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    Daydra got a reaction from IdahoGirl32 in I am furious with my surgeon at the moment... This is NOT my fault!   
    This is likely to be long... and more accurately a vent or a rant than anything else, probably.
    I had my (about 3 month) followup with my surgeon today and I am spitting mad! About 5 weeks in I had some nausea, which resulted in me averaging less than 700 cal/day (don't have my charts on hand to give an exact #) for about 3 weeks. For me, that was too low and resulted in an extreme lack of energy, nearly passing out, I thought I was extremely dehydrated, and long story long... I ended up in the ER trying to figure out if something was really wrong. Turned out to be no big deal, and all I needed was stronger anti-nausea meds, fortunately. Unfortunately, as soon as I was able to eat at my prescribed calorie level, I gained 10 pounds within just a few days, and now, 4 1/2 weeks later, my net loss is only about 1/2 a pound.
    I've done some reading on what happens when a person is subject to starvation or semi-starvation and then is able to re-feed. In the simplest terms, the body pretty much thinks it better hang onto every bit of energy it can in case there is another "famine" around the corner. One thing I read stated that in a fairly short period of some level of starvation, one can expect the body to take up to 3 weeks to stabilize. Now that I'm at about 4.5 weeks from beginning to eat more appropriately and feel like my body is still not normalizing, I'm looking for more information on exactly what's happening, so I can figure out what to expect and how best to support myself and my system while it adjusts. This is the same kind of thing I always do when I encounter a problem... A big part of my identity (and career, in fact) is in problem solving. Nearly everyone within my sphere of influence comes to me for answers and advice. I encounter a problem, work to understand it, decide what I think is the best course of action, and then implement it and see if or what adjustments need to be made. Not really any different from anyone else, but I work really hard to figure things out and come up with good solutions and I'm pretty well recognized and trusted among my friends (all well-educated professionals) as having a talent for it. So that's the background...
    When my surgeon walked in and asked how I was doing, I admitted to being frustrated since getting the nausea worked out a month ago. I explained what had happened with my weight. I told her that I documented over the last 2 weeks (just the duration of the report I ran) that I had been running about a 1200 cal/day deficit and didn't really understand why my body wasn't responding. She stopped me and asked me what that meant (I think now because she didn't think I knew what that meant). I told her that I use a bodybugg (sophisticated body monitor that measures caloric output)... before I even had a chance to finish my first sentence, she cut me off and told me that I couldn't go by the information that a bodybugg gives me, and I can't use it to decide how many calories I should be eating. I tried to explain to her that was not how I use it. That I've been eating an average of 1100 cal/day over the last week (again, just the length of report I ran), which is still 200 cal below what the nutritionist in her office directed me to eat. I told her that I simply compare what I eat to what I burn to get an idea of what I should expect from my body. I explained that I have used this method to great success (115 pounds) within even the last 4 years and my experience with it has been that it was exceptionally accurate and reliable for me in the past (measurements proved to be accurate right up until surgery). So, sometime between right before surgery and now, I went from being able to eat about 2400 calories/day (without any significant exercise) without gaining weight to not being able to lose at less than 1/2 that. That tells me that there has been some significant change very recently and warrants some consideration and perhaps investigation, but did not trigger any reconsideration of her stance, no thought or discussion toward figuring out why my body isn't responding as expected. She got defensive and said "Well it's not working for you now, is it?" That was pretty much where I determined that I would be unlikely to take any further advice from her on this particular topic...(talented surgeon, but this is complete b.s.) She asked me if I was measuring my food. I replied I was. She then tested me, and asked me if I owned a food scale (So, what? I'm lying to her now? I told her I was measuring my food, of course I own a scale! 2, in fact! And GASP! I use them.). She then said that maybe 1100 calories was too much for me. (I'll note here that I'm about 5'9" and have a very large build for a female. I have had a weight loss doctor tell me that I had the largest bone structure any woman he had ever treated. I'm also naturally muscular and athletic. I have never had any trouble burning calories. I have always been successful in losing weight when I was able to maintain an intake lower than my expenditure. My issue seemed to be in the amount of effort it took to do that when I felt like I constantly needed to eat. At some point, I would get tired of it and give up.) She stated that I could drop down to 800 cal/day and still preserve my muscle mass, but I would have to exercise rigorously at the same time, and make sure that I "resisted the temptation to increase my calories with the increase in activity". (I'll note here that an average of under 700 calories with no exercise put me into a state of such low energy that I needed to go to the emergency room. I don't think a hundred or even 200 or 300 more than what put me in the ER would be healthy for me considering it would be combined with an extra burn of approximately 400-600 cal.) Thank you, I will pass. She then went on to say that I can't expect my body to fall in line with "normal people" because I'm a morbidly obese patient and "they" have different metabolisms than "normal people". I bet you're pissed now, too... That's all fine and good. She's right in that there is a lot of research and studies on the metabolic hormone differences in morbidly obese people in comparison to normal weight people. However, she's doing the exact same thing as lots of doctors do that is completely unfair... she's responding to me based on her stereotype of an "obese patient". There are many hormones that have been discovered that play critical roles in metabolic function. They interact with each other and their respective receptors to give the brain the "right" signals. There are about a million places where this system can have a glitch, a breakdown, or simply function sub-optimally so to imply that all obese patients are the same is just as much garbage as saying that all people are the same. That was the "easy" answer, and completely unhelpful.
    At this point, I'm furious. I really couldn't go any further with her and just pretended I was accepting what she was telling me. I redirected her and told her that I really just wanted to understand exactly what was happening with my body right now, and asked her if she could recommend some resources and references for me to read. She suggested "Wheatbelly", and "Fat, Sugar, Salt". Seriously?!?! I ask for some educational information on the function of metabolism and my doctor suggests that I read a couple books on the evils of specific foods and additives in our diets? Sorry, doc. Not. Good. Enough. Pissed really doesn't even begin to explain how I was feeling. My concerns had been dismissed as something I must be at fault for, or lying about, because I must be a non-compliant patient, and when I asked for more information I was directed to dramatized crap, not educational sources. Angry. Hurt. Frustrated. Feeling like I'm still fighting the "Fat person" stereotype in a place where I should feel safe from that.
    So... my next steps: Discuss this with my PCP on Monday during my appointment. I think I'm going to look into some metabolic testing to figure out what exactly is going on right now. I may discuss a referral to an endocrinologist to see if some information can be gained by digging a little deeper into my metabolic hormones. And, of course, keep reading articles and looking for books that can give me some understanding (I've got some stuff lined up I found with Google Scholar that I haven't worked my way through yet, and I have a couple college textbooks on metabolism and nutrition that I need to work my way through still). Ultimately, I may have to do what I've always done: figure it out for myself.
    Full disclosure: I do recognize that it may be too early to worry. I very well may just still need to wait a little longer for stabilization. This doctor appointment just whipped up every instinct of determination to "solve" this that I have. Nothing like pissing me off to get me to throw everything I have at a problem... While I'm angry, I'm not panicking, nor am I feeling any despair. I know that I will get it figured out and all will be well once I do. I'm really not feeling overly emotional or depressed or anything over this, so fear not, caring VST circle of friends, I'm totally fine.
    Thanks all for reading! I think if you made it all the way to the end, you deserve a medal!!! :-) Since I'm fresh out of medals, how about pictures of baby otters instead!
    All together now... "AWWWWW..."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/painfully-adorable-baby-o_n_1332519.html
    Hope you all are having a good night and I wish you all good luck and success!
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    Daydra got a reaction from Alora VSG Begonia in Husband Spying on Me   
    Wow. I'm sorry that you are having to deal with all of these difficult aspects of your life right now. I have to strongly disagree with some of the responders. You are not responsible for your husbands insecurity. You should not be made to feel guilty about seeing to your own needs. And you are in no way responsible for what your husband chooses to do. I expect that in therapy, that will be brought up. What you do need to do, is determine what you are willing to put into the relationship and what you are willing to accept from the relationship. If you aren't happy in the relationship, that's okay, you just need to decide if you are willing to work on it or not. If not, that's okay too. I would just recommend against having an affair, no matter how appealing that might sound occasionally, because that will just create a whole new level of complication in the relationship and in your own mind that will be difficult to deal with.
    I do agree with the other posters regarding the drug making... That sounds like much more than a relationship problem, and hopefully you will address what precipitated those actions in therapy.
    Best of luck
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    Daydra got a reaction from kchula99 in What is your theme song?   
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
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    Daydra got a reaction from kchula99 in What is your theme song?   
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
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    Daydra got a reaction from kchula99 in What is your theme song?   
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
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    Daydra got a reaction from kchula99 in What is your theme song?   
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
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    Daydra got a reaction from KeeWee in I Definitely Regret Surgery.... So Far!   
    I just did the same thing, It's also Saturday night and almost exactly a year later. I also wanted to hand that you handled the trial admirably. Of course you got upset and depressed, but it didn't beat you. Congratulations on your success and I wish you the best of life now and in the future.
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    Daydra reacted to Sweet Pee in I'm embarrassed...   
    I am still "fat" in a skinny body. I will always remember what it was like wishing that I was smaller. I use to beat my self up. I did not even want to eat in front of skinny people. Going to the gym was impossible. I did not go until I got down to 190lbs.
    A greater joy and inner happiness can be had by helping others. A few words of encouragement can go a long ways. For me being overweight was dangerous and unhealthy. They may feel the same way. You never know what a few words of encouragement can do. You may save a life with just a pat on the back and a smile.
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    Daydra reacted to Sweet Pee in I'm embarrassed...   
    When I was down to my goal weight, a woman came into the gym for the first time weighing about 290lbs. She had on a skirt, t-shirt and tennis shoes. She sat on a recliner exercise bike. She stayed on it for 15 min. She came in regularly for 8 months. Fast forward - One day I went up to her and told her how good she looked and how much weight she had lost. (That was my first time talking to her although we had seen each other many times) She started to cry. She told me she has decided that day was going to be her last time at the gym, because she felt she had made no progress. She dried up her tears and told she will continue to come to the gym. She did and continued to lose weight.
    Although I am in a skinny body now, I will alway know how it feels to be fat. Now when I see someone working hard to lose weight, I try to say something encouraging. You never know what might help.
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    Daydra got a reaction from BethinPA in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    Alternate title: How I Shat Myself
    Sooo, you know that little statement on sugar free candy that says something to the effect of "excessive consumption may have a laxative effect"? I implore you to take it seriously, people.
    I never really ate much sugar free candy pre surgery, but I'm absolutely certain that I've had more than a single serving at any one time in the past, just by the nature of some of my historic eating habits. I've recently developed a penchant for the Jelly Belly Sours. They come in a little bag that is labeled as 2 servings (80 cal per). Yesterday, I was a bit low on my calorie count for the day and was just craving the dang things, so I didn't see any significant reason not to indulge. I ate both servings over the course of an hour or two. Big, big mistake.
    After the undeniable realization that the rumbling in my tumbly was most definitely NOT just gas (no saving those underoos!), I spent the better part of 3 hours making panicked runs back and forth to the bathroom. Not even a little bit fun. However, it does appear that I've found a solution for the next time constipation raises it's ugly head... I can't tell you how thankful I am that I was at home, close to bedtime, and didn't have anything (else) pressing that I had to attend to.
    Good luck! And watch the sugar free candy! 2 servings was all it took!
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    Daydra got a reaction from da1stladie in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    Thanks all, for sharing in my (my mental thesaurus is failing me, the best I've got at the moment is...)chagrin...
    Better (perhaps "more effective" would be more accurate than "better") than any laxative I've tried to date! Including the old standby Fleet enema!
    Splenda is a component of the "sugar substitute mix" of these. If I had a package at hand (Oh yes of course I have more, I bought a case online... because pooping one's drawers should never be limited to "just once"!), I would list more info, but you can probably look it up online pretty quickly if you are interested. Okay, grabbed a package because it really wasn't that quick to find the info online... Maltitol (a sugar alcohol) and Maltitol Syrup are the first 2 ingredients on the ingredient list (ChihuahuaMom, stay far, far, away from these!!!), so that's where the beloved "laxative effect" comes from.
    Most definitely, there is the carb issue. They're about 37g carbs/serving w/8g Fiber, so that's what, like 2 carb servings I think?
    Pre-sleeve, I'd always bounced back and forth with my personal "sugar philosophy". Is it better to just have a little sugar or is it better to go with a substitute. Fortunately, I've never had an A1c or fasting glucose test that was high (though my docs kept poking me because my "fat" square peg didn't fit in their "must be diabetic" round hole...), so I've had the flexibility to have the choice.
    MIJourney: I would guess one bad sugar free candy experience would make you suspicious of them all. To which I would say "Good call!"
    Thanks all for having a laugh with me! What good is a "I Just Pooped Myself" story if you can't share it, right?!?! And it sounds like I'm in good company!!!
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    Daydra got a reaction from gamergirl in I am furious with my surgeon at the moment... This is NOT my fault!   
    No, definitely don't delete your post. I've always valued your opinion.
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    Daydra got a reaction from GypsyQueen in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    So we were sitting around the office after hours talking about crapping our pants (sadly, this was weeks before this particular event)... I'm not kidding, the sewage-garbage duo is the crux of our professional lives. You probably don't want to know what else environmental health inspectors find acceptable workplace conversation topics...
    Anyway, the general consensus was that if you say you have never had an oopsie in your droopsie, you're a total liar! So we are in good company!
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    Daydra got a reaction from BethinPA in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    Alternate title: How I Shat Myself
    Sooo, you know that little statement on sugar free candy that says something to the effect of "excessive consumption may have a laxative effect"? I implore you to take it seriously, people.
    I never really ate much sugar free candy pre surgery, but I'm absolutely certain that I've had more than a single serving at any one time in the past, just by the nature of some of my historic eating habits. I've recently developed a penchant for the Jelly Belly Sours. They come in a little bag that is labeled as 2 servings (80 cal per). Yesterday, I was a bit low on my calorie count for the day and was just craving the dang things, so I didn't see any significant reason not to indulge. I ate both servings over the course of an hour or two. Big, big mistake.
    After the undeniable realization that the rumbling in my tumbly was most definitely NOT just gas (no saving those underoos!), I spent the better part of 3 hours making panicked runs back and forth to the bathroom. Not even a little bit fun. However, it does appear that I've found a solution for the next time constipation raises it's ugly head... I can't tell you how thankful I am that I was at home, close to bedtime, and didn't have anything (else) pressing that I had to attend to.
    Good luck! And watch the sugar free candy! 2 servings was all it took!
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    Daydra reacted to SouthernCharm1383837808 in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    OMG I literally laughed out loud from the very beginning of your post! Thanks for sharing!
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    Daydra reacted to Peggy 53 in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    OMG..... Talk about sweet revenge!
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    Daydra reacted to bosoxgirl1966 in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    Thanks for the laugh...
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    Daydra got a reaction from IdahoGirl32 in I am furious with my surgeon at the moment... This is NOT my fault!   
    This is likely to be long... and more accurately a vent or a rant than anything else, probably.
    I had my (about 3 month) followup with my surgeon today and I am spitting mad! About 5 weeks in I had some nausea, which resulted in me averaging less than 700 cal/day (don't have my charts on hand to give an exact #) for about 3 weeks. For me, that was too low and resulted in an extreme lack of energy, nearly passing out, I thought I was extremely dehydrated, and long story long... I ended up in the ER trying to figure out if something was really wrong. Turned out to be no big deal, and all I needed was stronger anti-nausea meds, fortunately. Unfortunately, as soon as I was able to eat at my prescribed calorie level, I gained 10 pounds within just a few days, and now, 4 1/2 weeks later, my net loss is only about 1/2 a pound.
    I've done some reading on what happens when a person is subject to starvation or semi-starvation and then is able to re-feed. In the simplest terms, the body pretty much thinks it better hang onto every bit of energy it can in case there is another "famine" around the corner. One thing I read stated that in a fairly short period of some level of starvation, one can expect the body to take up to 3 weeks to stabilize. Now that I'm at about 4.5 weeks from beginning to eat more appropriately and feel like my body is still not normalizing, I'm looking for more information on exactly what's happening, so I can figure out what to expect and how best to support myself and my system while it adjusts. This is the same kind of thing I always do when I encounter a problem... A big part of my identity (and career, in fact) is in problem solving. Nearly everyone within my sphere of influence comes to me for answers and advice. I encounter a problem, work to understand it, decide what I think is the best course of action, and then implement it and see if or what adjustments need to be made. Not really any different from anyone else, but I work really hard to figure things out and come up with good solutions and I'm pretty well recognized and trusted among my friends (all well-educated professionals) as having a talent for it. So that's the background...
    When my surgeon walked in and asked how I was doing, I admitted to being frustrated since getting the nausea worked out a month ago. I explained what had happened with my weight. I told her that I documented over the last 2 weeks (just the duration of the report I ran) that I had been running about a 1200 cal/day deficit and didn't really understand why my body wasn't responding. She stopped me and asked me what that meant (I think now because she didn't think I knew what that meant). I told her that I use a bodybugg (sophisticated body monitor that measures caloric output)... before I even had a chance to finish my first sentence, she cut me off and told me that I couldn't go by the information that a bodybugg gives me, and I can't use it to decide how many calories I should be eating. I tried to explain to her that was not how I use it. That I've been eating an average of 1100 cal/day over the last week (again, just the length of report I ran), which is still 200 cal below what the nutritionist in her office directed me to eat. I told her that I simply compare what I eat to what I burn to get an idea of what I should expect from my body. I explained that I have used this method to great success (115 pounds) within even the last 4 years and my experience with it has been that it was exceptionally accurate and reliable for me in the past (measurements proved to be accurate right up until surgery). So, sometime between right before surgery and now, I went from being able to eat about 2400 calories/day (without any significant exercise) without gaining weight to not being able to lose at less than 1/2 that. That tells me that there has been some significant change very recently and warrants some consideration and perhaps investigation, but did not trigger any reconsideration of her stance, no thought or discussion toward figuring out why my body isn't responding as expected. She got defensive and said "Well it's not working for you now, is it?" That was pretty much where I determined that I would be unlikely to take any further advice from her on this particular topic...(talented surgeon, but this is complete b.s.) She asked me if I was measuring my food. I replied I was. She then tested me, and asked me if I owned a food scale (So, what? I'm lying to her now? I told her I was measuring my food, of course I own a scale! 2, in fact! And GASP! I use them.). She then said that maybe 1100 calories was too much for me. (I'll note here that I'm about 5'9" and have a very large build for a female. I have had a weight loss doctor tell me that I had the largest bone structure any woman he had ever treated. I'm also naturally muscular and athletic. I have never had any trouble burning calories. I have always been successful in losing weight when I was able to maintain an intake lower than my expenditure. My issue seemed to be in the amount of effort it took to do that when I felt like I constantly needed to eat. At some point, I would get tired of it and give up.) She stated that I could drop down to 800 cal/day and still preserve my muscle mass, but I would have to exercise rigorously at the same time, and make sure that I "resisted the temptation to increase my calories with the increase in activity". (I'll note here that an average of under 700 calories with no exercise put me into a state of such low energy that I needed to go to the emergency room. I don't think a hundred or even 200 or 300 more than what put me in the ER would be healthy for me considering it would be combined with an extra burn of approximately 400-600 cal.) Thank you, I will pass. She then went on to say that I can't expect my body to fall in line with "normal people" because I'm a morbidly obese patient and "they" have different metabolisms than "normal people". I bet you're pissed now, too... That's all fine and good. She's right in that there is a lot of research and studies on the metabolic hormone differences in morbidly obese people in comparison to normal weight people. However, she's doing the exact same thing as lots of doctors do that is completely unfair... she's responding to me based on her stereotype of an "obese patient". There are many hormones that have been discovered that play critical roles in metabolic function. They interact with each other and their respective receptors to give the brain the "right" signals. There are about a million places where this system can have a glitch, a breakdown, or simply function sub-optimally so to imply that all obese patients are the same is just as much garbage as saying that all people are the same. That was the "easy" answer, and completely unhelpful.
    At this point, I'm furious. I really couldn't go any further with her and just pretended I was accepting what she was telling me. I redirected her and told her that I really just wanted to understand exactly what was happening with my body right now, and asked her if she could recommend some resources and references for me to read. She suggested "Wheatbelly", and "Fat, Sugar, Salt". Seriously?!?! I ask for some educational information on the function of metabolism and my doctor suggests that I read a couple books on the evils of specific foods and additives in our diets? Sorry, doc. Not. Good. Enough. Pissed really doesn't even begin to explain how I was feeling. My concerns had been dismissed as something I must be at fault for, or lying about, because I must be a non-compliant patient, and when I asked for more information I was directed to dramatized crap, not educational sources. Angry. Hurt. Frustrated. Feeling like I'm still fighting the "Fat person" stereotype in a place where I should feel safe from that.
    So... my next steps: Discuss this with my PCP on Monday during my appointment. I think I'm going to look into some metabolic testing to figure out what exactly is going on right now. I may discuss a referral to an endocrinologist to see if some information can be gained by digging a little deeper into my metabolic hormones. And, of course, keep reading articles and looking for books that can give me some understanding (I've got some stuff lined up I found with Google Scholar that I haven't worked my way through yet, and I have a couple college textbooks on metabolism and nutrition that I need to work my way through still). Ultimately, I may have to do what I've always done: figure it out for myself.
    Full disclosure: I do recognize that it may be too early to worry. I very well may just still need to wait a little longer for stabilization. This doctor appointment just whipped up every instinct of determination to "solve" this that I have. Nothing like pissing me off to get me to throw everything I have at a problem... While I'm angry, I'm not panicking, nor am I feeling any despair. I know that I will get it figured out and all will be well once I do. I'm really not feeling overly emotional or depressed or anything over this, so fear not, caring VST circle of friends, I'm totally fine.
    Thanks all for reading! I think if you made it all the way to the end, you deserve a medal!!! :-) Since I'm fresh out of medals, how about pictures of baby otters instead!
    All together now... "AWWWWW..."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/painfully-adorable-baby-o_n_1332519.html
    Hope you all are having a good night and I wish you all good luck and success!
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    Daydra got a reaction from IdahoGirl32 in I am furious with my surgeon at the moment... This is NOT my fault!   
    This is likely to be long... and more accurately a vent or a rant than anything else, probably.
    I had my (about 3 month) followup with my surgeon today and I am spitting mad! About 5 weeks in I had some nausea, which resulted in me averaging less than 700 cal/day (don't have my charts on hand to give an exact #) for about 3 weeks. For me, that was too low and resulted in an extreme lack of energy, nearly passing out, I thought I was extremely dehydrated, and long story long... I ended up in the ER trying to figure out if something was really wrong. Turned out to be no big deal, and all I needed was stronger anti-nausea meds, fortunately. Unfortunately, as soon as I was able to eat at my prescribed calorie level, I gained 10 pounds within just a few days, and now, 4 1/2 weeks later, my net loss is only about 1/2 a pound.
    I've done some reading on what happens when a person is subject to starvation or semi-starvation and then is able to re-feed. In the simplest terms, the body pretty much thinks it better hang onto every bit of energy it can in case there is another "famine" around the corner. One thing I read stated that in a fairly short period of some level of starvation, one can expect the body to take up to 3 weeks to stabilize. Now that I'm at about 4.5 weeks from beginning to eat more appropriately and feel like my body is still not normalizing, I'm looking for more information on exactly what's happening, so I can figure out what to expect and how best to support myself and my system while it adjusts. This is the same kind of thing I always do when I encounter a problem... A big part of my identity (and career, in fact) is in problem solving. Nearly everyone within my sphere of influence comes to me for answers and advice. I encounter a problem, work to understand it, decide what I think is the best course of action, and then implement it and see if or what adjustments need to be made. Not really any different from anyone else, but I work really hard to figure things out and come up with good solutions and I'm pretty well recognized and trusted among my friends (all well-educated professionals) as having a talent for it. So that's the background...
    When my surgeon walked in and asked how I was doing, I admitted to being frustrated since getting the nausea worked out a month ago. I explained what had happened with my weight. I told her that I documented over the last 2 weeks (just the duration of the report I ran) that I had been running about a 1200 cal/day deficit and didn't really understand why my body wasn't responding. She stopped me and asked me what that meant (I think now because she didn't think I knew what that meant). I told her that I use a bodybugg (sophisticated body monitor that measures caloric output)... before I even had a chance to finish my first sentence, she cut me off and told me that I couldn't go by the information that a bodybugg gives me, and I can't use it to decide how many calories I should be eating. I tried to explain to her that was not how I use it. That I've been eating an average of 1100 cal/day over the last week (again, just the length of report I ran), which is still 200 cal below what the nutritionist in her office directed me to eat. I told her that I simply compare what I eat to what I burn to get an idea of what I should expect from my body. I explained that I have used this method to great success (115 pounds) within even the last 4 years and my experience with it has been that it was exceptionally accurate and reliable for me in the past (measurements proved to be accurate right up until surgery). So, sometime between right before surgery and now, I went from being able to eat about 2400 calories/day (without any significant exercise) without gaining weight to not being able to lose at less than 1/2 that. That tells me that there has been some significant change very recently and warrants some consideration and perhaps investigation, but did not trigger any reconsideration of her stance, no thought or discussion toward figuring out why my body isn't responding as expected. She got defensive and said "Well it's not working for you now, is it?" That was pretty much where I determined that I would be unlikely to take any further advice from her on this particular topic...(talented surgeon, but this is complete b.s.) She asked me if I was measuring my food. I replied I was. She then tested me, and asked me if I owned a food scale (So, what? I'm lying to her now? I told her I was measuring my food, of course I own a scale! 2, in fact! And GASP! I use them.). She then said that maybe 1100 calories was too much for me. (I'll note here that I'm about 5'9" and have a very large build for a female. I have had a weight loss doctor tell me that I had the largest bone structure any woman he had ever treated. I'm also naturally muscular and athletic. I have never had any trouble burning calories. I have always been successful in losing weight when I was able to maintain an intake lower than my expenditure. My issue seemed to be in the amount of effort it took to do that when I felt like I constantly needed to eat. At some point, I would get tired of it and give up.) She stated that I could drop down to 800 cal/day and still preserve my muscle mass, but I would have to exercise rigorously at the same time, and make sure that I "resisted the temptation to increase my calories with the increase in activity". (I'll note here that an average of under 700 calories with no exercise put me into a state of such low energy that I needed to go to the emergency room. I don't think a hundred or even 200 or 300 more than what put me in the ER would be healthy for me considering it would be combined with an extra burn of approximately 400-600 cal.) Thank you, I will pass. She then went on to say that I can't expect my body to fall in line with "normal people" because I'm a morbidly obese patient and "they" have different metabolisms than "normal people". I bet you're pissed now, too... That's all fine and good. She's right in that there is a lot of research and studies on the metabolic hormone differences in morbidly obese people in comparison to normal weight people. However, she's doing the exact same thing as lots of doctors do that is completely unfair... she's responding to me based on her stereotype of an "obese patient". There are many hormones that have been discovered that play critical roles in metabolic function. They interact with each other and their respective receptors to give the brain the "right" signals. There are about a million places where this system can have a glitch, a breakdown, or simply function sub-optimally so to imply that all obese patients are the same is just as much garbage as saying that all people are the same. That was the "easy" answer, and completely unhelpful.
    At this point, I'm furious. I really couldn't go any further with her and just pretended I was accepting what she was telling me. I redirected her and told her that I really just wanted to understand exactly what was happening with my body right now, and asked her if she could recommend some resources and references for me to read. She suggested "Wheatbelly", and "Fat, Sugar, Salt". Seriously?!?! I ask for some educational information on the function of metabolism and my doctor suggests that I read a couple books on the evils of specific foods and additives in our diets? Sorry, doc. Not. Good. Enough. Pissed really doesn't even begin to explain how I was feeling. My concerns had been dismissed as something I must be at fault for, or lying about, because I must be a non-compliant patient, and when I asked for more information I was directed to dramatized crap, not educational sources. Angry. Hurt. Frustrated. Feeling like I'm still fighting the "Fat person" stereotype in a place where I should feel safe from that.
    So... my next steps: Discuss this with my PCP on Monday during my appointment. I think I'm going to look into some metabolic testing to figure out what exactly is going on right now. I may discuss a referral to an endocrinologist to see if some information can be gained by digging a little deeper into my metabolic hormones. And, of course, keep reading articles and looking for books that can give me some understanding (I've got some stuff lined up I found with Google Scholar that I haven't worked my way through yet, and I have a couple college textbooks on metabolism and nutrition that I need to work my way through still). Ultimately, I may have to do what I've always done: figure it out for myself.
    Full disclosure: I do recognize that it may be too early to worry. I very well may just still need to wait a little longer for stabilization. This doctor appointment just whipped up every instinct of determination to "solve" this that I have. Nothing like pissing me off to get me to throw everything I have at a problem... While I'm angry, I'm not panicking, nor am I feeling any despair. I know that I will get it figured out and all will be well once I do. I'm really not feeling overly emotional or depressed or anything over this, so fear not, caring VST circle of friends, I'm totally fine.
    Thanks all for reading! I think if you made it all the way to the end, you deserve a medal!!! :-) Since I'm fresh out of medals, how about pictures of baby otters instead!
    All together now... "AWWWWW..."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/painfully-adorable-baby-o_n_1332519.html
    Hope you all are having a good night and I wish you all good luck and success!
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    Daydra got a reaction from BethinPA in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    Alternate title: How I Shat Myself
    Sooo, you know that little statement on sugar free candy that says something to the effect of "excessive consumption may have a laxative effect"? I implore you to take it seriously, people.
    I never really ate much sugar free candy pre surgery, but I'm absolutely certain that I've had more than a single serving at any one time in the past, just by the nature of some of my historic eating habits. I've recently developed a penchant for the Jelly Belly Sours. They come in a little bag that is labeled as 2 servings (80 cal per). Yesterday, I was a bit low on my calorie count for the day and was just craving the dang things, so I didn't see any significant reason not to indulge. I ate both servings over the course of an hour or two. Big, big mistake.
    After the undeniable realization that the rumbling in my tumbly was most definitely NOT just gas (no saving those underoos!), I spent the better part of 3 hours making panicked runs back and forth to the bathroom. Not even a little bit fun. However, it does appear that I've found a solution for the next time constipation raises it's ugly head... I can't tell you how thankful I am that I was at home, close to bedtime, and didn't have anything (else) pressing that I had to attend to.
    Good luck! And watch the sugar free candy! 2 servings was all it took!
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    Daydra got a reaction from TanyaB in Beware the Sugar-Free Jelly Belly: A Cautionary Tale   
    Although... if I can work out the right "dose" they're far more exciting than the 1/2 dose of Miralax I've been having to take every day to keep the constipation at bay.
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    Daydra got a reaction from IdahoGirl32 in I am furious with my surgeon at the moment... This is NOT my fault!   
    This is likely to be long... and more accurately a vent or a rant than anything else, probably.
    I had my (about 3 month) followup with my surgeon today and I am spitting mad! About 5 weeks in I had some nausea, which resulted in me averaging less than 700 cal/day (don't have my charts on hand to give an exact #) for about 3 weeks. For me, that was too low and resulted in an extreme lack of energy, nearly passing out, I thought I was extremely dehydrated, and long story long... I ended up in the ER trying to figure out if something was really wrong. Turned out to be no big deal, and all I needed was stronger anti-nausea meds, fortunately. Unfortunately, as soon as I was able to eat at my prescribed calorie level, I gained 10 pounds within just a few days, and now, 4 1/2 weeks later, my net loss is only about 1/2 a pound.
    I've done some reading on what happens when a person is subject to starvation or semi-starvation and then is able to re-feed. In the simplest terms, the body pretty much thinks it better hang onto every bit of energy it can in case there is another "famine" around the corner. One thing I read stated that in a fairly short period of some level of starvation, one can expect the body to take up to 3 weeks to stabilize. Now that I'm at about 4.5 weeks from beginning to eat more appropriately and feel like my body is still not normalizing, I'm looking for more information on exactly what's happening, so I can figure out what to expect and how best to support myself and my system while it adjusts. This is the same kind of thing I always do when I encounter a problem... A big part of my identity (and career, in fact) is in problem solving. Nearly everyone within my sphere of influence comes to me for answers and advice. I encounter a problem, work to understand it, decide what I think is the best course of action, and then implement it and see if or what adjustments need to be made. Not really any different from anyone else, but I work really hard to figure things out and come up with good solutions and I'm pretty well recognized and trusted among my friends (all well-educated professionals) as having a talent for it. So that's the background...
    When my surgeon walked in and asked how I was doing, I admitted to being frustrated since getting the nausea worked out a month ago. I explained what had happened with my weight. I told her that I documented over the last 2 weeks (just the duration of the report I ran) that I had been running about a 1200 cal/day deficit and didn't really understand why my body wasn't responding. She stopped me and asked me what that meant (I think now because she didn't think I knew what that meant). I told her that I use a bodybugg (sophisticated body monitor that measures caloric output)... before I even had a chance to finish my first sentence, she cut me off and told me that I couldn't go by the information that a bodybugg gives me, and I can't use it to decide how many calories I should be eating. I tried to explain to her that was not how I use it. That I've been eating an average of 1100 cal/day over the last week (again, just the length of report I ran), which is still 200 cal below what the nutritionist in her office directed me to eat. I told her that I simply compare what I eat to what I burn to get an idea of what I should expect from my body. I explained that I have used this method to great success (115 pounds) within even the last 4 years and my experience with it has been that it was exceptionally accurate and reliable for me in the past (measurements proved to be accurate right up until surgery). So, sometime between right before surgery and now, I went from being able to eat about 2400 calories/day (without any significant exercise) without gaining weight to not being able to lose at less than 1/2 that. That tells me that there has been some significant change very recently and warrants some consideration and perhaps investigation, but did not trigger any reconsideration of her stance, no thought or discussion toward figuring out why my body isn't responding as expected. She got defensive and said "Well it's not working for you now, is it?" That was pretty much where I determined that I would be unlikely to take any further advice from her on this particular topic...(talented surgeon, but this is complete b.s.) She asked me if I was measuring my food. I replied I was. She then tested me, and asked me if I owned a food scale (So, what? I'm lying to her now? I told her I was measuring my food, of course I own a scale! 2, in fact! And GASP! I use them.). She then said that maybe 1100 calories was too much for me. (I'll note here that I'm about 5'9" and have a very large build for a female. I have had a weight loss doctor tell me that I had the largest bone structure any woman he had ever treated. I'm also naturally muscular and athletic. I have never had any trouble burning calories. I have always been successful in losing weight when I was able to maintain an intake lower than my expenditure. My issue seemed to be in the amount of effort it took to do that when I felt like I constantly needed to eat. At some point, I would get tired of it and give up.) She stated that I could drop down to 800 cal/day and still preserve my muscle mass, but I would have to exercise rigorously at the same time, and make sure that I "resisted the temptation to increase my calories with the increase in activity". (I'll note here that an average of under 700 calories with no exercise put me into a state of such low energy that I needed to go to the emergency room. I don't think a hundred or even 200 or 300 more than what put me in the ER would be healthy for me considering it would be combined with an extra burn of approximately 400-600 cal.) Thank you, I will pass. She then went on to say that I can't expect my body to fall in line with "normal people" because I'm a morbidly obese patient and "they" have different metabolisms than "normal people". I bet you're pissed now, too... That's all fine and good. She's right in that there is a lot of research and studies on the metabolic hormone differences in morbidly obese people in comparison to normal weight people. However, she's doing the exact same thing as lots of doctors do that is completely unfair... she's responding to me based on her stereotype of an "obese patient". There are many hormones that have been discovered that play critical roles in metabolic function. They interact with each other and their respective receptors to give the brain the "right" signals. There are about a million places where this system can have a glitch, a breakdown, or simply function sub-optimally so to imply that all obese patients are the same is just as much garbage as saying that all people are the same. That was the "easy" answer, and completely unhelpful.
    At this point, I'm furious. I really couldn't go any further with her and just pretended I was accepting what she was telling me. I redirected her and told her that I really just wanted to understand exactly what was happening with my body right now, and asked her if she could recommend some resources and references for me to read. She suggested "Wheatbelly", and "Fat, Sugar, Salt". Seriously?!?! I ask for some educational information on the function of metabolism and my doctor suggests that I read a couple books on the evils of specific foods and additives in our diets? Sorry, doc. Not. Good. Enough. Pissed really doesn't even begin to explain how I was feeling. My concerns had been dismissed as something I must be at fault for, or lying about, because I must be a non-compliant patient, and when I asked for more information I was directed to dramatized crap, not educational sources. Angry. Hurt. Frustrated. Feeling like I'm still fighting the "Fat person" stereotype in a place where I should feel safe from that.
    So... my next steps: Discuss this with my PCP on Monday during my appointment. I think I'm going to look into some metabolic testing to figure out what exactly is going on right now. I may discuss a referral to an endocrinologist to see if some information can be gained by digging a little deeper into my metabolic hormones. And, of course, keep reading articles and looking for books that can give me some understanding (I've got some stuff lined up I found with Google Scholar that I haven't worked my way through yet, and I have a couple college textbooks on metabolism and nutrition that I need to work my way through still). Ultimately, I may have to do what I've always done: figure it out for myself.
    Full disclosure: I do recognize that it may be too early to worry. I very well may just still need to wait a little longer for stabilization. This doctor appointment just whipped up every instinct of determination to "solve" this that I have. Nothing like pissing me off to get me to throw everything I have at a problem... While I'm angry, I'm not panicking, nor am I feeling any despair. I know that I will get it figured out and all will be well once I do. I'm really not feeling overly emotional or depressed or anything over this, so fear not, caring VST circle of friends, I'm totally fine.
    Thanks all for reading! I think if you made it all the way to the end, you deserve a medal!!! :-) Since I'm fresh out of medals, how about pictures of baby otters instead!
    All together now... "AWWWWW..."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/painfully-adorable-baby-o_n_1332519.html
    Hope you all are having a good night and I wish you all good luck and success!
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    Daydra reacted to MindiJean in "Hair" Today, Gone Tomorrow...   
    I lost about 3/4 of my hair three years ago to chemo. I used Biotin 10,000 and sprayed my scalp with aloe vera juice and used Nioxin Shampoo. So, although I'm not pleased at the thought of losing my hair again (sleeving November 20), I know it will grow back quickly, and mine grew back a lot thicker and wavy.

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