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About kayak19

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    St. Mary's
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    Gastric Bypass
  1. I eat regular cheese every day. If my losses slow down that is something I might revise about my current eating plan, but for now it is something that is working and that is satisfying to me. My nut recommended fat free everything, but when I wasn't eating as much fat at the beginning, my skin became incredibly dry. I'm eating about 1.5-2 cups of food a day; so I don't feel like I have to be so worried about the fat grams. Some days I have some avocado or nuts/seeds and that increases that fat grams as well, but the nuts/seeds are farther down the road for you. One that that has happened to me and it started at the puree stage and has continued...some foods that I enjoy and smell great to me, I'll eat them and then when I'm done, the smell is slightly nauseating and then I don't want to eat it again for quite awhile. For sure it happens if I eat too fast or it disagrees with me, but sometimes just with any old thing. I remember finding some hungarian mushroom soup at the grocery store, thinning it out with some bone broth and it was really delicious. I thought for sure I'd be eating it for the rest of the puree stage and I couldn't eat it again. I don't really know what this phenomenon is. I ate scrambled eggs, 1 egg/.5 c milk and a little cheese at first, refried beans with cheese and taco sauce, and soups during this stage. I found that getting to the next food stage was never as exciting as I had anticipated. Lots of trial and error and often I would resort back to what had worked in the previous stage. The foods I'm eating now, 4 months post op, are pretty limited, but that is okay because I've also realigned my relationship with food. It is my fuel. Once you put gas in your car, you don't think about it until you need more gas. That is how I'm thinking about food now. Good luck experimenting!
  2. Odd symptoms?

    @CJireh someone I know who had WLS had debilitating nausea for months after surgery. She tried many prescriptions and remedies before coming up with what worked for her. The thought of that extreme reaction, with no potential end in sight, at least for awhile, almost kept me from moving forward, but I did not end up with this issue. I hope you and your doctors find a solution quickly.
  3. The worst week of my life

    You've been on my mind as well @Cardamom77. In situations like yours, those in your role can end up doing a lot of caretaking for others. Even without the challenges you're facing right now, having the intense focus on myself during those weeks pre/post surgery felt very odd to me. It may to you also and more intensely given the circumstances, but taking this special care of yourself right now will enable you to better care of others in your life in the long run. I see and feel that happening in my life just 4 months out. I hope that makes sense and might feel supportive if you have any moments of doubt about moving forward at this time. It's okay and important to have yourself on the list of priorities.
  4. Congrats @Boho Rosy! Glad to hear everything went well and you're up and walking around. Welcome to the loser's bench - the best place to be!
  5. Day 1!

    Glad to hear you're doing so well, @Michael_A. I had one of those On-Qs too, but they called it by another name. I wasn't sure if I had it because of the bypass or because of the hernia repair I had, which they said was the cause of most of the mild pain I had. I've not heard of anyone having a g-tube before. Does a doctor or nurse do the injecting or is that something you or your wife will do if it is needed?
  6. How are you doing, Surgery Buddy, Austin?

    Time to update your stats! That's great!!
  7. Surgery next week

    Hi Lilly - Welcome! I had my surgery this past summer, but prior to that I had not had surgery except for an outpatient procedure in my 20s. It was a great first experience with a major operation and hospital stay for me. I felt pretty confident going into my surgery because of the large number of surgeries my doctor had performed. I sort of went into the whole thing thinking that if I felt too nervous I could always change my mind - I'd always been sort of a scaredy cat when it came to medical things. Then about 1 or 2 weeks before my surgery I had a dream that I woke up in the hospital post-op and the doctor said that he hadn't been able to complete the surgery and in my dream I was SO disappointed. It felt real when I woke up. From that point on, I was pretty much only excited and eager to start the surgical part of the process. It was like my subconscious was telling me how I really felt. : ) I've found the psychological part of this journey to be pretty fascinating. Anyway, I wish you all the best - your date is right around the corner!

    Welcome! You'll find a wealth of information and support here. Hope all goes well - come back and update when you can!
  9. Need thoughts and prayers!

    Hopefully this will be resolved quickly - hang in there!

    Thanks, @CJireh - a couple ounces at a time, but I'm getting there! It's so nice that there is a whole group that had or is having surgery right around the same time. I was impressed to read that you went pretty solo at the hospital. I barely let my husband leave the room; he even spent the night! I was sleeping in the recliner chair, so he slept in the bed, which really confused the tech who came in to take blood at 4:00 am.
  11. My sister died suddenly tonight

    @Cardamom77, I am so sorry to hear your news. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Welcome to the losers bench, @CJireh and @AustinJ! So glad to hear that you are both doing well!
  13. 12 hrs

    Welcome to the (official) losers bench, @Michael_A! You've actually been losing for quite some time, but now you are official. Glad to hear that you're doing well. You'll want to keep a pillow handy for protection from little ones who like to climb on the people they love, sometimes without warning! I think I used mine for about 4 weeks for that purpose with our little family members.
  14. dry mouth....bad breath....

    For me it mostly went away once I started eating solid foods, but it was pretty yuck for awhile. Ice chips provided a little relief as well.
  15. 6 Weeks Out

    Sorry - NSV means non-scale victory...all the little things along the way that affirm progress irrespective of whether or not the scale is moving....increased stamina, fitting into clothes of different sizes or from some time ago, like your jeans. I was excited the first time I didn't have to move the seat back in my husband's car to drive it. There's a fun thread that is full of all kinds of NSVs. Very inspiring!