Hello! I am four days shy of being five months post op and I wanted to give a quick update. I saw my surgeon last week and all is going really well. My blood tests came back all normal, including my cholesterol which I had had borderline high for many years now. So I am very pleased about that. I also got extremely high levels of vit B-12, but the surgeon told me not to worry as this is because of the B-12 shot that I got last month, so he advised that I should skip the next shot due in January - they are due every three months.
I still suffer from constipation which is quite annoying but I try to manage it drinking as much water as I can (which is usually not enough) and some fiber. The common over the counter remedies make me feel a bit sick, so the surgeon suggested to try prune juice to see if that helped.
Interestingly, he also advised me to have a little chocolate or a treat once a week. I told him I will not be doing that because I am afraid of myself and do not want to wake up my powerful cravings, which thankfully seem to be dormant since I had the surgery. After my appointment I thought that the Jello chocolate pudding is very good to have as a treat, as it tastes really good and it is very low calorie, so I will be having that more often.
In terms of weight loss, I have lost almost 30 kg, which is great. My surgeon was pleased and said that I can lose another 10 kg, which is around my goal weight of 63 kg (that would be the top end of my normal BMI).
I can report that I do not have any incision pain anymore but when I eat some types of food I can feel a bit sick and sort of unwell. Nothing very bad, but sometimes I need to lie down. The good thing is that I am almost never hungry or thirsty, and when I am not eating I feel really well. I can tolerate well eggs, cheese, yogurt, salmon, very tender chicken breast (boiled with some veg and herbs for flavor) and biscuits made with almond flour. I am mostly doing a keto diet because it makes me feel well, but have some beans every now and then.
I am happy that I can fit again in nice clothes. Recently I attended a black tie ball, and for once I didn't feel self conscious by wearing a long dress, on the contrary felt good in my size 12 dress : ) So I am very grateful to my wonderful surgeon as I feel that my life has changed for the better. I enjoyed the night and danced lots with my lovely husband.
I forgot to mention one thing that's not great, I am losing lots of hair. I'm taking Biotin, getting lots of protein and having a supplement for hair on top. I really hope it is temporary. It started around 3.5 months and I am still losing a large amount.
That's all for now!