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Pricilla

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    Bariatric Therapy

    Anybody out there eat to eat (or did before the surgery), because it’s delicious and feels great to fill up on yummy things? Is it ever JUST that? Just that basic? ….or is that the addiction talking? Does it have to be emotion, stress, trauma, filling a void, or even a “why”?
  2. Hey guys! I have looked into bariatric therapy and so far the only place I’ve found in my city does not take insurance and cost over $250 a session! Gulp! I’ve adjust my search to exclude the words “bariatric” and include “disordered eating, behavioral therapy”, to hopefully find one that does take insurance. I’m really curious for those that have (and/or continue to) use therapy, what are some main take away? General advice? I’m not suggestions this thread/forum could replace therapy, being that it’s very subjective, but maybe if you could share some basic lessons you’ve learned at therapy or homework they’ve assigned?
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    Day 10 of my new life

    I loathe taking my vitamins. I’m a month out. I’ve found if I eat a couple spoon fulls of sugar free pudding right after i swallow, it helps weigh it down. After I have the pills in my mouth and the water, i lean my head back dramatically and tap on my throat to center the pills…. I’m sure I look REAL crazy. I also stand there a while convincing myself not to to throw up and I sorta pat my belly to get burps out, hahahaha. This is everyday, every time. I couldn’t stomach the bariatric advantage chew or calcium chews. So now I’m taking a centrum womens and a target brand calcium that I can swallow. I have an iron I’m to take every other day. A sublingual b-12 once a week. And a high dose thiamin every day, because I was deficient.
  4. I just really needed someone to witness this tiny sandwich (which I’m stoked to be eating). 😹😹😹
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    Comically small sandwich

    Crazy how different everyone’s plans are! I’d love actual evidence based rationales, but there aren’t articles with actual research, it’s a little odd! i have tested the waters with not the healthiest foods and chewed thoroughly (not proud, just weak). I’ve tolerated everything fine, and really wished I didn’t tolerate it. But I’m trying to get my sh*t together. I’m sticking to less than 3 oz at a time. It’s been a major adjustment, but everyday I’m making some changes for the better. Do I slip and lick the peanut butter knife while making my kid a sandwich, absolutely. Here’s to hoping tomorrow I don’t.
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    Comically small sandwich

    It really was the best! my surgeon’s plan allows this in the soft food stage which started at day 15. I wish I could say I ate this over a 30 min period, but I did not. I took tiny bites, but it really did not take very long. I was savoring every little bite 😹😹😹
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    Comically small sandwich

    It was the best thing I’ve ever eaten🤣
  8. I too am finding it WAY too easy to eat all things. I’m on soft food stage, and my meal plans involve tortilla and pasta as a few examples, which is shocking because in so many post I read, post-op peeps aren’t even trying these foods for months or even a year+ I’m 3 weeks post, and have tested the waters a bit with foods, and have had no issues or intolerances, and honestly I’m a little bummed! I was kinda hoping for that sick feeling with foods that aren’t super healthy. I feel restriction and I stop, but I always feel like I could eat more (and really want to, but don’t) and I’m hungry a lot. I wish I was one that was never Hungry and got sick looking at a pizza, but nope.
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    Post op day 2

    Hey everyone! Just had sleeve yesterday morning. I was a self pay. first day was the worse than today. I’ve been nauseous ever since I woke from surgery. it’s hard for me to distinguish from gas pain and nausea. I managed to get 8 oz down yesterday. I threw up the gabapentin immediately. Feeling scared to try anything. My nurse said he’ll have me try the Tylenol at some point. belly just feel like I worked out my abs, and getting up takes some work. I’ve walked until I get tired, which a about 5 laps around my room. today is better than yesterday, but boy does this suck!!!! And my room freezing. nothing good today yet, just that today is better.
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    Post op day 2

    2 week post op appointment My last weight prior surgery was 168. That was my weight at the last appointment prior to surgery which was a week before, so it may have been a little more. I say more because I did not do a pre- op diet…at all. I ate all the things up until the day before surgery. I did a liquid diet for 24 hours the day before surgery. Starting weight: 168 pounds height: 5 foot (imma meatball) Self pay, BMI 33.2 2 week post op: 152.8 pounds down: 15 pounds When I told my surgeon that I haven’t met (or even have come close to) meeting protein goals, and I haven’t drank a single protein shake. He said “don’t worry about the protein, I don’t really want you drinking protein shakes”. UMMM what?!? I mean, weight lifted because I’m not doing it anyways. He was pleased that I’m staying hydrated with just water, and that I am eating 2oz at a time. I told him I having cravings, and he said have one bite and be done with it. He also told me to start eating fruit. Music to my ears. I feel a lot less stressed about it all. He doesn’t seem super strict, which I don’t know if it’s case by case. Being that i started at a low obese BMI, maybe that has something to Do with it. He also said my hunger is likely to decrease over the next few weeks. Enough appointment talk. Back to what’s going on with me post op day 15. I’ve been able to take a mouthful of water and swallow 3-4 times in a row. Still pretty small sips, but I’m no longer using a med cup (haven’t for while) or waiting minutes between. I am having a hard time slowing down with my meals too. I’m definitely not taking 20 minutes. I find my found myself eating 3 small bites rather quickly, then taking it slower after that. My vitamins have become a 10 minute ordeal of me almost throwing up. Like my mouth will water like I’m about to puke. I just try really hard not to. My energy level is pretty good. Considering no caffeine and little protein. For breakfast I had 1.5oz canned chicken and 0.5 oz banana) For lunch I had canned Annie’s vegan chili (1oz) and 1oz smashed potatoes, pinch of shredded cheese. It was yum! feeling good!
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    Post op day 2

    Hahahahaha
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    Post op day 2

    I have had no issues with any food I’ve tried. i did canned chicken and Mayo(1oz), butter beans(0.5 oz), and smashed sweet potatoes(0.5oz) today for lunch. i ate it a little more quick than I had tested the waters with, and it was totally fine.
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    Post op day 2

    Post op day 13 Purées have given me life. i had canned chicken, mashed up and mixed with 1 tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise, and some salt and pepper. I split it up into 2 oz serving and was lunch and then a snack later. It was so good. I took about an hour to eat it, but I was being a little overly cautious. When I ate it as a snack later I ate it in a shorter time and was fine. I felt like I could have had more, I DEFINITELY wanted more. But I stopped. later for dinner I had 2 oz refried beans with a pinch of shredded cheese. It was so yum! Again, I felt like I could have had more, but I didn’t. ughhhh i miss over-eating! BUT I will continue to stick to the recommended portions.
  14. I have to hype myself up to swallow my vitamins. I use a pill cutter for the big boy because I loath throwing up, and if that beast gets stuck, I know I will. I have to take an additional 265mg of thiamine because I was deficient prior to surgery. My urine smells like vitamins. It is gross. And I can only assume my sweat will to when I get the go ahead to exercise. Yesterday I think I experienced “the foamies” people talk about on here after I took my vitamins. It lasted like an hour. I finally ate a sugar free pudding in an attempt to weigh down the foamies. It either worked or enough time had passed.
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    Post op day 2

    Post op day 12 Praise be, purées, praise be! i am human again 🙌 ok, so last night (so mere hours from purées day), I had about 2 oz of the most delicious mashed potatoes and gravy from Popeyes. My husband was ordering and i said “oooo order me mash and gravy”. I also had 3 tiny pinches of the biscuit. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! And this morning I had 2 oz applesauce. And then for lunch and dinner I had 2 oz of the best grits of my entire life. i tried a protein water today. Ick! I need to find something i don’t know how some people don’t want the foods they used to eat. It’s all I think about. It’s a little concerning. I think about stuffing myself with all the food. I miss being able to overeat. Obviously, I want to change otherwise I wouldn’t have had this surgery. But if anyone thinks this is the cure to your food desires, it simply isn’t true. I truly don’t know if I will see the success others do. Time will tell.
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    Post op day 2

    Day 10 A couple things have changed since my last update. I have a superficial thrombophlebitis in my arm above where my IV was. I did notice a couple days after being home that my upper arm was a bit sore and tender, mostly when I was using the arm. But then I noticed it was a little bit pink. Only then did I think “oh this could be a blood clot”. Now this isn’t a deep vein thrombosis, but really the only way to know is through ultrasound, and since i wasn’t willing to risk a PE, I went to the ER. No treatment, just warm compress. The other thing that has developed is that my diaphragm feels really sensitive/tender. Kinda like when you get bumped (or hit) in you belly. So I feel slightly nauseous. Even my bra resting on the diaphragm area is irritating. My muscles definitely feel weak. I’ve mostly been surviving on water, a couple ounces Greek yogurt, sugar free jello, and sugar free pudding. I’m going to try another protein shake today. My dietitian said to basically stay hydrated and take my vitamins. I’m doing normal daily things, taking my kid to the playground (though i’m not playing), driving, Grocery shopping, and house work. one more day until purées! Wahoo!
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    Post op day 2

    Sleeve
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    Post op day 2

    😭😭😭 you’re speaking my language purées can’t come fast enough, less than 2 days
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    Post op day 2

    I’m stoked on trying these quest chips I keep reading about!
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    Post op day 2

    Also, I licked a cool ranch Dorito today and it was divine.
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    Post op day 2

    I have 7 days of full liquids. I start purée on Saturday thankfully!
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    Post op day 2

    Post op Day 7 last night I had the gas pains up in my collar bone area, mostly felt upon inhalation while laying down. It was sharp and annoying. today I am in a mood about having this. I. AM. CUSSING. HUNGRY. not “head hunger”, eye roll, real legit, stomaching eating itself hungry. I want to eat anything and everything and annoyed that I can’t! many times throughout the day I have thought “WTF did i do?” I chose this. I paid for this out of pocket. I’m hoping this feeling is normal at this point and temporary. i did normal household things today, without any trouble. I’m still guarding my belly button incision and careful not to lift anything over 10 pounds. I felt tired a lot and spacey. But also totally normal at times. I drank my water, about 48 oz no problem. no protein shakes or waters bc I just can’t. I am changing my vitamin because it’s so gross, so just to have SOMETHING I took a few of flinstones vitamins. apparently I can’t take capsules for 30 days, which there went my plan For the barislims. anyways. I just want to eat. Totally second guessing why I did this. I just feel stupid.
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    Post op day 2

    I was told 3 days of clear and then full liquids. It’s really all over the board with the different plans. I couldn’t tell you any evidence based reason why one over the other though.
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    Post op day 2

    Post op day 6 Today was the most normal I felt since the surgery. I wore jeans for a minute to drop off my son at school, but quickly got right back into my comfy soft pj pants because the belly button incision is still a little tender. I picked up a few more protein shakes, and I’m beginning to think it’s a lost cause. I feel weak and I get tired often. I think I’m just one of those people who just need to focus on staying hydrated, that I can do. I love just plain water, so that will be my focus. I will still try the protein, but it’s stressing me out. I’m so close to purées so I’m thinking that might be the game changer, who knows, not me! I tried the endure protein Max chocolate today. It tastes really similar to the fairlife but with less of the after taste, but an after taste nonetheless, eye roll. I added a couple teaspoons of isopure unflavored to about 2 oz sugar free chocolate pudding, and I ate it. Not much protein, but I’ll take it. I did the same to my 1/4 cup of soup. I didn’t taste it in the soup, but it was onlyn2 teaspoons. I could see it though, but no biggie. My stomach started a weird churning pain. I don’t know what that was about, but it didn’t worry me. when my husband was cooking his dinner my stomach has never been screaming HUNGER so much in its life. I was able to assist in bath time with my kid, so that was nice. I was just careful with reaching because Of the incision, I did some things around the house like laundry and dish washer with no problems. The laundry was less than pounds , I know because I weighed it, haha. so things are beginning to be normal. i did lay down around 2p because I just felt tired. i felt a bit irritable at times in the afternoon, and not really wanting to talk to answer questions. Almost spacey. I blame this on the lack food. This isn’t my usual affect, so that’s a bummer. I am still cold most of the time and I very much look forward to the hot shower.
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    Everything you got please, hahaha

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