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About sockmonkey

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  • Birthday 10/19/1980

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  1. Happy 32nd Birthday sockmonkey!

  2. sockmonkey

    Why can't I use a straw?

    Here's my dilemma. I used to always use a straw. Always. Bought the bags of them at the store and used them up. But now, I'm NOT using a straw (saw on these boards not to) and I'm burping and have more hiccups than I've had in my life! I don't know whether it's related to the new band or getting used to drinking without a straw. I know a nice insulated bottle with a straw top for my water would be wonderful right now....
  3. I'm just curious, this was never explained in detail to me.
  4. sockmonkey

    August Rush in bandland!

    For those craving salty stuff, and for those who are sick of broth, I started adding some seasonings to the broth. My husband and I are totally addicted to Red Robin Seasoning, and I sprinkled some in my broth tonight. It was fantastic. It's hard to mix things up when we're on liquids, but this really, really helped! Tomorrow I'm going to try some garlic herb chicken seasoning I have and see how it tastes!
  5. sockmonkey

    August Rush in bandland!

    I'm just starting to feel hungry today. I have both yogurt and puddingo on my my "full liquids" list from the nutritionist, so I've had a bit of those both with no problems. I'm having a hard time even looking forward to mushies at this point because I'm a very picky eater, and even worse, a "texture" person. So the idea of pureeing even the softest foods kind of sicks me out. :thumbup: Wish I'd been prepared for the "liquids in, liquids out" phenomenon as well! Yikes! lol
  6. Thanks so much for sharing with me! Surgery was yesterday and it went well. I'm anxious to start feeling "normal" again!
  7. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    My pain is completely different. I have no pain in my sides, just right under my boobs. I have a lot of back pain, but I know that is just due to my muscle guarding. I've been using a heating pad, mostly on my back but occasionally on my tummy as well. I slept on the couch last night to keep my upper body elevated, but I think I'll sleep in my bed tonight. :party: I think the best thing so far is that I have felt NO hunger. NONE. I know I didn't get enough fluids yesterday, but it hurt to swallow. I could feel every drop going through my new smaller stoma. But I don't have any of that today, and my sips don't need to be nearly as small as yesterday either. I've drank a glass of juice today and a popsicle and plan to have chicken broth for lunch! The difference between how I feel today vs. yesterday is remarkable!
  8. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    I WAS BANDED TODAY!!!!!!!!! I am in a lot more pain than I anticipated, but I just can't believe that I'm finally banded. I will post more detail later, but for now, thank you all for the well-wishes!!!
  9. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    Very interesting!!! As per my nutrition classes in nursing school, anything over a 500 calorie drop in daily calorie intake should produce weight loss. So 500 cals a day seem quite rediculous. I've heard of a lot of people on here "tweaking" their calorie intakes with their bands when they hit plateaus. For instance, if they are daily taking in 900 cals, sometimes bumping it up to 1000 or down to 800 is all that is needed to move their weight loss along. I guess we all have to find our perfect fits! I have every intention of getting at least 800 cals a day. I have a bad habit of getting very weak, shakey, cold sweats when I don't have enough cals in me and I refuse to do that regularily.
  10. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    Well, Rushers, I had my pre-op appt. yesterday, and I learned an interesting tid-bit from my nutritionist. She said that a minimum of 800 cals are needed daily post-op to avoid starvation mode. She said for most people this is hard to do and she sees a lot of people not eating enough! Since my surgery is tomorrow (YAY!!!!!!) I plan to calculate out a minimum amount of fluids I need to take in each day, such as 3 protein shakes, 2 glasses of juice, 1 can of broth, etc. I think if I have a minimum amount in mind, I'll be more comfortable eating freely. Otherwise I'll be second guessing every bite I take in.
  11. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    Congrats to everyone with new August surgery dates (Go August Rush!!!) and congrats to everyone who has already been banded! Thanks so much for sharing your stories with us. Getting ready for pre-op appt. this morning and I can't even sleep, I am so excited! Surgery is the day after tomorrow!!!!
  12. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    I bet that the liver-shrinking pre-op diet is dependent on the surgeon's technique. There are bound to be certain spots within the belly that each surgeon prefers to use for their lap instruments, and depending on where those incisions lie in relation to the liver is probably important. I have to say, I am extremely jealous of those who have lost a ton of weight on pre-op diets! I just don't have the willpower to commit to one without my dr. telling me it's mandatory.
  13. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    I don't have a pre-op diet, so Thursday night the family and the few friends I've told are going out to eat. A true "last supper"! My husband is in the military, and as a military family, we have to learn to lean on our friends, and so they were told about the surgery. I need help with childcare! The kids and I are all out of school for the summer, so no chance of doing the procedure while the kids are in class. My parents are coming to town, however, on August 23, and somehow I have a feeling that the secret won't stick. This wouldn't be so bad if I didn't KNOW that my mom will overreact, freak out, tell me "You're not fat enough for that! Look how fat I am!", and proceed to tell everyone in the family on the sly. She doesn't tell to be gossipy, she just feels that everyone should know if someone is sick or having surgery. And I'll admit, I'm embarrassed about this. I'm embarrassed that I let my body get to a place where I need surgery to repair it. But if telling is what I must do to keep up the diet, than telling it is. So as far as grocery shopping. Day 1 post-op is Water, Clear liquids, water, 3 Protein shots, and water. Day 2 is full liquids. I have purchased vanilla, strawberry and Cookies & cream Protein powder from GNC. I've tried the vanilla- delicious! I've also bought 4 bottles of V8 fusion juice (the stuff with fruits & veggies), popsicles, and canned broth. Oh, and Jello. Even though I'm allowed full liquids on Day 2, I'm nervous to jump into that any further than Protein shakes. I know I'm writing a book here, but I get really prone to shaking/sweating/weakness when I don't get enough to eat at the end of the day. I'm figuring that cutting my calories down to only a couple hundred from Day 1 is probably setting myself up, so I'm going to stick to real fruit juice and broth, not bothering with the calorie counts. I figure I won't pass 1000 a day, and that's still a HUGE decrease.
  14. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    Welcome!!!! To the others reading the August 2009 group, I havne't looked at it myself to know for sure, but there's a possiblity that they just haven't updated their tickers and signatures in awhile. I know when I had my hysterectomy I posted all over the hyster sisters forums, but as soon as I was healed from surgery and living life normally, I no longer felt the need to post or troll other posts. Perhaps we should take their absence (if there is an absence!!!) as a positive sign! And if not, we just know how much harder we have to work to pull off 100 lbs. weight losses in 1 year!
  15. sockmonkey

    August rush 2010!!!

    And congrats to kellyodoran!!!!!! You'll have to be our sneak peak into the OR. We want to hear everything!!!

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