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hikergirl14

Duodenal Switch Patients
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  1. I am from Colorado too, so I know your pain. It is hard to tell where you will be for a number of factors. One, some people plateau early so they don't lose as much weight up right after the surgery as they do further out. I would buy some 3x, 2x and XL and wear them as you get smaller. Lots of people, including myself on occasion, shot at resale shops. This way you aren't putting out tons of cash for clothes that you might only wear for a month.


  2. Luckily my surgeon believes in nerve blockers so I had almost no pain post duodenal switch. Unfortunately, when I was given Lovenox (a blood thinner) they found out I have a bleeding disorder so I bled heavily for four days. Three transfusions of blood and two transfusions of plasma did the trick. I currently am still experiencing vomiting but it is due to my stomach's aversion to Protein (meat mainly).

    I would not change it for the world.


  3. I agree with what most of what was posted, but I have to disagree with the notion that the weight of a person dictates their happiness. I, for one, was not an unhappy overweight person. I had no comorbid conditions or body aches. It wasn't until I reached 310 lbs that I felt myself slowing down, and that was when I decided to have the surgery. I most likely would not have had the surgery if I could have continued hiking and my other activities. My weight makes up about 1% of who I am. It is all of the other great things in my life that influence my happiness on a much bigger scale. If skinny is what dictates happiness then why are there so many unhappy average weight people walking around. Also, one will find that when some people lose the weight they still remain unhappy. This is normally because other factors were the cause of their unhappiness and not the weight.


    I agree with what most of what was posted, but I have to disagree with the notion that the weight of a person dictates their happiness. I, for one, was not an unhappy overweight person. I had no comorbid conditions or body aches. It wasn't until I reached 310 lbs that I felt myself slowing down, and that was when I decided to have the surgery. I most likely would not have had the surgery if I could have continued hiking and my other activities. My weight makes up about 1% of who I am. It is all of the other great things in my life that influence my happiness on a much bigger scale. If skinny is what dictates happiness then why are there so many unhappy average weight people walking around. Also, one will find that when some people lose the weight they still remain unhappy. This is normally because other factors were the cause of their unhappiness and not the weight.


  4. My surgeon and NUT have never mentioned or asked what my goal weight would be, so one day I asked them why they never suggested a weight. Their response was that they didn't concern themselves with numbers. They were more interested in me being healthy and happy. So I set my own little goals centered around being healthy and happy. I don't stress about the weight. My current goal is to climb as many 14ers (14,000 ft mountains in Colorado) as I can in one year. I have climbed over 8 in the last 3 months.


  5. I have been using the MyNetdiary food tracker for the iPhone and it is a really great app. You just take a picture of the UPC code and it list tall of the nutritional information for that food. You enter the serving size and instantly your intake for the day is calculated. You can even scan ur Vitamins and track your Water intake. Easy to use also. It also gives the food choices a rating so you know if it is a wise choice (A-F).


  6. I am four months out and still can not really tolerate meats. It isn't dumping syndrome because that has to do with high sugar intake. Things get stuck and also our stomachs may not be processing the previous meal very efficiently. So we assume our stomachs are empty when in fact there still might be residual food in there. I feel like a cat with a furball sometimes.


  7. Thanks so much sweet tea. I was running up to five miles daily until I hit 275. So I have always been able to do distance related activities. My friends call me the mule because I can just keep going. After surgery it has been a lil harder but I intend to keep at it.

    I have found that setting a goal is what keeps me motivated. I intend to run the Leadville 50k in July 2016. I am also currently competing to complete the castle rock canyon 100 mile challenge. I have knocked out 41 miles in two weeks so that goal is well within reach.


  8. I have been doing this for the last 5 months. Time restrictions keep me to two miles a day during the week. The problem I have is eating 100 calories every 45 minutes. I am 3 months post op and still can only handle 1/4 cup of food at a time. It takes me 3 hours to down just one cliff bar. So it is hard to keep up the intake during the hike. I drink about 72 oz during the long hike.


  9. Until this is seen as not being socially acceptable it will continue. No one goes around saying look at that bald-headed cancer patient. Can't she at least put on a wig. Unfortunately it is perfectly ok to bash the overweight population. Most of these bashers fail to realize that one day they may also be the victim of fat bashing. I know plenty of former skinny people that over the years have gained significant weight. The worse bashers are those that are obese themselves. I had an overweight man once tell me that I was too large to be jogging. I just gave him the finger and moved on. Never let other's dictate your path. After all we are the captains of our own ships.


  10. I completed the 6 months supervised weight loss classes and had my surgery the next week. The way my scheduler pushed it through was to say I was scheduled for surgery one week after finishing classes. Then the insurance company put me into the expedited slot. I was approved in 2 days. She does this for all of the patients so that the insurance companies don't make the patients wait months.


  11. I had the DS seven weeks ago, and quite honestly I can't eat more than 1/4-1/3 cup of anything. So the chances of you gorging yourself is rather small. I, too, use to eat a ton of Pasta and pizza. I was a fast eater too thanks to the military. All I can say is now eating is out of necessity instead of pleasure. I never feel hungry per say, but my stomach lets me know when I have gone too long between meals. Also cravings aren't a big thing for me. One time I was craving a stupid gyro, and my wife happen to order one, well when I smelled it my cravings went away. A lot of our senses are intertwined so use them.


  12. calories in calories out only works in the movies, or in a perfect world. Just as your body gets use to having 3000 calories, it also gets accustom to 1200 calories. That being said, regardless of what you do, if your body/mind fears starvation it is going to make sure that your internal organs and brain are not damaged if possible. Plus someone mentioned that it is the quality of calories in that matters. If you are eating 1200 calories of high carb then your fat stores are never needed, and the body will happily utilize the carbs. Our body packs away energy stores for emergencies, and the only way to use that up is to not add to it with carbs and sugars.

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