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ColoRad Gal

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  1. I have a collarbone. Well, 2 of them. 😊
  2. So, when I rest my elbow on something it hurts bc there's no cushion left. When I lie in bed my ankles and knees hurt because the bones knock together. No complaints here though!
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    Cottage cheese

    I am eating the Good Culture low-fat cottage cheese. It’s very good IMO.
  4. 5’11” and 150 lbs for me is skinny and unhealthy looking. I have weighed that in the past. I have a medium to large frame.
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    Any March Surgeries?

    I was in a the same spot at 5 weeks post op. I started counting from the week before when I had only liquid protein drinks. I’ve lost a total of 33 lbs since March 15. Surgery was on March 22 nd. My beginning BMI was 35.6. I’ve been following the plan to a T. I have hit a stall this week but I am going to “trust the process”. I’ll keep doing what I have been and I know I’ll continue to lose.
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    Trouble With Eggs Post-Op?

    I have a difficult time with eggs in all forms except puréed and thinned out
  7. I can cross my legs and I don’t have to hold them with my hands to keep them crossed!!! 😁😁😁
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    I’m so weak!!!

    Thank you all for the suggestions. I’m going to increase my calories as much as possible. I have a super active job and with such little energy it’s going to be very difficult to get through the day.
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    I’m so weak!!!

    Is this normal? I am 4 weeks and 2 days post op sleeve. I am consuming 60-80 gm protein and drinking 64 oz fluid every day. My calorie intake is 400-600 per day. I am supposed to be at least walking for exercise. I do about half the time but I am so weak. I get lightheaded and nauseous frequently. I am just too weak to do anything. When will this end? I want to feel alive again.
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    I HIT GOAL!!!! Validate me! :):):)

    FANTASTIC!!!!! You look amazing!!!! 👍🏻
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    Lap-Band Experience

    I just want to share my experience with the Lap-Band. I had it put in in 2014 and removed in 2019. I had horrendous reflux, I was constantly clearing my throat, and I gained back almost every pound I initially lost. I had it filled, completely emptied to “start fresh” and give my esophagus a break from constant vomiting, and then filled again. My Bariatric surgeon told me how unusual it was for someone to return for a fill after 4 years with the band. What he did not tell me was at that point HE knew, as well as the rest of the Bariatric community, that the Lap-Band had been considered a medical failure. Very few surgeons will put them in. I did some research, figured the truth out for myself, and went to see a new Bariatric surgeon to remove it. Initially I felt like I failed the lap-band but now I feel it’s more likely that the Lap-Band failed me. I’m very happy some have had great success with theirs. I do believe it works for some. To those who have had bad experience with the band, it’s not your fault. Best of luck to all.
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    Trouble With Eggs Post-Op?

    I’m 4 weeks post sleeve and eggs are a no go for me. Just won’t go down.
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    Any March Surgeries?

    I almost said the same thing about regretting my decision. Week 2 and 3 were very difficult. I had complications I did not expect. To make things worse, I did everything I was told to do and I STILL had complications. I too ended up in the ER after surgery. In general I think preparing us more for the potential complications and even the likelihood of needing continued IVF and oxygen would have been appropriate. I have very few comorbidities which is why I was so surprised when I needed to go home on oxygen from the hospital. Despite the complications and a terrible recovery I am glad I went through with it. I know the lifelong benefits of losing this weight will add quality to my life. I hope you are feeling better. Hang in there. I'm so sorry you are going through this.
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    NSAIDs and back pain

    I also have chronic back pain and was on Mobic and muscle relaxers before surgery. I had to stop the Mobic (an NSAID) 2 weeks prior to surgery. I was terrified but at least I could still take Tylenol arthritis. I chose to get WLS because I still have to work another 20 years as a healthcare worker and I couldn't see my back holding out for that long. There were other reasons as well but that was a big motivator. I know my weight loss has already helped and it's only been since March 22nd. According to my doc I am never to take NSAIDS again. However, I did get a post-op Pneumonia and a pleural effusion which resulted in excruciating pleurisy pain. The ONLY thing that helped was when I added in Motrin. My doc allowed it for a few days. So, I think as long as you take a PPI (Omeprazole, Pantoprazole, etc..) while taking an NSAID, there will be times when NSAIDS will be ok. But of course ask your doc first.
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    Starting out on Soft Food Diet

    I am supposed to start soft foods tomorrow but I really don't feel ready. My doc did say to start with one new food at a time and slowly add more foods to find out which ones you can tolerate. I've been on a pureed diet for a week and definitely feel like meats will be difficult. I pureed some ham and put liquids with it and I still couldn't tolerate even the smallest amount. I could eat baby food meat, but I don't recommend it. Yuck. Anyway, it's just going to be a slow progression and everyone will be different. I've also found that at different times of the day I have more restriction with foods that I had previously tolerated well. Frustrating, but I'm ok with it. Just looking to the healthy future.
  16. I had surgery at 7:30 am on the 22 nd and stayed until the 24 th. I had so much swelling my water wouldn’t pass. It was upsetting bc I wanted to be out the night of surgery. But it was something I couldn’t control.
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    Any March Surgeries?

    I'm 5 days post-op. Today I had a setback. Bad gas pain (not the gas from surgery), nausea, can't fit in all my fluids. I'm focusing on the water and not so much the protein shakes because of the nausea. Just a bummer of a day bc I felt like I should feel better by now. AND I have to put my scale away bc I'm not seeing any weight loss. Patience is a virtue I guess.
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    Any March Surgeries?

    Had VSG March 22nd.

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