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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Namir Katkhouda
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    USC - Keck Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I would second what Cheesehead said. I've heard that acid and/or thirst can mask itself as hunger. I'd give your doctor a call to talk it over. You may also be having some 'head hunger'. For many folks, eating was the first strategy looked to for coping with stress. Surgery is very physically and emotionally stressful so it's not a huge surprise that your instinct is to eat right now. It speaks to how powerful the obsession can be that even though the surgery has significantly limited our ability to do so, we still want to eat. I'd suggest trying to distract yourself when thoughts of eating come to mind. Read, journal, draw, work, walk, get out of the house, etc... anything that can interrupt obsessing over food. Please let us know how you make out.
  2. Never heard of it but I'll keep an eye out. 42g of protein per serving is great. I'd probably end up doing half servings. 100 calories for 21g of protein would fit in well with my plan. What does it use for a sweetener?
  3. All surgical groups and insurance providers are different but here's the general order of events as I experienced it.... My regular Internist made the referral to the surgeon. I attended the informational seminar as directed by the surgeon's office. No weigh in's just an explanation of the different procedures, benefits, risks, etc... I contacted the surgical office and made an appointment for a consultation. At the consultation, I was weighed in and had all my vitals taken. The surgeon and I discussed my history and he made his recommendation of what type of procedure I should have. Note: If you've already been working with a nutritionist, your insurance may use the first weigh in with him/her as the starting weight. I was pre-approved for surgery with the prerequisite of 6 consecutive months of medically supervised weight loss (nutritionist) by the date of my surgery. My surgeon required that I get an EKG, heart stress test, blood testing, and psych eval., and lose 15 pounds before surgery as well. Hopefully this helps. Don't feel bad about asking questions. That's what the forum is here for :-)
  4. It was really hard but I stuck to it. You can too. Hang in there, you're almost to the finish line!
  5. I totally understand your frustration. I don't think I ever wanted a vegetable so much in my life as I did when I came off the soft food phase. I wasn't really craving anything but I was just sick of everything sweet tasting. The early foods are shakes, jello, pudding, popsicles, etc... and my mouth just got tired of it. Boredom is not my friend. What I can tell you is that you will never be more limited with what you can eat than you are right now. Even if it's not at a pace you're super happy with, you will gradually be able to eat a greater variety of foods which will likely help ease your frustrations. In the interim, perhaps you could comb the web and this forum for recipes that fit with your current restrictions, plan out your meals accordingly, and create a detailed list of what to buy. By the time you get to the store, your decisions will have already been made. This may make the task of food shopping less overwhelming. Regardless, hang in there. It will get better.
  6. I tend to have a rather skewed view of insurance providers (in my experience, any business that has something to gain financially by making things difficult are almost guaranteed to do just that). I would agree with Createchange that there's a good chance that your treatment for gestational diabetes will not count toward the requirement because it was not medically supervised for the purpose of weight loss/management. In order to cover it, my insurance company required that I have 6 consecutive months of medically supervised weight loss by a doctor or dietician within 12 months of my surgery. I was also required by my surgeon to have an EKG, heart stress test, and psychological evaluation.
  7. Welcome back, Trish. I'm glad to hear that your treatment was successful and look forward to hearing how everything goes with your WLS process.
  8. It's good to have a healthy and realistic goal but please bear in mind that we all have a different experience and measuring yourself against others may not necessarily be helpful. After my VSG I lost 119 lbs, reaching my goal in about 9 months. I exercised as soon as I could and lost an average of 10-12 pounds a month over the first 6 months. I weighed once a week until I got to my goal and weigh every day now to help keep me on track. At the urging of my NUT, I ended up changing my goal weight to be 10 pounds higher than what I originally planned. She helped me understand and consider my body composition to determine what my goal weight should be and reminded me that metabolic health is about more than just the number on the scale. I'd suggest taking weekly body measurements in addition to weighing in. It was recommended to me to do this and the information turned out to be really valuable because there were weeks that I lost inches but not pounds. Overall, my weight loss charted like a flight of stairs where the inches lost was a ramp. Another suggestion that turned out to be helpful was to think of my weight loss in terms of percentages and not pounds. Here's an arbitrary example: Month 1: Current weight: 200. Goal weight: 145. Excess weight: 55. If you lose 10 pounds you'll have lost 18% of your total excess weight. Month 2: Current weight: 190. Goal weight: 145. Excess weight: 45. If you lose 8 pounds you'll have lost 18% of your total excess weight.
  9. Conversations about food, what we eat, pot lucks, Holiday meals, etc..., are common things socially. It's normal and it's going to happen. Folks don't realize how tough these things can be for people in our 'club' and I don't expect them to. Few people have questioned me after politely declining an offer for food. A simple 'no thanks' seems to do the trick. If they continue to press me (which is almost always by someone who doesn't realize I used to be big) I explain that I've had to work really really hard to get healthy and in order to maintain that, I've got to be strict about my decisions. If someone has taken the time to make something special I will tell them 'You have no idea how much I want to eat that right now...but I can't. Because everything you make tastes amazing, I know that if I take even one bite I won't be able to stop'. It's hard to know for sure why someone would ever pressure us beyond that but if they did I would have to wonder if they had their own issues with food and/or body image issues.
  10. This!
  11. Thinking good thoughts for you and your family. Congrats on the great results!
  12. Panic and anxiety can be torturous, I'm sorry you're having it. I've heard of many people complain of heightened anxiety and/or depression post op. If it's something you had pre-op, it's not surprising that you're experiencing it more severely now. Food for thought (pun intended): If you've been taking any psychotropic meds to help with anxiety and/or depression, you may be having some absorption issues due to the surgery. 1 of 2 estrogens produced by the body is stored in fat. With rapid weight loss, the body is flooded with the hormone which can wreak havoc on emotions. You've gone through a major life change and that may be having an affect on you psychologically. For many of us, eating was a go-to coping strategy for negative feelings/emotions, and now that your ability to eat is greatly diminished, you may be fully feeling what in the past you've been able to sooth with food. Recovering from surgery can be painful. For many people, it can take a long time to start feeling good and for their energy level to return to normal. This can wear on folks and may express itself in the form of anxiety. Regardless of why, talking to your therapist is the very very best place to start. It's wonderful that you have the ability to work with one and are open to the idea of therapy. This alone, increases your likeliness of long term success. And here's the good news.......it will get better. Hang in there and please keep us updated.
  13. I think what you're feeling is very normal and perhaps magnified because of being off meds until recently. It's hard to be positive when you don't feel good physically. I had that stuck feeling too early out. I tried slowing down my eating, taking the tiniest of bites, etc... but it happened regardless. Thankfully, it got better with time. When it happens now, I take it as a sign that I need to slow it down or that I've had enough. The surgery requires that we change a whole lot about how we live all at once. Trying to make it all work is a challenge and it takes time to figure out how to make it all work. I remember in the beginning feeling like getting in the required protein, water, and meds was a full time job. Thankfully after a while, much of it became habit. As far as water is concerned, try sipping it throughout the day rather than trying to get a bunch back at once. That way when meal time comes, you won't have to compete with water consumption. Regardless, hang it there! Please let us know how you're making out.
  14. It sounds like you put a lot of thought into this and that you're confident about your decision. It's so great that you have someone in your life to love and support you through this. I'm really happy for you and wish you all the best.
  15. I make my own protein smoothie every morning still. I'm drinking it now actually :-) Below is the recipe for the chocolate one I make every morning. These volumes will be way too much for you this early out so I'd suggest cutting the recipe in half or quarter, or saving the remainder for later: 1 cup of almond milk 6 ice cubes (any more than this makes the smoothie slushy) 1/2 cup water 2 scoops of unflavored protein powder. (I use just one scoop to keep the calories lower but you may want to do 2 to meet your protein requirements). 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder depending on taste preference 1 small banana OR 1-2 packets of artificial sweetener depending on taste preference. Note: the banana will add both volume and calories so you may want to try to use the sweetener instead. If you're going to make your own smoothies, please note that blenders add a lot of air to things. After you've fully healed and your new baby stomach has relaxed a bit, this will be less of an issue. But in the beginning when your restriction is at its' greatest, extra air will take up precious space in your sleeve. I'd suggest letting the smoothie sit in the fridge for a little bit before you drink it so it has time to work the bubbles out. Another tip about using the blender. It's a quick way to add extra calories especially if you load it with calorie dense ingredients. We are all cautioned about 'slider' foods. Smoothies, if you're not mindful about what you put in them, could easily become one of them. I'd 100% agree with what Waisting noted; adding unflavored protein powder to soups and sauces is a great way to get in extra protein. The good thing about the unflavored kind is that you can use it for both sweet and savory things. When adding it to hot liquids, I'd recommend blending it with a little bit of warm water first to work out the lumps. Best of luck and let us know how you make out!