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  1. Your body is still healing, but I would reach out to your surgery team to check in regarding your symptoms.
  2. You may be one of the unlucky ones like me, who did not lose their hunger after surgery - my therapist said that happens to about 20% of her patients. I've never heard of thyroid medications increasing hunger, but talk to your doctor. But... even if you are hungry now, once you get on solid foods, you may be less hungry. Hang in there!
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    I found that once I was off the sugar for a few days, it got a lot better. Your body (and even more your mind!) is used to eating sugar. You won't ruin the pre-op just from a few licks on the lollipop, but try to keep on the diet faithfully. Lots of liquids and keeping busy helped me Good luck!
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    Not losing weight

    I agree with the above poster - many people don't loose weight for a week or so because you can gain up to 9-10 lbs from the fluids they fill you with during surgery. Or, you may be in the "three week stall" which can happen early and last for a few weeks. Make sure you're getting all your water and protein, and hang in there!
  5. I'm sorry she said this to you. It sounds more like she was concerned about you having the surgery in Mexico than the surgery itself, but I don't know that for sure. My mom was very supportive of my having surgery, but she was terrified that I would go to Mexico. I ended up getting covered by insurance and having it in the US. However, I know many, many people have good experiences in Mexico (try watching some YouTube videos on "my level 10 life" - Erin went to Mexico and then went again for plastic surgery). Yes, there might be slightly more risk if your home doctor will not help you if you have a complication, but you can always go to the ER. Many of the doctors in Mexico did medical school in the US and I'm sure it's a much nicer facility than most in the US, in terms of recovery. Good Luck!
  6. Well, each type of plane is has different size seatbelts and differently sized seats. So, what fits on an A321 might not fit on a 777. In general, small planes have smaller seats and seatbelts, so those were the only ones I really needed extenders on at about 260. Now at 199.8 (!) I can fit in any seatbelt on any type of plane I've flown on since about 260 lbs. However, I haven't flown on any really small planes since I was about 250 (before I gained the last 30 lbs during the first part of the pandemic that led me to seek surgery).
  7. If you fly a lot, they will give you early boarding. I have extremely high status on American and I'm the first after people with disabilities. I don't know how often you have to fly on Southwest to get this privilege. But when you are smaller, it's not as much of a pain to board at the same time, aside from having trouble stowing your carryon. I always hate walking down the aisle and bumping people's arms. It's getting a bit better for me, but I still prefer to fly in the front.
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    Apparently I don't know how to eat soup....?

    I am also 2.5(ish) months out. My surgeon doesn't require me to wait after drinking to eat, so I would normally eat the broth first. However, sometimes it might be hard to eat the protein component after drinking all the liquid. I didn't find that to be the case for me. If you have that issue, maybe just eat the protein/veggies and don't drink the liquid. When I eat soup as a side, it's been pureed soup (carrot or mushroom) and so I think of that as liquid(ish), and I drink it with my meal. I didn't have any issues, but it was just about 1/2 cup or less.
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    Pre op Diet - Help!

    don't panic! The pre-op diet was hard. I found that it was easier for me if I kept busy and drank a lot of sugar free beverages. Maybe try some peppermint tea, or other herbal tea, either plain or with Splenda/Stevia? Also, make sure you have all the things you will need for the first week or so after surgery. Like, get some protein drinks, clean your home because it will be hard to bend/move for a time, do your laundry, pay your bills, etc. Best of luck!
  10. I suspect that this is incision pain, related to the fact that your abdominal muscles were cut and need time to heal. I had this pain for about 6 weeks almost. It might not be where the actual external incision is. It was very uncomfortable! I didn't start having pain from eating too much/too fast until I was eating solid foods; I could drink a ton of liquids/broths/etc, but when I started with solid foods I would feel the chest fullness (that got better!) and now I get hiccups when I eat too much/too fast.
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    Day 3...figuring it out

    Congrats on your surgery! I'm 2.5 months out and I will say that I can swallow a fair amount of water in one gulp now. I can't chug a whole bottle like I used to, but it doesn't interfere with my life. PACE: that's the hardest thing for me. I can't seem to get the hang of it, and most meals I'm in pain afterwards. When I'm at my parents' house my mom will remind me when she sees me eating too fast, but I eat most of my meals alone, and it's hard to remember!
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    Losing too much weight...

    Like another poster said, no one can force you to have a surgery. My semi-ex-boyfriend has a BMI of 18 and he's extremely healthy, and eats healthy too. He's just naturally very thin. I would consider getting a DEXA scan to see how much muscle mass you have. You don't have to go in for a "clinical" one, but there are some private DEXA scan centers that can give you a pretty good idea. I went in for one right after I started losing weight pre-surgery to get a baseline. It was about $100, but their usual price is $150. Good luck!
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    Listen to your sleeve…

    I have to learn to eat more slowly. As much as I tell myself I'm doing better, I'm really NOT THERE YET. I have thrown up a few more times recently, but not after I'd eaten more than a few bites. I haven't figured out that I'm full until I start hiccuping, and someone told me that's when I've eaten TOO much...
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    One month post op

    I was obsessed with refried beans. They tasted so good! I often added some shredded cheese and FF greek yogurt. I don't know if you're allowed this yet, but ground turkey and chicken were great, too. I added taco seasoning or other spices and ate them with ff greek yogurt. Also mozzarella cheese sticks.
  15. I felt hungry all the time and everyone kept telling me it was head hunger. Nope, the psychologist at the surgery center said about 20% of her patients don't lose their hunger. My doctor put me back on metformin to help with that, and it's definitely better, but I'm still hungry a lot. Hot tea helps me.

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