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About NerdyToothpick

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    TT Master

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Boston and LA
  • Age


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Corvala Lopez
  • Hospital
    Angeles Hospital, Tijuana Mexico
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I’m overweight now!!

    I hope that this doesn’t sound terrible because I mean it in a genuinely curious way. I didn’t realize that people with white skin developed the dark rings. I thought that is was due to hyperpigmentation that affects many people of color. God forbid I actually do any research on the rings. I alway learn something new on TTF!
  2. Medical update from the LadyB ;)

    I’m actually a millennial, trapped inside the body of a 40-something woman.
  3. My secret

    @Lankyliz You aren’t the only one who hasn’t told anyone. I paid for my surgery out of pocket so I had to tell my husband. He traveled with with my daughter and me, so he had to know. I flat out lied to my parents. I wouldn’t have even told them but I had to rely on them for after care. Plus they care to care for my toddler. Since the surgery, I’ve told a few people. I haven’t regretted the people I’ve told and frankly, it’s no one’s business. I’ve become skilled at cutting people off and saying, “I know I look different” and quickly change the topic. It took some inner work to find something that worked for me. Ultimately, it’s your decision who to tell. You can tell everyone or no one. It’s your life and you don’t owe anyone anything. xo
  4. Medical update from the LadyB ;)

    Oh @Ladybugzzz86! While I’m sorry to hear of your health troubles, I’m glad that you received medical care quickly. My mom had a blood clot episode and I know it is scary. I can’t tell you how to feel, but I can assure you that your TT family is behind you. Is your wife able to be with you? Do you have any family members nearby? If not, please, please, please come to TTF as often as you can. Even if you can’t update, know that we are all thinking of you. Sending you strength and love, NT
  5. Excited for follow up care!

    Hi everyone! Thanks for all the replies. I’m helping my bestie move, so it’s been a busy day. I want to go to a barriatric facility for a couple of reasons. My PCP is a lovely person and a skilled doctor but knows little about WLS. I have many questions that she can’t answer. She will often give me a blanket answer and I’m not satisfied. I haven’t had an in person follow up appointment since my WLS in April. While my surgical clinic is always happy to speak to me (and a doctor responds within minutes of my call!!), I’d be happier having a face to face appointment. I want to speak to someone who has direct experience with WLS and a nutritionist who has worked with bypass patients. As much as I don’t like to admit it, part of me is paranoid about my health. There is a little voice in the back of my head that is afraid I fked up my health because I was “merely” obese. I know this is irrational but having a trained medical professional evaluate me will put my mind at rest. @Res Ipsa My daughter was born at MAH. OMG, the maternity ward is fancier than my apartment. I had a huge room over looking the Charles. I had two TVs (!) and a workspace for my husband. We had an extra bed for my husband and a working fireplace! The Head of the Charles was that weekend and it was a lovely distraction during my four day stay. @Kio The Brigham said no. @BurgundyBoy Your experience was so positive and made me call. I’m glad I did and your words have helped me tremendously. @TP1210 You are on! I went to grad school at BC and spent two years studying at coffee shops in Newton Centre.
  6. How long did it take for your weight to stabilize?

    Since my last response to this question, I’m been pleasantly surprised at how much arm flab I have lost. I never expected so much of my loose skin to disappear. Of course, I still have my third and fourth underarm boobs but nothing else everything else has slowly melted away. Now if I could only get my tummy, thighs and butt to do the same. I am pretty certain that I will have breast surgery in the years to come. Even though they are little, the sad saggy breasts are the bane of my existence. Maybe I just need a heavily padded bra from Victoria’s Secret???
  7. I’m still figuring out how to do this thing called maintenance. Without trying, I’ve lost a few more pounds which puts me in the high 130’s. I’m still at a healthy weight, despite my mom’s insistence that I’m dying (insert mumbled prayers and dramatic sighs). I’m intentionally upping my calories and doing my best to think about the food choices I make on a daily basis. I’m also eating more carbohydrates, so that I don’t stay in ketosis. Are potatoes a smart choice for post-op patients like me? Today, I made this recipe and I had a a cup (measured, of course). It was tasty and filling. I had hit my protein goals for the day, so I felt good about my choice...until I started obsessing over the possible poor choice of potatoes. Folks, care to weigh in? Pun intended.
  8. Excited for follow up care!

    Most of you know that my surgical team is in Mexico, over 3,000 miles away from Boston. I’ve tried to find a local Bariatric clinic that will provide after care. I’m excited to say that I’ve found a clinic that has accepted me as a patient. I’ll be going to Auburn Hospital’s (what whaaat, @BurgundyBoy) Weight Management Center. It’s a bit of a hike from my home but it’s worth the trip. My surgical team in Mexico is willing to continue “virtually” seeing me, but I feel better knowing I have a local connection. Every hospital I called in Boston turned me down as a new patient because I didn’t have my surgery at their hospital. I have an appointment on Feb 1st! Yay!!
  9. A double milestone I could never have expected

    Daaaaamn, Aussie Bear! You have skinny legs for miles!
  10. The next goal is in the books :)

    You are one satisfying poop away from onderland!!
  11. The next goal is in the books :)

    It’s been eight months? It seems like yesterday you were getting ready to go into the OR. I’m super duper happy that you are on your way to goal!
  12. My secret

    Oh Liz! I am incredibly happy for you.
  13. Starting the removal

    This post made me tear up a bit. I’m incredibly happy for you.
  14. Starting the removal

    I’ve long admired your story but I didn’t realize that you were diabetic. You continue to inspire me. Best of luck with the healing process.
  15. One month, but got to start somewhere ;)

    @Jen581791 Did someone say research project??