Aussie Bear

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!!!
  4. 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?
  5. 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 stores....no luck as yet though given they arent a current trend....in my mind they always should be....but I'm a bogan!!!
  6. Aussie Bear

    Revision

    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.
  7. Aussie Bear

    Revision

    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.
  8. Aussie Bear

    Revision

    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 SA...at 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
  9. 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 scans....one 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.
  10. 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 July....so 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. From all the research I've done regarding regain, 5 years is the real danger time for regain after bypass...it'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.
  16. 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!!!!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Congratulations @delilas. Life will never be the same for you again.....in an amazing way.
  21. You are such a skinny Nana these days. Once the knee improves I can just picture you and Harper having running races.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. An even stronger argument can be made that glycaemic load is far more important than glycaemic index..... And that cuts out all those grains used by the supposed diet company frozen meals. Interestingly though using glycemic load let's all the fruits in. Glycaemic load takes normal portion sizes into consideration which isn't something considered by glycaemic index. Yes I realise this was a necro-post, but wanted to make the very important distinction between glycaemic load and index.
  25. They really are just meeting their patients demands though which is really sad as well. I was talking to someone a few months ago who had already revised from sleeve to bypass due to regain. She was regaining again after not following her diet, and when questioned about it by a third party to the conversation, just said she'd go back for another revision when it got bad enough. Seriously no concern at all for just how seriously these surgeries change up the strength of the stomach tissue. In Australia though the private health insurance companies don't have the final say when it comes to approval, if a surgeon says you need it, they have to pay if your cover level includes bariatric surgery. In this case I think the insurers having more input into the process could be advantageous, especially from an education requirement.