• MEDICAL UPDATE AND INQUIR

    From Daryl Stout@1:2320/100 to All on Wed Jan 6 17:39:02 2016
    Several medical updates...

    1) The butt cyst wound has only a large scab on it now, which will fall off in time. The surgeon told me that "the wound is otherwise healed", and no further bandage or health care is needed. At least no more "hair removal" from the butt cheek when they pull off the bandage. :P

    2) The scrotal cyst removal surgery was postponed a week. They have to do it at the end of the day, as it would delay them seeing other patients, but there was a screw up when it was scheduled. I'm told that it will be with "a local anesthetic", but I'm still apprehensive. My fear is that if I don't do something with it (which has been there for 30 years), it could become abscessed or turn into a boil. The latter hurts like heck to be lanced...and in the groin area, any laceration could turn into fatal bleeding.

    3) I am pre-type 2 diabetic, and am overweight (273)...and I know my Body Mass Index (BMI) is high. One of the gentlemen in the waiting room this morning was telling me about "gastric bypass surgery", and that he was originally well over 300 pounds...but he has lost over 100 pounds, after having it done.

    I did some research on it from the WebMd website, and while it'll apparently cure type 2 diabetes, cause 60 to 80 percent weight loss (from a much smaller stomach), and lower cholesterol and triglycerides (which have been a major problem for me)...vitamin and mineral deficiencies are likely to result, with changed eating habits...so special diet, exercise, and medication (if not shots) are required the rest of ones life.

    I am still waiting on the blood work for checking if I am type 2 diabetic, and have gout...and then to see if my PCP feels that gastric bypass surgery would be an option for me. I wonder if anyone in this echo has had, or knows someone who has undergone it, and what their experiences were. So, I'm not going to rush into this, but would appreciate any feedback.

    Daryl

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  • From Bob Ackley@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jan 15 12:11:02 2016
    I did some research on it from the WebMd website, and while it'll
    apparently
    cure type 2 diabetes,

    Don't bet on it. I have Type 2 diabetes, even after I lost sixty pounds I still have it. I'm currently at about 165 lbs.
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  • From Mark Lewis@1:2320/100 to Bob Ackley on Sat Jan 16 06:28:02 2016
    15 Jan 16 12:06, you wrote to DARYL STOUT:

    I did some research on it from the WebMd website, and while it'll
    apparently cure type 2 diabetes,

    Don't bet on it. I have Type 2 diabetes, even after I lost sixty
    pounds I still have it. I'm currently at about 165 lbs.

    apparently, according to one study, if you lose 1 gram of fat from your pancreas, your type 2 will go completely away and your pancreas will start producing properly again... the study didn't say how to lose that 1 gram of fat from your pancreas, though...

    http://www.sciencealert.com/losing-just-1-gram-of-fat-in-the-pancreas-can-rever se-type-2-diabetes

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:2320/100 to Bob Ackley on Wed Jan 20 15:25:02 2016
    Bob,

    I did some research on it from the WebMd website, and while it'll BA>apparently
    cure type 2 diabetes,

    Don't bet on it. I have Type 2 diabetes, even after I lost sixty pounds I BA>still have it. I'm currently at about 165 lbs.

    Well, the latest blood work was a lot better. The liver enzymes, while slightly elevated, were better than they were...and the rest of the blood work was within acceptable limits.

    I'd like to put that off as long as I can.

    A friend of mine, who was type 1 diabetic all her life, gave herself too much insulin Christmas night, went into diabetic coma, and died of a heart attack the next morning.

    Daryl

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  • From Allen Prunty@1:2320/100 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jun 17 23:55:02 2016
    On 01/06/16, Daryl Stout said the following...

    I am still waiting on the blood work for checking if I am type 2 diabetic, and have gout...and then to see if my PCP feels that gastric bypass surgery would be an option for me. I wonder if anyone in this
    echo has had, or knows someone who has undergone it, and what their experiences were. So, I'm not going to rush into this, but would appreciate any feedback.

    Daryl,

    Granted I am type 1 I have been through similar things. I had a "scrotal"
    cyst that turned out to be a tumor ont the epididymus (the tubes between the prostate and the testes) They removed it and I've been well afterward.

    What they found drove my weight probem was after the surgery in my "scrotal" area was complete they found that the cancer possibly spread to the testicle
    on the left side and they took it too. Being that I already have other problems my body slowed down making testosterone.

    I've been on testosterone shots now for the past 11 years and it's made all
    the difference in my life... I've had more energy. I've been able to lose weight... and it has in some ways helped my diabetic control

    I also am a big advocate of the weight watcher's program. It's not so weigh
    in and scale orenited with the new program. I've had to lose do to a hip injury a lot of weight to have my hip surgery. When my hip joint was damaged
    I let my weight get up to 327 pounds. I started Weight Watchers in November just before Turkey day and I'm down now to 251 and still dropping. I am
    unable to do a lot of exercise, but the support and rethinking my food (and I've been eating a lot more of it since too) has been all the difference in
    the world.

    The gastric bypass is a drastic last-ditch surgery. I go to the Joslyn
    center for diabetes and my diabetic doctor said that SHE only reccomends it
    to patients who are lazy and lack any form of discipline.

    While working at the jail we had a nurse that was morbidly obese she got the gastric bypass surgery and lost an impressive amount of weight, over 220 pounds. We even did a collection and fund raisers to get her an additional surgery not covered by the health insurance to remove excess folds of skin. They literally removed nearly 30 pounds of skin. Two years after that she started losing teeth and became malnourished even though she ate healthy and took vitamins... we lost her and it about killed us.

    We found out that this is not an uncommon thing with the gastric bypass patients that they do get vitamin deprived and some actually starve no matter what they take or eat. I couldn't do it... I know of two people who have
    died from this surgery.

    I also know one young lady who choked to death because of her lat-band
    forcing food into her lungs. I would exhaust every "natural" way of losing weight first.

    I would also have your tesosterone levels checked... you might be low on that and it's something your body naturally makes. Boosting it up can have
    amazing results.

    Allen

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  • From Ardith Hinton@1:2320/100 to Allen Prunty on Mon Jun 20 15:26:02 2016
    Hi & welcome, Allen! Recently you wrote in a message to Daryl Stout:

    Granted I am type 1 I have been through similar things.


    It seems both you & Daryl have been having problems with the weather lately too... [wry grin].



    I also am a big advocate of the weight watcher's program.
    It's not so weigh in and scale orenited with the new program.


    Ah... glad to hear that. Years ago Dallas & I had a teenager living with us who had to weigh everything she ate.

    For us & for our daughter, high protein/low carb works well. But we aren't you & you're not us.... :-)



    I would exhaust every "natural" way of losing weight first.


    Yes, I'd regard surgery as a last resort in situations where one can afford to wait and see if a less drastic alternative will work. You can't put back what has been surgically removed if you don't like the result.

    Thanks for checking in. Take care & keep in touch.... :-)




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 02:17:00 2018
    Ardith,

    It seems both you & Daryl have been having problems with the weath
    lately too... [wry grin].

    Parts of Arkansas have had a foot and a half of rain in just 10 days.

    Ah... glad to hear that. Years ago Dallas & I had a teenager livi
    with us who had to weigh everything she ate.

    That seems like overkill to me.

    Yes, I'd regard surgery as a last resort in situations where one c
    afford to wait and see if a less drastic alternative will work. You can't p AH>back what has been surgically removed if you don't like the result.

    The gastric bypass surgery is very expensive, and there can be
    complications. But, I've known several people who have it. Type 2
    diabetics "get rid of that" after the surgery.

    Daryl

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