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6 Weeks Post-Op

Well, here I am at six weeks post-op. I was in a no-weight loss rut for about 10 days. I'd lose a few tenths of a pound, then gain it back. Up/down, up/down. Finally, three days ago, I broke through the stall. I've now lost 29 lbs (29 since the liquid diet and 19 since surgery).  I've been keeping a daily diary of everything I'm eating and drinking in MyFitnessPal. That really helps me a lot. I'm sticking with the plan. I'm upping my activity level. I'm really trying hard to get my fluid go

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3 Weeks Post-Op

I'm in pureed foods mode right now. I'm supposed to start soft foods later this week. We'll see how that goes. My sugar readings are still normal, which is awesome! I've lost a total of 24 lbs (14 since surgery). I'm down in the 180s now, so I can't complain. Just going with the flow.

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Day 12 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 88 Weight loss: 0.4lbs (total lost: 20.4lbs/13 lost since surgery).  Pain level: still about a 1, mostly around the one incision where they removed my stomach Protein consumption: only about 40 grams yesterday. Goal is 60-80 grams daily. As far as the pureed foods go, I've tried homemade chicken salad, diced ham, and a poached egg (which I was told is often well-tolerated). None of them have gone down really smoothly. The only pureed food I can get down wit

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Day 11 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 89 Weight loss: 0.4lbs (total lost: 20lbs/12.6 lost since surgery) Pain level: about a 1 Protein consumption: 65 grams yesterday! Finally! Goal is 60-80 grams daily.

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Day 10 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 87 Weight loss: 0.2lbs (total lost: 19.6lbs/12.2 lost since surgery) Pain level: about a 2 Protein consumption: about 42 grams yesterday I've been cleared for pureed foods! Woohoo! I've literally been starving for the past week and a half, so I'm hoping this will curb some of that. My surgeon's PA said that, unfortunately, around 1/3 of their patients experience true hunger from day 1 and I seem to be one of those lucky individuals. Otherwise, the PA is

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Day 9 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 94 Weight loss: 0.4lbs (total lost: 19.4lbs) Pain level: about a 2 most of the time, although when I hiccup it hurts my entire belly cavity. Also, sipping down my first shake of the day today is hurting like crazy and I don't understand why. Even the teeniest, tiniest sip feels like I swallowed a whole pretzel log sideways in my stomach. Protein consumption: only about 26 grams yesterday. I need to do better today. 

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Day 8 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 84 (now I have to worry about it going too low) Weight loss: 0.4lbs (total lost: 19lbs) Pain level: hovering between a 2 and 3 Protein consumption: about 52 grams yesterday! I'm getting there. Goal is 60-80 grams. For the past two days I've nibbled on small curd fat free cottage cheese, a little at a time. I just felt like I was ready for it and wanted it. I don't even like cottage cheese, but it tasted so damn good in light of all the shakes and sugar free popsicles I

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One Week Post-Op

Blood sugar: 97Weight loss: 1.4lbs (total lost: 18.6lbs)Pain level: a steady 3Protein consumption: about 26 grams yesterday. Goal is 60-80 grams.

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Day 6 Post-Op, Part II

Oh, a revelation last night. I only have 6 incisions, after all. There's a spot on the left lower side of my belly that's had a yucky scab and bruising. Since I've taken a few showers since my surgery, it's become clear that's it's not an incision, as I originally thought...and the giveway should've been the fact that it doesn't have any glue on it, but it was hard to tell initially. I finally figured out it's where they gave me a needle in my stomach with the medicine that prevents blood clots.

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Day 6 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 94!!!!Weight loss: 0.2lbsPain level: fluctuates between a 3 and a 4Protein consumption: about 30 grams yesterday. Goal is 60-80 grams. Yesterday I had a good long walk around Target, where I had to pick up a few last-minute things. The venture wore me out, though, and I was happy to get home. For dinner, I treated myself to some Campbell's cream of potato soup mixed with skim milk, of which I was able to consume 2 oz. I had to pulverize the chunks of potato so that they bl

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Day 5 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 105 (not a true fasting blood sugar reading, because I was up at 5am to have pain medication. I'd gone to bed without any and made it through almost the entire night without it. I think it probably has a little bit of sugar in it, plus I had a sugar-free popsicle afterwards because I was thirsty and I hate the taste of the pain med, so the combination probably affected my sugar reading a bit.) Weight loss: 1.4lbs (bringing total lost to 17.2 since NYC, 7.2 since surgery)

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Day 4 Post-Op

Blood sugar: 107Weight loss: 0.8lbsPain level: 4Protein consumption: only about 27 grams yesterday. Goal is 60-80 grams.

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Day 3 Post-Op

I had a good day yesterday and a pretty good night. Each day I awaken feeling better than the day before. This morning I remembered to test my blood sugar before ingesting anything and it was 113. It keeps going down on its own and that makes me very happy. It's going to be challenging for me to get in all of my fluid and protein intake. Most of the time my stomach feels like it would feel when you eat way too much and you're so stuffed you feel sick...but I've also been feeling what I thin

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Day 2 Post-Surgery

I had a pretty rough night last night. I am hurting, but not so much from my incisions (I have 7!) as from the after-effects of the paralytics they used as part of my anesthesia. Oh my. My discomfort was pretty intense overnight. Every bit of my body hurt and I felt like I'd been hit by a car or had been in a really bad accident. I wasn't prepared for that at all. I'd been holding off on taking the Hycet painkiller they'd sent home because I'm scared of getting hooked on it, but eventually

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Going Home?

I'm really hopeful I'll be able to go home this afternoon. The nurse said if I can give her another good hour of getting fluids down, she'll recommend me for discharge. I've managed most of the little bowl of sugar free Jell-O they brought me for lunch, along with some sips of chicken broth and Crystal Light lemonade. I've also managed to get down 330ml of water, which equals 11oz. It's been slow going, but I've done it. It does hurt if I take my sips too close together or if I take a bit more t

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Morning After Surgery

I had a good night. I've started my liquid diet today. They've give me the worst beef broth I've ever tasted. The dietitian came in and tried to tell me it's homemade here and I'm thinking BS. It just tastes like a bunch of boullion cubes mashed up and melted in water. It's sustenance, so whatever. My surgeon came in to see me about 7:00 this morning and I told him that I actually think I'm feeling hungry, which I didn't think I was supposed to feel, but he says it's probably just a sens

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