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    Nine Years Post-op!

    I found a link to this site on an old computer and decided to check in.

    How time flies: I'm now 9 years and one month post-op, Went from 346 down to 187 which was way too low for my frame, now...
  2. Re: How soon can you travel by plane after sleeve?

    I traveled 3 days post-op from Mexico. It was a bit unpleasant but not too bad. I'm sure you've heard not to drink any carbonated drinks on the flight back home. Here's another pro-tip: don't drink...
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    Re: Alcohol and Gastric Sleeve

    Five years out, and I cannot tolerate beer. I can handle alcohol, I can handle carbonation, but I cannot handle both at once, so beer is basically out. Modelo beer has very little carbonation, I can...
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    Re: Vitamins and Supplements

    And it's worth repeating that sleeved stomachs cannot process the Vitamin B12 in a multivitamin.

    You absolutely have to take sublingual (under the tongue) little pills daily or a shot in the butt...
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    Re: Vitamins and Supplements

    My last routine physical found that I had pernicious anemia (a common long-term side effect of sleeving). *gasp* it seems Centrum Silver for Men over 50 is the WRONG kind of multivitamin for sleeved...
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    Re: Excess Skin Donation

    Evidently I had quite a bit of "high quality excessive skin"...no stretch marks or scars, I just looked like a deflated human being. My plastic surgeon said I was an ideal candidate for skin donation...
  7. Re: WLS just makes your stomach smaller--otherwise, you're the same

    Ann sweetie!!! Along with MBenson, two of the people I've known the longest here!

    I was stalled for THREE YEARS at 230, I'd planned to get to 200. I gave up. I said, okay body, I hear ya, guess...
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    Re: Surgery in Mexico

    Had surgery there almost five years ago (how time flies!). Not a single complication since then. Best decision I ever made. 140 pounds gone.
  9. Re: How much medicine is required to take after WLS?

    One of the few revelations I've had 5 years post-sleeve is that chewable B12 and B12 in pill form (standalone or in a multivitamin) simply do not work.

    You have to get B12 shots or use the...
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    Re: Loose Skin

    I had a lot of loose skin, but that's because I waited until I was in my 50s to have my stomach sleeved. Serious muffintop around the waist, 100% loose skin.

    I had an abdominoplasty and the...
  11. Re: 6 months Post -op on March 2nd. Pre and post pics.

    Well done, big guy! I was you! :)
  12. Re: had Sleeve in 2012 but still get sick after some meals

    I had my sleeve done in 2012 too.

    Some long term notes:
    1. I have trouble digesting starches (potatoes, rice, pasta). I rarely eat potatos and have pasta maybe twice a year. I DO like rice...
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    Re: Four and a half years later: Onederland

    Good questions! At two years out, I had gone from 346 down to 220 and....stopped. I literally spent the next two years at 220 plus or minus two points. I accepted that that was all I was going to...
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    Re: Are there any chewable calcium pills?

    Gah, I had an article saved from a while back stating calcium carbonate wasn't good at all for WLS patients. You have much less stomach acid in your reduced stomach. Calcium carbonate lowers the acid...
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    Re: Newbie here. 56 days till my surgery

    Congratulations in advance from a fellow former 345-pounder from Houston!

    Do this right now: Take a full length "before" picture. Do NOT wear "form flattering" colors (black, navy, etc). Wear...
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    Four and a half years later: Onederland

    From 346 pounds at surgery in June 2012
    Under 300 on July 3, 2012
    Under 200 on February 22, 2017
    Welcome to Onderland. Population: Me.
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  17. Thread: Ketosis?

    by VeryLargeBob
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    Re: Ketosis?

    12 days post-op? Get ready for the downhill slide of your life. Your next 4-5 months will have you staring at the scale in amazement as the weight pours off of you. No ketosis? Not a worry. You're...
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    Re: information please

    Calcium depletion is a very big concern for sleevers with bad joints. My hips are bad but I went ahead and had a sleeve anyway. Three years later, I was 125 pounds lighter and feeling great. I went...
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    Re: Tummy tuck question

    ahhh, this brings back memories. Unpleasant memories.

    But....three years on, dear GOD it was worth it! :D

    Feel better soon!
  20. Thread: Spouses

    by VeryLargeBob
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    Re: Spouses

    One of the biggest unexpected surprises I've seen since I've been posting on this forum is how many marriages/relationships absolutely fall apart post-surgery. Men and women. I think a lot of spouses...
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    Re: An interesting double standard

    Oh yes, the old "Bariatric Surgery is the EAAAAAASY WAY OUT for those with no willpower".

    I've fought this particular battle perhaps a dozen times with friends and acquaintances.

    you'll get...
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    Re: Can't believe its been 5 years already!

    You are most definitely a sleeve success story! Congratulations on the "new you"! Gotten used to guys calling you "sexy" yet? *grin*

    (And best wishes for getting out of a toxic relationship. Been...
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    Re: Vitamin recommendation

    I wrote a post in the nutrition forum this morning about how Vitamin B12 in pill form is basically useless once you are sleeved. You absolutely have to go sublingual (under the tongue) or injections...
  24. Re: Vitamin B12 makes the difference between tiredness and alertness

    The sublingual ones seem to help. The regular pills are essentially useless for sleeved folks because they no longer have the proper "tools" in their stomach to unlock the B12.

    I just get the...
  25. Re: Vitamin B12 makes the difference between tiredness and alertness

    Here is a link to some govt literature about Vitamin B12 absorption rates.

    The kicker: In a person with a REGULAR SIZE (unsleeved) stomach, hydrocholric stomach acid and saliva make for an...
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