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Days 26 and 27 - Mostly Harmless!



Nothing really stands out to me about yesterday, which is probably why it was so easy to just fall asleep without getting around to posting my daily update.  ;) 

Today is day 27, and so far only a few things of note.  I'm less inclined to think I have a stricture, since I am able to eat meat (in the form of chicken meatballs) but the Premier Protein shakes are still hit or miss unless diluted.  I'm also able to eat:  Cheese, Greek yogurt, Ricotta, hummus, and small pieces of very moist chicken.  I don't know why I'm so resistant to just going out and buying a different kind of shake.  Maybe it's because Premier has worked SO well for SO long, it's hard to believe it's failing me.  Or maybe I'm holding on because it has SO much protein for such a small quantity of liquid - when they work, they are a huge help in hitting my goals.  Whatever it is, I need to get over it and buy some shakes that my stomach will actually allow through the lower gates!

Also notable today - it was a pretty full day of work, and I was fine.  I managed 2 chicken meatballs instead of just the one I've previously been able to get down, then later some greek yogurt, and now some babybel cheese.  Still working on my water, and will likely BE working on that straight through till bedtime.  

Today is also an IVIG day.  Every 6 weeks I get an IV infusion of immunoglobulin for my autoimmune condition - 4 hours on an IV for two consecutive days.  I've got an IV in my arm as I type, and have about twenty minutes to go before I'm done.  A home health nurse has to be here for the whole infusion, but I like her a lot, and when I told her a few months ago I was going to have RNY, she told me she'd had it back in 2007!  So she knows exactly what I'm going through, what to check for, etc, and is a great source of information.  :) Plus, she gives me my B12 injections, so I don't have to do it myself.  It means I'm always about 2 weeks late on them, but my B12 levels are fine this way, so I'm not too worried about it.

My big experiment this week was yesterday - I made tomato soup!  And it was all going well, until I added the unflavored whey protein isolate powder.  It didn't affect the taste, but it DID make the soup a big grainy, instead of velvety smooth as it should be.  I used 2 cups of Fairlife whole milk instead of 1 cup of heavy cream - to cut the acidity a bit, and to up the protein content.  But unfortunately, when all was said and done, the protein content per serving (3 oz) was sooooo very low that I can't in all honesty say it's a source of protein at all.  Still, without the powder it will work great as a soup, and is healthier than just the cream - I'll just have to reserve it as a sometimes kind of thing, not a staple.  Here's the recipe, in case anyone is interested:

  1. One 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes with basil
  2. 5 cans (of 5.5 oz each) of Campbell's 100% pure tomato juice
  3. (Add both of these to a large pot and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat to cool slightly, then puree to silky smoothness with whatever you use for that - I use a Cuisinart hand blender/magic wand.  Return to stove and reheat.)
  4. 1 stick of unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
  5. 2 cups of Fairlife whole milk
  6. (Chop the stick of butter into smaller chunks for easy melting; add them to the soup.  Then stir in the milk slowly, a little at a time, until both butter and milk are incorporated.)
  7. Salt and/or pepper to taste (though I have never found this soup to need either; it has a nice tomato-y zing all its own).
  8. Prep time takes about 10 minutes, mostly opening of cans; cook time is about 40 minutes, 30 or so of which are unattended.

Finally - I'm getting very close to the one month mark!  I plan to count my months by my surgery date - so from 9/8 to 10/7 will be my first month.  At this moment, I'm sitting on 16 lbs of weight loss for the first month if I DON'T count the water weight I gained while in the hospital.  If I DO count that, it's more like 27 lbs - but I can't really think of that as official.  IVIG is a very hydrating process, so I'm expecting my weight to either go up a pound or stay the same today and tomorrow - but of course I won't know until the 7th what my final official number is.  

On the 7th, I'll post a chart of my weight day by day for the first month.  :) 


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Getting close to that one month mark! You're doing well!

I too am a soup lover. For the moment I'm not eating much of it because I can't find any super protein soups, but I think I'll eat more when I get to goal and have a bit more room to play. It's a great way to get some veggies in - I'm partial to a roasted poblano and chayote soup I'm thinking about making again sometime soon.

IV two days in a row every month sounds like a pain, but I bet it's good to have your autoimmune condition controlled, however that has to happen. 

Best of luck with the one month official number :) Remember, anything that doesn't show up on the scale today for whatever reason (IV) will show up tomorrow, making next month's number better!

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@Jen581791, I would murder for some veggies about now.  The closest I've come is refried beans, which I couldn't really handle, and a tiny bit of broccoli at my dinner out.  I had such high hopes for the unflavored whey, but I think I'd need to add it in such huge quantities, it would kill the soup.  I'm allowed mushy veggies right now, but I'm still struggling with protein, so I never make it that far.  (Though, I did add two tablespoons of apple sauce to my greek yogurt tonight and it was awesome.)

The IV kind of sucks, but it's also kind of fun now that I have a fun nurse.  :) Her name is Laura, and she can be a little talky for me (in my real life I'm actually pretty quiet/antisocial most of the time, except with close friends), but she also pulls me out of my shell a little.  It's good for me.  It's kind of like having a standing long brunch date with a friend (who sticks you with needles!?! :blink:)

You are totally right, and I'm keeping my head together on the numbers.  Especially since I know my pattern, and I've already had my big drop for the month.  My weight always plummets during my period, which isn't for another two weeks.

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For me, the key for adding protein powder to hot soups or drinks is to always use a small amount of room temperature liquid and mix it with the protein powder to make a paste. Then add that paste to the hot liquid.

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sounds like you are progressing so well! I am very happy for you.  It wouldn't hurt to look for a new protein shake.  They are all so personal, some love some that others hate so you might find a new one to love!  Try getting a can/bottle of one individually so you don't have to make a big investment of a lot of them since you don't know what Gremlin will like yet!  

don't know how these compare but here are some Ensure products you could try (their clear pomegranate or blueberry sounds good and not thick and still has 8 g of protein which isn't 20 like their Enlive is, but it might go down and stay down since it is thinner?

Ensure products comparison chart

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