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    Central Maine Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Jamie Loggins
  1. One month post-op

    I spoke with the Dr office and they are starting me on Iron. They originally thought my iron levels were rebounding after surgery judging from labs while in the hospital and my checkup at week one, but they actually haven't sufficiently come up and I am anemic. So hopefully this will start me on the road to gradually regaining some energy over the next 4-6 weeks. I'm also grabbing a box of Colace for the potential constipation. We decided that I should take a step back and return to diet stage 3 with tracking until my stomach seems to calm down. This turmoil all seemed to begin when I began stage 4 and I think I grew careless. I wasn't overeating or eating the wrong things .... I just stopped drinking protein shakes and decided to get my protein from only food and I wasn't even really weighing and tracking. So it was a bust and I think my body told me so. So I am back to the protein shakes and hoping my stomach will stop the gurgling and burping and "angry feelings" soon. I am also tracking, tracking, tracking my protein, liquids and calories! Y'all have been a wonderful support. My husband has been on a business trip so being home alone has been tough. I continue to believe I will persevere and be healthier and stronger!
  2. One month post-op

    Yes, I am on Ursodiol for my gallbladder, but I'm guessing that's not the issue since I've done so well on it for five weeks. I had another day of nausea yesterday and could barely get anything down, but managed a few small meals and some liquids. My stomach continues to seem annoyed with me, churning and creating bubbles every time I take a bite or sip of anything. I called the Dr. office first thing this morning in hopes that I could be seen today, but none of the PAs work today (?!) and only the surgeon is in seeing patients. So I gave a long description to the office manager and she is going to relay my issues to him and either she or the surgeon will call me back. She looked at my labs and my iron and Vit D are low. Feeling a bit more upbeat and positive this morning. I'm sipping on a protein shake and I'm determined to hit my protein and fluid levels today!
  3. One month post-op

    I was taking the chewable Flintstone vitamins until about a week ago when my foolish dog decided to get ahold of the bottle. I came home to a vomited mess of vitamins ... he was fine. Ugh. It keeps slipping my mind to get more and I also wondered if I should switch to a different version that I can swallow. I don't know anything about calcium citrate. The nutrition program at my location was pretty lackluster. I have been hitting my protein requirements until about a week ago. This nausea issue really has me concerned. It is now overwhelming me whenever I eat anything, including protein shakes. Water doesn't seem to trigger it. I barely got anything down today because I would start to eat and it would kick in. I took the prescription nausea medication they sent home with me, but it doesn't help. And not to get too detailed, but I have gone from having firmer stool back to diarrhea every few days. I will be curious what they say about my labs. When I talked with the PA, he said that a number of my levels were "borderline" at the one week appt. after surgery. I really hope that they shed some light on my fatigue and also what might be now causing this nausea. I assume it can't be anything really bad like a blockage or a leak? As far as feeling like I am eating less, it is much more pronounced than a few bites. I feel like I am getting full halfway through a portion. So I will be sure to share all of this with the PA on Monday.
  4. I am one month post-op and many things have gone well, but I am also struggling. I continue to try to focus on the positive and the bigger picture, but it is difficult at times. First, the positive: The surgery went very well and I had little/no pain afterwards. I have transitioned through the food stages with little trouble. I have lost 30 pounds since my pre-op appt. a few days before surgery. Lots to celebrate! The hard part: I have not regained my energy. I kept waiting to feel more energetic, but as week one turned into two and then week three started to pass, I still felt like I had been run over by a truck. Just getting a load of laundry together and put in the machine would wipe me out. Thankfully I am not currently working outside the home because there is no way I would have the stamina. When I read other people's posts about them doing aerobics within a month of surgery, I am blown away. I know I shouldn't compare myself to others, but I literally get tired climbing my stairs and this is not the person I was before surgery. So I finally called the office this past week and spoke with the PA and described my situation. I had a bunch of lab work done, but have not yet gotten the results back. Unfortunately it is the weekend now so I will have to wait until Monday. I have also recently had some nausea start within the past few days which I haven't had in the past and I am finding that I can't eat as much as I used to in one sitting which seems bizarre. Does that seem normal? I would normally have a scrambled egg for breakfast, but now I can't even finish the whole egg. The other morning I was stupid and forced myself to finish it and I felt so sick afterwards. But I'm confused as to why my stomach would be holding less than it did a week ago when I thought it should be gradually holding more. I'm super emotional and crying a lot .... this is a crazy roller coaster ride we are on. Thank God my husband is so supportive and gives me hugs and understands. I also see a counselor whom I have seen for many years so that is helpful. It's hard not to feel some regret when things are tough. Thanks for listening!
  5. Five Days Away...

    We are surgery buddies! Best of luck, Drake! We can do this!
  6. Tera's Whey?

    Thank you so much, cinwa! That is a very helpful article! I ordered Syntrax Nectar Chocolate Truffle which is arriving today, but the cappuccino sounds amazing as well.
  7. Good morning, I am getting ready for surgery in four days (!) and wondered if anyone has ever used Tera's Whey? I have used it for years in my breakfast smoothie so I know I enjoy the taste. I have looked at the nutrition label and it appears to fall within the sugar/fat/calorie guidelines. The only question I had was that the first ingredient is listed as whey protein concentrate and none of my literature mentions choosing a product that lists concentrate. I can give a ring to the nutritionist on Monday, but just wondered if any of you could help me out. Thanks!
  8. Three Weeks Post-Op

    I can totally see the difference! Way to go - you look great!
  9. What a good feeling..............

    Beautiful photo! Supportive loved ones is such a blessing!
  10. Newbie in a snowstorm

    I attended the information meeting last evening at the hospital and I was very impressed with the surgeon and his presentation. They called this morning, after verifying my insurance info, and I have my 2-hour office consultation a week from today! Moving in the right direction.
  11. Newbie in a snowstorm

    Valerie, I would love to follow your progress and stay in touch! Elizabeth
  12. Newbie in a snowstorm

    Hello from Maine, where we are currently getting 10-14" of snow! I am new to this forum and wanted to post an introduction. I am at the beginning of this WL journey. I researched bariatric surgery in great detail about a year ago and decided not to proceed due to fears and worry about how difficult it would be. I think I have tried every diet known to man over the past 20 years and dieting seems to be my hobby, yet I never can finish what I set out to do. Lose 20 pounds, gain 30 back, yo yo, on and on .... and now I find myself 100-120 pounds overweight. I am almost 48 years old and feel I want to do so much more in my life and be active. I have a loving husband and three kids who support me, but I know they are discouraged when I postpone plans to go on a tropical vacation because I would never be caught dead in a bathing suit, much less shorts. Life is passing me by and I want to start living. I called my insurance today to find out about what they require for coverage. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they have only four requirements: BMI, complete any info sessions that the surgeon requires, that I have a psychotherapy appt and that I have the surgery in one of the hospitals they deem qualified. So I do not have to see a nutritionist (which I actually have been doing on my own the past six months anyway, unrelated to the potential of surgery). Next week I plan to attend the info night at the hospital that is held twice a month. So I feel like I am moving in the right direction. I am nervous, but also excited about what the future can bring!