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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
6:31 pm
[ext_2965936]
'Splane to me Lucy!!!! >.
I mean really. It feels like a constant battle between myself & society. As soon as things look up, they stay up as long as my hopes aren't entertained. The moment they are and I begin to have faith things may be going towards a positive outcome, they crash hard with a grand finale of dud fireworks and Patsy Cline playing in the background.

Bariatric Surgery. Yes, I'm another 'fatty' looking to 'cheat' and get my stomach chopped off, have my esophagus rerouted directly to my ass. Shut up, no one cares how you think I should lose weight. I've tried your shitty 'natural' ways of proper diet and exercise ( WHICH, might I add- is a damn waste of time. And I haven't anytime for nonsense ) and they all suck and resort to my butt getting fatter and being entirely miserable before, during & after. So if you think for a second putting me through guilt in anyway is going to change a damn thing, do yourself a favor and close this page and go refresh your Facebook page. Someone you give less shits about has probably posted something delightfully less interesting.

So, aside from the obvious struggles of maintaining an unrealistic diet to become healthier, I have been trying & trying to get this surgery done so I can break out of this ridiculous prison I have built around myself. Not only am I fat, I'm considered 'poor'. ( Yep, now those of you against YOUR tax dollars going towards the lower working class whom ALSO pay into it, idiots, go ahead and refresh your Facebook as well) Anyways, My husband, my daughter and I are all on Medi-cal- IEHP. It's pretty unheard of to have this surgery go through, but in recent years of my crappy health (not all weight related... Could you even imagine!?) They have decided to approve the surgery if I jumped through rings of fire, wear an unflattering leotard and jump off the high dive into a diet coke can. For those of you who aren't familiar, it's also known as Weight Watchers. An excellent program might I add for those who like to pass time by filling themselves full of bullshit, this is an excellent hobby for you to pick up. So, I did it- Six months times two because the first and second time I didn't do it their way. I was always, for whatever reason, missing something. Until, one day- Roughly $500 down the hole and 4000 over dramatic tears shed, I got mad. Called, finally talked to the 'right' person who knew how to do their damn job, and things actually starting happening! They happened! Like, people actually did something! Yeah! All the sudden my ass was in a fatty seminar about being less fatty with saggy skin, getting consults all the way to pre-op shit! No joke, totes serious! .... But I, the pessimist was like, "nahhhhh, there's something not right. Too good to be true. I'll eat this over sized two person burger NOT holding my breath, and then pretend I'm not hungry.... Pass your fries, never throw out good fries." And your friends and family are rooting for you, like they should, being optimistic, awesome, all that jazz! Slowly, after a couple months you start to believe it, because deep down, you want to believe it! THAT'S where I fucked up. I believe it. God damnit. So now, thanks to my husband grabbing some extra shifts during December to help make Christmas amazeballs for all- We stand the chance at 'making too much to be on Medi-cal.' Are. You. Kidding. Me.

TOO MUCH!? Too much. I can't even. I. Can't. Even.

So, here I sit. Just trying to talk to someone, anyone from Medi-cal. Hoping they will just call me back so we can have a nice, humane, chat. 'Splane to me what the fuck just happened. He could tell me a donkey dick smudged the paperwork and sucked it ups it's ass, that would be okay with me. Just as long as I heard why the fuck $200 bucks for ONE MONTH changes our income so drastically.

Starting to wonder if it matters. I had to get an EKG done, which I've had done several times before all of my surgeries and the reading came back abnormal. Never before has this been an issue before surgery, they generally blame it on being a super fatty and my super power is fucking up all machines engineered for all you stupid skinny healthy buttnuggets who don't need it anyways. But this time, they want me to see a Cardiologist. So... That was the first set back before the insurance crap. Otherwise, it would have been done already.

Fuck yea. A heart problem. Pass me the damn tequila and a cigar. I may start to give shits if we're not careful.

Current Mood: piffed!
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
3:51 pm
[channing28105]
Gallbladder Question
I am wondering if it is normal for someone who has had their Gallbladder Removed to have Accidents in the pants, the Food Move through the Digestive System rapidly, Off and On Tummy or Abdominal Cramps and Loose stools or Diarrhea all the time because I had my Gallbladder removed in July of 2012- If So is there a something to help with this at all?If You know the answers Please Message me.

Channing
3:50 pm
[channing28105]
Hello Everyone
I am looking for someone that can be my RNY Gastric Bypass Buddy and I could also use a Buddy that has had their Gallbladder Removed because I am having a major rough time with my RNY Gastric Bypass which I had in July of 2012 and I am having a Rough Time with not Having a Gallbladder because I had My Gallbladder Removed in July of 2012- Like For Example: I am Having Out Of Control Diarrhea that Lasts All Day long that is not Getting Better at all. I am needing someone who has had RNY Gastric Bypass that uses Myfitness pal. I could also use an RNY Gastric Bypass Buddy. I have a lot of Questions about RNY Gastric Bypass and the Gallbladder having been removed. I would like someone that has had RNY Gastric Bypass and Has had their Gallbladder removed that can be my email pen pal and answer Short Questions like for example: do you have any Pets? Do you like Music? What Type of music do you like? I would also Like Someone who has had RNY Gastric Bypass that can help me have a Gift Card to Walmart so I can Get Jeans and Shorts because I have no Job and without a Job I have no money to buy Jeans and shorts. If you would like to be my gastric Bypass Diet Buddy , Having No Gallbladder Diet Buddy and email pen pal please email me at CHANNING28270@GMAIL.COM

Channing
Monday, December 20th, 2010
11:58 am
[lgsciences]
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
2:08 pm
[lgsciences]
gastric bypass results
Gastric Bypass Results


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Thanks Mondo Justin
Friday, February 1st, 2008
6:22 am
[vickionline]
bariatric surgery and food costs

I thought my food cost after surgery would be reduced
well I just tried doing a pre budget and it will actually go UP by about $40 a week, I had to adjust my budget and add $160 to my grocery budget.


it's because of the vitamins and 80 grams of protein you're required to have a day. Remember that your new stomach is really small so you wont be able to actually EAT 80 grams of protein a day. Most people get it thru drinking protein drinks. My doctors office, being as strict as they are, ask their patients to drink something called Zero Carb Isopure premade protein drinks. They have 40 g protein per bottle. If you drink one a day, plus your 3 meals a day with each meal about 15 g protein, you will easily get enough protein in. I don't know if I will be able to get in 15 g of protein per meal so I found this stuff called protein to go. It has 10 g protein in these tiny purse side to go baggies. You just pour it into your bottled water and there ya go. I'd have 1 of those a day too.

yea ok but

that ZeroCarb stuff cost $35 for a 12 pack, I'll need 30 per month. That will average to more than $70 a month.
That's not even including the new supplements I have to buy because I won't be able to take pills/capsules/tablets anymore after I get the surgery. Everything has to be either liquid form or chewables.

The protein 2 go is $16 for a 10 pack. I'll have to buy 3-10 packs each month. That's $48 a month.

Now can you see how my grocery budget will get higher after the surgery even though I will be eating 1/4 the food I eat now?

Here's the menu/budget I came up with. I would like suggestions BUT keep in mind that I choose convenience over money in my lifestyle, even though I am broke and in debt. Convenience comes first. No cooking/blending/preparing food can be included in your suggestions cause it aint gonna happen. Any other suggestions are welcome. 

Post Op GROCERIES

Pre Breakfast Snack:

Nature's Best® Isopure Zero Carb pre-made protein drink ($35/12 pack)

Required Bariatric Advantage supplements: calcium citrate ($14), b-12 ($14), multivitamin ($14)

$26.00

$11

Breakfast:

low fat or sugar free:

2 - cottage cheese

3 –Fage Greek Yogurt

2 - ricotta cheese

$7

Lunch:

2 - Trader Joes salmon salad

1- Trader Joes salad with beef or poultry

bag of raw spinach

1 - Trader Joes Baked chicken with rice pilaf

$18

Dinner:

4 - South Beach diet frozen meal   (split and eat half)

$16

24 pack - Bottled water

box of protein2Go ($16/10 pack)

$4

$12

TOTAL WEEKLY GROCERY BILL IS APPROXIMATELY =>

$94.00

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
2:07 pm
[its_no_secrettt]
Hi. I've actually just created a separate LJ to post/read about bariatrics and my upcoming surgery because most of my friends don't know because they don't understand and they hold all of the common misconceptions around the idea of weight loss surgery. My best friends here at school know and support me though, and will be here to help me afterwards.

I'm 18 years old, attending college in Boston, but I'm originally from Cleveland, OH and that's where I'll be having the RNY over winter break so that I will have a few weeks at home to recover and my mom can help me out (since she also had the surgery about three years ago). I'm really excited/nervous, in a good way... we even have a countdown in my dorm (57 days!).

Has anyone else here had the surgery while away at school, or has anyone else had/going to have the surgery around my age? I know a lot about the surgery itself and all of the changes it will have on my lifestyle from my mom, both because she had the surgery and also because she is a doctor and has been able to really explain everything in more detail to me. However, I know that things will be different for me at such a young age than for her, and I was wondering what any of you might have experienced or be experiencing. For instance, my mom had/has a lot of extra skin, and she ended up having another surgery to get rid of the excess around her tummy, though for the time being she is not doing anything about the rest, such as her arms. As a younger patient, has anyone found that skin is still as much of a problem?

I'd love to hear any other advice anyone has, especially if you've got anything on how to deal with dorm/dining hall food post-op! I'm arguing with the administration to get myself off of a meal plan for the coming semester because the plan is already so ridiculous that I don't end up eating all that is payed for now, before surgery, and I definitely won't be eating it all later on.

Anyhow, I won't waste any more space. Thanks for listening/helping!

~M
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
4:34 pm
[ebayit]
Firming lotion
Hello all!

So I was wondering for those of you that have lost a significant amuont of weight, did you use any special lotion to tighten up your skin?
Thursday, July 13th, 2006
8:59 pm
[et3rnalsunshin3]
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Sunday, June 25th, 2006
10:53 pm
[crucioveritas]
Questions and Hello.
Hello Everyone! <3
My name is Barb (or Chibi-Barb or just Chibi), I'm 24 and I had my Gastric Bypass on March 7th of this year (*Squee*). I'm not going to lie, Post Surgery I weighed 438, I lost 70 pounds in the first month and freaked out my Surgeon, then I didn't loose anything for the next month, in fact I put on one pound (and completely freaked out about it), then during May I had learned I had lost another 30. Ok when I saw my Surgeon on the 12th he was estatic at how much I have lost (Surgery was on March 7th and this would have been on June 12th), that's 100 pounds off.

Now I know to me that seems a feat because a friend of mine took nearly 7 months to loose 75 pounds, but my sister today (who often lies for attention). Claims when my surgeon performed her gallbladder removal he suggested she have the surgery too.. Then proceeded to say.. "You are going to stick to your diet, unlike your sister and actually LOOSE the weight she's suppose to?" Now I doubt Dr. Sufficool would a) disclose such private information and b) say such things after telling me in person that I was doing a good job at loose the weight..
Edit:
So basically my first question is for everyone.. how much did you all loose in the first four months? And is my sister just being an ass?

Secondly, my hair is starting to fall out, like alot, and I have discussed this with Dr. Sufficool and he said to use a protien shampoo seeing as I throw up protien whey no matter what brand or how I drink it. Well the woman I contacted at the beauty salon to find said shampoo just happened to be another of Dr. S's patients (she had just lost her 220th pound) and suggested I use Nioxin Shampoo treatment. I was wondering if anyone else had more suggestions. And yes I am eating nearly all 60 grams of protein a day as required.

Current Mood: nervous
Monday, May 15th, 2006
2:13 pm
[bethanyh]
hello :-)
I'm Bethany, 25, in Virginia.
I had the gastric bypass in June 2004, and I'm a HAPPY person. :-D
I've lost 130 lbs. I've been at this same weight for about a year now. (My highest was 260 lbs.)

I have a lot of good info & experience, and I'be be more than happy to answer anyone's questions, whether it be about the surgery, life after it, or my experience with my food options now. :-)

Have a nice day!

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
1:15 pm
[ebayit]
Hi all!

I'm new here and I have a few questions.

I want to get laproscopic by pass surgery or the band (I haven't decided) there are many things however I am not sure about. I know I qualify physically, however here are the questions...

Can you or have you had kids after this surgery? Were there any complications?

How long will you be out of commission? (as in out of work, or what was the average for you).

I have no doubt that my breasts will end up shrinking if I get this, for those of you who have gotten implants, are you able to nurse (breast feed) after that?

Same question as the above for those of you who may have had a breast lift.

Thank you for all your help in advance.
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
9:57 am
[kimmiepop]
Hello everyone! I am new to this community. I am not a bariatric surgery patient and am not considering bariatric surgery. I have been overweight my whole life and am struggling with keeping myself at an "average" healthy weight. I wanted to join this community because I do a lot of research about overweight issues and obesity for my job and I think it's important to know people's personal views instead of relying solely on medical articles.
I also wanted to let everyone know that there will be a bariatric surgeon from Northern Virginia having a live chat at www.weightawareness.com It is free to login so if you have any questions or concerns.....
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
8:15 pm
[smartassticlee]
Newbie Here
Hey everyone! I'm Jessica, 20, happily married to a very loving man, and just recieved my Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery date! I weigh *roughly* 350lbs and have been overweight my whole life. I'm very excited about the surgery. March 28th is the BIG day...but it isn't coming soon enough! Oh well...I've been overweight my whole life...I can *weight* 25 more days!

*J*

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
1:48 am
[onerivetarmy]
hmm...
Has anyone had a medial lap rny? Or distal rny? What made you choose that or why did your doctor reccomend it? Please do tell your experience : )
Thursday, September 29th, 2005
1:58 am
[leaderbean]
Help for those who need to help others
Hi everyone! My name is Bonnie, I'm 21, living in GA. Although I've never had weight issues, my fiance is having bariatric surgery just after Thanksgiving. He is 6'2", 400 lbs. He has an extremely sensitive stomach, digestive issues, and food allergies (anything remotely greasy, too creamy, too much soybean oil, too processed), and I was wondering if anybody who has had the surgery experienced a loss of these effects afterwards? Or, did your problems worsen?

Also, in order to prep for the huge lifestyle change we have to make, I've been trying to keep him on a portion-controlled, low-fat diet. A lot of times, his cravings overwhelm him and he gets upset, angry, etc. and raids the house for anything that's already prepared or can be prepared quickly. I really can't stop him from eating what he wants, and I feel horrible having to restrict him. He asked me for help with his diet, because he knows himself all too well, and understands that he is very compulsive and gets addicted to things easily. (Ex. "I can have a Mountain Dew every once in a while" turns into everyday consumption). His mom had to talk with him about this, because she went through bariatric surgery about 10 years ago, but she was/is a lot better at controlling her appetite. She basically said he needs to get used to smaller portions now so it's not so much of a shock after his surgery, for the rest of his life. His doctors have told him that he is pre-diabetic, and if he gains too much more weight, they cannot perform the surgery. Obviously, this scares him, but he still overeats.

Does anyone have any helpful tips of what to do/or say to him about this issue? It's hard for me to approach him with the "I understand" angle, because I really don't know what this is like. I've been underweight my entire life, so it really makes me look bad when I bring it up. I really want to help him, because this is killing him, physically, mentally, emotionally...

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
1:08 pm
[luna_rose_76]

Hi all...I am new to Livejournal and to the Bariatrics community here.  I have been researching the Laparoscopic R-NY for a little over 2 years now, and finally have taken the step to contact a surgeon.  I have a meeting with Dr. Macfarlane in Spokane, WA on October 12th.  I am married, with no children, and live in Wenatchee WA.  I just recently joined a local support group here in town, but they only meet once a month, and I find I need to vent or share frequently.  I am 29 years old, with a BMI of 45.15 ( according to Betty, my the surgeon's assistant).  I am hoping to be able to connect with y'all and get some information about what to expect.  By chance is there anyone here from WA State?  I will be checking back in soon...hope to hear from you!

 

Cindy :p 



Current Mood: optimistic
1:42 am
[onerivetarmy]
questions
What happens if you are allergic to sugar free products? Alot of people here seem to be using sugar free, splenda, nutra sweet, aspartame things when I can't.. is anyone else like this and did the lap rny? And I'm allergic to milk. Ugh it sucks lol
Also, I have anemia.. did anyone here have that and still did the gastric bypass? I am so tired of being overweight... I need support. I have so many what if's. I am not really done having kids but I feel like if I dont do this now how much weight will I gain in the next year? I cant gain anymore I am 5ft5 311 pounds. There are many wls to consider like mini gastric, lap rny, ds, and etc.. Just as an opinion.. which one would work best for someone who is not disciplined kind of.. like eating big portions, and sweets, and has a need to feel full before stopping eating? I know I cant be the only overeater :p And, had anyone here or that you know did a revision surgery meaning converting a lap band to a gastric bypass.. b/c that is my situation.

I want to be in control again and have no focus on food but on living life happy and free of all the things related to being overweight.

Current Mood: complacent
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
1:45 pm
[candycoma]
Hello, I'm new, my name is Kristin I'm 20 and I'm really interested in getting a gastric bypass done.

I'm currently in the stage of gathering all my past health information to convince my physician that this procedure is for me. Right now I have a BMI of 41, which is just over the regulation for morbid obesity. Does anyone know if my insurance company will be less inclined to give me coverage?

Also does anyone have any helpful tips on what to tell them to make them consider you more? I'm including my background history of being heavy all my life, my family's medical problems and my own medical problems.

And does anyone know if you undergo a substance abuse test prior to approval or surgery?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
6:42 pm
[guenneth]
Fixed it!
Hello all! I am promoting a new and cool community. Go check it out! beauty__inside
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