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vikingbeast

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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in Asking for a bariatric diet in the hospital... LOL   
    So I ended up back in the hospital last night... nothing to do with my bariatric surgery. A 🤬spider bit me and caused a huge flare of cellulitis. (I'm home now and now just on oral antibiotics rather than "nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure" IV antibiotics.)
    But while I was there I mentioned I was on a liquid diet due to bariatric surgery. I should have been more specific... a tray showed up with sugary Jell-O, clear broth (which I did drink), and regular ol' apple juice.
    My dismay must have been obvious because My Super Awesome Nurse frowned a bit and said, "Didn't you say you were on liquids because of BARIATRIC surgery?" loud enough for the nutrition person to hear.
    "Yes," I said, "I need a bariatric diet."
    And lo, they brought forth stuff I could eat... cream of rice, more broth, diet juice, Protein Shake, yoghurt, sugar-free pudding, sugar-free Jell-O. The Breakfast tray was more than I could have eaten all day... and then three hours later another tray appeared!
    When I was discharged, My Super Awesome Nurse said, "That stuff is just going to get thrown out... put it in your bookbag and take it with you!"
    It makes me wonder what that hospital expects their immediately post-op patients to be able to consume! But hey, I've got food for two days now.
    Now I just need to get rid of all the Fluid they pumped into me.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in Post surgery Mini Gastric Bypass   
    That is exactly where I am at post-VSG... wow, that shrimp and veggie stir fry smells amazing... OH GOD I DON'T WANT TO EAT IT. I mean, I even baked a peach tart for my daughter and didn't try any!
    Agree about the sweet things... I'm so glad there's broth and strained Soup.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
  6. Like
    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
  7. Like
    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
  8. Like
    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
  9. Like
    vikingbeast got a reaction from ShoppGirl in SV... but not the kind you think   
    We have a huge thread about NSVs (non-scale victories) but I wanted to share a scale-related one.
    As I posted in another thread, I had to go to the emergency room. Once I was in intake and triage, of course the first thing they said was "hop up on the scale please."
    And for the first time in my adult life, I didn't dread it. I didn't dread a nasty "guess what we found those 8 pounds you lost and they brought their cousins" number. I didn't even empty my pockets.
    It felt so liberating.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from summerseeker in Sleeve is tomorrow morning and I’m terrified   
    You’re doing the right thing. One thing my surgeon did that I would never have thought of is a seasickness patch behind my ear about an hour before surgery. It lasts 72 hours and you can buy them over the counter at any drugstore.

    I had a little nausea but nothing the seasickness patch and ondansetron couldn’t fix.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from Sunnyway in How can you be successful long-term with WLS if you’ve always failed   
    Oh my God, it's so true, and such a relief.
    My daughter made a box of Annie's mac 'n cheese. I tried one tiny bite (and chewed it into a paste) and it was disgusting... tasted like moldy sawdust to me! Before surgery I would have killed a whole box on my own. I'm dreaming of shrimp and snow peas for some reason... it'll be a while before I can do that.
    I made her a peach crostata with the last of the summer peaches and had literally zero urge to try it.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in Two weeks post-VSG   
    Hi everyone! It's two weeks past my sleeve, and I thought I'd post some of my observations.
    THE GOOD
    - Down 27 lbs. from surgery weight (357 to 330)
    - Down 2" on my neck (!), 3" on my waist, 6" on my abdomen
    - Had to size down in shirts and do my first closet purge
    - One blood pressure medication cut completely, the other at half dosage
    - Able to meet Protein target of 80-100 g per day and liquid goal of 64-96 oz per day
    THE BAD
    - Brain fog and fatigue (will discuss with my surgeon later, could be Vitamin deficiency)
    - Sick to death of liquid diet but have another week of it left
    - Itchy dry legs
    THE UGLY
    - C O N S T I P A T I O N
    - The one incision (the large one where the unwanted stomach is withdrawn) has started hurting and pulling again, but is not inflamed

    I am back to work at one job (from home) but not yet at the other (outdoors, physical). I'm back in the gym but not doing anything that requires abs, abdominal pressure (so no weightlifting)... a lot of walking, running, and stationary biking, and a lot of stuff with the 10-lb. dumbbell I'm allowed by my surgeon. My time on an 800m run went from about 6:30 to 4:45... running feels totally different!
    Overall, despite the rough first couple of days (all. that. gas!) this is clearly the right decision for me and I love seeing myself literally deflate.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in Two weeks post-VSG   
    Hi everyone! It's two weeks past my sleeve, and I thought I'd post some of my observations.
    THE GOOD
    - Down 27 lbs. from surgery weight (357 to 330)
    - Down 2" on my neck (!), 3" on my waist, 6" on my abdomen
    - Had to size down in shirts and do my first closet purge
    - One blood pressure medication cut completely, the other at half dosage
    - Able to meet Protein target of 80-100 g per day and liquid goal of 64-96 oz per day
    THE BAD
    - Brain fog and fatigue (will discuss with my surgeon later, could be Vitamin deficiency)
    - Sick to death of liquid diet but have another week of it left
    - Itchy dry legs
    THE UGLY
    - C O N S T I P A T I O N
    - The one incision (the large one where the unwanted stomach is withdrawn) has started hurting and pulling again, but is not inflamed

    I am back to work at one job (from home) but not yet at the other (outdoors, physical). I'm back in the gym but not doing anything that requires abs, abdominal pressure (so no weightlifting)... a lot of walking, running, and stationary biking, and a lot of stuff with the 10-lb. dumbbell I'm allowed by my surgeon. My time on an 800m run went from about 6:30 to 4:45... running feels totally different!
    Overall, despite the rough first couple of days (all. that. gas!) this is clearly the right decision for me and I love seeing myself literally deflate.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from learn2cook in Cymbalta Not Working   
    If it's delayed- or extended-release, you won't absorb enough of it before it passes through. I don't know the formulary for Cymbalta but I had to change from Wellbutrin XL to Wellbutrin SR (which spiked my anxiety) to Wellbutrin IR. Talk to your psychiatrist.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from Rozzjozz in Surgery date! 10/19   
    Let’s just say I know the pain from recent personal experience 🤣
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from TinDE in How do you respond?   
    I literally just ignore the question. Totally pretend I don't hear it. (I have hearing loss anyway so it's believable.)

    People don't generally persist.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in Two weeks post-VSG   
    Hi everyone! It's two weeks past my sleeve, and I thought I'd post some of my observations.
    THE GOOD
    - Down 27 lbs. from surgery weight (357 to 330)
    - Down 2" on my neck (!), 3" on my waist, 6" on my abdomen
    - Had to size down in shirts and do my first closet purge
    - One blood pressure medication cut completely, the other at half dosage
    - Able to meet Protein target of 80-100 g per day and liquid goal of 64-96 oz per day
    THE BAD
    - Brain fog and fatigue (will discuss with my surgeon later, could be Vitamin deficiency)
    - Sick to death of liquid diet but have another week of it left
    - Itchy dry legs
    THE UGLY
    - C O N S T I P A T I O N
    - The one incision (the large one where the unwanted stomach is withdrawn) has started hurting and pulling again, but is not inflamed

    I am back to work at one job (from home) but not yet at the other (outdoors, physical). I'm back in the gym but not doing anything that requires abs, abdominal pressure (so no weightlifting)... a lot of walking, running, and stationary biking, and a lot of stuff with the 10-lb. dumbbell I'm allowed by my surgeon. My time on an 800m run went from about 6:30 to 4:45... running feels totally different!
    Overall, despite the rough first couple of days (all. that. gas!) this is clearly the right decision for me and I love seeing myself literally deflate.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from GreenTealael in My story   
    Sounds like the three-week stall got caught in traffic. Just stay with your program! It WILL come off. And if you have doubts, call your NUT!
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in It feels too easy.   
    I'm in the same boat. My surgeon, when I brought this up, sort of smirked a little bit and said, "I will tell you what. Go and scramble an egg. See how much you can eat."
    Three bites later I was DONE. Like, maybe a third of a scrambled egg. This, from a guy who would easily knock down 6 or 8 if I was in training for a competition. So strange, yet so strangely comforting.
    He also was completely nonplussed that I was consuming 600-800 calories. Quoting verbatim: "You were probably eating 5,000 before, so the difference between 400-500 and 600-800 is negligible for you. When you lose more weight the calories will be more important. Right now, eat protein."
    The hunger is a lot better two weeks out than it was the first few days.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from JessLess in Do you see your surgeon annually?   
    Our support group went to Zoom. I'm glad they did the support group that way but it does lead to the usual Zoom problems. ("Hannah, you're on mute." "Hannah, you're not on mute." "Sorry, you froze..." "CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME?!")
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in It feels too easy.   
    I'm in the same boat. My surgeon, when I brought this up, sort of smirked a little bit and said, "I will tell you what. Go and scramble an egg. See how much you can eat."
    Three bites later I was DONE. Like, maybe a third of a scrambled egg. This, from a guy who would easily knock down 6 or 8 if I was in training for a competition. So strange, yet so strangely comforting.
    He also was completely nonplussed that I was consuming 600-800 calories. Quoting verbatim: "You were probably eating 5,000 before, so the difference between 400-500 and 600-800 is negligible for you. When you lose more weight the calories will be more important. Right now, eat protein."
    The hunger is a lot better two weeks out than it was the first few days.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from GreenTealael in Zero pounds…   
    I swear I live on the Fairlife stuff... it's milk, so if you're lactose intolerant that won't work for you, but it tastes like the chocolate milk that we used to get from this amazing (and sadly defunct) dairy in northeastern Pennsylvania. And it's 26g Protein per 14 oz.! I buy it at Safeway or Sprouts or Target.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from GreenTealael in Zero pounds…   
    I swear I live on the Fairlife stuff... it's milk, so if you're lactose intolerant that won't work for you, but it tastes like the chocolate milk that we used to get from this amazing (and sadly defunct) dairy in northeastern Pennsylvania. And it's 26g Protein per 14 oz.! I buy it at Safeway or Sprouts or Target.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from lizonaplane in Binge eating   
    You have a window of time after surgery where you literally could not binge eat even if you wanted to. But that is time you NEED to be spending getting your impulse to binge eat under control, because if you don't, when the restriction eases and you can binge eat once again, you'll gain weight again.
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    vikingbeast got a reaction from cheryl o in Yay   
    It's a less complex bypass that has one fewer "connection" (so not a "y" per se)... they staple off part of the stomach to form a pouch and then bypass a smaller amount of the intestines.

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