Category Archives: Numbers

Finding vitamins is HARD.

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I’m in the middle of attempting to shop for vitamins right now and I’m ready to punch a small child.*  I’ve tried doing this multiple times and get too frustrated and give up.  I’ve got my weight loss surgery binder on my lap right now, so I’m accurately able to list what is required from Swedish Weight Loss Services.  This is what is recommended for the RNY.  I’m paraphrasing in parts.

  • Multivitamin – Bariatric specific multivitamin in liquid/chewable form for the first three months.  If you opt to take a bariatric surgery specific multivitamin, choose a general adult multivitamin that contains 100% of daily value for at least 2/3 of nutrients and take double the dose.
  • Calcium Citrate – 1500 mg daily
  • Vitamin B12 – Sublingual or liquid drops.  1000 mcg daily
  • Iron – I’m glad I’m reading this clearly now… I’m not positive exactly how much I need!
  • Vitamin D3 – Unsure of this as well.  There is recommended amounts, but both are dependent on labs.  I was only told my labs looked good
  • Prilosec/Protonix/Prevacid/Nexium – I’ve taken Prevacid for years.  I have plenty
  • B50/B50 Complex – Suggested.  Depends on how much is in the multivitamin.  Also dependent on labs
  • Probiotics – Highly suggested

Okay, so this list doesn’t seem THAT hard, right?  WRONG.  Finding vegan vitamins on a fixed income is seriously not recommended.  It will make you wanna jump off something tall.  I am SO FRUSTRATED.  I decided tonight to just power through and order stuff.  I’ve had a lot of trouble finding a vegan multivitamin that meets the requirements given AND that I can afford.  I don’t freaking care anymore, so I got on the Baritatric Advantage page.  I started searching for coupon links and stuff and came across Bariatric Advantage® RECOVER®. According to the site, you work with your surgeon to apply for assistance in getting vitamins.  It appears they only help 500-1000 people per year, and considering it’s mid-October now, I’m not sure if I’ll have any luck.  I’ll call Swedish first thing in the morning and see if it’s an option.  At this point, I’d rather something I can afford and just do everything else as plant-based as possible.  I can handle three months of vitamins with potentially non-vegan ingredients.  I can play the “ignorance is bliss” card for 90 days, right?  I HATE THIS.

I need to get the vitamin/supplement situation figured out ASAP.  I called Swedish to check in on my status and it sounds like I may have been submitted for insurance already!  WHAT?!  When I go in for my final pre-op appointment (sounds like it’ll be 2-3 weeks before surgery) I need to have my vitamins and proteins with me for them to check.  Craaaaaaap!

(Also, I forget if I said – I was given a new CPAP machine.  I went to get the info downloaded off my first one and nothing showed!  The settings were changed for the new one and I’m not sure if this one is working correctly either, but I go back to LinCare on Friday to check in on that.  So sick of this machine, I’m wearing it right now.)

*Done Being Big does not condone punching small children.  Don’t be a moron.

Setback.

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I haven’t been able to properly focus the past few days, so forgive me if this doesn’t make much sense.

So yesterday I got the results from my sleep study the previous week.  Even though I knew deep down I wouldn’t hear what I wanted, I really hoped they would tell me that everything went well, I’m done with everything on their end and that I continue on and get the damn RNY.

Nope.

I don’t have the paperwork with the exact numbers handy, but I believe I stopped breathing 11 times an hour during regular sleep, and like 35 times an hour during REM sleep? I believe the doctor said it was moderate sleep apnea, and it has to be treated.

I started crying immediately.

The doctor explained that I am more than welcome to look into getting a mouth guard thing instead of the CPAP, but that insurance may not cover it, it is not as effective, and the steps towards surgery would take much longer. She was supportive if that was the route I had to take, but I want to freaking surgery already, so I said I would try the CPAP again. Sigh. Luckily the doctor was really understanding of my anxiety about it all and is trying to keep things as simply as possible.

I missed the call today to get the equipment, I’ll try to get that all squared away before the weekend. I have a new sleep study (GAH!!!) in a couple weeks and the follow up from that in six-freaking-weeks.

It totally blows that things are getting pushed back even more. I’m going to call the nurse coordinator at my surgeon’s office and see if there is anything I can do to speed things along. Cant hurt to ask, right?

Eleven pounds down

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I haven’t been very good with updating this.  I’m having a hard time in my personal life, but I have been getting to the gym still.  Yesterday I got in with my trainer for a quick weigh in and journal swap, and I had lost 6 more pounds.  So now I’m weighing in at 306.  I’m glad to have made progress, but feel like I should be farther by now.

I have a head cold, so food sounds gross.  I had no appetite last week, and now I cant taste anything.  Could bode well for me.

My feet HURT from walking last night.  I went almost three miles in bad shoes – I just kept going cause I was into it.  Got my first workout blister though… haha.

Um… rad?

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I went to the doctor this morning, I weighed in at 316 pounds.  WTF?!

I have an app that I use to track my blood pressure (more out of curiosity, it’s usually pretty good), and I saw today that I’ve barely lost a thing!

  • 11/28/11 – 320
  • 12/13/11 – 326
  • 1/5/12 – 326.2
  • 1/24/12 – 321
  • 3/5/12 – 316.6
  • 6/14/12 – 316.6
  • 8/2/12 – 316
  • 8/30/12 – 317
  • 10/25/12 – 316.5

My doctor is like “That’s good!  You lost 10 pounds in the last nine months!”.  Erm… no.  Not good.  I don’t usually watch The Biggest Loser, but don’t they usually lose that in under a week?  Granted, they’re in weight loss torture mode.  I suppose it’d good that the numbers arent going up, but I have been going to the gym and eating better… you’d think it’d have slightly better results. On the plus/ow side… my thighs hurt.

My digits

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Okay, I got my measurements and stuff at the gym the other day. I am unsure of a proper way to list it, so I’m just going to lay it all out. This was as of two days ago…

Current weight: 315 pounds
Height: 64 inches
Body frame: Medium
Body fat: 51.4%
Fat weight: 161.9 pounds
Lean (fat-free) weight: 153.1 pounds
Total body water: 56.69 liters, 39.6%
Body mass index: 53.8
VO2: 16.65
Bicep: 15 inches
Chest: 45 in
Waist: 46 in
Hips: 63 in
Upper thigh: 31 in
Lower thigh: 29 in

Hopefully I got that all down right. I am mortified posting this info, but feel if I put this out for all to see, it’ll motivate me to CHANGE. I should get that info again in 3 months.