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  1. Wendy's Chili was an early favorite take out. I don't eat out a lot, but when I do, it's cool to get at least 3 meals out of it. Almost everywhere has either a grilled chicken or shrimp offering that is reasonably healthy. Salads are another go-to; I get a Blackberry-Avocado salad with grilled chicken at my favorite local micro-brewery. I eat the protein first, then whatever greens and goodies I have room for. I have not tried HelloFresh but have been thinking about it. Let us know how that works out.
  2. Welcome, Mike! And congratulations on beginning this journey to a healthier you!
  3. I saw them a couple of years ago...they've still got it! Have fun!
  4. I haven't had one, but have administered them to patients years ago when I worked in hospitals. Having been away from hospital work for a long time I don't know that this is all still accurate but here goes: TPN or Total Parenteral Nutrition was typically given to patients that had some sort of malabsorption problem for whatever reason. They are bright yellow because of the vitamins (like your urine is bright yellow after you take oral vitamins lol). You typically don't administer them unless there is a severe and persistent deficit that cannot be corrected easily through more normal/natural routes. We typically would administer them through a port or a PIC line as it tends to be a bit hard on the smaller peripheral veins. They are expensive and it's invasive so it's certainly not for everyone. Perhaps someone with more recent or perhaps personal experience will chime in, because I'm sure things have changed
  5. Hi KansasDelta, we're practically neighbors lol, Here are my reasons for choosing sleeve over bypass: *Didn't want intestines re-routed. During my preop period, Al Roker publically shared his story about having uncontrollable diarrhea while at a State dinner at the White House and having to change pants. That made an impression on me, even though I understand it is not typical lol. *Wanted to be able to take NSAIDS. Although with the weight off I have much less need of them. *Wanted the benefit of having the unused portion of stomach removed so that some of those hunger hormones weren't being secreted and yelling at me to eat all the time. Retaining normal function was more important to me than retaining a portion of something I wasn't going to be using. I WANT this to be permanent lol *I didn't have significant heartburn issues which is a big reason to choose bypass instead of sleeve. Also not diabetic which many cite as a reason for choosing bypass, although sleevers with Type II diabetes also gain blood sugar control. *I don't have numbers but I got the impression from my reading that pouches tend to develop strictures more frequently than sleeves do and tend to be more stretchable than sleeves. Of course you have control over the stretching part, that can totally be avoided by eating proper portion sizes. I agree that most people on here are very satisfied with the surgery that they chose, probably because in the long run it really doesn't make that much difference for most. Your success will always primarily depend upon what and how much you choose to eat; either surgery is just a tool to help you make better choices. So, do your research, decide what your priorities are and make the best decision for you. I know I consider this the best decision I have ever made for myself. Good luck!
  6. So, I got engaged this weekend!!!  WLS and the resulting confidence and happiness gave me the courage to start dating after being a widow for 7 years.  I never imagined I would ever be this happy again :)


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    2. Trish1967


      Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! ❤️

    3. Trish13


      WOW!!! That is fantastic! So happy for you!!! Congrats!

    4. Clickin


      I am so happy for you! You're a gorgeous lady and deserve happiness. Blessings!

  7. Sometimes on this forum you get support that is warm and fuzzy, and occasionally you may get a dose of tough love. Tough love is what is called for right now, in my opinion. I am concerned that you seem to be more interested in how to "beat the test" than in how the nicotine will affect the outcome of your surgical experience. Why in the world would you intentionally do something that puts you at additional risk for complications during and after surgery? I know how difficult it is to quit, really I do. I smoked from age 18 to age 28-ish so I get how hard it is. But you are having this surgery presumably to be healthy so why in the world would you start the process doing the primary thing that could harm you? Please consider permanently stopping any form of nicotine, because even if you stop a few days before surgery, starting again later can harm your little pouch. You are going to have to make a lot of choices in the future; choices like whether or not to include alcohol in your diet, how many carbs you can safely eat, whether or not to exercise. You may as well start making the healthy choices now by choosing not to let nicotine sabotage your health goals. OK, stepping down off my soapbox now to wish you the very best. You can do this!
  8. What people "can" eat post-op is different from what people "should" eat post-op. Many people can eat sweets eventually (unless they cause dumping) but for many of us it is just too risky. Risky because it triggers cravings which as we already know are very difficult to overcome. For long term success it probably is best to stay away from things you know will undermine your success. For me that means Snickers and Oreos are forever off my shopping list Most surgeons have some sort of preop diet with the goal being to shrink the liver. The reason is that they have to get behind the liver to get to the stomach and if it can't be retracted out of the way because it is too large, they might have to cancel surgery. I watched a vertical sleeve gastrectomy online before my surgery which really helped illustrate to me how important it was to shrink the liver. As to the waiting to drink, yes it should be a forever thing. That helps keep our tiny stomach full longer which helps with hunger. Again, you "can" drink with and after meals, but you "shouldn't". Success post-op is largely dependent on the choices that you make and stick with. Use the honeymoon period to establish healthy habits and resolve to stick with them. This is a tool, not a magic fix. Having said all that, I see that you're considering a gastric band. I don't know a lot about the post-op issues except that I've only ever known one person who was successful with it and many who were not.
  9. I think there's more to it than just losing our insulation. I was cold in the early days before I'd lost enough to make a difference. I'm wondering if there are some hormonal connections at least in the early part of the process. It has normalized for me now. Yes, I get cold more easily but when I'm cold other normal weight people are cold too. It is awesome
  10. WLS for me was more about having a tool to keep the weight off rather than to lose the weight. I actually am really great at losing weight and have lost over 100 pounds 3 times in my life. Plus lost 20 to 50 pounds several more times lol . Where I sucked was keeping it off. This tool has really helped the keeping it off part. Best to you!
  11. To be clear, life after a sleeve is relatively easy also To the OP, the only thing you mentioned that might become an issue is the grazing. Grazing can be a slippery slope and it's probably best to stick with the plan of 3 meals/3 snacks or 6 smaller meals (whatever your program suggests). Otherwise, sounds like you are rocking this!!
  12. Nothing like seeing your baby sick to trigger those tried and true coping mechanisms. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this, but you can absolutely do this. You can't change the past so there's no point in dwelling on it as long as you learn from it. If he's going to be in the hospital awhile longer, see if you can stock up on some room temp stable foods...protein bars, jerky, nuts, tuna pouches, etc. Just get through this as best you can and be committed to getting back to good habits when you are able. Best to you and your son.
  13. Yep, ditto what she said. This is actually the perfect time to change the way you view food because you're not excited about it. When was the last time you weren't excited about food? Maybe after a nasty bout of stomach flu lol. So, take this time to relearn what food is for...fuel. Develop the healthy habit of eating what and when you should. Believe me, the vast majority come to the end of the honeymoon period with head hunger rearing it's ugly head. The only way to beat it is to have developed healthier eating habits, and healthier coping mechanisms. Besides, you need fuel to keep up with that active toddler
  14. I would say the first 48 hours was a little rough as I had dry heaves and nausea every time I so much as moved my head off the pillow. This was despite having pre-medicated with an anti-nausea med plus having IV meds and oral meds for nausea post-op. I tend to get nauseated easily so I wasn't too surprised. Pain was manageable. Walking around helped so much, I would highly encourage it. Fluids are a priority in those early days so don't worry about "eating", just work on the fluid goals. I remember keeping fluids nearby at all times so I could sip frequently. Having just had some plastic surgery in March I can honestly say that the sleeve surgery was a far easier recovery than plastics. You got this!
  15. That sounds dreadful. Nexium has always worked for me, just one tab daily but sounds like you are far beyond that. The only "home remedy" I'm aware of is baking soda and water which is something my grandfather used to use for heartburn back in the day. I don't know what the quantities are or anything and I really don't think it's going to do anything better than meds. Plus it tastes gross. Mint tea can be soothing to the tummy. Sitting upright for an hour after eating, avoiding high acid foods and drinks. Not smoking. That's all I got, sorry. Hope you get some relief soon.