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  1. Hi Vincent! It is so completely normal to have second thoughts/fears. What you need to know is that weight loss surgery will extend your life expectancy! Just think on that for a moment. I am 55, and for me the opportunity to extend how many years I have with my spouse, children and grandchildren made WLS very worth it for me! I had the sleeve 4 years ago and my only regret is that I did not have it sooner. I will reply to your questions per my experience. 1) I have never ever vomited since I had sleeve surgery. Not once! Post-surgery, you will not be able to drink a full glass of water immediately. When I got home from the hospital, concentrating on a "shot glass" of water every 15 minutes was the goal. You really don't feel like eating or drinking so I can't imagine drinking water until you threw up immediately post surgery. 2) I have never vomited post-sleeve. 3) You may need to crush up your meds, but check with your surgeon on their best advice with the meds. 4) The pre-op liquid diet is hard, much harder than post-surgery. I am not sure how long you have been on it, but by day 3 I felt better. Once I had the surgery, I really had no appetite and being on a liquid diet post-surgery really wasn't that big of a deal. 80-85% of my stomach was gone so honestly being on liquids after that was okay. I was tired too pre-surgery. Post-surgery it only took me about a week to feel better. I took two weeks off work however. 5) I have never dumped with my sleeve. 6) I have had reflux a handful of times. I determined that when I ate something and then immediately laid down for a nap, that was a bad idea Once I knew not to eat anything close to sleep time I did not have reflux again. Though my surgeon gives a prescription for nausea if needed, I never had to fill it. Please do not worry. You are on you way to HAVING YOUR LIFE BACK!!!
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  2. Welcome to the losers bench ZhivagosGirl The early days post-op can be difficult but the best advice I can give is that you take little walks as often as you can - even if it's just around the house.
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  3. I know this is old, but surely a newby will be curious. Pasta can sure be one of those 'one bite too many' foods. I had sleeve surgery in 2010, but am currently looking at a revision to RNY due to reflux. I hope my tricks won't have to change a lot. With pasta, I make homemade meat sauce and keep the pasta separately. I'll put a TINY bit of pasta on my plate and add a half cup of sauce. A lot of times I'll actually use rotini pasta or something similar that I can literally count rather than the long spaghetti. With rotini I will count out 7 pieces!! I still cannot believe how much pasta I could eat pre-op!!
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  4. You will still be able to drink water. The goal is 64 ounces a day. You may be used to chugging more than that! Four years out I can drink pretty fast. Also keep in mind that as you drop the weight and have less fat, you may not sweat as much doing those activities. I rarely sweat! However, on the flip side once you lose the fat you are cold more often!
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  5. I just got an e-mail from My Bariatric Pantry advertising it's new 25 gram 106 calorie, no carb, whey isloate protein and I am wondering if anyone has tried this yet and if so, how it compares. I use Syntrax Nectar but these look interesting and they come in Pina Colada, Berry and Gourmet Chocolate and Vanilla. The thermometer said 99 degrees today so I am looking for more protein drinks and less food during the heat of summer...And they say variety is the spice of life, so....
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  6. Hello everyone, I am 8 Years Post Op RNY. 4 years Fleur De Lis Abdominalplasty and Panniculectomy, and 3.5 months post Circumfrencial Body Lift, with Thigh Liposuction, and excess skin removed off my inner thighs. Highest weight: 252 lbs BMI: 47 Weight at time of surgery 236 lbs BMI: 44 Current weight 149 lbs. BMI 28 I had wound healing complications where I was infected with E.Coli in my side. I had to be rehospitalized after the skin removal surgery due to the infection in May. 23 days Post Op Gallbladder removals and GJ anastamosis revision. I was in the hospital for 33 days from 6/11/21-7/14/21 for the most recent issue. When I have more bandwith to process everything and recap what happened I will post it here. I just wanted to post here, say Hello and also remind people to never give up. For years I was stalled in the 170s after RNYGB. I maintained that, and even though I was technically a success by ASMBS standards of > 50% Excess weight loss and maintained after 5 years, I still felt kinda like a failure due to not being able to loose more of my excess weight not knowing all these years my severe dumping issues and such was caused by a dilated GJA. I'm 17 lbs down since I was admitted to the hospital on 6/11 and working now to reverse my diagnosis of "severe protein-calorie malnutrition" due to my inability to eat for so long but more on that later. What I wanted to cheer people on here with is: It is absolutely worth it to follow up, even after more than 5 years out. Your WLS will be with you the rest of your life and it is helpful to check in for yearly for optimal health. If you haven't quite reached your personal goals, keep persisting and asking for help, you can get there. -Xander
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  7. Res Ipsa

    Joining the losers bench

    Hang in there. The first week or so can be tough, but it gets much better. We are here to support and inform you.
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  8. Got home from the hospital this afternoon - stayed 2 days. Not gonna lie, still feel pretty rough. Surgery apparently went fine, did the bypass and fixed a hernia. The stay in the hospital wasn't great. My IV infiltrated twice so my right arm is blown up like a balloon. I'm up 12 pounds from all the fluid in me. Sporting my stylish compression stockings for the next 2 weeks. Looking forward to getting through Sunday when I can finally have some Soup. Still no regrets.
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  9. LeeC

    Corn on the Cob.

    Not only live longer but live healthier. Less or no prescription medication. Less over the counter medicine. Less health problems - i.e. no diabetes means no diabetic complications. ... and the list goes on ...
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  10. ZhivagosGirl

    Got my date!

    Got my surgery date this morning. It's 2 weeks from today! June 23rd. Had to hit the liver shrinking diet full force right out of the chute. Thankfully I had some "supplies" on hand and will do a run to the grocery store in the morning. I still can't believe this is happening. Lara
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  11. ZhivagosGirl

    Got my date!

    Slight bump in the road. My husband ended up in the hospital and will require a follow up procedure on the 24th - right after when I'm scheduled to have my surgery. Soooo - I've been rescheduled for July 7. Just the way the ball bounces sometimes. He's worth it.
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  12. Res Ipsa

    Corn on the Cob.

    I am about to turn sixty, am male, and once was over 300 pounds () - so I totally understand where you are coming from. I have never (even once) regretted having my gastric bypass many years ago as it allowed me to become thin, healthy and much more active. My only regret is that I did not have it sooner. While it is great after you lose your extra weight to buy clothes off the rack, to walk into a room and not be viewed (and prejudged) as a fat person, to fit into airplane seats with ease, to not get hot and sweaty all the time, and to like how you look in a mirror, the real benefit of losing the weight is to know that you should live so much longer.
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  13. I found this earlier and thought that some here may like to see it. The recipes look really good and healthy. They were created for bariatric surgery patients. https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/-/media/local-files/eau-claire/documents/medical-services/bariatric-surgery/bariatric-surgery-recipes.pdf?la=en&hash=D624574B942C016AF80E55554A2C8AE38234D8D2#page36
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  14. CheeringCJ

    Carina's surgiversary 2017

    Yes, happy surgiversary! Enjoy your success and then stop in and tell us about how you’re doing!
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  15. Jen581791

    Carina's surgiversary 2017

    @Carina! Do let us know how you're faring. I hope all is well with you Happy surgiversary!
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  16. tracyringo

    Carina's surgiversary 2017

    Happy one year, hope all is going well for you !
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  17. BurgundyBoy

    Post-op fluids

    I count the shake. My surgeon, BTW, helped develop the Tufts bible when she ran the program there, and was in practice for years with your surgeon when they were both at Tufts. So how is that for 2 people from the same place with a different take on the same thing? Liquid is liquid. If my shake was a powder or cube I would buy the argument not to count as fluid. But, when I examine it, the shake flows, pours, and can be cleaned with a sponge when I spill it. Ergo sum, it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and as a scientist I just can't call it a solid. Quack quack quack. Any way you cut this you are doing great.
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  18. High protein, moderate fat, low carb or High fat, moderate protein, low carb have the same common theme: low carb as the key to success
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  19. cooked shrimp, cold with a dab of cocktail sauce. tuna, chicken, egg, ham salad eaten with a fork or on sliced cucumber " crackers" homemade chili, lots of beef or chicken, fewer beans. dannon light and fit greek yogurt with fresh berries cottage cheese with olives, crumbled blue cheese with a drop of salad dressing. ricotta cheese, covered with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, gently warmed in the nuker. real sliced turkey with a slice of bacon and a little Russian dressing with romaine leaves for bread.
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  20. Res Ipsa

    Spicy Foods?

    I think that I stayed away from spicy foods for about a month after my surgery. Since then I have been eating lots of spicy foods, mostly Indian and Cajun, on a regular basis. My gastric bypass pouch has no problem whatsoever with spicy foods. Quite frankly, I cannot image a life without spicy foods.
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  21. cherylm321

    Healthy Snacks

    My new fave is Moon Cheese. It a crunchy baked cheese snack- the only ingredient is cheese! I love the pepper jack. I also eat almonds and peanuts, Cheese Thinables, Greek Yogurt, and the occasional mixed berries.
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  22. Michael_A

    Flat Soda? Drinks?

    Not sure how one could stand it that way though. To me, once it has gone flat, it tastes totally different, and not for the better.
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  23. You should follow your surgeons instructions and not what other people say and do. If your surgeon says no caffeine, you shouldn't drink caffeine. If that is a problem, discuss it with your surgeon directly. Listen to your surgeon. She is the expert in your life now. Best...
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