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Stitches78

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Stitches78

    June 2019 Surgery Siblings!

    I'm down 87 pounds. About 35 to go.
  2. I will weigh my food depending on what it is, and depending on how hungry I am. If I'm really hungry, I measure everything so I don't over do it. However, I'm pretty good at judging size. I was very strict about weighing and measuring at first...but sometimes, I just don't have the time to do that.
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    9 months post-op... poop question (sorry)

    IBS? I have that and that's about what it sounds like. If you don't take a good probiotic, I recommend them.
  4. Stitches78

    Bladder Spasms!!!

    Do you know if you had a catheter? Those things are horrible after they come out. I had one in for something else, and I had bladder issues and pain when I peed. I also got an infection. I'm glad my doctor didn't put one in this time.
  5. Stitches78

    VSG surgery

    I've talked to several people who had the band and went to the sleeve. They all had great results. Of course, everyone is different. Do your research before. But, the sleeve is great and issues have been minimal.
  6. Stitches78

    Time to eat

    90 minutes? Damn! i don't think I could do that if I really tried.
  7. Stitches78

    Time to eat

    20 minutes can be hard to hit. But, you should base it on how small your meal is. I barely eat anything, so it does me no good to make a very small meal last 30 minutes. Just eat as slow as you can.
  8. I'm going to recommend legion protein powder. It's awesome and doesn't have chemicals.
  9. Stitches78

    Sleep apnea and surgery

    I didn't take my machine to the hospital. I was too nervous and just didn't think about it. They had one there I could use. Didn't matter. Between having to pee every hour or so and being woken up to walk around and for blood work and medication, I think I got 2 hours of sleep...and it wasn't all at once.
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    Sleep apnea and surgery

    Well, I was diagnosed with apnea in november, got a machine for 1,000 dollars. Haven't finished paying it off, and I no longer need it. I had surgery almost 6 weeks ago and I'm now paying for an expensive paperweight. So, I would say no, don't waste your money. However, there is no guarantee that yours will clear up. I think it depends on how bad your apnea was. I wasn't sleeping at all. I was waking up so much I might as well have just never gone to bed.
  11. Stitches78

    Venting about my husband

    My doctor made it a point to tell me that having surgery can cause marital issues. I got lucky. My wife decided she was going to use this as a chance to change things around for her. She and I are on a similar diet and she gets as much exercise as I do. We just cut out going out to eat. We do experiment with new recipes and everything, and that kind of helps keep the diet in check. I used to take zoloft for my ocd. It should actually make him less hungry...but it can really screw with your sleep. It also makes you sweat a lot. I remember I went on a trip, and I was on a plane for 7 hours, and I was sweating the whole time. It was awful. The thing about those types of drugs, is you need to find the right ones that work for you. So, the zoloft might not be working. He needs to go see the doctor...and he needs to talk to someone. Just taking the drugs won't help, you have to work on your issues as well. I'm not sure if the bathing thing and teeth brushing was like that before...but he needs to kind of know that's not ok. And of course there will always be an excuse not to go to therapy. Hell, I came up with reasons not to go. Guys tend to see it as a weakness. But he needs to go. Clearly, something is going on, and it has to be addressed. I also get the whole thing about having a device attached to you all the time. My wife is the same way. She's always got her face buried in her phone. Drives me nuts. There has to be some kind of rules. I hate to say that...but unfortunately, if that kind of behavior is not addressed, it will cause problems. He's not a child, but he's acting like one. I'm not sure what kind of talks you've had with him...but if he's not willing to do anything to make things better, it is not fair to you, nor your children. I'm not saying to dump him, but if you love him, and you want things to work out, then he needs to understand that things can't continue the way they are. It's ok to come on here and gripe about things. We all need to get things out of us. It's healthy. I really hope things work out. It sucks to see someone self-destructing when you're trying to move things in a more positive direction. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it works out.
  12. Stitches78

    Protein

    If you like refried beans, try those. I water some down and put a little cheese on them. Get the low fat ones. I also found a cheese dip that had a good amount of protein. But, I didn't hit my protein until after I got into the soft foods...even then it was hard. If you have a good shake, that should cover most of it. I used legion powder with lactose free milk. That was about 30 grams right there.
  13. Stitches78

    Struggling

    They tell you that once they have all the paperwork, it can take a month...but mine took 2 days. And from what I've heard, others have had similar experiences. I'm just surprised the doctors scheduled it before they had approval. I'm sure it will come in.
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    Medication

    I didn't take my normal medication right away...but I had no problem with the stuff the doctor gave me. I was taking 4 pills a day. 2 were small, the others were good size. The only problem was getting enough water to swallow them. But, I think it depends on what they give you. Some drugs won't work if you crush them up.
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    June 2019 Surgery Siblings!

    6 weeks out and I think I'm pretty much back to normal. I've lost so much weight and feel great. I went back to my kung fu classes last night. It was great. Been hitting the weights and swimming as much as possible. I saw a few people saying they didn't have energy after a couple of weeks...don't worry, it will come back. It's completely normal. I have tons of energy as long as I keep up with everything and get all my protein in. Hope everyone is doing good.
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    Peanut butter

    I find peanut butter to be tricky because of all the oil they use. Have you looked into PB fit? Probably shouldn't have it right away, but it's better for you than peanut butter.
  17. It shouldn't be a problem. I was training in Wing Tsun. I stopped for surgery, and my doctor said I was fine to go back after about 6 weeks, or whatever my pain levels were. I'm going back next week.
  18. Stitches78

    Driving Post-Op

    My doctor said after I stopped taking pain killers...however, I drove about 5 days after. The bad part was getting in and out of the car since my car is kind of low to the ground.
  19. Stitches78

    Tennis shoes??

    I still wear slip-ons as much as possible. The socks they gave me were enough.
  20. Stitches78

    I give up on protein :(

    I had an issue with nausea after a week and a half. It was awful. I couldn't get anything down. I took acid reducers and that helped a lot. Also, the problem I had, and you may have this as well, was smell. Your sense of smell is super hyped up, so smells can set you off easily. I drank peppermint tea. That really helped calm things down, and it's caffeine free. It can be strong, but it helps with the nausea. I use legion protein powder. it's a little expensive, but it's all natural. Most other protein powders use sucralose, and that can give you nausea as well. When I started out, all i could have was water, because everything else gave me issues because sucralose is in so much. Anyways, I would make a thinner protein shake with lactose free milk and half of a scoop, and it would still give me a good amount of protein. But, yeah, try the peppermint tea, and try to avoid sucralose if you can, and try to take antacids.
  21. Stitches78

    REGRET

    I had regret for a short time. However, I've lost a lot of weight already, and even though I know it's going to slow down any day now, it's already improved things. So that is something to look forward to. The mental part of it is huge. My doctor made sure I knew I might regret it right after. We talked about it. I have actually gone and met with a therapist just to help with my food attachment issues. I'm finding that it's easier to take food out of it. That's important. My family did have this thing about food being involved in everything. And, I can still be a part of it, just don't eat everything they eat. I also started to learn new things to cook. Cooking with different herbs and spices to make food taste better. I'm just over a month out, and I'm learning what I can eat now, and I have to say that it helps to find a new recipe. Like I made hummus the other day. It came out great. It's finding a new way to enjoy food. So, while it's hard at first, it will get easier. It's an adjustment, but you'll be ok.
  22. Stitches78

    June 2019 Surgery Siblings!

    I had it for a few days...it was accompanied by nausea. It went away. Might have been something different.
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    feeling cold..

    I live in Texas, and after the first week, I started noticing how cold I was getting. Usually it gets really hot in our house at night, so we have a fan that sits next to the bed. I've woken up under layers of covers. So, it's an advantage in the summer. We'll see how it goes when it gets cold. Of course it's only cold here for like 2 days out of the year.
  24. The pain sucked...but I think after a week and a half it was more of an annoyance. It's been 3 weeks, and I still have a little twinge here and there. And if I bend over for too long, I notice it. But, really, I don't regret it. I've lost 40 pounds. My clothes don't fit. The only thing I have a problem with is knowing when to stop. It's like 1 bite makes me feel full. But really, I think about how much better I already feel, and how much better it's going to get, and it keeps me going.
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