Boston Redhead

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About Boston Redhead

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  • Birthday October 16

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Raleigh area, NC
  • Age
    54

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Jon Bruce
  • Hospital
    Wake Med Cary
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-04
  • Start Weight
    290
  • Current Weight
    208
  • Goal Weight
    140
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    36
  • Surgery Date
    02/04/2019
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Did you try Protonix? That helped me a lot. I had to take it for six months post op.
  2. Welcome! Also look into Isopure drinks and Protein2O drinks to help to start meeting your protein goals.
  3. Amazing! I bet that before you wouldn’t have been caught dead in horizontal stripes and now you’re rocking them!!
  4. @Raijin one thing to consider is that you might not be eating enough calories. I had that happen to me. At a certain point, your body goes into starvation mode and holds on to everything. At about 3 months post op, you might already be eating as much as you physically can, but keep this in the back of your mind. the other thing that happened to me early on is I plateaued on my weight, but I continued to lose inches. A lot of inches! And isn’t that what this is all about? Who cares what the scale says, as long as we’re getting smaller and healthier! if you haven’t been measuring every month, start now. It really helped me keep my head in the game.
  5. Not sure I understand your question. It says to bake 25-35 minutes.
  6. Hi Kay, here are my thoughts: Of course you are depressed! you are grieving the loss of your love...food! 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
  7. @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!
  8. @Violeta do you still have your gallbladder? Although it’s more on the right, that’s what mine felt like.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?