Jumping Jo

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-03
  • Start Weight
    250
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  1. Thank you both for your suggestions.
  2. Doyou have any good suggestions? I used to be a good sleeper, but now a couple weeks after surgery, I wake up every 1-2 hours and have to walk around. I noticed last night I don't really have the abdominal pain that I had - reducing until basically zero last night, but first I wake up with a pain in the right hip/leg, then walk around and then sleep left side only to wake up in 1-2 hours with the right hip/leg pain, walk around then back to right side again only to have inside right knee pain, walk around and sleep on left side only to get right side pain again. I am not a back sleeper, but sometimes I do just to see if I can get some sleep ... about 1-2 hours resulting in a backache. I was using the last of the pain killer in case something pulled again. I would like to avoid supplements as I don't think they work for me, and I feel like one more will just push me over the edge!
  3. Although this is an old post, I have to respond. Prior to surgery, I told only a few people because I didn't want to have to deal with advice or censorious attitudes. I had surgery a few weeks ago, and, at this point, I don't really care if people know so I'm telling more people (it's better than if they start thinking I'm sick). If they are negative, which no one has been yet, I can just walk away (I hope). I'm having to use more time and thought process to focus on my mental and body feelings so I don't have a lot of time or inclination to interact. I have to laugh because my sister's new doctor (back pain) asked if she had thought about WLS ... she had it a few years ago. So he was supportive as well as everyone else she knows (medical and friends). My PCPs two assistants have had the surgery with good results. Now, if only my other sister will do the surgery ... apparently she said she would do it the natural way, and she just keeps growing, and her daughter is getting much larger.
  4. My mom is getting tired of my rejects. It was so much easier to just eat a bowl of the food instead of now looking at the bowl going down in 1/4 cup increments. (One good thing is that someone brought tagalongs to work today, and I just thought ick and of the discomfort of dumping.) Tomorrow is the end of week one ... just two more weeks to go until soft food.
  5. I'm right there with you - I knew it was going to happen, but I think I hit a stall. I know it gets better. I'm trying not to be negative about the aching back, itchy sore incisions and the fact that nothing tastes really good! I was up to around 3 bottles of water on a good day; I choked down one today. The Crystal light that I liked before is still the best, but it just doesn't taste good. I'm feeling like I'm falling asleep at work because I'm so uncomfortable at night; I finally got snappish at my husband when he said I had a sour look on my face (I went off on him as I can't find a good alternative for over the counter pain killers. You don't realize how easy it was pre-surgery to pop some advil or motrin ... anything. I got dumping from Children's Tylenol (sugar), I thought my eyes would fall out or I would throw up from the taste of melts, and crushing pills helped me go off pudding!) I think I'll just start singing tomorrow, tomorrow. I am happy that my mom took such good care of me, and my husband has been supportive (although I do want to poke him in the eye for ignoring my concerns about flappy skin hanging down to my knees, only to be concerned now that it looks like it's sagging).
  6. Update - about 2.5 weeks post op and had to stop Premier Protein as my taste buds didn't like it. Now I'm drinking GNC vanilla bean or strawberry & cream. I've heard that changing taste buds is not uncommon. Now I have to figure out my pureed schedule ... everything is new, and it's difficult if you pureed a full can of something - if you don't like it, it takes forever to finish at 1/4 cup per meal! In the past two days I've tasted chili, hash, mashed potatoes, lasagna cheese/sauce without noodles, pureed tuna tomorrow --- I don't want to go back to the cream based soup or greek yogurt as neither very filling to me. It's hard, but I'm looking to the future.
  7. I wish I would have seen this sooner. I had surgery on Feb. 23, and, until Friday night, I slept in a recliner. I've been afraid to sleep in my bed as I am a side sleeper, and it pulled to lie down or get up. I haven't used a lot of the pain killers later as I don't want to get hooked (I don't care what anyone says - this hurts, even after taking pain killers post op ... back to pain killers and alternates - do not take children's Tylenol as the sugar content is really high and causes dumping). I've been modifying my sleep position over the last few nights, mainly using a slanted pillow, dropping onto a down pillow on the opposite site of my surgery site, and trying to use pillow between my knees. I ended up pulling something last night as I was wrestling with the heavy covers while trying not to kick the cat. I wake up about every two hours, sit up, then try to go back to sleep --- then finish off the last hour or two in the recliner. While sleeping in the recliner, I have to battle the cat who feels he should be able to sleep on my stomach; luckily I keep a pillow on my abdomen in case he finally manages to an end run around my hand or jump over!
  8. I had surgery about 2.5 weeks ago; I'm not sure how I'm doing on the nutritional totals although I'm following the pureed restrictions. One of my nutritionists said the average is 30 pounds in the first three months so I'm a little over that amount. Good luck - it is definitely NOT the easy way out.
  9. I'm joining this thread very late, but, if I can help one person later who is scrolling and searching like me, that's good. My surgery is Thursday, and I'm sick of protein drinks, both Premier Protein which is really ok and vanilla protein powder mixed with unsweetened almond or cashew milk and pulverized fruit. I'm getting through these last days by adding sugar free syrup to both the chocolate and vanilla Premier Protein. The hazelnut and salted caramel syrups add new dimension although I'm tasting the fakey flavor a bit more in the salted caramel, but both have been a lifesaver (for the non-surgery candidate my mom likes it in her cocoa and possibly coffee).
  10. Thanks - honestly I'm not thinking about destroying the good healthy eating pattern, but one thing I am thinking about once I can eat meats is pulverizing a SMALL piece of chicken, bacon, onions and BBQ sauce (that's if I can tolerate sugary stuff) - just the taste. After posting, I found a blog on this site, and the pureed items looked good, especially a ricotta dish.
  11. Thanks HappyBigFatGrayCat - Today - day 4 - is easier, no headache although I had quite the headache yesterday. I'm trying not focus on the number of days left - surgery in 11 days, and I'm really not trying to question myself if my liver will be too large (the nurse's comment about flipping the liver to get to stomach actually turned my stomach). I'm an impatient person, but I'm trying to relax, be calm and just let it flow .... Next Sunday (surgery supposed to be on Feb. 23) I'll focus on the post surgery foods. I'm afraid to ask as individual tastes vary person to person, but does anyone have any faves regarding acceptable baby food, levels 1 & 2. The meat ones look disgusting; I won't even say my visualization.
  12. I'm on day 2 - have a headache and was really tired yesterday. A lot of head hunger - drinking Premier Protein, Isolate Whey (GNC) with decimated fruit and/or sugar free salted caramel syrup and a really tasty bullion broth. I can drink 5-6 protein drinks, up to 200 calories and 15 carbs; the NUT said to get as close to max as possible. Is there a downside if I forget to drink one and add a bit more of the fruit to the smoothie as long as I don't exceed the max total? The sugar free jello hasn't done a lot, but I'll try the popsicles. Now that I am about two weeks away, it's feeling unreal.
  13. You look great . I did not say anything except to boss or another person - my surgery is scheduled in about 3 weeks. Unfortunately the 2nd person threw in her opinion about whether or not I should eat something; I was somewhat offended as I have been very diligent about research and application ... especially she doesn'the really know a lot about the process ... I'm not an expert but am learning. That was one of my fears. Good luck - I'm impressed .
  14. ShrinkingViolet2 - thanks. Is mocha-flavored high protein hot chocolate a concoction that you make or is it premade for purchase? Thanks.
  15. The crazy thing is that I don't especially like diet Pepsi, but it's in my top three sodas, diet Coke, Pepsi and diet Pepsi ... habit.