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About Gin820

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  • Birthday 08/20/1982

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    Southern Ohio
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  • Hospital
    Kings Daughters Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Tomkins

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  1. Ok, so 3 weeks out from VSG. Everything is going pretty well. I just started on solid foods... Yay! So far I can handle what I've had, which is just chicken and fish. My problem is that I absolutely cannot tell when I am full and suddenly I'm overfull and miserable. I do not have any signal that I'm getting there. What I have been doing is measuring about 4 oz and eating it. Apparently that is too much. How do I know when to stop before its too much?
  2. An update...

    Hi everyone. Surgery was 12/11/17. I had VSG. Everything went well and I went home the following day. I am on full liquids until 12/27, then 2 weeks of pureed, then 2 weeks of soft, then REAL food! lol HW 258 SW 223 CW 214 GW 120 Its going well. Although I am starting to feel hungry often now. I am getting in most of my protein goal and most of my 64 oz liquid goal. I'm hoping I'll feel full longer with the pureed food at least. I am eating 2-3 oz at a time and get about 350-550 calories a day. It's been a strange sensation, but overall not too bad.
  3. Almost there....

    So true on that! Did you have your surgery last week? How is everything?
  4. Almost there....

    Hi all, It's been a minute since I've been on here. I am approved for surgery and started my 2 week pre-op semi-liquid diet (one solid meal a day with 2 protein shakes and clears throughout the day). I see the surgeon to schedule my date on 11/28. Surgery will be a few days after. Decided on VSG. Very excited and I do not care about the holiday eating extravaganza I will be "missing." It is fine with me.
  5. Congrats to everyone having surgery this month? You can do it! I started my 2 week pre-op liquid diet this past Saturday. I see the surgeon on 11/28 to schedule the big day! Can't wait!
  6. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I'm still pre-op, but have some NSV's to add... I've shrank so all my jeans are now too big. Rather than spend money on jeans every few months, I've started buying LuLaRoe leggings. The Tall and Curvy size fit sizes 14-22. When I started I couldn't wear get a pair over my legs and now leggings is all I wear. (Yes, I make sure my shirts are long enough to cover my bottom and I do wear dress pants if I'm going somewhere that warrants them.) I will save a bit of money on clothes since I will be able to wear the leggings for quite a while. And they actually look good! I get compliments all the time! Also, I have gone from a BMI of 52 to 44! Yay!
  7. Had my psych eval....

    Thanks to both of you! So excited for this journey!
  8. Had my psych eval....

    Hi NerdyLady, Sorry so long to respond. I haven't been on here in a while. I have bipolar disorder as well and have had more than a few hospitalizations relating to it. Her concern was that I would not be able to take certain medications that I need. I met with my surgeon last month and he agreed. Although I did discover that this surgeon and his group much prefer VSG over RNY. I'm sure this has something to do with it. This Friday I have my endoscopy to see what's what in there and that will cement things I suppose. Of course, I am terrified that I won't lose enough weight with the sleeve or will have major issues that require a revision to RNY. I much prefer one surgery so hopefully this does not occur. The malabsorption of the RNY also scares me. I know taking vitamins and adhering to the rules cuts down this risk, but it can still happen anyway. I know it also can happen with the sleeve too. And gosh if I think too much about it, I scare myself out of WLS all together! Another issue to consider is that I really don't want to have to take more time off work due to having the RNY and I do not want the extended liquid diet that comes with VSG. Of course I can do it and I will follow all the rules associated with my surgery, but the less the better. Anyway, those are my thoughts. I so much enjoy this board and the support that comes with it!
  9. Had my psych eval....

    Last Friday I met with the social worker who conducted my psych eval for surgery. She said I passed! She is recommending me for surgery! However, because I have a psych history she recommends the sleeve over the bypass. I definitely understand this and have come to agree. And apparently my surgeon much prefers the sleeve over the bypass for his patients, though it is my choice. So while I definitely understand why some choose the bypass over sleeve, for me I do think sleeve is best. And I feel at peace with that decision. Although in explaining it to my family (again) they agreed and said, "Well, you can always have the sleeve taken off." So I said, "Ok, let me start again..." I think they understand now, though they DO NOT support it really. But its my decision. I'm doing it. I can't wait. Down 9 pounds so far. Yay!
  10. Why RNY and not sleeve?

    I posted a few days ago that I had decided on the sleeve. And once again I am thinking about the bypass. It's hard to really decide which one is best for me. I've decided that I'm going to talk with my surgeon and see what he recommends. I meet with him in the next month or so.
  11. Brand New and Trying to Decide..

    I am still pre-op, but I started off wanting the band. After doing a lot of research and reading I decided that I would rather have the sleeve. Many doctors do not do the band anymore due to complications and low results. I also have 2 friends who have had the band and urged me not to do so. Find a program you are comfortable with and can trust. Good luck!
  12. Gin's Story

    Thanks for the comments guys. I guess I was feeling like I needed to let it all out the day I posted that! I read through it and sometimes I can’t believe everything that happened. It’s all about moving forward though. And that’s what I’m doing. J
  13. Moving along

    I’m starting to get really excited about everything. After doing a lot of reading about the pros and cons of both the RNY and VSG and seeing many before and after pictures, I think I am confident that the VSG is right for me. Granted I haven’t talked to the surgeon yet, but from talking with the RN in charge of the program it seems that he prefers the VSG anyway. Though I would prefer the extra benefits of the RNY (faster weight loss, dumping as a deterrent, better chance of diabetes being cured), the possible side effects of the RNY (greater chance of hypoglycemia, strictures, hernias, vitamin deficiencies, ect.) are steering me towards VSG. No offense to anyone who has had the RNY (and if my surgeon absolutely insists this is the one for me, I will do it). I just feel this will be best for me. I intend to stick to the program completely so I know I will lose weight with the VSG. Another reason for the VSG is the quicker healing time (though I know this varies and is not guaranteed). I need to take off the least amount of work possible and I have a desk job so I anticipate no more than 2 weeks (hopefully). So I am continuing on my pre-op diet. Cutting more carbs out. I’m trying ti stay away from the scale since I get depressed if it isn’t what I hope for. I am walking every day now. And an NSV this morning, as I sleepily pulled a pair of jeans out my closet and put them on, I realized they were my “tight” jeans that I haven’t been able to fit in a while. They buttoned up! Yay! My A1C is now 8.7, down from 10. It has to be under 8 for surgery. I am moving in the right direction! While I wish I could have surgery RIGHT NOW, I know I will appreciate this time later as I learn to hone my diet plan. And now if I could only cut out the caffeine! (I will, don't worry). Anyway, that is all! Thanks for listening (reading)! J
  14. Feeling Irritated

    Thanks for all your advice. Reading through this forum has really encouraged me. I am getting rid of the carbs and will monitor my sugar often. Today I only had 50 grams of carbs so I am moving in the right direction. I can't wait to get to the other side.
  15. Gin's Story

    So I'm relatively new here and have been reading through the personal stories. I find them inspirational. I thought I would add mine and then update it throughout the journey. I'm the oldest of 2 children, I have a sister who is 4 years younger than me. We grew up in an unstable environment. My father was an industrial electrician. He would work in start up power plants or other large companies until they were complete and then he would be on to the next job. We often lived far away from wherever he worked so lots of times he would be gone for weeks at a time and then come home for a few days. I'm really not sure why we didn't live closer to where he worked other than the fact that some of the jobs only lasted a few months and he would try to find something that would allow us to continue living in whatever home we had until the current lease was up. He made good money, but this meant we moved about once a year. Sometimes to other states, sometimes within the same state but in another town. I changed schools constantly. It was difficult for me to make friends because I was shy anyway, but it was harder to keep them since we moved all the time. Mom was a stay at home mom, but had a lot of mental illnesses. She was diagnosed with clinical depression with reoccurring schizophrenic episodes. She also has borderline personality disorder. My sister and I found her after many suicide attempts and she was hospitalized many times. Sometimes she would stay medicated for a while and then she would stop the medication. She was also a hypochondriac who would profess that she was dying often. My sister and I planned a future funeral many times. She would often stay in bed all day. When she did get up she would usually scream at my sister and I for various reasons. We didn't clean well enough, didn't prepare dinner the proper way, or the fact that we existed while her husband was away at work. We were cussed at and beaten regularly by my mom. When dad would come home, we would tell him and he would say he was sorry for leaving us with her, but had no choice since he had to work. When I was 13 we moved to central Florida and Dad got a permanent job. He was home every night. This made Mom happier and she was easier to deal with. Through the years I ate more and more and was pretty chubby starting around middle school. Not obese, but overweight. I dieted all the time. Lose it, gain it. Lose it, gain it. In high school it became apparent that my parents were not getting along. Dad began to drink a lot and I found out he had a cocaine habit as well. Mom also had a problem, but preferred marijuana. Since Dad was home more, it became evident he could not really bear to be around Mom much. He cheated frequently and eventually they announced they were getting divorced. I chose to live with Dad. My sister chose Mom. I was 18 and Dad and I got a place together. Soon after I met an older man. I began spending a lot of time with him. Living with Dad proved to be difficult since he brought different women home all the time. I moved in with my boyfriend quickly. Still overweight, but not yet obese. My boyfriend began to show his true colors and abused me physically, mentally, and sexually. I stayed because he threatened to kill me if I left. I was scared. I didn't want anyone to know so I stayed away from my family. In the meantime my sister had gone to live with Dad and he had started traveling for work again. I stayed with this man for 2 years. I got pregnant and had my oldest son at 19. I gained about 50 pounds from the pregnancy and could not get it often. My boyfriend continued his abuse but also ridiculed me for the weight gain. He cheated on me, drank often, and was more abusive than ever. I was stupid and stayed. When my son was 5 months old, he actually tried to kill me. Neighbors called the police, thank goodness. My son and I left for good and we moved in with my Mom and her new boyfriend. Not where I wanted to go, but I had no choice. Dad was living in MS but still had a drug problem. When my son was a year old, I met a new man and I moved in with him quickly to escape living with my Mom which had become unbearable. While I really didn't love him, he was kind to me and my son. We lived together about 2 years and I had another son. I gained an additional 50 pounds this time. My boyfriend was over 400 lbs himself so we had poor eating habits. We tried many diets together, but we would both lose and then gain it all back. We eventually got married. We stayed married for about 3 years. I soon found out he was cheating and we separated. At that time my Mom had returned to Ohio to care for her father. Having no where to go and no career options, I moved in with her. She told me she would watch my kids if I went to nursing school and helped with my grandpa. So I did. I lived with her and grandpa for 5 years. It was a 2 bedroom single wide trailer. I had a bed in the living room and my kids actually shared a room with my Mom. I finished nursing school and got a good job. Grandpa died around the time I finished school. He had been a big supporter of mine and I miss him terribly. During this 5 year period my weight stayed the same. I continued to diet off and on with no real success. I developed type 2 diabetes around age 22. I now also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I saved up money for a year and bought my own place, next door to my mom's. She had mellowed out some over the years and while she refuses to acknowledge anything from my childhood I found that as long as I agreed with her on things we could get along. My oldest son began abusing my younger son unbeknownst to me. He was 12 and the younger one was 10. When I found out I called the police and he was removed from the home. He served 18 months in a treatment center for boys and was released last year. He is now 15. My younger son cannot be around anymore because of the trauma. He now lives in Florida with my ex-husband. Separating my boys and living away from one is so hard. It nearly tore me apart. During the time my oldest was away I attempted suicide 3 times. I was hospitalized each time. So now I am 34. I weight 257 lbs at 5'1". It is the heaviest I have ever been. I have since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder along with diabetes and more. I have tried Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Adkins, South Beach, Adipex, and just regular counting calories to no avail. Recently my primary care physician suggested WLS. I researched it and made an appointment. I am in month 1 of a 6 month required diet. I am working the program and hope to have surgery by the end of the year. Mentally I'm doing great. Despite my weight I am happy. I have a great job that I love. I make decent money. I see my youngest son every summer when he comes to visit now. My oldest son has been rehabilitated and is in counseling. He is doing well and is very remorseful. His brother and he are able to talk on the phone now and I hope eventually they can have a healthy relationship again. I am in therapy. I take my meds. My mom still lives next door and helps with my son. My sister now lives there too with her 4 year old daughter. Everything is great except for my weight. So that is what I am going to focus on. My family is not 100% behind me on WLS, but they know I am doing it regardless. I know it won't be easy, but I am going to do it. Sorry this was so long. I honestly condensed it a lot. But it helps for me to get my story out there. Despite horrible circumstances we can succeed. We can go on and better ourselves. Eventually I hope to be an inspiration to someone else starting this journey. Thanks for reading.