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photogirl

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  1. Ok, i am offically a little over two weeks out. i have begun the mushies-FINALLY! i am wondering why i am not feeling the "full" feeling that everyone is talking about? if i do feel it, it goes away quickly and i feel hungry again. i don't think it's head hunger either. i am able to eat mashed potatoes, pureed stuff, i've even eaten tuna salad. i eat small portions because i know that's what i'm supposed to be doing. some people here are saying that they can only have a few bites or teaspoons. not me. i'm worried about this. why am i not feeling the full feeling? is it because i'm only a couple weeks out? will i ever feel the full feeling after eating only a little? as it is, i feel hungry after eating and i am obsessing about it--snacking is in my head a lot. aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh :scared0:
  2. Hi everybody! My name is Susan. I am today four days post op. I have a lot of fears and concerns. I am scared that the surgery didn't work. I am not feeling the full feeling that I have read other people talk about. Is it normal to be hungry frequently after the surgery? The hunger is really frightening me. I am on the full liquids now. I am able to eat soups and yogurt, etc. Please tell me that others out there felt the hunger initially and didn't feel the fullness that others speak of. :lol0: I am worried that it didn't work. Thanks forr any advice!
  3. hey everybody...long time no post. :001_tongue: i am doing good overall. i have a question, though. i am three months out from the surgery and i have noticed that my ability to eat / appetite seems to have increased. i am able to eat more than i have been. is this normal? i am soo scared of stretching out my stomach! i fear that i am eating too much. is it to be expected that i will be able to eat more than previously without feeling the crazy full feeling like i did before? i was able to eat a pita sandwich over the weekend---the WHOLE THING! that is a first for me since the surgery. am i being paranoid about this? any advice or words would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Hey everybody! I haven't posted anything for a long time. So, I am eight weeks post op. I have lost 31 pounds. People around me are starting to ask if I have lost weight (that's a nice question to get!) But, I am having some issues. I am really having a hard time eating and keeping things down. I am finding that nothing at all sounds appetizing and when I do try to eat, I can only eat a few bites. I am worried about the low amount of calories. I nearly fainted twice at work last week. I am drinking a protein shake / drink in the mornings and sometimes at night. Am I getting enough calories etc? I seriously can't believe I am asking that question! I'm struggling with the foamies and the sliming too. I have also vomitted twice recently. I'm also having a problem with (SORRY) diarreha :confused1:. UGH....I feel kinda sick a lot. has anyone else gone through this? is my body still getting used to the change? is 31 pounds too little for eight weeks out? i feel like it should be way more than that. thanks everybody!
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    hey again--anyone relate?

    I just had to say THANK YOU!! now that i have come back after not being on for several weeks--i realize just how amazing it is and what a blessing it is to be able to turn on my computer and within minutes know that I am going to be connected to a community of people all over the world who have experienced what I have, feel what I feel, and who can offer hope. I love this website!! :001_smile:
  6. photogirl

    hey again--anyone relate?

    Thanks for the response. it is so nice to know that there are always people here that can relate! I was thinking it might be too little water / liquid. I feel frustrated with it. On the one hand, I know that I am supposed to be drinking all day, BUT when I do that I don't feel like eating. Then no drinking before or after eating----AAAAAHHHH!!! I am feeling hard on myself because I've only lost 31 pounds. :001_tongue: Weird because when was the last time I lost 31 pounds in 8 weeks?? I just feel like I have already slowed with the weight loss. I knew that would happen, but I didn't think it would happen this fast. I really need to find a nutritionist / dietician in my area. I've looked, but I can't find any that specialize in working with people that have had weight loss surgery. AAAAAHHHH!!! Thanks for anyone's kind words...
  7. Hey all. Just wanted to update and share some good news. I saw the nutritionist yesterday (Fri July 3). I have lost a total of 13 pounds, 11 inches all over, my BMI has gone down 2 points, and my body fat percentage has gone down 4%!! All of that happened in 10 days! :001_smile: Also today July 4 (Yay America) I ate mashed potatoes!! It was the best food I have eaten in a very very long time! I am really starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! wooo-hooo!!:thumbup:
  8. Thank you guys. I'm gonna e-mail and maybe call the surgeon in Costa Rica to see if I can get some of those things.
  9. Hey all--Just to update you all, I was sleeved on June 23rd in Costa Rica. The surgery went well and I have lost 23 1/2 pounds already. I just realized the other day that I didn't receive any post op paperwork or x-rays or anything like that. Well, I received paperwork, but not on the operation itself. Am I the only one that didn't receive that? Should I e-mail my surgeon and ask for stuff? I really should have all of that sort of thing to discuss with my PCP. I have an appointment with my PCP tomorrow, though. AAAAHHHH!!
  10. So, one of the things I love so much about this site is the chat. It is really cool sometimes to be able to talk in real time with people going through what I am going through. I have not been able to get onto the chat for three days now. Has anyone else been having the same problems? I was just wondering if it is just me. Thank you all!!
  11. photogirl

    3 days postop sleeve and HUNGRY

    Hungrygirl---I TOTALLY understand what you are going through! i'm sure some of the wonderful people on here remember me saying the same thing a little bit ago! I felt so hungry after the surgery. I was convinced that something had gone wrong or I was duped (like you said). If you are on full liquids, the protein shakes, jello, sf pudding, and watered thined low fat cream soups help. Trust when I say that although the liquid phase feels like an eternity, it will pass. I am on the mushies now and it has made a big difference. I am still dealing with feeling "hungry" but, I think a lot of it is learning to interpret the feelings in my insides and my head. It is a marathon and not a sprint and there is constant learning along the way. We are learning how to re-think a lifetime of what our "normal eating" was. I am just shy of three weeks out and I have lost 18 pounds. I am excited to continue to learn about myself. Give yourself some time and you will too. :laugh0:
  12. Thank you all for the answers and the responses to my questions. I am taking Nexium for the acid. I just have yet to feel the full feeling for long periods of time. Like I said if I feel it, it is short lived. Like, I ate some pureed beans, pureed peas, and mashed potatoes about 45 minutes ago. I feel like I didn't eat at all now. I am not full. I didn't eat until I felt full. I ate the small measured amounts that I am supposed to. I'm still hungry. I feel physically hungry. Am I doing something wrong?? :scared0: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!
  13. photogirl

    3rd Aug is my turn

    Congrats and welcome!!! :scared0:
  14. My name is susan and i had the sleeve surgery on june 23rd. i had my first post op check up with my surgeon today. he removed the drainage tube (THANK GOODNESS!) . I was also weighed for the first time since the surgery. I have lost 8 pounds already! I am so relieved to see some results. it seems like an eternity since i started research, got a date, and began a pre op diet. I can't believe I am at the point of seeing some results. :laugh0: I do miss "eating" survivng on liquids for weeks is hard. I never imagined I would miss chewing so much! But, I know I will get there and I will be more healthy and look great when I do. I needed to share this news with all of my new friends!!
  15. I am one week out today. I have already lost some weight, but I am struggling. I feel like I CAN NOT take another drop of soup. I am on full liquids now, but I don't know what else to have besides soup and protein shakes. I am losing my mind! My parents are right now eating grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. :drool5: I don't know if I can make it another couple / few weeks till I can maybe begin to eat food again. This is really hard. Help! :Cry:
  16. photogirl

    yay me (and vsg!)

    thank you all sooo much! this website has brought me so much joy, comfort, and smiles! i am waiting right now to board the airplane to go home to florida from costa rica. i'm scared about being back in my "normal" surroundings. having my car to go anywhere. hanging with friends. if i got through being stuck at my father's in the middle of nowhere costa rica, i can survive orlando, florida! i will update everyone after i'm home and have recovered from my jet lag!! :001_tt2: Susan
  17. photogirl

    yay me (and vsg!)

    Thank you!!!
  18. photogirl

    i am struggling here

    Thank you soooo much!! I actually got to go to the local "mall" here in San Jose, Costa Rica. It was so good to get out of the house and walk around. We even went to a movie. We saw Angels and Demons. It was really good. Funny thing is, I was out having fun with my parents and I couldn't wait to get home to check my computer and this site! I can't wait to see (and feel) the difference!
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    i am struggling here

    I love this website. I knew if I reached out, someone would reach back! Thank you for the tips. The problem is right now I am in Costa Rica and I have no access to a car or to public transport right now. The neighborhood my dad lives in is safe to walk only at certain times. I am walking around the house, though. Thank you for the tips about the popscicles and the gum. I do miss chewing. I think part of the problem is being trapped in this house. my mom and I are going to get dropped off at a local mall tomorrow to walk around. I'm glad, but I am going to be exposed to food everywhere. I never realized how obsessed with food I am. Is it that or is it just because I can't have it?? I'm going a little stir crazy here. Thanks for listening!
  20. I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!! I find myself compulsively coming here. It feels so good to know that all of you are with me and that we can support each other without even "knowing" each other!
  21. photogirl

    Simple things

    I just wanted to say thank you for the frozen pudding cup idea! I tried that tonight and it was a wonderful treat. Thank you for that!
  22. I can't even begin to tell you all how much I appreciate the help and encouragement. It means so much. This is such a journey and a change that it feels so nice to know that I have other people helping me. I hope to be able to help others in the future! :001_tt2:
  23. Thank you soooo much!! I am in Costa Rica right now recovering from the surgery. Thankfully, my father lives here, so I have somewhere to stay. I have begun to feel very alone with this. I nearly shouted out loud for joy when I found this forum. :lol0: I have stayed in regular contact with my surgeon, but he keeps telling me "Don't worry it's ok." I'm sure he's being genuine, but it is something very different to hear it from people that have been through it. When I get home (to Orlando Florida) I am going to look for a support group to go to. I also know I need to find a nutritionist at home. I think I need to try to drink more water, too. It is definitely a lot to learn and a big change! :lol0:
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