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About LisaM

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  • Birthday 04/03/1960

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    Longfellow, TX
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    Park Plaza, Fort Worth
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  1. I struggled with the same thing, and there is one medication that they actually give to chemo patients called Zofran--it's available in a meltaway, so no swallowing necessary. Might be worth suggesting to your doc, if it's not contraindicated for you for some other reason. It was, in the end, the only thing that worked for me. And if you have a reaction of nausea to birth control, the three- to four-week post-op stage is where most women, in particular, struggle with the hormonal flood of estrogen release from where it's stored--your fat cells. Don't think adding more estrogen would help. This is usually when buyer's remorse hits like a brick, as it's like swimming in estrogen soup for a bit. It does subside, if that's any comfort. Good luck. Nausea's the worst.
  2. Thought I'd check in, posted over in Gastric Bypass, Long-Term, 5 years or more, if you want to see how it's going...

    1. Lori88


      HI! Love hearing from someone who is out longer than me!

  3. She was an amazing human being, and the world is a poorer place without her in it. She was both friend and support for many, including me.
  4. Hi, everyone - I was feeling a little sad that so many tough and grueling stories of life after gastric bypass had come up here... and I fully understand why they want people to know there is that chance of heartache as well as a chance at a happy ending. I would not begrudge anyone the chance to tell their story. That said, creating this piece originally was a very positive emotional step for me--I wanted to understand the spectrum of what was and is possible, as well as scary, for all of us, at all stages. I've set this link below to show the positive emotional steps I took as I went through the 3rd and 4th years post-op. Corey and I have been married four years here in June... our kids are both in the military in Germany and thriving... scary but still, a good path for them both. We're in Oregon now, and couldn't be happier... just balancing out the sad with the happy. There's an amazing amount of joy to be found in this journey, and many of us find it. It's just that we don't all come back to tell THAT story, because we're busy living it.
  5. Hi, ModPsych - yes, Celebrate Vitamins, among others, offers what are termed "Bariatric Supplements" in the US. They essentially include everything we need, in the amounts that we need them, in chewable form. Many of the vitamin companies have gone to chewable gummy forms of their vitamins here for their own markets, as well. I'm chewing a Celebrate Multi-Complete vitamin as I'm typing this, in fact. I wouldn't give the taste an absolute thumbs-up, but my blood draw results end up in great shape when I'm taking them. They're not inexpensive, either, by the way... but you can find them
  6. Back again... Probably gained some weight, but won't jump on the scale until tomorrow. Have frankly been off the reservation diet-wise for at least a month. No excuses, even though there's plenty to be had. Just getting back on the horse today. Started tracking my calories again today. Will weigh in tomorrow, since it's Monday. I began this last Labor Day, September 3. So today is exactly five months, tomorrow =22 weeks. That should have been 22 pounds, but will more likely come in at about 14 pounds tomorrow morning. That comes out around 2/3 of a pound a week average, or 2 pounds every 3 weeks. If I can sustain that as an average until this upcoming Labor Day, it will put me just about where I want me... between 150 and 155 pounds. That's where I'm comfortable, that's where I can eat reasonable amounts of reasonable foods and not feel deprived. That's the goal. See the doc on Tuesday for the final follow-up on the surgery. If I don't chew things well, they still are getting stuck--which is actually really good for me. Forcing me to slow down, chew well, which means I'm thinking about what's going in my stomach, which means I recognize when I'm full more quickly. Hopefully, he'll release me to start back to weights, although he originally did say end of February. With his permission I'm back up to more than 45 minutes three days a week on the elliptical and stair master, but no weights yet. So nice to be moving again... Off to the races, boys and girls. Time to rock this house...
  7. Went all the way up Washington's Olympic Peninsula Saturday, then all the way home on Sunday, so19 hours sitting in a vehicle the last couple days. Even with all that, am still at 172 this morning, on my "official" weigh-in day, Monday. Glad it's a holiday for me, time to play a little catch-up on cleaning, etc., around the house. TMI Warning, turn away if you're squeamish about bodily functions: Still watching my gut reset itself - no Miralax yesterday, and was regular without it. My gut seems to be in about a 12-hour cycle between mouth and points south, if you'll pardon the expression. That is at least twice as fast as things were moving beforehand--if not four times faster on occasion. Am also still trying very hard to stay hydrated--dehydration is a big no-no if you're struggling with constipation, or for that matter, kidney stones. Getting enough liquid in will always matter. A lot. One thing we can't ever ignore is liquid intake. However, on that note, there's another weird thing after the emergency surgery that was exactly one month ago yesterday--I can drink water now without it making me feel urky. As soon as I was allowed ice water in the hospital, I was all over it, didn't even think about it, just started drinking quarts of it. Beginning 7 years and 4 months ago, literally starting the day after my gastric bypass, I was uncomfortable with drinking plain water. It didn't exactly hurt, it just made me feel like something hit my pouch with a fist from the inside, a really awful kind of feeling. I can now drink plain water.... it not only doesn't hurt, it's very satisfying again. Watching all the changes with a kind of awe... our bodies are a miraculous marvel of engineered chaos... kind of wonderful.
  8. Hi, Lisa! Seems like only yesterday I was watching you sweat out getting surgery done up there in the frozen north... And then watching your incredibly beautiful face emerge more clearly in every picture! Can't believe you're nearly seven years out, and that it's been that long for me. There was some part of me that thought seven years ago, "I just want to be normal." But what I've found, even with the recent hiccups, is that normal is over-rated. I'm so much happier than "normal", because I know what unhappy feels like--and this ain't it. Love my life, girl, especially when old friends walk back into it! Hope all's well with you and yours.
  9. Down to 171 this morning, and yet another episode of food getting stuck today... its like the surgery or not having any food for four days or SOMEthing about all this has reset everything back to about my one year mark. not complaining... just saying, I think this is why folks do the 5 day pouch test. It's seriously weird, but welcome, I think.
  10. Am sticking. Come heck or high water. However, so is my pouch. When I said the surgery reset my pouch, I meant it. Just finished throwing up AGAIN. Have to start chewing everything to death again; this is the second time something's got stuck since the surgery, and my incision DOES NOT LIKE IT when I upchuck. I think it may have reset my gut completely. I didn't have to start taking laxatives until just the last couple years, when Kel turned me on to Miralax, and it helped set things right--well now it's pushing things too far the other direction, and it's time to start lowering that dose down to get my gut back to regularity on its own. Every time I think I get things right, my body changes the rules. Still - very, VERY happy with 172, and if I can get down to 169 by 3 Feb, and right on track for a pound a week across five months... wish me luck. Back to the oval office for the next round. *sigh* There are worse things.
  11. 45 minutes total today... starting to come back. Now where did I put those pain pills? lol!
  12. Finally exercised yesterday for the first time since the emergency surgery. 15 minutes on the elliptical, and then a few minutes on the stairmaster, and honey, I was DONE. But I did it. And it was a start... and I'm starting to come back. It ain't all beer and skittles... but I'm getting there.
  13. Down to 172 this morning... and not because I've been watching what I eat at all. Apparently there was something about all this that has reset my pouch. My capacity AND my appetite are way down from where they were pre-op. And while it's a hard way to do it, I'm really glad for this side effect! Finally get to start working out again (yes, gently) on Monday. The surgeon said I could get back on the elliptical, starting at no more than 15 minutes, and NO LIFTING until like the end of February. Anything is better than watching my posterior slide down the back of my legs again.
  14. Way to go, Danielle! Sometimes, the battle is just not to gain... and that was my only objective during the holidays, as well. I finally got on the scale this morning... I was 176 Wednesday morning, 12/19... came home from the hospital on 12/22 at 186, all due to the IVs that they pump into you constantly. At least partially because I was doing a whole lot more sleeping than eating during my vacation, I am at 174 this morning. I am SO pleased. Three days with no food at all while I was in the hospital kind of reset the pouch. I've been able to eat much smaller amounts and be satisfied ever since I came home on the 22nd. We're back from vacation now... and the doc said I could get back on the elliptical, beginning with no more than 15 minutes, at the two week post-op. Was very clear that I can only walk, no running, and NO resistance work for at least two months post-op. Honestly, don't want to yet--I will be chomping at the bit by the end of February, but not yet. Still have staples in, so the thought of doing anything where I would push on that midsection doesn't sound good at all.
  15. OK, checking in... don't know what my weight is at the moment, haven't been near a scale in two weeks. Due to where the incision was placed, have been in sweats for two weeks as well, so can't tell my weight from the way my clothes fit. All I've done for the last two weeks is sleep, pretty much, which my body needed for recovery... but I'm not looking forward to what the scale's going to show when I get home... who knows, maybe it's better than I think. Fingers crossed!