It’s back.

On July 9, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I suppose if I were more awake, I’d find a picture of Ahnold, the Govenator, and make some crack a-la Terminator.  But I can’t due to the fact that my brain cells are pretty much dead right now.

If you’ve not read about my knife-in-gut problems, you can catch up on the main problem here.

Last night, it came back — completely out of the blue.

The strange thing is that it pops up while I’m sleeping.  Very odd how it pops up.  But whatever.  At least I brought one of my meds with me, but not enough to help quell the pain of lunch today — which was out and about because, of course, I’m on vacation.

Shit.  I hate my fucked up guts sometimes.  I really want the knife out of my guts right now, though.  Because they feel like I’ve swallowed a Kabar.

I have some Xanax called in.  Maybe that will help — or at least I won’t care.

A reminder to check out your surgeon…

On June 25, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I REALLY hate it when stories like this come up as a reminder, but there is yet another one.

Larissa from ObesityHelp has been interviewed by a local news station about her ordeal at the hands of a Mexican surgeon doing a Duodenal Switch, and is asking others to pass on the word about this news story so others will have the foresight she ignored.

I’d like to make it clear that not every Mexican surgeon is bad.  But there are a few that I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to go to for fear of their lives.

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WLS Shoutout

On June 18, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I gotta say — I love Royal Pains on USA.  ALMOST as much as I love In Plain Sight.

Last night’s show had two WLS shoutouts: one overt, and one subtle.  The overt was B1 deficiency in a WLS patient while her brother had a cupric deficiency due to zinc-overload (which is YES very possible in us as well, especially in those of us who take high-dose iron).

Go.  Watch.  Enjoy the snark. It’s about 45 minutes long, but it’s enjoyable.

Community Criticism

On May 5, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Mirror mirror on the wall..

“Failure is a part of life. The most important part. It’s the part that teaches us things, and it’s the part that hurts.”  – Marshall Mann

In just a few days’ time, I’ve been reminded of the power of our community criticism and how much it can hinder others along the same path.

The first hint was a post in which an early-out is criticizing the food quantity of a long-term post-op (and thus adding the superior “and she wonders why her tool isn’t working for her?” comment).  Another fairly early-out joined the bandwagon.

I let it mull, and sat on my hands in the end.  Better part of valor and all that.

But then.  Last night.  Beth, aka Melting Mama, got a smack down by a complete and moronic idiot who’s parting shot was that she needed a “Thorazine Big Gulp” for all of her bitter and sarcastic whining for calling her WLS a failure on  Beth’s own personal blog.  I suppose Beth should have known better since, you know, there are people that might not have the ability to be adults and click the little “X” up in the top right corner of the screen and she should learn how to temper her “voice” about her opinion on her OWN PERSONAL BLOG just in case there are idiots who can’t figure out how to, you know, be adults.

Straw.  Camel.  Back.

But heeding husband’s advice, I did sit on hands for an entire couple of hours and did not post in immediate upset.

Instead, I let it fester.  And blister.  And slow boil.

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Neurocardiogenic Shock

On April 30, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea



Another common cause of syncope/presyncope is neurocardiogenic (vasovagal) syndrome. This condition, known by physicians as “neurally mediated hypotension”, is also referred to as “the fainting reflex”, “vasodepressor syncope”, “vasovagal syncope”, or “autonomic dysfunction”. In this condition blood vessels tend to expand, which leads to pooling of blood in the lower parts of the body. As a result, less blood reaches the brain and this causes fainting. The usual stimulus for this action resides in the nerves of the heart-hence the term neurocardiogenic. A head-up tilt test can uncover the underlying cause of the fainting in this syndrome. Neurocardiogenic syncope is usually treated with medications that reduce the probability of cardiac nerves triggering the cycle that leads to lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting.


In an individual with neurocardiogenic syncope, the reduction of blood return triggers a miscommunication between the heart and the brain. Just when the heart needs to beat faster, the brain sends out a message that the heart rate should be slowed down, and that the blood vessels in the arms and legs should dilate. These actions take even more blood away from the central part of the circulation where it is needed. As a result, the individual feels lightheaded or may faint because not enough blood is getting to the brain. Fainting is helpful, in that it restores a person to the flat position, removing the pooling effect of gravity on the blood, and allowing more blood to return to the heart. Following the lightheadedness or syncope, most individuals feel tired and their mental abilities are somewhat foggy.

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