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  1. Sandra3's Avatar
    Hi there,

    A lot to say here. I also had a big regain with meds. What treatment did you follow? I know for me, antibiotics and even worth, prednisone, make me gain A LOT. +30 pounds in 4 month 1/2, and it's hard to lose it, even after stopping the treatment.

    My advice would be first to have a blood test to make sure you are not deficient in something (iron deficient or anemia give me awful cravings) and make sure anyway you continue to take your vitamins every day. That blood test should be a full panel, checking the thyroid is important when your weight move that fast.

    Second, empty your house from any temptation. If it's not there it won't go in your mouth.

    Third go to bed early with a book and don't get up.

    And most important, track your food daily, keto is great for many but you might not be able to eat that much fat, low carb moderate fat should do the trick.

    Don't lose hope, and try to focus on good healthy food, your sleeve is still there to help you!

    Take care
  2. Dutchie's Avatar
    So sorry to hear about your struggles.
    I can't help you, I am only 2,5 years out, but I am sure someone here will give you some guidance.
    All I know is that you did it before and you sure can do it again!
    All I can (and will) do is cheer you on.
    Good luck!
  3. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jerzeygirl
    That is so cool and made me smile You're one great couple to take care of the mama duck and her ducklings!! Kudos to you and your husband
    Thank you! mama duck is not always gracious, and when she was sitting on her eggs, we left her alone and didn't use the patio, I fed her veggies since she was only away twice a day for 30 minutes, I figured she could have a hard time eating enough during those short trips to the river. Her offsprings are nicer but I had to ask our youngest to refrain from "playing with them" because we don't want them to think all humans are nice. Funny thing is that mama duck and her husband visited us one year ago, but didn't stay last year!
    My husband is not always happy about all the cleaning , but I can tell he cares too, he did install cameras that turn on the light if there is movement, when we discovered a weasel (how weird in a town!) was hunting in our garden at night. Hubby also got good at chasing those cats who jump the walls.. and scare our friends! Lucky so far the cats came when he was home, I'm not fast enough to run outside..
  4. kenson's Avatar
    So glad that it wasn't anything serious!
  5. KiwiGal's Avatar
    Love this. Baby animals of any kind are sooooo cute!
    We live near a duck pond and love seeing the babies waddling around.

    we love watching them! and they grow up so fast! I had no idea!! those past three days they lost most their brown feathers, we can see new colors now! and their wings are growing fast too!!our youngest is in the South to visit the grandparents, I've been sending her photos and videos because she said she missed the ducks!
  6. jerzeygirl's Avatar
    That is so cool and made me smile You're one great couple to take care of the mama duck and her ducklings!! Kudos to you and your husband
  7. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchie
    lol
    They are soooo lucky they are born in the garden of a nutritionist!
    Hubby said yesterday the table is too good, they will never go away, or they will come back next year! LOL!!!

    But they also dig the ground for warms, eat greens in the garden and eat lots of bugs...this year almost no mosquito left thanks to our stinky friends!
  8. Dutchie's Avatar
    lol
    They are soooo lucky they are born in the garden of a nutritionist!
  9. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchie
    Owww... übercute!
    Cute, messy and stinky... lol.
    What do you feed them?
    I had to study the question : since they are omnivores, I make them everyday dry food on one side (mixed of broken corn, oat, and natural yeast for their B vitamins, if deficient they can get sick) and "wet food" on the other side (cut veggies, one protein: pork meat, eggs, sardines,tuna, white fish, salmon skin etc, one carb: rice, small pasta, cooked potatoes) with lots of water. For treats, tomatoes or watermelon...but not everyday! too much sugar is not good for them either...

  10. Dutchie's Avatar
    Owww... übercute!
    Cute, messy and stinky... lol.
    What do you feed them?
  11. vanzimme's Avatar
    oh gosh. i too am on the same road as you. Stress and overwhelmed with life and i too let carbs sugar and bad habits back into my life. I have gained back 30 pounds from my lowest weight was not yet where i wanted to be originally. Now with my regain i have 90 pounds to loose at elast to get to onederland.
  12. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchie
    So sorry you had to go through this...
    Please let this be the last thing that did not go as planned!
    You deserve to feel great by now, this battle has been long enough...
    xoxo
    My poor husband is so so stressed out right now!

    I do think that so many months of raging reflux did damaged my GI track and that's probably the main issue and why I had a complication in the first place.

    I was relieved nothing was damaged after my episode because I was really scared of going under again, so close from last surgery.
    Hopefully if I stay on liquids longer (and don't follow the guidelines) and far away from pills I should be fine.

    Now my back is killing me after so much stress of sleeping seating for 7 months, I was able to sleep in my bed starting last week but lying down in a bed is actually painful now, my back used to be in an other position for so long. I hope I will be pain-free at some point because this is getting very old...
  13. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer
    Sorry you just can't seem to win lately. Glad it was nothing serious (except the pain and $$) and pray it doesn't happen agin.

    Does the doctor have any suggestions to replace that huge pill? Can it be crushed? Or in liquid form?

    Good luck!
    An obstruction is often fatal if not treated on time, I was very very lucky it went away by itself. My surgeon was worried.

    I couldn't take the pill at the hospital the second day post-op, so my doc said to wait and try again in one week. I tried to cut it too but the taste is so awful I can't swallow it, and no liquid version for that one.
    After the second MRI my surgeon said that since I don't have any stone and my gallbladder looks ok, we'll discuss it again during my first post-op.

    I think all my GI track has been really damaged with so many months of awful reflux, my surgeon said my phmetry was the highest he has ever seen. I'm guessing I will need more time to heal because everything is swollen...I'm just going to follow my instinct and stay on full liquid longer to avoid risks....and stay far away from pills (and fish too..)
  14. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiGal
    Oh Sandra, how awful for you. Thank goodness it resolved itself. Shame you had to make the long journey though. At least your surgeon sounds on to it.
    Fingers crossed for a incident free rest of your recovery.
    That was a really violent experience and I also hope it won't happen again! I was really lucky my surgeon was pro active in my treatment, he said those acute episodes can be deadly, and he was ready to operate right away if I was still in pain, because he was sure it was an obstruction. I'm very lucky I didn't have to go under the knife again!
  15. Dutchie's Avatar
    So sorry you had to go through this...
    Please let this be the last thing that did not go as planned!
    You deserve to feel great by now, this battle has been long enough...
    xoxo
  16. sraebaer's Avatar
    Sorry you just can't seem to win lately. Glad it was nothing serious (except the pain and $$) and pray it doesn't happen agin.

    Does the doctor have any suggestions to replace that huge pill? Can it be crushed? Or in liquid form?

    Good luck!
  17. KiwiGal's Avatar
    Oh Sandra, how awful for you. Thank goodness it resolved itself. Shame you had to make the long journey though. At least your surgeon sounds on to it.
    Fingers crossed for a incident free rest of your recovery.
  18. Sandra3's Avatar
    Since you didn't go to your post-op, did you have a blood test recently?
    I found out that each time I have cravings, my iron is way too low. Do you still take your vitamins?
    If you didn't have a blood test recently just get a script from your PCP..
  19. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiGal
    Hi Sandra

    How are you doing?
    Hi Lisa!

    Thanks for asking!! I'm doing good!! just had a blood test this morning, my anemia is getting better which is excellent news. Sleeping better and my pain is getting lower each day. So far so good! I hope to get back to work in September!
    I will need to see again my doc at work, because I was in such a bad shape in June when I saw him he prescribed sick leave until November.
    I can ask to go back earlier, hopefully my surgeon will confirm that in August and I can start the process to go back to normal!
  20. kenson's Avatar
    I regained 20 lbs,(I've lost 12) so I know what you mean. You've already re-commited so that's the first thing. You've made your plan, now work your plan!
  21. KiwiGal's Avatar
    Hi Sandra

    How are you doing?
  22. sraebaer's Avatar
    I was in the same situation; have lost 10 to 12 pounds since February. It's so easy to gain it's frustrating! But you can do it with your head in the game. Best of luck to you!
  23. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kenson
    So glad you were able to have your surgery and you are already on the healing side!
    Thank you!! it's only day six but I feel pretty good!! finally lucky things moved in the right direction!
  24. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchie
    Sandra!
    You already got your surgery, I am soooo happy for you!
    Now you can start to build things up again and with no pain.
    Just take very good care sweety, and you'll be fine in no time!

    I feel awful for neglecting you recently, sorry!

    But you are home and that is what is the most important.
    Your family must be thrilled for you!
    I wish you a speedy and complete recovery!
    Thank you Simonne for your good wishes!! and no worries I don't feel neglected!!

    Yes the decision to get the surgery was quick, the heat wave was lucky, people cancelled their appointment so I saw the surgeon quickly, same thing for the surgery, he had an opening, I took it. My husband was so stressed out because it went fast suddenly but he was relieved at the end.

    I'm very tired (still) but at the same time feel so so much better!! I can't sleep in my bed yet because the repair was huge and I'm only comfortable seating down but as soon as the healing will progress I will be able to sleep in my bed...finally!! at least now I can sleep more than one hour....that's progress!!
  25. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiGal
    Really glad that things are on the up for you.
    Please take it easy and I hope that your recovery is without complications.
    Thank you Lisa! so far so good...fingers crossed!
  26. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer
    So happy things are going better!

    How does the medical system work in your country? Free medical services for everyone, or pay on your own to go to a private hospital/doctor? Big debate in the states.

    Sending wishes for a speedy recovery and no more pain!!
    Thank you!!

    Basically almost everyone has access to the national insurance because the government takes the money directly from our incomes to pay for health insurance and retirement. Then people will pay a premium to cover the extras, usually the company they work for will chip in. For indigents or people without a job or out of the benefice system, then the government just pay their national insurance, and for the very poor, they would even get a free premium.

    It does create tricky situations where people who work get to pay some part of their expensive dental work for example, and indigents get their crowns and implants for free...

    So if you got to a public hospital, usually it's covered by the national insurance except single room, TV or food, the premium would pay for that or people who don't have a premium pay, usually it is not much. If your national insurance is up to date, you pay almost nothing, during my stay in January I paid nothing, I did ask for the TV and my premium paid directly for the (awful) food.

    If you go private, it's a little more complicated. The national insurance will pay for what it would cost in public for the surgery (more or less) and the extras are covered by your premium if you got a good one. My employer does pay part of my premium like many, but since I was getting sick since last Summer, I got an upgrade in September, paid more so I would get the best cover possible. Yet, I paid around 2000€ from my pocket for this surgery. I might get a partial refund, not sure yet.
    Since this private hospital is in a fancy part of Paris and has a very good reputation, you know you will pay more from the beginning, I got a quote before the surgery.

    The French medical system was an inspiration for many countries to built their system the same way. Medicare was actually a trial to get the same result French people have (or had, the result is not as good today as it was 15 years ago, the population is getting older and there is not enough doctors in public hospitals which is why we wait for so long). The main issue in the US, that we don't have in France, is the powerful companies who make meds who lobby to make more money. In France the price for medication is decided by the government so for example we would never have issues like what happened in the US a few years back when a company decided to raise each year the price for the epipen, to the point where parents couldn't even buy one for their kids when it was 400$. What a shame...

    But here, I had to wait for months to see specialists, and didn't receive a good care for my stomach. I always preferred public hospitals because in case of an emergency they have all specialists on hand and the best equipment, but this private hospital had a good ICU (I checked before my surgery the public reports about it) and my surgeon was amazing...I think I will stick with this hospital for now...the staff is even nicer!
  27. kenson's Avatar
    So glad you were able to have your surgery and you are already on the healing side!
  28. Dutchie's Avatar
    Sandra!
    You already got your surgery, I am soooo happy for you!
    Now you can start to build things up again and with no pain.
    Just take very good care sweety, and you'll be fine in no time!

    I feel awful for neglecting you recently, sorry!

    But you are home and that is what is the most important.
    Your family must be thrilled for you!
    I wish you a speedy and complete recovery!
  29. Viv28's Avatar
    Congratulations on the baby. I would suggest that you lose the additional weight before having another baby. My children were all born before I had my sleeve surgery. I had babies 17 months apart. I did not lose the baby weight from baby #2 before I had baby #3 and this made the pregnancy and weigh gain awful. I think you are doing great and I was told it is easier to lose weight right after your baby is born. You can do it.
  30. KiwiGal's Avatar
    Really glad that things are on the up for you.
    Please take it easy and I hope that your recovery is without complications.
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