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  1. 2 minutes ago, vulpusvulpus35 said:

    Thank you so much! This is so helpful. It's amazing how everyone seems to have differences. I am hoping to quit diet cokes totally. I've tried before and the headaches and brain fog were too much.

    Good luck on your continued journey.

    You’ll have headaches and brain fog those first few weeks anyways, may as well ride that wave too and call it quits, hahaha. I didn’t even want a Diet Coke during those first few weeks. But everyone is different and thats ok! Don’t be so hard on yourself when you slip (because you’re human, and likely a food addict like most of us, so you will slip and you’ll pick yourself back up and learn. I’m learning everyday.)

    I wanted salty and hot things, and even licked a cool ranch Dorito I think like day 5 or something crazy like that. When I started purées (I think day 10 maybe) I finally thought “oh ok I won’t be miserable forever”. I never knew just plain ol’ refried Beans with a pinch of cheddar cheese could taste like a slice of heaven. I had a whole new appreciation for food, haha.
    I also didn’t do a pre-op diet, just Clear Liquids 24 hours before surgery.

  2. 4 hours ago, vulpusvulpus35 said:

    Hello All, Happy New Year!

    I need help from those experienced sleeve folks

    What are your biggest recommendations to prep for a successful surgical day and what's really important (to you) two weeks after.

    I'm fighting a diet coke addiction, no joke.

    Hi fellow Diet Coke addict! I’m 2 months out and haven’t had a sip! Which is crazy because I used to think longingly about my beloved Diet Coke.
    I had a craving for a Diet Coke last week, but I didn’t have it. Plenty of people do drink it post op, but I sorta said “hi craving, I see you and boy do I miss your crispy zing in my mouth, but I’m good”. Will it also be that easy for me to say no? Probably not. But right now it is. The same can’t be said for food. I’ve pretty much had it all at this point, and I’ve enjoyed it, regretted it sometimes, and moved on. I eat something yummy everyday, just not a lot of it. I’m still figuring this out. Sometimes I eat too fast and just have to ride that wave and tell myself “ok remember this for next time and remember how little your stomach is now”.
    i focused on drinking Water those first 10 days. The first 2 days were tough because of nausea. I did a play by play of the first 2 weeks on here called “post op day 2” if you’re curious about how it felt day by day.

    currently I mostly eat canned chicken with mayo (like I truly love it, hahahaha), an egg in the morning, tiny sandwiches (see post, comically small sandwich), honey roasted peanuts, and dinner is just a small portion of whatever my husband is eating… sometimes it healthy, sometimes it’s not. I’m not as strict as most people on here, and that’s ok. I’m learning and living. I’m losing about 2 pounds a week now (with stalls here and there, including the 3 week stall).

    i have incorporated the Premier Protein latte flavor daily now (3 weeks post op until I was suppose to wait for caffeine). I sorta have just choke it down bit by bit, but I’m ok with it.

    i took omeprazole the first month as prescribed and haven’t needed it since.

    I brought a pair of crocs to the hospital to walk about my room, wet wipes, a medicine cup to sip water, 2 bottles of water, pads (because you’ll likely get your period out of nowhere), night time toiletries ( I didn’t shower there, was only there 2 nights), iPad, phone charger (long), ear buds, and pj pants, tank top with built in bra, and sweater (I was ridiculously cold for a month after surgery).

    good luck!

  3. 4 minutes ago, seadoo2021 said:

    Nice. I am gonna have to check this out then if Baptist keeps giving me issues with th at psyc eval. i thought me being self pay things would get moving quick too.

    Since it’s the beginning of the year and you’re self pay things should move quickly.

    Give them a call. Dr. Uchal, north florida surgeons. If you currently experience reflux, talk to him about rny. I had the sleeve, so I’m not sure of the price difference (if any).
    i never worked for him, just at an operating room where he comes. Mention self pay and hoops you’d like to avoid and a date you’re aiming for.

  4. I had my sleeve on 11/4 here in Jacksonville. Dr. Uchal at st Vincent’s riverside.

    I was self pay ($15,000 total includes hospital stay and follow visit). My BMI wasn’t high enough for insurance coverage. On the plus side, I got scheduled pretty quickly and didn’t have to jump through the hoops required when using insurance. I had 2 pre-op dietitian appointments (honestly pointless in my opinion. They could have just me with the info binder), blood work, EKG, and a chest X-ray. I have no co-morbidities. I didn’t do the pre surgery diet, just Clear Liquids the day before.

    The first 10 days sucked, not because of pain, but because of nausea. And I was starving. I couldn’t drink the nasty ass Protein Shakes, not for lack of trying. I just drank Water basically. My surgeon told me don’t even worry about Protein just stay hydrated. When I was allowed to have caffeine I started drinking the latte Premier Protein.

    I’m almost 2 months post and have lost 25.5 pounds.
    i eat things I shouldn’t sometimes (things that most people stay away from until goal, but it’s impossible to eat a lot of anything.

  5. 6 hours ago, TaylorA said:

    It's my first-week post-op and I am supposed to be drinking Protein Shakes but it's too thick for my stomach and I feel sick. What can I do to help this? Or is it a waiting game at this point?

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    I did not drink a single Protein Shake because they were all so disgusting!

    At my 2 week follow up, my surgeon told me that he didn’t want me drinking Protein Shakes, which was a weight lifted. He said as long as I was staying hydrated he was happy.
    I was on Clear Liquids for 3 days, full liquids one week, puréed one week, soft one week, and normal diet after that.

  6. 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?

  7. 6 hours ago, summerseeker said:

    No I haven't but I will try to introduce some day by day but I know they will restrict my drinking time. I am so thirsty. Some of my tablets are tiny but I am a little apprehensive about them getting lodged and starting foaming again. I will have to be brave and pull up my old lady pants and get on with it.

    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.

  8. 20 minutes ago, LurkieKitty said:

    That's awesome~ My plan mentions avoiding breaded food and limiting starches in the soft food phase but it doesn't mention bread. However, after looking around at people's experiences with bread I'm kind of terrified to try it or anything relatively related, even crackers until maybe next summer. The idea of having a blockage from it is what terrifies me the most.

    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.

  9. 2 minutes ago, LurkieKitty said:

    Honestly I was just thinking about this earlier as a thing to do in the far future to Celebrate, having a super tiny sandwich. I was thinking, "it'll probably feel like the best thing I've ever had" after going through the stages of recovery.

    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 😹😹😹

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 12 minutes ago, EsojLabina said:

    I have finally started stage 3 omg 😱 how delicious 🤤 2 ounces of sous vide chicken thighs with 1 once garlic sautéed mash potatoes it nearly took an hour but how delicious 😋.

    anyone else is just started there 3 stage of soft food? ??

    😭😭😭 you’re speaking my language

    purées can’t come fast enough, less than 2 days

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