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Awesome!! So glad your surgery went well. I do have a print out for stage 3, I'll see if I can figure out a way to send it to you.

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Happy you did well on surgery!! I'm 6 mo post op and doing great....100# Down. Dr. Cronk was my Dr as well. I had problems with refried Beans or any Beans during that phase so I would recommend trying a little slowly and see how your stomach and digestive system handles them. They can be a bit much at first.

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How much time off work did your surgeons recommend? Mine says two to five weeks which I find a bit vague.

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I needed the full five but Im a slow healer. I had a lot of muscle pain around my stomach area and had a hard time learning initially how to keep foods down. Glad I stayed home as long as I did.

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I only took 1 1/2 weeks off of work, I have a desk job. I wish I would have taken just a couple more days and made it a full 2 weeks. I'm a little tired, but really having no issues being back at work.

I tried a spoonful of cottage cheese this morning and it sat really well, no issues. Think I'll try scrambled eggs for dinner.

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Had my first follow up today, a few days shy of 3 weeks. Dr. Cronk was happy with my progress and said I'm right on target. Saw the Nutritionist as well. I was shocked to see that Phase 3 foods lasts for FOUR WEEKS :-( I was totally expecting 2 weeks like the full liquid diet. Oh well, gotta suck it up buttercup.

I must say I really like Dr. Cronk and his office, but I am just not a fan of either of his nutritionists..

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How much time off work did your surgeons recommend? Mine says two to five weeks which I find a bit vague.

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I took one week off. I sit at a desk all day, so there wasn't really any need for me to take additional time off.

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Had my first follow up today, a few days shy of 3 weeks. Dr. Cronk was happy with my progress and said I'm right on target. Saw the Nutritionist as well. I was shocked to see that Phase 3 foods lasts for FOUR WEEKS :-( I was totally expecting 2 weeks like the full liquid diet. Oh well, gotta suck it up buttercup.

I must say I really like Dr. Cronk and his office, but I am just not a fan of either of his nutritionists..

I'm right there with you. I love Dr. Cronk, but the nutritionists were brusk, dismissive, and didn't listen to any of my concerns. I just had my 3 month follow up this morning and am FINALLY restriction free. So, don't expect to go back to normal eating until 3 months after surgery.

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I have only met with one of his nutritionist and I was not a fan of her either. Glad to hear you guys are doing good! My surgery is Friday with Dr. Cronk.

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Had my first follow up today, a few days shy of 3 weeks. Dr. Cronk was happy with my progress and said I'm right on target. Saw the Nutritionist as well. I was shocked to see that Phase 3 foods lasts for FOUR WEEKS :-( I was totally expecting 2 weeks like the full liquid diet. Oh well, gotta suck it up buttercup.

I must say I really like Dr. Cronk and his office, but I am just not a fan of either of his nutritionists..

I'm right there with you. I love Dr. Cronk, but the nutritionists were brusk, dismissive, and didn't listen to any of my concerns. I just had my 3 month follow up this morning and am FINALLY restriction free. So, don't expect to go back to normal eating until 3 months after surgery.

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I think I saw you! Tall man with reddish hair and beard? I got there at 9 am. Small world :)

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I think I saw you! Tall man with reddish hair and beard? I got there at 9 am. Small world :)

Hahaha! Yup, that was me! Were you the one who was early for your 9:15 appointment?

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I think I saw you! Tall man with reddish hair and beard? I got there at 9 am. Small world :)

Hahaha! Yup, that was me! Were you the one who was early for your 9:15 appointment?

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YEP! That was me! This feels stalkerish hahaha!

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