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    Syracuse, NY


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Hill
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    St. Josephs
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    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I had the normal bought of hair loss that peaked 6 months after surgery (RNY). It stopped and my hair began to grow back at about 9 months post op. I just recently have started seeing my hair come out like it had before. I have not changed my diet, I take my vitamins every day, I take additional biotin, and I have contacted my doctors office and they didn't have any suggestions. Has anyone else experienced this?
  2. You're right, I probably do need a lot more fluids. I've never been good about drinking fluids in general. I eat mini pretzels when I am exercising or when it's very hot and I will be outside for a while. I went to a concert in the summer and passed out. They told me that when I feel faint, to eat something with a little salt to it to help. It works for me, but you're right it does have a lot of carbs so I generally will only eat them when I'm working out. I will definitely stock up on the protein snacks; I don't know why I didn't think of it before! Thanks for your suggestions!
  3. I went to therapy for three years. She told me to pay attention to what is going on and what I am feeling when I feel the urge to eat. However, when I feel the urge, I honestly feel the same as I always do. I'm not necessarily anymore happy/sad/angry/anxious than I normally am. I understand why I gained weight in the first place, I just don't know what it is that triggers me other than I just like it. I have found that if I distract myself, it helps. I live in upstate New York and it is currently very cold. I'm hoping when the weather warms up a bit I can be more active outdoors and that will both keep me busy and add more exercise. You should try yoga too. The breathing techniques that she taught me help my anxiety big time. I also take Vinyasa flow yoga which is more aerobic than other types of yoga. Aerial yoga is a good work out too. In the meantime, if I do eat a snack (my doctor says one is ok, but not to do more than that. I still do sometimes) I try to make sure it's something like berries, mini pretzels, etc.. Let me know if you have any other tips! Thanks!!
  4. I am one year and two months post op. I still do not physically feel hunger, however the head hunger is strong. I have a difficult time controlling the urge to eat ALL.THE.TIME. I try to make sure that when I do eat, it's healthy food. But, I am nervous that the amount of food and the urge I feel will/is triggering my over eating habits. My weight loss is going well and sometimes I wonder if I eat enough in a meal. Sometimes I wonder that because of the strong urge I feel to eat and because lately when I stand up quickly I get tunnel vision and light headed. I'm trying to not snack but that is where I struggle the most. For the most part, my diet is low carb, lean meat, lots of veggies and just berries for fruit. Full disclosure, I struggle with my water intake. I do get all my fluids but most of the time it isn't water. I take all my vitamins plus a couple extra. I am active and do both Vinyasa flow yoga and aerial yoga. Any helpful (and realistic) suggestions are much appreciated.
  5. Hello there! Wow, sounds like you had quite the experience too! My biggest complaint after all the bleeding was just not feeling like myself and feeling weak and tired. That all went away on it's own. I remember hitting the eighth week mark and feeling remarkably better. I have been feeling great ever since. Good luck to you as well!
  6. I am currently 6 months post op and wanted to finally share my experience. When I had my complications pop up, I reached out online and found absolutely nothing. No one on any forum knew what to think and I could not find any topic related to it. I want to share so that if someone ever does encounter what I went through, maybe they will find some comfort and information. My surgery was in January 2016. My surgery went well and the two day recovery in the hospital went well. My pain was minimal and I didn't even need over the counter medication. I just needed the occasional assistance getting in and out of bed. Exactly one week after surgery, my husband went back to work after taking a week off to care for me. I woke up feeling very light headed. This wasn't entirely abnormal as I was having a negative reaction to artificial sweeteners which basically made it so the only thing I could consume was water. Here is the TMI part. I used the restroom in the morning and found my bowel movement was so dark it was almost black. Again this wasn't entirely abnormal because I had been having issues with loose BM's. I began walking around the house and found that I could barely move without feeling dizzy and also began to feel my heart racing. I put a call into my surgeon's office. They were unsure of what it was and told me to come to their office just as a precaution. I called my husband and he pretty much had to turn around as soon as he got to work to come get me. At this point I was so dizzy that I did not feel safe standing up. When he got home, he brought my shoes to me. I stood up, slipped my feet in, sat right back down and was out of breath. Like I had just climbed three flights of stairs. At the surgeons office, I saw a PA. I could not even remain sitting on the exam table. I had to lay down through the entire exam. Two different nurses and the PA all tried getting my blood pressure. No one could find one manually or with an electronic cuff. I had no color in my face and still felt very dizzy. The PA noted that I had only been drinking water and felt that I needed to eat food and that I was dehydrated. She sent me to the rehydration clinic inside the hospital to get fluids and some IV vitamins. After several bags of fluids, vitamins, and a little cottage cheese, I felt much better. Just before I was about to leave to go home, I went to the bathroom and had another very loose BM. I looked in the toilet and found a large amount of very dark blood. There was zero stool. Naturally, I was extremely alarmed and instantly started sobbing. I had never seen so much blood in my life. My heart began to race and I began having the dizzy feeling that I had that morning. I called a nurse and I was admitted to the hospital. When I got to the room, I had another very large BM that was totally blood. At this point I felt like I was going to pass out. The on-call surgeon happened to be Dr. Graber, who owns the entire practice. Dr. Graber and his #2 surgeon came to see me and ordered that I have six units of red blood cells and one unit of frozen plasma in a transfusion. I was absolutely terrified. Dr. Graber told me that this has happened before and is most likely the result of Lovenex. Lovenex is a daily injection prescribed to every patient that has WLS with my surgeon's office. The injections are blood thinners and are meant to prevent blood clots. The blood thinners had done their job and prevented my blood from clotting, but also made a bleed in my stomach not be able to stop on it's own. There apparently was a great deal of blood in my abdomen. Dr. Graber stopped the injections immediately (perfectly fine with me) and stated that the bleeding should stop on his own. This part was very important to me...he also stated that in his fifteen years of practice, he had only had one person not be able to stop bleeding on their own. If the bleeding had not stopped, he would have had to re-operate to stop the bleeding. Dr. Graber assured me that I wasn't dying (I thought I was) and that I would have to stay for a number of days for observation. I had two large blood clots pass the next day and one more the following day. After that I did start passing normal stool. I was in the hospital for four nights and five days. It was at least two months before I regained full strength. At my three month follow-up, my iron levels and some other vitamin levels were low. The office assured me they would correct themselves and were a result of losing a lot of blood. They did correct themselves and I currently feel great. I am down 143 lbs. total and 82 lbs. since surgery. I hope this helps someone. I did feel like I was about to lose my life and I thought that if someone else was going through this and read this post maybe it would make them feel better. My complications were not life threatening and my doctor's office handled it perfectly. After my second large loss of blood, I had a panic attack (I am prone to these). Dr. Graber even called my room to tell me he expected I would have another one and that everything was ok. I really appreciated his attentiveness. Even with complications, I would still do it all over.
  7. Noted. I've experienced "the feeling" of too much and it is very unpleasant. I'm glad to have all these great suggestions. I was surprised at how little support I actually had just because you really can't ask questions to people that haven't been through it. I can always call the surgeons nutritionist but I want "real world" answer. Sometimes you just can't avoid eating out or being in a situation where you are at someone's home for dinner with no options.
  8. Having a back up would be a good idea. I can see how eating out would be a lot easier. I'm still learning and still struggling with eating slow. I've thrown up twice so far and both times were from eating too fast. Lesson learned. I'm still learning what "full" feels like. It definitely does not feel like the full that I was accustomed to. The first thing I notice is heart palpitations. I wish there was another indicator that I would notice before that point, because the palpitations don't hurt but they are unpleasant feeling and it takes about 45 minutes for it to go away. This doesn't happen every time I eat because I stick to 4 ounces of food or less and I weigh it on a kitchen scale. I guess I just have a lot of learning to do.
  9. I definitely tend to get ahead of myself with most things. I consider myself a "planner" and feel the need to think about most things way before they even happen. At this point, I assume because I am still so early out, I cannot even fathom eating anything unhealthy. At the moment, the problem I'm having is slowing down when I'm eating. I guess my questions stem from having very little knowledge about what to eat from now on. I began to think about it when a friend that does not know I had the surgery asked us to come over for dinner soon. I panicked. How do you even go to dinner at someone's home anymore. This started to spur all my questions. I want to continue to do this right. I feel the need to plan it out in order to be successful. Please don't think I'm crazy lol I feel crazy typing all that out.
  10. I am about to be 7 weeks post-op. According to my doctor's diet guidelines, in a couple of days I will be able to resume "normal" eating. I still have to abide by the foods the RNY'ers are supposed to eat but I will be able to eat meat (finally) and salads and so on. On my nutritional chart it says 7 weeks and beyond eat three meals per day with a small snack if necessary. It doesn't give any indication about how much you are supposed to be eating or what amount of calories you should be consuming etc. I know that you are supposed to stop eating when you are full and that is a given. Are you supposed to stick to a serving size of something or stick to the 4 ounces that I've been doing for the whole meal. What do you do if I don't have my trusty kitchen scale? When I asked my doctor about this before, she said, "you're supposed to work your way up from 4 ounces." Work your way up to what? Are there a certain number of carbs I should be staying under? And besides the high fat, high sugar, high grease things to avoid, are there any other things to avoid? I've been told before to just try things and see. That doesn't seem like a very good practice to me. The last thing I want to do is to get sick in public, at someone's home or at work. I know everyone's doctor is different and I know some people are allowed to eat meats and things like that before the 7 weeks period, but any insight would be greatly appreciated.
  11. I am actually almost 7 weeks post op since I wrote this post. I had an anxiety attack three days before my surgery and after that I was fine. I was surprisingly calm the day of my surgery, but I was very upfront with the surgical team and anesthesia about my anxiety. They definitely don't want your blood pressure to go up, so they aren't shy about giving you the good stuff. They actually only gave me Xanax which I felt only made me sleepy. I think you'll be surprised at how calm you are the day of surgery.
  12. For the most part I've been doing very well (except waiting to hear if I have c-diff) and I've been so overwhelmed with all these new feelings. Every time I feel a new pain or sensation I feel like something is wrong. I've been expecting the emotion to surface at some point. I'm trying to embrace my new lifestyle but that is proving difficult right now. Any words of wisdom?
  13. Thanks for your reply. It's easy to be freaked out so soon after I get home. I've been susceptible to diarrhea ever since I had my gallbladder removed when I was 17.
  14. I am two days post op and just got home. I'm experiencing some diarrhea. Has anyone else experienced this? My discharge paperwork says to contact your surgeon if you have diarrhea. I've done that and the on call doctor says to call back tomorrow and let them know how the night went they may have to test for something. Any ideas?
  15. Thank you very much for your kind words, I know your right! It's nice to know others are in the same boat.