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  1. Love to read threads of post ops in their first initial months - and this is why! You're doing great! I bet it felt good to buy some non-baggy britches I hear you on the difficulties of eating in a 12 hour shift. Im very thankful to have recently swapped from bedside care to a case management job that'll allow me to manage food a bit better after surgery (although I really miss working 3 days a week instead of 5!).I can't imagine how you're standing after 12 hours on 600 cals! I think you are on the right track with the idea to meet with the nutritionist. I hope being able to cook again helps also!
  2. Coldness can also be a sign of anemia, and everyone responds differently. Some people have symptoms with just a slight dip in their hemoglobin numbers, and others dont feel anything until they have less than a 1/3 of their circulating volume left! Always worthwhile to double check that your labs are satisfactory.
  3. I worked as an RN in a prison for a couple years, and have been missing it lately. It was definitely it's own little world of nursing! I'm currently a chronic care manager RN for a large physicians office. It's the first time in my career as an RN that Im not really at bedside treating people, and its been quite an adjustment. I basically, in my own, polite and caring way, harass my diabetics and CHFers (and other major chronic diseases) to stick with their diet and medications and try my hardest to keep them out of the hospital. I also do a lot of teaching - bringing new diabetics in to teach them how to use an insulin pen, for example. Transitioning from 3 12's to 5 8's has been more than a little annoying, but I think this job will get me through school to become a nurse practitioner. If not, I'll likely head back to working in a prison
  4. Glad to hear you're progressing! Keep us updated
  5. I like the idea you've mentioned of getting more open about it later in the process. I think thats a good way of meeting halfway, honestly. As athena said, hearing the horrible things at the beginning of pre or post op is not the time to have it. I think using it as a learning experience for the MAs in my office after having success with my WLS could be great for myself and them. I did talk things out with my officemate today. It would be nearly impossible for her to not know as we sit three feet from each other all day every day and work on a lot of things together. I made it clear with her I didn't want the rest of the office to know, and that I currently am not intending to tell our manager either, and she was supportive. Hopefully telling her won't end up being a mistake, but at the end of the day, this place is just a job, and if I felt a toxic environment, I'd be happy peacing out and going elsewhere.
  6. I'll have to try these! I've been roaming the internet and ordering sample packs of ones that have them. Looking forward to trying the unjury chicken broth protein mix, because I love drinking warm broth in winter and this seems like a win-win. I do like gold standards cappucino whey, it tastes a lot like a carnation instant breakfast, but drinking it too many times a week gives me a really bad aftertaste. I know both pre and post op they will be really useful, so I've been on the hunt Thanks for the suggestions!
  7. I appreciate that viewpoint as well, and have been trying to get the courage to go balls to the walls and give no effs for others thoughts. Unfortunately, our system has a glassbreak function only for protected parts of the chart, like mental health records. It records whatever user logs into your chart, but doesnt present the scary glassbreak except in those cases; so truly, coworkers could look at my chart and I would not know unless they say something. Thankfully, the threat of fines and jail under HIPAA keeps most people in their place, but I've known two people in the past (at a previous job, not here) who got walked off the job for accessing charts they shouldnt!
  8. It could be a completely separate issue from your WLS. Malabsorption related to WLS would not require surgery on your parathyroid glands - surgery is typically only done to the parathyroids when they're overactive and won't stop leeching calcium from your bones. This is a hormonal issue (your glands are making too much PTH) and not an actual issue with your bodies ability to absorb calcium.
  9. That's good to know. and yes, I don't want to have those conversations either. I dont know if its because its medical, but everyone here seems to think they have a right to know or force things on other people. An example last week was that I was breaking out in hives a bit (stupidly sensitive skin) and my coworker insisted it was horrible (it wasnt, it was just typical me, likely someones perfume set me off), and marched me to a bathroom, and when I insisted again I was fine, she went and got our lead physician and had them look at me. Thankfully the physician at least listened when I said it's not my first rodeo with hives and I'll be fine, and I know my coworker meant well, but damn people, learn some boundaries. I could totally see that becoming a conversation on what I am and am not eating.
  10. Oooh, I got you. I used to have a lot of mindless grazing issues at night, but got a bit "lucky" if you will when I was diagnosed hypothyroid - I take my medication at night, and my stomach needs to be empty for 2-4 hours prior to taking the medication. So I had to choose between ice cream or severe fatigue and for once in my life, the food didn't win out I know that struggle though, I like the idea of rebranding. I have to force myself to do the late morning snack to some extent - I simply don't think about putting anything in my gullet besides coffee mid morning, and greek yogurt is sometimes simply not appealing to me - but making myself do it, as it becomes more routine, I look a bit more forward to it and I'm not as compelled to pack a larger lunch because I know I'll have something a couple hours before and a couple hours after.
  11. I have a bit of the opposite issue, Burgundy. I've never been much of a snacker, but rather a devout 3-square-meals kinda person, and I'm currently trying to adjust to the 4-6 small meals lifestyle - my nutritionist actually got me on me about not having healthy snacks between meals. The last couple weeks, I've been doing a greek yogurt between breakfast and lunch, and a cup of frozen grapes between lunch and dinner, and reduced my portion sizes for my main meals. Trying to get into protein shakes, but so many just taste like artificial sweetener overload
  12. For sure. I had an eye opening surprise when I moved from typical bedside nursing in the hospital to clinic work. I always felt most healthcare people are pretty tolerant and open, until I worked in this office. My officemate lost 70 pounds doing keto-type diets, and was fairly supportive when I first looked into WLS, but the medical assistants are like a pen of clucking judgemental hens. I may do like you suggested and speak directly to HR. Since I'm doing PTO, I hope to not have to file any paperwork, but if for some reason I have to do FMLA, I may see if its possible to have the form go straight to them and not via my manager. Talking out my fears here and then with my husband helped calm me a little about the whole situation. Thank you all for the suggestions!!
  13. Its what Im currently working on! Mine has a 6 month long weekly class (tonight is my fourth!) - each class is taught by either a physiologist, a nutritionist, or a psychologist. they review our weekly food logs. I like yours idea of starting from the very beginning, although intimidating! They have us restricted to no more than 10g of sugar per meal (to avoid dumping) and to eat at least one meal a day without drinking. The restrictions progress as the class progresses. So far it's been an excellent learning process.
  14. Excellent progress! You look amazing
  15. Excellent post. Ive been reading so many posts from the past years on here, and a common thread among regainers seems to be that they went back to old habits quickly during the honeymoon phase. Its terrifying to read these, and, if being honest, a little scary to think of all the mental remodeling to be done during/after the physical remodeling - but this is what its all about!