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Cindy Lou Who

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    Brian Mirza
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    Bellaire Surgical
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Welcome! We are glad you're here and we're here to support you.
  2. Glad you're on the mend. I've had to take ibuprofen a couple of times too, and I was okay. Multivitamins are still harder on my pouch than ibuprofen! I go back to the orthopedist first week in January to see if I can get the boot off. Struggling with keeping my chin up, as even doing the exercise bike hurts it. I'm a bit in the doldrums, as I'm missing my walks and runs. But it's been 4 weeks so time is marching on.
  3. Welcome to TTF!! Hope all is well! I'm from the Houston area too. Which surgeon did you have?
  4. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! You are doing awesome!!!!! Keep up all the good work! I like Jello chocolate pudding too and find it easy on the pouch. I too lost alot of hair. And yes, it did grow back. Don't worry. It's disconcerting while it's happening, but it's just your body adjusting to all the changes it's going through. I have to admit I wasn't as scared as most people, because my hair had fallen out when my dad died just due to stress. And it had grown back that time too. So I knew (well, pretty much knew ), it would again grow back. And it did. Talking to my doctor helped me because he assured me the timeline my hair loss was following was typical and of no concern.
  5. Oh dear!!! That's terrible!! I'm so sorry that happened to you!! I bet you are all black and blue by now. So sorry you're having a hard time. How are you feeling today? Can you sleep okay or does it wake you up? Hang in there! Lots of hugs and prayers coming your way, @Cheesehead
  6. Everyone is definitely different as far as weight loss right after surgery. I lost 7 pounds the first week. Try not to focus on the first week or so though. It will eventually start to come off and people retain water and swelling differently. It helped me to make a table of five pound increments of weight loss and write in the dates as I hit those. Then I only "officially" weighed in once per week. I knew that I may not get to check a box every week, and even at 5 pound per week, it was going to be a long-haul journey, not a sprint. This is the rest of your life, enjoy the ride! Sip, sip, sip those liquids, and count your protein! How are you feeling today?
  7. I definitely understand your anxiety about this issue, @Brass Monkey. I didn't know how to handle it either. I told zero people at work. I had a hernia repair at the same time as the VSG, so I just told my boss and a few friends at work about that part. There are alot of posts here on the forum about this decision, so I read alot of them. I told my husband and kids and three life-long friends and I'm happy with all of those. They have all been very supportive. I did tell my sister, and she has been a bit bitchy about it at times. I do see the merit in people who want to be honest and open about it. The reason I got the idea for the surgery was through one of my dear friends who was successful with her VSG. I didn't even know the surgery was available until she told me about it. I feel thankful for her every day. But I just can't do it. It's a very private matter to me, and so far I'm glad I haven't shared it with anyone else. My son thinks it's healthier to tell and he hopes I'll open up about it one day. I get that. Part of me was afraid to tell in case I wasn't successful! But most of me thinks it's no one's business. And my loving husband always tells me that the surgery is just a small part of all the changes I have made in my life - my food choices, not just quantity, are vastly different. lots more exercise, lots more focus on health, attend Weight Watchers every week, weigh every day and adjust food accordingly. Those are all new habits for me. Good luck with this decision. It sounds like you'll make the right one for you as you are being thoughtful about this ahead of time. Either way, you may not want to tell EVERYONE so think about that too. Like @Cheesehead suggests, get a line ready in your head for random neighbors, co-workers, etc. I can truthfully say that I attend Weight Watchers and switched from full time to part time work so that took alot of stress off. And the neighbors see me out walking/running every day!
  8. Great question! I notice that the Celebrate vitamins I got from the surgeon hurt my pouch and make me nauseous. What are the best OTC chewable vitamins out there? Anybody have a favorite?
  9. Cindy Lou Who's 2nd Year Surgiversary!
  10. The Instant Pot is a great idea! I've only every made it on the stove, but there seem to be alot of Instant Pot bone broth recipes online. And I wouldn't worry if you don't have all the right ingredients. I always throw all my older veggies from the fridge in there. (Non starchy). Or if you're short on time, they do sell it at the grocery store. Won't be as good as your own though.
  11. @LadyDay, I'm so sorry you're having a rough time. It sounds like the requirements are more strict in Denmark than in the US. But it also sounds like the door is not totally closed, and you still may have a chance. Maybe the doctor you saw today was over pessimistic? Hang in there!
  12. Welcome to Thinner Times! This is a great forum for before and after surgery. You are making a great commitment to your health! I have been so happy with my decision!
  13. Ouch!! Welcome to Thinner Times!
  14. Welcome to the loser's bench, @BethSue! Alot of people's tastes change after surgery, so I'm not too surprised if you don't like your old shakes anymore. But if it's just the quantity that's a problem, you could try freezing half of it and then thawing it out. I know one of the members on this site makes several and then freezes them just for ease. You could freeze them in ice cube trays and then just take out a few at a time? If you don't like the shakes anymore, another way to get liquid protein is bone broth. I liked both chicken and beef bone broth after surgery. I liked the warmth of it also. Hope all is well and congratulations on your journey thus far!
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