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  1. Good for’ll be strong and healthy for that new knee!
  2. Wow, @Nana Trish, that is amazing, unless you don’t want that, in which case it must seem frightening. Glad you are starting to turn the corner for the good though. Take care of yourself! (((Hugs)))
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    Do take care @Kio....glad it is over and done and I hope the gas disapates asap!!! (((Hugs)))
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    still here!

    Hmmm, I have waited 52 years to be one of the cool kids!!!!! Hahaha! Do I get your copay for helping diagnose you? Haha! Seriously I had NO side effects/after effects from losing my GB......I noticed absolutely no difference! It was much easier and less painful than my WLS. (My biggest pain in my WLS was the incision on my waist that they pulled the stomach out, didn’t have that w/ my GB which was smaller than my stomach i would assume. (Had it laparoscopically). I had my surgery during Christmas break so i wouldn’t have to get a sitter for my kids. I had it 12/22 and was back to work 1/2 when the kids went back and i was perfectly fine. Of course that was 20 years ago, and they have probably approved since then even. Good luck w/ your surgery and you’ll certainly be glad to be beyond the attacks! Keep us posted!
  5. I am always slapped back to reality when I see them. I am blown away when they are laying on their bed eating fried chicken and chips and think “I can’t ever let myself lose control again”. I get so sad for them and know how hard it is to control on your own (though honestly 600# is so unbelievable I don’t know how they cope. I’d give up (quite literally)
  6. I must say @delilas, you have the most amazing cheek bones! (And gorgeous color eyes) Wow, you should be a model!!! Hope your baby girl looks JUST like her momma! (But she will never know you heavy, as far as she’ll know, you’ve always been a healthy, active momma!)
  7. Read this the other day but didn’ have time to respond. I LOVE going to mine. It’s only once a month but i haven’t missed a month since I started (a few months out). Everyone there “gets” it. There are those who don’t take it seriously or do well (“I can’t give up pasta, I am Italian, I HAVE to have it at every meal”) But there are the successful people I can learn from and lots of tips etc that I gather. They know me as a “superstar” there which is funny bc I once said “if you could see the REAL superstars on my board, you wouldn’t think I was so great!” Haha! Anyway, I hope you can make it next month, it will be worth it, if even for your self esteem!
  8. That is awesome to visualize! And nooooooo, don’t spend the money on $60 jeans yet....go to a thrift store because it WILL change and you WILL go down again!
  9. You look amazing! I never saw that before picture, i only remember seeing you pretty small and that is how I “know” you so to see you bigger just made me realize how SUPER SUCCESSFUL you’ve been. On to the other part....i am sure you are scared that you won’t ever stop but I must say I wish I had that problem. I stopped long ago and I struggle keeping it down to 155. My body seems to want to go up and I still have to fight it. So, obviously bodies have their own way of handling the afters of the surgery and yours seems (to me) like the dream body that just wants to keep losing! however that isn’t a comfort to you when your dr is saying you need to put the brakes on, I am sure! We all have our fears and struggles and even though we’ve all lost a lot of weight, we still have to deal with our weight and our feelings that are tied to it. So I empathize with you and your pain/fear. Btw, love the pants pic, how cool is that!?!?!?! Also, I don’t think ppl see the blogs as often. There have been times I have posted on mine and not gotten anyone reading it for a long while but once someone comments, it seems to keep coming up on the activity page (which is where I find things).
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    still here!

    I was about to hunt you down, when I finally had time to spend time here to! Glad to hear you’re doing ok plan wise, but sorry about the internal issues. Hopefully they figure it out asap and get you treated! Don’t totally rule out GB yet....many ppl develop gallstones when they lose a lot of weight (I don’t have to worry about it this time, i had mine out after i lost weight w/ phen-fen!). Although you know you best and having had the diverticulitis flare up before you know what it feels like. Keep us posted and hopefully you feel better asap! 160??? You were right, are chasing me down and catching up (down!)....good for you!!!!
  12. Thanks for the info! I think i will look into it!
  13. Have you had your iron checked? Mine is always low but when I am severely anemic, I get terrible leg cramps! It usually makes me remember to take my iron supplements (twice daily plus it is in my multivits I take twice daily). It helps (IF) you’re anemic.
  14. Whoops, I just realized it is Friday! I keep forgetting bc we were away this week and came home late Wednesday night so yesterday at work felt like Monday and then today seems like Tuesday! Haha! When I realized it was passed Wednesday i checked to see how your stitches removal went...nice that you didn’t have any!
  15. I do have back problems so I might try it eventually. How did you have to document it? (Or didn’t you?) stitches aren’t usually painful to mostly just feel tugging, not pain. If they are removing them, that means your skin is already held together so it doesn’t hurt as if they are pulling apart. It shouldn’t be bad. Good luck!
  16. Can’t believe you’ve hit a year, @Cindy Lou Who!!! Granted you were successful looooong before you hit your one year surgiversary! You are the epitome of a successful WLS candidate! The true poster child!!! I am so super proud of you and love your inspiration you’ve given us all! Enjoy your surgerversary and take today to glory in your success!!!!!
  17. Sounds like such a quick recovery! Good for you! Glad you’re glad! Wish I had the funds for one too! I know I would feel better about myself w/ that done.
  18. You’’ve done an amazing job on you, @AliPat!!! And you look great! Keep it up and you’ll be a size 6 before you know it!!
  19. You ( both!) look FABULOUS!!! You know that “glow” they speak of? You. Got. It. !!!! I think you are right on line w/ your weight gain and growth, and as soon as she’s born you can get back to walking etc. (pushing a stroller!) I had the same thing w/ my pelvis....and ouch is all i can say! My daughter had the same thing too. I was glad for those hormones and the stretching and opening of my pelvis when it came time to getting a big baby out but darn, those few months before were a killer. Cheese and cold lettuce sound amazing (and I am not pg!)...and really so much better than chocolate cake and pizza! glad your sleeve is in place and working for you and helping you not gain 50# with the pg!!!! You are really set up for success! Thank you for sharing!
  20. Hey there, little’s baby girl doing?  I am guessing you should be in your third trimester now?  (Or just about). How are you feeling?  Getting excited?  Update us all when you can (and a baby bump too, please! :D )

  21. Wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong (as my family could attest to..haha!). Our diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is almost always pink and is sold alone but that is what they use in Tylenol PM our Advil PM to make you drowsy. But since it is an antihistamine, it stops itching. I keep it on hand all of the time since it is good to give someone in case of an allergic reaction (like from a bee sting etc). We do have. Phenergan in the US also... My dr gave me phenergan (Rx) for after my surgery in case I got nauseated. I find it so interesting how different each country is with meds. In Mexico we were at a store that sold RXs that you just ask for and buy with out a prescription! I was astonished! My parents buy their rxs from Canada bc it is so much cheaper than even their Medicare copay.
  22. I am guessing it is diphehydramine or Benadryl. That is an antihistamine that comes in 25 mg pills (OTC). Most OTC “night time” pain meds are actually Tylenol or ibuprofen mixed with this. It is relatively safe but if you don’t want another chemical in the mix, I would ask the dr @Nana Trish that looks lovely....actually it looks pretty normal for how soon after surgery you are, but it will get better looking and you’ll have a matching zipper looking line on the other knee soon so it will just look like you can take your knees in and out through the opening! Haha! Hope youre healing faster and faster by the day!
  23. It is still winter here in the NE but we were at a convention in FL over the week w/ 4 other couples that we are very close with (none of them know I had surgery bc, frankly only my family knows still). we went down very early Sunday so my husband and i spent the day on Coco beach which was perfect bc i am far to saggy in my bathing suit to share that experience w/ even my closet friends. The conference was over Wed at noon and we weren’t scheduled to fly out until 10 pm so my husband and i were going back to the beach until one other couple wanted to spend the day w/ us and head back to the airport together as they didn’t have a rental car. I debated about it long and hard in my head. I love these two ppl but she is so tiny and naturally thin (and much younger) and I knew that despite my enjoying this couple, I knew i would be totally distracted the whole time w/ my own body issues and never have an ounce of peace or fun. Instead, I suggested we go to Disney Springs for the afternoon which was a lot of fun (and free) and we were still out in the gorgeous. Florida sunshine! It was a win-win w/o me being obsessed with ME! while at the beach on Sunday though, I wasn’t as crazy as I could have been bc I kept seeing other ppl that looked the same as me (or worse yet, were wearing a bikini when they had no license to!!! Haha!). I have come to the conclusion that only 1-3% of the people on beaches look good in a bathing suit so i am definitely in the majority. I am ok as long as they are strangers or my husband/kids, but I still can’t deal w/ friends yet. Probably never will and so I just will avoid situations where I would have to. We live on the east coast but rarely go the shore w/ anyone other than family so I am probably pretty safe avoiding it!
  24. Wow, @Rob_VSG, you have learned SO much! One of my favorite lines was, I am believeing doctors much less these days! Haha! It has to feel great that you have taken so much of your health into your own hands, and it shows in your improved health! I read through this 3 times to digest many lessons learned I am glad you shared. Some things I am really struggling with you have conquered and I want to learn from you. Thanks again! Congrats for a marvelous first year and a upcoming, lengthy life of success!!!! And congrats, patient of the month!!! you deserve it!!!
  25. Hi, @tracyringo! So glad it is over and that it wasn’t as bad as expected. I was away and just got back and saw this. Hope you continue to heal quickly and love the results!