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    Southern New Jersey


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Balsama
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. SouthJerseySleever

    What did you take with you to the hospital?

    My phone, headphones, charger, shampoo/conditioner/soap, flip flops, hairbrush, toothbrush/toothpaste, slippers, robe, and loose fitting clothes to go home in. I used it all. I had a private room but I used my headphones when I was walking the halls. I was in the hospital room for about 36 hours and I was totally out of it for most of that time. I never even turned on the TV. I'm glad my husband didn't stay with me very long, he would have been SO bored. I was either sleeping, walking, or throwing up (that was awesome). I was so so glad to take a shower the morning after my surgery, though, so I'm really glad I brought my own toiletries.It made me feel so much better. I had to have my husband help me (reminded me of my first shower after giving birth).
  2. SouthJerseySleever

    Pre-Op Diet Started, Surgery Date Set!

    I'm now 13 days out from surgery. I weighed this morning and I'm 28 lbs down from my starting weight. I see my Dr on Thursday for my 2 weeks check up and hopefully I'll move onto purees. I am so over the liquid diet at this point. I'm on full liquids, but it's impossible for me to meet my protein goal with just "food" (soups, yogurt, smoothies) so I'm still drinking two shakes a day and I have to force them down. Just smelling them makes me gag. I am sad to say that I'm not one of those people who never felt hungry. I have felt hunger since day 7, but I'm sticking to my eating schedule (1/2 cup food every 3-4 hours or shake). I'm going to talk to my Dr about that on Thursday, but I think it's normal for some people to still feel hungry. Today is my first day back to work and I'm SO glad I took off as much time as I did. While I'm sure I could have gone back earlier last week it was very helpful to be home when I was transitioning from clear to full liquids. I'm actually having a tough time today watching everyone snack on donuts and junk in the office. I'm sitting in my cube sipping on my water bottle. It was easier at home where I didn't have junk food shoved in my face. But, I'll make it through. I want this so bad, I'm not letting donuts get in my way Best of luck to you!
  3. As long as all goes well in insurance land I will be getting sleeved in 12 days (eeeeeeek!) May 17th is THE DAY! I came home on Monday after eating and drinking my way around France and Italy for 2 weeks (best food funeral ever, btw). Even better, I was only up 2.5 lbs from when I left, which was the day after my last visit for my 3 month supervised diet. I wanted to be sure I was under my last recorded weight when I went back to see the surgeon yesterday for my final pre-op visit, so I started my office's pre-op diet just to drop a few pounds. Well, that worked out in my favor b/c they were able to schedule me 13 days out instead of 19 (they only do WLS on Tue & Wed). So, I'm powering through the pre-op diet . My office does 2 - 3 approved protein shakes a day (I use Premier) and 1 high protein, low carb meal a day, with the option to snack on raw veggies whenever. I'm feeling pretty good so far. This weekend I'm planning on preparing for post-surgery meals for my family. I'm a big meal prepper so I'm going to make sure the hubs and 3 kids are set for food so I don't have to cook when I can't eat anything. Looking forward to sharing my journey with everyone
  4. Tomorrow is my mandatory pre-op class. It is the LAST thing on my "to-do" list before my paperwork gets submitted to my insurance company (Federal BCBS). I couldn't get into my surgeons office until next week, so once I show them all of my completed paperwork they will send it off and the waiting game begins. Of course I have a bit of a wrench in the timeline. My husband and I are going to France and Italy for 2 weeks at the end of this month to celebrate our 10th anniversary. GREAT, right?!? Well, yeah, it is, and I've been looking forward to this trip for over a year. BUT it means I can't start my liquid diet until I'm home. Which means more of a wait for surgery. The plan is to start the liquid diet on May 1st and I'm shooting for May 16th as THE DAY as long as all the stars align. Wish me luck!
  5. SouthJerseySleever

    Pre-op procedures

    I had to do a sleep study with pulmonologist visit and clearance if sleep apnea was detected (I had an at home study, no apnea), a psych eval (2 visits), EKG/cardiologist clearance, Upper GI & chest xray, a bunch of bloodwork, and 3 visits with a nutritionist (insurance requirement). Everything but the NUT visits was my required by my surgeon.
  6. SouthJerseySleever

    My 6 months starts today!

    I started my 3 month supervised weight loss program required by my insurance company on Jan 16th I'm aiming for surgery in May.
  7. Thank you! I have a call in to my nurse coordinator to see what she says.
  8. SouthJerseySleever

    Anyone have a really cool job?

    I work as an investigator for a federal law enforcement agency. I love my work, and I feel like I'm fulfilling my civic duty. I get to work from home 1 day a week (as well as situational telework if needed) and I earn plenty of sick and vacation time, so taking off is never an issue. I work a regular 8.5 hr day M-F and have off on federal holidays. I have a flex schedule, so I can come and go as I please as long as I work 8.5 hrs, and there is no dress code (unless I have to go to court or meet with "important" people). I also get to work overseas -- all voluntary, and I pick the places and dates. In the last 2 years I've gone on work trips to Italy, India, England, Belgium, and a few places in Africa. I have an incurable case of wanderlust and my job affords me the ability to travel the world with little personal cost. While I feel like I should be paid more than I am, when I weigh the positives and negatives of transferring to another agency, I always end up much further ahead where I am. I'm most looking forward to more comfortable travel when I get rid of this extra weight!
  9. New here! I had my initial consultation yesterday and while I asked a ton of questions, I'm realizing I left some important questions out. I'm looking for some real world experience anyway, so here I am. I have been working out 3-4 days a week for 2 years. I started with a personal trainer and then moved to Crossfit. I want to keep my workout routine in place up until surgery day (which is still 3+ months away). I don't have to worry about losing weight and no longer qualifying (I've been Crossfitting for 1.5 yrs and haven't lost more than 10 lbs, though I've made significant improvements in my strength and energy levels). In my mind if I stop now then it will be near impossible to get back into it post-surgery. I'm actually hoping that it will help my recovery time, too. So, that leads to my question -- were any of you working out regularly prior to surgery? Do you think you rebounded faster because of it? Were you able to jump right back in to your routine? Crossfit is VERY scale-able and I'm hoping to get back to class within 4-6 weeks post-op. Just trying to see if that is at ALL realistic. Thanks
  10. I'm hoping someone will answer this, too. I had my initial consult yesterday and this was mentioned, but I didn't think to ask more about it.