Ladybugzzz86

2 week Post op VSG

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Hi boys and girls. After googling many different questions and always being led to this site for the answers thanks to our trusty Google, I figured it was about time to register and join the conversation. 

I am quite sure that my journey is quite different than most others here. I had a back injury at work three years ago now, and have suffered debilitating pain since, with no luck at returning to work. Losing and maintaining a healthy weight has always been difficult for me, but after my injury my life became unmanageable. 

So this past October I seen a third specialist regarding my back - it was not the news I was hoping for. Due to my age and type of injury, the doctor told me he would be too nervous to operate on me, fearing that it would ultimately make my pain worse.... and suggested to put it off any back operation for as long as possible.

However, there was a gold lining to this last appointment. He highly recommended weight loss surgery, and has had some success with patients undergoing this procedure in the past. 

So, thanks to this doctor, I seen the weight loss surgeon in November, met all the requirements for the surgery, and was booked for my operation December 12, 2017.

Needless to say, these past few months have been a whirlwind. I am now two weeks post-op, and although I feel very blessed to have gotten in for this surgery as quickly as I did, I feel slightly disadvantaged because I missed much of the pre-op preparation (Nutritionist, Q&A, support group, ect.). 

So just call my nervous bugzzz, because I am excited to finally have this opportunity to get my life back, but also terrified I am going to mess this up. Very sorry for the long intro guys lol, but I am really looking forward to meeting you all officially. :wub::D

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Welcome....and boy, that WAS a quick trip to surgery!  It was lucky to get it so quickly but I see how that can leave you feeling unnerved as to the prep for it.  I was 6 months beginning to surgery, but some ppl had to do a weight loss program to qualify and then do the process.   During the few months before the surgery, I was here all of the time reading, learning, absorbing, planning etc and it was sooo valuable.  Just because you didn't do that beforehand doesn't mean you can benefit from it now....you can read through and learn a ton of info.  Then the best thing to do is post questions, learn from others and become a superstar like so many people here.  (I want to be a superstar when I grow up.....or at least by next year!!!) 

So congrats on your surgery and soon to be less painful back.... and welcome to TT! 

 

 

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Welcome to the forum,  nervous bugzzz. 

I was actually upset when i found out that I had to wait 6 months in order to satisfy insurance requirements. Now that I am very close to surgery, I am glad that I have had the time to learn what I have and be better prepared.

I still think that you will be able to do very well in your journey. Just stick around here and learn all that you are able to. There are many WLS vets here that are more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. I have actually learned more here than I have from the 8 WLS classes that I have attended so far.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing you around.

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7 hours ago, Ladybugzzz86 said:

Hi boys and girls.

Hi, welcome to the forum. Congrats on your recent surgery. There are a lot of successful sleeve patients here, ask your questions :-)

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I also skipped all the hurdles normal patients have to jump over prior to surgery. No dieticians, no support groups, no psychological evaluation...not even a single weigh-in prior to surgery. I did have the benefit of extra research time though, and knew I was ready when the time came, and blessed to have been given the opportunity to have the surgery which I definitely wasn't looking for at the time. The public health system here normally means a 5 year process before surgery actually happens, so it's certainly great to have been able to bypass all that. It's never too late to research what to do to achieve success. Joining this forum and reading as much as you can is a great place to start, and it's the only support group many of us have. You've taken the first step and I wish you every success.

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I did self-pay in Mexico and skipped all of the pre-op requirements, too. It was about 5 weeks between contacting the surgeon and the big day. I had done a ton of research by that time, though, so I felt pretty ready for it. It sounds like you might have to do a little information catch-up now, but nothing like immediacy for a great motivator!

I was highly motivated after surgery and kept that up by acknowledging that This. Is. It. This is my Do-Over. This is my Second Chance. I'll never get another one, so I'd better get it right this time! That has kept me on the straight and narrow for the last 11 months: I've been taking it extremely seriously.

You can definitely do this, and coming here for support and information can be a great way to keep after yourself if you feel like you're slipping in any way. Lots of very knowledgeable, generous, friendly, and helpful people here :) 

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Congrats on your surgery and welcome to the forum. Definitely a great group of people for support and encouragement.

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9 hours ago, CheeringCJ said:

Welcome....and boy, that WAS a quick trip to surgery!  It was lucky to get it so quickly but I see how that can leave you feeling unnerved as to the prep for it.  I was 6 months beginning to surgery, but some ppl had to do a weight loss program to qualify and then do the process.   During the few months before the surgery, I was here all of the time reading, learning, absorbing, planning etc and it was sooo valuable.  Just because you didn't do that beforehand doesn't mean you can benefit from it now....you can read through and learn a ton of info.  Then the best thing to do is post questions, learn from others and become a superstar like so many people here.  (I want to be a superstar when I grow up.....or at least by next year!!!) 

So congrats on your surgery and soon to be less painful back.... and welcome to TT! 

 

 

Ty CJ, will do! And BTW, sounds like you are well on your way to becoming a superstar - being this far along, you already are in my eyes! 

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8 hours ago, Readytobeme said:

Welcome to the forum,  nervous bugzzz. 

I was actually upset when i found out that I had to wait 6 months in order to satisfy insurance requirements. Now that I am very close to surgery, I am glad that I have had the time to learn what I have and be better prepared.

I still think that you will be able to do very well in your journey. Just stick around here and learn all that you are able to. There are many WLS vets here that are more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. I have actually learned more here than I have from the 8 WLS classes that I have attended so far.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing you around.

Thanks, RTBM... Happy to hear you made the best out of, what could have been, a very discouraging situation. I am lucky to have a medical background, so I have been able to do much research on my own with the limited time I had prior to surgery. Biggest thing I found I was missing was the support group - having people who know exactly what it means to struggle through the transition to this new and better life that lies ahead of us all. 

I am very glad to have found one here. It was a great feeling this morning to log in and see all the replies left overnight, including yours! Helps me refocus on the big picture. :D

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8 hours ago, Michael_A said:

Hi, welcome to the forum. Congrats on your recent surgery. There are a lot of successful sleeve patients here, ask your questions :-)

I will, Michael, and thank you very much for your message:rolleyes:

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5 hours ago, Aussie H said:

I also skipped all the hurdles normal patients have to jump over prior to surgery. No dieticians, no support groups, no psychological evaluation...not even a single weigh-in prior to surgery. I did have the benefit of extra research time though, and knew I was ready when the time came, and blessed to have been given the opportunity to have the surgery which I definitely wasn't looking for at the time. The public health system here normally means a 5 year process before surgery actually happens, so it's certainly great to have been able to bypass all that. It's never too late to research what to do to achieve success. Joining this forum and reading as much as you can is a great place to start, and it's the only support group many of us have. You've taken the first step and I wish you every success.

Thanks, Aussie - very glad to hear from others who didn't necessarily have to complete the 'normal' pre-op routine. Here in Canada, the wait can be as long as ten years! Which I think is crazy. I hope the biases around this surgery will sooner rather than later be addressed, so more people can have the opportunity to get the help they need in a timely manner - especially when all other options have been exhausted. 

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4 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

I did self-pay in Mexico and skipped all of the pre-op requirements, too. It was about 5 weeks between contacting the surgeon and the big day. I had done a ton of research by that time, though, so I felt pretty ready for it. It sounds like you might have to do a little information catch-up now, but nothing like immediacy for a great motivator!

I was highly motivated after surgery and kept that up by acknowledging that This. Is. It. This is my Do-Over. This is my Second Chance. I'll never get another one, so I'd better get it right this time! That has kept me on the straight and narrow for the last 11 months: I've been taking it extremely seriously.

You can definitely do this, and coming here for support and information can be a great way to keep after yourself if you feel like you're slipping in any way. Lots of very knowledgeable, generous, friendly, and helpful people here :) 

Thanks, Jen. And kudos to you for taking charge if your life! Your message was very encouraging and inspirational. I especially enjoyed your viewpoint on it - This.Is.It! I think it will really help me to think back to that tonight when my partner starts munching away on those cheese sandwiches next to me again, still having troubles with the 'mind hunger'. Just taking things one day at a time though, and one meal at a time in the difficult days. I know I can do this, and I will. Thanks again!;)

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3 hours ago, ktallon said:

Congrats on your surgery and welcome to the forum. Definitely a great group of people for support and encouragement.

Thanks, ktallon, really appreciate the message. Looking forward to getting to know you better. ^_^

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There is little I can add to what's already been written Ladybugzzz86 but I wanted to sent you a warm welcome to Thinner Times.

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1 hour ago, cinwa said:

There is little I can add to what's already been written Ladybugzzz86 but I wanted to sent you a warm welcome to Thinner Times.

Thanks for the warm welcome, cinwa... Greatly appreciated and super happy to be here. ^_^

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7 hours ago, Ladybugzzz86 said:

Thanks, Aussie - very glad to hear from others who didn't necessarily have to complete the 'normal' pre-op routine. Here in Canada, the wait can be as long as ten years! Which I think is crazy. I hope the biases around this surgery will sooner rather than later be addressed, so more people can have the opportunity to get the help they need in a timely manner - especially when all other options have been exhausted. 

At least in Australia we have the option of private health insurance and a private hospital system. By far the majority of weightloss surgeries performed here happen within the private health system as purchasing insurance with bariatric cover will allow for surgery to be covered after 12 months membership. 

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1 hour ago, Aussie H said:

At least in Australia we have the option of private health insurance and a private hospital system. By far the majority of weightloss surgeries performed here happen within the private health system as purchasing insurance with bariatric cover will allow for surgery to be covered after 12 months membership. 

That's the one big advantage to privatized health care, perhaps one day Canada will have a nice mix of both private and public. Or we can all move to Australia lol :P

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Welcome, @Ladybugzzz86 :) I actually have a similar situation to yours. My back surgeon recommended to me to have WLS. I have had a bad back since I was 16. I actually had back surgery back in 2002, but could only have a partial laminectomy due to my weight. If I had a total laminectomy, they would have had to fuse my spine, and I was too heavy for that. I have since developed severe spinal stenosis, severe arthritis, 3 herniated discs, etc. I saw my orthopedic surgeon back in 2015, and he was the one that referred me to my bariatric surgeon. Even though my weight loss will not reverse the damage already done to my spine, the pain I was experiencing prior to WLS in my back is about 80% better!! My knees are still a mess, but not living in excrutriating back pain daily is a blessing. Follow your plan, and you will be so glad you did!! Congrats on your surgery, and we are glad you're here!!

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11 hours ago, Nana Trish said:

Welcome, @Ladybugzzz86 :) I actually have a similar situation to yours. My back surgeon recommended to me to have WLS. I have had a bad back since I was 16. I actually had back surgery back in 2002, but could only have a partial laminectomy due to my weight. If I had a total laminectomy, they would have had to fuse my spine, and I was too heavy for that. I have since developed severe spinal stenosis, severe arthritis, 3 herniated discs, etc. I saw my orthopedic surgeon back in 2015, and he was the one that referred me to my bariatric surgeon. Even though my weight loss will not reverse the damage already done to my spine, the pain I was experiencing prior to WLS in my back is about 80% better!! My knees are still a mess, but not living in excrutriating back pain daily is a blessing. Follow your plan, and you will be so glad you did!! Congrats on your surgery, and we are glad you're here!!

Thanks so much for your very warm welcome Nana Trish! I am so happy to hear that WLS has helped you so much in managing your pain, glad to know there is still hope at the end of this tunnel. And an added bonus of a healthier and happier life for that matter. :D I think we have very similar backs by the sound of it - three bulging discs, severe canal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease here also.  My goal is to be able to return to my pre-injury job of being a Registered Nurse again (I was only out of school for a year when my injury occurred back in 2015). I know I should never return to a medical floor, but thankfully the world of nursing is very broad one indeed! Thanks again for reaching out, I really appreciated reading your story. B)^_^

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@Ladybugzzz86 ❤️❤️❤️ 

It looks like we have very similar start weights...I hadn't checked that out before I posted. I hope you get as much back pain relief as I have, it's such a blessing!! It would be great if you could return to nursing :) It's got to be tough working on a floor with a back like yours, but like you said, the field is broad. The world needs more compassionate nurses, and my wish is that you can get back to it soon!!

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Welcome!  I had occasional severe back pain prior to my weight loss surgery - but the pain totally disappeared once I reached my goal weight.

We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.  Thin, more healthy and more active times lie ahead for you!

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21 hours ago, Nana Trish said:

@Ladybugzzz86 ❤️❤️❤️ 

It looks like we have very similar start weights...I hadn't checked that out before I posted. I hope you get as much back pain relief as I have, it's such a blessing!! It would be great if you could return to nursing :) It's got to be tough working on a floor with a back like yours, but like you said, the field is broad. The world needs more compassionate nurses, and my wish is that you can get back to it soon!!

Amen to that! I had quite the eye opener during my stay at the hospital regarding the quality of nursing care, it was not good :unsure: Compassion should be a major requirement before a person can even enter nursing school I think - these people are often at their most vulnerable during their stay in the hospital, last thing they need is to feel judged or made to feel bad when what they need most to heal is the exact opposite of that. Anyhow, end rant lol - sorry, just a huge pet peeve of mine :rolleyes:

P.s. been checking out your profile and Congrats to you, you look amazing! I can tell in your before and after photo that you look much happier, and I'm sure the reduction in pain was a huge contributing factor to that.  :wub:

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3 minutes ago, Res Ipsa said:

Welcome!  I had occasional severe back pain prior to my weight loss surgery - but the pain totally disappeared once I reached my goal weight.

We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.  Thin, more healthy and more active times lie ahead for you!

Looking forward to it, Res Ipsa :wub: Thanks very much for your post! Amazing how much additional weight can affect your body physically, mentally, and emotionally - looking forward to thinner times :D

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On 12/31/2017 at 9:40 AM, Ladybugzzz86 said:

Amen to that! I had quite the eye opener during my stay at the hospital regarding the quality of nursing care, it was not good :unsure: Compassion should be a major requirement before a person can even enter nursing school I think - these people are often at their most vulnerable during their stay in the hospital, last thing they need is to feel judged or made to feel bad when what they need most to heal is the exact opposite of that. Anyhow, end rant lol - sorry, just a huge pet peeve of mine :rolleyes:

P.s. been checking out your profile and Congrats to you, you look amazing! I can tell in your before and after photo that you look much happier, and I'm sure the reduction in pain was a huge contributing factor to that.  :wub:

You are so right...when you're in the hospital, lack of compassion can make things so much worse, and make healing time longer if it causes depression, etc. And please, rant away!! This is also a pet peeve of mine, as I spend a lot of time in the hospital. But I've gotten really lucky in that I've found a great hospital, and the nurses are wonderful :) I drive 40 minutes from home to go to this hospital because the one only 5 minutes from home is substandard. And that's putting it nicely. 

Thank you for the compliments :wub: I am much happier now than I was last year at this time. Like I recently commented in another post, I don't feel like death anymore :) I was a very ill diabetic in that first pic, and that's enough to make anyone miserable. But yes, the lack of back pain is a huge factor in me feeling better!! 

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On 12/29/2017 at 7:38 AM, Ladybugzzz86 said:

Thanks, RTBM... Happy to hear you made the best out of, what could have been, a very discouraging situation. I am lucky to have a medical background, so I have been able to do much research on my own with the limited time I had prior to surgery. Biggest thing I found I was missing was the support group - having people who know exactly what it means to struggle through the transition to this new and better life that lies ahead of us all. 

I am very glad to have found one here. It was a great feeling this morning to log in and see all the replies left overnight, including yours! Helps me refocus on the big picture. :D

I agree. A support group may well be the biggest part of the puzzle that will make us or break us.

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