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  1. PokerGuy's Avatar
    I couldn't survive without my prevacid. I take one in the am and one before bed. It's PPI so it's takes 2-3 days to work.
  2. Christie13's Avatar
    Congrats on your weight loss. As for heartburn, I took Prilosec and tums. My heartburn lasted a few months.
  3. Martini's Avatar
    well you should try the gas x strips. i have ordered mines on line but i went to target yesterday and they had them back on the shelves. those work great for me when nothing else works
  4. taranicholle42's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kzl864
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I'm scheduled with Dr. A Sep 21 and have recently come across some mixed reviews so I'm glad I saw your post. What medications did they give you when you left? Did they have you start taking any vitamins? Were you able to drive yourself home or did you have to get picked up?

    I got 3 medications when I left. A pain pill (unfortunately I do not recall the name, as I did not take it), alumeg (a liquid to help with gas and bloating) and an antibiotic. My instructions for vitamins were to start 2-weeks post-op. As for driving, we were driven to San Diego and flew to Portland. I then drove myself and two of my frieds home, which took about 2.5 hours. We did stop halfway home and walk a bit. It was a bit uncomfortable, but no where near unbearable. I know a lot of the negative reviews about Dr. A are written by other doctors offices that want business. I had an awesome experience and would do it again in a heartbeat, with the same surgeon. The best thing you can do is be sure to strictly follow the pre-op diet (for longer than you are supposed to if you can) and to start walking as soon as you can following the surgery.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.
  5. kzl864's Avatar
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I'm scheduled with Dr. A Sep 21 and have recently come across some mixed reviews so I'm glad I saw your post. What medications did they give you when you left? Did they have you start taking any vitamins? Were you able to drive yourself home or did you have to get picked up?
  6. PokerGuy's Avatar
    Yes please update us
  7. Christie13's Avatar
    How did everything go? Did you and your friends all go through with the surgery?
  8. taranicholle42's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sillylamb
    WOW. Can't believe you're back at work so quickly. I'm scheduled Aug 3rd and was anticipating a longer recovery time. Hoping for a similar experience!!

    Any advise on what to bring to the hospital?

    Believe me I wish I was still off. I was definitely uncomfortable in normal clothes today. Haha. But I have to be back.

    As for what to have in the hospital...gas strips, slippers and socks and maybe your favorite blanket. That's all I really had with me. When I left, my super loose pj pants were my friend. Best of luck to you!
  9. taranicholle42's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    ✨Welcome to the Sleeved Life!✨

    Sounds like you got it together! If you are having challenges getting your protein and water down set your alarm for every 15 minutes to remind you to sip water or protein or broth. If you can get 4-6oz within 5 minutes you will do great!

    Most important thing for a speedy recovery is to get your minimum 68g of protein (more if you can) and stay hydrated work toward 68oz a day.

    Your job now is to get as much rest as humanly possible. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns or questions!

    ✨Wishing you continued success!✨

    Thank you Shirl. Once I can add protein it will be great. I still have a few days before I get to add that part. They would t authorize me to drink ispiire water, only the items on my list (which wasn't much).
  10. Shirl's Avatar
    ✨Welcome to the Sleeved Life!✨

    Sounds like you got it together! If you are having challenges getting your protein and water down set your alarm for every 15 minutes to remind you to sip water or protein or broth. If you can get 4-6oz within 5 minutes you will do great!

    Most important thing for a speedy recovery is to get your minimum 68g of protein (more if you can) and stay hydrated work toward 68oz a day.

    Your job now is to get as much rest as humanly possible. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns or questions!

    ✨Wishing you continued success!✨
  11. Christie13's Avatar
    Glad to hear everything went so well. Wishing you much success on your journey.
  12. sillylamb's Avatar
    WOW. Can't believe you're back at work so quickly. I'm scheduled Aug 3rd and was anticipating a longer recovery time. Hoping for a similar experience!!

    Any advise on what to bring to the hospital?
  13. Sandra3's Avatar
    Hey Tara!

    It's normal to be nervous pre-op, I was sleepless for days...you will feel better post-op, when it's done and you look at a future with a slimmer version of yourself!

    I'm not adopted but was raised by two very slim parents, obesity comes from my dad's side, all women get huge after the first pregnancy. But we did spend more time with my mum's family and they are all very slim, so I understand where you're coming from. I was always the black duck in the middle of white swans!

    My children were very slim growing up, even with an obese mum, I always cooked balanced meals. My youngest who's probably sharing more of my obesity genes started to gain weight around the age of 8 like me. But I know more about nutrition than my parents did, and also do exercise with her.
    Since the surgery I'm able to do much more so I also take her with me to exercise more often, so it's a positive outcome for her too. The surgery can make a difference for several family members, not just the recipient
  14. PokerGuy's Avatar
    Tara,
    I see you have Dr. Almanza as your surgeon. He and his team are simply the best. You are in MUCH better hands that any surgeon in the US. They really care about each of their patients. I am 12 days post op after surgery with Dr. A. and had a BMI of 33 . I knew I was fighting a losing battle with my weight and decided to do something about it before it affected my health. You will be a new person and it's all so easy.. Dr. A is a great doctor and the nurses are also the Best.. Especially Natalie at the hospital. Tell her Ray from last week said hello.

    PG
  15. Shirl's Avatar
    Think of the many times you lost weight on your own... yes I have been there too. Being sleeved doesn't warrant that I will be thinner and lean the rest of my life, remembering that Sleeve and adopting a healthier and active lifestyle does! Don't lose track of that ever and you will do wonders for your body, mind, heart and spirit!

    Breath!
  16. DesertGal's Avatar
    Wishing you a successful trip, surgery and recovery! I knew I had to do this for my health because I had gotten so large and had high bp, high cholesterol and crossed the line from pre-diabetic to being a diabetic last December. I went through 3 months of the mandatory weight loss/nutrtitonal classes required through my health insurance and was anxious, scared, questioning my decision, etc. But at the end of the day, I knew I coudn't lose the weight AND keep it off without the tool of the gastric sleeve. I loved food. I loved to eat and was never full, even after eating a huge meal. Within an hour, I wanted more. (I know why now... my surgeon took pictures of my stomach once it came out, in comparison to his hand -which is how he measured it for me to visually see- it SHOULD have been the size of his hand) and it was . massively LONG. No wonder I was never full!

    I am almost 4 months out from surgery and have lost 87 pounds, gone from a size 2x/3x in tops to a LG and 22 in pants down to 8/10. I am off ALL my meds and no longer a diabetic. It's been a struggle at times trying to get in enough water a day and adjusting to the smaller amounts of food I can only tolerate now, but I am happier and healthier.

    You'll do great. You're doing this for YOU, remember that.
  17. GigiUSA's Avatar
    Welcome to the site Tara! You are in the right place for amazing support and a wealth of information and experience from countless others traveling along the same journey. Everyone here is fantastic!! As you move forward, be sure to post your experiences so you can help others too. Most importantly ~ here's wishing you MUCH SUCCESS (hugs)

    I had to take a double take when I saw and read you post. We are definitely the same mindset . You are going to ROCK your sleeve!!!!!!!!
  18. Ann2's Avatar
    Best wishes as you head out on this WLS adventure!
  19. Sammih's Avatar
    I loved reading your post. I too lost weight and gained it back. I was 247 when I started. Got down to 199 and slowly creeped back up. Today I am 295. It's not easy to say that in public but it is what it is. I'm excited for you to have a surgery day. I'm very early out. My first meeting with the Surgeon is July 17th. Trying not to rush it, I know it will happen when it's supposed to. We are also looking for a house right now so I'm staying busy with that. I wondered how my husband would be after I lost weight. He was fine, the same, the last time so I'm sure he'll be fine with it again. He might miss his drinking buddy though. :/ Womp.
    Can't wait to read more about your journey!
  20. Christie13's Avatar
    I think you will absolutely be successful. You have what it takes. You just need the help to keep it off. I know because I was just like you. With lots of hard work and perseverance I would lose the weight but keeping it off was always another story. Now I have reclaimed my life thanks to this wonderful tool. Good luck!!!
  21. Shirl's Avatar
    Here is rooting for you!!!

    You got this!
  22. Linda51's Avatar
    It sounds like you've got your brain in the right mode. I agree that there's no time like now to start eating healthier and preparing for surgery. My surgery is 2 weeks from today and I've started a modified liquid diet as well. I've already lost 4.5 pounds and my joints are starting to feel better already. Keep us posted on your progress.
  23. Oregon45's Avatar
    Welcome! I am new to this site as well and post op a month. It sounds as though you are off to a great start to a whole new "positive" life ahead. Wishing you the best and looking forward to how your journey unfolds, it only gets better from here!