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  1. Welcome @Jule ! Congratz on your sleeve surgery! The first few days were a bit rough, but I can assure you it does get better! I would say keep moving (even if just short walks inside the house). Make sure you get your liquids in also, I think my surgeon's requirement was an ounce every 15 minutes. I did not have a hernia repair, so my pain was mostly the first 2 days, more so at the site of the largest incision where they removed part of my stomach. I took a couple weeks off work but in reality I was probably feeling well enough after one week to go back to work. I have a desk job though, nothing strenuous! I assume you are on liquids for a couple weeks or until your next follow-up appt with the surgeon. This site has a ton of helpful information on it, and many nice people willing to answer questions. Glad you found us! Welcome to the loser's bench!
  2. Hi Heather and welcome! It seems you have given surgery a lot of thought, which is great. It is not easy, though some people think WLS is the easy way out. The support of family is definitely helpful. As far as your mother in law, I would guess she really does care about you, and it is awesome that she is going to see the surgeon with you. I would hope the surgeon will put her fears at ease. My experience with WLS was very positive. I only wish I had done it sooner! There is a wealth of information on this website and feel free to ask any questions. Best of luck to you on your journey!
  3. Hello everyone! I have been taking CVS's Spectravite Women's Gummies (multivitamins) for the last 4+ years post sleeve. Lately it is very hard to find this product in their stores, and for some reason they cancelled my online order. Any recommendations on a multivitamin gummy or chewables replacement for me? Which do you use? Thanks!
  4. Hey Kool we had the same surgeon! How are you doing? @Kool Konz
  5. Welcome to both of you! This site is a great resource. Feel free to post any questions you have
  6. You look AMAZING Tracy! Such a great update thanks for sharing the pics! <3
  7. You will still be able to drink water. The goal is 64 ounces a day. You may be used to chugging more than that! Four years out I can drink pretty fast. Also keep in mind that as you drop the weight and have less fat, you may not sweat as much doing those activities. I rarely sweat! However, on the flip side once you lose the fat you are cold more often!
  8. Hi Vincent! It is so completely normal to have second thoughts/fears. What you need to know is that weight loss surgery will extend your life expectancy! Just think on that for a moment. I am 55, and for me the opportunity to extend how many years I have with my spouse, children and grandchildren made WLS very worth it for me! I had the sleeve 4 years ago and my only regret is that I did not have it sooner. I will reply to your questions per my experience. 1) I have never ever vomited since I had sleeve surgery. Not once! Post-surgery, you will not be able to drink a full glass of water immediately. When I got home from the hospital, concentrating on a "shot glass" of water every 15 minutes was the goal. You really don't feel like eating or drinking so I can't imagine drinking water until you threw up immediately post surgery. 2) I have never vomited post-sleeve. 3) You may need to crush up your meds, but check with your surgeon on their best advice with the meds. 4) The pre-op liquid diet is hard, much harder than post-surgery. I am not sure how long you have been on it, but by day 3 I felt better. Once I had the surgery, I really had no appetite and being on a liquid diet post-surgery really wasn't that big of a deal. 80-85% of my stomach was gone so honestly being on liquids after that was okay. I was tired too pre-surgery. Post-surgery it only took me about a week to feel better. I took two weeks off work however. 5) I have never dumped with my sleeve. 6) I have had reflux a handful of times. I determined that when I ate something and then immediately laid down for a nap, that was a bad idea Once I knew not to eat anything close to sleep time I did not have reflux again. Though my surgeon gives a prescription for nausea if needed, I never had to fill it. Please do not worry. You are on you way to HAVING YOUR LIFE BACK!!!
  9. Hello! I would recommend she go back to her weight loss surgeon to see if there are any issues.
  10. TammyP

    Hello!

    @Nana Trish Oh my goodness at Kindergarten!!! Our oldest grandaughter Ameera will by 5 on June 1st, so she is also heading off to Kindergarten in the fall. It really is surreal how fast they grow, isn't it? Super glad Harper's Mama has been able to be home so much also. This fall will be a big change for her! It seems like just yesterday I was getting my kids out of bed to get on the school bus... How can I be this old? LOL Lots of love and hugs to you my dear friend! I still need to post some pics from home - at the office again. xoxoxo <3
  11. TammyP

    Hello!

    @Nana Trish Aww Zoey is so cute! She looks so very healthy and loved <3 Super glad the potty training is better now too. I can relate to the struggle lol. My puppy Teddy is now 9 months old. He does go outside, but also like to sneak to a potty pad once in a while lol. I guess as long as he is on a potty pad all is well. He is a little guy only 8# maltese/yorkie mix. I will need to post pics later since I am at work at the moment. My most exciting news of 2021 thus far is the birth of our second granddaughter on 4/29! Juniper was 6lb 6oz 19 3/4" long and is the most perfect baby I have ever seen! I was there for her birth which was fantastic! My daughter was only in induced labor for less than 4 hours! We are over the moon since this baby only lives 2 blocks from us. Our other granddaughter is almost 5 and she is in Wisconsin. We are blessed beyond measure and I will need to post some pics of baby girl soon too! <3 As far as vaccinations, I have had both modern shots. The first one I felt fine. The second one I was incredibly tired the next day but that was it. Work is requiring us all back in the office on June 1st. I have to admit I have enjoyed the time at home and I do not look forward to being back in the office. Hugs to all!
  12. How exciting!!! Congratz Mike! Please continue to let us know how you are doing
  13. Trust me, your body is still in "freak out starvation mode", so you will have plateaus. You must try very hard to get more liquids in. Keep following your plan and you WILL lose. My only regret is that I did not have my WLS sooner
  14. My experience with my sleeve was a positive one. 3.5 years after my sleeve, I still feel constriction when I try to eat too much. Weight loss surgery is not a magical pill, it is still a LOT of work. But I have a tool in place (much smaller stomach) that gives me a massive advantage over other conventional weight loss programs/philosophies. Best of luck to you in whatever route you choose. We are here if you have any further questions
  15. It's been Armageddon here in Dallas and most of Texas. We lost power for 16 hours and single digit temps made things awful. I am grateful we only had 16 hours without power, many have had no power for days. I grew up in Minnesota so I am no rookie to the cold. Major differences in the south for those not familiar: 1) No snowplows or salt on the roads. You just wait for it to thaw~ 2) Black ice is no joke 3) No one even owns a snow shovel here 4) There is very little insulation in the homes here so any heat dissipates very quickly. We are fortunate as no pipes have burst yet. Our hot water heater pipe was frozen but we were able to thaw it with a space heater to have hot water again once our power was restored on Tuesday. I have had to file an insurance claim as our inground pool froze over with no power and the pool pump and equipment have frozen and cracked. Again, we are grateful as things are much worse for many here. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated <3
  16. My favorite as well! And so convenient because it is pre-mixed. I prefer mine refrigerated, and be sure to shake well before drinking.
  17. TammyP

    Hello!

    Hello sweet @Nana Trish! It was really good to read your post! I am glad you all are hanging in there honey. I was so excited to see you have a new family member, as we do as well! Teddy joined our home 4 months ago. He was 6 months old this week. He is 3/4 maltese and 1/4 yorkie (referred to as Morkies). This little man has brought a lot of joy to our home, and of course some frustration at times. Let's face it even the most adorable puppies can be little monsters LOL. My hubby had a procedure yesterday to alleviate his horrible reflux. He had a Linx device inserted around his esophagus. He has incisions just like mine from my sleeve so now we are twinsies! I have been making him walk walk walk, as he is uncomfortable with the gas buildup. I'm thankful for all I have learned here to be able to help him in his recovery. I hope more people post updates soon - love and miss you all! <3
  18. April, you need to do this FOR YOU. Only you know the pain you feel every day being trapped with all this weight. I am sorry your children are not being supportive. We support you, and are here for you!
  19. There is NOTHING wrong with you @hilllsister! I am sorry your family is not being supportive. Most of that may come from a lack of understanding the benefits of WLS. But at the same time, if they don't want to listen to your reasonings, you cannot force them to do so. I really talked about WLS a LOT while I was going through the process. Sometimes I needed to hold back and realize my husband may not wanna hear about this so much (even though he was supportive). Sometimes I just needed to step back and focus those around me, to still stay in touch with their lives and needs. It is easy to get caught up with the excitement of all the life changes, but not everyone will want to jump on the wagon with you. That is one of the awesome things about this site - We are here to support you, and we LOVE to talk about WLS! Hang in there <3
  20. Good to hear from you @msmarymac! You summarized so well how many of us are feeling. Thank you for sharing. For some reason there is comfort in knowing we are not alone during these crazy times. I am also up and over goal weight by 8 pounds. It's sort of a balancing act as some people try to rationalize letting me know I still look good, 8# isnt a lot, you look fine blah blah blah. Which then in turn I struggle with accepting their rationalizations and have a very hard time buckling down like I know I should. People who have not had obesity issues just don't really understand what a precarious tight rope we walk with regain. I would imagine you are getting exercise during those long work hours! Time for yourself seems very much in order. My daughter and I may check into a Yoga class. I have never done Yoga so sort of looking forward to it. Hang in there Mary, you've got this!
  21. Great job @Ladybugzzz86! 15 pounds is fantastic! I need to get off 7 pounds to be back to goal. I am trying to be more mindful of fullness vs. mindlessly just eating everything on my plate, as well as less carbs, and getting back on my exercise bike. What was your strategy to lose the 15 pounds?
  22. Great job Charlie! Personally, I lost about 80 pounds and I have loose skin. Keep up the good work and stay diligent
  23. @Nana Trish Wow just wow! You both look so good! Like much thinner and younger versions of yourselves. Do you even recognize yourself now in the pre-surgery pics sweetie?
  24. Hiya honey! Miss you too! How are things going? I am definitely enjoying carbs too much. So frustrating in that I know what to do, but the mind games I play with myself to rationalize these carbs! Ack!
  25. I had a uterine ablation about 12 years ago and never had a period again! At that time, I was bleeding heavily and cramping a lot, sort of like I was suddenly 13 again LOL. Ablation did wonders for me. I was past childbearing, so make sure to discuss that with your doctor as well since you are only 35.
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