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Baratricpals,

Just wanted to know 2 things

1) how much could you get down in one 20min sitting? I am getting through 150ml of yoghurt or Soup. It take about an hr for 200ml Protein Shake. I also boiled one small potato and mashed it. Smashed it down (full) but had dumping after. I am 11 dpo

2) anyone who had leaks? Whats it like and when did it happen?


Cheers

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11 days out? I would say its possibly a little too soon for potato but if they are on your post op guidelines for this stage, you may want to try again in a few days.

I can't remember all that well 11 days out, but my starting point was the serving size in my guidelines...typically the more liquid, the more pureed the more I could drink/eat before restriction kicked in. It wasn't until I was on solid foods that the restrictions really kicked in. I do remember sometimes not always finishing off what I had served.

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20 -30 mins for 2ozs or 1/4 cup of purred or soft foods. I could take an hour or 2 to drink 200mls. I still take ages to eat or drink anything. (Been sipping 300+mls of green tea for over 90 mins now & yes it’s pretty cold 😁.)

I was told no potato until maintenance by my dietician - too starchy but there are a lot of post surgery plans. I tried some mashed then but not good & I still can’t tolerate them at almost 2 yrs. Had a small piece yesterday & there was my restriction & it sat like a lump in my tummy. Almost vomited when I got home.

I didn’t have a leak. They are pretty uncommon but can occur. Increasing pain, fever, fast heart beat, dizziness, shortness of breath are all symptoms of a gastric leak. But if you experience any pain or anything that is uncommon for you, contact your medical team as soon as possible.

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I did not have a leak to speak of. I stuck with the 2oz that was recommended. I did not even feel the restriction until soft food stage though so I could have eaten a lot more but stuck with the guidelines the dietician gave me. Which was hard cause I really wanted to FEEL that restriction but I trusted the process and it was there when I got to that stage.

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