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  1. 4 points
    LeeC

    This is my hobby

    I do beading and peyote stitch is my favorite. I tend to make bracelets and gift them. Anyway I needed to get a new Medic Alert tag done and decided to bead the bracelet rather than buy one. So, y'all get to see it.
  2. 3 points
    cinwa

    Where did everybody go ?

    That is outstanding news about your DH Trish - give him a kiss from me. Can't have been easy for either of you .... he makes THE best cookies I've ever eaten (but best we don't discuss that further LOL!). Cut yourself some slack. You've been through a difficult time and beating yourself up isn't going to help. Focus on each day as it comes - there are bound to be some hiccups but start each day afresh. Plan ahead with your meals/snacks and drink as much water as you can.
  3. 3 points
    tracyringo

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    Had my checkup and I am doing okay and have been put on soft foods !!!! Ricotta bake is in the oven and I can hardly wait !
  4. 3 points
    harrahgirl

    Harrahgirl's in ONEderland!

    Officially crossed into ONEderland today - weighed in at 199.6! I haven't weighed less than 200 since my junior year of high school (and I'm 62 now)! I'll celebrate by taking another walk before it gets too hot and ordering a new pair of slacks. Meanwhile, my eyes are set on my next small goal - 195. Why? Well, the highest weight I ever hit was 295 about four years ago. Once I get to 195 I can truthfully claim I've lost 100 pounds (to date).
  5. 3 points
    tracyringo

    Where did everybody go ?

    I had my own covid party as well, lol. I put on 10lb and had gotten 6lb off putting me at original goal on surgery day. I was worried about losing too much weight after having the bypass and now I am not so sure that was the best choice but I know it will be fine. Thank you for the encouragement it is much appreciated.
  6. 3 points
    Bellagirl12

    New here!

    Hi everyone! My name is Becca. I had RNY back in 2011 and have had a few ups and downs and “getting back on track” moments. I remember my surgeon telling me this would be a lifelong commitment and it’s ok to fall off as long as you get back on. I didn’t know then how right he would be! Haha. I’m looking forward to finding support from others that know what it’s like to go through this lifestyle change. Hope everyone is having a great day!!
  7. 3 points
    Cheesehead

    How Is Everyone Doing?

    My hubby has been home 6 weeks. Wanted him to fly to Syracuse, NY recently-I said nope.. then wanted him to drive to FL (if he flew it was 14 day quarantine) again I said no. First day we were off together he told me I was doing yard work wrong. I tossed my chopper and walked 13,000 steps. Lol. Decided I’d never retire if we were going to be home together. 38 years married..
  8. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Where did everybody go ?

    People generally lose faster with the bypass over the sleeve. I don’t think a lot of people lose 23 pounds in the first month. I know Jen and Nerdy lost quite a bit as well in the beginning. If you start losing too fast, it’s easy to slow it down. Add more calories, like protein shakes, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc. Play around with it a bit. The swelling could be part of your issues with not feeling restriction. Maybe you are mistaking restriction with the swelling from surgery. I think it feels a bit different for everyone. I’m not looking at your profile at the moment, and I can’t remember what your original starting weight was. But the less you weigh when you have surgery, usually you will lose a bit slower as well. I’d be happy with 7 or 8 pounds a month right now as well. I can’t fit into any of my summer clothes from last year except a couple of T-shirts and of course my beloved leggings But I’ll get back there and so will you!
  9. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Where did everybody go ?

    My stats are not correct under my profile unfortunately...I got up as high as 169, but when I got back on plan Monday I was 166. This morning I was 163. So I have about 18 pounds to go, unfortunately. But it took me months to put it on, so it ain’t coming off overnight, as they say lol. I’m not in a hurry, I’m just glad to be back on track and losing again I had one pretty decent sized food funeral before I was supposed to have my bypass the first time. I lost 48 pounds in 3 months. Other than that, I was straight as they come. When my bypass got cancelled because I got diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016, I just said “eff it” and went on an eating spree that you wouldn’t believe. I gained back the whole 48 pounds, plus a few extra. Fast forward to 2017, I had 2 months and I lost 34 pounds...only eating an ice cream sundae on Mother’s Day that was off plan. I think most of us have some sort of last hoorah, lol. Soft ice cream was one of the things that made me dump to the extreme after my bypass. A lot of other things did too, but now it’s only a few. It is possible to reach your goal ❤️ and I believe in you!! Just give your body time to realize that it has been through another WLS, and I’m sure things will fall into place
  10. 2 points
    tracyringo

    Where did everybody go ?

    @Nana Trish you only have 8 lbs to go if your number is correct on the stats. So you should be there in 4 to 6 weeks I am guessing. When they called and scheduled my revision I had 8 days. I went straight to the cupcake shop and got 4 wonderful cupcakes. I ate one a day with my clean eating the rest of the time. I wasn't sure if I was going to be a dumper, so I had my last hoorah ! I cut out coffee because I dumped with the sleeve on it . Guess once I reach my new goal if that is possible I will try it out.
  11. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Where did everybody go ?

    Hubby says thank you, Tracy Yes, I weigh everything except breakfast, because it’s the same thing every day. Breakfast I eat 2 eggs, one slice of cheese and 1/4piece of lavash bread (it’s like a very thin, low carb wrap). Lunch is 4 ounces of lunch meat (usually turkey), 1 slice of cheese, and 1/4 piece of lavash with spicy brown mustard. Dinner is 4 ounces of chicken, fish, steak or pork loin. If I am still hungry I will eat 1/4-1/2 cup of veggies (I love the steam fresh steakhouse flavored green beans). For snacks (I usually eat 2 or 3, depending on how early I get up) I will eat 1 cup of sliced cucumber, or some celery or avocado, yogurt or cottage cheese. Sometimes almonds. And I drink only water or crystal light. ^^^This is how I eat when I’m FOLLOWING my diet. I won’t even begin to tell you the crap I’ve been eating over the past few months...UGH!! I know I will get back to where I want to be, which is 145. It’s going to take some time, but I think I’ve got it in me to do it. At least I hope so ❤️ Hugs right back!!
  12. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Where did everybody go ?

    Hi Tracy!! I’ve been doing a really crappy job with coming here, and I’m so sorry about that. I’ve been struggling with my diet a lot, and I know I need to be here more. But I’m starting to get control again, and to keep from eating, I have been outside almost every day doing some pretty heavy duty yard work and completely tiring myself out. You would think my appetite would be raging, but just the opposite. I’ve been losing again, and very happy about that I’m glad to hear that your surgery went well, and that your GERD is improving! As far as restriction, I didn’t really feel much on liquids. But when I was able to start soft foods like yogurt and cottage cheese, etc, I felt a LOT of restriction. I couldn’t even finish a tablespoon of yogurt until I was on soft foods for a few days, if I remember correctly. I was thinking...do you think your lack of restriction might be due to the fact that you already has WLS, and are used to it? I know bypass leaves a much smaller pouch than sleeve, but I wonder if that could be a reason for it. I’m certainly not a doctor, and I might be crazy, lol. Just food for thought ❤️ I hope you are doing ok, and hopefully I can get here more often. Hang in there, my friend ❤️❤️❤️
  13. 2 points
    harrahgirl

    Harrahgirl's in ONEderland!

    Thank you. Down another pound so I'm moving in the right direction. I'm actually looking forward to my follow-up with my nutritionist on 6/8 and my cardiologist on 6/9.
  14. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    Most of the rules for living with the bypass are the same as living with a sleeve: e.g., protein first, don't drink liquids when you eat, stop eating as soon as you feel full, track your food consumption, lead an active lifestyle, minimize carbs (although I need a little piece of chocolate every day ), and avoid taking NSAIDS. However, with a bypass (once the post-surgery swelling goes down) you should be able to drink a lot more liquids. To that end, I drink no (or very low) calories drinks (without carbonation) all day long (except not with meals) as this keeps me hydrated, feeling full, and without constipation. I should note that I drank a lot of liquids before my bypass surgery, so it feels normal to me to be constantly drinking liquids. Also, with a bypass you are at risk for dumping, which is unpleasant but not medically dangerous. Some people with a bypass dump when they eat high sugar foods, some people dump when they consume certain artificial sweeteners, some people dump after eating deep fried foods or alcohol, and some people never dump. You will not dump if you eat a healthy diet. I dump about once every 9 months or so, and only after I eat a fairly large serving of a food with a lot of both sugar and fat - like a piece of chocolate cake with ice cream or pancakes with syrup. I do not dump after eating a single cookie or chocolate bar. But everyone with a bypass is different on when/if they dump. When you dump you probably will feel a light headed, a bit nauseous, and want to immediately lie down for 15 minutes or so. With a bypass you should never drink and drive, as the alcohol will hit you much faster and harder than in a normal person. Also note that the risk of alcoholism goes up after having a bypass. Finally, you must take vitamins and mineral supplement every day with a bypass to avoid serious medical problems caused by malabsorption. This Tufts Medical Center guide for eating after a gastric bypass should be helpful to you: https://www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/~/media/Brochures/TuftsMC/Patient Care Services/Departments and Services/Weight and Wellness Center/GBP Diet Manual12611.ashx
  15. 2 points
    tracyringo

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    Hi guys, I am home !! Surgery hurt like a B***h I wasn't prepared for it. The sleeve hurt but not like that. I am feeling better now and not as much pain, just really sore . I have been put on a full liquid diet for the next 2 weeks.r They are keeping me on my PPI for 3 months. I have not had any burning since waking up from surgery which is great and I hope it stays that way.
  16. 2 points
    Brandi Eaves

    New to the Forum

    Hi, just had my surgery on Thursday. Excited about losing weight and improving my health. So glad my Doctor recommended this community to help me.
  17. 2 points
    harrahgirl

    Harrahgirl's in ONEderland!

    Thanks all. Stepped on the scale this morning and it registered 198 - three more pounds to the next goal. Hoping I make it before the next inevitable stall.
  18. 2 points
    DanaMarie

    Introduction

    Thank you for the welcome and the protein drink suggestion. Drinking protein first thing in the morn, no soft drinks, lots of water and unsweet black tea and trying to eat slow and trying to not snack on non-veggie items helped keep me somewhat in line with maintenance.
  19. 2 points
    Dani_Detroit

    How Is Everyone Doing?

    Ok so far, I miss my gym but even if they reopened today I would not go. I try to do daily walks which are nice but not everybody keeps apart which is annoying so I try to walk during morning when most are working from home. My kids school is reopening next week but I will be keeping them at home. I feel kinda like a bad mom because I am taking something social away from them but I just feel it is too early.
  20. 2 points
    LeeC

    Finally found before pic

    So I am just over 4 years out R-Y bypass. I retired 15 months ago and have been sorting through things and I finally found a before picture. So here is the before and a more recent pic.
  21. 2 points
    msmarymac

    How Is Everyone Doing?

    Hope all continue to be healthy and safe in your homes. It is the strangest time. In the center of the country, things are just getting bad. The meat packing industry is getting hit hard and the plant in my town is one that is hurting. My husband normally travels for work, and is home on weekends, but has now been working from home for 3 weeks. With his newly diagnosed heart problems (February) this is a relief for me to have him stop that. Although on his last flight home he was the only person in first class so all in all it may have been relatively safe lol. We have been married 2 1/2 years now and this is the longest we have spent together. I remind him I did not sign up for a full-time husband...just a weekend one. I have transitioned to working partially at home and partially in the clinic so we really are together. So far, all in our circle have stayed healthy. My almost 80 year old mother is busy sewing masks; she lives on 80 acres in the middle of nowhere so the social distancing thing comes naturally to her. As long as I make an occasional swing by and swap her some groceries for masks, she's good. We have missed seeing grandkids of course, like everyone else. The youngest has learned to walk since we last got to hold him, and now will say hello and bye when we face-time. We have another grandson due September 3 and missed helping this family move into their new home. But all these things and more are OK, because we will get through this and have a grand celebration on the other side of this beast. Be well everyone!
  22. 2 points
    Kio

    How Is Everyone Doing?

    Hi everyone! Chiming in late, to say I'm doing pretty well. I'm a bit north of Boston, and my household is safe and healthy. Sadly I'm on furlough from work, which may or may not turn into a layoff - but even if it does, I'll be okay, we're well prepared. The other two of us are working from home. I miss the structure of having to work, but it's actually not bad to have someone in the household who can focus solely on keeping things clean and getting everything sanitized as needed. One of my housemates saw this coming back in January and started stocking us up for the long haul, so now we only have to go out occasionally, for things like milk or eggs. We're mask-wearing social-distancers 100%! We're nervous, but the only fever here is Cabin Fever, so we're doing okay. And since I don't actually have to do anything, I've become super-focused on closing the Activity rings on my apple watch! I started on April 3, and haven't missed a day yet - so that's 30 minutes a day in my target heart zone and then 650 "move" calories every day. I think it's mainly this that's kept me from regaining, because since lockdown started in mid-March, I haven't been half as strict about carbs as I should be. I hope everyone else is staying safe and healthy; I'm glad to see people checking in to say how they're doing!
  23. 2 points
    Kim M

    How Is Everyone Doing?

    Hello my friends, Hope all are well. I am here in New York about 1/2 hour outside of the city. There are many suffering here. COVID 19 has touched my family. My son-in-law and grandson have tested positive and have recovered. My son-in-law came out of quarantine today! We share a home with my daughter and her family. I was tested on Friday after 5 days of mild symptoms. I am waiting for results. We are fortunate, as others we know have died. So far my daughter, granddaughter and partner show no symptoms. It could be that they are positive but with no symptoms. Until they have a test to check for antibodies, will can't be sure. We are all home. Only my partner has gone out for curb side pick up of groceries. My daughter is working from home and the children are all home with distance learning. We have a big back yard and go out for fresh air daily. I did some gardening last week before I started not feeling well. I retired on March 31. I had begun to work from home 3 days per week before that. While it was a difficult time to retire, leaving my clients during this crisis, I am enjoying not working. I left them in good hands of someone that stepped into my position which I am grateful for. Sending healing out to all. Stay well and stay safe.
  24. 1 point
    cinwa

    vitamins

    Yep! And other than when I've had to go into hospital for surgery (hernia repairs, varicose veins etc.), I haven't missed a day and my bloodwork is spot on. Forgot to add that I take a B12 sublingual 2-3 times a week and I also took iron supplements until I went through the menopause. Here are a couple of older threads worth reading (pinned at the top of the Post-op Gastric Bypass forum): Taking meds post-op. Some things you need to know! What kind of problems can develop from not taking vitamins daily? Are you sure you're getting all the calcium you think you are?
  25. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    vitamins

    I take the following vitamins each day: With breakfast: (a) one Centrum Silver (or CVS Spectravite brand) chewable multivitamin (which have no iron), (b) two calcium citrate + D3 pills (for a total dose of 630 mg of calcium citrate and 500 IU of D3), (c) one D3 capsule (2,000 IU of D3), and (d) one quick dissolving B-12 pill (500 mcg) taken under the tongue, With lunch OR dinner: (a) one Centrum Silver (or CVS Spectravite brand), and (b) two calcium citrate + D3 pills (for a total dose of 630 mg of calcium citrate and 500 IU of D3). Note that I am naturally very high in iron, and thus have been told not to take iron supplements. Many people do have to take iron supplements after weight loss surgery, and take these supplements at different times than when they are taking their calcium.
  26. 1 point
    summerset

    vitamins

    Nah, don't inject into a muscle if you haven't been instructed properly on it! Get a B12 that can be injected s. c. - if you have ever given heparin injections to yourself (and you most likely have since this is your second WLS) it's not a big deal to give yourself B12 shots.
  27. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Where did everybody go ?

    Thank you, Tracy!! I’m here for you too!! You never know, you may lose faster than you did after the sleeve...I lost 23 pounds in the first month after my bypass, and I averaged 14-15 pounds a month after that until the last couple of months. You have to give yourself time...the first week usually consists of ridding your body of all of the fluids they pump into you during surgery. After that, you should start seeing more of a loss ❤️ I know it will take me a few months to get rid of all my weight, but I’m ok with that, because I’m only 9 pounds over the normal BMI mark.
  28. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Where did everybody go ?

    First off, hubby is doing phenomenal with his weight loss. He just hit 103 pounds down this morning He started at 272 and is down to 169. He started his pre op diet in March of last year, and had his surgery on Sept. 25th. He is below his goal and very happy with it. Not to mention he looks fantastic, lol My struggles are mostly with what I’ve been eating, and how often. I still weigh my food at every meal, but I may eat 5 or 6 times a day. Some of those meals or snacks are not good for me and usually have little or no nutritional value, hence the weight gain. Eating that often, prior to my weight gain, was totally fine because my meals consisted of a lot of protein, and I was drinking more than enough water or crystal light throughout the day. I started going off balance over the holidays, and gained a little. But it got really bad just before Covid hit. Then I lost my grandmother to Covid. Binge eating and drinking too many adult beverages obviously packed the weight on, and I’ve gained about 20 pounds above my maintenance weight. I finally got back on track this past Monday, and I’ve already lost 3 pounds. As far as the restriction goes, it was pretty hard core in the beginning. Now, I may feel restriction in the morning, or if I have waited too long between meals, but otherwise if I eat slow, I don’t really feel much. That’s why, in the end, it’s still up to us to control what, and how much, we put in our mouths. I had pain like what you are describing for a long time BEFORE I had my surgery. I had pretty serious fatty liver, and I always considered it to be liver pain. But since you are soo early out post op, I would definitely check with your surgeon...especially if the pain is new post op. I still think being an experienced WLS patient might have something to do with all of this. But like I said before, I’m not a doctor...just a hunch Hang in there hun...follow the rules and do what you are supposed to do, and you will be ok ❤️ Hugs!!!
  29. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    How Is Everyone Doing?

    Thank you so much, Tracy ❤️ Your prayers truly mean a lot. Hugs, my friend.
  30. 1 point
    BrightDay1

    Where did everybody go ?

    @tracyringoHello Tracy! I am glad that surgery went well and that you are recovering as expected. Do you mind explaining why you will give up restriction? I thought the bypass also entailed having a pouch that would limit how much you can eat. I send you a hug and hope all keeps going very well.
  31. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    Welcome home! Please continue to keep us updated on your progress.
  32. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    Good luck today @tracyringo - we are all pulling for you to finally put your medical problems behind you..
  33. 1 point
    BrightDay1

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    @tracyringoGood luck today!!
  34. 1 point
    cinwa

    Would love a buddy from MI

    I had my RNY back in September of 2007. This forum has been my source of support so I would encourage you to visit as much as you possibly can. I must have tried just about every protein shake on the market and to this day, Syntrax Nectar powder (chocolate and cappuccino) have been part of my daily routine - even if it's just half of one to bump up my protein intake. I like the shake type flavours (made with milk to bump up the protein) but they have a good selection - tea flavours, fruity ones - fuzzy navel is good too. Here's the link to the Syntrax site but check online for deals: https://www.syntraxnectarproteinpowder.com/syntrax-nectar-nutrition/
  35. 1 point
    I found out yesterday that I will need to be on a two week liquid diet pre-op. Those of you who did a two week liquid diet pre-op, how much weight did you lose by the end of those two weeks? Did you cheat in the two weeks pre-op or were you 100% on track - liquid only? Look forward to hearing from anyone who did two weeks liquid only pre-op. (Btw - I've done a one day liquid only diet before I had a colonoscopy - one day was easy, but two weeks?? Mercy!)
  36. 1 point
    cinwa

    lower back injections

    I only know of one patient who had lumber injections post-RNY but they found them enormously helpful in relieving pain.
  37. 1 point
    cinwa

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    That's great news Tracy. Gerd isn't something anyone wants to deal with.
  38. 1 point
    tracyringo

    Revision to bypass from VSG

    Having my revision on May 22nd. One week from tomorrow.
  39. 1 point
    siobhain

    Constant runny nose?

    This is SUCH an eye opener! Like many of you, if I have eaten a bit too much, my nose POURS for about an hour afterwards. If anybody suffers when they have pushed themselves to finish that last bite of dinner(tends to happen me at friends houses) I have found Peppermint tablets work really well...and fast too.
  40. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    Finally found before pic

    It’s good to see you!
  41. 1 point
    cinwa

    Finally found before pic

    It's wonderful to see you posting a 4 year out picture Lee - you are looking amazing! Got to say, I love your top!
  42. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Finally found before pic

    Wow. Your sustained and massive weight loss is an inspiration to us all.
  43. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    Scared

    Welcome! Thanks Trish! can you keep trigger food out of the house? Keep healthier options?
  44. 1 point
    msmarymac

    Cancer Weight Gain

    Yay you!! First, give yourself some grace here. You have done incredible things, from the tremendous weight loss, to surviving cancer, and now navigating the apocalypse and the over-eater's worst nightmare...being stuck at home!! And here you are doing the correct thing; addressing the issue before it gets way out of hand...great job! So, I see that there are likely 2 main issues; the physical stuff (diet and activity) and the emotional stuff (anxiety, boredom, etc). When I have gotten off track it has helped me to do a radical restart like the 5 day pouch test. It really helps reset your mind and helps kick the carb cravings. Speaking of carbs, stop buying those lovely things that make you feel better about the end of the world lol. Hey, we all do it. I let my husband talk me into a nightly sweet treat...until the scale started creeping up. Nope, no more brownie mix mister! He used to travel for business and was only home on weekends; now I have a full-time husband...like 24/7 full-time. If those things are in the house, you will eat them, I guarantee it. So, if you are like me, where it just triggers a cascade of unhealthy behaviors, just keep that stuff out of the house. Then, it's back to basics; lean protein first then veggies to satiety (not full). Walking is great! It helps not only with metabolic stuff, but wow does it ever help with the mental outlook as well. Now is a great time to find some other coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety and there are lots of resources online right now. Hey, everything is online now! I highly recommend a gratitude journal; I use an app on my phone called "Presently" but there are many different ones. I have a brief zoom meeting with my staff every morning to kick off the day and the last part of the meeting is to have each person tell one thing they are thankful for and one self care thing they will do that day. At first there was some eye rolling, like "this is so dumb, why is she making me do this" but by now everyone seems like they are giving genuine, well thought out responses. Which is exactly why I do it. Humans are notoriously bad at taking care of themselves. We have to make it a priority and that's what writing things down, planning, scheduling, etc does. You can do this; every challenge you've faced you have mastered and you will master this one too. Best to you!
  45. 1 point
    Mandy - I am so sorry you have had so many problems. I can't imagine living with those problems for 10 years! The caffeine restriction is for a short duration around & immediately after surgery. This is because it can be difficult to drink enough fluid & caffeine will cause dehydration. You won't need any help being dehydrated! Typically today they say once you can drink 60 to 80 oz of fluid a day then caffeine can be re-introduced. I hope the next surgery corrects your issues - please come back here to talk - this is the best place for advice.
  46. 1 point
    12.29.19 - Well here it is many years later and I weight myself yesterday at was at 156. I think that is good. I hope to continue this weight! I have added a couple recent photos too!
  47. 1 point
    I don't track consistently. I haven't since I had WLS. But I did weigh & measure my food until I hit goal and I'm a creature of habit (and was even more so when I was actively losing), so it was easy to figure out my daily calories. I did weigh myself every day during active weight loss and for a good six months after I got to my goal. Now I weigh myself a couple times a week, but mainly go by how my clothes fit. I have to say though, my biggest goal through all this was getting to the point where I felt normal. Obsessively tracking my food and weight doesn't feel normal (or healthy) to me. I don't want to be hyper focused on what I'm eating. When I was in the yo yo dieting cycle, I did track religiously and it constantly preoccupied my thoughts. So it was a very conscious choice on my part to not track after WLS. But that all said, I think keeping a food journal can be really helpful when you're just starting out and trying to develop new habits. It also can be eye opening to realize how many calories, carbs, etc food has if you've never paid attention to that kind of stuff.
  48. 1 point
    Nikki125

    Newbie!!

    Hi!!!!! I'm Nikki and I'm scheduled for VSG may 26.2017! We have submitted to insurance just waiting on approval. Anyone else have similar stats? 5'1 and 220 that could let me know how their journey has gone after vsg? How much have you lost? How long til you were back working out?
  49. 1 point
    DeeBoss302

    Post Op Poop

    This might have TMI but here is my BM story (or lack thereof). Within 2 months after bypass surgery and on soft foods I became severely constipated at least 4 times in a 2 weeks period. I had been on 2 stool softeners and 8 tsp of fiber since the surgery. I tried anything I could think of in addition to suggestions of miralax (use generic) and many over the counter remedies. All that seemed to work after many hours of constipation at each event I would have to literally dig it out. Yes I did say TMI but only others who experience this after surgery might be able to relate. I was told that this was not a usual side of effe t after the surgery and I wax an unusual case. Well if so it was extremely painful. I did a lot of reading and tried several home remedies which did not work. I finally recalled one of my children having a major bowel problem years ago and one of the things he had to take was oil. I started with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil 2 times a day. I continued with 2 stool softeners and the miralax at night - which I still take. I had almost immediate success - at least the next time. I continued to take one tablespoon of olive oil at night for a period of time until I was assured in my mind that I would have a daily BM - as I always did. At some point during this I was allowed caffeine and began having one cup of caffeinated coffee in morning. That wasn't even successful until I added the olive oil. I am now 4 1/2 months since surgery and have a BM every morning about 98% of the time. If I go 2 days, which only happened a few times, I add the oil - that is extra virgin olive oil If you mix it with some lemon juice it isn't so bad no matter the end result is more than worth a few seconds of yuck. PS. before surgery BMs were not an issue and sent every day don't know if this will help anyone but olive oil is healthy and certainly worth a try If anyone has success let me know
  50. 1 point
    I lost 15 on my two week all liquid diet pre op. good luck and like technogal said it is hard at first but gets easier.