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Kim

on 3/6/15 1:35 pm, edited 3/6/15 1:35 pm
Topic: RE: Dr.'s dietary sheet for after surgery. Is this similar to what your dr. gave you?

Nope.  

No pre-op diet 

No protein shakes

liquids for 10 days

soft food for 4 days

normal diet as tolerated thereafter

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on 3/4/15 7:42 pm
Topic: RE: mini bypass

Research Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)  

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on 2/28/15 6:12 pm
Topic: RE: A photo worth checking out....

A WLS friend from here once told me that she could tell I had not spent long as a MO person - because of the shape of my legs from the knees down and this explains it perfectly.

Very interesting, Cathy, thank you!

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on 2/28/15 12:20 pm
Topic: RE: Obamacare and WLS, Which States are Covered

If that were the case, Colorado would be covered - we have among the lowest obesity rates in the country - you rarely see an overweight person here let along someone who is MO.

We have cooperative exchanges which are the cheapest to enroll - I am in one and Kaiser is another - they won't offer WLS because it doesn't benefit the majority of their members, who are predominantly healthy and fit.

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on 2/25/15 6:47 pm
Topic: RE: Lets Hear About Daily Successes

My success today is being unblocked and being willing to let it go ... 

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Kim

on 2/25/15 9:52 am
Topic: RE: Pain in side with ******

WHERE is this pain?  Can't really see how it would be related to your WLS, but who knows without more info?  

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on 2/25/15 7:29 am
Topic: RE: Weight regain

What surgery did you have?   I think the different surgery boards have a daily "what are you eating today" thread and it would give you a great idea of what people who are losing or maintaining are doing.

It's a shame you didn't lose to goal, but its entirely possible to lose weight, even after the so called honeymoon period so you could lose the regain and then some if you really put your mind to working your WLS tool

 

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on 2/24/15 5:44 am
Topic: RE: how do i know weight loss surgery is for me?
On February 24, 2015 at 5:29 AM Pacific Time, Grim_Traveller wrote:
On February 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM Pacific Time, Jeffboutwell77 wrote:

Who is talking RNY, I am talking about Bariatric surgery... A lap band could be the perfect surgery for this person... Non invasive and good fit... I don't know what is best for this person... But what I do know is by the year 2025 it is said that 90% of America will be obese at the rate we are having now... With this considered there are other factors to be thinking about... Active duty military puts a lot of mental strain on the families and obesity is caused by those who are stressed looking for some comfort... They therefore turn to food and become obese... Wouldn't it be nice to help those in need and give them the proper tools to deal with these issues... 

If you really cared about someone, you wouldn't give them a lapband. Non-invasive? It is far and away THE MOST invasive, injurious, expensive and painful WLS, and the least effective.

Talking about Hilary, it's good to see that you advocate free universal healthcare, based not on what doctors recommend, but on what patients want.

Single payer ...  Be still my racing heart!

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on 2/20/15 1:26 pm
Topic: RE: PCP didn't want to give me a referral for the surgeon

There are very specific co-morbidities that insurance companies will accept with a BMI of 35-39.   To be sure of approval, you need to have a BMI of 40 or 100lbs overweight.   I suspect this is why you had trouble getting a referral and why you may have trouble getting insurance approval - especially as you are losing weight before seeing a surgeon.   

I wish you luck!

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on 2/19/15 5:13 am
Topic: RE: My 600 lb life Pauline

When she was in the hospital for months after surgery (because she wouldn't get her ass out of bed) I wanted to shout "run, Dylan, run!"  That poor man looked so defeated - I wanted to slap her upside the head - selfish, selfish selfish woman!

 

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Kim

on 2/17/15 7:01 am
Topic: RE: Roux en Y vs. Sleeve

It's like  - even in this thread where they have been given the tools ... 

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on 2/16/15 2:59 pm
Topic: RE: Roux en Y vs. Sleeve

I put RNY vs VSG in the search function (little magnifying glass on the blue bar) and got this:

About 5,740 results (0.42 seconds)

 

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on 2/15/15 7:51 pm
Topic: RE: Never thought I would say/ask this but....

I had 100lbs to lose and lost 120lbs in 6 months - a victory as far as I was concerned!   I gained 20lbs at year 5 but happy with HOW it happened at 10+ years out

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on 2/15/15 10:29 am, edited 2/15/15 10:34 am
Topic: RE: question about post surgery and others eating and food in the house

No, I lived in Pennsylvania when I had my surgery, and if you look at my reply you'll see you didn't actually disagree with anything I said.

My main point is that yes, you can ask your family to change and hopefully they'll choose to do so, but you'll face these challenges every day for the rest of your life in all aspects of your life and you have to be prepared to be making the same decisions 10, 20, 30 years from now DESPITE other people's choices!

Of course you may get to control your children's diet in your home and you *may* get to control your spouse, but expecting everyone to change because you had surgery is going to result in a lot of disappointment for you!   Hence the (very good) advice to get strategies for yourself to cope down the road.

We read a lot on here when people get upset because they are going to a family BBQ and everyone will be eating all the stuff we can't!  So what?  We need to see these family gatherings as social opportunities and not a time where we get to stuff our faces with food we KNOW is not good for our new lifestyle - WE have to change NOT them.

Just trying to give a long term perspective from someone who's lived like this for 10+ years so far!

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Kim

on 2/15/15 6:42 am
Topic: RE: question about post surgery and others eating and food in the house

People often expect everyone else to change because we had the surgery but honestly, why should they?   You are going to be faced with this dilemma for the rest of your life - because this isn't a short term fix, it's a lifestyle change.

Now you can try and involve your family in your new healthy regime (which would be the best way) but if not, you have to accept that you need to get your head in the right place - the surgery will only do so much.

I would suggest going to a therapist who will help you formulate tools that will help your particular cir****tances and make sure you go to a support group both for help and accountability.   Most people who do not lose to goal or *****gain drop their support - it's why I am still here EVERY DAY 10+ years after surgery - because I still have to be mindful and accountable!

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on 2/14/15 1:52 pm
Topic: RE: Can or should we eat

Well, it looks like the OP is over 6 months out so I'm sure she's on full foods by now 

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on 2/14/15 12:05 pm
Topic: RE: What Iron Supplements Do You Take?

I take Proferrin, a heme iron, which is very easy to use (no side effects).   It is way more expensive than other types though, but it's now 4 years or so since I last had an infusion, so works for me!

If have suffered with chronic anaemia over the years (I've had several infusions) and it is only recently that it has become under control.

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on 2/13/15 7:03 am, edited 2/13/15 7:04 am
Topic: RE: When to get iron infusions

You need a hematologist NOW!  If you need a referral, ask for one, if not, get one asap!

Once you have had your infusion - invest $50+ per month on proferrin - a heme iron that doesn't cause gastric distress - it is easy to use and will help keep your ferritin level reasonable and although expensive is way cheaper than infusion co-pays or deductibles!

I am now 4 years from my last infusion and holding ...  

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Kim

on 2/10/15 5:08 am
Topic: RE: Should I feel guilty that I'm not super obese and perusing surgery

You are morbidly obese and need to lose 100lbs - you absolutely qualify for the surgery (with most insurance plans) with no co-morbidities - anxiety wouldn't count anyway!

Not sure why you'd feel guilty ...

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on 2/5/15 9:25 am
Topic: RE: My 600 lb life....

She did an awesome job in her weightloss.   I particularly liked how she seemed to grow up over the year - from those silly little girl bows to a more grown up and confident manner.

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on 1/30/15 7:44 am, edited 1/30/15 7:44 am
Topic: RE: Question

Hover over their avatar and four "buttons" come up, one of which is "send message"

For the future, might I suggest that you put something more relevant than "Question" as the subject - lots of people won't bother to open a post with such a generalised subject!

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on 1/22/15 5:44 am
Topic: RE: Traveling 3 months after surgery......Is that to soon

I moved to Singapore for four years, four months after my surgery.  No problems at all.   Spain will be a breeze AND awesome!

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Kim

on 1/21/15 10:34 am
Topic: RE: 420 to 297.....97 to go

You look great!  Well done and keep doing whatever it is you are doing!

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on 1/19/15 8:13 am
Topic: RE: TLC Fat and Back are you watching?

I watched the whole thing and will watch part 2 as well.   I thought it was fascinating because if you ignore her schtick, it was full of very interesting observations and some growth in her empathy.

I think she says what a lot of skinny people think of fat people - she just makes a living saying it!

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on 1/19/15 8:08 am
Topic: RE: When the effects of your WLS start to Wane

A Rose or Stomaphyx procedure by any other name.   They have very limited success rates and are very often NOT covered by insurance for this reason.

Most people *****gain do not have a physical anatomical reason for doing so - in most cases it's the food/drink choices that lead to regain, so most people would be just as successful if they followed the program without undergoing the surgery!

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