- HEALTH TRACKER
A BIG congrats on your degree!! What an awesome achievement. It sounds like you are ready to take on another goal and are starting the right way - with research. I can tell you a bit about my cir****tances. I had a Lap-band placed last August. The MD that was to follow me for band fills sold his practice between the time I spoke to them pre-band and the time I needed a fill a few weeks later. I have been unable to find a physician within a reasonable distance from my home, 4 hours or so, to do the fills. I was frustrated and decided it was up to me to figure an alternative route to a healthier future. That led me to reading lots about the VSG. I have found it to be comparable in safety to the lap-band as far as complications. In fact, the follow-up is much less complicated as there are no fills, no too-tight restrictions and no worries about a slipped band, erosions, etc. For me, this is my next step. I am very hopeful that it is the best choice for me. I thought about a gastric by-pass for a short time...OK, maybe two minutes. It is a very serious operation with very serious complication rates. But, on the other side, many, many people have success with this procedure. About needles: Any surgery requires an IV line to be inserted. Focus on a song on an IPod, watch TV or talk to someone while it is being inserted. Some people close their eyes...some talk to the nurse. It is all a matter of a brief minute, then it is over! You have overcome much more "pain" than that in your everyday schooling!! (Think of all those sleepless nights studying!) Good luck in your quest! AnnieZ
Congratulations on everything! You are going to do fine, needles and all. Just turn your head, close your eyes and picture yourself as a thinner person - that should give you the inspiration to get through the needle part. Make sure you are well hydrated the day you need to get a needle, makes it much easier on the technician!
Amy P - VSG on 10/05/05
LIFE IS GOOD! U can DO anything U set your mind to & MORE!
310+(pre-op)/159(1st goal)/145 (after all plastics) Size 4/6, DONE!
If you think you can you're right. If you think you can't, you're right again. Henry Ford
a massive big thank you to all of you that welcomed me onto the message board. It was the biggest buzz i've had in ages reading all your messages , what a friendly bunch you are and i will definately be thanking milania one of the members on the fathappens.com website that led me towards this forum. well i have been slogging away all night at the posts looking for any negs about this surgery and i can't really find any. It would seem that the only big issue with this surgery is getting the protein in daily. As i am in the uk, i'm not aware of some of these drinks you keep talking about, ie crystal lite and bullets! Does anyone on here come from uk and get their protein from a site in this country, thinking it would cost alot to ship from other countries, though i must admit, i like the sound of the choc cip mint one! take care all of you as when a question pops in to my head i shall hit the site and leave you a post! love beckii
Welcome to the best place you could possible be................ OH first, and the VSG forum second. You are fortunate to have discovered VSG, as several of us did................. It is the future in WLS and everyone here will tell you that we LOVE our VSG's!! And, everyone of us knows that it was the right choice, and we all are grateful that we, too, discovered it!! Then.................Congrats on all that you have accomplished, and one thing I wanna point out...........If you could attend classes and go thru this graduation................you already have IMMENSE courage, my dear.................. You can accomplish ANYTHING!! Choosing to make yourself healthier and thinner is a great step toward giving yourself self-confidence, but I think you have more than you realize, already!! You are gonna do great, at whatever you decide to do..................you already have the desire amd the will.........so go for it!! Blessings, Karen