Aussie H

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  1. I was going to say the same thing but instead choose to close the program and wander off for awhile. The big difference here is that at least people tried to be polite in their responses....at other forums this question would have seen members come out with knives ready to slay the questioner!!!!
  2. This is a weightloss surgery support group @Eboni. Everyone here has a vested interest in seeing all members reach and maintain their weightloss goals. Most of us know that the foods you've mentioned are not conducive to weightloss, and are poor choices to make especially this earlier out from your surgery. They are trying to help you reach your goal by giving you information that they've learned along the way. The fact is that the longer you can avoid these hollow calorie, low nutritional value foods, the sooner you can reach your personal goals while staying healthy.....and we all want that for ourselves and each other. Unfortunately post surgery malnutrition is a very real concern, especially after a malabsorbive procedure like gastric bypass. For now at least, it is in your best interests to only fill your small pouch with nutritionally beneficial foods. Malnutrition is deadly.....I know because my husband died because of it....he just had no resources left to fight off an infection.
  3. It's likely quite safe from a surgical point of view, but completely unsuitable from a weightloss perspective. My advice is that if you chose to eat these kinds of foods (and I did last week) weigh yourself the day you do and again the day after. You'll likely be amazed by how much your weight increases. Sure the increase will be mostly water weight, but it'll take a few days before your body will return to normal and you'll be fighting carb cravings again until you can detox. In my experience it's a slippery slope and just not worth it.....YMMV though. An added note: I was cleared to eat anything I could tolerate (within reason) at my two week checkup. This did come with a warning though. That warning was about gluggy soft-textured foods like breads, pastas and rice. These foods by virtue of their texture can block the opening between your pouch and your intestine. If that happens the food will get caught in the small pouch, and by its very nature will absorb fluids and swell. That can cause extreme discomfort until you can get rid of it either by waiting until it disgests, or by letting it forcefully come back up. It's not a pleasant experience, and I imagine would be even more unpleasant if you still have internal swelling along your staple line. Even now, almost 5 months after my surgery, I can only manage bread if it is toasted to change the soft texture. Pastas and rice aren't even on my radar, not because I'm compliant to a surgical plan, nor because I want the best weightloss this surgery can give me.....I just dislike rice and pasta intensely.... A godsend to me because I don't even want to consider how big I would have been had they been staple foods in my diet.
  4. The photo is great.....but where are you? Have you lost so much weight that you're now the invisible man!!!!
  5. Oh my do I hear you @NerdyLady in fact I posted about this very topic some time ago. I guess given I started at an even lower BMI than you did after losing loads of my excess weight prior to surgery, I was bound to start hearing it very early on. In fact for me it started before I had even had the surgery. For the most part the "nosey" (aka non-friends and non-family) have now shut their traps......even if they are still watching and still gossiping behind my back. I have some very close family (including my own mother) who haven't even acknowledged my weightloss. For them I'm pretty sure it is jealously as they have all gained over the last 12 months while I've been concentrating on losing. It's easy to say just forget about the tossers and enjoy your journey, but really hard to do when the reality it that they are infiltrating your head and likely causing you to question whether you look okay or perhaps have pushed the weightloss too far. I've definitely deliberately backed off on the weightloss for now because of the comments of others and how I'm seeing myself in the mirror. We're both very early on in this journey and still in the honeymoon period. I'm hoping that should I decide to kick up a gear again then that honeymoon period will still be there
  6. Leaks really aren't that common @Readytobeme. Yes they can happen, but most surgeons will do a leak test these days either during surgery (using a blue dye) or after surgery by giving a barium swallow test. The odds do go up considerably of having a leak after a revisional surgery where surgeons have to staple through existing scar tissue. Ask your surgeon what his % leaks are. You'll likely be surprised by just how low that figure is. If it's a high rate, then do yourself a favour and get a better surgeon.
  7. I agree with others. Both caffeine (within reason) and straws are allowed by my surgeon. There seem to be so many different rules depending on what program you are in that I often wonder how individual surgeon's come to make them. I honestly suspect that in some cases it only takes one or two patients to have an issue and all of a sudden a new rule is in play despite perhaps hundreds of other patients never having that issue. Relax...your one off slips are understandable and very unlikely to cause you problems if you keep them one-offs.
  8. Take it easy Robin. Recovery from a hysterectomy takes time. It's painful and the restrictions are so frustrating, let alone all the hormonal changes that will be unbalancing your body and moods right now. You could well find it takes a few months before you even start to feel any degree of normality again.....that's not even taking the stroke into account. Be kind to yourself, and allow others to take as much of the load off of you as they will.
  9. It may well give a false positive, but that can be further tested if a positive result happens. If it's a negative result (as mine was) then no further need for what to me seem nastier testing protocols.
  10. Trust you @BurgundyBoy. A broken record on the exercise bandwagon!!!! Haha, just kidding.....I wish I could get my head into the space where I believed exercise could be even remotely alluring. For now though I'll let my medically imposed non-weightbearing status allow me to be a 24/7 sloth! Hopefully things will start moving again soon @Dtrain84
  11. So sorry to hear about the stroke, you must have been devasted to hear that happened during your surgery. I wish you only the best for your recovery. Many of us here have faced delays due to unforeseen circumstances either happening or being diagnosed in the lead up to our surgeries. Mine was delayed for six months by my surgeon after my husband died. He insisted I take the time to grieve before allowing myself to go through with the surgery. My best advice to you is to take the time you've been given as though it is a gift. Use it with the absolute belief that you will continue to have the surgery by preparing both your mind and your body for the surgery. I lost so much weight during my six months the surgeon was shocked. The surgery as a result was both easier for him as well as safer for me. You don't need to make any decisions right now...and probably shouldn't if truth be known. Just move on believing you'll go ahead with the surgery, albeit later than originally planned, and use the time to both recover from the hysterectomy (which I know takes time) and build your body back up to the point where you're ready when your surgeon says you are. Contrary to what many believe, WLS isn't a "Big" surgery. The hysterectomy you've just had was a far bigger surgery. I remember reading before mine that hysterectomies are considered second to heart surgery in the degree of "bigness" when it comes to surgical interventions.
  12. Congrats Tom.
  13. Washing the area with Selson Yellow shampoo is what many medicos recommend here. It has anti-fungal properties. You just rinse it off after washing the affected area and dry afterwards by whatever method you're comfortable with.
  14. I was tested for H Pylori a couple of years ago. In my case it was a simple blood draw.
  15. Congrats NerdyLady. I totally get where you're at now. We really have been like twins through this journey and it's been great to follow your posts along my way. Can't tell you exactly what I weigh right now as I don't know the weight of my cast, but I do know that I'm happy just where I am....i just need to develop a love for exercise once I'm cleared to do some because I sure could use some muscle toning!!!
  16. I didn't have a choice in surgery....it was RNY or nothing for me. Couldn't be happier with the results. I was able to drive myself over 4 hours to home on Day 5. I was released from hospital on the same day the sleever ( who was on my surgeon's list the day I was) got released. I was at goal weight by 4 months. The only downside for me has been my stupid family doctors inability to grasp the fact that time release meds are wasted by my body, and my recent ortho surgery pain couldn't be managed with NSAIDs. While annoying initially there are other options for pain that are doing the trick. I loved that the reflux I was suffering every single day prior to surgery is now a distant memory.
  17. I'm another one that feels my body changes. The real surprise for me has been the hollows in my underarms, they are so deep and make shaving the pits an interesting experience. I seriously believe it would be possible these days for someone to reach in and lift me up by my collarbones. Previously bones I wasn't even convinced I had...haha!!!! People have even commented recently that I have cheekbones now...more bones I wasn't sure existed in my body.
  18. I've had a couple of MRIs since my original stapling without any problem. Mind you they were on my foot, not my stomach. I declared they were there and never had any questions asked or issues raised by the tech. Titanium has a very weak magnetic field. My mother was given MRIs on her two titanium knee joints by her surgeon without issue. That said my followup on my foot surgery which now has titanium screws is by CT Scan, not sure if the metal is the reason though or if a CT is just standard practice for what has to be checked. My ortho practise does have an in house MRI if needed. CPAP isn't an issue. Air in the intestine can be uncomfortable.....and noisy, but it won't burst your staples these days. With any luck you won't be using the CPAP once you get some decent weightloss happening.
  19. While I have had some very negative reactions to my surgery, getting it out in the open has been liberating in many ways. I know who the negative Nancys are and can choose now to avoid them and not discus anything even remotely private with the ones I know now have gossiped behind my back. I'm clearing out the rubbish without them even realising they've shown their toxin covered hands. I did mostly wait until after surgery though to be open. Was surprised today when my nephew-in-law openly posted on Facebook about his upcoming bypass surgery. While I knew about it, and had actually spoken openly to him about my surgery, I was surprised that he bit the bullet so early in his journey.
  20. Not wanting to put a downer on your NSV, but if you haven't had a period for at least 3 years and it's suddenly your experiencing bleeding, then you probably should pay your gyn a visit. At a minimum have your FSH and CA125 levels checked by your normal doctor. Unfortunately the return of uterine bleeding can be a sign of very sinister happenings in overweight females. Having dealt with endometrial cancer 3 years ago, that was the sign for me....and a very common sign as it happens. Definitely worth getting tested just in case! Congrats on the weightloss so far, but please don't ignore the changes your body is going through by making what to you may seem logical assumptions. It may well be nothing, and I certainly hope it is nothing, but better to be safe than sorry later.
  21. I agree wholeheartedly @BurgundyBoy re the chicken breast. In my opinion the absolute worst cut of meat from the humble chook.....and completely unforgiving in the cooking, yet always the cut recommended for the diet conscious. I'll use the breast for a parmigiana or a Swiss chicken dish, but neither are particularly diet conscious meals hahaha!!!! I've come to love the thigh meat for most of my cooking, but love the drumstick. Until now I tended to avoid them though because of all the advice to remove the skin for healthy eating. I certainly don't do that these days....I figure given my capacity for only a single drumstick the skin is minimal anyway. I've never tried confit cooking but might give it go when I next have to cook - that's probably about 6 months away for me given the 200+ meals already in my freezer.....yes I was very prepared for my recent surgery knowing I wouldn't be cooking afterwards. I'm proud to say I've not tried anything yet deep fried or battered. I dumped so easily on sugar that fat just stayed off the menu. I'm not afraid of it from a diet point of view, rather the dumping potential. Last time I dumped I lay down and it was 12 hours before I woke up again.
  22. Unfortunately large weightloss generally means hair loss will follow, regardless of how you achieve it. I went high protien low carbs for about 6 months prior to my revision and was well into the hair loss stage even before surgery. When you already have thin hair like I do, it's definitely a concern but unfortunately it's just something we need to try and work with in the short term.
  23. I don't track anything. I keep a bit of a mental note of protien I take in most days, and for me fluid intake has never really been an issue so I don't worry about that either. I find that just making healthier choices in what I eat, and including protien in every meal/snack, has been sufficient to keep the losses coming....and most importantly for me is that is happening without the feeling that I'm on a diet. If I'm not on a diet wagon then I can't fall off it and react badly.
  24. No. I've actually given most of them away anyhow. I know what various friends and family members like to wear so what was suitable for them I gave them....everything else went to charity. The exception being that I've hung onto all my jeans.....determined my kids will get denim quilts in the future. It was really just the few aspirational purchases that got me annoyed. I never thought I'd actually get into them let alone shrink too low before I ever got a chance to wear them. The only clothes that are wearable now from my pre-surgery multi-sized wardrobe are socks and scarves, with my now very oversized fluffy robes being extremely useful over the winter we are just moving out of now. I won't be buying anything now until my leg is out of the cast...So at least another 4 weeks to go before that could happen.
  25. Once my surgery was actually done I've pretty much told anyone that asks with only a few exceptions. My parents are one of those exceptions. My mother was intolerable after my first surgery 30+ years ago. She showed her nasty side again 3 years ago when one of my sisters had lap band surgery....and even gave me an "I told you so" when she found out I was seeing a gastro for stomach issues. She has been told that my surgery involved having my staple line cut out....that parts true, but she wasn't told that it was done as a part of a gastric bypass surgery.