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  3. Bigm666

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Sorry to hijack but I'm talking to others who are going through WLS and they have told me that Medicare Will give some money back for the surgery out of pocket i had never heard of that before. One lady got $1100 back off Medicare after WLS.....
  4. Bigm666

    Accountability

    Sorry to hijack but I'm talking to others who are going through WLS and they have told me that Medicare Will give some money back for the surgery out of pocket i had never heard of that before. One lady got $1100 back off Medicare after WLS.....
  5. Touchthesun

    I think I've lost my spot on the waitlist.

    Great news! I spoke to joondalup. They have said not worry about the weight gain before the appointment. Once you see us thats when you make the commitment to lose weight. She said it takes roughly 3 months between seeing the bariatric gp and the bariatric surgeon. After seeing the surgeon the wait can be anywhere up to 18 months for surgery. Theres hope yet
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  7. To be honest Laonie I’m not at the stage yet to know for sure all the hair DOES grow back (I had my bypass in May this year). However my surgeon said it seems to be a side effect of the massive changes in you body (they don’t know for sure why, but similar to pregnancy related hair loss). so anecdotally, once the body stabslises it should come back the way it was before. personally, I’ve lost at least half, maybe more of my hair. It has always been crazy thick, now it is average to thin. I don’t think most people can tell, but I can. Small price to pay.
  8. I'm sorry i dont think you should praise someone who has literally said i need help. I am here to help anyone who wants any question answered, but telling me im not normal. isnt fair when sleeves are so new. as well as me adding i have been forever sick since i can remember. i wanted to stay on this forum to help others but comments that i received telling me what i should do. yeah IT WASNT HELPFUL, YOU DONT KNOW MORE THAN I DO ABOUT ME. I TRIED TO SAY YES IT IS UGLY BUT IT WAS WORTH I IT. TELLING ME IM NOT NORMAL WHEN I ALREADY SAID i GREW UP WITH THAT. is why people dont stick around. my normal i promise wont be your normal, however i it worth it of course it is. telling someone who is 3 years out what they should do, when i already have tests one to me is NOT OK.
  9. Hi everyone. Thanks so much for the replies. Bonganlicious, i was SO interested to read your reply. I read the 'May Sleevers' post from end to end and followed your every comment with great interest. You've done so well!!! I was hoping Back2Normal would provide an update because they seemed quite dispirited about the process, but everyone else seemed to be very happy. Denzel - It's amazing to have experienced people like you on this forum who are so dedicated to assisting others. Thanks heaps for the reply and I'll check out your BLOG for sure. I know I'll be desperate to have my arms done before anything else. Even as a size 6, I always had size 12 upper arms. They were toned, but still very disproportionate. Once of the my first ever 'bad body image' memories is of my grandmother telling me (with love, and sincerely) that she adored my 'beautiful fat arms'. I have always HATED them. Even my wedding dress had sleeves. I'll relish the scars. Zaruse. I'm so glad to hear that the hair grows back!!!! I don't know why but I assumed the thinning was permanent. May I ask, how much of your hair did you lose? YoungBelle. That doesn't sound like fun at all! I have never suffered from digestive issues or intolerances of any kind so I suppose I'd better keep my fingers crossed that I stay that way. Overall, I suspect you're right. I'm sure whatever happens to my body and my eating habits after the surgery won't haunt me the way that being fat has done. It really has dominated every aspect of my life for the past 19 years.
  10. denzel

    I think I've lost my spot on the waitlist.

    I guess you'll know today after you have contacted them? Can you update us later please? Wishing you all the best.
  11. Don't really think the sleeve is normal for anyone we are all different. I clearly noted that i had issues before hand. Don't really think you can say reflux isnt normal when its one of the main side affects of sleeve.
  12. Hi guys im in Perth and have been on the waitlist for 13 months. Now that my inital appointment is coming up (mid December) i have decided to start researching more into what steps i need to take, how to prepare etc. Im going through public health in joondalup. So after doing some reading last night and today. Ive just realised that apparently i was already meant to be taking part in a 12 month supervised weight loss program. And ideally have lost 10% of my body weight prior to being assessed by JBS. I was never advised of this. I was put on the wait list and was under the impression that all the weight loss started after your initial appointment. Needless to say I'm devastated. Its on me for not reading the letter correctly and I'm annoyed at my gp for not saying anything at all to me about it. Not weight monitoring etc. In fact i think I've gained weight since being referred. I have one month until my appointment with my bariatric gp. Can anyone offer any advice? Im contacting joondalup tomorrow and hopefully get some advice. Im terrified this is going to kick me back to the bottom of the list. Also if my bmi is over 40 and i lose 10% my bmi would be under 40.. does this mean I'm no longer eligible for surgery? Also i have a history of depression and anxiety/bi polar. Will this impact my psych eval? Thanks guys and gals x
  13. Renee

    Band removed pre sleeve

    I think this is fairly normal. I had my band for 17 ears and had it removed in August and I have put on 10kg. Thankfully my surgery is next week.
  14. Renee

    November 2018 sleevers?

    November 21st for me at The Avenue. Had my lapband removed in August so am now very excited!!
  15. Just wondering - have you ever looked into a low FODMAP diet and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? And - if you have ever been pregnant - "pelvic congestion syndrome"? I have a sleeved friend/buddy who has gone to hell with reflux. Turns out that she had a problem PRE-SLEEVE with reflux . She had a basic repair of a hiatus hernia when she had her sleeve done Jan 2015, and has recently had to have done a more extensive repair. She also has severely increased reflux with foods in the night shade family. This - "night shade family" may be worth while you investigating. Also, just wondering if you have been checked out for a hiatus hernia? Maybe a barium swallow right now could be a good idea? What you are going through, IMHO , is not "normal" post sleeve-gastrectomy.
  16. Hi, I got a RNY bypass rather than a sleeve- for a few reasons, but the main one was reflux. I used to have terrible reflux- wake in the night and almost vomit- level reflux- and the RNY bypass has better stats on this than sleeve. I’ve not had a single moment of burn since May. Like everyone I’d done all the diets. My doc suggested surgery a while ago, after yet another unsuccessful bout of Duromine. I dismissed the idea. Fast forward another year and I was heavier than ever. PCOS. Pre diabetic. Aching back. Exhausted all the time. I was becoming a hermit and didn’t even realise it. Anyway, I had the surgery. Yeah, parts of it suck. I’m 6months in and am only 10-13kgs away from my ‘stretch’ goal weight (I’m 175 tall, so aiming to weigh 75-78kgs. I’m 88kgs today and I started at 135kgs). yeah, I’ve got some wobbly skin. Yes, my hair has fallen out. But hair will grow back, the shedding is not forever. And I’m sure when it comes back it will be better and healthier than ever! yes I sometimes feel sick- and that sucks, but is it really any different to the times when I would eat myself into oblivion? yes, my food tastes and preferences have changed. But whatevs, I can survive without eating bread and heavy carbs and veggies. So yes, there are sucky bits. But the positives: like having energy again! Fitting into normal clothing, not worrying about load limits on furniture, being able to walk all day and be fine, being able to climb a flight of stairs and not be knackered at the end have ALL been worth it. I go out more, I know I’m more fun to be around, and while I have never really felt like people shunned me for my weight, I’m not embarrassed about it anymore. So yeah. Best decision I’ve ever made.
  17. denzel

    Accountability

    WIW has come around again. Down 550 gm for me from 2/52 49.16 kg, body fat % 25.5, BMI 20.86
  18. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    WIW has come around again. Down 550 gm for me from 2/52 49.16 kg, body fat % 25.5, BMI 20.86
  19. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thanks @denzel! i have seen your pics, the transformation is amazing! ive suggested the idea of a tummy tuck/breast lift to my DH a number of times, saying I’d go on a holiday to Thailand... but he is not so keen. I’m keen to see how everything evens out after I get to my goal weight (10-13kgs away!!) and if my skin bounces back at all. My tum apron and boobs are a lost cause, although they can be ‘tucked’ away under clothing! And for those playing at home- I’m psyched to say I tried on size 16 dresses at fancy shops on the weekend and THEY FIT!!! So exited!
  20. The truth is yes it is ugly, its not easy. But being over weight was harder. It really is that simple. I got it done at 24 im over 3 years down, i have reflux now, i go to the toilet all the time, i can't drink and eat, not the you should but i dont even get the choice which doesnt seem hard but it really is. I was always a sick child/person, so i was always vomitting this was my normal, so even though i do, for me its a continuation of my norm, my body as soon as something feels yucky up it comes. So i am lucky and never had the pain of the over eating, but i have had the digestive, bloating, intergestion pain. Not gonna lie my skin is AWFUL, i really refrain from wearing short sleeves, but when i was 70kg heavier i didn't wear short sleeves anyway, at least now i can go on a trip overseas walk 20,000 steps and its nothing, its a long day but my shins/ankles dont start killing me after 100m. i will get surgery one day, however not my priority considering i want kids and my boy will change again. You live with being fat you live with excess skin. Its your life and you have to be willing to live with your choice. Its not going to fix everything i still look at myself as massive, buy a size 14 dress online get it in the mail and go argh shit im not going to fit into that, and then i do. Do whats best for you and goodluck.
  21. Mouse-mum

    SURGERY FOR LAP BAND TOMORROW

    Hello everyone, just wondered how everybody is going after surgery. Has anyone else had any problems transitioning into normal food? How is everyone going with their weight loss? I hope you’re all well and happy with your results. Keep in touch :)
  22. I actually didn’t end up with too much loose skin to be honest. Yes, I am planning a bit of surgery to fix certain areas i’m not 100% happy with but none of it is as bad as I thought it was going to be and I reckon my pregnancy is probably just as much to blame as my weight loss.
  23. Hi. While I had sips surgery not sleeve I hope you don't mind me posting about the benefits of the weight loss. I can have fun at the park with my kids eg go down the slide, etc. I can go swimming instead of making excuses not to go. I can walk into my favourite shop Ice Design and fit a Medium or Large in most things unless the style is too tight for my curves or belly. I am a 12 - 14 now and I love clothes shopping. I can go running. Outings are no longer painful for me from just walking eg the zoo. Yes I have excess skin which I hate as well as a hanging fat roll on one thigh. I am having plastic surgery in 2 stages once I get to goal weight. Also when people look at me in public or catch my eye I no longer feel self conscious like they're looking at me with disgust. I actually had a young man catch my eye and smile. I couldn't believe it. Not to mention my blood results were great whereas pre surgery my cholesterol was high as was fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar. My surgeon told me I was headed for type 2. Hope this helps. Yes there's risks and negatives but for me the positives outweigh any negatives. What do I hate the most? Being hungry from not getting a lunch break then around 2pm when I get home wanting lunch AND coffee but having to choose. Not meant to eat and drink but even if it was recommended it's either one or the other. A coffee will fill my tummy and leave no room for lunch. The new portion sizes will become the norm for you. Most things still taste the same but for me the majority of the time steak tastes rubbish. It's a head disappointment because my head says it's craving a steak then it doesn't taste good. I can live without steak tasting good though.
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  25. Hello fellow "Duck Disease" (bum closer to the ground) member! I am shorter than you lol! A stunning - stretch myself - 153.5 cm lol! Between the ages of 15-31 (1978- 1994) I probably went from about 45 kg to about 57 kg. At my all time heaviest I weighed 82.5 kg - a BMI of 35.X I THOUGHT that I was "doing the right thing" i.e.high carb low fat diet. I have no regrets having had a gastric sleeve surgery. Re cooking - I am much more focused on creating and cooking healthy home cooked food using basic ingredients now that I am post-gastric sleeve than I was prior. I follow a LCHF (Low Carb Healthy Fat) WOE (Way of Eating) . I have friends here in WA who are into competitive Dragon Boat Racing, so can relate . Re loose skin? I had had many years of my poor skin being stretched etc until it couldn't bounce back anymore (maybe you'd like to check out my blog on Plastic Reconstructive Surgery? *Note* graphic pics are included.) I would DESPERATELY like to get get my thighs done - they "tsunami" around when I am fast walking. I have NO regrets about having a Gastric Sleeve done. Nor do I have any regrets about having reconstructive surgery after. All the best!
  26. Oh Mandy, that's amazing! Well done! Pre weight loss, you sounded like I feel. Given you're a similar height to me with approx the same amount to lose, how did you fare with loose skin?
  27. Thanks so much for your story Fattofit. I’m a shortie, only 154cm. My normal weight between the ages of 15-31 was 49kg-52kg. I had my son when I was 32 and it all went to heck from there. I don’t know my exact weight right now but without doubt I am twice that; I’d say 103-105kg. Before gaining weight I had always been active purely for the joy of it. I loved horse riding (which is far more physical than most people realise) and I was a member of a very competitive dragon boat racing team. Sadly, neither of these sports are fattie-friendly. I still owned horses after gaining the weight but I was too uncomfortable & embarrassed to ride and I literally wouldn’t have fitted into a Dragon Boat seat! I saw a dietician right through my pregnancy but when I began to gain weight it was uncontrollable, even though my diet was perfect. She was as mystified as I was. I lost 10kgs when my husband left me for a much thinner model, but that was because I don’t eat (at all) when I’m stressed. Naturally, the weight came back as soon as life evened out. I’ve never been a junk food addict, but I’m a keen cook and foodie and I too love my red wine! It’ll be interesting to see how my tastes change. I’ve been assured you don’t lose your cerebral interest in food which is good because I’d hate to not want to create. I have a very left brained job so cooking is very much my outlet. I love balancing flavours and creating beautiful, interesting food. Hopefully that’ll stand me in good stead when I have to get imaginative with liquids and mush J Aside from the OSA, I have a lot of trouble with my hands and feet swelling, zero tolerance to heat, lower back issues and delayed onset of menopause. I’m very much hoping weight loss will help with some or all of that. I’d love to feel OK standing in front of a camera, too! If you tried to find a picture of me taken at any time over the past 15 years, you’d need to be up for a challenge. You’ve inspired me because you have obviously done an amazing job. I’m so glad the process has worked for you and that you’re happy.
  28. Hi Laonie, Here’s my story. 15 months ago I had 123kgs on a teeny tiny 5’2” frame and was a size 20-22. I had high blood pressure, PCOS and was pre diabetic. I had issues with knees and could barely get through the day without my legs aching. Everything was an effort and I was always exhausted. So I signed up for the surgery, followed the surgeon’s orders to the letter and cried on the way to the hospital (I was scared). But it was the best decision I ever made. I followed the instructions of my surgeon 100% and got amazing results because of that. At the 12 month mark I had lost 55kgs and was a size 10. I love clothes shopping and dressing up. I have heaps more energy and my medical issues are a thing of the past now. I’m happier and healthier then I ever remember being and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who was thinking about it. It has honestly changed my life.
  29. Merrynda

    November 2018 sleevers?

    I'm booked for the 22nd at Hollywood in Nedlands.
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