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  1. _Shane_

    Drinking too fast?

    Clear liquids will mostly go straight through the sleeve and into the duodenum. The pyloric valve immediately lets most thin liquids through pretty quickly. I'm 3 weeks post-op and can drink probably 6-8 oz of clear liquids most of the time pretty quickly, then repeat ~10 minutes later. Thicker protein shakes or soups though - only 2-3 oz at most then must wait about 30 minutes. With the bypass liquids should just flow through the anastomosis.
  2. _Shane_

    Hungry after surgery

    Instant Pot?! I recently bought one too! Prior to surgery and pre-op diets, I made lots of recipes I found on youtube, like from the "pressure luck" channel. I plan to use it to pressure/steam fish/vegetables and make healthy meals once I can eat solid foods again.
  3. Soft or Pureed foods would just slide through a gastric bypass pouch, right? You won't feel real restriction till you move to solid foods, especially proteins. I'm going on 4 weeks out and my scale hasn't really moved much beyond a few pounds in the past week/week and a half. I'm not at all concerned, I've dieted many times in the past and know what a weight loss stall is. Our bodies are still sorting themselves out after the massive trauma we put them through. If this is really bothering you, my recommendation would be to stay off the scale for a month and just keep following your post-op diet plan.
  4. Hi! So I'm 3 weeks post op (DS but Sleeve as far as this is concerned), going into the 4th week. I'm basically still on full liquids, since I can't comfortably drink more than 4-5 oz at a time, and can't really consume more than a few spoonfuls of thicker-liquids/purees. At what point should I expect to be able to consume purees or thicker liquids in any reasonable quantity? I'm supposed to be able to move to solid foods at six weeks post-op, but at this rate, I don't see that happening.
  5. _Shane_

    Bowels after surgery

    I don't understand how one could have firm BMs consuming only liquids...
  6. _Shane_

    Bowels after surgery

    We have diarrhea because we are on liquids diets.
  7. _Shane_

    Actual time off work

    I have a desk job and I took off two weeks. I'm now just over a week and a half in, and I'm ready to go back to work, simply because I'm bored. I still do have some soreness so I think, for me, two weeks is the right amount of time.
  8. _Shane_

    Hungry after surgery

    I'm 9 days out and I hear you about the water. I barely drank water for the first week, it hurt going down. Powerade Zero is my new favorite beverage. I got tired of super-sweet crystal light. I don't really feel that hungry so much as I miss eating I think. I do find myself watching lots of cooking videos and looking at restaurant yelp pictures. I have a feeling you're experience the same "head hunger" type thing.
  9. _Shane_


    I was a heavy "vaper" for the last 6 years and a smoker before that. About 1 1/2 months before I planned to quit, I used patches and nicorette gum, then about a month before surgery - stopped everything. It was difficult for a week, less so the second week, and I was home free thereafter. Chantix might be a good idea for you - I've read lots of positive experiences from people quitting with Chantix.
  10. I agree with Matt Z - men pay more for big clothes. I eventually got to the point I had to shop at the "Big & Tall" stores, as I could no longer find clothes that fit anywhere else, including super walmarts. Jeans cost $100 and shirts typically $40-$60. Way more than other places I would normally shop.
  11. _Shane_

    2nd Week post op

    Wait, you're starving? Actually eating solid food is the last thing I'd be interested in. I have to force myself to even drink water or broth..
  12. _Shane_

    Water Intake

    I won't be able to think about protein until I meet with my surgeon next Thursday. I'm 3 days post-op and will be clear liquids for almost two weeks by then (after surgery). I wish I could drink more. The timer and 2 oz. that idea that Macadamia mentions sounds good, but there is no way I can drink two ounces at a time. I'm limited to very small sips right now. Every day is getting better though.
  13. I wouldn't be able to eat any of that two days post op. Food or pureed anything, no thanks. I can barely take tiny sips of water.
  14. _Shane_

    2nd Week post op

    2nd day post-op and I can barely sip any liquids : (
  15. _Shane_

    August surgery ppl

    Congratulations! Exciting day. I'm recovering in the hospital room now. One thing I can say, I was *not* prepared for the pain id be in. The gas pain, the incisions, everything. It feels like I fell off a cliff, or got run over by a Mack truck. Just brutal.