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kate+weight added a topic in Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Forums5 Days Post-Op & Hungry ?Hi! I posted this in the post-op thread, but didn't get any responses so maybe in the main area I will I hope!! I am desperate for some feedback!
I had my sleeve done on Saturday the 28th. So, today is 4 days post-op. I was in the hospital until yesterday because I couldn't pass gas (sheesh!!) & in the hospital I was drinking at least 64 oz of water & eating every "meal" of 2-4 tbsp of jello, yogurt, etc. as well as 2 carnation instant breakfast's a day. I was asleep the entire time more or less. Now I am home & am eating the same way. Today: 2 oz of cram of wheat...a protein shake...2 oz. of yogurt. But I am starving. Is this normal?? I feel like I could eat a giant hamburger + every other item on a menu. I thought I would be so full I could hardly drink water. I do have to eat slowly - as instructed - I take about 30 min to eat my "meals" (yogurt, etc) & take very small sips or it hurts in my chest/upper stomach. I still have a ton of gas. I just don't understand why I'm so hungry?? Did anyone else experience this? Did it go away? Please share your experience!!! I would feel so much better knowing that I'm not the only person to have had this situation!! Thanks
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kate+weight added a topic in Post-Op Vertical Sleeve GastrectomyDay 4 Post-Op...hungry?I had my sleeve done on Saturday the 28th. So, today is 4 days post-op. I was in the hospital until yesterday because I couldn't pass gas (sheesh!!) & in the hospital I was drinking at least 64 oz of water & eating every "meal" of 2-4 tbsp of jello, yogurt, etc. as well as 2 carnation instant breakfast's a day. I was asleep the entire time more or less. Now I am home & am eating the same way. Today: 2 oz of cram of wheat...a protein shake...2 oz. of yogurt. But I am starving. Is this normal?? I feel like I could eat a giant hamburger + every other item on a menu. I thought I would be so full I could hardly drink water. I do have to eat slowly - as instructed - I take about 30 min to eat my "meals" (yogurt, etc) & take very small sips or it hurts in my chest/upper stomach. I still have a ton of gas. I just don't understand why I'm so hungry?? Did anyone else experience this? Did it go away? Please share your experience!!! I would feel so much better knowing that I'm not the only person to have had this situation!! Thanks
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kate+weight added a topic in January 2012Surgery On Friday ! Nervous & Excited :)Hey all! Just wanted to get on here & find some fellow sleevers who are going under the knife this month or next! I could definitely use some support from my peers And I would love to be a source of support or information for anyone else who needs it....(You'll have to be a Feb. surgery for me to be very helpful in the information arena!) Please post your info on here & let's get some surgery-buddy action goin on!
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kate+weight added a post in a topic Sudden Last Minute Change From Rny To Vsg = Panic!
kate+weight added a topic in Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy ForumsSudden Last Minute Change From Rny To Vsg = Panic!Hi All!
Facts about me first: 5'6, 322 lbs, 36 yo female, cardio clearance showed perfect heart performance, need gall bladder removed during surgery.
Sooo, I went for my pre-op appt on Thursday for my RNY which is scheduled for 1/27/12 & my surgeon tells me that he has decided to no longer perform RNY & I will be getting the sleeve. WHAT?!?!?!!!! I started crying my eyes out. I know that most people...all who have had it, in fact...seem to really be happy that they chose a sleeve, but in part I am upset because I had researched extensively & I felt so ready, informed, prepared for RNY...not this. Additionally, I am a total candy junkie. Sweets are my absolute nemesis in weight loss so I was excited about the dumping syndrome, as weird as that sounds.
My husband is thrilled. He loves that there is less risk & less chance I will become too thin (he really doesn't prefer a skinny girl). We have 4 kids, 3 of whom are 4 & under, so he is grateful for the quicker recovery time. I am crushed though. I could change surgeons, but if I do that it could be a disaster in regards to my insurance company. I was approved for RNY in Dec. 2010 & planned on having surgery in Feb 2011, however my surgeon moved his practice out of state. I took some time to quit smoking completely, then found a new surgeon in Aug. I have been waiting since August 15 until Dec 20th for approval with a different surgeon. I have no idea why it has been so complicated, but I was denied twice & ended up only being approved after participating in a committee board review performed by various doctors & insurance employees & board members.
SO, I could risk that happening again & find a new surgeon...AGAIN...or get over my extreme disappointment & get the sleeve & hope for the best. PLEASE, please, please can someone please chime in w/ thoughts, opinions, personal stories of success or failure, etc. I am just feeling so blindsided & disappointed, but maybe I should be excited.....I don't know enough to know how to feel...
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kate+weight added a topic in Pre-op Gastric BypassWaiting! Ahhhh!Hi all! I'm new here (more or less) & just wanted to get some support from fellow WLS peeps I have completed all of my pre-op screening, other than an echo-gram for cardio clearance, which my surgeon requires for anyone having gastric bypass surgery. It's scheduled for this Thursday, and after that all I need is a surgery date & I'm off!! I am SOOOOO excited I can hardly stand it! I have been working on this/towards this for FIVE YEARS & at long, long last it is finally going to happen! I'm thrilled...so excited, nervous...everything! I can hardly sleep at night! My surgeon is planning to try to have it scheduled for Jan. 30 ... YAAAAAYYY!!
I am really curious about other people's recovery experiences. I am having a lapriscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass. Can anyone share a bit about your recovery experience? I'd like to hear about # of days spent in hospital, how you felt when you were in hospital & then home, how many days until you started to feel a little bit better, when you could get up & around, etc. I am a stay-at-home mom with 4 kids. My husband is taking 2 weeks off work to help with them & take care of me & I'm wondering if this is a decent amount of time? I have an older daughter who's in high school so she is pretty independent, but I also have a 4yo & 2yo twins so I am in high demnd around here Any advice for how long until I can step back into full-time Mommy mode? I know I can't pick them up, which is fine but how long until I will feel up to the rest of the gig...more or less...in your personal opinions/experiences?
Not sure if this info will help, but my current weight is 317 & I am 5'6. I cannot wait to never, ever, ever have to say or write that I weigh that much ever again!! Whoooooo-hoooooo!!!!
Any advice or info would be really, truly appreciated! Thanks
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kate+weight added a topic in Gastric Bypass ForumsPlastic Surgery questionHi all! So I have my last weight appt tomorrow & that's it - I'm onto pre-op steps! Yay! I am really, really excited to return to the long lost girl I used to be!! That being said I have some questions about the dreaded post-op sagging skin. I had 3 babies in 2 years (twins) & my stomach is already disgusting. It hangs so low - its seriously GROSS. Also, I have HUUUUGE boobs. I always have & I love them & so does my husband. They are seriously huge - all my dr's comment on them, friends, strangers (women), etc. So will I just have giant deflated whoopie cushion boobies? I am realllly afraid of this scenerio. My husband is not a fan of fake ta-ta's at all, but I see no choice in the matter if I have enormous pancakes. So my question have any of you had plastic surgery post-op - like boob jobs, skin removal, tummy tuck, etc? Has anyone been able to have your insurance pay for it? I NEED it on my tummy already so its for sure going to be desperately needed post weight loss, but I will def need ins to pay for it. What are the odds?? Any advice? BTW - I'm in Phoenix Thanks in advance!!
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kate+weight added a topic in Introduce YourselfHi from Phoenix, AZ!!Hi all! Newbie here...pre-op but have my last weight visit tomorrow & surgery consultation on Tuesday! I have been *trying* to have WLS for the last 2 years so am happy to be done w/ all the hoops as of tomorrow!! Yay! I started this process wanting a Lapband, changing my mind 6 mos ago to go w/ a Duodenal switch, but this weekend my surgeon said I should do GBP or the sleeve. I am 99% sure I'm going GBP - but nervous! I have 4 kids - 3 under the age of 4, so while I want to be healthy, a good role model, and active with them I want first & foremost to be alive!! So nervous. And my extremely supportive DH is a little freaked out saying he can't live without me, etc. Soooo, that's my story!
In a nutshell - excited & nervous! Went to sleep last night fantasizing aboit wearing skinny jeans
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