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lisafrommassachusetts

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  1. lisafrommassachusetts

    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    Hey all! Here we are in post-surgery I had my sleeve done 3 weeks ago today. It seems longer, to be honest. Today was my first day back at work; I usually work until around 6, but by 3:30 I was pretty tired and not getting anything done, so I called it a day. I am on "Soft" foods now; There is a little more variety, which is great, but it takes a lot longer to eat it! To give you an idea of what I'm eating, I had a hard boiled egg and 1/3 of a mashed banana for breakfast; 2 oz of rotisserie chicken for lunch, and a protein drink for a snack. I am having a turkey sausage and cauliflower rice for dinner. I'll still need some protein and of course fluids so I'll have a cup of bone broth later this evening. I'm not really hungry, but I do know when it is around time to eat. I feel really good overall; I went to the gym yesterday and did some water exercise (nothing too strenuous and no core work, not that I am exactly good at core work); Went for a 20 minute walk at lunch just to get some steps in and the blood pumping a bit. I am averaging 8K steps a day, a couple of times I have gotten my full 10K in. I did get a cold (!) after being at the hospital to see my surgeon last week; I think the flu at the beginning of the month, then the surgery, how low my calories are, and not being able to take the vitamins until I was 10 days out has left me pretty susceptible to all the germs floating around at the hospital. Hopefully a cold is the worst I'll do, given the news about the corona virus. I've only lost about 13 pounds since surgery, which I should not say "only"; 13 pounds in 3 weeks is pretty ok with me. I know some people lose a lot more, and probably some less, and I'm happy with slow(ish) and steady right now. I'd love to hear how you all are doing! Hope everyone is healthy and healing and happy.
  2. lisafrommassachusetts

    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    @3sonsitk welcome! 96 ounces of fluid is a lot!! I struggled to get to 60. I did not have a pureed stage, instead I did day 10 to 20 on smooth foods, and I just started soft. Chicken bone broth was and is a miracle to me, it tastes great and gives you a little protein, to boot. I also found a high protein mushroom soup mix on this site I like. I was sick of the sweet taste of everything else. Good luck! Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
  3. lisafrommassachusetts

    Fairlife is awesome!

    My nutritionist warned about the Core Shakes because of the 26g of sugar. However, the milk has more protein, more calcium and less sugar than regular milk, and I like the taste. She had no problems with the milk. I use the 1%, and I use it to make cream of wheat, and I have also made a protein shake with Iconic Protein powder.
  4. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    Agree that we need a new thread!
  5. I'm so sad. I have developed a full-on cold; sneezing, very sore throat, losing my voice. I have notified my surgeon via email (Per pre-op instructions to notify if I developed cold like symptoms). I don't have a fever....Anyone have any experience with this? Am I going to get cancelled? I'm so sad. Also I have moved so much stuff at work to allow for the time off! And of course endured the pre-op diet....But if it is unsafe of course I understand.
  6. lisafrommassachusetts

    3 days post-op, with nausea and low fever

    I am going to just echo the above; A fever this soon after surgery needs to be evaluated medically, and you really can't wait. I am hoping that you have by now gotten to the ER and been evaluated and are on the upswing. Let us know.
  7. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    Oh my, I am so sorry you have had such a rough go of it! Glad that you are seeing improvement! Hang in there!
  8. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    The gas pain can be rough. Walking is the only thing that really helped me! I was not in the hospital for very long, but I did not stay in the bed, I sat in a chair and kept getting up to walk as often as I could manage. Even at home I have tried to not nap or lay down during the day so I could get better sleep at night.
  9. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    Some people have used a wedge pillow and say that helps. After a week or so you don't have the pain in the incisions at all.
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    February Surgery ?

    My 3rd day post-op was my worst! It does get better. I wonder if the bloody nose was a coincidence? That does not seem like it would be related to the surgery.
  11. lisafrommassachusetts

    Tomorrow is the day!

    Oh no! Rest hydrate and heal! Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
  12. lisafrommassachusetts

    Question about tracking

    I understand that I cannot count protein drinks toward the fluid total, even if they are made by me with water. Today I had some Barilife Cream of Chicken Soup, which comes in a packet and you mix it with water. I added a little more than one cup of boiling water; it was really a thin broth like soup, not creamy. Can I count that toward my fluids? I would think so. I am having a huge amount of trouble getting the fluids in, and I think it may be because I am drinking at least one shake a day, and the other foods I am allowed at this point are all kind of soupy....Egg whites, cream of wheat, cottage cheese, etc.
  13. lisafrommassachusetts

    Question about tracking

    @ms.sss and @catwoman7 Thank you! I think this will make my life a lot easier!
  14. lisafrommassachusetts

    Help!

    @Puffy-no-more Did your doctor say you can have milk? I could not for the first 10 days. I would be worried about the fat. Maybe a small amount and see how you feel?
  15. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    I hope you start to feel better!
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    February Surgery ?

    Good luck tomorrow! If it helps, I had very little pain; I had opiates in the recovery room, but then Tylenol and Motrin via IV; Went home the next day on just Tylenol; by 4th post op day not even Tylenol. A little stiff, but if you try to get up and move a bit every hour even that is nothing.
  17. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    Hope you both did great today! And you are now sipping, resting and occasionally walking.
  18. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    That seems pretty long...I'd talk to your physician's office. I was on my 4th post op day and they had me start taking Miralax, but they told me if I had not had a bowel movement by 1 week I might need to use an enema. Luckily the Miralax worked.
  19. lisafrommassachusetts

    February Surgery ?

    Best of luck!
  20. I am in the smooth food stage, and I track everything I eat on Fitness Pal. I am confused and frankly a little concerned about calories moving forward (or even now, really). My nutritionist specifically said not to worry about calories, to concentrate on Fluid and Protein goals, and learning to stop eating when full. She also wants me to concentrate on mindfully planning and eating 3 meals (obviously small) and 2 Snacks per day and not eat outside of those parameters. She said most peoples calories fall between 700 and 1000 per day. This all makes sense to me. What I am concerned about is I have read several different places on this site where people are eating 300 calories per day! I can't imagine how they get their protein in! Even at 500 calories it seems like you can't be getting any variety. Even on the soft food stage I have hit 500 calories. Today I had 3 TBS egg whites and 1 tbs Ricotta omelet; snack of a Protein Shake made with Water (90k); lunch of 1/4 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 banana; snack of cup of Bone Broth and 1/4 c. sugar free Jello pudding made with Fairlife Milk; dinner of 1/2 packet of cream of wheat with 2 tbs. Ricotta, 2 tbs. sugar free apple sauce, 1/4 c. refried Beans. My calories were just over 500, my protein was 60. I am comfortably full. But my concern is that I am eating too much! And once I go to "normal" foods, I am afraid I won't be able to stick to such a low amount. What do people eat per day in calories (including protein shakes) in the rapid weight loss months?
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    Confused about calories in Stage 4

    Thank you! What a great weight loss you have had in 6 months. I am missing vegetables! I really think I need to go back to work so I am not sitting around thinking about this all day. I go back this coming Monday, and I am sure I will regret those words...
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    Confused about calories in Stage 4

    Thanks! I appreciate the voice of experience.
  23. lisafrommassachusetts

    Confused about calories in Stage 4

    Oh, I did not realize that! I am eating what they gave me as choices; Refried beans, Ricotta Cheese and Cream of Wheat were on the very limited choices. And low-fat Cottage cheese. Egg whites are the only really high protein, I think. sugar free apple sauce and bananas were the only fruits, and there are no vegetables until I am 20 days post surgery. I am aware that the Cream of Wheat has no protein; I added a little ricotta to give it some protein. Truthfully ricotta and cream of wheat have no taste without at least a little salt, which I have been mostly avoiding. I have not really noticed any hunger, but I will be more mindful of this! I can just as easily stick to egg whites and cottage cheese. Also, I did make some sugar free pudding (on the list) but used Fairlife Milk so it has some protein. Is Fairlife milk ok, if you know?
  24. lisafrommassachusetts

    Confused about calories in Stage 4

    Thank you!
  25. lisafrommassachusetts

    Confused about calories in Stage 4

    Thank you. As you can see from my eating yesterday, I have boring down! Lol. I agree that this is a great time to learn to have a different relationship with food.
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