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Kim

on 6/24/14 8:38 am
Topic: RE: 8 Years today.

Congratulations, Frank, maintaining at 8 years is not easy and you have done a great job!

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on 6/23/14 2:08 pm, edited 6/23/14 2:11 pm
Topic: RE: Maintenance and how to stop losing

If you are still losing you are not in maintenance!!  I don't know where the thought came that you could determine a particular weight and just decide you were done (and you are not alone in this thought) - I think our bodies are way cleverer than that ...

You should continue to eat 1400-1800 calories per day and see where you end up - once you have stayed at a weight for several months, then you can probably think that you are in maintenance.

Many many of us lose more than we think we will (or even want to) and find that we are able to regain to a comfortable weight at about 3-4 years.  

I have yet to hear of anyone that disappeared completely 

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on 6/19/14 10:30 am, edited 6/19/14 10:30 am
Topic: RE: Is she telling the truth?

I don't think anyone missed that - someone would have to be 4ft 6 to have a BMI of 42 at 170lbs ...   I think everyone gets that Miss Batt lost 170lbs - a great achievement - not something that I think anyone is putting down or not understanding here

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on 6/19/14 8:24 am
Topic: RE: Writing positive post
Steffan467
on 6/17/14 6:06 am  

I saw photos of people who had a panni and I am sorry to say it is not pretty as a tummy tuck.  I went in for a tummy tuck after I had lost all my weight.  Are you sure you are done losing.   I would give it more time to get closer to your goal.  Shop around.  If you have insurance many will cover TT if you have rashes that are bothersome.  I had a rash that wouldn't go away. It itched a lot.  I would shop around for a better price with a good doctor.  If it were me, I would wait until I could do it the right way.  I have the pretties tummy in the world.  Really my belly looks like a bikini model photo.  No I am not bragging.  I am actually amazed they took all that flab and made my belly so I didn't have a stretch mark at all.  This is my own personal opinion.  Unless you are 6 ft tall 185 is no way near goal.  Work out get closer to goal and do what will make you happy in the end.  You have a pani now and lose more weight you will have more flab and probably end up with another pani or tummy tuck.  Sorry to give you bad news but the picture I saw many years ago, the lady was in your shoes.  It was horrible.  It looked like she had a shelf.  

Brenda

    You never made any comment about the post above, even when it was pointed out to you that it was mean ...   I think OH is a much gentler, kinder place than it was 5 or 10 years ago but it's still somewhere you are expected to "own" what you say ...   You may well have good intentions in your return to OH, but I think your delivery is lacking and you have been called out on it, that's all!

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on 6/17/14 10:36 am
Topic: RE: Pannilectomy
On June 17, 2014 at 6:06 AM Pacific Time, Steffan467 wrote:

I saw photos of people who had a panni and I am sorry to say it is not pretty as a tummy tuck.  I went in for a tummy tuck after I had lost all my weight.  Are you sure you are done losing.   I would give it more time to get closer to your goal.  Shop around.  If you have insurance many will cover TT if you have rashes that are bothersome.  I had a rash that wouldn't go away. It itched a lot.  I would shop around for a better price with a good doctor.  If it were me, I would wait until I could do it the right way.  I have the pretties tummy in the world.  Really my belly looks like a bikini model photo.  No I am not bragging.  I am actually amazed they took all that flab and made my belly so I didn't have a stretch mark at all.  This is my own personal opinion.  Unless you are 6 ft tall 185 is no way near goal.  Work out get closer to goal and do what will make you happy in the end.  You have a pani now and lose more weight you will have more flab and probably end up with another pani or tummy tuck.  Sorry to give you bad news but the picture I saw many years ago, the lady was in your shoes.  It was horrible.  It looked like she had a shelf.  

Brenda

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on 6/17/14 10:36 am, edited 6/17/14 10:36 am
Topic: RE: Pannilectomy

After you getting SO bent out of shape with another poster for insensitivity to their friend who had WLS, I am very surprised to see this, Brenda.   It really doesn't show you in a good light and if it's your idea of support ... you might want to reconsider!

None of us have a right to determine others' goals or put down those who don't meet our measure of success!

 

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on 6/17/14 8:07 am
Topic: RE: Advocate for myself

One of my favourite phrases is "you teach people how to treat you" - well, changing docs is doing exactly that!   You taught Dr Ass that he cannot treat you like that!  

The only problem is, if you didn't point out what as ass he is, he won't realise you are gone unless you let him know - consider sending him a letter outlining why he is no longer your ortho doctor of choice - you *may* be saving someone else from his ass-douchery!

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on 6/16/14 4:02 pm, edited 6/16/14 4:02 pm
Topic: RE: If you are getting ready to have weight loss surgery please read.

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?

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on 6/6/14 9:24 pm
Topic: RE: I'm Considering Liposuction 7 years P.O., Anyone Else have this done Post Op?

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!

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on 5/27/14 3:50 pm, edited 5/27/14 4:06 pm
Topic: RE: Who vomits more between RNY and VSG

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.

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on 5/26/14 7:55 am
Topic: RE: Miserable. If I gain the weight back, will this skin go away?

Lady Tazz, as ever, you are Da Bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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on 5/22/14 4:58 pm
Topic: RE: Am I being overly sensitive?

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 ...

 

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on 5/22/14 4:13 pm, edited 5/22/14 4:13 pm
Topic: RE: Am I being overly sensitive?

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!

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on 5/21/14 12:14 pm
Topic: RE: Commitment Contracts

That's a great idea - I hate those lemons, they can make us so puckered and sour faced if we overindulge!

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on 5/21/14 12:12 pm
Topic: RE: Commitment Contracts

Great idea and you know there will be plenty of us riding your ass if you keep giving your money to that Super Pac 

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on 5/21/14 11:25 am
Topic: RE: What do your meals consist of

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!

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on 5/20/14 4:18 pm, edited 5/20/14 4:19 pm
Topic: RE: Copper levels high

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!)

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on 5/19/14 5:49 pm
Topic: RE: my journey blog

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!

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on 5/18/14 3:42 pm
Topic: RE: 1 minute 20 seconds will change your life forever.....

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!!!

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on 5/18/14 3:29 pm
Topic: RE: Having trouble with Acid reflux after sleeve

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!!!!

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on 5/18/14 7:20 am, edited 5/18/14 7:22 am
Topic: RE: 1 minute 20 seconds will change your life forever.....

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 

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on 5/15/14 7:46 am
Topic: RE: Nursing my 5 month old son- WLS consult later this month

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!

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on 5/13/14 10:37 am
Topic: RE: Menopause and weight gain ( sorry men, you probably don't want to read this LOL)

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!

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on 5/9/14 12:56 pm
Topic: RE: Vacationing after RNY

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.

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on 5/8/14 7:04 pm
Topic: RE: Will insurance ever cover a lower body lift?
On May 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM Pacific Time, ChristineB wrote:
On May 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM Pacific Time, ****rogirl, The PhD Version wrote:

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.

Lora

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 ...

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