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Week Three Post-Op

Havamal

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Week three has been rather uneventful. I'm still working on improving my stamina and walking distance but it has been a challenge. Between the muscle aches that result from the walking for any length of time and running out of energy rather quickly it makes it hard to make any significant progress in that department. I think that once my caloric intake increases a little more that will help with the energy issues. Right now it is a struggle to break the 400-500 calorie mark. As far as food consumption, the puree phase of the diet was without issues other than feeling full almost immediately. So far I have not encountered anything that my sleeve has rejected, including hot sauces!

I have my release date 8/19 to return to work, which I think has both irritated and relieved my boss. We have a crew of 4 supervisors and one manager in the office and run 24/7. The manager transferred to Florida a week before I went out for my surgery, he would have been the one to cover the gap I was leaving. To cover me they flew in a supervisor from CA. A week after I went out on my LOA the other night supervisor quit, leaving them with another hole to fill, which they did by pulling in another supervisor from another location. The next day one of the day shift supervisors resigned and their last day is 8/22. They still have not been able to hire anyone to fill the two vacancies and are still flying in people to cover. Needless to say the boss has been scrambling to hold things together. He is happy I am returning but is bummed that it was not sooner!. I could have probably returned last week but my doctor felt that it would not be a good idea due to the stamina issue considering I work 12-13 hour shifts. The doctor wanted me to increase my caloric intake before I returned in order to combat the fatigue, but that so far has been rather difficult. Now that I am on the Soft Foods Diet phase I will be on a quest to find things to eat that are within the dietary boundaries of being high protein, low fat, no sugar but has a high caloric content… kind of sounds like a oxymoron!

Note on the Sciatica… It seems to be getting better, the sharp pain has occurred less and now I am just getting numbness and mild pain occasionally, typically once I have been on it for a while.

 

Stats update:

Start Weight: 465 lbs.

Surgery Weight: 448.3 lbs. (16.7 lbs. lost prior to surgery)

Current Weight: 409.6 lbs. (38.7 lbs. lost since surgery)

Total Lost: 55.4 lbs.

 

My Saga continues...


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Sounds like you're having a (relatively) easy time of it, which is great. I would totally second your doctor (big of me, I know, what with all my medical training, and all...:rolleyes:) on waiting until you can get some more calories in to return to long shifts. They'll get along without you. Or they won't! (They will). 

To be honest, I'm not very concerned about fat right now. My calories are often low, and the only way I can get them up is with fat, so as long as I'm doing really low carb, I think it's fine for now. Of course, do what your doctor says, but fat is a good way to get in some more calories at the moment. Keto people seem to do fine.

Hot sauce! My new best friend! I put it on everything now. 

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3 hours ago, Jen581791 said:

To be honest, I'm not very concerned about fat right now. My calories are often low, and the only way I can get them up is with fat, so as long as I'm doing really low carb, I think it's fine for now. Of course, do what your doctor says, but fat is a good way to get in some more calories at the moment. Keto people seem to do fine.

Hot sauce! My new best friend! I put it on everything now. 

I was already thinking along the fat lines... my biggest problem is trying to get enough food into my little sleeve to bring it up, 2 oz of anything other than liquid and I am done!

I had a thing for hot sauce before the surgery, now that my taste buds are in overdrive so to speak hot sauce is #1!! (Have about 5 or 6 different ones in the cuboard) :)

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Yeah, I'm only occasionally eating more than 3 oz of anything that's not yogurt or cottage cheese (I can do a half cup of either of those). It'll happen in time. If you're a spicy food fan, Thai coconut curry soup was a favorite of mine for both taste and getting some calories in when I was just a few weeks out. 

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Congrats on your recovery! I think the lack of stamina was the biggest issue I had on return to work. And for you to be working long shifts, you'll need an infusion of calories to get through the afternoon drop. Adding some pureed fresh fruit to your shakes might give you a boost, as would avocado or other healthy fats.  I'm still not used to packing food for the day and have forgotten my water bottle a few times!  Luckily I started squirreling away high protein snacks in my car, desk, purse - which has saved the day a few times!

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@CurvyMermaid - To make matters worse I will be doing a graveyard shift, roughly 6:30pm to 7:30am. It is going to take some discipline and scheduling of my intake in order to pull this off... but at least it will only be for a couple weeks then I will be going to a day shift which will be much easier to manage my diet! Wish me luck... I think this first couple weeks are going to be a challenge :blink:

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LOL, that's probably an understatement but think about how much easier everything else will be after you make it through this?  You've got a plan to manage intake during a graveyard shift and you've already lost 55.4 lbs (20% of that excess weight is G.O.N.E.).  This might not be a cake walk, more like a high-protein-low-carb shake walk but I know you got this.

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I found doing some long strenuous walks that having some beef jerky (brined without sugar) was a good way to go... 60 calories an ounce, once chewed up it disintegrates into tiny tiny pieces so little risk of overeating pains from a full stomach. Tons of protein, no carbos if chosen well, and satisfying....

FYI @Havamal some of those walks were in Iceland, Land of Havamal...

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I can't imagine trying to do a 12-13 hour shift on 500 calories. Woof. I used to work 12s on a regular basis and even though I was lucky to get a break at all, I'd easily wolf down 500-700 calories at that one meal to keep me plugging away for the day (plus breakfast, and something inevitably horrible for me at the end of the day, and a glass of wine :P). I think your doc is definitely keeping your interests at heart by encouraging you to get up your intake before you return.

I know its always easy for us to make our jobs problems our own, but I'm glad you're sticking to your guns! Your progress is amazing!

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