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pk88

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Yes, I am. Sipping slower helps, but it is still a big learning curve. I actually have to remember to take a breath, blow it out, then take a sip otherwise I tend to trap air in my pouch and it is uncomfortable.
  2. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    That's great, N!KK!. I'll be thinking about you tomorrow and wishing you well. Let us know how things go for you.
  3. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    I'm baaaack. Well, sort of and only partially. I had my gastric sleeve and 3" hiatal hernia repair last Wednesday, 5/12 and am starting to feel more alive today. Yesterday was a veritable **** show. I traveled for my surgery and Saturday coming home was a long, horrible day of car rides and changing planes and I was exhausted! Filled with emotional turbulence already, I came home to a sick dog and all that goes with that. But, I allowed myself to just cry, rest, sleep when I felt like it. I carried around a glass of ice water everywhere I went and sipped on broth and Pedialyte to maintain hydration and electrolytes. I've added in some protein shakes today (though not what my body needs just yet) and made a cup of egg drop soup today also to increase protein. My belly still feels hard and bloated, but I made myself walk both yesterday and today and IT DOES HELP! I had a lot of pain in my shoulders post surgery that is starting to improve, but still comes on when I burp or need to burp. I understand it is referred pain in the phrenic nerve from the carbon dioxide used to inflate the belly during surgery. Again, the walking seems to help. I won't win any medals with these walks mind you, but was told to get up and move my body to work that gas out of the tissue. No matter how much I think I know, how much I have read, how much you all have taught me, I am still going to have to experience this all myself and learn as I go. Hang tough everybody. We can do this!!
  4. pk88

    May Surgery?!

    My surgery went really well. No nausea or vomiting yay! The surgeon repaired a 3 inch hiatal hernia as well as the VSG. Other that some pain where my drain is in my belly I’m doing great. I was up walking within a few hours of surgery... very slowly but helps move the gas around. best wishes everyone and thank you so much for your well wishes. 🙏🏼
  5. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Heading to surgery soon. Chat w u all on the other side 😉
  6. Tomorrow is a travel day for me, then surgery Wednesday. I'm exited and ready. Wishing you all successful surgeries with full and easy recoveries.
  7. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    I'm 48 hours out from surgery today, with tomorrow a travel day. As everyone has noted, I'm excited and a wee bit nervous, though not much. I'm just ready. I've done some serious work this past few weeks, both with the pre-op diet and with getting my mind ready. I've been journaling and reading The Emotional First Aid Kit: A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery which was recommended by a friend. It's pretty common sense, and covers a lot, mental, emotional and physical. I'm also listening to the guided visualizations and affirmations Kaiser Permanente has on their website for people undergoing surgery. https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/podcasts/conditions-diseases/surgery I'm grateful for all your stories and messages as they remind me I am not alone on this journey and while we all have individual experiences, we're fortunate that these procedures are much safer and more effective than they've ever been. To to those just starting on the pre-op diet, it is SO worth it to follow the plan. Keep busy, and if you are hungry, drink an extra protein shake or some broth. You don't need to starve yourself. Drink as much water as you possible can so you go into surgery well hydrated. Cheers to your health!
  8. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    I'm 5 days before surgery and have been on the pre-op for 10 days now. I know I'm getting plenty of protein, I drink a ton of water, and I feel tired all the time, with a low-grade headache. It wasn't like this initially; in fact I was kind of buzzed at first. Now I just don't seem to have any energy. I started taking the bariatric iron and multi I bought for after surgery, thinking it may be a lack of micro-nutrients, but sheesh I'd sure love to feel well rested, especially going into a month or more of super low calorie, liquid intake after surgery. Anyone else feeling like this?
  9. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Isn't it possible to ask their office to send it to you? I'm WAY too visual and need something in writing to refer back to. I was told to stop taking these meds, which I don't take anyway a week prior to surgery. I also stopped taking fish oil because it can lower blood pressure. Stop one week prior to surgery: Coumadin, steroids, other anti-coagulation medications, Aspirin and NSAIDs
  10. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Everyone here is such great support and knowing all of us are going through a version of this this month, I find encouraging. All bariatric surgeries are major surgeries, and remembering that everyone responds differently to it is helpful. My VSG is scheduled for May 12th. I'll pop on here as soon after that I can. I hope to see a post from you sharing your success after your surgery.
  11. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Oh boy, you've been through it haven't you? I hope you trend only upward and forward, Sophie. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you well.
  12. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Awesome! So glad to hear everything went well.
  13. pk88

    Hangry

    Wow, that's a drag. I'm just the opposite. I'm on day 8 of pre-op and have nearly no hunger. I do pump a lot of water through me though because I learned sometimes when I feel hungry I'm actually thirsty. My only issue, and it's minor is that I am having trouble sleeping at night. I understand it isn't uncommon with Keto and high protein diets, but I wish I could get a really restful night in. All the best!
  14. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    I had the same issue with caffeine withdrawal. I had some green tea the first day, but it didn't help at all. I broke down and had a half cup on day 3 because I had such a bad headache, but I've been without since then and feeling a lot better. Hang it there!
  15. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Well, at least you'll get pain meds. That's something to look forward to with bad cramps
  16. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    I, too am in my 60's and periods are a thing of the past. I suspect though that surgical teams deal with that all the time, and you will be up and down to the bathroom a lot after surgery, so it won't be as much of an issue as you may think. Today is day 7 of my pre-op and I'm doing great. I have fleeting thoughts of foods that aren't allowed, but honestly if I drink a protein shake every few hours, with lots of water/tea/broth in between, I'm golden. I gardened yesterday and noticed I don't have as much stamina, and I attribute that to the low calorie diet. I'm also not yet taking the bariatric vitamins I ordered, and probably should be as they contain more iron and folic acid and such than what I usually take. Surgery is a week from tomorrow! It is so great having all of you May surgery folks to chat with. Keep the faith all. It is so worth it!
  17. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Good luck Sherry Lab! Can't wait to hear all about your successes.
  18. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Welcome, I'm the day before you. The pre-op gets easier (I'm on day 6), though the mental part is where most of the challenge lies. Have you seen the discussion, What is your Why? It was helpful for me to write a bit about what is really driving my decision to change. Hope to see you on here and hear about how things are going for you. I
  19. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Congralations, that's exciting! I'll be thinking about you and cheering you on. BypassedSophie is also scheduled tomorrow for surgery. I look forward to hearing about your success!
  20. pk88

    May Surgeries - check in!

    Hah! Hysterical. It took me some time to decide to move forward as well and thankfully, I had some time to clear out the "stuff" from my kitchen that I knew I wouldn't be eating any time soon. I hear about people having regrets right after. Having a sense of humor and being kind to our bodies is a good place to start. Let us know how your surgery goes and best wishes for a successful one and a speedy recovery.
  21. pk88

    Liver diet pre-op

    I felt that way too, 2 days in. I'm on day 5 today and feeling much better. I think it takes that long to go into ketosis and that's when the hunger and fogginess and cravings start to subside. I'm with you, though. I only want to do what is essential and no more. Over time, our bodies need more than liquid. Wishing you all the best!
  22. It took about 3 days before I started to lose the hunger feeling. As much as I get sick of the protein shakes, I just force myself to drink one when I start getting a hunger signal. Right now, my cravings have diminished (I'm sure it comes and goes) and I actually walked through the grocery store yesterday without being miserable looking at everything I couldn't have... that seems like a milestone. Every day there's improvement. Hang in there!
  23. Starting day 5 of the pre-op. I have more energy, though still fatigue easily. I've had a low grade headache and broke down and had a cup of green tea this morning because I'm pretty sure it's a caffeine withdrawal. (Already the headache is subsiding). The diet DOES get easier with each passing day so I'm feeling confident that I'll be able to manage the after-surgery diet restrictions. I'm noticing my weight dropping and joint pain easing, a big bonus. Hang in there, all. We can do this!
  24. pk88

    What is your why?

    Exciting! I can't wait to hear how you do. I hope you get some time this weekend to just relax and take care of yourself. Several years ago I had gall bladder surgery and a friend sent me a link to some meditation apps that Kaiser Permanente has available to the public on their website. I listened to the one for people having surgery and I honestly believe it helped me better prepare and heal after. I'm not a meditator, mind you, but just listening to them was relaxing and soothing. Here's the link if you're interested. https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/podcasts/conditions-diseases/surgery. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to hearing about your successes.
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