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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Wed 31 May 2017, 12:17 am

Great! Let me know what you think of the book Christina. Hope you get hold of a Dietician.xx
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 29 May 2017, 2:22 pm

Hi gleni, thank you for your advice I'm going to call around some dietitians tomorrow I have noticed that they seem to be affiliated with a weight loss surgery that's why I'm wondering why my surgeon isn't suggesting one, I asked receptionist last week but I'll call again tomorrow! And I just ordered that book so thanks again for the recommendation! Getting more nervous each day but these posts keep me positive!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 29 May 2017, 9:59 am

Hi there, just read the post from Christinebaker and thought I'd put my two bobs worth in!
I was sleeved 6 weeks ago and doing great. However having a Dietician to see along the way is important as he/she will discuss what you can and can't eat and more importantly set you up with good eating habits going forward. This is crucial for a successful weight loss as the gastric sleeve is only part of the process. If you do not have access to a Dietician there is an excellent book written by an Australian Dietician, SallyJohnson called 'Your Complete Guide to Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery' which explains each transition period with some great recipes. 
It's become my bible!
All the very best everyone 
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 29 May 2017, 7:45 am

Hi stellelaurent, thank you for commenting, are you in Melbourne? I'd love to meet up with some people! I'm the same with photos my youngest daughter just did her deb ball and I feel like I've ruined all the photos I'm in but if I keep out of them there will. E no memories ! I think I'm concerned because I'm noticing that a lot of people on these forums seem to have had their doctor organize appointments with their psychiatrists and dietitians , i think I'll call again. Tomorrow and ask as I think I need to see someone pre op, I'm lactose and fructose intolerant so it's goi g to make some things difficult! Your op is only 5 days before mine so we can follow each other's journey which will be great!
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PostSubject: Another Newbie   Mon 29 May 2017, 5:38 am

Hi Christina, I'm a newbie here too, I have been looking for a forum so that I can chat to some others in a similar situation to my own. I have just turned 50 and have been wanting to do this for over ten years, about ten years ago I got up to 99kg, I have PCOS, Insulin Resistance, Anxiety and Depression also, after gaining weight on anti-depressants years ago I refuse to ever take them again. Over the past 4 years I've lost 15kg but it has been a very long and drawn out process, and I don't feel that I can lose anymore on my own. Your story sounds so much like mine, I hate being in photos, I would rather take them that way Im on the other side of the camera but it worries me that one day my daughter won't have any nice photos of her mum (me) My surgery is booked for the 19th of June and I'm scared and excited, mostly scared I think but trying to picture how nice it will be to go an buy new clothes and feel better within myself. In regards to a dietitian and psychologist I would definitely recommend at least one appointment with each before you start. I saw a dietitian last week and feel that I am definitely a little better prepared for the before surgery liquid diet to shrink any fatty liver and the stages of eating after the operation. I have taken another step this morning to ring around all of the dietitians and see if I can meet up with any other surgery candidates in my home town and at least have some face to face support, I managed to find a support group that has two other ladies and a guy who are all having the surgery within the next month, the first meeting is this Saturday, I don't know much about it yet but apparently it involves dietary, exercise and psychological advice and support.
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PostSubject: Christina444   Sat 27 May 2017, 2:44 am

Hi I'm new to this forum but have been reading everyone's stories for weeks now which has been very positive! Im 48 and have 5 grown up children but still 4 at home, My weight has gradually been going up for years and I'm now 104 kg and hating myself! I have fibromyalgia , depression, anxiety especially when going out, I hate having my photo taken and feel I ruin other people's photos by being in them! I'm booked in to have gastric sleeve surgery on the 24th June 2017 so only 4 weeks away! I need to have a gastroscopy first and a oesophogus manometry which more nervous about than the surgery! I'm having my op at the avenue hospital In Glen iris has anyone else been here ? my surgeon is Paul burton, I keep reading how people have had psycologist and dietician appointments I've asked the receptionist but she says I don't need any so a bit worried about that as I only know what I read on this forum what we can and cannot eat before and after?
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Tue 11 Apr 2017, 11:31 am

I have only lost 18kg with my lap band which was done in Sydney. I recently moved to Melbourne and saw Mr Adam Skidmore who told me that I needed a sleeve gastrectomy. I was going to have surgery but got scared and cancelled when I found out that he had been banned from operating because of his high rate of complications! -
 

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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Sun 09 Oct 2011, 10:36 am

leggeless wrote:
Just a short message from a new member, I will be sleeved on 15th Oct. My surgeon is Dr Adam Skidmore and I will be operated on sat, morn. 7am, cabrini Malvern.. have not read anywhere 0n this site anyone else using this surgeon. If anyone is please tell me what u can about him....Thanks.



Hi leggeless,

it appears that I'm not the only one having it done by Adam on sat, I will se you there.

Tony
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Sat 01 Oct 2011, 1:10 am

Hi Leggeless and welcome!!!! Under the Sleevers Monthly section, we have a section for October Sleevers, you should come and join us over there, there are lots and lots of us getting done in October, mine is the 24th. I havent heard of your surgeon sorry, but some of the other ladies or gents may have. Best of luck for your journey :)
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PostSubject: anyone using Dr Adam Skidmore / Melbourne?   Sat 01 Oct 2011, 12:39 am

Just a short message from a new member, I will be sleeved on 15th Oct. My surgeon is Dr Adam Skidmore and I will be operated on sat, morn. 7am, cabrini Malvern.. have not read anywhere 0n this site anyone else using this surgeon. If anyone is please tell me what u can about him....Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Fri 24 Jun 2011, 11:23 am

Thanks for the welcomes it is much appreciated. This might be a silly insignificant question but I noticed on the side of my post is some stats and it has date of op for sleeve. I didn't put that there and obviously I haven't had my op yet. Is this something that comes up automatically or can I edit it. Also thanks for the tip on the meetings I had no idea there was any. I will suss it out.



Nevermind I worked out. I should just look before I open my mouth.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Thu 23 Jun 2011, 10:29 pm

HI Kate and welcome,
YOu found the right place to be for support and information, and there are people here at every stage of the journey. It is such an inspiration reading through some of the diaries, and great information too. You will know what to expect by the time you get your date, and you too are "on the other side".
good luck and go well, hope your appointment goes fantastically.
cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Thu 23 Jun 2011, 10:22 pm

Hi Kate and welcome to the forum.

Good luck with your first appointment.

If you are interested in any meetups in the Riverina, check out the meet up thread.

There is one in Temora Thursday 7th July and one the third Saturday of every month in Wagga Wagga.

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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Thu 23 Jun 2011, 2:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is Kate and I have an initial appointment with Dr Taylor, in Sydney, on the 18th July for a sleeve. I am nervous, excited, scared, happy and a little overwhelmed. I am 44 and have never lost weight after having my daughter nearly 19 years ago. I do have a medical condition from this as well which doesn't help with the weight. I have 1 daughter who is recently engaged, a gorgeous 16 month old grandaughter and a very supportive hubby. I am currently about 123kg....I think....so I have a lot to lose. So glad I found this site and I guess I just wanted to touch base. Look forward to being in touch with people who have similar journeys and stories.

Kate Dufty
(also on FB if anyone is interested)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Thu 23 Jun 2011, 10:46 am

Hey Larns,

I did the exact same thing as you. I went silly right up until starting the pre-op diet. But dont worry about it too much. The pre-op diet will sort you out!

Happy Birthday to your little man for yesterday!! My youngest is 3 and half and is a HUGE handful. He should be enough to keep my weight down....unfortunately didnt work out that way! HAHA

Like you I can't wait to play with my kids....I have a diary in the diary section that I am more likely to visit. I dont check back in here all the time. Depends on time.

But I've sent you a friends request on facey. Will be good to have someone getting sleeved the same day as me and same surgeon too!

Kudos to you for studying with three young kiddies. I dont have the self discipline!

I look forward to seeing you around and sharing our journey!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Wed 22 Jun 2011, 6:34 am

Hi There!

Im Alana and i am ever so patiently waiting for confirmation from Apra, but Im hoping Dr Russell will do me on the 3rd or 4th of August too!! Im sooooo excited.. Im putting weight on rapidly with the thought of ''making the most before i start on opti slim'' although im sure i will regret it later! ;)
I was so happy with Dr Russell and the other doctor i spoke with and am very confident. I am also quite young, I am only 27 at the moment, so im hoping for a whole life change and to make better choices for my children so they dont end the same way!
Im 177cm and weigh currently 121.00kg and the thought of being under 100kg is amazing! :0)
I am currently at Uni and when i finsh will be in the health sector, so a healthier me makes more sense too.
I have 3 children Logan 6yo, Ava 4yo and Jaykob (hes 3yo tomorrow) playing with them is going to be tops!

Alana Kenzler on facebook if you're looking for a sleeving pal! ;)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Tue 21 Jun 2011, 1:23 pm

Hi Sassy and shrinkingpeach,

Thanks for replying to me and I apologise that I didnt drop in and reply sooner. Its great to see how much you guys are losing - I will have to make myself a ticker soon.

Thanks for clearing up my confusion about metformin. I have never been told one way or another if I am insulin resistant but after researching all that I can online I have a strong feeling that I am. Every gyno I have ever been to just wants to put me on the mini pill that has a higher level of oestrogen. I have no idea why they have never suggested metformin. But I have read that so many women get good results with it. I always assumed it was because I didnt want anymore children.

I have started my pre-op diet today and only 6 weeks to go til my surgery. I look forward to joining you guys on the other side!!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 06 Jun 2011, 1:47 am

Hi Jasbean,

I have PCOS and was sleeved. I dont think that my loss has been really slow. I was put on metformin by my endocronologist.And it wasnt to become fertile lol!! Pre op it did help with the constant hunger tho, i dont really think that it helped with any of my other symptoms, but as i started laser during that period it is hard to tell. I have ALL the symptoms of PCOS unfortunatly. Are you insulin resistant? I am and was told that sugars and carbs are not going to be my friend especially during weight loss. Which they are not. I guess it will depend on your body, all of my specialists/doctors/anyone else with a degree have ALL agreed that the sleeve was the best option for me for most if not all of my problems, including PCOS. Yes there is a possibility of slow weight loss, but as long as you keep at it and stay away from sugar and carbs, then there is no way the weight cant come off.
Anyways hope that helps. Sorry if its all over the place, woke up not long ago so have my fuzzy brain still. Feel free to message me if you have any other questions or anything that i might be able to help with :)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Sun 05 Jun 2011, 11:04 pm

Welcome Jasbean to the forum and congtrats on your date.
I hope you get your answers to your questions on PCOS, it's one of those things that makes it tougher for sure, but not impossible. Sleeve is a good choice .... as it this forum.
cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Sun 05 Jun 2011, 2:52 pm

Oh just to add also. I have heard people take Metformin but this is usually ladies who are wanting to become fertile I think, as my gynacologist has never suggested it for me, and I dont plan on having anymore kids! It is kind of the only plus for me is that the PCOS has pretty much made me infertile!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Sun 05 Jun 2011, 2:48 pm

Hi SloJo,

PCOS as I understand it and from what doctors have told me is a little like the chicken or the egg? It is a syndrome and therefore you never really get rid of it. The syndrome likes to keep packing the weight onto you and the more weight the worse your other symptoms become like 14 year old skin, body hair, etc. In order to get rid of the symptoms of PCOS you need to lose weight. So a bit of a catch 22 situation.

My surgeon tells me that he has other patients who have PCOS and they have had success with gastric sleeve surgery.

I would LOVE to hear from anyone who has had gastric sleeve surgery and has PCOS as I have LOTS of questions.

I would like for someone to tell me that the weight will come off just as fast as it does for anyone else. I just worry that this will be another thing that wont work for me!


Thanks for replying
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 30 May 2011, 12:19 pm

Hi Again Jasbean.

I bet you've found this forum has made you realise that you're not alone in the WL battle!!! It has definitely helped me, especially to learn from other's experiences.

It is very heartbreaking when you do so much and then learn you've actually gained kgs
Could the op help with PCOS? Or is it a possibility that PCOS will hinder the results? Sorry to ask a stupid question. I knew a lady with it, but can't remember anything other than they were giving her the same meds as my mum was taking for one of her conditions - I think it was diabetes...

Will be talking to you for sure in the near future. I'd like to know about your experience with Dr Russell too.

Take care!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 30 May 2011, 12:01 pm

Good luck Kaz,
I'm 3 weeks away, how did you go on the opti diet?
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PostSubject: Re: Another Newbie Here   Mon 30 May 2011, 2:54 am

Hi Jasbean

Welcome and good for you taking the time to research your options. Im now 3 days away from my op. Im feeling excited but bloody scared.

All the best there is lots to read ask questions if needed.

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PostSubject: Another Newbie Here   Sun 29 May 2011, 2:45 pm

Hey Guys,

I am due to be sleeved on the 3rd of August with Dr Russell in Rockhampton. I am 32 years old and I have 2 boys 10 and 3. I have a loving supportive husband and extended family. I have been researching WLS for a couple of years now and around Christmas tipped the scales at 140kg. Enough was Enough. I had been doing Zumba and Zumba Circuit Training up to 9 times a week over 5 months and had put on 2.5kg in that time. Heartbreaking stuff!! Since Christmas I have somehow managed to stack on a further 10kg and now weigh 150kg! 75kg more than I was at 9 months pregnant with my oldest son! =S I do have PCOS and worry that even the sleeve wont help me. Or that the weight loss will be so slow that I lose interest. I'm glad that I have found this forum for support and inspiration. I look forward to talking with you all further in the future and sharing our successes!
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