Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Support Group Meeting: A Recap

Thank you for all of you suggestions.  I am pretty sure I covered them all.  I talked for long enough TO BE SURE.  I was sick of my own self by the end!  But I did a little presentation using Prezi.com.  Have you guys built presentations in Prezi?  Man...it's fun.  And so much better than Powerpoint.

Anyways, I wanted a presentation because everyone loves pictures.  I covered everything you told me to:

Who I was before and Who I am now.
What I eat. 
What I drink.
What I wish I had known.
The dreaded PB.
How much I exercise.
What my body looks like underneath my clothes.
You guys.
Heather.
The scale.
Pooping.
Headhunger.
What the band can do and what it cannot.
Being a forever fatty.
How much I weigh. How much I've lost.
Goal setting.

It was okay.  It was tough to speak to only 3 band patients and the rest a room of Gastric Bypass.

I did ask Dr. Friedman about the vertical sleeve and his feeling about it...specifically if someone had to have their band removed for whatever reason, would he recommend a VSG or gastric bypass.  He had very strong opinions about the VSG.  I don't want to speak out of turn or mis-quote him...so I won't...but he is not a fan (to put it nicely).  He basically said that Gastric Bypass is the gold standard and a sure thing (at least for the first few years). 

So thank you guys again.

I love yous!

7 comments:

  1. Is there a way we can view your presentation? I would love to see it!

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  2. I'd like to see it too! I'm glad it went well. I do think it's difficult when most of the room is gastric bypass but a lot of the lifestyle changes are universal...eating better, exercising...at least they should be. And I'd venture to say ALL the mental parts of losing weight is identical

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  3. Oh Amy, now I have to prove your doc wrong about VSG now that I am having my revision tomorrow morning! I do much better under pressure, thank you very much!

    I thought long and hard about GBP but I just couldn't have my intestines rerouted. Actually, now that I think about it, if VSG doesn't work, I can always have the GBP or that other one, the switch thing, and than I can become a speaker and be able to talk to everyone in the room about all three procedures. I will have to be a paid speaker though because my husband will leave me if I have to have ANOTHER WLS as I am self-pay! Lets not even go there!

    Getting back to you....congrats on giving them what was most definitely the best presentation of their lives!

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  4. Congrats on getting up and doing it!!

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  5. Amy, I'm sure you were great! I would also love to see your presentation. Can you upload it here somehow?

    Also, if you don't mind messaging me on FB about what your doc said about the VSG, I would be so appreciative.

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  6. well I had the vsg and have lost 110 lbs in 10 months and don't have issues with PBing and slippages so I am thrilled with my decision.

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