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Found this little space to start posting random thoughts, feelings and experiences to document this journey

Surgery Type = Gastric bypass

Age = 48

Highest weight = 307

1st date with surgeon 05-09-2019 Weight - 302

June, July, August, Sept - went through pre-op stuff diet and insurance hell

Surgery Date 10-01-2019 Weight 284

10-02-2019 - Weight going home was 294

Hospital care impressive, bariatric program impressive. I was sent home with all the knowledge and material I need. Nurse called me on 10/03. I had red tinged phlegm coughing and she said that was normal.

Today, 10/05/2019 I'm home and still sore. I don't think I was given enough pain meds so trying to use them sparingly. Lots of Vitamins and meds to take it takes me about 30 minutes to take them (morning and evening) due to the stomach making me full. My main goal is to get 60-80 grams of Protein and 60 oz of liquid. I've almost made it each day going to try today. I'm still happy I made this decision. Trying to walk at least every hour around the house and will i'm sitting I do ankle twists. I've take some short walks outside with the dogs.

Things that are bugging me - I have 6 incisions and 4 are horizontal along my fat roll that 'bends" when I sit making it uncomfortable.

Dr. filled out form for me to go back to work on Oct 17 I think i will need longer, will address at first preop meeting on the 16th

Lower left abdomen hurts internally, is that where one of the stomas are?

I know I'm still pumped with fluids, not weighing myself yet but I must be losing weight. entering everything in my fitness pal...always under 400 calories.

Ordered a cheap fitness tracker on e-mail since my fancy one broke.

I'm sick of store bought bone broth...will try to get some yummy from a local asian restaurant. ...

10/05 - had my first Bee Em sans Miralax

This is all more expensive than I thought it would be.

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And 🐼my Friend, I will be following your story, like all of us in Life, You Learn as You Go, and We All Will Have a Story to Tell as T8me Goes On!

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4th full day home....still sore..hardest part taking these pills...have to take them 5 minutes apart...another frurstrating thing is my hubby. We went to walk the dogs (we have two) and I asked him to connect the lead to the dog. It's still hard to bend over. Yes I was doing it slowly and actually did light chores but it was easier to ask him. He refused and said "you can do it and you will" WTF. I am so pissed I was gobsmacked. Then I didn't back down as usually submissivie wifey I am and it's the next day and we are still not talking. In fact he left the house last night didn't tell me where he was going and I had no idea where he was for two hours then he came home and slept in the guest room. . He was great during the hospital and surgery but seems very upset with me and not very caring. I guess it's something I'll have to deal with. I thought about apologizing but F that . Digging in and standing my ground. I actually think he's a bit insecure......

Water weight seems to be down, yay!

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Oct 7, not sure if I would count that 6 or 7 days out of surgery. My scale says 280 but not sure if I want to update my tickers yet as it's known to be a few lbs off. But it's definitely down from the 294 it said on OCT 2 - WHO HOO. Hubby and I doing okay....Thankfully off of work until Oct 17 so my goal every day is to just get those meds, fluids, and Protein in. Went to bathroom again today that makes Friday and Monday.

So far so good, pain better every day.......

ordered step tracker in the mail and going to try a sytrax shake today.

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Sounds like you are doing really well! I am sorry things with Hubby got derailed there for a little while, hopefully he can calm his insecurities and be the support you need right now!

Let us know how the Syntrax shakes are! I just ordered the sample pack and I'll try one for Breakfast tomorrow!

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oct 7 part deux..not sure who highjacked my thread with the spam above. , I reported it...overall feel good but felt full a lot today like after a thanksgiving meal. I think I'm taking my meds too close together. I need to have the patience to wait...also need to slow down on the liquids... today at lunch i strained just the broth from progressio italian style wedding Soup and then ate one of those tiny meatballs. I don't know why I did that, I chewed it like crazy and it was very satisfying but I need to stick to what my doctors said. I really can't officially go to soft foods until Wednesday.....

Anyway...g'night

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incisions are itching and one looks hella bad. I emailed the nurse she said i could peel the glue off and then put hydrocortisone. that wasn't what I asked I feel that my incision popped underneath the glue. going to keep it on and not scratch and see what happens. I did order scar cream as I feel these are going to scar.

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I know!! My hubby is trying to be supportive by going out to eat, etc., but I am constantly mad at him. I’m hating the pain in my tummy, and the full liquid diet now and my nerves are short too. This will pass, I keep telling myself!!

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Oct 12 update. Doing okay had some random sharp pains in the right hand side so started taking Tylenol again and it has improved. Had an issue with the incisions so went to back to surgeon and spoke to his pa. Turns out i was allergic to the glue..they removed all the glue and put steri strips on the open wounds. Still sooo itchy...trying not to scratch. I feel I can eat too much. I’m on the puréed stage and I ate 3 oz of Beans and I know we shouldn’t eat more than 1.5 at a time. My weight loss has been slow. Most people Lose 10 lbs a week per my anecdotal research on this board. On oct 1 I weight 284 and today I weighed 277. Of course on Oct 2 I weight 294, lol. I will weight on Oct 15 which will be exactly 2 weeks. I’m happy with the loss, but really want one of these 10 lb weeks. Still really happy as I’m down 30 lbs from my high of 307 🙂

So far getting Protein in no problem. Getting 64 oz of liquid a bit harder need to step it up......

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October 17th update. Just an update I ended up in the ER then admitted to the hospital on Monday (the 14th) night 3 days ago. Had the worst pain ever I work my husband up. No vomiting or nausea just abdominal cramping. ER did tests and discovered I have a partial bowel blockage. They decided to transfer me to the hospital where my bypass was done 2 weeks ago. That took a while as the beds weren't available. I started to feel better and basically it was 3 days no food and Water I was on IVs At the other hospital my surgeon had them do upper GI xrays and watch me drink things to see if there was a blockage. liquids seemed to pass. I am home today and just doing liquids. One of the hospital doctors said these things can workthemselves out and that the intestines were "angry" This was scary but I hope in 6 months I will look back on this as just a blip. feeling okay now but having some regrets....

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just a quick check in. Today is going to be my first day back to work - boo hoo. But I'm glad to be feeling better. I'm 3 weeks out from surgery tomorrow and I've only lost 12 lbs. That seems low to me. but I am 48 with pcos but I was super heavy to begin with. Have to remember this is not a race. But I see folks lose 40 lbs their first month....gahhhhh....anyway....my thoughts are this is not the easy way out, anyone who says it is I will throw down. I was one of those who always said no to this surgery because it's for lazy people. Boy, was I wrong.

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Haven't posted in a while. Today marks 1 month. Even with my little ER trip I'm glad I did it. But...a RANT. I haven't lost a pound in a week. I have the dreaded 3 week stall. unbelievable. What gives me comfort is that this is a "thing" but dammit only eating 300 calories a day you would think that something would be coming off but no....ARGH...other than that I feel okay...been sticking to my diet..a couple of days the fluids were low. One night I forgot my vitamin...but overall good.

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