I was not educated correctly after RNY surgery !!!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I had gastric by pass surgery about 5 years ago. I paid CASH for the hospital and surgery which came up top about $28,000.00 not counting expenses for a week motel stay and medical asst. near the hospital, i was told all the things that I couldn't eat and to not drink water while I ate. That was IT !! I guess because they already had my cash money they did not care about anything else. the checked me out after surgery and released me me from doctor's care in the usual amount of time. There I was 100 miles away from the support group that they offered to me, but I could not go because of finical reasons. So I read what I could and did what I though that I was suppose to. I lost weight at first (happy) but not what others was losing that I had read about. It was about 80 lbs. then My hunger returned and it was very hard for me not to overeat. I would stay away form the wrong foods but hunger would take over and I began snacking.Then I was snacking all the time. I then began to sip water along with eating because when was I going to drink water without eat (LOL) I maintained the 80 lbs off for about 3 yrs. without much trouble. Then with the grazing all the time and emotional eating I started gaining. That when I really got serious and started cut out the snacking and eat healthy meals and healthy snacks at a planed time. OK , the normal person should of adjusted and not been too hunger with this. I was hunger all the time. when they told me not to drink water with food they only explained that if I drink water while eating I would not be able to would enough food to get enough vitamins. of the food, So, I didn't know the whole story of why NOT to drink water while eating. They didn't even tell me to stop drinking water a certain time before eating. I gained 40 lbs of that 80 lbs back with the last 2 two yrs. before Spark people. i got the grazing under control and the meal plan with healthy foods. the put in exercising and I lost 30 lbs. very slowly. I was happy,but I was HUNGRY all the time. I was eating 6 small meals a day, but still would get very hungry. I didn't know what was wrong with me. I was on the Bariatric Team and stated this. One the the team members inform me that was why it was important to NOT drink 1 hour BEFORE meals and 2 hours after meals. Well, that was new to me. so, five years ago They just did not have the info like they do now on the internet so I started researching about the water intake after RNY surgery. i found out that if I had stretched my pouch and drink water before & while I ate the my food was passing through me within 30 minutes. if I was drinking water just before I ate my food was soup and then drinking water while I ate flushed it right on out. It didn't stay long enough in the pouch to make me feel full. then when the food went to the large intestine i had 20 feet to fill up before it would not emptying out my pouch.
OK, bare with me. I found out the everybody's pouch stretches within 2 years. Within a year the hunger will come back if you don't learn how to use the pouch as a tool. I was so glad that I found out if people follow some rules that no matter how big your pouch had got you could still lost weight . the research paper didn't come out until 2008 I had surgery in 2007. so maybe they did have this info at that time. So, that is where I am now. I am trying to follow these set of rules to fill myself up with healthy foods and try not to be hungry ALL the time. I still have to deal with the mental part of wanting emotional eat and get active to improve my health. The rules are total different than I have every had to deal with eating food and drinking liquids. I think that I can do it. i am so thankful for all of you out there. i have hope that I can deal with this. i know not everybody has not had WLS surgery but I know that you all have the same issues I have about saying on a food plan and exercising. Oh, now I can pig out now on pizza and very high calorie foods. Then gain weight very fast even though it doesn't stay in my pouch it stays in my intestines and the high calories get into my body because I am not letting that food go out by grazing ALL the time. I know I am a compulsive over eater, but I could understand why I really stayed psychical HUNGRY all the time. Well, thank God now I know. I was so mad at first that I was mot told about now I needed to follow these rules. The rules I had been given was diffidently NOT what I needed to do. Oh, for the first six months it was right, but after that NO. I found out it was a new set of rules that needed to be followed. I have to" let it go and let God have it" I can do this. I feel really hopeful about controlling my appetite now. It has been 3 years that I have been so hungry all the time and feel hopeless about it. Thanks again for All the support you all have given me. I am looking forward to reporting good news using these NEW "rules" now. Love to all of you. Judy