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About Wusang

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    Enjoy world travel, languages spoken are English, Spanish. Enjoy outdoors, hiking and camping, fishing, computers, single engine aircraft, boating and scuba diving. I'll try anything once if it doesn't kill me. I consider myself lucky in life and live every moment as if it is my last. Love, Laugh and Live
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    Rochester University Highland Hospital Center for Bariatrics
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    Gastric Bypass
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  1. Thank you, it couldnt have been easy to bare your personal sufferance publically. Cross addiction is a very BIG health compoment when considering gastric bypass surgery. Sure, the surgery itself does what its designed for to do, im living proof of that fact. However cross addiction I knew it to be a high risk factor back in 2007 but nobody brought the topic up during presurgery. So nor did I thinking perhaps it was me over reacting. Now here we are, many of us, fighting for our lives to return to us. Prescription drugs, narcotics, booze you name it substituting for FOOD. W
  2. I'd like to challenge everyone on this topic and in turn we can help all of us facing this real threat called Addiction transfer which takes many "NEGATIVE" forms: food, alcohol, substance abuse, uncontrolled spending, smoking, sexual promiscuity, gambling are common themes we read about over and over again. It never came up in my pre- bariatric programmes. That being said I always remember one doctor I asked about cross addiction to which he replied, the trick would be to replace your addiction reflex with a "POSITIVE" hopefully moneyu making addiction. So my challenge is for all
  3. Thank you for taking the time from your busy child rearing schedule to warn others of what you had to suffer through to learn. Wishing you all the best with your new found family love. God bless
  4. Agreed its not a shortcoming just a natural addictive reaction however for me I've never been able to figure the cut off point for myself because I always surpassed it far too late to correct myself, thus a total abstain is the best choice for me. My surgeon was right when he said no alcohol. I should have listened to him then but I'm listening now.
  5. I'm just happy that email came today. Information is empowering. All that I have, written above today and having the benefit of a loving supportive wife (still).
  6. Yesterday I was completely at a loss in my life. I felt a hollow emptiness, a void in my life. I have been struggling with Denial. I've been so down on myself and feeling very isolated, definitely cruising full steam to depression. No fun whatsoever. I felt it attributable to a cross addiction to alcohol. I would never thought, myself, ever falling into something of this sort (smarter than that) given my background. But yesterday I was confused and hurting, wondering where I needed to turn to for answers how to get myself turned around right again. For reasons unexplained, there it
  7. Although I have not read the entire thread "yet" (I will) I am so relieved to read people are finally coming forward about this very real threat faced by all RNY (and variants) recipients. I too have struggled with this issue for a number of years. On again off again to the point I have realized I should of listened to my surgeon when he said "no alcohol". I never drank before my surgery 10 years ago. I really feel this issue "cross addiction" has slowly come to a boil. Good, its overdue I have been dismayed it was never considered seriously 12 years ago when it was so apparent a r
  8. Information and Research today has exploded prolifically throughout the internet, on this area of medicine. Now there is better informed published papers available to us ONLINE to read and consider before deciding on the surgery or not. Best practise is in my opinion, attend a GBS Surgeon seminar and ask away
  9. I am very pleased with now online information published on the WWW. for us all to find regarding cross addictions and alcohol vs gastric bypass recipients. There is no reason for any of us here to remain ignorant on the subject matter(s) and be empowered with information, to take the steps needed to prevent or control the matter as GBS recipients. For me personally, I continue to abstain from alcohol, there is no substitute in my eyes. There are times I still find myself craving an ice cold beer like when I've worked in the garden on a hot summer day or cleared the driveway of snow (2 bee
  10. Never too late for someone / anyone. I did a lot of running etc when big. It ripped a lot of muscle tissue at joints that the body wrong sent calcium to repair.
  11. I have researched this topic awhile back, post surgery the average size of the stomach is 2 to 3 ounces. Your stomach can stretch or mature to a maximum of 6 to 9 ounces. A regular stomach holds about 30 ounces.
  12. GBS saved my life and there is not a day that goes by I acknowledge how good it has made me feel about myself. It truly is the greatest gift I ever received in my life. Truly a miracle.
  13. Run til your hearts content but heed this warning, don't start running until you have lost your weight. The damage you will do to your joints, is permanent. Talk with an Orthopedic surgeon beforehand, you'll be glad you did.
  14. I consider myself blessed. I haven't gained anything without wanting to and even then I needed to make a conscious effort to gain. The feelings expressed here for those who have gained or are gaining are harrowing to read and a disheartening reminder to me of life before GBS and the ongoing life struggles I/we face(d). God bless you all and all the best, remember love yourself first.
  15. Potassium and magnesium before bed. And a bar of lavender handsoap under your bed sheets around where your legs are situated at night are reported to be very helpful.
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