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  1. Hi. I'd like to create this topic as an area where long-term (2 1/2+ years) post-op gastric sleeve folk can come along to to update where they are at, and for support. I am about 3/12 shy of 3 years post sleeve gastrectomy and am seeking others such as me. I found that the first two years, the first in particular, was unicorns farting glitter. Everything was all good, and I found the gastricsleevesupport site good. Unfortunately it closed down a while back. Lately I have been feeling 'out on a limb', without having anyone I can ask questions of, seek similar experiences and relate to. I have a lovely "sleeve-sista" - someone I met who was sleeved 10/7 before me, but she has had problems with severe reflux, no appetite, and losing too much weight. Lots of support goes out to the 'newbies", but us long-termers don't get any. Along with a number of us long-termers continuing to put the effort etc into supporting the newbies, but not getting it back. But, I am now finding it harder and harder to maintain my weight, or to lose. And I admit that the last month has been bad on my behalf. I have been making LCHF sweeties, and instead of eating just one bit, have been eating lots. = heaps of calories. And the scales and my clothes are showing it. I have been extra fatigued after having severe gastroenteritis about 8 weeks ago, and have been diagnosed as being iron-deficient. Now on supplemental iron, and for repeat blood tests. I know that life does go on for folks post sleeve-gastrectomy, as it did for me and people get caught up in their own lives. Some folks 'drop' out due to embarrassment - either they didn't lose much weight to start off with, or they lost it and gained it. So, I would appreciate other long-term sleevers, to get back in touch, and update - the good, bad and the ugly. All the best,
  2. Hi Admin, First - just to acknowledge that you folk are all doing this "behind the scenes", and that you are all Volunteers. Doing this out of the generosity and goodness of your hearts, with the very best of intentions. And to thank you for all the "work behind the scenes" that you do. I am not web-site savvy, but I am wondering if, maybe, this site could be jiggled to provide a couple of extra categories e.g. "Bandit's Monthly", and "Sleever's Monthly" under appropriate categories? This could provide a forum for folks in the same situation to relate to. Unfortunately, for us sleevers, it appears as though "gastricsleevesupport" has fallen apart due to lack of Moderators/Admin. This site had forums - initiated by users - e.g. under "Sleevers Monthly" - "February 2015". Thank you for taking this into consideration - and thank you for all the "work behind the scenes" that you do. Kind regards, and "Thank You" for taking this on. Denzel.
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  4. http://www.gastricsleevesupport.com/ This is another great resource for potential 'sleevers', and post-sleevers. The "good, the bad, and the ugly". Believe me, there have been some hideous outcomes of folks who have had the gastric sleeve done, and then have experienced horrendous outcomes, through no fault of their own. And despite following every guideline ... It is SERIOUS surgery. And needs to be treated, and respected as so. Please - just fork out the dosh, and book in and follow the guidelines of an experienced bariatric dietitian etc. It takes 10/52 for the stomach to heal, and even after that, late 'leaks' can happen. And other complications ... It is up to YOU , BEFORE you have "Weight Loss Surgery" ("WLS") to research, research, research. Read, read, read. There are numerous resources out there. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Remember "The Six P's"? I am not wishing to be crude here, but a good 'rule of thumb'/guideline is "Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance". And from a SCUBA diving background - about 25 years ago - "Plan your dive, and dive to your plan". (I have the same username on this site- gastricsleevesupport.com "denzel"). You may also wish to look at my blog on this site, bandingtogether.com http://www.bandingtogether.com.au/community/profile/20941-denzel/ I can only re-emphasise the importance of working with your GP, bariatric surgeon, and bariatric-savvy dietitian. Any questions/queries, please contact them first. Instead of posting on sites such as this and asking for opinions. Your peers only just have this - opinions. This DOES not replace the guidelines and adbice of your . That is their area of speciality - not your faceless peers. And that YOU have to be accountable. You. Nobody else. Believe me, WLS is just a tool. If you don't use it wisely, then it will not work for you (so many posts about "I am a lapband/gastric sleeve/gastric by-pass failure".) And my personal experience. I HAVE to be diligent. Hour by hour. Day by day. Week by week etc. And, at the age of (turning 54) 53, I HAVE to follow a "Low-carb, healthy fat" diet (LCHF). Otherwise I just "blow-out". Many, many years ago - i.e around year 2000, I did that just that, No excuses for having your potentially-life threatening surgery done, and THEN ask "What should I be eating?" *sigh*. I just 'don't get it'. Why you haven't you already connected with a bariatric-savvy dietitian BEFORE having this operation done? .... And then you have read all the other resources out there? Totally frustrating. Us long-term sleevers answer queries such as this SO SO many times, then we get 'burnt out'. Don't have the emotional/physical/well-being to answer the same questions over...and over ...and over ... and over again etc. So, at the end of the day, YOU have to be accountable. I don't dish out platitudes - because, even though this may give that person instant gratification - What? - at the end of the day? - is best for them?, and what they are seeking advise about? Instant gratification? or genuine advice?. And it all boils down to head space. Those who (superficially, and nominally) seek - "advice" from their peers on forums such as these, rather than from experienced and qualified health professionals); unless they are willing to change head space/attitudes/beliefs - (and "In My Humble Opinion" " IMHO") - is that for those folk. please seek professional help, who specialise in eating behaviour disorders. Rather than need constant 'stroking' of their egos. Because in 1/5/10/15/20/ 20 + years, what is better for them? (in 'normal mental health'... , and if they have other mental health/personality problems, such as "borderline personality", it isn't us folk to try to work with this), it is their "health-care professionals". Please be careful, for all of us "helpers" out there, there are are a lot of folk out there with "borderline personalities". Just speaking from experience ... All the best!
  5. Vicky QLD

    5 MONTHS along - new member

    Had my surgery 18 August 2016. Top weight 97.4kg. Suffered weight issues all my life. Tried a myriad of diets, supplements etc but couldn't sustain any of them. Like most, gained more than I lost. Due to health problems, I elected for bypass surgery. My first goal was to survive the procedure. By time I went in for op I was down to 93.4kg. My first major goal is to get to 75kg and then reassess the impact on my body and health to see if I want to head towards the goal which they I should be for 164cm. Keeping in mind I'm 63, I will take it one step at a time. This Tuesday just passed, I weighted in at 78.2kg. Clothes size is down from 20-22 to 18 on most things. People are noticing. My BIG HICCUP was my sister passed away 3 weeks after my op and it as knocked me for a "6". I started eating bread and other carbs due to lack of preparations and am having trouble getting off them. Secondary problem: I received false teeth and cannot chew much with them and thus resorted to soft quick foods, hence the bread. I have had continual diahorrea and/or loose bowels since the op. I believe it is due my sensitivity to some foods as well as the carbs as I had the problems before surgery. I AM HAPPY WITH MY WEIGHT LOSS PROGRESS.
  6. denzel

    opposition

    I have a dear friend who is vehemently opposed to me having gastric sleeving. She is adamant that I try "The HCG Diet", that it will 'reset my metabolism', and cure my obesity. She cannot believe that I am going to have the surgery without trying this first. (She gets very passionate about new things, but after a while the passion fades - I have seen this phase many times!) She still couldn't come up with one good reason why I shouldn't have the surgery - this was a challenge that I posed to her earlier this week. It had to have empirical evidence. Am I going to do "The HCG Diet"? Nope. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/expert-answers/hcg-diet/faq-20058164 http://www.doctoroz.com/article/hcg-diet-fact-vs-fiction By Pieter Cohen, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School This is the contents of my last email to her (she had just left after visiting me this afternoon ) "My gut reaction to the HCG diet was "No" , in fact even before you told me what it was called and we were discussing stuff on phone and email this was the reaction I got. in fact, just a little while ago when I was doing "The Poo Round" and thinking about this diet, the words "This will send xxx loopy" came to me. http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/449-the-hcg-diet-scam-exposed.html Remember, we made an agreement: I do my surgery, you are going to do this diet that you so adamantly wanted me to do...and couldn't believe that I would go ahead and have the surgery without trying this first. 1st Jan weigh (and you said that you would do photos!!!) - how about we do measurements as well? we can keep photos and measurements just for our own records and not share 6 month - repeat 12 month - repeat" I wonder if she will still be doing it? Good luck to her!
  7. my journey began 44 years ago when I was born a whopping 13pound 12onces, thats nearly 7kg (I think my Mum had undiagnnosed gestational diabetes). I was born and raised in a small country town and my days were filled with school ,chores and sport ... so much sport, netball, basketball, softball, horse riding, swimming, squash, and the list goes on there were new sports every year!! At some point in my pre teen years I had a minor crisis, that was never discussed and I never got treatment for so in typical country teen way i repressed everything and pretended it didnt happen and kept on going. This was as massisve mistake in my life (and in hind sight I can see that now) in my teen years I was really angry and acted out (alot!). I left home young (16) and moved to another town. Please dont think that I didnt maintain a relationship with my family, I did, but I couldnt keep living there any more. For the next 2 years I ran absolutley wild, drinking and smoking pot and cigarettes, staying out all night etc. i stopped playing sports and my weight blossomed along with untreated depression. Then I met a boy who I thought was going to be my saviour and stablise my life for me and we got engaged when I was 18, married when I was 19 and then had 2 babies at 20 and 21!! (boys) For the first couple of years it worked for me and my life was full of babies who did love me and need me. At 25 I had my beautiful daughter and another breakdown, I was so close to suicide it terrified me - but the years of pretending everything was OK kicked in and I struggled though, again without treatment. ex Hubby and I bought our own home and moved again, and i became a contempory house wife - baking, gardening, volunteering on the P&C - all the best that I could fake. When I was 29 he went on a fishing trip (?) with his mates (mistress) and I was left at home with the kiddies (being a dutiful wife- cooking cleaning etc) and while defraggining the computer and sorting out the files on it I stumbled across the ultimate betrayal that can be afforded within a marriage and discovered his affairs. I was sooo pissed off!!!!! This time I didnt curl up in the bottom of the shower and cry myself sick I got motivated to make things better for me and my kids. Thankfully I had found some very good and supportive friends in the local area and they helped me emotionally and physically for the next couple of years. Prudently I sought advice and followed it diligently (I was angry enough to want blood) and managed to keep the family home, assets, car and custody of the kids in the divorce. For the next 2 years I shut down and went onto auto pilot again, making sure that we had a roof over our head, food in bellies, clothes on backs and shoes on feet. I was so busy surviving that my weight ballooned again. FYI in hindsight again it may not have been so bad had he not lied and said outright that he wasnt happy in our marriage instead of whoring around. The next nine years, were better than I would have anticipated them to be, I met some amazing guys - where I set the boundries of our interactions (friends with benifits) explored alot of options and settled down with a regular job - lol that covers alot of living and learning. I was still smoking cigarettes and always promised my self that I would quit as soon as I lost weight - well that was never going to happen! My night breathing got hard and walking upstairs got hard and I couldnt play outside with my kids any more. Bless my GP who told me about Champix at the right time and got me scripted out for it and challenged me to smoke to the send of the script. At 38 i gave up smoking and felt good enough to start walking for half an hour a day for fitness. By this time I was 174kg!! After 3 months of smoke free the same Dr refered me for a gastric sleeve, and supported me with weigh ins and weight loss medication - all the way to 145kg. When I turned 40 I met the most amazing man- his wife had cheated on him as well and we had an instant rapport (we met online in a daiting site) We talked online for nearly 3 months exchanging emails every day and exploring our strengths and weaknesses together to establish our suitability for each other (once bitten twice shy) until we decided to bite the bullet and meet face to face and have a coffee and see how things go Well WOW - within 3 months we were living together and in a daze of happiness and absolute contentment. My 19 and 20 year old boys lived in the home that I was paying for and my 15 year old daughter moved with me to my parters home into the spare room ( still have room for his kiddies as well) - he loves me, everything about me and all of me. Hes always been attracted to cuddly women and prefers the curvy girl. in the past 4 years I have got my scuba ticket , learnt to jet ski, ride a motor bike, gone 4X4ing and camping - he has enabled me to expand my life into something wonderful and supports all the things I want to try and want to learn - my weight however does impact on all of our lifestyle. ( its exhausting climbing into a boat carrying a scuba tank and 20kg of weights after an hour of swimming in currents) Boxing day 2012 we took out the boat for some us time with a dive out at garden island to try out a new underwater camera - the water was choppy and rough (I get sea sick) and we ended up going for a snorkel instead of a dive. The water was getting choppier and I was getting green around the gills so we decided to return to port and spend the rest of the day at home instead - On the way home the boat began to take on water (weswiched on the bilge pumps) and one of the motors decided to get tempramental- so we switched of the motor and chugged along with one motor only- having a 20foot shark cat (thats a twin hull) we thought that it would take alot to swamp her - and it did but she did begin to falter so we headed to Garden Island to beach her instead. We called for search and rescue and told them what was happening and requseted assistance - 2 minutes Later I called back stating that we were sinking and we jumping over board and needed rescue. We jumped over board and swam to the side as she went down . As she was a biggish boat and a twin hull she stored air in the hull and as she sunk she twisted and the cabin came over the top of us and trapped us back inside her again!. We had to freedive down to swim free from her cabin to get out again. We clambered on top of the hull that was sticking out and waited for rescue. Rescue came pretty quick and once we were on board the rescue boat we were able to salvage some of the floating equipment. They took me to shore and took my partnerback to the boat to drag it out of the shipping lane. Talk about pumping on adrenalin. The next day I organised a Salvage Group to refloat the boat and bring her home and my fella and some of his other dive buddies went out to salvage what they could from the bottom of the ocean - they bought back almost everything! Again I began to repress the fall out from this rather dramatic and traumatic event, but this time it was really hard, I was having adrenalin filled flash backs and crying in my sleep. On Australia Day 2012 I lost a childhood friend to an MRSA infection after a lapband operation and I couldnt cope any more and cried all the time. I went to my new GP and cried in the offce for nearly an hour and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. She refered me to an amazing Psychiatrist with a Medicare Mental Health Plan and I was him for almost a year and then joined an anxiety and depression support group. The time i spent talking to Dr Dave, was the best thing I could do for me , it was an emotional purge that allowed me to examine my life and accept the events without accepting the guilt associated with it. The counselling gave me the opportunity to grow and develop into an even more amazing person, who is far more passionate about all things. 6 months ago I got the letter that I was booked in to see Mr Yong at Joondalup Hospital for Bariatric Surgery, I had almost forgotten that I was on the Public wait list and was unsure what I wanted to do. I discussed the oppertunity with my support group a very few, very close friends and most importantly with my partner for almost 5 months before the choice was made to go along and meet every one and see how i felt about them. After the initial meeting I was sure that this is the choice that I wanted and an action that I would undertake and my partner is supporting me all the way. My choice is based on wanting to have an amazing life, full of love, life and amazing events. I have distanced myself from those who were detractors, and in the habit of putting me down, and I choose to have an empowering life. My Sleeve date is 23/6/14 and I acknowledge that the recovery time may be difficult, but the ongoing life that I can anticipate will be worth the effort. At the moment I am 139kg and am aiming for 80kg. Love to all Shell
  8. Purplemosh

    Post op/ about me

    Hi all I am a relatively new to having my band but know a fair bit about it with members of my family having the same or similar ops. I have joined banding together as a form of support for myself and so I can help to support others. I would never change my decision to have my band and am so so grateful that I had the opportunity to have my op. I have had my third fill yesterday and now have 7ml in my band (I don't know how much it holds in total)
  9. So I would love to pull on everyones wealth of excperience and ask what has helped you along the way? Apps/weight loss tracking techniques? Scales? Portion plates? Cook books? Vitamins? Blenders and other utensils? What did you take to hospital? Have you tried something and found it useless? I am excited to hear what has worked and what hasnt. Thank you
  10. Dave

    Information is key...

    “Take a seat, shouldn’t be too much longer.†I sat down in the clinic, waiting for the start of the free information session. Yes I was a little nervous as I would be finding out a lot about what I am about to go through, but also I will be sharing something that has been a very private subject with all the other people in the room. Others stared to arrive and I began to question if I should even be here. It just seemed that everyone else was bigger than I, so I began to think is this something I should be doing because I don’t seem to fit that profile? The surgeon was running late, caught in theatre so the dietician started the session in hope that the surgeon would make it later on. She explained the basics of the procedure and what to expect. Explained about how this procedure will change our lives and some of the bad things you can do. It ended up being a really good session; people were sharing what they knew or heard, asking questions and clarifying wives tales. It was very refreshing to be amongst a group of people that were looking to start on the same journey as yourself. The surgeon had just arrived at the end of the session and gave a brief presentation on the risks and expectations of what we might be in for if we chose to continue. Again everyone was engaged and the information from our questions was valuable indeed. I would highly recommend attending these kind of free information sessions as there are a lot of questions you can get answers to before you even fork out the initial consultation fee. Walking out of the session I was even more confident that this was the right thing for me, now just to convince the surgeon…
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