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About Dragonfly111

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  • Birthday 06/11/1976

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    Minneapolis, MN
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ikramuddin
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    University of Minnesota
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ikramuddin
  1. Jen581791, I am jealous! I invested in 36 bottles of Isopure RTD (I can handle them if they are diluted 50:50 with water and ice on top of that) but I can't even drink those!
  2. BurgundyBoy, here is my Confession of Sinful Ways: I had a teaspoon of citrus olive oil. It fulfilled both my need for something different and made me feel just a bit rebellious. I've also been creative with my broths and have been enjoying a hot, sugar-free caramel apple cider every afternoon. Ranting on this forum also helped. I think part of the issue is that (1) I like savory stuff and (2) the thought of sugar substitutes just after surgery was turning my stomach. I think I'm over that now.
  3. Kio, I'm glad I'm not alone! I am trying to doctor up my broths (chicken with cilantro, sautéed garlic, cumin, oregano, and lime juice, beef with cilantro, jalepeno, and chili flakes, both strained) but it's going to take all I have to get through the next 48+ hours.
  4. My doctor has me on full clear liquids for one week (through this Sunday night) following my surgery. By that time, I'll have been on full clears for 9 days straight, including the two days before my surgery. I was beginning to get annoyed about this yesterday, but now I'm full-on cranky. I can't be consuming more than 250 calories a day. I'm not hungry, per se, but I've had it with broth, diluted juice, and all of this gawd-awful sugar-free jello nonsense. I've been using my recovery time to research recipes for the pureed and soft stages and MY GOD I JUST WANT A SPOONFUL OF YOGURT. How common are these types of post-op diets? I never thought I would be so eager to drink a protein shake in my entire life. <end rant>
  5. I'm home now but am now battling double bloody nostrils--thanks, blood thinner! Also, just learned I have to be clears until Monday...I may need to sneak in some of those isopure clear drinks...
  6. Yes, plenty of nausea meds, but I'm still heaving/vomiting. I really hope that this will pass. Absolutely nothing appeals to me.
  7. Thanks for all of the well wishes! Surgery was fine but post-surgery nausea is no joke. I can't even get some ice chips down without dry heaving. So now I'm staying a second night. Also having major troubles with IV's so I'm super ready for this to be over. I can't wait to have protein drink. Please send good vibes that I can go home tomorrow!
  8. Surgery on 9/11. I am strangely calm. No pre-op diet, so just two days of clear liquids today and tomorrow. Had a phenomenal "last supper" with dear friends and family last night. Surgery moved from second of the day to first on Monday, which I think is good, even though it means being up at 4:00 in the morning. Any last-minute advice, thoughts, etc.? Thanks to all in advance.
  9. Hi all. I've been reading a lot that being active pre-surgery helps with recovery. Does anyone know if it helps with post-op fatigue too?
  10. Hmmmm. I have no idea whether I have a fatty liver or not. I guess that's what I'm concerned about! I don't want them to cut me open and be like, "Nope, can't do this one - fatty liver!"
  11. I'm 2.5 weeks from my surgery. Unlike (it seems) most people on this forum, I don't have a pre-op diet requirement. My only requirement was that I lose 10 pounds, and I've lost 14. Is there anyone else out there who didn't have to do a pre-op diet?
  12. BurgundyBoy, I am with you! Carbs make me want to eat more. I like to say I have a "crunchy, salty, fatty" tooth rather than a sweet tooth. I would eat tortilla chips at all meals and french fries every other day if I could.
  13. I'm so thankful for this forum and for all of you who answer my questions! I'm glad to know that there are other like-minded people out there. Kayak19, I've tried the avocado mayo and I'm not a fan, in spite of the fact that I would eat avocados and salsa with basically ANYTHING if I had my way. Jen581791, I consider myself an omnivore who loves vegetables, but even being a meat-eater it's hard to get enough fat in (especially if you are not obsessed with bacon). What I will routinely do is find ways to add fat to food, and I'm not above "drinking" a bit of olive oil here or there. I allow myself to buy all of the fancy oils I want (pistachio, citrus EVOO, etc.) and they can be pretty tasty. Like eating a spoonful of peanut butter!
  14. Are there reasons why the post-op VSG diet is focused on non/low-fat foods OTHER than the fact that fat contains calories? For example, is fat bad for your new post-op stomach for some reason? Does fat cause dumping? (My understanding is that VSG patients don't experience much dumping.) I'm a true believer that a good amount of fat is critical for health and for satiety. In addition, I know that I'm very carb-sensitive, and I do not want to eat non/low-fat versions of foods that naturally have fat (e.g., milk, sour cream), as their carb counts are almost always significantly higher. I fully plan to eat mostly keto as soon as possible after my surgery. Every post-op diet I see recommends non/low-fat and says to avoid naturally fatty foods, like whole milk. This sounds (1) gross, (2) high-carb (relative to the number of calories I'll be consuming), and (3) counter-productive to everything I've come to believe about good eating for my body. I tried eating low-fat for decades. I'm certain that's why I'm fat. For the past few years, I've transitioned to a higher fat, moderate protein, low carb way of eating. I lost about 40 pounds three years ago and kept it off for 18 months before a strength training injury sidelined me. I've decided to have gastric sleeve because I've realized that I needed to lose 100 pounds, not just 40, and that I couldn't risk regaining a future weight loss simply because I might end up sidelined by an injury again. I talked to my nutritionist ONCE about this - I said, "I'm not eating non/low-fat. Period." And she seemed OK with it. I've seen that many people don't count fats once they are far out from surgery, but I haven't seen anything on this forum about eating "whole" fat while in the post-op phases. Ideally I'd like to be able to use some whole milk (for flavor and satiety) while I'm on liquids and then other fats (olive oil, full-fat mayo, etc.) while I'm on purees and beyond. What do you all think about this?
  15. Stephtay, thank you so much! You've put my mind at ease.