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    I revised from a lap band to a gastric sleeve 12/11/19. I had the lap band for 10 years, with moderate success - but had regained 40 lbs after 6 mos. of being put on steroids for double pneumonia/pulmonary embolism. (Almost, but not quite worth it -- got the heebies after 22 hour flight to China, which was one of my own "bucket list" items.) Anyway, I moved to a rural area in central Michigan, and was unable to find anyone within 70 miles of my home that would touch lap band. Went back to my original bariatric surgery center, and they advised revision to gastric sleeve. Did the surgery. Everything is going well at this point, was less painful than I had anticipated. My only real challenge at this "pureed/mushy" stage is that I am about going nuts with not having anything to chew for so long! All mental game. One more week and I should be allowed to attempt "soft foods" -- never thought I would look forward to tuna salad so much LOL.
    Hope your journey is going well - hang in there. My favorite "mushy" food has been ricotta cheese, topped with some marinara sauce and shredded parm cheese - baked in oven for 30 minutes. Actually tastes like real food! Fav food at stage 2 was sugar free jello mixed with some plain greek yougurt, sugar free torino liquid (cherry was my fav). Was a bit like pudding, but more refreshing.
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    Thank you so much, I so appreciate your reaching out - I’m very excited! Laurey
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    You are so sweet. Thank you! I am doing fantastic so far!
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    Thank you for the well wishes. I’m in the waiting room now and I can’t wait until it’s done. I’m a little nervous but mostly excited.
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    Thank you! Yesterday was rough but it’s getting better everyday.
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    Thank you ����
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    Thank you so much for the well wishes!
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    Thank you!!
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    Just saying hello!! My surgery date is June 3rd so I am getting nervous, and my anxiety level is through the roof... Congratulations, and I hope things are going well for you
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    Hi Lisa,

    I read you are one month out. How are you feeling?
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    Hello. How are you?
  12. Thank you, you make me feel better. I do compare myself to others, and have worried the sleeve is not working. I will keep on doing my thing and be successful.
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    I totally get it. When I woke up from surgery I was super sick and dry heaving. I was in a lot of pain and wondered what I had just done to myself. The first week was rough but it will continue to get a little easier each day. I also lost very little the first 2 weeks and then I stalled for a week or so at my 2 week mark. I thought maybe the sleeve was not working. But I kept following the rules and before I knew it I was hitting my goal weight and beyond. Just trust in the process. We all lose on our own time line. The worst thing to do is to compare yourself to others and to stress out. Stress is super damaging. Excited for your journey!!
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    Hi Lisa! Hope your surgery went well and you didn't get cold feet!
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I have had a gastric sleeve.
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