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  1. 5 points

    How much walking did you do?

    First of all, take a deep breath. Allowing yourself to fall into an anxiety spiral is NOT helpful to your healing and recovery. Next, TRUST YOUR TEAM. They are there for a reason, they are the experts. They have the knowledge and experience and education. I promise you, they have FAR better advice for you than a random bunch of strangers on the internet. Follow their guidelines - if they say 1 minute per 15, then that is what they want you to do. If you feel good and want to do 2 minutes, sure that's fine! But worrying yourself into walking for hours on end is not helpful or healthy. And yes, you need to be mindful of your hydration. Sit down, drink some water with electrolytes, and call your team if you have any concerns.
  2. 4 points

    Are you feeling tired all the time?

    Yes, it’s pretty normal. Your healing & recovering from a pretty major surgery & feeling tired is yiur body telling you to rest to allow it to heal. Plus you’ve made considerable changes to your diet which takes a bit of getting used to as well. If you feel tired, rest. Don’t push yourself to do more. It does get better though you may still experience periods of tiredness at times. Try an electrolyte drink (I used hydralyte) to give you a little boost of energy on days when you have a few chores to do. Take some with you when you’re out or stop at a cafe and rest over a cup of tea. I did this often.
  3. 3 points

    First Week Post Op Nerves Are Shot

    Ok, breath. You just had a pretty major surgery. You’re going through a lot of physical, psychological & emotional changes & it takes time to sort them all out & work out what you’re doing. So feeling a little anxious is quite common. Yes, you can add additional protein powder to your shakes. You can add it to soups & broths too. Walking is the best exercise to begin as it doesn’t strain or overly tax your healing & recovering body. Remember you should limit your lifting, pulling, & reaching fir a few weeks while healing. Plus it helps with avoiding clots & with getting rid of any lingering surgical gas. Some activity is good but listen to your body as to how much you can do. Start with around your house inside &/or out a few times a day. Yes, you can go outside. (Funny they think fresh air is bad but they wander around your house with cigarette smoke over their clothes, in their hair & on their skin.) You don’t have any open wounds. The wounds are quite small usually each less than inch long & they’re covered anyway. Yes, bruising, swelling, tenderness, etc. around the wound sites is common. If it persists or gets worse contact your surgeon. Some people do have more discomfort after surgery & have trouble getting up & down to begin. Think of all the abdominal muscles that got poked, prodded & stretched (the gas alone stretches your tummy out) during the surgery. Some say sleeping in a recliner or propped up in bed helps. Others say binders help support the abdominal region. Sugar free popsicles contain artificial sweeteners which continue to feed your desire for sweet plus some can cause side effects like bloating, diarrhoea, etc. Water, shakes, soups/broths, herbal or green teas, milk, yoghurt drinks, etc. all contribute to your fluid intake. Mix it up for variety. Does your family really need to be there? I live alone & looked after myself without any issues after my both my sleeve & gall removal surgeries. Maybe it’s time to say thank you but I can manage okay alone now but I’ll call if I need help with anything.
  4. 3 points

    August 4 Surgery

    Hi All, I am new to this forum and glad I found it. I just had surgery in August. Since I started 1 1/2 years ago I have lost a total of 55 lbs. 36 lb was right after surgery.
  5. 3 points

    How much walking did you do?

    I walked to go to the bathroom and get myself drinks and meds throughout the day. Otherwise, my team said to walk regularly so in addition to that I walked five times a day, five times around the outside of my house and spread that throughout the day. I pumped my legs frequently. honestly, one minute every fifteen minutes is odd. (I am a nurse, and I’ve never heard that specifically.) If you’re finding that hard to do, or likely, interfering with resting and getting in fluids and causing anxiety, I would probably get up every hour instead and walk around for say, five minutes around your house. When you’re awake and laying down or sitting pump your feet back and forth a few times. Wiggle your toes back and forth. If you want to see if that would be a safe option give your team a call! I’m sure they would give you their approval! sending you a speedy recovery!
  6. 2 points

    Weight gain going into week three

    Everyone above is right, lot's of reasons your weight might fluctuate. There's one reason I can guarantee you it's NOT. That you gained fat. While this is a bit of an oversimplification, you would have needed to eat 3500 calories more that you burned in the last week to gain just 1 pound of fat. Since at 3 weeks, you're probably not even eating 3500 calories in a week, I's a safe bet that whatever else is causing your overall weight to fluctuate, it's not that you added fat.
  7. 2 points

    Start to Surgery Date

    Well, don't use me as the standard, but it took me almost 3 years from initial consult to surgery. I know some people, especially those that are self-pay, have done it in less than a month. Think of the delays as YOUR time to get mentally prepared. The surgery will help, but what it really takes to be successful is changing the way you eat. Especially if you have an eating disorder, this can be the hardest part.
  8. 2 points
    11 days post op, and I'm not sure if I am either doing something wrong, something is wrong with my body or both. Whether I'm resting, moving or sitting all I feel is a need to throw up (and I do puke a lot, needing a bowl around me 24/7). My body heats up rapidly along with a very rapid heart beat from minimum activity or even being just sedentary. I do take in the fact that I am obese (313 lbs right now) and physical activity has easily excited my body, but this level of just walking across the room feeling my heart pounding and needing to puke out my guts. Despite all this I try to (following guidelines on how to lightly consume and time between) injest my needed liquids and proteins. It's just incredibly frustrating and scary feeling the need to throw up all my liquids just from lightly sipping my water or protein shake. In fact most of my activity is laying/sitting trying to keep down and sip my needed fluids. My family has highly advized me to keep being active, and I try but not as hard as I should I know. They think all this is something I need to just push through but I'm just not sure if that is right. For my surgeon, Dr. Turnquest, I had my virtual checkup with him yesterday and did inform me it's highly unusual for the puking, and after giving me a prescription to help keep fluids down, said to keep in touch within 48 hours about this. Just wanted to flesh out my entire situation right now, so if anyone can tell me if it's something wrong, me being too sedentary, etc. I'd like to know.
  9. 2 points
    You're off to a good start! I wish you best on your journey!
  10. 2 points
    My nutritionist at our office said that with eggs, people tend to swallow them whole or not chew enough since they are soft. She actually recommended eating a fried/over med egg or hard boiled egg over scrambled because it will make you chew it. When I tried the fried/over med egg it was much easier on my stomach.

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