- HEALTH TRACKER
I am wanting to have the sleeve and am really excited about it, but I want all opinions on the gastric sleeve surgery...good and bad.
I will be having it done in the Jackson,MS or Monroe,LA area as those two locations will be most convenient for me...thank you
Hi there. Definitely post on the Ontario forum as lots of people have gone through Guelph. I went through Guelph and just had my surgery on March 8. Can't go by my referral to surgery date as I was 23 months. I was 14 months from referral to orientation. So you are way ahead of me.
Having said that the process is still the same. You will meet with the nurse, dietitian and social worker at least twice. More if they think it is best. Nurse will review the forms you filled out from orientation. She is trying to get an idea of your medical history. The dietitian will ask questions around what tour diet looks like today, educate you on some changes you should make and discuss journaling your diet. The social worker will try to understand you, your psychological background and try to understand what your relationship is with food and if you have any food triggers or mental health issues that need to be dealt with before surgery.
There are multiple nurses, dietitian's and social workers and you are unlikely to get the same person twice.
From orientation to surgery I was 9 months.
I know it seems like a long time. But I recommend you use the time wisely. Research, research, research! This is a total lifestyle change. Not something to rush into and you need to be mentally prepared for all the changes you need to make post surgery. It is a journey.
Looks like you have a good head start on requirements and journaling. Best of luck and do drop over to the Ontario site
HW: 305 SW: 272 CW: 238
IM SO TIRED OF FOOD. EVERY TIME IS TIME FOR A MEAL I JUST STRUGGLE ON DECIDING WHAT TO EAT. I JUST WANT TO SKIP THE MEAL. THE OTHER DAY I WAS GOING TO EAT SOME SHRIMP AND JUST THE SMELL OF IT GOT ME SO SO SICK I THOUGH I WAS GOING END UP IN D HOSPITAL FELT LIKE I WAS ABOUT TO PASS OUT. ANY ADVICE WILL BE HIGHLY APRECCIATED.
Wow, first, congratulations on slogging through the crap taco that life has thrown you! You are a tough woman, and I tip my hat.
I'm still a newbie- surgery was in September- but I have to fight my old habits every day. When I stall or start backtracking, the first thing I look at is my carb/refined sugar intake. Am I getting flavored syrup in my latte? A scone with that? "Forgetting" to pack a lunch and getting something fast? Not putting protein first? Drinking too soon before and after meals?
And every time I crack down on that, bam. The scale moves. And I gradually slide over a month or so and have to reign it in.
People are right about logging everything. It helps. You've been through a lot, and throwing a whole bunch of advice at you might seem overwhelming. Start simple- just like you started this journey! And breathe. You're awesome. Look how much you've done!
Best of success to you.
There is an Ontario forum. You would find many people there who have gone through Guelph
I am 15 months post op from RNY and I did go back to diet soda at about 9 months post op. I will say that I was a Diet Dr Pepper fanatic but since surgery i dont enjoy it or my Dr Sunkist Orange. I can however drink Walmarts Diet Dr Thunder. I still drink water and have great reduced the intake of soda.
Good luck to you.
CFIDECARO---First off..BIG (((hugs)))...sounds like you have had a very tough 12 months...
You already have made a MAJOR step in the RIGHT direction, that many peeps will NOT do..that I would not do, for way too long-that led to MY 70 lb regain, at one point..YOU WEIGHED...KUDOS, girl!!! You have to know where to stand, to know where to go-that is a MAJOR step-and you already DID IT !
Now..my best advice, is the same you have already recieved..log log log...and support..There are so many programs you can use now. I'm old school, and often use pen and paper, until I can get logged to my fitness pal. You can also snap a quick pic of your plate, when you are in a hurry, and record that meal later. For ME, the trick is in the PRE-PLANNING. If I fly by the seat of my pants, I will screw up every time. I'm a grazer..first, last and always..so I HAVE to have the right things available and ready to eat...
If you will share an example of your current "days eats" we can help you re-do it, if you'd like. Are you taking your vitamins? BE HONEST. Often times when the food plan goes haywire the vitamin regime and exercise program go with it..
Our Cajun Girl here, is the smartest vitamin guru ever, and I know lots and lots about regain/reloss (good old life experience!), and we wll sure help you any way we can!
With all you have going on in your life that you CANNOT control, you will feel so much better getting THIS..the one thing you CAN be in control of, back in your radar..
YOU CAN DO THIS !!!!!
RNY 4-22-2002..and still learning
something new EVERY day !!!
REDBIRD-excellent question-and SO glad you are doing your research!
When I went to nursing school...back in the stone age (1976)..one of the very basic things we were taught-that remains true ALWAYS, is that "pain is what the PATIENT says it is", and that "you can't really judge ANOTHER person's pain"..even a lying junkie, in the ER-who has been there a million times before, IS having HIS type of pain...
That being said..MY pain tolerance is not YOUR pain tolerance..yadda yadda yadda...I have never quite understood why peeps "brag" about gritting their teeth and taking "no pain pills"...if you have NO PAIN, then fine..BUT..if you ARE taking pain, PLEASE take the meds, AS ORDERED....Peeps get "in trouble" when they take a med-any med-for something other than it's intended purpose (like taking pain meds to help get to sleep, or get a "buzz")....Pain is one of life's biggest strssors and can VERY much impede physical healing...
For ME...I am normally a VERY "high pain tolerance" person..but my open RNY, 11 years ago DID hurt..the first couple of days I couldn't get up or down alone (but..I weighed 340 lbs, and had my guts ripped opened and rearranged-and had a 10 in*****ision-what part did I think would NOT cause pain ?!?!?!?!?!?)....Comparing it to having had other abdominal surgeries? about the same...Comparing it to squeezing out 9 and 10 pound big headed babies? Apples to oranges..with no diapers to change later...I DID take pain meds...but more I moved around, the LESS I needed...
You will be as worn out out from anesthesia, as from anything. Be as kind to your body as your can be. If "half days" at work are an option..or long lunches, for a nap..TAKE THEM...you probably will not feel at "full steam" for several weeks...
Hope all this rambling answered SOMETHING you asked !!!
RNY 4-22-2002..and still learning
something new EVERY day !!!
i am going through the same situation as you do. I am 27 years old and my body weight fluctuates so much and mostly it is on the gaining end. I have tried exercising, diet pills and everything that I could possibly can but I have never ever gotten to the healthy weight range that i have imagined.
Anyways i am reading through your post and I find its 2 years old. Wanted to ask you if you did qualify your weight loss surgery? if you did what surgery it was and did you get to your desired goal weight? did you had to face any complication? and mostly which weight loss surgery place? I am thinking to have my surgery in mexico this year end but i am really afraid if i don't qualify. pls help me out here.
You also need to think about joining some of the groups outside OH who might be able to help you. OH is a great source of information and support but some of the outside groups have grant money.
If you want to work at weight loss while you are checking your options I agree with Ms. Batt's suggestion and somewhere here on OH is a forum for non surgery weight loss support that may be able to help you. Good luck!