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Dogmom68

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  1. Dogmom68

    I did it!!! I lost 100 pounds!!!!

    Congratulations!🎉 Your hard work, commitment, and dedication paid off! Absolutely wonderful!💕
  2. Best of luck!!! You’ll do great!😊
  3. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    I may have missed an earlier post but is there a reason you have to have tomato soup for every meal? I have Swansons sipping bone broth in chicken flavor with a little salt since it’s so bland. It gives me a lot more protein. Since you’re about to start the puréed stage, try the small tuna pouches (hickory flavor is the best!) put that in your food processor (I got a tiny 2 cup one at Target for about $20), add some mayonnaise and some seasoning. Purée that stuff really well. It’s really good! I watched a lot of YouTube videos about the puréed stage by this lady (TimeToShrink) who is very creative with her food! Don’t be discouraged! You can do this! 😊💕💕
  4. Dogmom68

    WHAT is this???

    I’m so glad you have some answers! And that you can eat something now! I’ve had esophageal spasms and they really hurt!! So sorry you’re going through this but I really hope you can see the GI specialist soon. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻💕
  5. I’m on a two week liquid diet and it’s been a killer (again! This is my second bariatric surgery.) I can have protein shakes or greek yogurt for my ‘meals’ every three hours. I would be lying if I said I had been perfect throughout this process. I’ve slipped up a few times by stealing a fry off my husbands plate or eating a couple of olives when I was simply sooo hungry. I’m going to have the hiatal hernia repair during my surgery on the 29th and the revision to RNY, as well. The GERD burns me up a lot of the time so I take esomeprazole in the morning and Pepcid in the evening. And thank goodness for Tums during the day!
  6. Dogmom68

    WHAT is this???

    I tried to edit my post but it wouldn’t let me….. anyway, I also wanted to add that you should tell your surgeon you think you may have an ulcer that could possibly be bleeding. I think that would account for the very dark stool. (I know, TMI but, hey, we’re all friends here.)
  7. Dogmom68

    WHAT is this???

    I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this!! It sounds like a severe hiatal hernia but I’m not a medical expert. Please call your surgeon ASAP!!! Don’t let them schedule you where you have to wait. You need to be seen immediately. Put your foot down! Tell them you’re in extreme pain and this is emergent. Have them work you into their schedule. Let us know what they tell you.🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️
  8. You absolutely need to contact your surgeon ASAP! I developed terrible GERD about 6 months after my VSG and have been living with it for about a year. It truly is horrible. My heart goes out to you. I wonder if you have a severe hiatal hernia which would cause your extreme reaction. Regardless, please call your doctor as soon as they open in the morning! You sound like you would be a prime candidate for a revision to your surgery. I really hope things get better. Please keep us posted.🙏🏻💕💕
  9. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    Best wishes!!! You’re going to do great!❤️
  10. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    Before my VSG, I only lost 2 lbs during my 2 week pre-op diet! Talk about discouraging! They had me only eating/drinking protein shakes and greek yogurt. I never eat yogurt because it’s too high in calories and carbs. I think that is what kept me from losing any weight. However, my surgery went very well and I recovered quickly so there’s that… This time around (I’m getting ready for a revision from VSG to RNY) I’m drinking protein shakes but not eating much greek yogurt. I’m sipping on chicken bone broth a lot instead. I started my pre-op diet 4 days ago and I’ve lost 3 lbs. so far. Hang in there! It’s all going to work out great! Just stick to your pre-op diet and everything will be fine. You’ll start dropping weight after your surgery. I lost almost 80 lbs in about 3 months after my VSG.
  11. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    The only things I know to do are to sip on Swansons chicken (or beef) bone broth (9 grams protein) and/or to add unflavored protein liquid or powder to your drinks/ broths. You can order protein liquid from Amazon and it will really boost your protein intake. Maybe incorporate some Pedialyte in your water or no sugar Gatorade or Powerade to help with the dehydration. My dietitian told me soups, broths, and Powereade all count towards my fluid intake. I’m so sorry you’re having nausea. That is so miserable. If it gets really bad and uncontrollable then call your doctor for sure. I hope you feel better soon. 💕
  12. I used to have active hobbies like gardening but since I was diagnosed with arthritis in my spine (all over my body, really) I can’t do things I used to be able to do. I was very depressed for a long time because I had to leave my job I loved because of all the pain. That was three years ago and since then I’ve found other things to do that make me happy. I go to the pool and just walk around in the waist deep water to move my legs (I had a hip replacement recently.) I have gotten really good at needlework/ cross-stitching and have completed some beautiful projects. It took awhile to change my mindset and now I focus on my health and eating well. I’m able to focus on tracking my food which has allowed me to gain control over my eating/ calorie consumption. I’ve lost 80 lbs and I have 50 more to go. We all can do this!❤️
  13. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    It really does hurt!!! I’m so sorry you’re dealing with it along with trying to recover from your surgery. The spasms will eventually calm down. Hang in there, my dear!! It gets better, I promise!💕
  14. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    I’m so sorry you got postponed, too! My surgery was supposed to be on 8/8. Talk to your surgery scheduler at your surgeon’s office. They have a lot of experience dealing with denials and approvals with insurance companies. I used to be a surgery scheduler for the doctor I worked for for many years. Sometimes it’s just a records issue (they need) or another test needed to document the medical necessity. My sleeve was initially denied until my sleep study records were sent. (I had horrible sleep apnea.) Now I’m having to jump through the hoops to get my hiatal hernia repair approved and my gastric bypass conversion. I’m not too concerned at this point; just annoyed with having my surgery day postponed. I had an EGD on 7/19 and I’m scheduled for an Upper GI/ barium swallow on 8/15. I’m hoping this test will help get the approval.
  15. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    After my VSG, I had to do clear liquids for about a week or so and then two weeks of regular liquids until my follow up with my doctor. After that appointment they released me to move on to very soft, puréed foods. I found the puréed stage difficult because I wasn’t sure what to make! I watched lots of YouTube videos about making foods in different stages. And trying to get a lot of protein was very difficult (still is for me!)
  16. Dogmom68

    2nd Day Post Op

    You could be getting dehydrated and your electrolytes are off. You could try combining Pedialyte and water or Gatorade and water to help with that. Some people say to try and sip a little dill pickle juice. I haven’t tried it but I hear the brine has a lot of electrolytes. I tend to sip on Swansons sipping bone broth (chicken flavor) with a little salt in it since it’s so bland. It has more protein AND you’re hydrating yourself in the process! If you start feeling really bad you might need an IV to rehydrate. Don’t hesitate to go to the ER if you feel really bad.
  17. Dogmom68

    3 months post VSG and NOTHING

    I feel your frustration! I’ve only lost about 60 lbs in the past year and a half since my VSG. My dietitian isnt very helpful in my trying to get my grams of protein other than adding protein shakes which definitely slows down my weight loss! I’ve resorted to eating (and tracking!) an all protein diet (eggs, fish, chicken, etc..) and adding in small amounts of green veggies. To get to my protein goals I have to add a protein powder like unflavored GenePro to my food and drinks. I only weigh myself a few days a week. Now I’ve developed terrible acid reflux and a hiatal hernia so I’m going to be revised to a RNY. I’m hoping it will fix a multitude of issues!!! Hang in there! Take a look at MyFitnessPal to track your food and macros!
  18. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    Some of you may already know my surgery got pushed from 8/8 to 8/29 due to an insurance authorization issue. My doctor and surgery scheduler are working hard to try to get me approved for the hiatal hernia repair/ bypass. My insurance said it wasn’t medically necessary. So after already doing one week of pre-op liquid diet I get to start over around the 15th! I also have to have an upper GI to document the hernia. Fun fun! Please keep your fingers crossed that I can get through this!🤞🏻😊
  19. Dogmom68

    August surgery buddies!

    Wow! 8 lbs! I’ve actually gained 2 lbs 🙄 and I’m not sure why considering I’m following instructions for my pre-op! Very frustrating! Maybe my body is just fighting to hold on to weight since I feel like I’m starving. I still hate drinking protein shakes and eating yogurt since I don’t know how I’m supposed to lose weight doing that. 🤷🏼‍♀️ If they would just let me eat natural, non-processed, artificially sweetened proteins like egg whites, chicken, ham, etc.. then I know my weight would begin to drop some. Maybe I’ll just call my dietitian on Monday….
  20. Dogmom68

    August Surgery Buddies!

    Yeah, I wasn’t happy with my results from the sleeve either so I’m glad I’m having the revision. I really had to get my head on straight about food before my surgery so it’s great that you’re preparing ahead of time. I was up and about immediately after my sleeve surgery so I’m hoping I will do the same after my bypass. I had to remember to take it easy because I felt fine afterwards. I only had a short period of pain and nausea while I was in the hospital and I got over it pretty quickly. I only spent one night in the hospital. I hope you do very well after your surgery! You definitely must keep us all posted!
  21. Dogmom68

    August Surgery Buddies!

    Hi!!! Thanks for welcoming me to the group! 😁 I have a Japanese Chin. She’s my little sweetie! 💕 Are you a doggie mommy, too?
  22. Dogmom68

    Scared shtless

    Touch base with your dietitian and let him/her know how you are feeling. It’s normal to have doubts and fears! Your support team is there for you anytime! After my surgery I dealt with head hunger pretty bad and found that hot/warm liquids helped satisfy the cravings. I drank a lot of Swanson Chicken Bone Broth, Better Than Bullion beef flavor, and cinnamon tea. Soon after I did develop actual hunger and my stomach would growl. I still struggle with this (I’m five months post-op) and when I could move to puréed foods I would eat foods mixed really well in my food processor. I can still only eat about two ounces at a time and if I feel the need for a snack I eat green olives, boiled eggs, or dill pickles. Try to avoid sugary fruits or too many sweet potatoes. This can slow your weight loss progress. I still only incorporate small amounts of carbs (steamed broccoli, green beans, spinach, etc), dairy, or berries. Be sure you are getting lots of protein and taking your multivitamins, B vitamins, iron, biotin, and calcium. You need to supplement your diet with these since you can’t get everything you need with food. You are going to be okay!!! Take it one day at a time and I know you will be very happy with your results. You can also always reach out to people on this forum for support! 💕
  23. Dogmom68

    February 2021 Sleeve Surgery

    Good luck, GreenThumb!!!
  24. Dogmom68

    February 2021 Sleeve Surgery

    You go get ‘em! I’m so happy your paperwork is finally being submitted! There’s no use for them to drag it all out when they don’t even know for sure what’s going to happen! I went to my pre-op appointment and had my COVID test this morning. I’m excited but getting so nervous, too. I’m not worried about the actual surgery.... it’s just that it’s all getting so REAL, ya know? I know everything is going to be just fine. This has just been a long time coming and it’s now almost here. Seven more days! 😰

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