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  1. Lilfootie

    Anyone for October 2020?

    I did my 3 week stall at week 2, stalled until week 4, lost for 3 days and have been in another stall ever since 😭😭😭. I know it will come off, but stalls are the worst. NSV - I ran on the treadmill for the first time in 6 years this weekend! And I am down two pants sizes.
  2. Lilfootie

    Anyone have chest pain after drinking?

    Oh my goodness! I just realized that cold may be an issue for me - lightbulb!!! Lol thanks for posting this. I drink so much faster with warm liquids.
  3. Lilfootie

    Anyone have chest pain after drinking?

    Sorry you tell dealing with this! It can be so scary!!! I get burps that are “stuck” in my chest (I don’t know any other way to describe them). It’s usually when I drink too fast, but it happened a lot more severely and often during my first three weeks. It hurt in the beginning, now it is just a sign that I recognize. I tap my sternum firmly with a closed fist and it often helps them get unstuck. Drinking has always been hard for me - 64 oz is insane to me. I maybe hit it 2x/week! Another thing the nurse told me in the hospital is that the doctor has to move your diaphragm to do the surgery, so a good amount of chest pain and breathlessness comes form that early on. Does it improve if you take Tylenol? They make dissolve packs now (get them at Target) if you are nervous about swallowing pills. If you are still concerned, you should contact your care team or primary doctor. Hope it all works out!
  4. Lilfootie

    Anyone for October 2020?

    Hi Everyone - I just finished my first month - yay! I see the dietician tomorrow. I also start my soft foods diet tomorrow. Since others have posted about their daily eating/drinking schedule, I will post mine (very soft foods and purées): -Start my day with a small drink (4-8oz). Drinking is still hard for me, but got a million times easier just in this past week. -Breakfast: 1 egg topped with nutritional yeast and 1 chicken sausage; or 1 egg and 1-2oz of hot cereal. -Protein Drink and water until lunch -Lunch: puréed dinner from the night before or tuna with a little olive oil mayo 3-4oz total. If there is any room I have a tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce or carrot/squash purée. -Protein Drink (usually just finishing the first one or drink half of another) and Gatorade Zero until dinner -Dinner: Usually chicken. I use my slow cooker a lot and have made a tomato basil chicken, honey mustard chicken, pork tenderloin. I also will sometimes split with a little veggie or protein mashed potatoes. I generally purée it, although I have had less need to lately. If I need sweet I do a tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce or baby food fruit mixes (lol). One of my tricks is keeping grits made and in the fridge. If I am proteined-out, I sometimes mix an oz of grits in with my chicken or tuna and it changes the texture, gives it a bit of carbs, and doesn’t change the taste. I hate the protein shakes so much at this point that I really try to get most of my protein from my meals. At the start of purées, I was drinking 2-3 shakes a day, and now I can usually get by with just one, or one and a half. Exercise is the tough one for me. I get 7,000-10,000 steps at work. I am a single mom. By the time I get home I am exhausted. I am having to nap for long periods on the weekend. I am trying to build myself up and pat myself on the back for the 10,000 steps, and remembering I only had surgery a month ago. My goal for month 2 will be 100-200 mins of extra-size (as my daughter calls it) each week My welts are about halfway gone, and it seems like my gross incision is healing, although its still gross, haha. I take my last injection on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best news of the week! How is everyone else doing? I love reading the updates!
  5. My doc says that carbonated drinks cause your stomach to stretch, so that is why they recommend not having them. I have Sunkist flavored water enhancer and they are amazing! 😂😂 they really taste like orange and grape soda! Takes me back to middle school for sure ❤️ I like the nuun enhancers too. They are effervescent, not carbonated, so they have a carbonated feel without actually being bubbly.
  6. Anyone else experience really big inaccuracies? My protein shake is off by A LOT. I have submitted for a change 3 times, with photos, and there has been no update. This has happened with other foods too. I had a day that had one food each meal that was wrong. If you use it and have not been paying attention to accuracy, definitely go back and check! They might leave out fat content, fiber, carbs, wildly wrong calcium content or serving size. I am so tired of it and thinking of switching. Does anyone else have an app they like that has a bariatric focus? Any other app suggestions?
  7. Me too! But I am 4 weeks this coming Monday. I think I stalled early, as I stopped losing at 14 days...or it is a reaction to all my antihistamines and meds. I had an allergic reaction to the narcotic they gave me - Aquagenic Pruritus, sooo bad - it is an intense allergic reaction to water and perspiration on your hands. Then I had one to the lovonox I was injecting, so I have been a swollen mess since the start and covered in welts - 22 of them each 2-4” in diameter on my abdomen and thighs). Finally all starting to go away. I put my scale away once I stopped losing and take it out only on Friday’s to weigh in.
  8. Lilfootie

    Struggling :/

    Mine too!!! They are so cheap! Calcium is expensive, but I just keep my eye out for coupons and sales and buy in advance if I have to.
  9. Lilfootie

    Anyone for October 2020?

    Mine started when I began taking all the Calcium. I have only been able to go once every 5-7 days after 3 days of laxatives (Colace with the stimulant) and Miralax. It is not fun. I have only had 4 bm’s since surgery. I am thinking of asking my doc for something stronger. I tried adding magnesium, which usually gets me going immediately, but it hasn’t made a difference yet. I feel bad contacting them all the time, between my allergic reaction to the narcotic, then the lovonox, and now the questionable incision. I feel really good otherwise! Lol
  10. Lilfootie

    Anyone for October 2020?

    hi everyone - Three weeks out. Yesterday one one of my incisions started oozing yellow. I had a small green spot on the scab as of last week. I messaged my care team. I have a feeling it is infected. It looked wonky since the start and they told me at my last appt it looked fine. All my others are nearly gone now. Still dealing with the seriously itchy welts from the Lovonox allergy. They have not gone away or gotten smaller. I have one 2-4 inches in diameter every place I injected for the first two weeks. Literally covered in then. Between weeks 2-3 I only lost half a pound (I only weighed Sunday). Either the stall came early, or all the Benadryl and swelling from my rash is keeping me from loosing (Benadryl can cause weight gain when taken over time, and I was taking it 3-4x per day for a week). Pretty down about everything. I feel like I am missing a chance for major weight loss and just ridiculously uncomfortable.
  11. Lilfootie

    Getting enough water

    I supervise a day program for adults with disabilities. I also have limited water breaks, as I am up and down from my desk all day and working program a lot. I asked my doctor to put that I need to sip water throughout the day on my return to work form so that it becomes a “reasonable accommodation” which you employer has to comply with by law. They said the reason was increased risk of dehydration. I have been back for a week and honestly it was one of my biggest worries, but it has been ok. You will be able to drink water faster than you think by then. I would save the protein shakes for when you can really sip them and try to get as much protein as possible from your food (I am getting in 2/3 so far and I am two and a half weeks out). Hope it goes well! When do you go back? Have you had your surgery yet?
  12. Lilfootie

    Anyone for October 2020?

    I put my scale away until my next appt (Nov 17). Anyone else? I know I’m doing everything I am supposed to do and the weight will come off. I started getting frustrated, weighing multiple times a day and I got sick of it, lol! Last time I looked on 10/30 I was 203lbs (down 40 lbs from starting weight and 10 from surgery on 10/19).
  13. Lilfootie

    Lovonox Reaction

    Thanks for your detailed reply! I was worried too. The doctor was out of the office yesterday. They said to stop the lovonox and start Benadryl immediately. I will be taking Arixtra instead. Hope this works!
  14. Hi! I had RNY on Oct 19. I am about 2 weeks out. I have been taking Lovonox injections twice a day since the day of surgery; however, yesterday I started developing a rash around every injection site I have ever done. This morning they looked like welts. I was surprised by the sudden onset. I messaged my vascular specialist and his office has not read my message yet. Calling is a no go with NorthShore Hospital System, because of 90min wait times. Anyone else experience a bad reaction? What happened and how was it handled? I have two clotting disorders, so I am on it because I am at a higher risk for a clot.
  15. I am one week post op, but this is an area that I feel a ton of pressure. I described it to my doctor: “when I sit up and lean even a little bit forward, it feels like there is a ball that my rib is pressing into and it causes a ton of pressure in my chest and abdomen”. They said it could still be gas, but is most likely swelling. The only thing there is your spleen, other than your stomach. Maybe that’s where a lot of work was done? In the hospital, they mentioned that the doctor moves your diaphragm during surgery, so some people have pain and swelling there, as this was a major site of pain when I was there. Interested to hear if you figured anything out or if it subsided!