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  1. The first month diet of soft foods has been smooth.  Make sure you're following your doctor's plan, not my doctor's plan, because each plan is unique to our situations, including anything your doctor found or did during or before your surgery.   It's also important to note that I am not diabetic and I do not have any signs of insulin resistance, before or after surgery, so my body has a healthy relationship with all of the food groups.

    Here's last night's family dinner, all made from scratch with my meal front and center and my wife's delectable tostada on the far right. I eat vicariously through others and cannot wait to be allowed something crunchy again.  I miss crunch, but I know I'll be allowed to crunch again soon. Oh, how I pine for a sturdy lettuce leaf! :)  

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    Homemade refritos, a little bit of spiced ground beef, requeson, crema con sal (a type of sour cream), and two tomato salsas, one very mild and fresh and the other hot and cooked. 

    SW: 275

    CW: 244 

    So, a month out, I'm on "soft foods" which my doctor defines as foods that are soft BEFORE you put them in your mouth and that anything hard to digest like solid meats and veg needs to be taken down to more of an apple sauce/fine mince consistency.  I've been on this regimen since my 10 day follow up and will continue until my 6 week follow up in two weeks. There was no intermittent "mushy" stage for me.  

    I try to eat before I take my pills with very small sips of water.  Pills taken on an empty stomach may come up. 

    I'm eating 3-4 T at meals that go well for me (that is, no stress, which makes eating any more impossible and leaves me sick for an hour or two). I tend around 30-40g protein a day from a variety of sources: lactaid milk, yogurts, cheeses, finely ground beef, beans, meatballs cooked in soup, soft tofu, and egg. I do not avoid carbohydrates, as I feel better when I eat a balanced diet. I eat 5-6 very small meals a day (some as small as a tablespoon of yogurt or a small skim string cheese).  I often add nutritional yeast to savory foods to increase protein and B-12. 

    My carbohydrate intake tends to be slow-burning low glycemic index (oatmeal, berry, beans combined with high protein rice, fresh apple sauce with no additives, a bit of high protein pancake...)   The exception is that I do occasionally eat some white rice, always combined with a protein, and I have had no crash and burn. I have also had ice cream and sorbet in very reasonable amounts that fit within my plan with no ill effects or delay in weight loss.  

    With the restriction I've felt from my sleeve, I average 350 calories a day with my highest day just under 500 and my lowest day 0.  I registered my greatest weight loss after the 500 calorie day and felt my best, so I'm working up to that as a second month goal.

    Here's what I won't be eating again for a while due to nausea and/or vomiting: Full fat dairy, lentils, ginger (go figure!), oral B vitamin, whey protein 

    Here's what I won't be consuming again for a while ever due to migraine strong enough to punch through the botox*: Aspartame, sucralose  

    Here's what I won't be eating again for a while due to changes in taste: Ginger, cheddar cheese, V8, melon (with the exception of watermelon) 

    I haven't felt the kind of "hey, I'm kinda hungry" hunger I felt before surgery since then, but If I skip a meal or two, my stomach will gurgle, and if I've missed 3 or more meals, I tend to feel a bit dizzy, headachey, exhausted, and/or fuzzy-headed.  Fair enough.  If I don't eat a balanced diet (for me: too much protein or fat), I feel generally unwell, but I can power through.  

    No dumping syndrome or anything related.  Just lots and lots of water nausea that leaves me out of action for an hour or two when it hits.  I've also had a couple of bouts of stress tummy which results in worse nausea, a fever, and, strangely, intolerance to light, so maybe migraine, too.  It lasts about an hour.  I've always had a stomach sensitive to stress, but the surgery has made that worse.  

    Oh, and the best reason not to cheat?  That's down to my doctor.  who cheerfully told me all about some of his patients who had advanced too soon or cheated (fits through a straw on full liquid does NOT mean fits through a boba straw) and did rupture the staple line. It's fragile while it's healing the first month or so, especially.  Will it happen to everyone? No.  But it COULD happen to you.  And then you spend a miserable (up to a) year in the hospital being operated on, in pain, possibly dying, and guaranteed not eating those tasty things you thought were ok just a little early and felt fine at the time.

    Was it tall tale hyperbole to keep me on the straight and narrow.  Mmmmmmnnnnnnnpossibly.  But I know he wasn't joking, and I'd rather not risk it.  Would you?  

    And last, but not least, here's a random picture of my dog discovering Bones Are A Thing That Exists In The World and elevating, on the spot, to a higher level of doggy existence: 

     

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    *I have incapacitating migraines that have been unsuccessfully controlled with medications.  Botox was the next step, and it's working great as long as I avoid my worst triggers. (Bright sun, aspartame, sucralose, non-natural cleaning products)  10/10 would recommend. 

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  2. Hoping052017
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    Well folks, I'm four days out of surgery. This is my 3rd day home. Things haven't been too bad. The gas was horrendous this go round though. This is the 9th laporoscopic surgery I have had in 19 years. The gas this time felt so much like the first time. It kept going into my left shoulder. At one point I thought I was having a heart attack it hurt so bad. However, with a lot of walking the halls and a lot of morphine, the pain subsided. The morphine didn't help the gas pain a whole lot, but did help the incision pain.  I was actually doing really well up until about 4:30 this morning when one of my fur babies decided to use my tummy as a springboard. Jumped and landed square in the middle of my tummy that little fur ball did and leapt right  back off. I ended up waking two of my kids I was in so much pain and haven't really been able to snap back out of it so far. All I really want to do is sleep. My mom did take me and 2 of my kids to get one of our adopted strays his vaccines and microchipped this morning though. I really have to remember not to take a pain pill and an anti nausea pill and my propranolol together though. I was so loopy you would have sworn I was drunk. Good thing mom was driving!

    I also figured out why my clinician head nurse said not to check my weight until my two week checkup on the 4th. When I checked into the hospital I was lower than I've been in in at least a decade. I weighed 259.2. I was literally doing a happy dance! Before I left the hospital the clinic's nurse said they stopped weighing people when they leave the hospital because 99% of the time your weight will be higher during the two weeks post op than it was going in. Boy! was she right! You know when someone tells you you should't do something but the curiosity to find out if they're right totally supersedes common sense? Yeah, that's what happened to me. See, she said not to weigh until the 2 week checkup if I had a scale at home. That the water retention, bloating, gas, and swelling from the surgery would make the weight go up significantly but that I'd lose it back off fairly quickly. So, like a deer in the middle of the road that can't move when she sees an oncoming car, I weighed myself yesterday morning. I was 269.5! I was about heartbroken. Today I weighed again and I was 264.3. So I think I'll be fine. I swear I'm a glutton for punishment. I'm really looking forward to my 2 week checkup, though. I want to see how well I've done on my 2 week liquid diet.  

    Things are really weird for me. Commercials that made me drool and want things (like Olive Garden and Pappa John's pizza) I look at and think it looks disgusting. I really hope I don't end up anorexic. Nothing looks or sounds good. My clinic is so awesome though because for two weeks post of I get to have a 4in1 shake. It's Celebrate ENS+Iron 4 in 1 meal replacement with all my vitamins already in it, so I don't have to swallow the vitamins. After the 2 weeks though, I have to start taking the oral vitamins again. Along with biotin and thiamine and omeprazole, and calcium, and , and, and.... I have to set a timer to go off every 15 minutes to remind me to drink. The only reason I feel like drinking is my mouth is so danged dry. And I'm COLD! omg. Nobody warned me about the way the surgery would affect my temperature thingy! During the winter months (it sometimes will drop down into the single digits here) I usually keep the furnace thermostat set between 69 and 72.  Mainly for the kids. The cold never bothered me. Until now! It got to 69 in the house today and I swear I'm freezing to death! So, for the first time since the beginning of spring, I have turned on the furnace. 

    Anyway, I'm about ready for  a walk and family game night and another nap. I'll keep you all updated as I progress. Heavens bless and protect you in your journey through this thing we call life!

     

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    I have jumped through all of the hoops that were laid out by my insurance company.  My surgeon's office submitted my information for insurance approval yesterday.  Now, it's time to sit and wait.  Except, I am not the "sit and wait" type.  I shall prepare to divide and conquer.  

    List making has begun:

    1. Items to pack for the hospital
    2. Books to read after surgery
    3. Movies/TV shows added to my Netflix queue
    4. Additional questions for my surgeon at my final pre-op appointment
    5. Food ideas for the full-liquid stage (which lasts for 5 weeks post-op!)

    I have also decided to implement life-long lifestyle changes now, rather than later.  Per my nutritionist, adults can only handle 2-3 major changes at once, so I figure I by starting now, I am setting myself up for success.  Some of these changes I will be working on over the next several weeks are:

    1. Eliminate caffeine
    2. Eliminate refined sugars
    3. Have several smaller meals throughout the day
    4. Chew food more thoroughly
    5. Eat slowly
    6. No liquids with meals
    7. No straws
    8. No gum
    9. Find replacement activities for when head hunger or the urge to boredom eat kicks in
    10. Start walking more

    Additionally, I have started the process of cleaning out my pantry and freezer, getting rid of any food items that are not in line with my new lifestyle.  If it is something I shouldn't consume after surgery, I certainly do not need it now.  I am not one to waste food, however, I do not want to "waste" my health any further and these items will be removed from my home.  Anything that can go to the food pantry, will.

    Lastly, I have begun taste testing various protein shakes and "clear liquids" for those stages after surgery.  I plan to use my blog as a place to post my reviews for me to revisit when the time comes.  

    Here goes nothing.  Or everything.

  3. GACaldwell
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    2 days till the 8 month mark. 

    I've survived the two big events i had to do this year. Hopefully the rest of the year is a bit less hectic now. I needed to take a break and just not worry about weight for the last month or so. I still tried to eat well and drink my water but I knew I didn't have time to exercise or be totally focused so i just gave myself a break. I lost and gained the same 5 lbs over and over again. It was still depressing. 

    Now that's over and I turned 39 on Sunday..I'm getting back to basics this week and tracking my food and water. Next week Ill start Yoga 3 times per week again and Tabata training (Still hate it!) 2 times per week, per the dietician. I THINK I maybe broke my stall this morning and made it below 170 but we will have to see if that will hold through till Monday at my actual weigh in. Admittedly, I started taking my adipex again (1/2 in the am & 1/2 in the Pm though Im prescribed 1 1/2 a day) to try and help with the cravings/head hunger. It helps. Im eating less which has always been an issue for me. 

    The dietician wants to adjust my goal weight to 155 instead of 135. That would put me 15 lbs from my goal weight right now which is weird to say. She's more interested in my body fat percentage than anything though. At the beginning of April it was 38% and she wants it at 33%...like I said before, I'm solid. I think Ill be happy at 155 or so because im just not focused on the scale number and I want to be healthy. I'm certainly not losing weight at a rapid rate at this point and for me, it will probably still be a struggle to keep it off for the rest of my life. That's ok. I'm committed. Right now I need to focus on toning and building muscle back. I really really want to be able to do a pull up. It's a goal for my 39th year!

    One thing...when we went to the convention this year, I noticed how much more attention I got as compared to other years. There were a lot of compliments. I expect that from people who know me and have known me for years both heavy and slimmer...but i had complete strangers intentionally give me compliments. I had one woman walk across a crowded patio just to introduce herself to ONLY me. It was unnerving.  Part of my brain wanted to scream "Damn it ! I was cute before too!" and i'm still working on just saying thank you without being self deprecating.

    Im working on looking at the big picture instead of focusing on the next lb down (or up) or the next calorie intake. I NEED to know those things, but I don't need to let them control my life. This years goals are being met, slowly but surely. Ill get there, no matter where there is. 

  4. MollieVSGHopeful
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    Things seem to be progressing and moving along, yet the surgery date feels so far away. Since my last entry I've completed my psychiatric evaluation, home sleep apnea link, had my monthly appointments, and attended a support group at my surgery center. 

    I'm really disappointed with my psychiatric evaluation, as the doctor recommended I return for therapy prior to surgery to address potential binge eating behaviors. I was honest on all of the material of course, but I did not see myself as someone who has an issue with binge eating. Hopefully, one visit will cut it and I'll be cleared. 

    My home sleep apnea link study went just as I had expected and I've been recommended for a full sleep study. This is something I look forward to doing, as I have long suffered through sleep issues and look forward to being helped in that department.

    My monthly visits have gone as expected and I've lost weight sticking to my goals each month. I have a lot of pride that I do not indulge in Starbucks Mocha Lattes every single morning and only reserve them for a once a month treat.

    The support group was also helpful and I was able to glean some useful information. The topic of the group was inspirational stories and a panel of 6 people who had surgery gave their stories on their surgeries. It truly was inspiring and reaffirmed that I made the right choice to have the sleeve rather than the gastric bypass.

    I have also scheduled my appointment with my PCP to get my weight history and a letter of medical necessity. I am content with where I am on my journey in all areas aside from the minor hiccup of the psychiatric evaluation and further therapy.  

  5. have my second pre-op appointment with my surgeon.  I have read, researched, and spoken to many people that have had this surgery.   I am working hard on staying positive and having realistic expectations.  I have not been worried about complications at all, until today.  I know these negative thoughts are normal.  My strategy is to push them aside and focus on all the benefits this surgery will bring.  In the past few days, arthritis in my hips has been acting up due to the weather changes.  I know that carrying all this extra weight does not help.  

    My son is graduating from High School 9 days after my surgery.  My first goal is to be there for him.  It did suck that the dress that I bought for the graduation would not fit. My hope is that it fits by the time of the graduation. This is exactly why I am having this surgery, to be there for my family.  I am not so focused on a weight goal,  more on being healthy. 

  6. I can't believe it has been a month since my revision surgery.  What a month it has been.  This recovery was so much harder than when I got my lap band.  I lost 9 inches and 26 pounds since my pre op liquid diet.  I got sick 2.5 weeks post op!  OMG that was so horrible!  To have to cough with my stomach still recovering was really bad.  I had a burning sensation over my largest incision that would bring me to tears.  My surgeon told me that the burning was most likely do to a nerve that was caught in a suture and that it would go away once my sutures dissolved, which could take 3 months.  If I couldnt take it he said we could do a nerve block!  ummmm no! Literally the day after that appointment the burning stopped and has never returned!!!!!  I started back in the gym per his  orders.  I was only released to do cardio so i'll do that the first week and slowly add in weight training.  All in all this has been a kinda rough recovery, but I dont regret it!!!

  7. I'm doing my count down diet before surgery on the 17th. I've been eating lots of premier protein, Greek yogurt, and chicken. I have a bad habit of slacking off on my water intake during my days off and it really bit me in the ass this week. I've been consuming quite a bit more protein and have taken out juice and milk as sources of fluid to drink. On top of that, I have been trying to stop drinking when I eat.

    Gave myself a kidney stone that felt like the worst thing ever. -_- Hopefully, since I'm 92oz deep in water consumption today and still going, my symptoms will clear and the stone will pass quickly.

    I have 8 days left till the surgery and I can't stop the swirl of information clouding my thoughts and making me space out.

    I've never had a anything more than a dental surgery before. I find this twilight exciting and confusing.

    I've rifled through youtube once again, looking at more and more videos of people who got their surgery and what they have dealt with.

    I keep wanting to take pictures of my facial hair to compare before and after but I can't stand the feeling of it. It drives me crazy. I hate it.

    I'm making one last attempt to let it grow a few days before surgery, but I won't place an expectation on myself that I'm not sure I can comfortably meet. It's so upsetting to me. I hate PCOS. I can't wait to have this tool to help change my life.

    When I get nervous, I just think about how happy I was when I was on the Ideal Protein diet and got down to 170. I was so hungry and dizzy all the time, but I was just so happy to be back in my old clothes again. Like I could just taste the hope every day was saturated in.

    I want to do this. I want to feel like myself again. If I need surgeries afterwards for loose skin, I don't care. I just want to get back to my life.

  8. So Thursday has come and gone but I'm here now ain't I? Don't roll your eyes, I can see you know -.- anyway....Last Tuesday I saw the Shrink. Nice lady, lousy session. Ok, ok it wasn't that bad honestly. I filled out a two long, yes, no, maybe, type questions. One paper, the other electronic. They reminded me of those test you do when applying for shitty jobs. You know the ones that ask if you've ever taken a pen, or how many farts do you produce a day and what color are they? Well unlike the job tests I decided to be 100% truthful with my responses. So yeah I've taken a pen or 6, and you can go tell Sheila in HR that I did it! I can't WAIT for my next appointment with the Shrink in a months time. She'll confirm I'm bat **** cray cray, but not enough to deny me surgery I'm sure.

    The following Wednesday was even more eventful. I saw both the Nutritionist and the Exercise coach.  Those both went really well. Both ladies were judgment free and friendly. They didn't say anything I didn't already know from years of dieting and exercise but they said it well. I've gotten confirmation that no matter how much weight II'll lose between now and my surgery, they will still submit my first BMI of 41 to my insurance. Which for me is essential because I have no comorbidities, in fact, all my blood work came back perfect. Except for my calcium which was a little low. So besides from being MORBIDLY OBESE, I'm the picture of perfect health. 

    That being said. Looking at the shape of my family, I'd give myself 10 years before everything starts going to hell. I think I have youth on my side, but once I'm 36 and decrepit I'll have wished I had the surgery 10 years ago. Since they are going to keep my 41 bmi I'm excited to start following their pre-surgery recommendations. My goal is to lose at LEAST 20lbs between now and surgery. I've got this!

     

  9. Jax777

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    I had gastric sleeve surgery on March 8, 2016.  It's been a year and I still haven't gotten to my goal.  I started out at 268 lbs and I weight 220lbs.  I feel like I have failed.  I know why I am failing.  I was told I would have more energy but I always feel tired, so I skip exercising.  I try to meet my 60 to 80 grams of protein a day but I get lost in the counting and I find myself eating carbs like chips, rice or pasta.  I forget to take my multivitamins.  I try to stick to the plan but I get depress when I get on the scale.  I wonder if my stomach stretched out already and that's why I am eating more or more frequently.  Help.

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  10. skp
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    Weight is now 121 :). I am pretty much stabilized now. A loss of over 80 lbs. I am getting better at eating, but still not great. The problem I have is that I need to still up my protein and my vits/mineral intake. Im trying so hard to do so. Im so picky, I am very limited in what food I eat. Seems like I am eating the same over and over again.

    I need new ideas.

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    bunnyofbadideas
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    starting to feel better! did some low impact stretching today. switched off of the pain meds from hospital to tylenol. hoping to bring my husband out to lunch to celebrate his being here for me this whole time (he cant drive and i cant eat! what a pair!) feeling optimistic! 

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    Hey everyone,

    So I have not lost any weight in about 5 or so days and prior to that it was only a pound. Previously I had been losing a pound a day but now I am just stuck. I am 6 ish weeks out and still following the meal plan. I am working out and keeping my calories at about 500 which is suggested. I know I am not drinking enough water or getting enough protein. I am just focused on calories because my dietician said I wasn't getting enough in. Should I change my focus to protein maybe? It is just really frustrating to be stuck at this weight when I feel like I am doing everything right.

    Does anyone else have this problem? What did you do? I have a goal of losing 15 pounds in the next 6 weeks for a trip I am taking. I'd really like to fit into my clothes comfortably, ya know. Maybe I'll just go back to shakes and water?

    Thanks for your time and your input.

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    After 31 lbs of weight gain over the last year of being off the wagon the alarm bells finally started ringing in my head. I had grown complacent with the slow gain. I had plateaued at 211 and fell back into eating the wrong stuff, not exercising. The sleeve part held good, I still can't eat like I used to before the sleeve but I began grazing junk food.

     

    I had fallen back into the trap of rewarding, comforting & punishing myself with food. I had recently made some break throughs in some old childhood abuse issues and that has helped me get a hold of the out of control drive cycle to eat myself to death & some other poor coping skills that beset in my mind early on.

     

    Yesterday I just had a glass of Unjury Chocolate for breakfast & lunch, no grazing, a healthy dinner & an hour long fast walk and I'm down 2lbs this morning, that's good motivation for someone like me. I just ordered more Unjury to make sure that I have it on hand for no excuses...

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    I'm a newbie, just has my gastric sleeve on Monday, January 9th. Surgery has totally kicked my butt. I stayed in the hospital for 2 nights due to complications with water intake. Now, that I'm home, I still struggle with water intake. I seem to handle the protein shake with no problems. However, no matter how small the sips, I feel a lot of pressure with water. Followed by burping. I've always been a big water drinker, so it's really frustrating me that I can't seem to tolerate water now. Is this normal, will this subside?

     

    Also, I'm having a lot of numbness in my lower extremities. The hospital discharge sheet listed this as a minor complication, However, it's alarming to me and I don't know how worried I should be about this.

     

    Overall, I feel a lot of weakness and like each of my limbs weigh 100 pounds each. I was sent home with oxygen, which I'm being told is normal. Are others experiencing any of these same things?

     

    Thank you. :rolleyes:

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  11. Hi folks I know I haven't written anything since June. That is mainly because I am finally living a life I should have been living all along.

    It has been a little bit past 10 months since I had my 3 procedure surgeries for hernia repair, gallbladder removal and the sleeve. In those ten months I have lost 95 pounds for a total weight loss of 277 from my highest weight. I am still 40 pounds from my goal. I still can't stand for more than 5 minutes without pain. I must still use a cane to walk for a short 5 minutes until the pain starts. The back surgeon doesn't want to do any operations on my 4 bulging discs and spinal stenosis until I have gotten to my goal and had skin removal surgery. Why I really do not know.

     

    However despite the limited time I can stand and walk I am able to do so much more than I ever could before losing 277 pounds. In March of this year I became the social director of our community and (with the help of many wonderful volunteers) have been able to plan and implement many wonderful Summer, Fall and Seasonal activities for our community. I have also been able to finally assist my room mate with bringing in the packages from our shopping trips. This year I was able to assemble the Christmas tree string the lights and put the ornaments on by myself while my room mate decorated the outside. What a wonderful feeling that was! In years past all I could do was tell him which branches to put the ornaments on. I have started attending Bingo on Tuesdays, Friday Morning social and Trivia nights. I have lived in this community for 26 years and this year I have met some of the wonderful people who live here. I have also taken on some new and different teaching responsibilities at my work with longer hours.

     

    I am not at my goal yet, but I know I will get there. The weight loss has started to slow down but I am going to increase my exercise and do more than riding my bike and swimming. In 2017 I will probably join a gym and hopefully be able to do some sit down exercises of the circuit. I meet with my back surgeon again on Monday Dec 5th to review the x-rays and nerve conduction tests they were finally able to take. There is some talk about me getting an epidural in my back and seeing if that will reduce or eliminate the pain. If it wasn't for this horrible back pain I know I could do so much more than I am all ready. However I am thrilled to be doing what I am and to have finally had a life outside of the house.

     

    Until I write again Have a wonderful Holiday Season, Stay healthy and happy! I know I will!

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    More about the smart drugs from a scientific view here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4462043/

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    We flew into Boca Raton on Sunday afternoon, found our hotel and got our bearings. On Monday, I went to the medical center and had my pre-op work done. They took my information, drew my blood, took chest x-rays, and an EKG. Everything checked out fine and I was asked to arrive in the morning at 6:00am.

    I was nervous, but felt somewhat removed. I'd resolved to do this, survived the interminable two week liquid diet, taken my "before" pics; I was ready, but I wasn't sure I knew what I was in for. Surgery weight: 239.4--Wooohooo!

    Pre-surgery, I was asked to change into a giant paper gown and booties. They put an I.V. in my arm and a myriad of people came to meet me; the anesthesiologist, the intern, the nurses, and the surgeon. I sent a text to my family and told them I was going in and that I loved them. The anesthesiologist came back and told me he was going to give me something to relax. He explained that this wasn't the "sleep" medication, just relaxation, but I honestly don't remember anything after that!

    I woke up in recovery, but was so groggy, all I remember is hearing the nurse say she would call my mother. Then I was in my hospital room. The nurse explained that my pump had morphine and I could push the button when I had pain. I pushed it a lot. The hours after surgery are so hazy.... I know the surgeon came in and explained that the surgery went well, that he'd repaired my hiatal hernia (who knew I had a hernia?!) and that I'd done well with my liquid diet. I pushed the button every chance I had, and slept most of these hours. Part way through the night my breath rate dropped, apparently too much morphine makes you forget to breathe! My nurse came in and asked me if I was having pain. I wasn't, but I was terribly nauseous. So, I decided to stop pushing the morphine. A few hours later (time was surreal at this point), I felt okay. No more nausea, so I decided to try to walk. My nurse was surprised, but she helped me. I made it about 15 feet and had to go back to bed. Too nauseated again. I tried again a short while later. The first night, I walked four times! By morning I felt pretty good, sore, but not pained.

    Then I was sent to radiology for a swallow test. I've seen gastografin before, but what they handed me was like the worst poison in the world. I managed three tiny sips, stood like a statue for the imaging, and retched uncontrollably. Thankfully, they had the images they needed and I returned to my room.

    Those three tiny sips sent me spiraling. I was nauseated for hours and my stomach hurt.

    When I'd recovered from that I was given a pitcher of water and several medicine cups and told to start sipping. Sipping hurt! I failed at this until the nurse explained that I had to drink, or would not be released the next day. So I walked, and I sipped, sipped, sipped, walked......

     

    All of this was over a week ago, and I'm home now. I am surprised to find myself struggling. I've got the sipping thing down, but can barely get in 48 oz, and force myself to finish 64 oz. I'm still on full liquid, and have not figured out how to schedule all of my protein drinks. So, I'm super tired. The pain has decreased dramatically, and I can walk easily for 30 mins now.

     

    So I have written out a schedule for myself, hour by hour, of how much I have to have in. So WEIRD to struggle with water! I am not hungry, but have had a few moments of foreshadowing where I get a "craving" for something. Makes me laugh because my head has no understanding of this new reality.

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    My first blog post. I am 10 days post op and still finding this whole thing bizarre and difficult. The one thing I miss the most nearly every moment of the day is not having to be careful how much water I drink at a time. If you gave me a 20oz bottle of water before surgery, it would be gone within 3 minutes. Seriously. I gulped water like it was my job. I love water. This sip by sip stuff sucks! It's not at all satisfying to me and I just want to drink my whole cup of water in one short sitting. why am I like that? Why didn't I consider changing that habit before surgery? It didn't dawn on me that I wouldn't be able to drink massive amouts of water. I mean, it's just water. I easily drank 150oz+ of water every single day. Since surgery I've been mostly lucky to get 10oz a day. Though since Thursday, I've been really pushing myself and have reached about 24oz a day, probably more.

     

    I'm having lots of trouble with protein, though. Part of it is that I am just not hungry ever. I always feel full. And I've made the mistake of feeling overfull - I do not recommend reaching that point. It left me pacing between my couch and the bathroom, waiting to throw up, which I never did.

     

    It's so hard to get used to drinking.eating so little. I'm so tired and so weak. I know I need calories and protein, but I also don't want to make myself sick in the process.

     

    So that's where I'm at on day 10.

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    In September 2013, I was given the diagnosis of Ewings Sarcoma. I was 27. In short, I went through 10 months of grueling chemotherapy. I spent most of those 10 months in the hospital either recieving chemo, or so sick I needed to be hospitalized. I lost 70 pounds. I used to joke that my silver lining was that I at least wasn't so fat. I was declared NED in July 2014. Shortly, and I mean shortly after, I gained those 70 pounds back, and an additional 10. My oncologist sat me down one appointment and described the damage the chemotherapy had done to my body. "You have the body of a 60 year old." I just turned 28.

     

    I have been big my entire life. Before chemo, before cancer, I was still active. I couldn't run a marathon, but I could still hang with the best. After chemo was completely different. I could barely walk down my drive way, take a shower. I was out of breath for everthing.

     

    I sat with my husband and decided this is what we needed to do. I needed weight loss surgery. I can not reverse what the chemo did to my body, but I could get healthy and stop my weight from causing more damage.

     

    On November 22, 2016 I will be going in to have weight loss surgery. I am terrified of this journey, but I know that it will be worth it in the end.

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    Well its finally here - I was beginning to think that this day would never get here - tomorrow I have my surgeons appointment - not sure which emotion is winning right now my excitement/anticipation or the terror. I have never been in for any type of procedure or surgery unless you want to start including minor dental work such as fillings that's as close as it comes. I don't know how I will be feeling once I get a surgery date and it becomes that real - I have a feeling anxiety and nerves will be tipping the scales a little bit then. I plan to just focus on the tasks I need to do and not the date to try and keep the emotions in check hoping that will work. I will keep this updated more for myself looking back more than anything

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    I started my liquid diet on 9/27 and my surgery is scheduled for 10/13. I had such a hard time with the first 3 days, I am prone to migraines and the change in my diet made them so much worse. I was sick to my stomach, vomiting and low fever. After 3 days I couldn't take it and I ate tacos. I felt much better after that, no more nausea or headaches. I did great with the diet for 2 days and temptation got the better of me and I had dinner out on day 5. I have been good since, with the exception of chicken broth (1Cup) daily. I am so worried my surgeon will cancel the surgery for not following the diet. Anyone know if 7 days, minus the broth will be OK?