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1 hour ago, Katbad said:

Lyngolean I had Dr Luthra too. He was great. My sleeve surgery was June 22nd so I’m on day 15 postop. Still on full fluids but doing well. The worst thing for me was neck pain. The surgery was really long due to an unexpected hiatal hernia. So my neck was cranked for about 5 hrs. Took a full week before the pain went away.
I can’t exercise for 6 weeks so I’m doing a lot of walking.
Looking forward to pureed food starting next Friday. I’m planning a Mexican theme - refried Beans, guacamole and pureed salsa.

That’s a great idea for the pureed stage! I’m going to mark that down to remember!

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Hi everyone! My name is Kate, I'm a musician and teacher in the St. Paul area! I'm 3 weeks out of VSG surgery, which I had in La Crosse, WI.

Currently Im struggling with getting Protein in because I just don't want any more Protein Shakes and yogurt. Fingers crossed for me to move to soft solids on friday!

I hope you're all doing well, feel free to message me-Id love to meet up with fellow St. Paul people!

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Hi Kate! I am Megan from St. Paul.

I had RNY in July and am also struggling with Protein. The shakes are so terrible (in my opinion). This weekend I am going to try blending up some of the tasteless Protein Powder with honey flavored greek yogurt, milk and berries. I hope it tastes ok! I am also going to look for other ideas for protein shakes/smoothies I can make at home that are tolerable. Let me know if you have any ideas for recipes.

Take care,

Megan

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On 7/12/2016 at 1:15 PM, Amylou said:

I am. 1 year post op. Surgery done at Abbott.

Hi! I’m in St. Paul/ had my surgery on July 23rd. How is life a year out? What do you still avoid eating?

Megan

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Hi Kate! I am Megan from St. Paul.
I had RNY in July and am also struggling with Protein. The shakes are so terrible (in my opinion). This weekend I am going to try blending up some of the tasteless Protein Powder with honey flavored greek yogurt, milk and berries. I hope it tastes ok! I am also going to look for other ideas for protein shakes/smoothies I can make at home that are tolerable. Let me know if you have any ideas for recipes.
Take care,
Megan
Ive been combining a Protein Shake with 8 9z of decaf tea, and thats kinda working. Today I was finally moved to soft foods though so fingers crossed I can phase out the shakes.

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I hope it goes ok! Today I am feeling down and really missing food like I used to be able to eat. Just one of those days.

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Hi everyone! I'm late to the Minnesota party but I'm here!

I live in Minneapolis and had my bypass surgery with Dr. Laura July at Mercy in Coon Rapids about 7 weeks ago. I have really liked her a lot throughout the process!

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I'm so glad to meet people from Minnesota on here! I'm a bit more than 5 months post op. Had a sleeve done at Park Nicollet/Methodist by Dr. Grish Luthra. I couldn't be happier. A few thoughts for folks struggling with Protein intake early after surgery, my nutritionist recommended Fairlife milk which has 13g protein per 8 oz. It also has fewer carbs than regular milk and tastes the same (at least to me). In any event, I found Protein Shakes to be more tolerable if I added milk to them. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I have heard of people who mix coffee with their protein shakes. Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt has a good amount of protein without a lot of added sugar. It would be a lot of fun to organize a get together. Anyone interested? Maybe meet at a coffee place? I'm in St. Louis Park. Musical Kate is in St. Paul. Where is everyone else?

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On 7/7/2018 at 10:02 PM, Katbad said:

Lyngolean I had Dr Luthra too. He was great. My sleeve surgery was June 22nd so I’m on day 15 postop. Still on full fluids but doing well. The worst thing for me was neck pain. The surgery was really long due to an unexpected hiatal hernia. So my neck was cranked for about 5 hrs. Took a full week before the pain went away.
I can’t exercise for 6 weeks so I’m doing a lot of walking.
Looking forward to pureed food starting next Friday. I’m planning a Mexican theme - refried Beans, guacamole and pureed salsa.

Katbad, I don't know how it is that I'm just seeing your post now. How are you doing?! Would love to hear an update. Also, would love to meet up at the Methodist support group if you're interested/able. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month 5:30-6:30. Meets in the lobby of the clinic. Also, if you have interest, there is a strengthening group that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital's gym. Let me know if you'd like details. It's a small group, (2-5 people usually) so plenty of attention to making sure form is good to prevent injuries and all are bariatric patients, so lots to talk about as we get stronger.

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I am! Just sleeved 9/13. So I’m in the crummy phase. How long does it last?

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jrobin13, I was just reviewing old posts and noticed that after 4 days post op I stopped waking up from pain and was able to start going longer than 4 hours between doses of Tylenol. Every person is different though. What is feeling crummy to you? The first week is definitely the worst, and then advancing to each new food stage I remember being very welcome! (clear liquids to full, to purees, to soft). It all gets better and better, and when you start to feel so good from dropping all that weight behind you, you feel MARVELOUS! My son pointed out to me when I hit 80 pounds of weight loss that that is what an aluminum canoe weighs. So glad my portaging days are done!!!

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On 9/16/2018 at 1:01 PM, Bearly0506 said:

Hi. Minneapolis here and 10 days post op

Hi Bearly-

How are you feeling? Did you have RNY? Welcome! :)

Megan

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On 9/16/2018 at 4:35 PM, Lyngolean said:

Katbad, I don't know how it is that I'm just seeing your post now. How are you doing?! Would love to hear an update. Also, would love to meet up at the Methodist support group if you're interested/able. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month 5:30-6:30. Meets in the lobby of the clinic. Also, if you have interest, there is a strengthening group that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital's gym. Let me know if you'd like details. It's a small group, (2-5 people usually) so plenty of attention to making sure form is good to prevent injuries and all are bariatric patients, so lots to talk about as we get stronger.

Hi Lyn -

I'd love to know the details for the meetings at Methodist! I live in St. Paul but work in Minneapolis so maybe I can go :)

Thanks!
Megan

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On 9/20/2018 at 2:12 PM, MN_Meg770 said:

Hi Lyn -

I'd love to know the details for the meetings at Methodist! I live in St. Paul but work in Minneapolis so maybe I can go :)

Thanks!
Megan

Megan (and any interested others), the Methodist Bariatric Support Group meetings occur the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month on the second floor of the Meadowbrook Building, in the lobby of the General Surgery Department (which is where bariatric patients are seen). It's free, and runs 5:30-6:30. The group is usually quite large and more of an educational forum on at least half the meetings with a speaker. Meetings are free and comprised of people at all points along the journey (considering surgery to many years post-op). The address for the building is 3931 Louisiana Ave. S. Closest parking is the orange ramp. With validated parking (bring your ticket with you to stamp), is $4. You can park for free and walk from one of the surface lots around the hospital also. I would love to look for you at a meeting and be sure to connect.

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