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'Twas the day before my post-op appointment, and all through the house....

..... I choked down another 4-in-1 shake, though I'd rather eat a mouse. I hate these shakes now. HAAAAAAAAATE them. I'm glad they're temporary. After today, I won't have to drink these anymore. I can go back to putting raw natural protein powder in something I flavor myself and I can eat (soft) FOOD. I am so excited about being able to vary the flavors of things and to have more savory foods! I've always been a sweet tooth, but I would be totally ok with never having another sweet food in my

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

6 Month Post-OP Appointment

I had my 6 month follow-up today, though technically 12/14 is my 6 month mark.  Everything went great.  I weighed in on their scale at 169.8 (their scale is still heavier than mine).  BP was 138/80, resting heart rate was 68.  They said my BMI is 25, and I am no longer overweight.  She was so complimentary, and it was so affirming for me.  She said I get an "A+" LOL.  The lowest I can ever remember weighing in my adult life was 165.  That was 20 years ago when my girls were young.  When set

TammyP

TammyP

 

8 month Check In - still no regrets!!

I know I have been a little MIA lately - life has been very busy between family and work. I am now eight months out and down almost 70 pounds. I am So, So happy and I have no regrets whatsoever. I am still dealing with the side effect of thinning hair but I have realized that if I really focus on getting my protein in and supplementing with Biotin that it does help. I found the best way to get protein in is to use a Yetti cup with the iso-pure Alpine punch. It is 40 g of protein per bottle and w

Toto65

Toto65

 

Finally on the other side!

I finally got sent home last night.  Unfortunately, anesthesia and I have never gotten along. I always take much longer to 'emerge' afterwards, and even with a lot of warning yesterday, it was the same. I was held in recovery for over 4 hours while they tried to wake me up, and then sent on to my room, where it took me another 3 hours to really open my eyes. I remained pretty out of it and barely able to drink that day, but sometime around 3am I was able to get myself out of bed to the bath

delilas

delilas

 

101 lbs down today!

Not from surgery - that would be crazy.    But I'm 254 today, which is 101 down from my starting point in April!  I lost 57 before surgery, and I've lost 43 since.  And now I'm just over 100 away from my goal - which is my personal goal for myself, not my surgeon's goal.  Trust me, he is a LOT more conservative.  I think he'd be perfectly happy with.... I dunno, whatever 355 - (60% x (355-140)) is... ok it's 226.  Once I wrote the formula I had to do the math.  So right now, I'm not quite three

Kio

Kio

 

Tired.

My vomiting hasn't ceased, both effortless/involuntary rumination and episodes so violent I nearly pass out. Eating is a painful chore.  I've been taken back to a liquid diet and am scheduled for an EGD on Monday.  I'm no longer afraid of tube feeding. At this point I may welcome it. Just holding out hope for things to get easier. After years of complications, I'm a little disappointed this surgery hasn't alleviated my symptoms. At least I've lost 25 pounds since. That's something to hold on to.

MsMasala

MsMasala

 

Revelations at the Salvation Army today...

Well, first of all, I am on week three and doing fine with purees. I have another 4 days left of them until I can move on, but I am fine where I am at as long as I have so many flavors and choices of things I can puree!  It didn't start off as easy the things even on my list from my NUT were too thick!  She said the consistency of applesauce BUT nothing was.  I tried refried beans....nope, they were too thick and just sat in my tiny new stomach (which really just feels like it is in the middle o

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

F - I - V - E

F - orgettable? I - rritated V - ictory E - xtracurricular   ***Close your eyes and imagine for a moment going to an inspiring and invigorating week long work event (Yes! They exist! But if that’s hard for you, just imagine a big gathering of friends).  This event gathers close to 2,000 like-minded individuals in one location for a grand sharing of ideas, networking and merry making.  It happens every two years and while some attending you may have seen earlier in the ye

CurvyMermaid

CurvyMermaid

 

Hives

So yesterday was fun! I went back to work and was doing ok, but my throat got all weird during a meeting. I went home early and was on the phone with my mother when I noticed my speech was a little weird and my lips felt odd. My mouth and eyes were swelling and itchy! I had some kind of allergic reaction or was breaking out in stress hives or something - eventually my arms and belly and thighs were covered, too. So I went to the doctor (just in case) and it's all still a mystery, but Zyrtec and

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

So close.

Holy crap. Surgery is in two days.    In 12 days on the liver shrink, I've lost 6 pounds so far - also, I'm pretty sure this is the only Thanksgiving I've ever lost weight  I didn't even feel deprived. I had delicious turkey and someone brought an awesome salad. Our hotel had a hot breakfast every morning that involved some sort of eggs and some sort of meat, so even though I didn't travel with protein drinks, I was able to meet goals and feel pretty good about being mostly on liquids.

delilas

delilas

 

Four Days Out

Or maybe it's 5? At any rate, I'm doing very well still. I've lost 6 lbs since surgery, which makes 21 lbs since I walked into the clinic in August. Today I drove myself to my mother's to go through more of my sister's stuff. I overestimated my stamina, both physically and emotionally, but I excused myself before it got too bad. I also reminded myself that not everyone would be willing to go handle these things a few days after major surgery, so I went above the call of duty.  I am only tak

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

11 weeks and some before/after photos

Ok, so I offered, then @CJireh demanded, so here goes... my first photos on TT.    Fair warning, the quality on these is pretty bad - I have always avoided being photographed for obvious reasons, and I take terrible selfies.  There are a couple in here that were taken by Leah, but she's not exactly a star photographer herself.  I think in each of those, I have my eyes closed.   Starting at my highest weight, around 350, about a year ago, here's a very blurry me Leah snapped when I was half

Kio

Kio

 

How it went - post-op day 2

Well I feel great, actually! I'm in a little pain, but I'm already off my pain meds (might take one before bed, though, so I can sleep tonight). I don't know what sorcerer trained my surgeon, but I have had minimal pain and zero complications. I've also had zero nausea, which was a surprise. I'm getting my protein down (if I drink two shakes mixed with Fairlife 0, I only HAVE to drink 2!) and sipping water religiously. I have to pee constantly. Haha! Yesterday was probably the worst of it - I hu

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

10 weeks tomorrow!

Just a quick update, since I haven't done one in a while.  Things are going pretty well!  My energy is high, my weight loss is on track, all good there.  My only complaint is that I've had some trouble with eating dense protein - I know I'm still very early out, but my nutritionist wants me getting most of my protein from real food right now, and that just... does not happen.  I get by with some protein shakes and bars, and a lot of cheese, basically.  Had about a week where I kept trying t

Kio

Kio

 

Tomorrow.....

Well, I've done just fine on clear liquids and magnesium citrate today, though the bathroom is sure seeing a lot of me. Ha!  I'm missing my sister a lot right now. I would be calling her up and joking around with her, asking her for advice. She was my dear friend. She would have come with me to the hospital. I have been talking to her anyway, even though she can't answer. I think she would be proud of me.  I'm nervous, but excited to start this journey. I'm thinking about joining the gym

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

2 weeks post-op!!!! I made it to PUREED foods!

So today is my 14 day post op...I made it to 2 wks....which means 4 weeks total of my liquid diet and just proving it to me was a great feeling.  I know we are all on different paths and have different doctors and NUTs and stuff.  And some of you have been able to have soft foods prior to 2 wks post op, so I know I COULD have had foods sooner and survived, but I needed to follow my plan for the fact I need to prove to myself that I CAN do it and CAN follow my "rules"....and I DID  So since 10/23

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

Tests and Tidbits

I'm typing this on less than 3 hours of sleep. So, if I start to ramble, please forgive me. Testing has been completed. Psych was last week. It was easy. I had to fill out alot of paper work. Some of it was just your basic info and your medical history. Others were worksheets that screened for depression and eating disorders. When I met with the counselor, we basically just reviewed the worksheets and such. They mainly want to know that you have realistic expectations, have a support system

Rakat

Rakat

 

It's been 12 days already?!?!

So, I can not believe it has already been 12 days since my surgery!  I am feeling stronger with each day.  Yesterday I had a lot of nausea and was frustrated about it but today it is gone (whew!).  I am anxious to reach Monday because that marks two weeks and I feel like my pain around the two biggest incisions will be gone and I won't even need the Tylenol through out the day  (I tried to skip it yesterday when I was nauseous, but it had been about 8 hrs and I was really feeling it (not si

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

The worst week of my life

My sister died last Tuesday night, at 11:10pm, driving down a country road. She missed a curve, hit a steep embankment, her car went over, and she hit a boulder. We don't know why. We don't know what happened. We never will. She was the only one in the car. She was 37. She was my best friend and a brilliant mother and aunt.  I have had to speak to lawyers, morticians, wrecker services, storage facility owners, organ donation services, school counselors, teachers, friends of hers, etc., etc.

Cardamom77

Cardamom77

 

Nine months out and nine pounds to GW

Time for the old monthly check-in. It’s been long enough now that this seems like a bit of a routine. It’s also been long enough that I’m not posting as frequently now… for better or worse, things have been rolling along pretty smoothly, and I don’t always have a ton of new experiences or emotions to report. That said, I seem to have squeezed out a few zillion words here, so I must have something to say. Warning: I hope you’re sitting somewhere comfortable. Here’s the rundown: Losses

Jen581791

Jen581791

 

5 Month Surgiversary

Today is my 5 month surgiversary!  And let me preface this by reiterating that...I am not a Blogger!   This journey has been triumphant at times, and trying at times.  I do not wish to sugar coat my experience, but here goes! My first meeting with my surgeon/weight loss facility was in January 16, 2017.  I had surgery on June 14, 2017.  I was also diagnosed with sleep apnea during this time period (February), since I needed a pre-existing condition for my insurance to cover WLS.  The only w

TammyP

TammyP

 

my surgical week....

I know I have given some info here and there, but I wanted to put it all in one place.   I can't remember what I posted  in my morpheine induced fog.  So here's what went on during the surgery.  The night before my husband was out at church running a kids program that I didn't want to go to (too many germs and I wanted to be prepared mentally for the surgery) and our DD and her BF were with him.  He took them to Denny's afterwards (since I never cook anymore...maybe twice since 10/23!)

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ

 

Moving on

It's been a relatively long time since I had my surgery (almost 72 hrs!) and I'm still in the hospital. Turns out that the surgery's stress on my body caused my vertigo to flare (I've had it a few times in the past but not recently but evidently that can be triggered with an infection, illness, surgery or stress. My meds were responsible for the nausea and vomitting, but not the room spinning.  Today that has subsided so I'm breaking out! So much for my "is it Tuesday yet" t-shirt!!!! Haha!

CheeringCJ

CheeringCJ