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wowerinreally

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    wowerinreally reacted to Yo-yo girl in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    Guys I’m on day 5 and I can’t believe it. Yesterday was good and the day is just starting for me and I feel good too. I’m so glad that wild burning hunger is gone! I’m not expecting the remainder of the days to be like this but I’m enjoying not feeling so blah while it lasts.


    Yo-Yo Girl from New York City
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    wowerinreally got a reaction from newme1962 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    What I found so interesting after a few days into the liquid diet was since I couldn’t spend time eating or preparing meals I had so much more time, energy, and motivation for other things. This has continued post-op and I am so thankful. I almost feel set free from the bonds of food. Everyday I had to tell myself “Food is for the purpose of providing nutrition for health and survival.” Society has placed food at the center of every occasion imaginable, but we’ve gotta remember it really just has one purpose - fuel our body to survive. It’s a very mentally challenging thing to have WLS. Keep chatting with folks on here. Keep following your instructions and look forward to great changes!


    HW: 360
    SW: 343
    CW: 329
    GW: 180

    RNY 4/16/18
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    wowerinreally got a reaction from newme1962 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    It looks like everyone has very well covered the mental aspect of it and how important it is to start and stay committed. I know you can do this. It isn’t easy at first. I cried on day 10. Ugly cry. Sobbing. But I made it 14 days. You mentioned that you don’t like drinking Water. There are so many sugar free low cal/no cal drinks out there. Propel (several flavors), flavored Nestle water, Diet decaffeinated tea, diet lemonade, zero cal Vitamin water (my fav is called vitamin zero xxx), crystal light, etc. Honestly, if you drink 64oz of liquid a day outside of your shakes, there’s not much room for legit hunger pains. You will have mental hunger. My family didn’t eat around me for about the first week. We scheduled meal times that way, which seemed to help. This is a HUGE mental reset that will help you post op. It truly is mind over matter. I also told myself during the preop diet that for me personally I’ve gone through much more difficult things in my life than a liquid diet. You’ve got this!


    HW: 360
    SW: 343
    CW: 329
    GW: 180

    RNY 4/16/18

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    wowerinreally reacted to Sprinkles1 in Lower Abdominal Pain   
    Just an update! No now sharp lower abdomen pain, thank goodness. I still have discomfort. It feels like I have a tummy ache. Still not getting much sleep either because of the general discomfort. I'm about 85% myself! Which, i'm pretty happy about. I go back to work on the 14th. I hope I'm more myself.

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    wowerinreally reacted to Frustr8 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    Liked the licked a pepperoni slice, I tried to chew a natural chicken nugget that was left over from family dinner without my dentures, Finally tossed it after I chomped it awhile, the taste was pretty nice. My dentures were soaking in Polident overnight and I didn't want to wash them off. Pathetic, aren't I?


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    wowerinreally reacted to Yo-yo girl in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    I really enjoy reading all the post and the positive reinforcement. The story about the pepperoni was hilarious. I’d lick a few things myself but I threw everything out and all I have is Protein Shakes in the fridge. I even made sure to have zero cash on me so I couldn’t order anything from the restaurants. I’m close to asking a family member to lock me away with a case of Premier Protein [emoji28]


    Yo-Yo Girl from New York City
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    wowerinreally reacted to moondoggie1983 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    Awesome! I’m dying at the licking of the pepperoni though! [emoji23] Lets see, I’m on day 6 now. You’re a lucky duck that you have so short a pre-op diet and I am jealous! I messed up on day four and had a tiny bit of shredded boiled chicken. Ugh! I thought that little bit would be ok since most people are doing a version of the Keto diet. WRONG! I got soooo nauseous the whole next day! I guess after even just 3 days of all Optifast and Jello solid “regular” food messed me up. But let me tell you, feeling like crap that whole next day sure made me not want to cheat EVER AGAIN!
    But, it also freaked me out because how am I going to feel on day 15 when I have some cream Soup or pudding? Will everything normal make me feel gross? I was freaking out anyway because I’ve never had surgery and the anesthesia part is scary. Now I’m getting worried about all kinds of stuff! Eek!
    Tomorrow is my endoscopy so I guess I’ll get a taste of anesthesia then.
    How are you doing so far? What diet does your surgeon have you on?



    HW: 311
    CW: 258
    SW: We’ll see on May 10!
    First goal weight: 191 lbs
    Second goal weight: 159 lbs
    Goal weight: 142 lbs

    5’6” 34 yo female in NC
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    wowerinreally reacted to prisa911 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    I have similar experiences like you which is why I am doing this. PS I LOVE the pepperoni story!
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    wowerinreally got a reaction from prisa911 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    It isn’t about beauty for me either. I was beginning to be limited on what I could do with my family. I couldn’t go to a concert or sports game due to the seats that were too small for me. Every time I sat down in a chair at a restaurant I wondered if it would break as I was at 360 pounds. I have no comorbidities, and with this WLS, I’m hoping to keep it that way! I want to be healthy and be a good example for my kids. I understand, girl! Don’t feel bad about looking in the fridge or the pantry. I did it too. One night I actually LICKED A PEPPERONI and tossed it in the trash. It was so silly and we all just laughed. Good talkin to ya. Hang in there!


    HW: 360
    SW: 343
    CW: 329
    GW: 180

    RNY 4/16/18
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    wowerinreally reacted to Frustr8 in Almost quit on Day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet   
    Well peeps I broke,down today and watched another episode of my 600 pound life after I swore I never would. It was the episode Kirsten's Story. Found myself appalled and yet fascinated,by the proceedings. I hope this doesn't sound upsetting but it was like watching an caged animal in the zoo, I didn't feel a link with her at all., So I finished watching with a sense of detachment. I am glad I am not a part of that show. 😕
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    wowerinreally reacted to Creekimp13 in SLEEVED TODAY- why am I hungry???   
    The one big S....STARVATION:)
    You've been on a starvation diet...you're going to continue to be on one for a while...and starvation causes HUNGER. Actual real bonafide honest to God hunger. Concentration camp hunger. Dying of starvation hunger. Donner pass hunger. Sally Struthers Children in Africa hunger.
    Not only have you deprived your body of the calories it lives off of everyday for basic metabolism for a couple of weeks on your presurgical diet.....you have now added the massive caloric demand of needing to do lots of repairs (healing).
    Some people don't experience hunger after surgery. Hormones? Nausea? Luck?
    Many others experience extreme hunger.
    I could have chewed my leg off.
    And it's tough...because it's extremely important that you follow your instructions to the letter right now. Just have to take it a day at a time. You'll make it.
    After I started eating around 1000 calories a day, I felt a LOT better. I eat about 1200 calories a day now...have no hunger. It gets better.
    Hang in there!
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    wowerinreally reacted to allwet in SLEEVED TODAY- why am I hungry???   
    The 3 H's - Head Hunger - Habit and Hormones
    You have been sleeved but the only part of you that understands that right now is your stomach.
    You still have the habit of eating and your mind still expects certain actions and reactions from you and your hormones are going on one hell of a ride right now.
    Try to keep your mind occupied and dont dwell on food. in something between 3 and 14 days you will start to settle down as the surgery heals and your hormone levels find a new normal and your brain gets used to you doing the whole eating thing different. It can be a very traumatic time period if you havent prepared yourself for the mental game ahead of you. Every issue you had or didnt think you had will rise up and mess with your mind. The sleeve does its job but the other 95 percent is mental and how much you struggle with it will decide how happy you are for next 6 months.
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    wowerinreally reacted to DesertGirl in Gas pains after surgery   
    I was sleeved on 4/30. So this is day 3. Tons of gas that has worked up into my shoulders and jaw. I walk at least every hour, usually every 30 minutes. I do fine with watered down juices, but the Protein is hard! Just keep drinking past the discomfort of the gas. We can do this!
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    wowerinreally got a reaction from Nikki_Nik87 in Gas pains after surgery   
    walk walk walk. You will lose the gas. The bloated feeling goes down and you will be able to drink more. Just keep walking and drinking and everything will fall into place.


    HW: 360
    CW: 330

    RNY 4/16/18
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    wowerinreally got a reaction from Sprinkles1 in Lower Abdominal Pain   
    Sprinkles, I had intense gas pain post op days 7-11 that were out of this world. I have woken up in pain every single night since surgery. I’m 16 days out gastric bypass and cholecystectomy now. I feel that my pain is expected. I walk every day, and on those tough days I wasn’t walking much at all. For ME, increasing my walking helped my gas pain. Shoulder rubs helped as well. I completely understand your frustration. I’m not healing as fast as I wish I would be, and I don’t even have any comorbidities. Now my pain is just muscle soreness. You have to think about how while this was a laparoscopic procedure, there were still several instruments moving and pushing and pulling and pinching like crazy for hours. It’s a major operation. Some people love to say “oh i bounced back and didn’t take pain medications and I’m fine.” That’s not true for everyone. Reaching out to your doc is definitely good. But also being comfortable with the fact that your body needs time to heal is very important. Take the time. Walk and drink. You will feel better.
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    wowerinreally reacted to MIZ60 in Pill crusher? Where can I get one   
    I got one at the local Walmart for about $4. Just about anywhere that sells medications should have them.

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    wowerinreally reacted to Creekimp13 in Pill crusher? Where can I get one   
    Any pharmacy:)
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    wowerinreally reacted to mbj8r8 in Lower Abdominal Pain   
    Oh and I slept in a recliner for nearly a month. Couldn’t lay flat bc of the pain. After that, improved rapidly.


    HW 356
    CW 267
    GW 180

    RNY 01/22/18
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    wowerinreally reacted to mbj8r8 in Lower Abdominal Pain   
    I had pretty bad abdominal pain for a few weeks. It was right about where you’re describing. It got better slowly. Glad to hear you’ve contacted your Dr though. Never bad to check.


    HW 356
    CW 278
    GW 180

    RNY 01/22/18
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    wowerinreally got a reaction from Sprinkles1 in Lower Abdominal Pain   
    Sprinkles, I had intense gas pain post op days 7-11 that were out of this world. I have woken up in pain every single night since surgery. I’m 16 days out gastric bypass and cholecystectomy now. I feel that my pain is expected. I walk every day, and on those tough days I wasn’t walking much at all. For ME, increasing my walking helped my gas pain. Shoulder rubs helped as well. I completely understand your frustration. I’m not healing as fast as I wish I would be, and I don’t even have any comorbidities. Now my pain is just muscle soreness. You have to think about how while this was a laparoscopic procedure, there were still several instruments moving and pushing and pulling and pinching like crazy for hours. It’s a major operation. Some people love to say “oh i bounced back and didn’t take pain medications and I’m fine.” That’s not true for everyone. Reaching out to your doc is definitely good. But also being comfortable with the fact that your body needs time to heal is very important. Take the time. Walk and drink. You will feel better.
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    wowerinreally reacted to karmanodrama in Post op day 1 - I have had the easiest recovery and here is why....   
    First of all I am an ICU nurse of 30 years. I took care of patients coming right out of open heart surgery. This is where my idea came from.
    My surgery was yesterday. When I woke up in the recovery room I had a lot of pain so they gave me Dilaudid which is a strong narcotic. The Dilaudid eased the pain but it still hurt. It just made me sleepy. I asked the doctor if he would order Toradol IV. We give it to open heart patients who are in a lot of pain because it doesn't make you sleepy and you are able to get up and starting moving right away.
    (If you like the narcotic buzz, you will not like Toradol)!
    Anyway, I got the Toradol. It was a miracle. I have had the smoothest recovery. I forget that I just had surgery!!
    I wasn't going to post this because I don't want to give medical advice. But I also don't want to hold back on something that could help all of you that are about to have surgery. Just know that I am only giving you my experience.
    The best part is that it completely took my pain away...I mean completely!!!
    So I was up walking and taking deep breaths. I ate Jello the first night ( last night) with no problem.
    I hope I didn't just jinx myself !!!!
    Anyway post op day one here! So far....So good! And I am loving that green jello! Why is it always green????
    Kim
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    wowerinreally reacted to karmanodrama in Post op day 1 - I have had the easiest recovery and here is why....   
    Orange would be a nice option.

    We use Toradol in fresh out of the OR open hearts. There is a risk of bleeding so that definitely needs to be looked at. I did see on YiuTube that one of the Bariatric centers had it in their regimen. But not everyone should have it. It's worth a discussion with the Surgeon though. So, I disagree with you on this one, having used it for many years. And now from a patient perspective I am even more of an advocate IF you are a candidate. Three doses of IV Toradol will not cause the Gastric effects that Motrin / Ibuprofen cause. That is when you use it at a higher frequency.

    Glad your recovery went well too! I had heard so many horror stories!


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    wowerinreally got a reaction from Seahawks Fan in First Stall - less than 2 weeks after surgery???   
    This comment really helped me. I will be one week post-op tomorrow. I have lost one pound post-op. I can’t let myself get discouraged. I know I’m following my instructions. And I know that the most important thing is that my body heals. I put my body through a lot! The weight loss will come. The healing has to be the focus right now.
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    wowerinreally reacted to Matt Z in stall in weight loss   
    Just remember that stalls can be caused by your body "recalibrating" itself. If you are still getting your Water in, you are sticking to your diet and you are getting your exercise... then it's nothing YOU are doing wrong, it's just your body taking some time to figure things out and make changes. Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so any exercise that's increasing your muscle mass is going to offset any fat loss. Just keep marching forwards and things will work out.
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    wowerinreally reacted to daniellelosing in Recovery Time   
    Ya we’ve decided there is no way I am going back this week and I am probably taking off next week too...everyone sounds like they are recovering quickly and well but I have extreme pain sit to stand. I get my fluids in and walk but it’s been brutal.



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