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toodlerue

Gastric Bypass Patients
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    toodlerue got a reaction from Chrisb428 in Last sleep!   
    All the waiting in pre-op is so hard! I just wanna be sedated!


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue reacted to Orchids&Dragons in Weightloss surgery won’t work for me   
    All the little sips are just in the very beginning, first week or so for most people. That's because your stomach is swollen and mad at you. Gradually your portion sizes increase (in a good way, not overdoing it) and you can eat maybe a third of what you would have eaten at a meal pre-surgery.
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    toodlerue reacted to Chrisb428 in Last sleep!   
    I hope u sleep well and have an easy surgery experience. Post updates when you are able!
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    toodlerue got a reaction from BlueEyedAngel28 in 7 MONTHS POST OP WITH PICS   
    So happy for you!


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue got a reaction from nicoleea in How much weight did you gain in the hospital?   
    Happened to me after having a baby! I was like WTF?


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue got a reaction from PCOSSUCKS in Quick Broccoli Cheese Protein Soup   
    Where do you get your unflavored Protein?


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue reacted to Roxine in March Gastric Bypass Group   
    Today is my first day posting so forgive me if I don’t get the lexicon right the first time.
    Surgery Date: March 5, 2018
    Starting Weight: 261
    Surgery Day Weight: 250
    Today’s Weight (Week 1): 241
    I had a 90 day program working with a dietician and completing all of the pre-operative testing culminating in a 3 day liquid diet prior to surgery. The first day of the liquid diet was hard, but the excitement of my upcoming surgery made the other two days fairly easy.
    I arrived at the hospital last Monday morning at 5:45 am and was wheeled into surgery at 7:45 am. I don’t remember much of that first day but I was up and walking that afternoon and evening. I was sore and there was pain but it was managed with Roxycodone every 3-4 hours (as long as my blood pressure didn’t drop too low - overnight, I had to wait 6 hours between doses as my BP had dropped below 100 systolic.
    Day 2 at the hospital was filled with trying to get my fluids in and trying to get the gas out! The pain I was experiencing was mostly related to my abdomen being bloated with gas as a result of the laparoscopic procedure. I was successful on the former (sip, sip, sip!) but woefully unsuccessful on the latter. (In retrospect, I wish I would have walked more that second day.)
    I was released by noon on day 3 and recovered the rest of the week at home. Below are just a few things that I’ve learned. Please share some of the things you’ve learned as well wherever you are in your journey and let’s help set expectations and share great ideas!
    1. When you begin your Protein Shakes, your bowels will start moving again! I called my Drs office panicked because I pooped! (A bit scary after not pooping for almost a week!)
    2. For me, I was unable to lay on my side until Day 6 comfortably. I used a comfy recliner most nights which prevented me from trying to toss and turn from side to side (I’m a side sleeper)
    3. sugar free popsicles are great!
    4. I don’t know if this will last, but my taste for broth has changed. Pre-surgery - and for my whole life - I have loved beef and chicken broth. But now, I can’t stand it.
    5. You will get bored on the all liquid diet post op. Look for things you can combine. On my plan, I was allowed coffee. The Protein shakes I found to be quite chalky in my mouth. On Day 5 I combined the two, using my flavored Protein Shake as a “creamer” to my coffee. It was warm and delicious and now the only way I get in my protein shake.
    6. Listen to your pouch. The one thing you don’t want to do is pop the pouch. The staples need at least 3 weeks to fully heal so follow your surgeon/dietician’s program exactly. No cheating! Two tips my surgeon gave me - if you hiccup, you’ve overfilled - and if you want to clear your pouch sooner, stand up very straight for a few minutes to help facilitate drainage through the small intestine.
    7. You will get tired easily - so push yourself but don’t overdo it. I started out walking throughout my house the first few days, up and down the stairs, went outside on Saturday and walked up and down the driveway, and finally went out to a few stores with my husband yesterday. I did okay at the grocery store until we went to check out. All of a sudden I was super tired. When we went to Home Depot to pick out a barn door, I found a chair to sit in while my husband picked up a few things before meeting me in the door section. I was ok walking back to the car but was tired the rest of the evening. Take it slow.
    Today starts Week 2 and I get to add applesauce, yogurt, mashed potatoes and oatmeal. It’s nice to have something warm and chewy in my mouth again.
    I will continue to post updates and invite all other March surgery dates to join.
    Thanks,
    Roxine

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    toodlerue reacted to Honeybee17 in Has anyone had problems with hair loss after surgery?   
    Started back on my Protein Shakes and bariatric Vitamins and have noticed a difference! My hair feels thicker and healthier.

    Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app


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    toodlerue reacted to Diana_in_Philly in Has anyone had problems with hair loss after surgery?   
    Get back on the Vitamins, up your Protein. Stress of any kind can cause Hair loss. Moving and new jobs are up on the list of life stressors. Also, if you are starting to have peri-menopausal symptoms it may be slower for the hair to come back or may come back in a different texture.
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    toodlerue reacted to Katherine thompson in popcicles....   
    Also, you can freeze Protein Shakes as ice cubes. I added banana to my vanilla and 2 cubes were better than any ice cream bar. Beat the heck out of it to make it smoothe. Sometimes use milk instead of Water for rich taste.

    Sent from my SM-J327P using BariatricPal mobile app

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    toodlerue got a reaction from nevermore71 in Broth   
    Today I made Bone Broth with 3 marrow bones, 1/2 an onion, some carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaves & garlic in my crock pot.
    Saved the carrots & pureed them with some of the broth for when I can have them the week after my surgery.
    Placed the broth 4-8oz into breast milk collection bags (they are sturdier then regular zip-lock bags) & put everything into the freezer. I also froze some in an ice cube tray to use later when I make more puréed food.
    I bough bone broth before when I had to do a liquid diet before a colonoscopy last year. It was so gross! I knew I could make it better & I did!
    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Baby foof   
    I just made my own carrots tonight when I made some Bone Broth if my liquids. Put them in the freezer for the purée stage.


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue got a reaction from nevermore71 in Broth   
    Today I made Bone Broth with 3 marrow bones, 1/2 an onion, some carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaves & garlic in my crock pot.
    Saved the carrots & pureed them with some of the broth for when I can have them the week after my surgery.
    Placed the broth 4-8oz into breast milk collection bags (they are sturdier then regular zip-lock bags) & put everything into the freezer. I also froze some in an ice cube tray to use later when I make more puréed food.
    I bough bone broth before when I had to do a liquid diet before a colonoscopy last year. It was so gross! I knew I could make it better & I did!
    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue reacted to 2-Liter in Never Ever Ever   
    NEVER EVER EVER go to the Grocery store when you are 3 days in to your pre-op liquid diet. My preparation left a lot to be desired. I decided that starting my liquid phase 4 days early was a Great idea lol. They almost had to mop up the drool on aisle 9. I wasn't even obsessing over any of the wrong foods but those Rotisserie Chickens were calling my name laying there looking all Sexy. I am Thankful to say that I survived and left the Store felling like Conan The Barbarian all Rough, Tough and Victorious.
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    toodlerue reacted to RapidFirePickle in Surgery Completed!   
    Thanks folks! No nausea, no difficulties at all. A little soreness, but here I am three days later and I’ve walked 3.8 miles today. Granted it was slow walking and not all at once, but it feels good to get outside and move.
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    toodlerue reacted to Creekimp13 in Baby foof   
    I bought the weird jars of Gerber Toddler Turkey Sticks. (they look like Vienna Sausages) They're bland as hell....but during soft foods stage, they were a gentle snack with lots of Protein.
    They're like...100 calories for a jar of them...and 9g of protein.
    I found them much easier to tolerate than real turkey or chicken at first.
    Wouldn't eat them now....cause...bleh! LOL. But during soft food reintroduction, they were wonderful.
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    toodlerue reacted to Chrisb428 in Packing for hospital overnight   
    Any time i have gone i need my own pillow or at the very least a soft comfy pillow case. The stiff scratchy ones they have are so uncomfortable!
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    toodlerue got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Intimacy / mental health / pre-op thoughts   
    My mom would go on a diet & then my dad would loose weight! It would make her so mad!


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in More about the "girls"   
    See if there are any Hanes/Playtex outlet stores near you. They should do fittings there. Or look for specialty bra shops in your area. Or maybe even an upscale department store has a bra fitter. They are hard to come by anymore.

    When you do find a bra that you fits you, put your shirt back on so you can see how the girls look in your clothes with the bra on.


    Toodles,
    Rue
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    toodlerue reacted to Frustr8 in More about the "girls"   
    Talked to my girls this morning. They told me they are old and tired like me, as long as I am gentle and don't cram them too hard they don't care what brand I put them in. Don't know for sure why they are so grouchy, they are 12 years younger than the rest of me. Of course there isn't as much gap between 60 and 72 as there used to be 😟
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    toodlerue reacted to Frustr8 in More about the "girls"   
    Did you happen to find out,what Secret Victoria has been hiding? Been wondering myself for years. And how come its called Amazon when its right here in the US of A? And lastly, why isn't it called Eternal Revenue when you have to,pay them forever and forever?
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    toodlerue reacted to TaylorMade4One in Still want another kid...?   
    Being optimistic hoping to find the love of my life...lol
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    toodlerue reacted to RapidFirePickle in Surgery Completed!   
    So, after a seven hour drive through whiteout conditions (thanks, Alaska), and a busy night of prep, my surgery went smooth, I’m mildly sore, and I’ve already been walking all over the ward. All in all pretty darn happy. Thanks for al the wishes and happy thoughts.
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    toodlerue reacted to TammyA in I'm not the one who wants to keep it a secret.   
    I struggled with this when I decided to get sleeved. I told my mom, my brother, and my best friend when I was going to the consults and pre-op appts. I didn't tell my husband, my sister, or my other friends. For me it was about telling people I trusted to be supportive of what I wanted. My husband is a very negative person, and I knew for weeks before the surgery he would make comments and complaints that I didn't want to deal with. When the surgery was finally scheduled and approved by the insurance company I told him I had surgery scheduled (I only had a week to wait at that point) and explained my reasoning. I told him I wasn't sure it would be approved and I knew we couldn't pay for it out of pocket so I had chosen not to say anything until I was sure it was going to happen. He understood that and was mostly quiet about it, but at that point it was already decided.
    Once the surgery was done I waited until I saw my family and friends in person to tell them. I saw my sister a few days after the surgery and told her then. I explained there were other health issues that prompted me to have this done, and that it had gone well and I was excited about it. I felt more comfortable that way. I didn't want to hear people's negative comments before it was done...afterwards there wasn't too much they could say. I only told my two closest friends and my immediate family. One friend recently told me I looked like I was losing weight. I hadn't seen her in several months and I thanked her and said I've been really working at it. Watching what I eat and trying to excercise. She said, That's great! I left it at that.
    Ultimately, this isn't your husband's decision. You have to be comfortable with what you tell people and you have to be comfortable with the people you tell.


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