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    Congrats on your success so far. You look great!
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    stopping by to see how you are doing...
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    Hi sweetie, message me with your number, I cant find what I did with it, Id love to catch up! Hope all is going well!!!
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    stopping by to see how you are doing....
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    Sending prayers your way that your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery!
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    You had asked what a bougie is. Well it is the tube the surgeon passes down your throat and into you stomach during surgery. He uses this to measure the portion of the stomach that remains by stapling up next to it. The takes it back out before he does a leak test before removing the surgical tools. Bougies vary in size and the average is a 34. Some doctors use a 32 which will make the stomach very slightly narrower. Some use larger so their patients wont have as many issues with eating and drinking after surgery. Best wishes.
  8. My surgery date isn't set in stone yet, so it still may be pushed. However, due to my schedule, I know it can't be any sooner. I just talked to the insurance coordinator at Dr. Feiz's office today, and she will be checking with my insurance company for my approval. I'm hoping to hear something tomorrow or Wednesday. Once approved, I can finally begin working on my medical clearance (ekg, echo, treadmill, and blood work). I'll be waiting by the phone for the next two days!
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    Hi! Thank you for adding me! How are you doing?? Getting close to your day!!! yippee!!
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    I love my dachsies. I have 2 - Zach is 5 and Gabi is 4. They are such great dogs! I couldnt give up the ones if I fostered! LOL
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    Hi Kathy. You must be getting so excited! Mine is scheduled for Dec. 19th, so you'll be a couple of weeks ahead of me. That means I will be able to pick your brain about what to expect! I wish you all the luck in the world and will keep you and your surgeon in my thoughts.
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    Welcome to this great forum
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    Hi Kathy! Welcome to the group! I am learning so much from everyone here! It is a little difficult to figure out the format so I mostly just keep track of what my new friends are putting out there and have joined a couple of groups.
  14. Hi Kathy! Thanks for the friend request. Looks like your big day is rapidly approaching!!! I remember the excitement and fear of the unknown. Best decision of my life! Welcome!
  15. Thanks Tami, I'm just trying to figure out how this site works, sorta like Facebook for Sleevers! hahaha, love it. I sure hope I do as well as you, I need all the inspiration I can get.
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About hooverkm58

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Date of Birth
May 13, 1958 (64)
About hooverkm58
Sleeved or not sleeved:
I have had a gastric sleeve.
Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve Conversion with hiatal hernia repair.
Norco, CA
Dachshunds(scdr.org), Pinterest, Cooking, Card Making, Photography, Scrapbooking
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Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Michael Feiz
Surgery date:


Kathy, Norco, CA

Start of my weight-loss journey: (11/10/2012/Surgery date: 12/27/2012) 310 lbs.
7 months Post-Op: (07/27/2013) 225 lbs (down 85 pounds!!!)


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Weight Loss Stats

by hooverkm58 on 05-30-2013 at 12:29 AM
I was keeping these stats in my signature ticker, but there is a character limit and I can't post additional data, so I'll be posting it here!

I am really happy with my weight loss, slow and steady!

Start MyFitnessPal: (11/10/2012) 310 lbs.

Start Pre-Op Diet: (12/06/2012) 304 lbs.
Day of Surgery: (12/27/2012) 286 lbs.

7 Days Post-Op: (01/05/2013) 279 lbs. (down 7 lbs)

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5-Day Pouch test

by hooverkm58 on 02-08-2013 at 12:00 PM
So, I hit my first plateau about 2 weeks ago and just starting loosing again today (dropped 2 pounds). I seen several folks talk abut the 5-Day Pouch Test, So I will see if this helps the pounds start dropping again.

Here's the link:

Let me know if you have had success with it.

Updated 02-12-2013 at 04:13 PM by hooverkm58


Stage II Full Liquids - for 1 month

by hooverkm58 on 01-02-2013 at 03:14 PM
Here's an excerp from the hand-out that was given to me by my surgeon. I will be on this for 1 month post-op

Stage II Full Liquids
You should be drinking 4oz of liquid ever hour and 5 should be protein shakes per day.
7am 4oz high protein shake
8am 4oz approved beverage (G2, Zero Vitamin Water and such)
9am 4oz light fruit juice
10am 4oz milk/dairy
11am 4oz light V8
12pm 4oz high protein shake
1pm 4oz approved beverage (G2,

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Updated 01-02-2013 at 03:23 PM by hooverkm58


6-Days Post Op and Feeling Fantastic

by hooverkm58 on 01-02-2013 at 10:49 AM
I'm doing fantastic! Hardly no pain at all. Yesterday, I finished my 33 oz Smart water and had at least 8oz of beef broth, 12 oz of Optisource caramel protein shakes and a lots of G2! I'm now eating Dannon Lite and fit Greek Yogurt too because I had diarrhea for the past 3 days and it has almost stopped with the help of the yogurt. The vanilla is soooooo delicious. Really No hunger at all which is why I wanted the sleeve. After 7 years of fighting with my lap band and always feeling hungry,

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2-Days Post Op and Feeling Good!

by hooverkm58 on 12-29-2012 at 09:27 PM
Well, my surgery went well. I had my lapband a port removed, hiatal hernia repaired and my gastric sleeve. Pretty sore and bruised, but no nausea (Thank God!).

Today I was able to drink quite a bit more liquid. I'm drinking my Optisource (carmel) protein drinks, chicken broth, G2 Glacier Freeze and SmartWater. Been sipping all day.

Just a little left shoulder pain, but have been using the heating pad and my sweet hubby has been massaging it for me as well. He

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Before and After Photos

Picture BEFORE 310.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 231.00 lbs.

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Surgery date: 12/27/2012

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