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  1. Krysty

    Question About Drain

    The drain is a flexible tube the surgeon leaves in your abdomen to draw out any fluids that might be collecting near your incision. The end of the tube that hangs out of your body has a squeeze bulb attached to it that creates suction, thereby draining or slowly suctioning the accumulating Fluid out of your body. This is done to prevent infection. Not all surgeons use one. Some folks get theirs removed before being released from the hospital. Some folks get their removed in a week to ten days. It's really up to the surgeon how long it stays in. The drain is also called a "JP" drain. Google "Jackson Pratt" and you will find more information on how the drain works.
  2. Yes, you will be able to eat normal food again, just not as much as you were used to before being sleeved. The first few weeks after being sleeved are the hardest, in my humble opinion. If you're like me, you're feeling very deprived and very hopeless. Everything tasted funky to me those first few weeks too. And I couldn't stand the smell of a Protein shake, much less the taste...lol. It will get better. I started feeling so much better after I was able to make the switch to soft food. My nutritionist told me not to worry about getting enough protein in the first few weeks. With all the changes your body is going through, what you're experiencing seems to be par for the course. Just hang in there, and try to distract yourself as best you can.
  3. Congratulations, Bama! That's wonderful news! You must feel terrific!
  4. Krysty

    Driving Post Op

    I asked my doctor the same question. After I told him I drove anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour each day for my job, he told me not to do it for at least 7 to 10 days after surgery. This is definitely a question you'll want to ask your doctor.
  5. It really is difficult to shake off old habits and reprogram ourselves to eat differently. Although I am only two months out, I felt like I was on track and was losing steadily. Then my husband ended up in the hospital for emergency surgery because of a kidney stone, and I found myself "stress eating" my way through the ordeal. The tool sure kept me in line though. No more binge eating for me! But I was amazed at how quickly I abandoned keeping track of my food and liquid intake. Lifelong habits are so hard to break!
  6. Krysty

    3 Days Post Op And Feeling Low Help!

    What you're experiencing is completely normal! My first week was a roller coaster ride of emotions. One minute I was feeling so positive and then the next I'd be full of regret. Luckily, my doc and nutritionist had warned me that hormones are stored in fat cells, and are being released into the bloodstream once your calorie intake drops so drastically. Even though I was forewarned, the mood swings hit me HARD. Just do what you can to distract yourself, be it watching movies on TV, reading trashy romance novels, or playing computer games...lol. You'll find that in a week or so, you'll be feeling much better. As for getting all your calories in, my nutritionist told me not to worry about that so much the first week. She and my doctor were more concerned with me staying hydrated. Water tasted "off" to me, so I tried adding Crystal Light and miracle of miracles, I could sip that stuff all day. And thank goodness for SF popsicles....I practically lived off those and broth the first week. I was lucky to get 300 calories a day the first week, but I did stay hydrated. So far, I haven't heard of anyone having to go back into the hospital for not getting enough calories in, but I have heard of plenty of folks who ended up hospitalized for dehydration. Do keep walking and as Looking Ahead suggested, try to get some sunshine. And if you need someone to chat with, just log on here and I'm sure you'll find someone to talk with. This is a great group of folks!
  7. Krysty

    Doing What I Am Suppose To

    Congrats on your progress! Sounds like you're doing everything just the way you should. It's always good to hear someone is tolerating the first week after surgery so well. Keep us posted, and let us know your results after your weigh in at the doc's!
  8. Krysty

    Howdy From Texan In Australia!

    Howdy, Petite-Me! Welcome to the group. You'll find tons of useful information here. Stay positive and keep writing!
  9. Mine peeled too and was nothing to be concerned about. It's all part of the natural process. Take a look at your discharge papers from the hospital. They should tell you what to watch for as far as your incisions and infection.
  10. Krysty

    Surgery Tomorrow!

    Good luck! Thanks for posting the video. I hope you can continue posting videos after your surgery. There are some great videos on YouTube from other WLS patients too.
  11. Krysty

    Too Much Water?

    I was instructed to NOT drink more than 2 ounces or 1/4 cup every 15 minutes. I was also told to TRY to drink at least 32 ounces of fluids (including water) per day. Hope this helps!
  12. My incisions were glued, but I did not have the bruising you describe. I wasn't allowed cottage cheese until two weeks after my surgery and started the pureed stage. My nutritionist said not to worry about vitamins and/or supplements at that point. They just wanted to make sure I was healing properly. Once I had healed, I became more focused on vitamins and making sure I was getting enough protein.
  13. Krysty

    The Drain Tube

    Here's a link that explains it. http://www.drugs.com/cg/jackson-pratt-drain-care.html
  14. Krysty

    Any Regrets?

    My only regret is not getting it done sooner. I also regret worrying so much about what other people would think of me for getting it done. I know myself better than anyone else, and I know this is the best thing for me. It's perfectly natural to worry before any surgery. Just try to stay focused on the positive, and keep picturing yourself being a more active and healthy parent to those two little girls!
  15. Krysty

    Back In Hospital

    I agree with Karen.....get yourself checked out as soon as possible. What you said about the fevers and the sweats makes me think you might have an infection. There's always a risk of infection with any surgery. Please keep us posted on your situation!

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