Boston Redhead

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About Boston Redhead

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  • Birthday October 16

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    Raleigh area, NC
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Jon Bruce
  • Hospital
    Wake Med Cary
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Not sure I understand your question. It says to bake 25-35 minutes.
  2. Hi Kay, here are my thoughts: Of course you are depressed! you are grieving the loss of your! Your way of eating, your daily habits...everything is different. Change isn’t always easy. the nutritionist at my doctor office said: - carbonated drinks is the only thing that will stretch your pouch - no straws or gum, ever. Will make you take in too much air - caffeine is ok after 6 months You’ll know more about what is right for you as you go along. Practice mindful eating and keep your eye on the prize, a fantastic new you! xoxo
  3. @LadyDay immediately after surgery, I was off my blood pressure medicine and one of my depression prescriptions. A couple of weeks later, I was off the cpap. At six months, I went off all gerd/acid reflux related medicine with no issues. The one side note I have is I went back on the bp meds after a few months because it was borderline high again and I was getting headaches. I just take half of the lowest dose every day. I’ve been taking it for 25 years and it runs in my family, so I think it’ll be awhile before I can stop it, if ever. the other stuff I take is one depression rx and the required supplements. Easy peasy! hope this helps!
  4. @Violeta do you still have your gallbladder? Although it’s more on the right, that’s what mine felt like.
  5. Haha! I’d go out to dinner with family and basically stick my face in their plates and just sssssmmmmmeeeellllllll their food. At first they laughed, but it got old (for them) real fast lol.
  6. I actually went to the surgeon originally wanting the bypass, and after talking with him at length, decided on the duodenal switch because of the amount of weight I had to lose. However during surgery, they found there was too scarring from when I had my gallbladder out so just did the first part, which is the sleeve.
  7. Hi and welcome! This is the best thing you will ever do for yourself!! remember that restaurant portions for the most part are not small unless you’re eating at a ritzy place. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about your portions, you can always say something like “I had a big lunch” or “my eyes are bigger than my belly.” But honestly, @LadyDay, people are so focused on themselves that it’s highly unlikely they’d say anything. I’ve never had someone ask about my portions. It’s been seven months for me. on the other hand, I’ve become a lot like a former smoker....I tend to notice how awful and how much others eat, and have to try hard not to say anything lol.
  8. Hi Hope 1. I don’t think it’s bravery. I think it’s confidence! 2. I think the old saying applies here: how old will you be in five years if you have the surgery? how old will you be in five years if you don’t have the surgery?
  9. I only told my immediate family. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I needed them and their support. For work, I only told them I was having hernia surgery, which was also true. I got laid off shortly after that, so it wasn’t an issue. I got a new job pretty quickly and already felt more confident by that time. I just tell them I’ve been trying to eat better, with success. My best friend lives a few states away and I didn’t tell her what surgery I was having with the hernia repair. I’m saving that as a gift to myself. It’ll be a big reveal when I see her at thanksgiving, almost 9 months post op, and I’ll bask in the kudos and fill them all in on what I’ve been up to!
  10. Welcome Margaret! what wls are you considering?
  11. Hi Cindy, welcome to Thinner Times! Sounds like you are on the path now. Let us know how we can help as you progress in your journey.