Jump to content
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!


Gastric Sleeve Patients
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About Erkaderka

  • Rank
  • Birthday 11/26/1980

About Me

  • Gender
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Recent Profile Visitors

567 profile views
  1. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    So glad to hear you made it and are doing ok. A little tip- I started being forgetful about taking the Prilosec and I've been really hungry lately. I just read that it's actually stomach acid causing the hunger, so remember to take your Prilosec (omeprazole)! Hope all is well!
  2. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    Hi Cass! I'm feeling wonderful, thanks for asking! The ONLY possible complaint now is every now and then, I'll get some discomfort after I swallow something. It's very rare now though. I do get fatigued a little easier, but I'm sure that has to do with taking in less nutrients (on full liquids this week). Honestly, I can't believe how quickly the healing has happened! I finally got a scale and weighed myself. As of this morning, I've lost 23 pounds! 10 were pre-op and 13 since last Tuesday. My surgery was done by Dr. Luis Cervantes in Tijuana in case that's who is doing yours. He was wonderful! I totally know what you mean about wanting to back out, but you're gonna do great and it will be all worth it. I've had my hard days, and I'm sure there are more to come, but I'd do it all over again. I already feel so much better and happier. It's hard to explain how much your taste buds and desire for food change after the surgery. There have been times where I thought I would kill for a chicken fried steak, but at this point, I'm just not as interested and I rarely feel hungry. Best of luck to you! You can do this!
  3. Erkaderka

    Please help! I'm nervous....

    It's totally normal to feel scared. Your life is about to change in so many ways. You're entering the unknown, which is scary. But luckily, it will all be worth it. I'm only 6 days post-op and it's been a ride so far, but all the pros I keep thinking of outweigh all the hardships. I'm just ready to live life fully without weight holding me back. Think of how much energy you'll have for your four children! Super exciting. Plus, you have a great community here for support. As the others said, you have to have a ride home and you'll definitely want one. As far as shakes, just try different ones. I also drink Premier. I mostly like chocolate and strawberry, but vanilla isn't bad either. Your doctor is probably suggesting the one day liquid diet because of your lowish BMI. You're not incredibly overweight so that's probably why you need less. If you're really concerned, do another day. It won't hurt. Good luck!
  4. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    Hi everyone! I've been a bit MIA since surgery. Have been trying to stay busy and have definitely been self reflective. Everything went well, but wow, what a surreal experience- probably because I traveled to Mexico for mine. I was exhausted after the surgery and slept a lot. Had some nausea and pain (not too severe) for the first few days with a bit of dry heaving and one successful foamy vomit. Was up and walking the same day. The following day I walked about a half mile. The day after that I went to the San Diego Zoo, used a wheel chair off and on and also got a sunburn to add to my situation. 😎 I would say the first day I felt great was on the 5th day. Only had pain at the incisions and some bubbly guts, especially when I tried to drink water too quickly. All in all, considering I had most of my stomach removed, it's pretty incredible how quickly I'm healing. Each day is an improvement. The incisions are small which is a plus. As far as hunger, ghrelin is one hell of a hormone. I literally still do not feel hungry at all. I do get "head" hungry and had a few moments of despair, beginning with being in Mexico and not able to eat tacos. I'm also going through weird cravings, like just a few moments ago I really wanted a sandwich with crunchy pickles. I thought about chips and queso several times yesterday. Chocolate cake sounds too good to even think about, but sometimes I'll look at food and get grossed out. It's a whole new world. Sometimes I'll think I'm getting hunger pangs but it's actually just gas. Once it moves around and disappears, the feeling goes away. I do have to keep reminding myself to stay hydrated. All in all, everything is good. Now, I need to go buy a scale! I haven't had one in years for fear that I might accidentally trip and fall on it and see my weight. It's strange to be excited to track it now. Good luck to all the April and future sleevers!
  5. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    Same day over here! Seems like everyone has different experiences. I'm hoping it doesn't hurt bad for you or me either! Good luck!
  6. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    Haha thank you 😁 Yours is great too. Thank you, will do! I'm a bit late joining here, but it's already helping so much.
  7. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    Thank you all! I haven't been nervous at all until now. I think it's finally hitting me that this is actually happening, but of course I know this is exactly what I need so I'm also excited. Hopefully all goes well😊
  8. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    Me too! Sleeve twins unite! Good luck to you and I'm here if you need any support! 🐰
  9. Erkaderka

    April sleevers!?

    I know this is a bit late, but I actually like the Premier Protein shakes. They're 33 grams of protein per shake! And they're all mixed up ready to drink.
  10. Hi everyone! Newbie over here in Austin, TX. My surgery is next Tuesday and I'm soooo excited and totally ready to drop some weight before the hell fire of a summer gets here. Excited to interact with all of you and soak up your knowledge and support!

    1. Show previous comments  2 more
    2. Newme17


      It does. I've managed to meet one other person in my city (in person) for added support too. Maybe there's a support group there in the lovely city Austin (So pretty) you can see about joining as well. Every bit helps.

    3. Erkaderka


      That's a great idea! It's always nice meeting new people and knowing we're not alone during our journeys. Sounds like you've been to Austin before. If you're ever here again, holler! We can meet up. 😊

    4. Newme17


      Quite a few times and through it too. 😊 Don't care for the traffic on 35! Although it's not as bad as Houston's traffic. Good Lord! 😂

  11. I'm April 11th with Dr. Cervantes.