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  1. Brandi! How you been, how you been girl! You have got to get on here and let all your friends know how you are doing!
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    Hey Brandi, I was just thinking about you, I hope you are doing good check in and let everyone know your ok
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    How have you been Brandi?
  4. Of course, ask me anything!
  5. glad i thought to ask u this. thank you . i will tell my husband he will down the viber app & my fam at home will also. this is an important thing. hope others know about this. hope u are still doing good. see ya
  6. hey brandi , i was wondering if you know if i can use the cell phone to call my family in the states. or do u know/ thank you
  7. thank you so much brandi, i dont know why but i was sort of drawn to u when i saw u were having surg, & i was waiting to hear from u. nice to meet u on here. all of us feed off one another on here. glad we have this sight so we can encourage one another .take care of ur self , ttyl
  8. hi brandi, so glad ur doing well. i guess u liked dr almanza? everyone who has used him says he is very nice , great dr. manners. did u have any trouble with the anatheisia (my spelling is bad). or any of the meds. other than the swallowing. well, was good to hear from u.
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    LOL, dreadful!

    Hope you're feeling well.
  10. hi brandi, we all are here , thinking about you. get well soon
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    Hoping surgery went well for you Brandi!
  12. hi brandi, my name is gurvis, i am a memaw & i live in tx. saw where u just had surg. i will have the same dr. u have. having my surg in jan 2015. i hope everything is smooth sailing for u. we are all waiting to hear from u sweetie. for now, get well soon. i would love to chat with u when ur up to it only.
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    Hi, just checking in on you to show support. Congrats and hang tight. The best is yet to come.
  14. Brandi, I hope you are doing well. I see you haven't been on in a few days, just like I wasn't after my surgery. Before surgery you think you will post right after you wake up from the procedure but the whole experience is so surreal that posting is the last thing on your mind. I just hope that you are healing and walking around and feeling good. I'm one week post op and I miss food so bad right now. I'm sad and starting to feel like I would rather be fat and eat then thin and drink liquids. I do get to start some cream based soups and milk tomorrow. We'll see if I feel more satisfied. I don't feel hunger too much it's all in my head! All my best, Missy
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    I'm so happy for you!!!! Wish it was me. Keep everyone posted on ur day!!!!
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I have had a gastric sleeve.
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Athens, GA
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Brandi
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Almanza
Surgery date:
2014-10-16

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Surgery w/ Dr. Almanza, random notes

by ABetterBrandi on 10-22-2014 at 12:42 PM
Their process is very organized and a well oiled machine. If you have any questions just speak up, they are very willing to address any concerns.

Just as others have said, the hospital is small and not as advanced as US hospitals. But has all the necessities.

If a staff member does not speak English, they will get someone who does immediately. You will not be ignored or blown off.

The day time and hotel nurses are out standing! The hotel doctor is also

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What to pack:

by ABetterBrandi on 10-21-2014 at 10:26 AM
Comfortable clothes
Hibiclens to wash the day of
Chapstick
Gas x strips
Heating pad
Long extension cord
Pill crusher if you take meds
Feminine products even if it isn't that time
Slip on shoes
Earplugs
Alcohol wipes to remove adhesive residue
Cash
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The other side pt 2......

by ABetterBrandi on 10-20-2014 at 08:55 PM
When we arrive at the hotel the nurses were waiting with cold water, Popsicles and instructions. We were to remove our bandages in the shower and wait for the nurse to come clean and redress our incisions. They also gave us another iv of fluids (you have nothing by mouth on surgery day).

I had (have always had) a problem with my veins. The iv at the hospital was never comfortable and I noticed I wasn't taking fluids like everyone else, or at least not as quickly. So back at the hotel

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The other side....

by ABetterBrandi on 10-20-2014 at 06:28 PM
Before I begin my long winded and hopefully comprehensive account of my surgery and experience I have to say a big thank you to all of you guys. The messages of support, encouragement, and concern has been overwhelming. When planning my aftercare it was important to have a strong support group. You guys exceed anything I had hoped for, I only hope I give back half as much.

Thank you! Your kindness is unmatched!

So, the details....are you ready for a long one?

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Today is the day

by ABetterBrandi on 10-16-2014 at 11:00 AM
So, here it is! THE day.

Yesterday my husband and I flew from Atlanta to San Deigo landing just after noon west coast time.

I carried with me two premixed shakes and one bottle of water. I also brought chicken bullion cubes but have not used any. I wish I had brought more water but that's because I'm cheap.

We spent a little over an hour in a cab sightseeing San Diego before we had to met the pick up van at 3pm. La jolla and scripps beach are breathtaking.

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