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4/27/11 12:26 A

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I always find reachers useful. Surgery or not. I have owned mine for 12 years. I did not have a muscle cut but they temporarily anchored the pouch to a muscle. Dumb move on the surgeon's part. Twice when I reached out to close the drivers door on the car I pulled the muscle and broke some of the stitches. That set me back a couple of weeks each time. I did it once at 2 weeks and again at 4 weeks. I wish I had taken 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks off. For the first couple of weeks I had trouble moving from laying down to sitting up and so my mom bought a wedge pillow from the medical store. I have used them for after surgeries but always seem to give them away instead of storing them. Now they cost $50 but are worth it in enabling you to get up when stomach muscles are so sore after surgery. I have used them after hip surgery for elevating the leg, dad used it for knee surgery, back surgery, acid reflux, rny, and even when my body was racked by coughs with colds. It elevates the upper body. So it is a good investment and made my recovery easier.

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4/26/11 11:25 P

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I bought all the snack bags, containers and paper cups too. I stocked up on the recommended foods for soft stage and the pureed food too so it was all ready. I don't know if this is common, but they cut a muscle on me so one of my incisions took forever to heal and it was so hard to get up and down or bend if I dropped something so I also got one of the long handled pick up sticks so i could reaach things without bending too much.
One thing i found really helpful for soft stage foods was eggbeaters--what a godsend! and oreida steam mash potatoes ( 1package went a very long way.) I also have the Tupperware "Quick chef" which is basically a manual food processor and using that to grind the protein meats finely and add a little water or broth was a savior too (I don't bake or cook things that require a regularr food processor so I dont have one.)

I live alone so I made sure I had everything in stock so I didn't have to go out for awhile to get anything, and then my friends and family helped me replenish in the first few weeks if i needed help with the grocery store.

I took four weeks off form work and wish I had done six--although I was bored out of my mind and anxious to go back, I did go back too soon and needed to continue to heal. I really underestimated the "major" in major surgery.

One other thing that I found helpful (and forgive the bluntness of this) was I bought one of those toilet seat raisers they use in nursing homes. I was SOOOO gald I had that once i got home as that cut muscle was very challenging to move around and raise up form sitting or sit down!

I also used a timer for a lot of things--reminding me to chew slowly, how long to wiat between bites and gage my "meal" (2 oz of protein) to finish within 30-45 minutes, making sure i could sip water and get in enough liquid.



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Surgery Date: 12-10-2009
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CINDY-K's Photo CINDY-K Posts: 5,938
4/26/11 7:40 P

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PJordan, I too gradually equiped my kitchen and prepared or bought food for the fist few weeks. It was much easier. I wish I had thought of the excel spreadsheet. It would have made my life much easier than trying to remember what I needed or making special trips. Hardest job was trying all the various protein drinks to see if I could find a couple I liked.

In the process of trying protein drinks I lost weight as I used them in place of a meal.

Great idea to make it more organized to equip your place.

cindy

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Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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4/26/11 3:35 P

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I made up a list of everything that I would need on an excel spreadsheet (since there was so much) and each time I went to the grocery store I would pick up a couple of things. It made it less taxing out of the pocket. You need to look ahead for the first three weeks or so, that way you don't have to go out of the house if you don't feel like it, or can't get around. The 1/2 cup containers are great, Glad and Ziploc makes them. I pre-bought "Cream of _____" soup and chicken broth, lots of water, sugar free fruit pops, and sugar free Jello cups.

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4/26/11 1:09 P

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Thanks you guys you have been a great help.

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4/26/11 10:15 A

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I have the book Cindy recommended and it is a good source. The book "The Everything Post Weight Loss Surgery cookbook" by Jennifer Whitlock Heisler is good too. I have both and each one has different sections on the different phases. I bought both books from Amazon and didn't have to pay shipping. A lot cheaper than the bookstore.

I ate organic vegetables and fruits pureed into baby food my daughters made for me. Delish. I ate these and drank my protein drinks. They used the containers Cindy talked about. They hold 2 ounces. They bought them at babies R Us.

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4/26/11 6:33 A

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I was just on Livestrong.Com and found a bunch of great articles about life after the surgery, foods you can have, foods to avoid, etc.

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4/26/11 1:21 A

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Brendalee, I ordered baby food containers (with hinged snap on lid) from bed bath and beyond website. They come in a tray and have 12 or so containers. I would recommend getting two sets at least. Baby food jars work well and rubbermade has 4 oz containers at the grocery store ( I have at least 8-10 of these). I also ordered the cocktail forks from bed bath and beyond. I do not remember where I got the small spoons as they were the hardest to find. I have both ice tea(long handle ones) and demitasse or dessert spoons.
Toddler utinsils work well and the best variety I found was at babys r us.

CLManchester, I found recipes at theworldaccordingtoeggface.com (if you do not see them then email Shelly or ask her on facebook for links to recipes on her site for pureed or soft food stage. She also has the largest variety of protein drink recipes! Then go to bookstore and look at gastric bypass cookbooks. I like Weightloss Surgery Cookbook for dummies.


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Edited by: CINDY-K at: 4/26/2011 (01:25)
Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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4/25/11 10:17 P

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I bought some containers from Ziploc. They are 1/2 cup containers with snap on lids. They seem to be about the size of baby food jars. I like the idea of saving baby jars. I may put a call out on an email list at work and ask if anyone would be willing to send jars my way. Maybe if you know someone with a baby they could give you some of the jars.

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4/25/11 7:42 P

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I did that too, minus the baby food.

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4/25/11 7:15 P

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I can only speak for myself but by the time I got home my husband had bought all kinds of baby food, which was nasty, but the containers were great to measure my food into, I just pureed a little of what I cooked for him and added protein powder to everything

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4/25/11 5:29 P

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I love the website bariatriceating.com. Susan Maria Leach is a bariatric weight loss patient and also wrote the book called Before and After. This is the link for the different stages of weight loss foods....

http://www.bariatriceating.com/BEhealthnut
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4/25/11 4:37 P

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I'm in the same boat you're in. My first appointment is June 10th. I've been bouncing around online reading blogs and watching videos of people's journeys but I haven't been able to find a one stop shop for recipes. I started a blog today with the food I'm experimenting with. I know there are phases, and the one recipe I have up right now will be a part of that last phase but as I try more things I plan to add them to this blog. I also plan to add these foods to my Spark Recipes and making them public if you want to pull them into your food journal too. I decided to start this blog to help me organize the recipes and maybe get feedback from other people.

http://my-low-carb-recipes.blogspot.com/

I know it doesn't answer all the questions you have but it is all I have to offer at this point.

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4/25/11 4:26 P

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I have a few questions. I have seen that some people have recommended getting soft foods ready for when you reach that stage. My question is what kinds of foods or does anyone have a place to get receipes? Also where do you find one and two ounce containers? I have't gotten a date yet for my surgery, meeting my surgeon is my next step. I was hoping to start finding whatever it is I am going to need.
Thank you for your help.

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