That Guy

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Jersey Shore

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  • Surgeon
    ALT
  • Hospital
    NJ
  • Height (ft-in)
    6-01
  • Start Weight
    290
  • Current Weight
    285
  • Goal Weight
    220
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    39
  • Surgery Date
    01-06/17
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  1. So it's been 4 weeks since surgery and I'm down to 254 lbs., that's 24 lbs. from post op. I started this journey at 315 lbs, so 61 lbs. overall in the last 6 months. Question: I'm enjoying, beyond belief, pureed meals; is that wrong? I'm emulsifying all my solids into smoothies. Steak and potato, chicken and veggies, etc. I admit I did this because my first attempt at soft solids eggs went wrong. Runny scrambled eggs which, I ate slowly over 20 minutes, and the very first bite, despite chewing it like crazy, still seemed too dry to get down without liquid and grew cold in minutes so it tasted just awful. Haven't really tried after that because the next meal, and all those that followed have been smoothies. It just seems perfect to me...but should I try the soft solids again? I'd like to try tuna salad, chicken salad. Thoughts?
  2. Thank you for writing this I'm 7 days post op and have lost a mere 6 lbs and was already starting to wonder so I came here looking for answers and found yours pinned at the top. I hope it stays there forever! Thank you. I'll be patient and calmer now.
  3. 5 days post-op now and looking forward to phase two where I came move onto mushy food meals. Nutritionist has already explained I'm to eat no more than 4oz per meal, so have any of you tried prepackaged baby food like the one pictured here? They all seem to be about 4 oz. some are organic, others are not. Are there any pro's and cons? Thanks
  4. OK, so here's my 5 days post-op report. My pre-surgery weight at my last doctors visit the week before my surgery was 285. I lost 7 lbs. prior to surgery and on the day of surgery I was 278 lbs, now post surgery I'm at 273 lbs. Post-op at the hospital was interesting. I was given pressure boots on both legs to avoid clots in my legs as well as a shot in the belly of Heparin ( a blood thinner) for the same reason. I began a liquid diet, sipping 4 oz. of clear liquid; water, broth, or juice self-served in 1 oz plastic medicine dose cups, for every hour while awake to reach a minimum of 48 oz a day for sustenance and to avoid dehydration, plus I was connected to an IV. I was also given and used hourly an incentive spirometer and ordered to walk for up to 10 minutes every other hour on the hospital floor beginning by my 3rd hour once in my assigned room to help eliminate post-op surgical gas. I actually got mildly scolded for venturing too far to the other side of the building (though in my defense; it was on the same 'floor'!) By the end of the first night my BP was high (165/98). I normally take medication for that and informed the nurse, but they didn't give me anything new for it. It remained high through the next 24 hours and on the 2nd night my BP was even higher (168/105) so they called the doctor again and he ordered me off the IV figuring too much saline/liquid was in my system and finally my BP dropped to a more reasonable level (134/86) and that dropped further upon my release to 128/84. During my two night stay I experienced some incision pains though mostly just the first night and and second day, these pains were treated with dilaudid, then toradol and tylenol. By late into the second night I only had a few gas pains in my chest, which those medicines do nothing for anyway. Only more walking helped that so I went walking almost every hour. I was also able to shower on my own on the second day too. The 3rd day, the doctor stopped in for a visit to let me no he was taking me off all of my at home medications. This was exciting. I take meds for type 2 diabetes and high bp so I was happy to hear that maybe I could kick those to the curb going forward. I felt great all morning and I was just eager to be released though that didn't happen until the (hospital got it's 'full day stay' vig) afternoon between 3-5pm. Out the door I was given a shot of Lovanox (a blood thinner) to avoid any clots from developing in the legs, a set of discharge instructions which included being reminded not to use my diabetic and BP meds anymore and my first 2 weeks dietary info to follow while at home and a small prescription of painkiller to use as needed for any serious post-op pain that tylenol couldn't handle, as well as a tiny, low-dose, enteric-coated 81mg asprin to take once each day for the next thirty days, again, to avoid post-op blood clots. So far I've only needed the asprin. My only concern so far has been my blood sugars, because despite my liquid and mostly sugar free diet I've seen my AM sugars lingering at 128-131. Afternoon and PM sugars at 105-117 which are okay, but I can't help but wonder if those numbers will rise in the coming weeks as I switch to a permanent food diet? Looking forward to more weight loss though and so far, no regrets. I've not had a bad day so far. I feel cold & hot stuff going down is harder to take than room temperature liquids/jello, but I'm trying it all just the same. Thanks for your well wishes and responses!
  5. Only 5 days post-op, but so far down 5 lbs. despite the liquid and virtually sugar-free diet. First follow up was yesterday and everyone (14 of us) at the pre-follow up meeting with the nutritionist said about the same, give or take a couple pounds in any direction. Though one woman said she lost nothing yet and another said she lost 12 lbs., all of us were operated on Jan. 5th or 6th.
  6. Thanks for the fantastic advice. I guess I will scratch that off the list. Maybe they'll make a low carb version one day?
  7. Thanks for saying so. Still, if you happen past your nutritionist/doctor anytime soon, perhaps give it a mention to see what is said. I'm doing the same with my nutritionist before I commit to anything. This product is, or purports to be organic with no gmo's, not that I've ever cared before, but since I'm doing the surgery, I might as well start off on a good foot and see where it get's me, right? I'm also diabetic, so I really like the idea of the third thing on the list (Isomaltulose) made from beets. According to their website this product has the following: Soy Proteins: Soy protein isolate provides a smooth texture and robust amino acid profile. Algal oil: Our algal oil is produced in bioreactors, rather than traditional farms, to conserve natural resources while providing energy and essential fatty acids. Isomaltulose: A slow-metabolizing disaccharide synthesized from beets offers sustained energy without the spikes of refined sugar. Vitamins & minerals: Each pouch of Soylent Powder 1.7 includes 100 percent of all essential vitamins and minerals.
  8. I'm curious to know whether anyone here has tried using Soylent post VGS? My son uses it as a meal replacement for his dieting and workout needs, but he's young and doesn't need weightloss surgery as I do. Still he think's the product might be good for me post-op since it has all the nutrients in a single powdered form that you can blend into water and make a smooth shake. I'll post what's in it below according to the product label. Has anyone tried it? If so, is this something I'd pick up in week 3 post-op, or for a later time post-op, like after week 6? It sounds pretty good all things considered. Though my son blends in half a banana with it since it's flavorless as is. Thanks for your advice! Here are the contents of Soylent: INGREDIENTS: Soy Protein Isolate, Isomaltulose, Maltodextrin, High Oleic Canola Oil, High Oleic Algal Oil, Isomaltooligosaccharide, Modified Food Starch, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Soy Lecithin, Mono & Diglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Phosphate, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Choline Chloride, Mixed tocopherol, dl-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Gluconate, Zinc Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Sucralose, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Copper Gluconate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Phytonadione, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12. Contains: Soy Manufactured for Rosa Foods, Inc. Los Angeles, CA 90012 While not intended to replace every meal, Soylent can replace any meal 5 Servings Per Container; Amount Per Serving: Calories 400 % Daily Value* Total Fat 20g 31% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g Monounsaturated Fat 14g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 320mg 13% Total Carbohydrate 37g 12% Soluble Fiber 5g Dietary Fiber 5g 20% Includes 15g Added Sugars 30% Total Sugars 15g Protein 20g Serving Size Vitamin D 2mcg 20% ·Calcium 200mg 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% Iron 4mg ·Potassium 700mg Vitamin A ·Vitamin C Vitamin K ·Vitamin E Riboflavin ·Thiamin Vitamin B6 ·Niacin Vitamin B12 ·Folic Acid Choline ·Biotin Iodine ·Magnesium Zinc ·Selenium Copper ·Manganese Chromium ·Molybdenum Pantothenic Acid 1/5 pouch (84.8g) N
  9. Surgery is just a few days away now, but I'm thinking ahead to better times. Been heavy for 24 years, literally half of my life. Looking forward to gathering info from the many of you that have gone before me. Thanks in advance for your advice, your information, your experience and your time.