Citizen (USA & Brit) Kim’s Posts
on 4/26/14 9:48 am, edited 4/26/14 9:49 am
An oversight I'm sure LOL!
on 4/26/14 7:56 am - MO I love it when people from other countries tell us how our system stinks and act like they know everything about us and how it goes. I guess I shouldn't live through my own experiences and working for hospitals and just ask people from other countries instead. LOL! Thanks, but I don't need to be lectured, and please don't bother responding. It's a waste of time, I'll just delete it without reading it. Take care.
The "take care" was a nice touch LOL! Why on earth would *I* know anything about healthcare in the US - I've only lived here since 2001!!! (with the exception of 2004-2008)
on 4/26/14 9:22 am
on 4/26/14 8:47 am - UK Lap Band on 04/23/06
I can't find you under a member search but apparently you replied to me on the thread about plastic surgery and then either deleted your post or blocked me. However, I got e mail notification about your post which started
quote: I love it when people from other countries tell us how our system stinks and act like they know everything about us and how it goes. I guess I shouldn't live through my own experiences and working for...
i didn't say anything about your health system except that it was expensive. I did not say it "stinks", I know nothing about it! I simply replied to an earlier poster on the thread who said people from countries with universal health care have to come to the US for treatment! I just said that British people don't!
on 4/26/14 9:03 am
She hasn't blocked me (yet) so I'm happy to do it on the original thread - although she made EXACTLY the same post to me that she made to you LOL!!!
She clearly hates immigrants as much as you foreigners
on 4/26/14 8:58 am
I am an American citizen, thank you very much - yes, I was born in the UK and lived there for 38 years, but I now live in Colorado, pay taxes and have a right to my opinion on here and anywhere else I care to post! You might consider that someone like myself, who has lived in several countries and chooses to live here, might have something to offer you in term of experience. No? Why? Because I'm an immigrant?
Remember the First Amendment? You actually don't have to be a citizen to have that right in this country - maybe if you had to go through what I did to live here, you might have a clue!
Good luck with deleting my comment too - perhaps you think THAT's possible because I'm "from another country"
on 4/26/14 8:13 am, edited 4/26/14 8:24 am
If you specifically want a reply from Elina, you might try posting this on the VSG board where she is most likely to see that her input is wanted!
If you want to stop losing weight, you need to continue eating - even if you have no appetite. Most WLS'ers eat on a schedule and it seems as if you will have to do the same.
How much do you weigh now? Our bodies are pretty good at stopping losing before we get to an underweight BMI - which is less than 18.
on 4/25/14 6:46 pm
I am English and don't know ANYONE who has come to the US for healthcare ... I have heard of Canadians who have come here because a certain surgery wasn't available in their province, but it's not a common occurrence ...
I have had surgeries in Asia and one of the biggest demographics travelling there were AMERICANS!!!! Healthcare in the US is great if you are on Medicare or Medicaid (ie single payer) or have money. If you don't have either of those, you are SOOL!
on 4/25/14 8:55 am
I had a great surgeon who got me to sign an agreement that I understood that there would be future costs involved in WLS - better quality food, new clothes and plastic surgery.
I paid out of pocket for all mine, because it WAS cosmetic - it didn't hinder my life at all - I just wanted to look better - why should anyone else pay for that?
If the skin hampers your day to day life (ie mobility etc) then it will probably be covered - anything else should be down to you!
on 4/16/14 7:14 am
Thank you for editing the stupid stuff out of your post - rewriting history is not always a bad thing - EXCEPT when someone has the forethought to quote your original post below I would suggest that instead of deleting, you consider putting your hands up and admitting you made a mistake! Gives you more integrity!
If you are going to set yourself up as some sort of expert - please at least have a vague clue of what you are preaching! I'll enjoy checking out your posts daily now - just in case ...
on 4/16/14 6:41 am, edited 4/16/14 6:41 am
Terrible advice for bands, RNY, VSG and DS - none of us are encouraged to have meals with no protein. Fruit and cereal would make me VERY sick!
It worries me when self-appointed experts, such as the OP, is giving such bad advice - new people here could easily fall for the so called "credentials" and believe she is some sort of WLS guru
on 4/14/14 3:43 pm, edited 4/14/14 3:43 pm
I have had it for about six years (following a facial surgery) and it is intermittent - lasting for weeks at a time and then disappearing for months and so I am not in constant pain. Surgery has been suggested if the bouts become longer lasting or if I don't get the remission I get currently.
It is very difficult to describe the pain as it is so acute and life altering, but I am able to get some relief with Vicodin as I don't take pain killers on a regular basis and so haven't built up any sort of resistance or addiction to them.
on 4/13/14 9:50 am, edited 4/13/14 9:52 am
So my suture line has never healed and I am continually bleeding - wow - surprised I have survived this long - good job I have my estate planning done I mis-spoke when saying the only reason was the inability to scope - I think it would be fair to say that "some" have healing problems, but I doubt we ALL have!
I don't doubt that some RNY'ers are more susceptible to ulcers, especially as people who have GERD, Barretts etc are encouraged to have an RNY rather than VSG, or even DS, (not my recommendation) thereby creating a population with higher risk, but it is disingenuous to suggest that taking NSAIDS with a VSG or DS'ers is perfectly ok for everyone too.
Sporadic or even regular NSAID use should be considerd in conjuction with medical history and acceptance of risk by everyone
on 4/13/14 7:17 am
ANYONE who takes NSAIDS on a daily basis are susceptible to damage by NSAIDs regardless of whether we had a band, VSG, RNY or DS because they systemically thin the stomach lining.
The only reason RNY'ers are told not to take NSAIDS is because the remnant stomach cannot be scoped. There is nothing "special" about an RNY that makes ulcers more likely than anyone else!
Truth is, very few of us undergo scoping to detect ulcers, and most treatment protocols are to just prescribe Carafate or other drugs without an official diagnosis.
on 4/9/14 7:17 pm
A popular misconception.
This site is a business and is run for profit - support is a merely a good side effect of the business model. We are merely players by invitation and the people who pay the bills call the shots - it's always been that way and always will. This site is NOT a democracy - but I do think they try and be fair, but bills have to be paid!
on 4/9/14 12:03 pm
As long as your ferritin levels are good and are remaining stable - why not?
Most RNY'ers, particularly menstruating women, really need to check that their labs are good before they consider it! Do many VSG'ers suffer from iron problems?
MIne was tanked by a year out and I've had an Hb of 14 and a ferritin of (less than) 2 - undetectable by lab - so you shouldn't trust the test they do before you donate!
on 4/8/14 6:54 pm, edited 4/8/14 6:54 pm
I was a step mother at 22, so I have BTDT. I am now a mother to two boys, 23 and 10 and I think that lying to children does them a huge disservice - are they not a part of the family?
I think it will do your step-daughter a great disservice if you have this surgery and then "miraculously" lost 100+lbs. It's deceptive and you might find that she will find it hard to forgive you for not giving her the truth!
Your decision of course, but I have always told my children to tell the truth and so feel obliged to do the same - horses for courses !!!
ETA: The ex-wife has nothing to do with this - this is YOUR and your stepdaughter's relationship - nothing to do with her - she has her own stuff to worry about (and I am the ex-wife in my children's lives)!
on 4/8/14 6:22 pm
If you have a smartphone you don't have any need of an Angel. (They used to post and let everyone know you are ok after surgery - most of us can do that in recovery if we're so incined!
If you have someone you like on here, you could ask them to be your mentor, but remember there are lots of people on here who portray themselves as WLS experts when they are very far from that!
Choose someone who is a little way ahead of you, rather than years and beware anyone with a large ego!
on 4/8/14 6:19 pm
on 4/8/14 10:52 am
If it's a physical problem, I hope you have a team looking at it and coming up with suggestions on how to remedy it (surgical?).
If it's a psychological problem, I hope you are getting help for that with a therapist who specialises in eating disorders.
Nobody should be this far out and unable to eat enough to sustain them - no wonder you are feeling regretful.
Please give us more details - there may be people here who have experienced this and can help with information.
on 4/8/14 7:49 am
Click on this link Mexico and post this on the Mexico forum - there's a ton of knowledgeable people there who will be able to give you the answers you need.
on 4/7/14 7:14 pm
Congratulations, Sarah - you have always been an inspiration and as you say, having resolved some of your co-morbidities and being able to live a happier and healthier life is the definition of success!
on 4/7/14 4:42 pm
I'm nearly 10 years out and my nose still runs - not all the time, but a lot of the time - I do believe it's related to the vagus nerve and nothing to do with allergies or what or how I eat. It seems to be random at this point - and I also get chapped lips and a sore nose but I put that partly down to living at altitude! Maybe my nose would run more if I lived anywhere else LOL!
on 4/7/14 3:30 pm
on 4/7/14 3:21 pm
Last minute nerves are perfectly normal and I would be more worried if you didn't have any!
Most of us sail through surgery, recovery and weight loss and as long as you don't think that you have all this down too quickly and use the first year or so to learn your new lifestyle in terms of diet, exercise, vitamins and labs etc - you will set yourself up well for long term maintenance.
on 4/6/14 8:13 pm
I had a Teeter Totter for several years and used it often. Worked great for me in that I didn't have to have surgery for several compressed and bulging discs