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  1. RNY-Fall-2017

    RNY November 2017

    Just got my surgery date! So excited!! I got a call from the nurse yesterday and she said since my BP has been dangerously high at the last couple visits & at the exercise physiologists visit, their going to try to move the surgery date to October if any spot comes open! Yaay!
  2. Began this great journey at 238 lbs & 5’9”. 1 year post op & I’m now 160 lbs. That’s a weight loss of 78 lbs. Just wow. I feel terrific in every way, no more blood pressure issues or meds, or sleep apnea, its been so much fun being in this body & just watching the weight drop off and having my health return! (Except....)Except 3 things.... 1) First, a totally new thing starting this week. Severe lower leg cramping a night, followed by aching muscles in legs for days so bad that I can’t even touch my lower legs. Thought I couldn’t take the leg pain/ache anymore & might even have to walk into a hospital or a urgent care. I’ve read enough to know that it likely is vitamin deficiency, and my 1 year post op blood work is TODAY, and then the follow up is coming up very soon, so I’m going to ge to the bottom of this. Have a feeling the results won’t be good. 2) As far as other issues? Well I began having a beer or two about a month ago. Is it ok to have a beer daily? Why am I thinking (or remembering...?) not to ever drink...? Really..? Never..??? 3) What else...? Oh yeah, very tired of taking supplements. Easy to let it go for days & weeks a this point, so what are other long term RNY people doing as their daily or weekly routine for supplements? Currently I’m taking 4 chewable supplements a day, called “Optisource” from Walgreens. They taste good to me but I’m just curious what others are using because I may switch if there is a 2/day out there. Thanks for the suggestions in advance! I want to say healthy so I appreciate your KIND advice!🙋🏼❤️Hugs, Jen
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    1 year Post Op (BUT ISSUES...)

    **Update!!! 1) Leg cramps are gone! Feeling great again. Loaded up on black beans & nuts this wknd & they totally went away within 24 hours!?! Wow that was fast! 2)My bariatrics office called me, they got my labs back and they looked good the Dr said! Just a little short on magnesium! So, yes that was the leg cramps. I’m otherwise doing well there. Wheew! Thank you all!!🙏🏼🙏🏼😍 Jen
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    1 year Post Op (BUT ISSUES...)

    My goodness folks, thank you all for your kind words. I will try to heed the advice as well, I know it’s very serious! I will continue reading everything you all post. Also, I did get blood work done this morning, (fasting labs) which the lab tech said should be back soon. So we’ll see what’s next here in a day or two. Afterwards I picked up some almonds, mixed nuts, bananas and Gatorade which I read are some good staples for us post op-ers. I’ll be making myself eat & drink better from here on out as well. ’Til next time,then thanks again.❤️jen
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    October '17 RNY buddies

    YOU look AWESOME!!!!! Oh my gosh!!!😃👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Wow! You look great!!! Yes it’s is so life altering! I couldn’t agree more!! Let me see if I can find a pic too before surg...& after. Ok yep- the first is a month before surgery. Second was taken at 3 month post op at 45 lbs lighter!! Yay for us!!😃👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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    Not losing weight after bypass! Help!

    Hi! Congratulations, so happy for you! YOUR DOING AMAZING!!!! Sista, lemme tell ya! Your at the ever so common 3 week stall which is lasting a few weeks for you. I stalled at 3 weeks too after I only lost 13 lbs! Yep I only lost 13 lbs (in the 3 weeks after my gastric bypass, which was on 10/17/17). It just took my body time to trust the process as yours is doing to you. It’s ok. Just please relax. Relax. Relax. You’ll lose again! Really! My HW-142, SW-127, CW-189.6 lbs. So as you can see, I’ve had a few stalls & still managed to lose 53lbs in 4 months. It’s part of the process to stall & level out. Some people lose quickly & some just a bit slower, but we all lose good amounts of weight. I am pretty tall & was just over the 35 BMI, so I was told that Ide lose slower than someone with a higher BMI. Those are all individual things we have to remember and take into consideration when looking at our overall weight loss picture. And it’s why we should not ever compare our loss to someone else’s weight loss. I know it’s easier said than done, right?! I know. But it’s true. With that being said, what I did, was I typed into google search “gastric bypass at high weight of 142” and a few ther people popped up with the same or similar stats. I then followed them to see how they were losing. That is the closest thing to a real comparison I’ve found for me, and I say all that because again, comparing yourself to someone else with different stats will be unproductive to you. It may hinder your progres and it will only depress you. Others may be losing faster or slower than you AS THEY SHOULD BE if they be a different BMI than you. As a matter of fact, even people with exactly the same BMI as you starting out will lose weight at varying paces, due biological factors in each person that differ slightly: such as their own liver function (LFT’s or Liver Function Tests are drawn prior to surg to tell the health of liver cells. As we lose, it puts much strain on the liver cells, and if strained with too much the weight loss at once, the weight loss process may become stalled or our body may respond in other ways to signal issues are occurring in thats dept.). Other individual biological factors that we need take into consideration are things likes our own metabolism vs someone else’s (if we have slower metabolisms we may not excercise as much as another which may slow our weight loss slightly compared to another person), also our own water intake regime is a key to our weight loss too (that’s why you will be good to watch your Creatatinine level in your kidneys-this level elevates with insufficient water intake and the kidney can become strained with quick weight loss if not assisted with the water & hydration it needs to allow fat to pass as we lose), also other health ailments we have or the medications we or another person is on may also slow down to quicken weight loss results. There’s so much to consider. Many factors play into the weight loss of our bodies. We need to allow ourselves reasonable and sufficient time to lose. You’ve lost a tremendous amount of weight! From 232 to 210 in about 4 wks is just truly amazing!!!! Seriously, step back and look at those results and ask yourself ‘when was the last time I lost 22 pounds in a month’?. LIKELY NEVER! So relax and try to enjoy the process. Seriously, we will all lose after this surgery, even those with crappy eating habits, crappy exercise habits and crappy water & protein habits. That’s actually a fact. Seriously-because 1) the very fact that our tummy’s are drastically reduced in size and 2) because we literally just cannot absorb most of what we eat puts demand on our bodies to keep losing. Now, through the process we will all stall at times to level out and to adjust, but that’s a good thing!! We want it to stop to readjust now & then! And then eventually our bodies will find a new “set point”. But that’s not typically until after the 12 or 18 month mark. So try to be happy as you sit back to watch your new “tool” do its job & the pounds will melt away! You should be stepping on a scale only once to twice a week according to research after these surgeries. Did you know that? I DIDN’T. My surgeon told me, then my nutritionist told me too. Then I started seeing it & read it everywhere. Yep. We don’t want to teach our new selves that a scale is the know all, by which to guage whether we are losing timely or not. A scale cannot tell us if it’s “water weight”, or “period time”, or “hi, thank you for stepping on me again today, I hate to inform you but your body will be taking the next 3 weeks to level out & readjust”. Your body is doing great, reward it with protein, water walking. HUGS!! Congrats again on doing so well!🌷Jen💕🌷
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    October '17 RNY buddies

    We had surgery on the same day! I’m down 52 lbs exactly in all (142#HW, 227#SW, 190#CW.) I’m happy with my weight loss but excited to see how much more I can lose. It’s cool that I found you & am excited for you too!! Hugs! Jen
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    October '17 RNY buddies

    I had rny surg on 10/17/17 & am down 50 lbs in all as of now. Not sure how that compares with others at 4 months out, but I’m happier than I ever imagined! Your right though, it gets quiet after a couple months out because we’re all settling in & readjusting to our new lives we’ll. I know for myself I only get on this app now about every 2-3 weeks & then it’s only if I have something I’m wondering about. I’m always curious about my fellow October rny peeps but it would be easier to text per phone at least for me. (Cuz I just don’t check in as much as I use to). Anyway, I love seeing everyone’s results!!😃👏🏼👏🏼
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    Can you feel your remnant stomach?

    Nope, can’t feel mine. Never heard of such a thing either. My surg was 10/2017 & lost 50 lbs so far & most of it was prob in my abdominal area, so by now I would have felt it if we’re possible. I think this person is simply just incorrect thinking they can feel it.
  10. A friend going in for weight loss surgery tomorrow just asked me this question: “Do you have any advice for me? ” This was my response and I hope it helps others too, although this was just my own experience & others experiences would be terrific as well!💕... Hi!😃 I remember feeling like surgery day would never come too! It’s the first day of a steadily better life!!👏🏼👏🏼 Advice, well I suppose first off, DO NOT forget to ask for something for calming/ anxiety when they start getting you ready for surgery. With me I was excited & feeling great til I got called back & then got strangely flooded with fear & emotions about being put under (for the first time) & really needed something. I was even crying a little but they never offered anything, so I asked. That was all I needed to relax again. 👌🏻 The other thing I’de say to definitely prepare for is the MENTAL ASPECT. Prepare now, and just know that the first weeks are the hardest (the first 4 weeks for me). This new postop time is difficult. For some, there is a bit more pain, but most of us have none👏🏼👏🏼. Other complications may occur too, but know now, it WILL BE SO WORTH IT! The most common issues (for me) however, were...EATING very differently, which can even lead to a bit of depression with some people. (I‘de say don’t even bother to try to sit down with your family for 3-4 weeks at dinner time). Also prepare for unusually smelly GAS, unusually smelly BREATH, many unusually smelly trips to the BATHROOM (w/ chronic liquidy DIARRHEA for me, 2 weeks of that followed by chronic CONSTIPATION for 2 weeks. It was not drinking enough Water in my case, but again that was just me). For many it’s just constipation though. Lastly, prepare to SLEEP ALOT. Do not try to return to work til week 4-5 if possible (perhaps using FMLA if possible..?) You’ll be really tired or about this long. That being said, just know, those were what stood out to me, hence my own personal experience & advice. I know many others have more great tips to watch out for too. HOWEVER, I do want to say, everything will PRETTY MUCH go back to normal by about week 5-6, maybe sooner (except eating large amounts). Again, that was just my experience however, and certainly changes some person to person. Everything is back to normal for me and I’m feeling fantastic in every way. I felt that way since about week 5 actually, but even BETTER EVERY WEEK! I’m at week 7 post op & feel terrific.😃 I knew everything would pretty much return to normal because my mom, dad & sister had RNY surgery years ago & I went along for their journey. But many don’t know & can get really depressed. I did not since I was prepared for those first several weeks. I knew it would all pass & I knew that my job now, was to eat my Vitamins, drink that Protein , water, sleep & simply be smelly!😂 😂🤣 It all went away for me-including the intense fatigue. Its pretty wonderful starting somewhere between weeks 4-6. I espesially love NOT having that smelliness come out of me anymore!👏🏼👏🏼😂 Oh by the way, if your spouse sleeps with you, you may want to ask them to please make themselves a pad in the guest room, basement or couch for these first weeks- the smelly gas for me was ALL the time & just awful!!😬🤓 the smell is just so different post op!😱 My hubby went to our guest room prior to my surg due to his snoring & it saved me post op humiliation since he was still sleeping elsewhere!😄😁😆 I hope this helps some dear soul out there who stumbles upon it! It’s going to get better sweetheart!!!🙏🏼 Hugs!💕❤️ jennifer **This is not meant to be an all inclusive list of post op issues, it was just one persons experience as reinerated several times, please bear this in mind dear readers💕**
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

    Oh no, still in pain? 😳😬 must be that hernia repair you had along side the surgery. Most of us don’t have any pain much less at day 8. Ide say maybe call your surgeon, but if it’s lessening everyday then your body is just taking time to heal but its still healing. I’m sorry. That may be discouraging. As for diet, you’ll be to pureeds before ya know it💕 Do you know what pureeds your going to eat and what to buy for your Puréed stage? A suggestion, (I’m sure you heard of it..) but it’s called Shellys Ricotta Bake. Its sooo yummy for pureeds & many of us got by with that recipe. I ate it everyday! 😂😂 when your not sleepy maybe try & look up some recipes & that should help. I know for me during recovery when I wasn’t done sleeping I was planning for my next stage to keep focused on something. Im sorry I’m not much help. I hope you continue to have better sleep at night with sleeping on your side though. What a relief to sleep on your side again!l👌🏼 Take care, sleep sleep sleep💕 hugs, Jennifer
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

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    Where Am I at 2 Months 5 Days out

    Great work!! 44 lbs I should fantastic!! I’m almost right there with ya, had surg 10/17 & feeling greaaat! Lost 40 lbs as of today!! Yaaay! I’m almost 2 months post op & so glad to be done with those first few weeks-Yuck!! Its certainly the best health decision I’ve made thus far & so excited about the future!! Keep up that excellent work!!😃💕 Hugs!! Jennifer❤️
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

    YOUR WELCOME Kim!🙏🏼💕 We’re sisters now! Got to the other side! Woo hoo!!😃👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I’m sooo happy you did it! I’m so sorry you’ve been feeling bad. The first 2 weeks we’re the very hardest & the next two are easier👌🏼 Really! It’s most difficult I think when your mostly doing sludgy liquids ALL THE TIME those first couple post op weeks🤤. I found sleeping every second I could made the time go by quicker and esp made me feel much better. Are you able to get help at home in order to sleep well? That makes a tough situation whole lot easier for sure.😴😴 I hope you feel better soon sis! We’re all rooting for ya Kim!!!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😃 Hugs💕❤️jen
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

    I am with you bro! I was so nervous too! Ahh!!😱 but it goes by like a blink of an eye & you’ll never soooo HAPPPYYYYY!!! Like me!! Happy happy happy you did it!!!😃👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 It’s esp fun when you start to get compliments & even if you can’t tell a difference others sure will! Keep looking forward to your future & make a few goals to keep you going!! It’s a fun process to see the weight start melting off!! Many Hugs!💕 Jennifer❤️
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

    Thank you!! If it helps someone even in a small way I’m so happy to share!!💕❤️ I remember reading sooo many posts in forums before my surgery date & its beeen so hopeful to me! Now I continue reading posts about others’ post op concerns & it’s amazingly helpful! Love this forum where we can ask & share at such vulnerable times & get needed support!!🙏🏼 Hugs!! Jen
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

    Oh your welcome! I hope it helped in even some small way💕 I see your surgery is DEC 13th! Only about a week away then, WOO HOO girl! I’ll be following your progress as you feel up to posting. Congrats on coming so far in your journey!👏🏼👏🏼 Many Warm Hugs!! ❤️ Jennifer
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    Being Prepared For Those Post-Op weeks:

    At my 2 wk post op visit, I asked my surgeon about the bad breath & he said mints were fine & gum was ok too as long as it was SUGAR FREE GUM! 😃 I’ve been chewing it since he gave me the okay & it’s saved me!👌🏼
  19. Yaay!! So happy to hear your bp has been normal. No complications after surgery then & you can take care of you!! 👏🏼👏🏼Great to hear, that’s a delicate time & your home now, awesome. Thanks for updating us too. Sleep away & take care til your up to giving us another update😃 hugs! 💕Jennifer
  20. Thought my pouch wasn’t working Post-Op. Seriously thought of calling my surgeon, but alas the patience is paying off. My pouch does work. Here’s the breakdown week1-week 5 post op rny. (242lbs highest wt. and surg day was 227lbs after liquid diet (started using NO SODIUM BROTHS & it flew off then) Week 1-2 no hunger. Week 3 felt hunger again but it was satisfied very easily with tiny portions of Puréeds(1/4 cup). Week 4 had a little more hunger and needed more to satisfy at times 1/4-1/2 cup Puréeds. On week 5 (mech soft diet starting now) & not hungry at all again. Forgotten to eat 3 times already, so this week is different. The weights FLYING off about a pound a day now. (Initially I lost 6 lbs the day I was discharged from hosp, but... NOTHNG ELSE LOST week 1 or week 2 Week 3 lost 3 lbs. Week 4 lost 4 lbs. At my 1 month post op visit I’de lost 13 lbs post op, but lost 27lbs total with preop liquid diet included. (Ok ok ok so not bad afterall...) Week 5 lost 6 lbs I’m losing at about pound per day now. So my body is letting go of weight finally at a much faster pace. It’s crazy how it wouldn’t move AT ALL week 1-2! Just starting week 6 at still about a pound per day loss still so far.. Total lost now: 33 lbs w/ Preop included. Crazy how my body/ metabolism was so slow to engage in wt loss. Prob due to needing to see if I was starving or if I would still give my body protein & nourishment & when it saw I was eating foods again (albeit in much smaller portions) but it started letting go then. Curious what others post op wk by wk breakdown looks like & if this is typical..?
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    Rapid Wt. Loss at Week 5, Metabolism changes!

    A sister & a daughter!?😱😂🤣 oh, that’s hilarious, lol-but THANK YOU!!! Oh my goodness I can’t believe anyone could really look that different after such a short period of time, but I’ll take it!!😃👏🏼 Thank you so much for such an amazing compliment too!!! It’s hard but worth the work! 💕🙏🏼 Many Hugs❤️ Jennifer
  22. Happy for your discharge but I’m sorry about your blood pressure. Mine was normal, however I was there for 3 days since I just didn’t feel well for some reason, but really wanted to go home on day 3. Then the next day got a 102.6 fever on the 4th day. I called the surgeon and was instructed to immediately go to the ER. They did a series of tests including CT scan with contrast, an X-ray and blood cultures. They found that I had “ATELECTASIS” (a partially collapsed lung) & said it was common from being on the ventilator during anesthesia. The surgeon said it normally resolves on its own it to keep walking & using the incentive spirometer. The fever went away with extra strength Tylenol and never returned. I feel great at week 6 now too. I hope your increased BP is just a sign of anxiety or pain and nothing else. I’ll be checking back here on your progress, but until then sleep a lot, walk, and check for a fever post op periodically!! Try to sip frequently too. Keep us all posted, we’re thinking of you! Hugs to you from all of us here dear friend!!🙏🏼💕Jennifer
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    My story... bare with me!

    That drive sounds very difficult for every single visit throughout the process, I’m so sorry your having to deal with such an obstacle! I admire your motivation however! Needless to say, you’ll do very well with this kind of determination up front. About the pain medication: I was given IV pain meds day 1 and 2 and transitioned to oral pain meds later on day 2. On day 3 they discharged me to home. Some people have more pain than others and require more pain meds, like me I guess. But on day 3 I didn’t need any pain meds at all anymore. I had zero pain. I was sent home with a prescription for more pain pills too & got the script filled but only took like a total of maybe 2 pills over the next week. Crazy, but pain is pretty much under control with these surgeries for the general consensus. Right after surgery when your wheeled up to your room is when you need something, definitely, but seems like it’s mainly that first day & into the 2nd day with some of us. For vitamins: I take “Opti-Source” Bariatric chewables four times a day. My nutritionist said everything you need is in there. I’m only 6 weeks post op but it’s convenient since they are at Wal-greens for $29 (per month). Good luck to you dear friend!!!! Hugs💕❤️Jennifer
  24. Needing your input for motivation please. Can a difference be seen yet? I truly am having a difficult time seeing a difference in myself & am wearing the same elastic yoga pants still. (I guess since we see ourselves every day in the mirror it might be tougher to spot the changes..?) I’ve read that this can be normal though. I see it clearly in others pics, but not mine & I think that’s so strange! So I’m really curious...is there a difference this early to anyone else? Does it show yet or too early..? I’m a stay at home mama for now so not getting out as much as in earlier years to be around many peeps, just my hubby who thankfully appears to notice some differences already. Anyway for needed motivation, going out on a limb & posting a side by side at 6 weeks post-op & minus 32 lbs..Here goes!!😬 I wanna we yours tooo!!!!!!! Pleeeeze!!!!??😃👏🏼👏🏼
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    Before/After pics week 6 post-op..Difference??

    Thank you for saying so! How kind of you and it means the world when we can’t see the changes in ourselves so easily!🙏🏼 Thank you! Hugs💕 Jennifer

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