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About dj5683

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  • Birthday 11/06/1970

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    Buford, Ga
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    Dr. Alex Nugyen
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    Northeast Georgia
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  1. Thanks ya'll. I appreciate the advice.
  2. Ok, let me start by saying that this is NOT a topic I discuss easily. But I figure fellow TT members are the best place to go for this advice. I had surgery on 7/14. I've only had three BM's since the surgery. None of them have been exactly easy. I don't feel constipated or uncomfortable. But I'm pretty sure this is not normal. So should I be taking a fiber pill everyday or something else that might make things more normal. Or is this something that will correct itself when I get started on solid foods again?
  3. Good to know. I was kinda thinking that since I didn't have anything with calories in it for the first 72 hours and then very little calories since then, that might be the case. But it's good to have some outside confirmation. Thanks so much.
  4. Ok so, let me start by saying I have never been one of those "a BM everyday keeps the doc away" kinda girls. One everyday two or three days was pretty much my norm. So I'm not terribly concerned, more curious. I had surgery on the 14th, so I had nothing but water from about 8pm on the day before (Monday) until about 7pm on Thursday and that was just about two cups of chicken broth that I sipped on for a couple hours. On Friday I mostly had water and maybe 1 cup of broth spread out throughout the day. Saturday was a protein shake made with milk and maybe 1/2 a cup of cream soup separated into two meals. The same on Sunday. Yesterday was another protein shake with milk, a protein drink made with water, and 1/4 cup cream soup. So far today, same as yesterday. Is it normal to not have a BM yet? I'm not uncomfortable or anything. I don't feel constipated. I've have my first post-op appt. on Thursday, so if nothing has happened by then, I'll mention it to him. I was just wondering what the TT veterans thoughts might be. Thanks all!
  5. So I am 6 days post op now. It started out as I expected pain wise. I had my gallbladder removed about 12 years ago so I was prepared for the gas pain. It sort of feels like most of that is gone now. I'm not having very much discomfort in my shoulder any more. But it's very difficult to breathe without pain. As long as I only take shallow breaths I'm fine. But if I try to take a deep breathe, which my surgeon wants me to do, there is an excruciating pain on my left side. It starts just under my boob and goes down about 8 inches. All together it's about the size of my hand. It kinda feels like it's getting worse not better. Is this just more gas that is still trapped?
  6. I'm definitely not feeling any hunger and I don't mind that at all. I did drink about 6oz of a protein shake made with milk this morning. I guess tomorrow I'll try to start substituting some of my water for protein drinks. Thanks for the feedback.
  7. Yay Me! I am truly on my way to a better, healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. I gotta admit that it didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked. The surgery was fine. My surgeon said I was the perfect patient and that he could tell from my liver that I had followed my pre-op diet to the letter. But my body does not like anesthesia and it tends to react violently with massive nausea and vomiting. Of course in this case there was nothing to come up, so it was just dry heaving. I had surgery on Tuesday morning and spent about four hours that night with non-stop dry heaves. Then on Wednesday I had several more rounds that lasted several hours each. I was scheduled to go home on Thursday but I was still having the same issue that morning so it was touch and go for a few hours if I was going to have to stay another night. They were finally able to get it under control and I came home about 7pm on Thursday. I don't think I would be in as much pain right now if I had not had all the dry heaving. Unfortunately, between that and the gas still trapped in my abdomen, I'm in a good deal of pain. But I know that it is just temporary, so I'm gonna just push on through. I'm not having any trouble getting in my 64oz of water each day. But I am a little concerned about a couple things. First, is that I really don't want anything but water and maybe a little milk. I have made myself eat a little broth a couple of times because I know that I need more than milk and water. I presume that as the days pass I will start to develop a little more of an appetite. At least I hope so. Second, I don't seem to have a full point. I'm not trying to push massive amounts at one time, but I haven't yet had a moment when I felt like I had reached a point of being full.I mean honestly, if I didn't have the surgery marks and soreness I would have a hard time believing that anything has changed.Is that because I'm only taking in liquids at this stage? Or is it because my poor little stomach is still traumatized from surgery? Sorry this was such a long post. But do any of you veterans have any answers/suggestions for me?
  8. I'm 60 hours from surgery. I don't think it has really sunk in yet that in less than three days I will be beginning a totally new life. It all seems so surreal to me. I'm not nervous at all. I think I'm too excited to be nervous or scared. Some of my family is. My husband puts on a good front, but I know he is scared. My son admits that he's scared, but he's trying hard to be brave. My oldest daughter is like me, she won't worry until there is a real reason to worry. And my littlest monkey is only 7. She's not old enough to know that there is any reason to worry. So does anyone have any last minute advice for me? Or anything for my family?
  9. What exactly do you mean when you say "dense foods"?
  10. That's how long until surgery. I'm a little (LOT) excited! Does it show?!! HaHa I have a question for all the veterans. In all my reading and research, I see where everyone keeps saying that their tastebuds change after surgery. Things they loved before, they can't stand after, and things they've never liked the taste of, are delicious after. So does this tastebuds switch happen to everyone? And if it happened to you, how long after surgery did you notice it?
  11. Yea, most of what I watch is recorded on my DVR and when I'm actually watching a show and paying real attention, I just fast forward through the commercials. But when I'm doing homework, it's more of a background noise kinda thing. I'm a little ADHD and somehow it helps me to not get too sidetracked from my real work. The same technique worked for my daughter all the way through high school and college. I may just switch to a movie channel. The only thing they commercial is other movies.
  12. I'm on my third day of my pre-op liquid diet. During the day, I have no problems with it. I almost enjoy not having to worry about what I'm eating, how many calories are in it, and how much protein I'm getting. With my protein drinks and shakes, I just mix, drink, and forget about it. But after I get home from school, it seems like every commercial is about FOOD! Pizza Hut, Arby's, Dairy Queen, Burger King! Jeez Whiz. I wasn't even feeling hungry until I had to listen to all these darn commercials. I never realized how often they pop up. It's ok I guess. I'm not about to let it trip me up. I'm way too committed (some would say stubborn. LOL) to let it get me off track. I mostly just wanted to vent. But it does kinda help me see some of the reason why we have such an obesity epidemic in this country. I plan on being part of the cure.
  13. 17 days and 9 hours until surgery! OMG I am so excited I can hardly sit still! But I seem to be having some trouble with finding vitamins for post-op. It seems like all the chewable multi-vitamins are Gummies (Yuck! Even if they were allowed.) And chewable calcium citrate is even more elusive. The few that I've found have been kinda expensive and low in milligrams, like 250. Which means I'd have to take 6 of them a day. The guy at GNC today said it doesn't exist in chewable, only liquid or solid. So does anybody have any good suggestions for where I can find some multi's and Calcium at a reasonable price?
  14. So I just got off the phone with my mom. I've been dreading telling her about my GB ever since I started even considering this journey. I had no problem telling my adult kids, my husband or my best friend about my decision, but my mom was another story. She has been a member of Weight Watchers for about a year now and has been having good success with it. But I tried that program (along with many others) and it didn't work for me. I knew that she didn't really have that high an opinion of WLS, so I was really expecting some strong resistance. Instead she was really casual about her acceptance. I wouldn't say she was thrilled with the idea, but at least she isn't openly opposing my choice. I feel so relieved to know that she's ok with this. Now I can go into this with a much easier heart knowing that all the important people in my life are supporting me. 39 days from now I start a new, healthier, happier life. Yea Me!!!