Citizen (USA & Brit) Kim’s Posts
on 6/16/14 4:02 pm, edited 6/16/14 4:02 pm
I had surgery 10 years ago next month and am yet to have anyone say anything negative to me.
I believe you teach people how to treat you and I honestly don't invite people in my life to be negative towards me. I am a strong and intelligent woman and have never had any doubts about my decision to have WLS - maybe it's why noone has ever thought it necessary to worry about me or make derogatory comments to me?
I don't think anyone should have to prepare for people to treat them like crap - how about we prepare pre-ops to own their decision and not invite derogatory comments?
on 6/6/14 9:24 pm
Liposuction will make your skin sagging worse It's sometimes a good thing for people who have pockets of fat that won't go IN CONJUNCTION with skin removal but can't imagine having it and leaving all that sag!
on 5/27/14 3:50 pm, edited 5/27/14 4:06 pm
This is a "how long is a piece of string" question.
I still vomit regularly at almost 10 years out but I can point you towards a ton of people who have NEVER vomited. There is no telling which of the two you would be. To me, it seems that more people have nausea problems with VSG than RNY, but everything on here is anecdotal and it's often only people who are having problems who post. For every one of those, there will be thousands who sail through with nothing wrong.
I wouldn't make vomiting a determiner on what surgery to choose.
on 5/26/14 7:55 am
Lady Tazz, as ever, you are Da Bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on 5/22/14 4:58 pm
Bearing in mind that you ARE so young, as long as you can be compliant with your vits and labs, the DS would give you the best long term result. The stats for VSG and RNY are not good after 5 years and regain is statistically less with the DS at that point. Those of us who lose and maintain well at 5 and 10 years plus are unfortunately the minority and not the majority. Think about your long term and make the right decision now - revision is way more difficult than a virgin surgery.
Anyway, as I say, research all 3 surgeries and see how you feel afterwards - this is a lifelong journey and to be able to start it at 25 is a gift many of us didn't get ...
on 5/22/14 4:13 pm, edited 5/22/14 4:13 pm
Personally, I believe that weight loss requirements before surgery are stupid, there is no liver shrinking in that short space of a time ...
However, in real life, we often just have to "play the game" - the insurance companies game, the surgeons' game, the psychs' game - however much we think it is stupid.
This will all be worth it in the end! I understand him wanting you to have a surgery with a malabsorption component - with a high BMI (I presume yours is over 50) I would be looking at a virgin DS and neither a VSG nor an RNY. It might be worth using the extra time to reseach it - there is a DS surgery forum on here and there are several places for you to find DS facts on different sites!
on 5/21/14 12:14 pm
on 5/21/14 12:12 pm
Great idea and you know there will be plenty of us riding your ass if you keep giving your money to that Super Pac
on 5/21/14 11:25 am
There is a daily "what are you eating today" thread on the RNY forum - I think most of the contributors are new post op, but they have some great food ideas that you could take note of - just nix the ones who eat Quest bars or have shakes as meal replacements!
on 5/20/14 4:18 pm, edited 5/20/14 4:19 pm
In all my years as a midwife I only came across one woman with Wilson's - it's not that common, but definitely MUST be treated - hopefully this is just a passing phase rather than a lifelong disease (don't I sound cheery - sorry!)
on 5/19/14 5:49 pm
You will find that more people will read your blog and follow you if you build up supportive relationships here. We get tons of people who just turn up to promote their blogs!
on 5/18/14 3:42 pm
When you get to the reply message box, look above and you will see something that looks like a chain link (five in from the end) - copy, the link, paste it into the box in the chain link - call it whatever you like in the second box and voila! Hot link!!!
If you are on a phone, I have no idea!!!
on 5/18/14 3:29 pm
Call the doc. Quite honestly, he put you in this position, giving you a sleeve with a history of reflux - he had better be available to you 24 hours per day!!!!
on 5/18/14 7:20 am, edited 5/18/14 7:22 am
How's that? You might try hotlinking it and then giving me a clue as how how that video will change my life forever ... !
Just posting some anonymous YouTube link is not much of a conversation starter - I hope you are getting some sort of payment for it
on 5/15/14 7:46 am
I gave up breastfeeding my son the week before my surgery - he was 11 months old and so was only really feeding just before bed. I don't think I would have been able to breastfeed exclusively after my surgery but once your son is on solid food and breast milk is only the top up, it should be just fine!
If you start your 6 month pre surgery hoop jumping, you should be just about as ready as I was!
on 5/13/14 10:37 am
It's been a constant fight for me for the last couple of years - I am riding it out without HRT because I don't want to go through this crap at 70 when insurance won't pay for the hormones!!!
Just don't let those 9lbs become 19 or 29 ... Cut the carbs, up the exercise and good luck - getting old sucks!
on 5/9/14 12:56 pm
I could have happily gone on vacation the week after surgery, but I am someone who just gets on with things. I really think it depends on the sort of person you are (barring any medical complications of course).
I was eating a "normal" RNY diet from about 3 weeks - so you certainly should be by 8 weeks ...
I had also lost quite a bit of weight by 8 weeks (50lbs i**** was a long time ago so my memory is a bit blurry) so this will give you more freedom to do "stuff" with your children and husband on vacation.
on 5/8/14 7:04 pm
I have never heard of insurance covering it since the excess skin outside of the panni area doesn't cause any medical issues and is therefore considered cosmetic.
I am sure that everyone who lost as much weight as we have (I lost 190) would look best with a full LBL, and every surgeon in the world will encourage you to do that to get the very best results (and help pad the surgeon's checking account), but it IS cosmetic only and most people "make due" with just the panni or a tummy tuck.
My husband's insurance paid for his panni as they determined it was medically necessary (had to be over 100#). He had lost close to 150# at that point. He was covered by Aetna POS at the time. Every insurance has their criteria.
I think you misunderstood Lora's post - she was saying that anything MORE than a panni removal is unlikely to be covered ...
on 5/8/14 7:01 pm, edited 5/8/14 7:01 pm
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on 5/8/14 2:48 pm
I found these on a search for Fistula
on 5/7/14 7:46 am, edited 5/7/14 9:05 am
It often takes a while for our heads to catch up with our bodies - particularly if we were overweight for some time ... It also takes time to get used to our new life, but here's something - for the vast majority of us, it does eventually becomes second nature, both to live our new life and to live in our new bodies!
Some of us have to do work before surgery and some of us have to do work afterwards - you may be one of the latter and I hope you are able to get to a place where your life now is your new norm.
Getting thinner does not make our lives better in all aspects - we still have to deal with asses, rude people, rejection, unhappiness and all the things we probably had to deal with 100+ lbs ago. We are not guaranteed fantastic jobs, relationships, a great social life etc - all those things come from within and we have to work on them just as much at our smaller size as we did at our bigger.
You look fantastic and I hope you are able to find peace in your new normal
on 5/5/14 12:36 pm
I have been taking it for a few years and have never had a problem with it. However, I have always taken it with food as I know that it can cause digestive issues.
on 5/4/14 4:54 pm
on 5/4/14 1:04 pm
Unless there was life changing disfigurement, there is generally no do-over with plastics because of a bad result. It's one of the risks you take when you have private elective surgery. I guarantee your plastic surgeon will say you were unrealistic about the outcome ...
on 4/30/14 7:35 am
Thanks for this info - NSAID use is between an individual and their doctor.
Many RNY'ers take NSAIDS on an as needed basis (I am not one of them as I have no need, but if this situation changed, I would certainly consider using this!)