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June 2nd was my surgery. 😊

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4 hours ago, BoredFatGirl said:

Never had a Q pump in. It sounds interesting!

Not at all common in the U.S. - can’t speak to whether it is used often elsewhere. Never known of anyone to use one before you and I have worked in healthcare for too long 😹

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2 hours ago, AlwaysCruising said:

Not at all common in the U.S. - can’t speak to whether it is used often elsewhere. Never known of anyone to use one before you and I have worked in healthcare for too long 😹

That’s wild! I’m in Colorado.

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1 hour ago, colormehappy said:

That’s wild! I’m in Colorado.

That’s the first thing I checked when I read the post, thinking I was going to see some European country. Who knows, maybe your surgeon went to some seminar and learned about it and decided to use it!

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I had my surgery (gastric sleeve) on Monday and it went really well. After my surgery, I was up and walking around, even though I was hopped up on morphine. The first two days were a bit rough. I was pretty hard to even drink Water. I am lactose intolerant and cannot stand the taste of milk, but that was the only thing that I could drink that remained down without any pain or air bubbles.

Today has been great, I've still struggled a bit to get all my Protein in, but I think by next week I will have all the proper nutrition down. Also waiting to poop too. Good luck to everyone who has future surgeries. And congrats to all of you who have already had yours.

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17 hours ago, Nikojr said:

Hello everyone, I'm new on here. I am feeling a little nervous and kind of having second thoughts. My friend told me to go on here and that this app will helping me a lot. My sleeve suergy will be on June 15 at 7:30 am. The doctor just told me to be on a liquid diet the day before and told me I will go home the same day. I havent heard no one go home that soon. Is that normal?

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My surgery was outpatient too. I got to the surgical center at 7:30am, started my surgery around 10am and was out by 12:30pm. They kept me there for 6 hours after the surgery just to ensure I was okay and had not complications. It may be that you are lower risk which is why you're able to have it on an outpatient setting.

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2 minutes ago, srgrl08 said:

My surgery was outpatient too. I got to the surgical center at 7:30am, started my surgery around 10am and was out by 12:30pm. They kept me there for 6 hours after the surgery just to ensure I was okay and had not complications. It may be that you are lower risk which is why you're able to have it on an outpatient setting.

Out patient would be amaaaaaaazing. i'm not looking forward to the nights in the hospital. no sleep and all the beeping and lights.. not conducive to recovery.

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I LOVE coffee, and while it doesn’t sound super appealing right now, I do miss the ritual of it. This morning I made a Decaf coffee with some skim milk and it tasted like sewage, no exaggeration. I hope that doesn’t last, but so crazy how my tastebuds have changed!

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Hello everybody! Had a revision from sleeve to RNY on 6/8. Had my sleeve in 2015 and lost the weight and kept it off for a while. I previously had a pretty unfriendly doctor and when I started having awful, awful acid reflux, he would usually describe it as user error “what are you eating to cause it, etc.” it was pretty rough on me because I felt like all my acid was caused by me and I was failing myself! Then I got on anxiety and depression medication (and the playing around with dosages and prescription) and the weight all of a sudden piled on. I luckily saw a billboard for my current surgeon and on a whim, decided to see if he had tips at least to get the weight loss started again. He was so sweet and helpful and made me realize there were some factors out of my control and the revision was a good plan!

Was originally planned for March but COVID delayed and I really struggled with a lot of guilt for gaining/falling off the wagon during quarantine. My doctor was not concerned at all. Hope that helps some of you feeling guilty!

Some things that have been helpful for me:
* No one knows your body as well as you do. I wish I had been a bit more insistent with my first doctor about the acid reflux - but know I won’t be that way anymore!
* I desperately asked my nurses to help me get up and pee in the middle of the night and no one came! I got myself up and did it myself because I had been walking around a lot during the day. Apparently I overexerted myself and gave myself “deep stitch” pain. It was unbearable! Felt like a jab in my left side anytime I did anything! Doctor recommended Aspercreme with Lidocaine to numb the area and alternate between heating pad and ice pack. Also have been using a toddler pillow to press on that area as I stand (like an extra compression of a binder) and that’s been more helpful than I expected!
* If watching tv, avoid watching commercials. I found that seeing a pizza commercial made me think I was hungry when I definitely wasn’t! (More applicable to sleeve. Haven’t had any hunger pangs with RNY)
* Would also like to recommend BariatricPal 25g whey Protein & collagen Power Shots - Crisp Apple only 3oz to drink but gets you 25g of protein!
Grateful to have this forum, didn’t even think about it last time! Good luck to everyone else with upcoming surgeries. It can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel the first few weeks when you’re in pain but when I had the sleeve, I forgot all about the pain and just was so grateful for it!!

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Officially Day 1 Post Op. last nights sleep was horrible and they said it was usually the worst. My throat feels clogged and due to no Water or ice chips until just right now it’s been extremely uncomfortable. I’ve had about 5 dry heaving “attacks” please tell me you went thru this, but that it goes away!!!!

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That's why I'm glad I was out cold for the first 24hrs with good drugs in my IV

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On 06/12/2020 at 09:12, frax said:

Officially Day 1 Post Op. last nights sleep was horrible and they said it was usually the worst. My throat feels clogged and due to no Water or ice chips until just right now it’s been extremely uncomfortable. I’ve had about 5 dry heaving “attacks” please tell me you went thru this, but that it goes away!!!!

Yes, my first night was rough too. I had horrible dry mouth until I was able to keep more fluids down. It does get better, I promise. Just hang in there.

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My surgery is coming up on Tuesday (6/16), so I had to go in and get my COVID-19 test today. I was really dreading it and building it up in my mind (pretty silly thing to be focused on given the surgery I'm about to have), so I'm glad it's over with.

Overall, it wasn't as bad as I expected. It definitely sucked, but I would describe it as extreme discomfort with very minimal pain, and it was all over very quickly. They're sicking a long swab somewhere where nothing is supposed to go, so every instinct in my body said "get that thing out of there", but it's not like it was very painful or anything. The whole thing was over in a matter of a couple of seconds and I was left with some teary eyes and a slightly roughed-up feeling nose, but no worse than after a few days with a cold when your nose starts to feel a little raw. That was about an hour ago and it's already feeling mostly back to normal.

Overall I'm happy that it's over with and I can start focusing on my more rational fears, like having 80% of a major organ removed in a couple of days 🙂

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