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  1. CarpeDiem129

    Best decision!

    Just wanted to share my story. I havent been on here in a while, but I had my surgery on Nov. 8th of last year (2017), so I’m almost 4 months post-op now. I used to be fairly average sized, but never really thin despite being the “thinnest” in my family. Then, after having kids and and an under active thyroid, the weight kept piling on. I was always depressed about my appearance to the point that it hindered me from living a “full” life. I happened to see some photos of an old friend on Facebook who had lost a lot of weight and looked amazing so decided to send her a message to ask her how she did it. I had tried everything! She told me about her sleeve so I decided to learn more and my journey began. I’ve always been a worrier and somewhat of a hypochondriac. It took everything in me to go through with this surgery, that is not an exaggeration. I was about to back out the day before and I’m so glad I didn’t!!! I even had a small internal bleed afterwards that resulted in me passing out and getting a blood transfusion and I’m still so glad I did it. Since then, I have gone from 242lbs to 186 and I haven’t felt this confident in a long time (though I still have a way to go). This lifestyle is my new normal and I am comfortable with it. It definitely took some getting used to, but I’d never want to go back to my old ways. I still can eat mostly what I want (although I don’t eat anything fried, breaded, or drink soda). I even enjoy Starbucks (my vice!), but now I get my drink skinny and with almond milk. I don’t really crave sweets at all and even some bad foods that I used to like taste gross to me now (a good thing). Also, my resting heart rate used to be high and now it’s it isn’t. So if you’re having doubts, do that research, but go ahead and push through. You will be so glad you did! I hope I will always look back on this and say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself.
  2. CarpeDiem129

    Lower belly pain 1 month post-op

    @nh-vsgirl @fruitandveggies Thank you both! I'm wondering if it could be from constipation? Maybe gas/indigestion. I hope I haven't developed gallstones this quickly. I had an ultrasound done pre-op and didn't have any.
  3. CarpeDiem129

    4 weeks post-op and constipated!

    @dr3am3rstarz Bless your heart! I know, it's terrible. This has been my first real experience with it. I hope your meds are giving you some relief. So sorry it's been an ongoing issue for you.
  4. Anyone else have lower belly pain particularly on my right side where I sleep? It's mainly a soreness. I generally just have it upon waking for a little while. Could it be from incisions still or just a combo of the incisions and sleeping on that side. How long for everything to heal internally? I guess the scariest thing it could be is an internal hernia or something.
  5. CarpeDiem129

    4 weeks post-op and constipated!

    I took a glycerin suppository last night and finally went some. I'm going to continue on the Miralax and hopefully it regulates me. I will try the prunes! I just hate the taste of them.
  6. I'm about 4 weeks post-op now and badly constipated. I was having the opposite issue the first 2 weeks. What do/did you take for this? I called my nurse and she suggested Miralax, but I hate the bottle says it takes a few days to work. I don't want to wind up in the ER over this. TMI: It's been like a week and a half since I had a normal bathroom trip. The other day I went a little and it was hard and a little painful.
  7. Glad to know I'm not alone!
  8. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!🍁🦃
  9. I'm starting my 3rd week post-op and I still can't suck in my tummy. My jeans still feel snug around it even though I've lost like 25lbs. How long does this last? I know my muscles are still healing. Also, when's it safe to wear shape wear again?
  10. Thank you ALL so much for the comments! They are so helpful!! I find I can still only eat about 1/4 cup of food at one sitting. I guess this is normal? I don't really feel "full" after, but I feel satisfied. I haven't tried meats yet. I think I'm going to have some potatoes, maybe green beans (hopefully they go down okay), and a little pumpkin or sweet potato. I would love to try a deviled egg.
  11. So, I'll be a little over 2 weeks post-op on Thanksgiving Day. My surgery was 11/8. My Dr. said I could start trying soft/mushy foods this week. My family is going to our extended family's big dinner(s). It will be interesting trying to hide the fact that I'm not eating. I plan to use my 10 month old and just hold her and feed her "off my plate." Oh, I guess I should mention, I have kept my surgery a secret. No one knows but my husband. How did everyone do/doing with soft foods? What about like a bite of mashed potatoes? Pumpkin? Are these typically well tolerated? I know everyone is different, but just getting an idea. Anything that I should totally not try? I definitely don't plan on eating much at all. I don't have an appetite. Just wondering what everyone else is doing. Anyone in the same shoes?
  12. CarpeDiem129

    Longest Sleeve Patient?

    Pretty rough. But much better today. Yesterday early morning my BP plummeted and I fainted (never fainted before in my life). So the Dr. said I had some internal bleeding that looks like it healed itself. After I got some blood and more IV fluids, I started to feel better. Now I think I'm just experiencing regular surgery aches and pains. My heart rate has been high, but other that everything looks a lot better.
  13. CarpeDiem129

    Longest Sleeve Patient?

    @jess9395Yes! Just interested to hear. Hopefully it's all or mostly positives! @temkinsI'm currently waiting to go back for surgery, so yeah. Lol. But I did post it a few days ago.

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