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9/20/16 8:31 P

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Congrats - heal fast!
I'm getting closer to my surgery, but still no date yet - probably November, hopefully early.
The wait is hard - doing everything I'm told for my 6 month program - felt physically and mentally ready a couple months ago, but still waiting.
As long as the wait has been, dealing with the healing, the huge changes post-surgery, those can be a challenge. So while I envy you, I know this is a big transition time.
Hang in there - keep us posted.


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9/20/16 8:15 P

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I am on my way home from undergoing my RNY yesterday morning. Everything went smoothly and my doctor fixed a hernia while he was in there. I lost 26.8 lbs on my 2 week liquid diet. Sipping on a Propel as I await my meds

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9/19/16 1:23 P

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Welcome to our weight loss surgery family, Ronnie and Mom! Keep us posted on how your are doing and let us know if you have questions. Glad you joined us!

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Welcome Ronnie and Mom- you're surgery buddies!

Be prepared to take things slowly- know you won't walk out drinking like a champ or feeling very good- but know you are starting an amazing journey you won't regret! We will be here when you're ready to start posting. Excited for you both!

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9/18/16 3:57 P

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Thanks for the welcome. Just drank my citrate and the countdown continues. I'll try to have my wife measure me when she gets home. I probably should have done it before I began the 2 week liquid diet

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9/18/16 11:01 A

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Welcome to the group Ronnie and Mom. Best of luck to you both for surgery tomorrow.

If you have not done so I suggest taking your measurements so you can see the change as you shrink.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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9/18/16 8:27 A

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I am having Bariatric Sleeve surgery Monday at 1:45. Prayers appreciated. Clear liquids today and for 1-2 weeks.

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9/17/16 9:21 P

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36 hours away from my RNY at 8:00 am, Monday, September 19, 2016. Welcome all thoughts, tips and support.

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9/2/16 3:05 P

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Welcome to the group. Glad to have you.



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"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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9/2/16 11:37 A

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New to the group. I am currently 6 months post op and down 71 lbs. Having this surgery was the best decision of my life. Glad there is a group to share this journey with.

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8/24/16 1:13 P

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Welcome to the group Neon.

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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8/24/16 9:49 A

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Welcome, Neon! Glad you joined us. Looking forward to getting to know you & learning about your weight loss surgery adventures.

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8/23/16 12:36 P

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Welcome Neon-Cat, I LOVE your profile picture!

You're just beginning the journey= it's a worthwhile one for sure. Feel free to pop in our daily chat thread we're usually in there talking about something! :)

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8/23/16 9:53 A

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Just starting the process. Had a good exam at My Bariatric Solutions yesterday. Have a big folder about the process and will work at getting my food ready for the week before surgery. I am looking forward to the weigh loss. emoticon

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8/12/16 11:33 A

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Agreed, hon, I've had more than my share of issues and unhappiness during this past year, too. None of this is easy. I'm glad you're home and praying you recover quickly and well.

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8/12/16 10:15 A

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I think you have earned the right to be upset. I am sure it is not an easy phase you are going through. I am sending healing prayers. Hopefully this time speeds by and you are back on the path before you know it.

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"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral? 'When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."-Will Rogers


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Just a quick check-in: was discharged home from the hospital today. A week there was more than enough. Am now home with a gastrostomy tube & continuous infusion of a nutritional supplement. Thus far I've done pretty well with staying positive & accepting of this latest phase of my medical adventure, but this evening I'm angry & depressed. Thirty days of nothing by mouth & being tethered to a feeding pump 24 hr/day seems like a really long stretch. It's probably just a case of the post-hospital blues. Hopefully, I'll feel more optimistic tomorrow.

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8/8/16 9:36 P

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Yes those unexpected things that make a big difference. Way to find the silver lining.

Hope you are on the mend.

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The fainting was probably due to a combination of dehydration, after effects of conscious sedation (versed & fentenyl), and the perforation-- with perhaps a dash of luck. If I had not fainted &'gone to the ER, they prob would not have discovered the perforation until it began to make me seriously ill with an infection in my abdomen. So while banging my head on the furniture was not a positive thing, it did probably save me from some unpleasant complications.

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8/8/16 9:56 A

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Oh My Matka. Hope all goes well today and you get to return home tomorrow. Do they know what caused the fainting?

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Thank you, Di. It's been a rough several days. Thursday morning I had an upper GI endoscopy & dilitation of the stricture. After I was home for a few hours I fainted & hit my head on the end table. Woke up on the floor with a big laceration over my right eyebrow. Of course there was lots of bleeding. Had an ambulance ride to the ER. While they were doing the after-the-fall physical exam, they discovered a perforation on my tiny tummy/small bowel. Had surgery Friday morning to repair the perforation. They also put in a feeding tube. Will need to be NPO (nothing by mouth) for a month. All nutrition (protein shakes & water) and meds will go in via the feeding tube. I'm still in the hospital. They started the tube feeding so this afternoon. If all goes well they will let me go hit me on Tuesday.

This set of adventures pretty much used up my store of coping skills. But I'm beginning to feel better--less pain & more energy. So life is beginning to seem manageable again. A month without food doesn't seem that difficult. But a cup of tea is my cure for everything. Will definitely miss that during the next 30 days.

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Matka- I'm sure sorry and hope you're doing better today? I've only had one of those, but it seems to be some people are prone to it. I know it's no fun!

Bottom- when I had surgery I ended up walking out of the hospital on no diabetes meds or shots any longer. I DO sometimes have a low blood sugar incident (had a bad one I ended up in the ER for). So I do keep checking myself periodically and I keep those glucose tablets handy if I have to pop one in and chew it up to bring my numbers back up.



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8/4/16 9:49 A

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Having endoscopy & stricture dilatation #2 this morning. Weight is dropping like a rock, mostly due to the fact that I've been limited to mostly water, Pedialyte, and sips of protein shakes since Sunday. Looking forward to having the problem corrected so I can proceed with achieving the new normal.

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8/4/16 9:46 A

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Bottom, make sure that your physician knows about the low blood sugar. They may want to adjust your medications further. Glad you were able to catch it and treat this episode so effectively.



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8/4/16 12:01 A

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Bottom glad to hear you are get off some of your meds. Scary about the low blood sugar. Hope your levels sort out soon

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8/3/16 2:56 P

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Matka - very sorry to hear about the setback. I've read a little on strictures. Anyone else deal with that issue?

I had my 4 of 6 month pre-surgery diet check in today. Good news: reducing meds further, am within 2 pounds of my pre-surgery goal weight, thinking of going for a stretch goal now.

Kinda scary thing - I had a low blood sugar incident last night. NEVER had one before (my problems always 100% in the other direction). Not only my first, but pretty extreme - low 30's. I woke up in a cold sweat and was coherent enough to figure out what might be going on, take reading, and get some sugar. That is low enough that some people pass out and never wake up. Wow. Kinda strange that I was at 105 that morning, consumed 4 meals spread out for a total of 1400 calories, and I could get that low - doesn't add up. Cutting another medication and going to monitor much more frequently.


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8/2/16 7:54 P

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Sending healing prayers Matka.

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Just checking in. This story is getting tiresome & repetitive. It appears that the stricture in my RNY suture line has reoccurred. Spent yesterday evening in Urgent Care again getting lab tests and IV fluids. They let me go home about 10 PM. Am now waiting to hear from the surgeon (who is in OR until at least 1 PM) about when and where I'm supposed to go for the repeat endoscopy & dilatation. I know that a second dilatation is not uncommon for those who develop strictures, but I'm still finding this discouraging. Haven't really had any nutrition that has stayed down since Sunday morning. Am now officially on clear liquids again, but am really only tolerating sips of water. Negotiating the health care system with it's numerous phone calls, dead ends, and waiting periods without realistic ETA estimates is not the end of the world, but is frustrating. I'll probably feel much more optimistic when I can retain some calories and protein again. In the mean time, I remain grumpy, but a compliant patient. More later.

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7/25/16 7:22 P

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Awesome Matka.

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7/25/16 4:51 P

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Had my 3-month checkup with the surgeon and the NUT last Friday. The appointment with the surgeon went pretty much as I expected. No substantial increase in information about the stricture, the endoscopy, or what to expect going forward. Instructed to return at 6 months post-op.

The visit with the NUT was time well spent. We talked in detail about how to proceed with completing the transition to puree/soft diet and how to manage the next step, transition to Phase 4 which they call "Reduced Calorie Solids." She had lots of practical advice geared towards my life management and food preferences. At the end of the hour I felt much more optimistic about the potential for smoother progress in the future.

Have had no problems with eating since the endoscopy and dilation on July 12th. Am tolerating small quantities of food with tiny lumps and bumps. Major progress.

Weight loss thus far: 57 lb decrease from my max pre-op weight; 36 lb decrease since the day of surgery. Am now obese rather than morbidly obese. When I lose 24 more lbs, I'll be merely overweight. In 51 more lbs, I'll achieve a normal BMI--which I haven't had in over 30 years.

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7/22/16 7:13 A

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Hope you appointment goes well Matka. Hopefully you can get the information from the nut that you need. Eggs are my go to food right now.

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7/21/16 5:51 P

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Tomorrow is my 12-week post-op appointment with the surgeon. I'm curious to learn what he has to say. My post-op course has not been uneventful. I suspect though that his summary will boil down to "everything is fine; see you at 6 months."

Am looking forward to talking with the Nutritionist. I want her advice about when and how to transition to Phase 4 (Solids, i.e., real food) and long-term strategies for success. Eating has been uneventful since the endoscopy and dilation last week. Since Monday I've been gradually introducing puree/soft foods. Last night I ate 1/2 cup of LF refried beans and today a mashed boiled egg. No problems with either.

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Thanks for the update ND - good stuff.
Firefly - exciting - getting close. Keep us posted.


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Moving to Soft Mechanical food phase today. This is so exciting.

Dietician wants me to eat more and increase my calories to 600-800 protein to 60-80 and water to 64oz.

Dr is very happy with my weight loss and has now cleared me to do more than walking. I will be starting squats and having hubby and son bring my recumbent exercise bike to the basement so I can get in a 30 minute ride at night. My goal is to get a 20 minute walk in at least 5 days a week.

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7/18/16 1:46 P

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Firefly, I was on a liquid diet for 3 weeks pre surgery (2 liquid protein meals and 1 lean dinner of protein/veggies) and it wasn't as bad as I'd thought. It also gave me a chance to try a variety of shakes to see what I liked. Good luck and keep us posted!

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7/17/16 7:29 P

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The pre op shakes were easy for me compared to navigating purée and what my tummy will like.

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7/17/16 1:04 P

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Firefly, the time will go more quickly than you think. The blended liquid diet is doable. Parts of it even taste pretty good. And the end result is worth it. Hang in there.

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7/15/16 2:41 A

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Hi all!
Thought I'd check in since I've been kind of lax lately about getting on SP.
I'm counting down, 10 more days until I go on the blended liquid diet prior to surgery.
It's going to be tough, but I WILL do it! I got my game face on and a grocery list of things I can have.
My procedure is not until August 15, so I'm counting down the days to that as well. Can't wait!

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7/13/16 6:11 P

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Matka glad that they finally figured out what was causing the issue for you. Hope your journey starts to go a little smoother now.

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What a tough trip.
But so glad they found the stricture and finally figured out what is going on.
Hopefully now you can finally start to get to your new "normal".

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Checking in after over a week's absence. Spent 10 days in Indiana helping my sister with the probate responsibilities for our mother's estate. We got a lot done & still like each other after all that togetherness & stress.

Had a very difficult time bariatric-wise during the trip. For some time now I've been experiencing increasing food & liquid intolerance. Recently I've been vomiting multiple times a day. While in Indiana I couldn't keep much of anything down. Lived mostly on sips of protein shakes & bottled water and small amounts of applesauce & greek yogurt. When I got home, I discovered that I'd lost 6 lbs in 7 days. Way too much wt loss for that few days. When I returned to work yesterday, the food intolerance got even worse. By the end of the day, even sips of water were triggering vomiting. So the program Bariatric Coordinator sent me to Urgent Care. While there, we discovered that I was quite dehydrated and my potassium was low. They gave me 3 liters of fluid, 1 with potassium, and kept me overnight. This morning I had a barium swallow x-ray & and an endoscopy. Finding was that my RNY anastomosis was almost completely closed due to a stricture. The surgeon dilated the stricture. I've spent the afternoon & evening sleeping off the sedation used for the endoscopy procedure. The dilatation seems to have worked (thus far, at least). Since they discharged me home I've drunk 4 oz of apple juice & herbal tea and ate some small amounts of tomato soup and diluted cream of wheat without abdominal pain or vomiting. Hopefully, the improvement will continue.

Will have to be a full liquid diet for 5 days (as I've been unable to tolerate anything else for weeks now, that won't be a huge challenge). After 5 days, we'll try the puree/soft diet again.

It's good to be back home and it's great to have a whole afternoon & evening of "normal" eating and drinking.


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ND, thanks for thinking of me!

Bottom - I found that if I limited my calorie intake too much (ate much less then the suggested calories), I lost very little weight. When I upped the calorie intake by a couple hundred a day, my metabolism seemed to kick in and the weight come off more consistently now. My pattern right now is stay the same for 2 weeks, lose 2-3 pounds the next week. I average about a 2 pound loss every week.

Something to think about~~

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I can so relate. I had to work really hard for each pound lost. Having the surgery is giving me a better tool.

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A bit discouraged today. Weighed in after month 3 of my 6 month per-surgery program. It was an improvement - best month so far. Feeling really good, energy higher, carb cravings totally gone, hunger reduced naturally.
All that, and lost less than a pound. Whereas I had been well ahead of the curve to drop 5% in 6 months, now well behind.
Month 3 was better than month 2 - daily carb average down from previous month, staying under 100 per day, calories same as previous month (staying at a number that is supposedly a deficit even if I do zero exercise), exercise up significantly with 16 bike rides (average 7-8 miles) throughout the month. Shoulda dropped double digits. Eating so much healthier than before. Haven't touched bread/potatoes/rice/pasta/sweets in forever.
I guess this is more evidence that the surgical route is necessary.



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Sending healing prayers your way RRW

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Hi Team!

Thought I would post a quick check in.

Almost a month ago, I found out that I had a very bad kidney infection. It seem that the infection is gone, but I am still in a great deal of pain. A couple of weeks ago I had a CT scan where they found a lesion on my kidney and a cyst on my liver. They also found a few minor issues like a hernia. I see a specialist July 6.

Hoping that all of this doesn't impact my scheduled WLS - which is August 23rd. (After we get back from our early August vacation.)

I was told that they may decide to do some biopsies while I am under for the WLS. I'll need to find out more on Tuesday.

Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you each work through your individual challenges~

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Matka ~ good luck on closing up your mom's house. Remember to take care of yourself as you do that.

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ND, I will be out of town next week when you have your surgery. while I'm away, my access to email will be limited. But I'll be thinking of you. You are so well prepared for this. I know that all will go well. I'll want to hear all about your hospital & post-op experiences when I get home.

Going to help my sister with closing up my mother's house. My parents have lived in that house since 1950, so the process is complex and exhausting--both physically and emotionally.

Will be in town all this week. Keep up the good work!

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Matka ~ hope you get an answer soon as to why the puree food is not working.

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Am now 8 weeks post-op. As of this morning's weigh in I have lost 50 lbs from highest pre-surgery weight. 30 lbs from my day-of-surgery weight. Nice round numbers.

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Am still struggling with the transition from Full Liquid to Puree/Soft diet. I returned to Full Liquid for 10 days and then retried very gradually adding pureed foods. Same results as before. I'm going to contact my surgeon this AM and see what he has to say about next steps. I'm still glad I had the surgery, but this phase is getting old.



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Thanks. It is hard to believe it is almost here. Going to pack my bag for the hospital soon so I don't forget anything. Found my old fluffy road going to try it on see if it fits. Figure I will pack sweat pants and tank tops or tshirts. Comfy clothes in my future.

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ND: July 5th is my half-way point - 3 month weigh-in/Dr/Nutritionist in my 6 month pre-surgery program. Will be cheering for you that day and looking forward to your updates.

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The clock is ticking on my countdown to surgery app. July 5th is approaching faster than I expected and I am on just protein shakes with option ofr up to 1 1/2 cups of veggies and sugar free jello & clear broth.

Looking forward to the next phase.

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Matka - that sounds rough! It is only temporary, one day you will be able to eat real foods again!

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Matka - hang in there. Try to look for the bright side and the long term - on the liquid diet, the weight will keep dropping steadily and break the cycle of life revolving around food.
Prayers that you will heal and move forward soon.


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Matka hope things get better soon.

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POD #38: having a minor setback in my post-op progress. I'm currently in the puree/soft diet phase. I should be transitioning to phase 4--adding real food--tomorrow. However, for the last couple of weeks I've been experiencing increasing problems with vomiting. Foods that I could tolerate just fine a couple of weeks ago (banana, cottage cheese, thicker soups, my calcium chews!) are now triggering epigastric pain and vomiting. Sometimes 2-3 times per day. Very unpleasant. I talked with my surgeon yesterday. He thinks the problem is that the suture line in my pouch is irritated and needs time to heal. He recommended that I return to a full liquid diet for 7-10 days and see if that resolves that problem. So, it's back to Phase 2 diet for a while. Hopefully, that will take care of the problem and I can start advancing my diet again soon.

I definitely should have had that farewell steak and eggs meal I was longing for prior to my surgery. Because there sure isn't going to be any in the foreseeable future.

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Mata I couldn't eat meats for a very long time- even tuna made me sick. I lived on beans, cottage cheese and yogurt for about 5-6 months. I'm just now able to eat meat. Hang in there!

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5 weeks post-op today. Making steady progress with energy level. Am able to work full days now without sleeping the entire evening after I get home. I haven't lost any weight this week even though I've been following my food plan faithfully. Am trying not to get discouraged about that. The body does need time to adjust. This week I'm going to focus on getting enough fluids and enough sleep (and calories/protein, of course) and see if that helps resume the weight loss. I still can't tolerate any kind of animal protein. Pretty much any kind of meat/fish triggers vomiting--even very small quantities (1 tablespoon). That may be my new normal for a while anyway.

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I've adjusted fairly well to no fluids while eating. It's the waiting 30 minutes after I struggle with- I have to make myself set a timer or I'll get off track easily.
You're doing great!

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Had my 2 month check in (month 2 of 6 month pre-surgery program) yesterday.
Went fine. Down a few pounds. Moving s l o w l y in the right direction. On target to goal of dropping 5%. Time seems to be crawling.

Nutritionist suggested I stop drinking with meals to prepare for life post-surgery.
I *thought* this was just for people getting pouch because of dumping syndrome, but nutritionist says even without surgery most people lose more weight if they don't drink with meals for a couple of reasons: You tend to eat slower and chew longer if not washing down your food as you eat, and food tends to flush/move through the stomach faster if you drink with the meal, leaving your stomach feeling physically not full sooner. Never really thought about that before - maybe I've heard that before and not paid attention.



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POD #26. Made it through return to work Week #1. There was a definite improvement in my strength & endurance between Monday & Friday. Was able to work more hours each day and by Friday did not immediately collapse into sleep when I got home. Am not at 100% yet, but am definitely making progress. Weight loss was stuck most of this week, but I dropped a pound yesterday, so progress there, too.

Am still finding my way with the puree/soft diet (am week #2 of that now). My body is definitely telling me that puree is the only thing it will accept right now. Textures with lumps or bumps of any kind triggers vomiting. So, puree it is.

Onward.

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Welcome to the group.

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Met with the nutritionist yesterday and am so ready to work with her now and after surgery!! emoticon

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1 month - I am jealous! 4.5 more to go for me, minimum.
Happy for you.
Crossing my fingers that the insurance company won't mess with you.

Had a bad day yesterday - way over on calories and carbs. 2 Meals out where I made OK choices (compared to what I would normally pick), but not great. I order a healthier now than I used to (no bread/potatoes/fries) but I still give in to fried main course sometimes when I go out, and when I enter my calories later, those sauces and dressings add up big time.
Gotta get back on track today. Grilling chicken and mushrooms.


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My final review was yesterday, so the wait begins for insurance approval. I attended an info seminar in April, so getting to final review in a month isn't bad! I'm hoping for a June surgery date to get in before my doctor goes on maternity leave.

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Congratulations, Katie! Keep up the good work. And thank you for posting. It really helps me to hear from team members who are further along the WLS progression--the challenges, the successes, and the experiments.

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Congrats Katie! Time flies by once the healing is over!

I didn't respond to skimbro earlier, I'm sorry! I do eat beans a lot- several times a week. They've always sat well as long as they are not too spicy or salty.

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Today is my 7 month Surgi-versary, or Bari-versary. The time is flying by! It's been an exhilarating journey so far!

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emoticon you're in my thoughts, skimbro.

Di, are lentils a good bariatric option? Since you are eliminating dairy, I thought they might be a good alternative protein source. I really hope I lose the sweet tooth. what is frozen ricotta like? I'm not a fan of the grainy texture.

I meet with the R.D. tomorrow! I also have my psych evaluation and get to meet the surgeon. What questions did you ask? I don't have procedural questions. Mine are more around the surgeon's experience! She's young and has been practicing three years. They do crank out a lot of procedures each year. Still..is it unusual to ask for stats on complications and *gulp* fatalities? Stats provided at the seminar were for the industry. I'd like more specificity on the hospital.

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@Skimbro - Well that is a curve ball none of us need. With that much weight off, I am hoping that gives the healthier you the strength to beat it. Thanks for the update.


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Hello everyone. I am still here, just fighting another battle. So my weight has been going up and down due to the cancer medication. But I am still fight the fight to loose another 60 pounds. emoticon

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Katie, I've increased my calories to closer to 800, and will see how that goes for now.

I agree, Saphrael, we really do not need to borrow trouble from tomorrow. I'm glad you are making good progress towards your goals.

This is a BIG lifestyle change. It's up and down sometimes from one day to another. Yesterday I took my mom shopping (which I do every Saturday if I'm here) and I was having a 'food mourning' day yesterday. I kept passing things saying 'I miss that', 'I miss that'. I miss FOOD. I miss crunchy things.

I'm like Katie- I have a very limited diet. I was never able to handle scrambled or fried eggs from the beginning- but I can eat them boiled and mashed up with some light miracle whip. Sometimes I eat that every night for dinner- one boiled egg. I can now handle ground beef or chicken, refried beans, ricotta, cottage cheese. Cottage cheese was my daily diet for about the first 5 months and I used to HATE it pre-surgery. Our tastes really change.

I have not lost my sweet tooth though- I've heard some people cannot stand anything sweet and I still love it. So I use sf popsicles, sf jello or my treat of ricotta with cocoa and splenda= frozen into an ice cream- when I want sweet. I also am kind of addicted to Quest bars and that is not really a joke- I can get addicted to things So easily it's not even funny.

I am working today- bummer- but I have to miss 2 whole days this week for Dr. appts. and I have a lot of work to catch up on.

Have a good week,everyone!

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Frit, congrats on getting your date. My fat loss coach tells me not to borrow trouble from tomorrow. We aren't there yet! You just continue to keep being your emoticon self! I think everyone has those concerns. We are adopting a serious and permanent lifestyle change. Let's focus on the present and making the best choices right now.

I'm really happy for you! I had my intake appointment on the 11th. My first R.D, psych consult, and surgeon meet and greet is on the 25th. I have no clue when I might get a surgery date. I just know that my insurance doesn't require a supervised diet. So, it could be as early as June, depending on what kind of homework the R.D. gives me.

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