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My New Sleeve experience (so far)



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My surgery was May 18th. My first week was ROUGH to say the least. The gas pains, constipation from the pain drugs and dehydration made it hard to recover! I walked about 1/2 mile a day, but didn't get any relief until I stopped the Hydrocodone and relied on chewable Tylenol - the liquid burned the new tummy. I ended up having a couple of days of laxatives and gas-x along with the Tylenol-Worked like a charm.

During the second week, It took forever for the stomach cramps to go away - especially the ones that hurt as soon as liquid hit my tummy. Figured out that hot/warm Water was the best way to go. That helped get me hydrated, at least. The Protein Shakes I had were all cold and felt thick and gross (previously LOVED them and didn't much mind the 2 week liquid pre-op). I ended up getting the ProtiDiet Hot chocolate . It was great! Existed on that stuff for a few days until I could tolerate cold things.

My third week is going very well. No more pains! I did sneeze and get a sharp incision pain, but nothing crazy. I'm freely drinking cold things, which is great. I made a giant pitcher of coffee+Premier Protein caramel to drink at my leisure - that's been delicious. AND....finally eating fooooood! It's great to have a couple of bites of actual food. I know this restriction is temporary, but I'm absolutely loving it. It's the best of both worlds-especially after a month of liquids!

The only thing I'm dealing with now is the reflux. I've read all about other people's battle with this, so I knew it was likely to be an issue - especially while my sleeve is healing. It's no fun. Sometimes it's so bad I can't take anything down for a while. Yay for tums and omeprazole, but yeesh!

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Congratulations! It gets better every week!

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Thanks for sharing your story with us! I hope your healing goes smoothly

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Thanks for the update. Glad things are going better for you. Today is my first day of Puree and the first thing I had was the Ricotta Bake so yeah, I know what you mean about how great it is to taste actual food again. LOL

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So happy to hear you are on the mend! And Wow! 46lbs lost so far! You are doing great!! 🤗🤗🤗

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I'll take all advice and suggestions, that's for sure. Eating feels foreign like a weird new sensation.

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Hang in there! I’ve had a rough time too, but with nausea and vomiting. Even though I still vomit once every few days, at 7 weeks out, I will agree with a previous poster that it does get better each week overall! I am able to eat a greater variety of foods, get in most of my goals each day, and drinking fluids has gone faster.

For the first two weeks, I was wondering if I made the right decision. Now I know I did. 😀

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I am 5 days out and have yet to experience nausea (knock on wood) My surgeon included anti-nausea meds in the pre & post op med regime. I have avoided narcotics other than what they gave me the day of surgery. The only med I'm taking 5 days out is 1 ES Tylenol a few times a day. Everyone's experience is different. I don't have pain per se, more so discomfort. Similar to a feeling of fullness. (Sometimes hunger pangs) I'm really not sure what is going on in there, I'm sure my body will figure it out eventually. Plus I have to remind myself that I'm still healing! I just keep sip, sip, sipping away at fluids.

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Hang in there! I’ve had a rough time too, but with nausea and vomiting. Even though I still vomit once every few days, at 7 weeks out, I will agree with a previous poster that it does get better each week overall! I am able to eat a greater variety of foods, get in most of my goals each day, and drinking fluids has gone faster.
For the first two weeks, I was wondering if I made the right decision. Now I know I did. [emoji3]
Oh yikes! I can't imagine how crappy the nausea and vomiting must be. So far I've been lucky to avoid that. I'm really struggling with getting fluids in, honestly. I get that full feeling and it's hard to keep making yourself drink.

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