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Positivity Button Installation Failure.

Coraline_OtherMother-thumb-550x332-12845 You know what's fabulous?  Thirty days post exploratory surgery for an unknown abdominal pain, and the pain comes back.  

I suppose my "Positivity Button" is trying to come out.    It's weaseling it's way out of my lowest incision.  

My apologies Dr. T, positivity is not for me.  I cannot possibly shoot rainbows and butterflies out of me arse even with the "button" installed just beneath five laparoscopic incisions.    

Perhaps through my umbilicus?  It COULD HAPPEN.

The sutures are just about healed, the stitches are coming out enough to freak out my four year old.  She thinks that I am her Other Mother.

I called this morning and was able to get an appointment for THIS Friday to see another doctor in my town NOT all the way in Boston.  The woman on the phone started selling me the OB's based on child-birth experiences and I said, "NO, I have pain, I NEED A DOCTOR."  

And, I got one.  That has never happened so fast.  

Let's hope they want to take my baby factory out.  Because, if there isn't anything wrong (there is, I was already diagnosed with cysts and fibroids, but I didn't know that they could cause pain) I will need a homemade surgical kit.  Undiagnose-able is unacceptable.  I'm sick of it.


Gastric Bypass Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes, mostly.

ABC News -

Gastric bypass surgery works by reducing the size of the stomach so a person can't eat as much and shortening the length of the intestine so that the body doesn't absorb too many calories. But it might also have the side effect of normalizing blood sugar. 

"The fast effectiveness is due to, we think, an elaboration of hormones made by the intestines,"  Schauer said. "These are called incretins and these are dramatically increased after surgery in hours or days.

"These hormones stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin. And that's thought to be the underlying problem with type 2 diabetes."

Awesome.

But, please do not forget that there are thousands of us who never HAD Type 2 diabetes (and some who did but clearly dropped into the opposite spectrum) who suffer with severe hypoglycemia post gastric bypass surgery.  


Teenagers lose bone mass after WLS

Teenagers lose bone bass after roux en y gastric bypass surgery, but does it have a long term effect?

(Reuters Health) - Teenagers who undergo gastric-bypass weight-loss surgery lose bone in the 2 years following the procedure, a new study shows.

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I. Uh. Don't know.

I am paying to fail a class.  Basically, yes, that would be the the gist of it.  I cannot wrap my thick skull around math.   I failed nearly every high-school level class I took, culminating in senior year passing by >this much< to graduate, in a freshman or sophomore repeat math class.  That's right, I had to repeat it to graduate.  

I was accepted into college upon a personal interview.  O-o  I did not go.  But.  I was accepted.  That's persuasion.  

Considering this was a thousand years ago, I am not at all surprised by my utter lack of brain when it comes to math now.  I just do not connect.  There is no simple way to say "This is what you do."  Even when something is explained -- I don't remember how to do it the second time  -- even if I did it correctly the first time.  Which means, I have to re-read directions, every single time I see a new problem.  

Add in that I have >this much< retention with zero recall, I'm now on hour three of a practice session of BASIC BUSINESS MATH this morning.  I had to stop look at the screen, after re-doing the same type of question about twenty times my browser blew up.

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That's sort of how my brain feels when challenged with a word problem.

"Can I help?"  

No, not really, because you can understand directions.  I cannot.  

You don't get it.

I have read, re-read, redo, reread, rewrite, scratch, walk away, come back, and still don't get it.  Math and other concrete things must be SHOWN to me physically with money, cubes, balls, items, boards and voices.  There's no way that I can connect written text to How To Solve This.  Does that make sense?

Here - I went away for a minute and did a test to show you -

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And that was with EFFORT.

That's the way I live every day, and it's been like that since at LEAST 2006.  I was diagnosed with a cognitive disorder in 2007 (I think?) and a memory disorder.  

I have a broken brain.  It was broken BEFORE gastric bypass -- and was called ADD.  There is no doubt that I am attentionally deficient.  Watch me on Facebook.  "Look!  SPARKLES!"    However, I'm not stoop'd either.

I score fantastically on IQ tests.  I fail basic math.  Can I get a job that requires no word problems?

 "If Sally-Sue is paid $97,500 for her job as a Used Car Salesman and gets commission based on sales of meth on the corner that aren't taxable, with a levy from the IRS for an old failed business, and buys sugar-free PEEPS every other day that are taxed at a rate of 5.5% in Hawaii only, where the shipping is based on the heaviest item in the box, with an added fee of $10 for handling, and travels to work on a scooter with ethanol that she buys for $3.50 a gallon every three days, what is she making for dinner on her low carb diet to go with the bottle of wine she bought yesterday for $19.99 plus tax?"

Uh.  The answer is D.  I don't know, and the train will arrive at 3pm.

I sent my Professor a message.  I explained, briefly, that I've been looking at this program for eight hours, and I'm still cycling through the questions and failing the same ones.  Maybe I can find a Math For Those Who Can't Remember Shit class, or even better, a Estimate My Grocery Cart class, cause I'm really, really good at that.


EES + OAC Event

Next month, on April 14-15, I'll be joining some of my peers in New York City for an event sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition.  

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We'll hear and learn about -

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This is a great opportunity for us, as bloggers to learn, and for the industry to learn from US.    I'm excited because it's not often that an event is created to discuss these topics, from this aspect, the blogger side, the writer's side.

*This event is sponsored by Ethicion Endo-Surgery and the OAC, and my expenses for this trip have been covered in full.  

Thank you.

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NYC - 2009 - My photo

Awkward segue -

This makes the opportunity to meet some BBGC's in person in NYC!  I haven't been to New York since fall 2009, when I took a super-fast-run through the city for photos during a Obesity Help.com event.

At this point, several BBGC's have been invited to this event,  and why not meet you while we are already there?  Three of us are rooming together so far, we gave up our single rooms because, it's silly, we can share.   And, then there's always the cupcakes.  <g>  

I've set up an impromptu event page, for a get together after the event with local friends.  If you're near NYC, let us know!  

I guess I'll need some, shoes, too.  


It matters.

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If you weren't aware -- I have epilepsy.

I developed a seizure condition at some point between 2006-2008 that culminated in many grand mal seizures in January of 2008.  It's now April of 2011, and I am still afflicted with seizures.  I take three medications, and I am still unaware of an oncoming seizure, and this has halted pretty much everything about life since January 10th, 2008.

I have memory problems, cognitive issues and I can't tell you what your name is, even if we've met.

You can thank seizures for this, or the medicines to control them.  It's a toss up.

Irregardless, I support epilepsy research.  For myself, and anyone like me.  Specifically, for those like me, who developed epilepsy as healthy young adults during or after massive weight loss. 

Wear purple on Saturday.  Make a donation to the epilepsy therapy project.

Dear Friends,

March 26th, this Saturday --  is Purple Day!  Motivated by her own struggles, 9 year-old Cassidy Meagan of Canada founded Purple Day in 2008, to get people talking about epilepsy to help dispel myths, and to let people with epilepsy everywhere know they are not alone.  The Epilepsy Therapy Project is a proud partner of Purple Day and supports this grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. "

Please donate.

 


Can you?

I needed a new logo for the BBGC, because of the CUPCAKE DRAMA!  (Not that it's going to change a damn thing, because, well you'll see.)

And LOOK!  Some of the entries are awfully CUTE.  I may have to pick more than one.  

There is still time - though - if you are a DESIGNER - and would like to make one for a shot to win $175.00, please enter NOW!  Ends TOMORROW.

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Sex is going to kill you?

Not really, but it can, if you're not exercising otherwise, says a new study.  

Conclusion Acute cardiac events were significantly associated with episodic physical and sexual activity; this association was attenuated among persons with high levels of habitual physical activity.

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The Washington Post -

Issa Dahabreh of the Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Jessica Paulus of Tufts University and Harvard School of Public Health reviewed the scientific literature to examine whether there really is an association between occasional physical activity and sexual activity and sudden heart problems.

The analysis of 14 studies found that, indeed, overall occasional physical activity more than tripled the risk for having a heart attack, the researchers reported in Wednesday’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Having sex nearly tripled the risk, the researchers found.

That, however, is the relative risk. The absolute risk of that happening is actually quite small, the researchers noted.

In addition, the risk decreased significantly just by exercising a little, the researchers found. The risk for a heart attack dropped 45 percent and the risk of dying from a heart attack dropped by about 30 percent for each time each week someone got just a little exercise.

“Habitual activity levels significantly affected the association of episodic physical activity and [heart attacks] and episodic physical activity and [sudden cardiac death],” the researchers wrote.

So the take-home lesson is: Getting a little bit of exercise can really help protect your heart so you can enjoy life’s pleasures.

Or, get a lot.  Of, both.


Article: Lap-Band surgery marred by problems after 12 years

Awesome.

Reuters -

Lap-Band surgery marred by problems after 12 years

By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An older kind of Lap-Band weight-loss surgery could lead to severe complications over the long haul, Belgian researchers said Monday.

The surgery works by placing a silicone band around the top portion of the stomach to restrict food intake. It has become an increasingly popular option in the battle against obesity, but some experts have worried about its safety.

The Belgian team found that as many as half their patients, followed for at least 12 years, needed to have the band removed in that period. And in more than a quarter, the band had gnawed its way through the wall of the stomach.

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Defending my cupcake.

No-cupcake-for-youI know it's not required, you don't have to post back, "You don't have to explain yourself."   I know that people will misunderstand me, or things I post, at any point.  This is part of blogging.  It happens, boo-hoo.  It's also what happens more often than not with me, because I display a different view on many subjects about the post weight loss surgery life. 

"How could you//OMGWHATDOYOUMEANYOUDON'TDOTHAT/what do you mean eat a half-sandwich?"  

I'm used to being different.  I know that if changed my opinions to that of the bariatric majority <hack, hurl, gag!> I would be more mainstream and likely more "successful." (Whatever that means, because you keep asking me to Do Just That, "just change your opinions and be more positive.")

This is the reason why I am dumping the cupcake (pun absolutely intended) as part the Bariatric Bad Girls' logo.  I am in full understanding that we, as a group, cannot be taken seriously by a good part of the bariatric community if people are taking it LITERALLY.  (As in, totally literally, as if I were FORCE FEEDING THE WOMENS A CUPCAKE ON THE INTERNET.)  

Wait, WHAT?

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Nobody told me! Protein Cake and Ice Cream

"BariatricEating.com ...rule is that I dont use protein powder in desserts. Desserts are useless - and even sugar free ones have calories and fat. I didnt get to be 300 pounds by NOT being an expert at justification. IF I put protein powder in my cheesecake it would give me an excuse to eat it. The last thing I need is a reason to eat cheesecake. So my rule for all my recipes, NO PROTEIN POWDER in DESSERTS."

In the spirit of this ridiculousness, I give you a recipe. (And, will continue with many, many more.)  What isn't mentioned here, is that the poster makes income from selling sugar-free products, and currently Sugar-Free PEEPS.  PEEPS.  Those -- CHOCK-FULL OF VALUE, kids.  <sarcasm, it abounds>

FULL OF PROTEIN.  Why NOT boost the nutritional value of food that you are going to eat anyway?  

Because?  Denial leads to disorder.

Shelly's Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream Cakelettes [Shellys+Protein+Ice+Cream+Cakette+2


 


Alert!

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From the OAC -


The 2011 OAC Membership Drive Contest Ends in Just 14 Days! Do Your Last Minute Recruiting! 

The OAC Membership Drive Contest is coming to an end this month, which means there are only 14 days left for you to recruit to win one of our prizes!  

The Leader Board is Coming Down on Monday, March 21! 

The Leader Board on our Web site has been updated daily since the start of this contest, but we are taking it down this coming Monday, March 21. 

Make an extra effort to get as many members to join the OAC, and when the contest ends, the winner of our Grand Prize will be revealed. Be sure to take one last look at our Leader Board this coming Monday to know how many new members you need to take home one of our fantastic prizes! Ask your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and just about anyone you know to join - now is the time!
Not Interested in the Prizes but Want to Recruit Anyways? 

We challenge those of you who don't want to take part in the contest to still recruit! If every member recruited just one new member to join, we would DOUBLE our membership and get that much closer to our 50,000 member goal."
And, of course I would ask that since you're here, that you'd use me - Beth Sheldon-Badore - as your recruiter.  It's a good cause.

The Lazy Song

Yeah. Product insertion fees applicable, and I laughed OUT loud.

Today I don't feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don't feel like picking up my phone
So leave a message at the tone
Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything

Uh, I'm gonna kick my feet up and stare at the fan
Turn the TV on
Throw my hand in my pants
Nobody's gon’ tell me I can't, nah

I'll be lying on the couch just chillin in my snuggie
Click to MTV so they can teach me how to dougie
Cause in my castle I'm the freakin man

[CHORUS]
Oh Oh, yes I said it
I said it
I said it cause I can
Today I don't feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don't feel like picking up my phone
So leave a message at the tone
Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything

Nothing at all
Ooh hoo ooh hoo
Hoo ooh ooh
Nothing at all

Tomorrow I wake up, do some P90X
With a really nice girl have some really nice sex
And she's gonna scream out, "this is great" (Oh my god 
this is great)
I might mess around and get my college degree
I bet my old man will be so proud of me
I'm sorry pops you just have to wait
[CHORUS]

No I ain't gonna comb my hair
Cause I ain't going anywhere
No no no no no no no no nooo
I'll just strut in my birthday suit
And let everything hang loose
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeahhh

Ohh Today I don't feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don't feel like picking up my phone
So leave a message at the tone
Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything