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    Vinyl decal designer maker and installer in my spare time. Mysuggestion on instagram. Drag racing with my husband.


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  1. @QuietMissB I hope everything went okay with your surgery looking forward to an update. Sending Good Vibes for a speedy recovery!
  2. 7 days ago on the 8th of October I started the pre-op liver shrinking diet as directed by my surgeon in my program. My surgeon is dr. Bregman HCA Advanced surgical partners of Virginia. The reason why I decided to go with this particular program is because I actually work there. No that does not mean I get a discount. Vsg was not my first choice. I sat down and did a lot, a lot of research on weight loss options due to the fact that I have uctd. Uctd is a autoimmune disorder which lumps in clinical and lab results are indicative of lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, and rheumatoid. Unfortunately for some they go so long with so many symptoms that nobody really catches on and their diagnosis comes late not to mention that it takes about four to five years to get diagnosed. I have always been my own advocate for my health paid attention to my body and such. I knew that when I started to have fatigue so badly that I would not be able to move I knew my weight problem that I've always had would get worse. So not being able to yo-yo diet and having to keep up my nutrition I needed another tool in my toolbox. Vsg. My surgeon recommended the vsg over lap band because of the Lap-Band having to be left in the body and would possibly cause an element of inflammation which I didn't need because my body is already beating itself up anyway. So he recommended the vsg and being that I had gone through a 6-month program the prior-year my insurance was able to use that program for the 6-month diet monitored program qualification. So the only thing I had left to do was weigh in lab work, psych evaluation, visit with the dietitian, pre-op class, pre-op testing and history and physical. Pre-op testing included EKG, blood work, and chest x-ray. I now have seven days till my surgery. They predict that I will spend one day after surgery in the hospital so surgery day overnight and then the next day and go home that afternoon. Liver shrinking diet has been a you know what p i t a. And I do miss the ability to have such a selection. I'm not even allowed to have eggs on the pre-op diet why I'm not sure but that's neither here nor there. I weighed 228 on the 8th and as of yesterday I weigh 218. So that's a 10lb loss and just under a week. I have a ketone tester and I even tested my ketones and they are 0.1. I will try and take pictures as I go along for documentation sake. The picture attached is of me now and my 14 year old Yorkie, Mr.K.
  3. @BurgundyBoy that makes a lot of sense because what they have me on now is a low-carb I did the calculation and I'm taking in less than 20 carbs a day which is almost certainly going to put you in a state of ketosis. I do have a question though. Because I don't have a gallbladder I think my form of fat would be limited to coconut oil or do you have any suggestions on this? I've never had problems with fatty foods before but I don't tend to eat a lot of bacon or red meats. I know that that's not the only thing that you can eat to get your forms of fats such as avocados, coconut oil, flaxseed. I think that way of eating for life would be doable. Thanks for the suggestion! @Jen581791 uctd is hard. What was hardest was trying to figure out what it was. It's very unpredictable, and I never know what my energy levels going to be like from day to day. Most of the time I try to save my energy for work I do work 12-hour shifts at a hospital and a pretty active job. I'm on a medication called Plaquenil which helps with fatigue and the joint stiffness and achiness. I noticed that I feel better as far as my body aching is goes since I started the two week liver reduction. There's a lot of things that affect you when you have a crazy immune system LOL. ☺ I am going to start a journal with pictures as I am heading into my final countdown 7 days to go I am scared and nervous but excited. I have lots of support.
  4. Good luck to you! Update here as soon as possible I want to know everything not that I haven't been bombarding myself with as much information as possible LOL. I wish you a great surgery comfortable post-op and fast healing! Christina
  5. This is my surgery day just FYI! I will update on how I'm feeling and the process as it happens cuz I'm trying to journal everything.
  6. Thank you for the welcome! I felt it necessary to reach out this morning because I went to bed hungry tired and grumpy yesterday LOL. In a way it just feels nice to know that there are others out there who have to deal with their own issues but with the same goal in mind. I know everybody in one way or another has been through a liver shrinking day or week or two weeks. It's just a bit of comfort without completely putting yourself out there. I appreciate any support. Today somehow I will find the energy 2 go shopping and to a movie with my husband this evening. I'm getting to the point where I can tell that protein makes a difference in energy level I was feeling really blah, and weak and crappy and I went and ate my yogurt that I'm allowed to have for snack only 6 oz low carb and about a half an hour later I could feel the blah feeling lifting and my energy level increase it was a noticeable difference and I've never felt that before but I'll keep on cruising. Positive thoughts, positive outcome!
  7. Hello all! My name is Christina, and I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband and my two for babies. My son lives with us for right now that's another story will get into later. I wanted to introduce myself on a venue that would understand where I'm coming from with pre-op during and post-op. I thought about putting my Journey on YouTube but there are so many of those videos out there and every one of us is different not to mention I don't think I want my family accidentally finding my face on YouTube LOL. My surgery is scheduled for October 22nd 2018. I am on day 6 of the pre-op liver shrinking diet per my doctor. We all know that the liver shrinking diet can be anything from three days clear liquids before the surgery I've heard people having to be on 2 weeks clear liquid, there's just so many conflicting stories out there I guess it's all up to your surgeon. I am scared and excited at the same time. I and one of those people who gets organized with everything I organized trips I organized work and I am trying to limit my need for organization because I know that I'm dealing with my body and let's face it if we didn't have a problems with our bodies listening to us or being on a schedule we wouldn't be here in the first place. LOL. I have tried everything from Nutrisystem, low carb, Keto, CrossFit, nutrition, blah blah blah, and I would lose weight but it would come back on because I would get complacent and comfortable and etcetera. Around 2013 I started having issues, not your normal issues with health like someone expect for somebody that's obese like diabetes or high blood pressure in fact my blood pressure is low and I've been tested several times for diabetes because I didn't understand why I couldn't lose weight and keep it off, and why it was continuing to accumulate. What I didn't see was an underlying condition that would cause my body to be fatigued, stiff, and have all kinds of reactions to different things for no reason at all. I have UCTD. Undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Labs and clinical presentation are close to lupus, fibromyalgia, Scleroderma, and Sjogren's. I have been blessed to have all of these presentations in one. So, on the days when I'm not working my full-time job I am pretty much laid up at home in pain and I find the energy somewhere to get up and be motivated and be active but here's the thing about being inactive you eat the same. And dipose tissue causes hormones and cytokines. From my research cytokines actually causes stiffness and build up in your joints when you have a disease like I do which causes even more buildup which is causes you to be even more stagnant which causes more fat to build up thus it's a circular thing. I didn't have any problems with approval from my primary care, my rheumatologist, or the bariatric surgeon. I wanted to make sure that I was being proactive before I got older and things really build up and I couldn't be active anymore. I work in a hospital and I see people with certain diseases like mine which causes inflammation and they have limited Mobility and it's the most pitiful thing you've seen I don't want to be like that I want to say that I tried and made an attempt to better my life before I throw in the towel. They do not know what causes it, and there is no cure. I am overweight my BMI was over 40. So I am in this for the Long Haul. I will be having my sleeve gastrectomy on Monday October 22nd. I have the support of my husband and my son and of course my two fur babies. I am 43 years old. I work in a hospital and am a Registered Respiratory therapist. I am looking forward to reading more of your stories and I appreciate any advice and information that you can share. Thank you so much. Christina