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gabbykittyvsg

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  1. I have severe GERD and associated damage, no regain. Approval took 9 calendar days. Surgery is March 1st! My surgeon is having me do her 10 day pre op diet so I have that to look forward to. LOL Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app
  2. Yesterday I started having some pain but didn't think much of it. 2 am hit and I knew something was wrong. I tried everything I could think of but nothing made it better, walking and changing positions made it worse. So I finally called the on call surgeon and he said to head to the ER. They did labs, EKG since my heart rate was high, and a CT scan with 2 types of contrast. Turns out the site where my small intestine is hooked up to my stomach is swollen shut. There's some other concerning thing that showed up on the scan also that will need to be addressed. So I'm back in the hospital, on the same wing I was in earlier. I have a lovely NG tube from my nose to stomach. This thing sucks!!!! Literally and figuratively. Every time I move it moves too. I can't eat or drink anything. I have the same night nurses I had one night right after surgery. They rock so it's good! The ER nurse was awesome as well. She told me that lately they've been having to ship people out due to lack of beds. Part of the reason for bed shortage is they converted all rooms into single occupancy. The surgeon I saw in the ER was the one who placed the NG tube, he was nice about it but man it was horrible!!! The ER doc and on call surgeon both talked toy surgeon and she agreed with their plan. I'll probably see her Monday. I have no idea how long I'll be here. Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app
  3. gabbykittyvsg

    Post op day 4 complications

    I'm now 3.5 weeks post op and am feeling great! I can do soft foods in tiny amounts. 2 ounces of deli meat leaves me satisfied, any more than that and I'm absolutely miserable Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  4. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    3.5 weeks post op revision to bypass for severe GERD, down 14 pounds, which I'm super thrilled about! In the past couple of days I've started to feel fairly normal physically. The biggest mind trip is getting full on 2 oz of deli meat. If I eat any more than that I feel miserable. No problems getting my fluids in. I went back to work last week and felt good but this week I can tell I'm back to full strength. I even started walking on the track at the adults only community center I joined (and health insurance pays for). The Y has a track too but it's always sooooo loud and busy. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  5. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    I had my revision to bypass 3 weeks ago. I've been cleared to eat soft foods but can eat only very small amounts at a time and things like ground beef and tuna are not agreeing with me at all. I did discover last night that about 2 oz of deli meat agrees with me as long as I don't try to eat or drink anything else for about an hour after. My favorite thing so far has been refried beans with taco sauce and a bit of melted shredded cheese. I'm getting most of my protein from drinking Fairlife skim milk. I'm down almost 14 pounds which blows my mind because it took me almost 2 months to lose that when I had my sleeve 7 years ago. I didn't do this for weight loss but it's been a welcomed bonus. No more heart burn or reflux either. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  6. Hey all, I'm back because I've developed severe GERD, esophagitis and a large hiatal hernia. I had an endoscopy this past Tuesday and they found my hiatal hernia was classified as large, several superficial ulcers, severe reflux/GERD. The esophagram I had a few weeks ago showed esophageal spasms and the results of the endoscopy indicate the spasms are due to the acid reflux. I frequently throw up my food due to the coughing triggered by the spasms. Fun times I tell ya! I saw my surgeon Wednesday and I was already thinking about hiatal hernia repair and asking about if she could do the RNY conversion at the same time. Well, she brought that up before I could. She gave me a few options and the repair and conversion is what I felt most comfortable with. She's having her prior authorization person working on the insurance part. I should hear something before Christmas. We're looking at a possible date of early to mid-January.
  7. Friday afternoon I got the phone call that my surgery was approved by insurance and was given a March 1st surgery date. The wait is longer than I expected but it makes sense since my surgeon needs more time to complete the bypass (revising from sleeve due to GERD) and a hiatal hernia repair. Financially it works out better for me too. It gives me time to pay some extra on bills since I'll be out for 2+ weeks. Between now and surgery day Inhave lots of appointments for labs, dietitian, pre-op physical with my PCP, and a huge appointment with my bariatric nurse and then a 1 hour appointment with my surgeon and another endoscopy. I get to do my surgeon's 10 day pre-op diet again. This is bringing back a lot of memories from when I had the sleeve 7 years ago. The post op diet has changed during that time. Food texture progression is much slower this time. I think that will be good though. Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app
  8. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    The walks and water will help make recovery go faster! Keep up the good work. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  9. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    My surgery was on the 1st. I returned to work (part time light janitorial) this past Monday and feel great! The complication I had ended up being just a small bump in the road to recovery. I've lost about 10 pounds so far. In a few days I get to start soft foods that have more texture to them, so stuff like a soft taco with ground beef and cheese. I'll be on that phase for 6 weeks. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  10. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    Lots of walking Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  11. gabbykittyvsg

    Post op day 4 complications

    I almost called the on call surgeon again a couple days ago because I hadn't pooped since the hospital despite 2 times a day colace and a couple doses of milk of magnesia. BUT it's like there was a plug that got unplugged then BAM the poop damn was broken and I lost 5+ pounds. Since then my gut has been making all kinds of fun sounds (a good thing). I read through the ER and CT scan reports. Uh, yeah, scary stuff, my gut was seriously messed up!! My surgeon did say that the long term damage of the acid on my esophagus is going to take 6+ months to heal. Right now it either spasms or doesn't contract at all. I see my surgery team Tuesday afternoon and then my dietitian Wednesday. I had a small serving of mashed potatoes tonight and YUMMMMMMM. I feel comfortably full. Wednesday morning I have some follow up testing for another medical issue discovered around 6 months ago. I had an abnormal mammogram and some abnormal lymph nodes. The CT scan I had showed multiple enlarged lymph nodes but nothing that looks worrisome. My surgeon took out a funny looking lymph node during surgery that was enlarged but benign. My primary doc thinks enlarged lymph nodes may just be my normal. Lord knows I don't need more crud to deal with.
  12. I converted from sleeve to bypass almost 2 weeks ago due to severe GERD. My recovery has not been typical. My small intestine swelled almost completely shut at one of the newly created junctions so I had to go back in the hospital for a few days for a lovely tube down my nose and into my stomach, more steroids and forced rest in the form of nothing to eat or drink. I'm fine now, fluids are moving through and my digestive system is fully back on line. The swelling wasn't a big surprise since my sleeve swelled quite a bit when I first had it done 7 years ago. Considering the severity of your GERD, absolutely get the conversion to bypass. The GI doc who did my first endoscopy was worried enough about the results of my second endoscopy (done by a different doc) that he called me to make sure I understood the severity of what could happen if it wasn't surgically corrected. For what it's worth, I've not had any reflux since surgery. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  13. gabbykittyvsg

    Connect with Low(er) bmi kids

    BMI of 29.something I had a conversion of sleeve to bypass due to severe GERD. My insurance process was super easy, the nurse reviewer took one look at the documentation and then called my team with approval. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  14. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    My post op diet book says: Protein drinks and clear liquids: 400-500 Blended foods: 600-700 Soft foods:700-900 Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  15. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    March 1st here. After the surgery and readmission I didn't sleep much that first week. I've been sleeping 12+ hours since I got home, making up for the sleep a person doesn't get in the hospital. The incision itchies are almost gone and my abdomen is looking better every day. Adhesive reactions are a pain! I have a follow up with my surgeons nurse practitioner on Tuesday and the dietitian on Wednesday. I've lost about 9 pounds so far which is a major surprise considering all the IV fluids and steroids I had. Saturday the poop damn broke loose and that's where I've lost most of the weight. Fluids have been no problem and I'm now able to start thickening up some liquids. I've totally blended soups and they tasted sooooooooo good. I'm totally over the taste of protein drinks so I've been doing a fair amount of Fairlife skim milk, yummy! I go back to work tomorrow evening. I do some light janitorial work and tomorrow night's account only takes about 1-1.5 hours. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  16. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    Hello my peeps, I'm finally back home with my kitties. I had a small bowel obstruction, which thankfully didn't require another surgery. When my surgeon and her NP walked into my room Tuesday morning I said "I want to go home" they agreed and I left a few hours later. Having a NG tube placed sucks!!! Having that tube stay in place for 2 days sucks. Not being able to eat or drink anything except meds sucks too. After 2 days of that, jello never tasted so good. Everyone at the hospital was sooooo good to me with my initial surgery and readmission. I got to be on the same wing both times. My belly looks horrible but it's healing nicely. I'm in the itchy phase of healing. Sent from my Z5157V using BariatricPal mobile app
  17. gabbykittyvsg

    Post op day 4 complications

    Good news, this morning I got the tube out. Then I got to have clear liquids and oh man did they taste and feel so darn good! This evening I had a bowel movement, which was a very welcomed surprise. Sent from my moto g pure using BariatricPal mobile app
  18. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    The swelling that caused an obstruction is opening up thanks to the hospital treatments. I got the horrible NG tube out this morning. I also had a bowel movement this evening. It's looking like I'll go home to my kitties tomorrow. Sent from my moto g pure using BariatricPal mobile app
  19. gabbykittyvsg

    Post op day 4 complications

    I'm still at the hospital. This blasted NG tube is kinked and may have to come out and a new one put in. I'm having another fancy swallow test in a few hours. I can tell the obstruction is still there. Sent from my moto g pure using BariatricPal mobile app
  20. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    I had my revision surgery March 1st, went home on the 3rd and went back on the 5th thanks to a bowel obstruction. I'm one of the rare people who experience a bad reaction. We're hoping steroids and time will take away the swelling that's causing the obstruction. Pay attention to the warning signs they tell you. My surgeon gave me a big magnet with instructions of what to do. I did just that and called the on call surgeon, who sent me to the ER and ordered a CT scan. On the plus side, no more GERD! Sent from my moto g pure using BariatricPal mobile app
  21. This past Tuesday I had my revision, sleeve to bypass. During the leak test we discovered I have very slow motility of my esophagus. My surgeon thinks this will correct itself as things from my revision heals.
  22. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    I'm home!! Surgery went well, but I had to stay an extra day because my new pouch was quite swollen and I had a ton of drainage in the drain my surgeon put in my abdomen. The only narcotic I got the whole time there was 1 oxycodone the evening after surgery. Otherwise I was given timed non-narcotic pain meds that worked great! I'm on them (Tylenol and Flexeril) for another few days. And because constipation is so common I'm on Colace twice a day for 30 days. Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app
  23. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    My surgery was long but went well. I'm not in a ton of pain thanks to scheduled pain meds, I only took one oxycodone. My leak test this morning showed the barium was still in my esophagus more than 10 minutes after I drank it. I got a dose of steroids to get rid of the swelling. I'm not surprised because I had the same thing happened with my sleeve. It looks like I'll be spending another day here Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app
  24. gabbykittyvsg

    February 2022 Surgery Buddies

    I plan on doing the same so I'm not drinking all sweet stuff Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app
  25. gabbykittyvsg

    March 2022 Surgery Buddies

    The final countdowns have begun for me. After 5pm only clear liquids, at 6pm I'll call the scheduling line and get my arrival time, then I'll take a shower with the special soap and put the nausea patch on. Then it's chill time with my kitties until we go to bed. I need to wake up about 2.5 hours before arrival time to drink a 20 ounce full sugar Gatorade then take another special soap shower. Sent from my Z6201V using BariatricPal mobile app

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