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About Jellybelly89

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  1. Jellybelly89

    bMI 32 Newcastle area

    Its a frustrating yoyo lifestyle, especially if you're trying hard but not seeing results. Bariatric surgeons specialise in weight loss and why people are obese and overweight; they're not going to operate if they don't think you need it or they can't help you - but I think its a conversation to have with them as a professional if your GP isn't willing to take your concerns seriously. Its kind of like hiring a generic handyman to replan and do the foundation pilings of your house if they're crumbling. Sure they know a little bit about it and how houses sit on pilings, but they're not a qualified structural engineer to ensure the safety and longevity of what you need to solve your problem. Even a GP at the Charlie medical centre can give you a referral to a specialist - and most of them have information seminars to give an overview on WLS in general and what the options are. I know you can't make an appointment with Tim until you've been to a seminar
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    bMI 32 Newcastle area

    Hi Donna! I'm in Newcastle and went to Tim Wright at Charlestown for my band - he was fantastic but the out of pocket was a bit high compared to other areas but seemed to be standard for the few that are here. Its generally a gastric band, lapband is a brand of the prosthesis but has become a general term My brand was a Midband. The thing is; its not up to your GP to decide whether or not this is for you. They only need to provide a referral, which you can get from any GP and its up to the surgeon to go through your options and whats available for your circumstances. I do believe there are some criteria to get a Medicare benefit (which determines a benefit from PHI) for obesity surgery and you may not fit into that - but its up to your surgeon to advise you on what that is. The last information I can find is: Please note: For the Caucasian population, medicare 2017 will only approve bariatric surgery for patients with a BMI>40 or BMI>35 with medical problems (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol or heart disease or cancer) But this may not be up to date. Personally; I wouldn't be willing to do anything not covered by Medicare as any complications around such a procedure may also be totally out of pocket. If you have PHI any admission that doesn't have a Medicare item number where you're entitled to a benefit doesn't receive a benefit and bills add up VERY quickly. While its a small risk for complications; its not one I'd be willing to risk. The bypass is still the golden standard of weightloss surgery, and with the sleeve has increased in popularity but personally I think that has a lot to do with how we view quality of care as a society and the cost it takes to follow up. Having WLS doesn't fix our relationship with food; it forces (often for a short time) us to adjust our eating behaviour in the hope that behaviour will be a long term commitment. Often that requires follow up and accountability with a medical professional - but there isn't any follow up for bypass and sleeve patients years after their surgeons and many band patients choose not to go. I still go back to my band clinic on occassion for a fill or unfill and its bulk billed. They're not making any money off me anymore; but I'm taking their time from a paying patient. How many medical practitioners view this as a business, not just best practice? This study is actually pretty comprehensive in that view; but its a balanced way to look at the face NONE of them are a magic fix. A few years after these procedures many people find themselves in the same position; its up to you to make the best of the forced change while it lasts. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5897937/ "This study like any other has its own flaws and data should only be extrapolated with care. It is arguable that patients who remained in follow up were the patients who were satisfied with the clinic and had good outcomes"
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    KEEN ON BYPASS need help

    I'd call the clinic you're wanting to use and ask if they have any information seminars - often places will have these info nights to go through the process, expectations and often have people who have had the surgery for you to talk with. Pretty much every WLS comes with a pre-op diet with a few weeks of Optifast and the post op diet is liquids > puree > soft food > whole food but how long you stay at each stage is at the discretion of the clinic. I think its really important to understand that none of this is a quick fix... the goal should never be losing weight quickly, its using a tool to limit your bodies capabilities while you change your lifestyle habits and mindset towards food. The bypass is still the gold standard in WLS (particularly due to its longevity) but there are still people who fail with it like any other kind.
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    Early superannuation release

    It may not affect your benefit come tax time, its just something to be mindful of in that it always has to be declared as income they tax it correctly when they deduct it so you shouldn't owe anything, but if it puts you into the next tax bracket for income where you might miss entitlements its good to be aware
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    Early superannuation release

    If its approved they'll send you a letter confirming that, which you then forward to the super fund with an application to withdraw that amount. Keep in mind you're asking for a specific amount but what is withdrawn needs to include tax so it'll be an additional 22% on top of what you're asking for, and if you're on any kind of government benefits you need to declare the super as income at tax time
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    Jeans

    I just bought kmart jeggings and work pants, if the leg was meant to be tight but felt too loose I'd run another line up the inner seam to the knee. I still do that haha Even when not losing weight, well fitting clothes will always look better than trying to squeeze into a smaller size just for the sake of feeling like we're a smaller size. It took me so long to go from my 20's and 18's down to a normal 16 but then someone pointed out I'd stretched all of my pants just trying to fit into them so even though the tag was an 18 I'd grown in them to make them more like a 20, but refused to buy the bigger size because you know... vanity haha. The first drop down usually takes the longest, especially if you're holding weight in your tummy
  7. Jellybelly89

    Howdy

    I'm sorry its not going well Kathh74, its definitely a huge adjustment. Have you called your surgeon and explained you're having trouble? The thing is, the optifast is so important to shrink the liver down so they can safely move it during surgery. There would be nothing worse then them deciding while you're open on the table they can't proceed. Your surgeon may be able to suggest an alternative that will give the same results, or a compromise on what he's expecting but still within his protocol
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    Sore after vomiting

    I've only had the bad vomits twice since I've had mine, and just went back to soft food, soups and liquids for a few days until it didn't feel like there was a rock in my chest. Vomiting in general is pretty traumatic on our body, with a band constricting the natural path back up it does make it harder. If you're still in a fair bit of pain after a week of taking it easy I'd go back to your doctor, but a bit of pain after this kind of thing seems really common
  9. Jellybelly89

    Howdy

    Welcome Kathryn congratulations on the big change! Wow, just opti with nothing else for 2 weeks? That's a huge challenge, I've never seen anyone have to give up everything but opti - do you at least get 4 a day? All the best with it!
  10. Jellybelly89

    Starting Over

    I remember you too I'm sorry things haven't gone well for you over the last few years, it definitely sounds like a lot has gone on and been a huge factor in your weight too which only adds to your stress. Your plan sounds really well thought out, and the actions so far like park run and joining the gym are a great step in the right direction - taking the time for you is so important. Hopefully the Optifast is going well and you're over the worst hurdle (the first 5 days was miserable for me, everytime haha) Take care x
  11. Jellybelly89

    Where to from here for Banding Together?

    Welcome back :) Glad to hear things are improving for you on your journey. A few suggestions; the changes made so far look really good. Open up for more active moderators - there was a call a few years ago for people interested to step up but nothing eventuated from it. Online communities that thrive do so because there are safe spaces created for people feeling vulnerable, which as we all know many having WLS do. There have been a few instances over the years where moderation was needed, and in a timely manner but instead users chose not to return instead. The only mod I've seen with any kind of regularity over the last few years is Princess. The idea for separate forums for each procedure is great - it would be really good to see spaces where people feel free to talk about their WLS choices openly instead of being blatantly discouraged for having a preference. When I started here there was so much free flowing, open minded education and knowledge without the judgement but over time and without regular users there has been a cultural shift.
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    Being banded JULY 2014

    I'm sorry hun, I think we were banded around the same time. Has anything happened to change your habits or its just been a slow creep back on over the years?
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    Had my sleeve surgery on the 4th of April

    Congratulations Deeishere22, hopefully your recovery continues to go well and you grow the confidence to brave the outside world
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    Assistance with Accessing Super - Info

    Just to update, the fee is now $1400
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    Assistance with Accessing Super - Info

    Supercare can be really helpful for people who find the process overwhelming or too time consuming, but it does come with an upfront cost of around $1,000
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