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Aussie Bear

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  1. I'm currently eating salads as a snack between meals. They're low density calories, but a nutritious option between meals which also allows me to focus on the protien at regular mealtimes. I can eat about a cup of salad/veggies with 3-4oz protien, provided I eat the veggies first. I don't find veggies stay in my pouch long.
  2. That's fine. My plastics surgeon keeps his patients in hospital for 4-5 days and claims the drains are out at discharge. Local forums seem to suggest that's pretty standard here. Will be interesting to see when I finally have mine scheduled. For now though I'm battling a major eczema outbreak, something new to me and it is looking like it's potentially linked to the reactive hypoglycemia I've had since my bypass. Seriously over this RH. It seems like every few months there's another health issue and another specialist to add to my medical team.
  3. Go back to the rules you were given post-op. Small meals, protien first, low carbs, chew well, no drinking with meals etc. You still have your tool, you just have to learn to use it again.
  4. Put in a call to your bariatric surgeon's office. They should have a patient information booklet to let patients know how to prepare for surgery as well as what to do after surgery.
  5. I suspect he took all your issues with having surgery as perhaps being not ready for it yet. Of course there will always be some people for whom surgery isn't the best option, and without being your doctor, none of us know if you are indeed in that category. Maybe get another opinion from a different surgeon. I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, and that any delays in things create other opportunities. My surgery was delayed by six months, and in that six months I really worked on my lifestyle and fitness so when I did eventually have surgery I was so much better prepared and more confident in my conviction that it was the right way to move forward.
  6. Lucky you. We can't get it openly yet in Australia unless a frontline worker, and a few European countries have vetoed Australia getting their planned batches because we've been pretty successful at keeping numbers low via border controls. Well be heading into flu season again in the next few weeks. My age will actually put me in the next group entitled to the vaccine, but for me it will be Astra Zenica only. It's now being manufactured in Australia, but as someone that lives in a rural area, Pfizer was never going to be an option for me anyway due to the required temperature controls.
  7. I was prescribed them with my surgeon's consent about 3 years after my bypass. His caveat was they had to be taken with PPIS. By the 4th day I was experiencing reflux so stopped taking them. Then the abdominal pain started. My PPIs were increased over time to the maximum dose of the strongest available in my country, (no NSAIDS after day 4), until an endoscopy was possible (Covid stopped elective surgeries where I Live), and the surgeon found a small anastomotic ulcer. It's up to you if you want to take the risk with NSAIDS, but I certainly never will again.
  8. I've had small regains (5-10lb) a few times and found it pretty easy to drop it back off each time (although this time is proving tougher for reasons out of my control). The hardest part for me is always stopping the carbs that have crept back into my diet. I've never done the 5DPT, because I know that just would be a misery for me. I have done 5 days on the egg diet though. That I found easy because eggs are an almost daily protien source for me plus the protien was filling and the fat satiating. Mind you I didn't want eggs for a few weeks after! The reality though is that, reverting back to a higher protien, lower carb eating regime is what keeps it off for me.
  9. Welcome @StephBlurton and @DavG. This forum was what got me through my surgery and the lead up to it a few years ago. Unlike others, it's packed full of pretty easy to find, excellent information for both before and after surgery. Pretty much any question you can think of will have helpful answers given by folks who are really experienced in WLS. While not as many members are as active as they were back then, the ones that are (especially the admins) are incredibly helpful, and more importantly unbiased, along with being very successful in both losing all their excess weight, and even more importantly, maintaining it.
  10. My prior surgery wasn't sleeve, but I was revised to bypass. My recovery after revision was much easier, but my first surgery was open abdominal with cholecystectomy. When you've been there done that with post-op recovery, you don't stress so much over it the next time, and the post-op diet is a piece of cake.
  11. The only thing the pouch reset does is help reset your head as you go back to very low carbs. There are lots of different options to that if you feel the need for a reset, that don't involve starving. I honestly believe that it's the thought of starving and huge restriction that makes us so disheartened and disappointed in ourselves. Your head is in the right place, start with gentle exercise like walking, and go back to protien first. It always amazes me how much I can eat if I don't focus on protien, and how little I can when the protien goes in first. I suspect we forget these rules as we gradually change the way we eat the further out from surgery we get. I had an endoscopy about 6 months ago (got an ulcer from short term NSAIDS with PPIS after my doctor decided I needed to come off other pain meds due to stress fractures in my foot), and even over three years after my bypass was surprised when my surgron said my pouch was exactly the same size he'd made it. You might be pleasantly surprised. Good luck with it. I suspect many of us have managed over the past year to gain a few extra pounds (whether that's a few or a lot).
  12. You might want to research Noom. Every review I've seen done by both folks who've tried it, and dieticians.... Well let's just say they haven't been good!!! Seriously, you don't need an expensive diet subscription, you just need to get back to your basic post WLS rules. Track for a week or two if need be, and go from there. If you need the behavioural stuff, then get a referral to a professional. Noom don't use professionals, they don't tailor their programs to individuals as they suggest they do, and any behavioural advice they throw at their clients is readily available for free elsewhere.
  13. I ate both sweet capsicums (that's what papers are called in my neck of the woods), and found low joule pickled onions and cucumbers as well.
  14. Summer here in Australia...haha! Seriously though, can't wait for it to be over as I know from experience we still have a LOT of 100+ degree days left before it starts to cool down again. I admit I look at pictures of snow and think how beautiful, romantic even....but it never snows where I live (I'm in desert territory), so don't even think about how snow would be so restrictive.
  15. Why did you not go back. FYI, in case you don't realise, Ranitidine has been banned in many countries for being carcinogenic (including Australia where I live). In your position, I'd certainly be looking into other options, even if RNY bypass isn't something you want to (or can) do. https://www.ajmc.com/view/fda-recalls-all-ranitidine-products-zantac-citing-increased-risk-of-cancer
  16. Glad to see you finally checked back in @Nana Trish, I've found myself thinking of you a lot lately and wondering how you're going. Zoey is gorgeous and I'm sure will have q huge impact on your lives. @TammyP, I have a Teddy in my life as well...just as adorable as your Teddy... in fact very similar looking although my Teddy is more cream in colour. My Teddy is actually my brother's dog, but I house sit /pet sit for them pretty often. He is a Shitzu x Jack Russell....adoringly referred to in Australia as a JackShit!!! No...not kidding about the abbreviated name.
  17. Congratulations. Perseverance paid off in the end. While I probably would have given up well before 14 years, I'm actually fine with my(what will be) 4-5 years for mine. I wasn't even considering it the first couple of years. I'm still not convinced my fat has stopped shifting, and not sure how that could impact end results. I've read that any fat gain after abdominoplasty can look really strange and uneven as so many of the traditional first fat deposit area cells are gone. I've seen too many people rush for plastics after around 12 months, and regret it when they regain a substantial amount. At least at 14 years, you know where you are and have proven you can maintain your massive weightloss.
  18. Don't get uptight regarding exercise, but do your absolute best to stick with the prescribed diet. 90% of weightloss is about what goes into your mouth, so focus on that. The reality of the pre-op diet is that you are trying to shrink the liver, not build muscle. I do hope you recover sufficiently to actually have your surgery as per schedule.
  19. There are newer abdominoplasty procedures now that are drainless!!! My surgeon said any drains used will be removed before discharge...but...he has patients in hospital for 4-5 days after abdominoplasty. I don't get how US surgeons do these procedures as day surgery given the size of the incisions required.
  20. I also can't help with the multiple procedures question, but good luck with them all. YouTube has some excellent videos made by folk that have had different procedures, as well as surgeons actually performing them, so it might be worthwhile combing through some. As for the abdominoplasty question, I'd definitely be looking to pay the additional cost to convert from just a panniculectomy to a full abdominoplasty. Without the muscle tightening, naval restoration etc, you're unlikely to ever feel happy with the end result of a a panniculectomy alone unless it's solely for stopping skin breakdown. From what I've seen where there has been massive weightloss as you've had, the results of panniculectomy alone aren't aesthetically pleasing with lots of fat left at the hips and rear. Fortunately I don't have a lot of excess on my rear (although definitely a droopy butt)., because there's no possibility of approval where I am for a 360. I've been approved the highest level abdominoplasty that can be covered here, the Fluer De Lis Abdominoplasty with naval preservation. Unfortunately Covid has completely stopped these procedures where I live for the foreseeable future, so I'm just patiently waiting for the day I get a call to say it can be done.
  21. My RNY gastric bypass was about 4 years ago. I have managed to maintain my weightloss since surgery (at a "healthy BMI" level, for the first time in my life. I did lose the bulk of my excess weight prior to my surgery though, and have done that too many times over the years. It isn't "easy" though. I still have to watch almost everything I eat. Unfortunately, despite taking all my vitamins, and eating a mostly wholefoods diet with lots of protien and calcium, I now have Osteopenia having lost 12.5% of my bone density over the past two years. I also struggle with severe reactive hypoglycemia since my surgery, which has caused additional health issues similar to those suffered by uncontrolled diabetics. My sister also had a gastric bypass just over two years ago (in her case a mini or omega loop bypass), and has since had two life threatening perforated ulcers in the loop which required two open abdominal surgeries under emergency conditions, the second surgery requiring a revision to an RNY bypass. I'm not saying these things to scare you, more to illustrate that the surgery is not without risk. In my real life (ie. not social media) everyone I know that has had WLS has regained significant amounts of weight, with some actually regaining back to where they started. They believed the WLS would do the work for them, although they wouldn't admit to it themselves. This forum though has many folk who have managed to maintain their significant weightloss. When you read their posts you see they have indeed made significant changes to their lifestyles since surgery. This is a MUST if you want to be successful in the longer term. Good luck with your decision. It isn't as simple and straightforward as many make it seem. Only you know what changes you are prepared to make for future success. You are taking a good step though by asking questions of those that have experience in the post surgery lifestyle.
  22. Well done you!!!! Time to update your current stats in your profile. No reputable surgeon/hospital will risk a lawsuit by using equipment not rated for the weight of a patient, so your daughters fears are baseless. That's is of course unless you're flying off to some shady ultra-cheap establishment in Mexico, Dominican Republic etc. Not sure how it is in the US, but in Australia the weight-ratings on equipment is actually tested at 3x the maximum rating, and under movement/force that most equipment would never be normally subjected to. The only real concern when it comes to your weight being managed in a hospital environment sits with the very human health workers and their physical ability to assist someone of your weight should you need it in an emergency. This is something you can help avoid by following instructions to the letter to ensure no slips or falls, plus being patient with staff so they can obtain assistance and/or equipment when they need to move you around the facility. Good luck with your surgery!
  23. I had zero support from friends or family. That didn't stop me going ahead. I lost all my excess weight and have been maintaining that loss for over three years now. I still have people make digs about my supposed obsession regarding my surgery, which is more about how I eat rather than what I say. A lot of it is jealousy in my case, and recognising that is what is happening has been pretty important to me. I'm going to live my life as best I can manage, with or without the support or positive affirmation of others. I didn't have surgery for them, so what they think or talk about is irrelevant. I do have to be careful what I say around others though, as mostly they are very touchy about being obese themselves.
  24. Congrats on the day. I have heard of surgeons not requiring a long liquid diet for some patients. Ideally depends on the state of your liver which they can determine via CT Scan or even just looking at liverenzyme results from blood testing. I'm sure, given the delays you've already had, your surgeon doesn't want you waiting any longer than necessary. They will have assessed your risks prior to scheduling your surgery so quickly.
  25. I had one years before my surgery, so wasn't required to again. My first study I did have severe sleep aponea but the results went from one specialists inbox to another and took three months to surface again. By then I'd lost about 20 kg, so was told the test needed to be redone. I lost another 10 kgs before having the second test, by which time I no longer was deemed to need any treatment. Regardless of your test results, weightloss generally resolves the issue at some point. Some surgeons require sleep tests here in Australia while others don't. Even if someone tests with sleep aponea, the way surgeons deal with it here differs between surgeons. Some do nothing, while others insist on CPAP treatment for a period of time where they monitor comp,ince before surgery.
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