind of shocked when I told him that was in fact me!!!!
  8. They're really easy Nerdy. I had one back in March last year. The best and safest way to get a lot of iron into your bloodstream quickly. It takes about 30 minutes these days...straight in via an IV. My only issue has been that my iron stores have continued to increase since the infusion to the point that I have to start a therapeutic venesection now to get rid of some of the ferretin. I do have heredity hemochromatosis though. Originally my iron levels fell so low that the specialist thought I'd he fine and need infusions regularly.... This was the one time he was wrong. Anything specific you want to know?
  9. You look so good in that outfit as well. Great idea to switch your goal up a bit to suit the climate as well. I have a couple of clothing items I'm on the look out for. Just a couple of things all the other girls were wearing (fashionably) back in my high school and university years that I never could because they weren't made in my size. Bearing in mind at 60, I will be the epitome of the saying "mutton dressed as lamb", both items will make their way into my wardrobe once I find them in the luck as yet though given they arent a current my mind they always should be....but I'm a bogan!!!
  10. Aussie Bear


    Thanks. While I always read revisions aren't as successful from a weightloss point of view, my surgeon did say beforehand that he expected I'd be into the 60s (kg) and in fact was more concerned I'd go into the 50s than he was that I might not lose all my excess weight. I don't know why he thought that....maybe my original surgery being so long ago meant I had regained my "virgin" status (LOL). Maintaining the loss is the hardest part for me. My only surgical related issue has been being diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia.... That sucks big time, and I have little to no control over it unfortunately even with acarbose and diet changes. The one stage where I managed (to quote my GP and SA pathology report) "excellent glycemic control" I started to have issues with fasting hypoglycemia as well. Unfortunately it is one of those situations where the treatment is also the cause, making it a horrible cycle once it starts. Regardless I'm happier at the weight I am now than I ever was before. I'm one of those folk that believe we are the masters of our own destiny as far as results go. It sounds like you've got your head in the right spot to master your goals as well.
  11. Aussie Bear


    I was put straight onto soft foods in the hospital the day after surgery, cleared to eat anything I could tolerate at two weeks. My surgeon is into quick transitions. From what he's said to me at various times he believes the earlier people introduce a range of foods the more likely they are to eat more diverse foods after rather than develop physiological interances. From previous members here it seems very similar to their experiences in Europe. My surgeon did extensive testing before surgery, and also did an intra-operative leak test so knew leaks weren't an issue before he even let me leave the OR.
  12. Aussie Bear


    Hello to a fellow South Australian. I also had a revision from an earlier WLS although mine was much earlier than your first (1986). I did have my revision in the QEH. Just love my surgeon and still have regular check ups with him. I went into my revision with exactly the same lack of expectations. I was told that while they'd try laprascopically, it would most likely be open incision. There was no guarantee they'd even be able to complete it, and that it was a far riskier surgery than a "virgin" WLS) but in my case much less riskier than my original surgery was. Surgeon told me the risk of death on my original surgery was 10%. My surgery was completed laprascopically, by two surgeons, over 4+ hours. The bulk of the work being to break up scarring, separate adhered tissue, and repairing the damage from that. The funny thing was that this damage wasn't caused by my 30+ year old bariatric surgery, rather it was from a two year old open hysterectomy. I went into my surgery believing that the decision to have surgery was actually made 30+ years earlier. This one was just to fix a complication that had developed (in my case it was stapleline dehiscence), so the reality was there was no decision to be made. I was very much fast tracked through the public hospital system with only a five month wait, and not even having to go through the outpatients clinic, no hoops to jump through etc. In my headspace that all meant the surgery wasn't a choice, so I never really questioned anything when it came to the should I -shouldn't I. I just headed forward into it totally accepting it needed to be done and "whatever will be will be." As it turned out the bypass went ahead and to plan, the rest of my excess weight just fell off, and life goes on better than before. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a complication-free recovery @saglass75
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.