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    Great luck with your surgery today! I hope everything goes off without a hitch and you have a speedy recovery! Keep us posted!
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Recommended blood work
January 29, 2012 10:14 pm

CMP
Lipid Profile
CBC with differential
B12
Bili-direct
Ferritin

Iron/TIBC

PTH
Magnesium
Folate
Thiamine (B1)

B6

Vitamin E

Vitamin K
Uric Acid
Vitamin A

Vitamin D (25 hydroxy)

Zinc
Phosphorus
Copper

Selenium

Prealbumin 
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There's no crying in baseball!
January 21, 2012 10:35 am
There were a few gems in today's forums!  I'm also reposting this from Hala B. in my blog so I can come back to this.  I struggle with my vitamins .. water isn't an issue, and neither is protein.  Vitamins suck.


THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!!

By:  Leilani

That's the sentiment (scenario) that comes to mind sometimes when I hear some of the comments from people who've already had the surgery.   In case you haven't made the connection, that's a line Tom Hanks made famous in the movie "A League Of Their Own."  Resorting to tears or just giving up every time the going gets tough.  Or your sick of taking vitamins, getting in protein is hard, water doesn't taste good, etc.  That kinda' thinking is NOT going to make you successful or keep you healthy.  ENOUGH already!  It's time to LOVE yourself enough to get "TOUGH" wtih your aftercare.  Your longterm health is worth it!!

Success comes with a backbone, NOT a wishbone!


First and foremost, you have to keep it POSITIVE.  As with everything in life, if you think you can't - you WON'T!  Simple enough?

I have to wonder when "we" (as adults) finally take ownershipfor our actions, our life and our health?  We have been given a gift, a second chance to actually LIVE life again instead of merely existing on the sidelines.   It's up to each of us to do that as healthy and productively as possible.

We're ALL statistics waiting to happen and the insurance companies are chomping at the bit.  The bean counters are eager to drop Weight Loss Surgery ("WLS") from the policies; some already have.  Don't you know that any negative feedback thrown into the mix only strengthens their cause?  I may not be able to control every thing that happens to my body after WLS, but most things I can.  I CHOOSE to take control and I will be a positive statistic when the numbers get counted.  

We live in a spoiled society, expecting everything in life to come with a buncha really cool choices.  Well, guess what?  When it comes to your health, you're not always going to get a choice.  You either DO IT and stay healthy, or you DON'T and your body pays the price.

The way I saw it, I had a 90 day healing and adjusting period after surgery.  My 'super morbidly obese' body had more than enough stores to survive the learning curve.  In turn, it gave me plenty of time to heal, adjust and learn.  For those of you OVER 90 days Post-Op, the probation period is over - its time to get serious and LIVE what you've learned.  

*  You say you can't get in enough liquids throughout the day, don't like the taste of water, or just keep forgetting? -- TOUGH!  It's not an option anymore.   Find a way to do it, get suggestions and tips from others in support groups, message boards, etc.  Read, learn and JUST DO IT!!  Why do you think there is a choice here?

*  You say you don't like the big horse pill type vitamins, or the tart chalky chewables? ... it's just too many to bother with?  Or maybe you just can't remember to take them? --  TOUGH!  You gave up the option NOT to take vitamins when you agreed to have your insides rerouted.  FIND a way to get them in; crushed, minced, chopped, liquified, in a shake, etc.  No exceptions, your health depends on it.

*  Protein is a must.  So you can't get it all in via foods and you don't like the way the shakes taste?   -- TOUGH!  Either get it through your meals (and there are a gazillion food choices out there) or supplement it with protein shakes and bars.

Trust me, I don't drink my protein shake every morning because I think it tastes like a chocolate blizzard from Dairy Queen.  I've tried many varieties over the last 2 years.  I'd even venture to say 25 of the top sellers/flavors have crossed my lips.  For the record?  I've yet to find one that is as 'delicious' as boasted by the distributor.  So what.  I still drink one every morning.  My HEALTH dictates that I need "X" grams of protein per day.  If I'm not getting enough from my meals then I supplement a shake.  'Nuff said.

This surgery is a gift, I owe it to me and everyone else fighting the approval process, to do it right!  I will continue to choke down my vitamins, my water and my protein every single day, for the REST OF MY LIFE.  Some days will be easier than others, regardless, no days will be missed.

It's all about discipline.  Create a routine, set a timer, develop a pattern, tie a string around your finger, glue a note on your forehead, whatever it takes.

You're an adult - take responsibility!  
If this surgery doesn't slap a back bone into you, not much will.
 
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Weight Loss Expectations
January 21, 2012 10:18 am
Posted today by FlyingWoman on a forum post, and I'm re-capturing it to reference later for myself :)

I captured this for reference, originally posted by Diminishing Dawn. It is a list of surgeon agreed realistic expectations:

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS!
While you will lose weight in the first few months after bariatic surgery, you reach your maximum weight loss in 12 to 18 months. Here is what you can expect to lose post op!

For patients weighing 200 to 250 lbs.
10 lbs. in first 10 days
15 to 25 lbs. in 6 weeks
25 to 35 lbs. in 3 months
35 to 45 lbs. in 6 months
60 lbs. or more in 1 year
70 lbs. or more in 18 months

For patients weighing 250 to 300 lbs.
10 to 12 lbs. in first 10 days
15 to 25 lbs. in 6 weeks
25 to 35 lbs. in 3 months
45 to 60 lbs. in 6 months
80 lbs. or more in 1 year
90 lbs. or more in 18 month

For patients weighing 300 to 400 lbs.
10 to 30 lbs. in first 10 days
25 to 45 lbs. in 6 weeks
35 to 55 lbs. in 3 months
50 to 80 lbs. in 6 months
100 lbs. or more in 1 year
120 lbs. or more in 18 month 

For patients weighing 400 to 500 lbs.
10 to 30 lbs. in first 10 days
25 to 45 lbs. in 6 weeks
35 to 60 lbs. in 3 months
50 to 90 lbs. in 6 months
120 lbs. or more in 1 year
150 lbs. or more in 18 months 
 
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