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Aussie Bear

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  • Birthday 11/01/1958

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    Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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  1. I'm currently eating salads as a snack between meals. They're low density calories, but a nutritious option between meals which also allows me to focus on the protien at regular mealtimes. I can eat about a cup of salad/veggies with 3-4oz protien, provided I eat the veggies first. I don't find veggies stay in my pouch long.
  2. That's fine. My plastics surgeon keeps his patients in hospital for 4-5 days and claims the drains are out at discharge. Local forums seem to suggest that's pretty standard here. Will be interesting to see when I finally have mine scheduled. For now though I'm battling a major eczema outbreak, something new to me and it is looking like it's potentially linked to the reactive hypoglycemia I've had since my bypass. Seriously over this RH. It seems like every few months there's another health issue and another specialist to add to my medical team.
  3. Go back to the rules you were given post-op. Small meals, protien first, low carbs, chew well, no drinking with meals etc. You still have your tool, you just have to learn to use it again.
  4. Put in a call to your bariatric surgeon's office. They should have a patient information booklet to let patients know how to prepare for surgery as well as what to do after surgery.
  5. I suspect he took all your issues with having surgery as perhaps being not ready for it yet. Of course there will always be some people for whom surgery isn't the best option, and without being your doctor, none of us know if you are indeed in that category. Maybe get another opinion from a different surgeon. I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, and that any delays in things create other opportunities. My surgery was delayed by six months, and in that six months I really worked on my lifestyle and fitness so when I did eventually have surgery I was so much better prepared and more confident in my conviction that it was the right way to move forward.
  6. Lucky you. We can't get it openly yet in Australia unless a frontline worker, and a few European countries have vetoed Australia getting their planned batches because we've been pretty successful at keeping numbers low via border controls. Well be heading into flu season again in the next few weeks. My age will actually put me in the next group entitled to the vaccine, but for me it will be Astra Zenica only. It's now being manufactured in Australia, but as someone that lives in a rural area, Pfizer was never going to be an option for me anyway due to the required temperature controls.
  7. I was prescribed them with my surgeon's consent about 3 years after my bypass. His caveat was they had to be taken with PPIS. By the 4th day I was experiencing reflux so stopped taking them. Then the abdominal pain started. My PPIs were increased over time to the maximum dose of the strongest available in my country, (no NSAIDS after day 4), until an endoscopy was possible (Covid stopped elective surgeries where I Live), and the surgeon found a small anastomotic ulcer. It's up to you if you want to take the risk with NSAIDS, but I certainly never will again.
  8. I've had small regains (5-10lb) a few times and found it pretty easy to drop it back off each time (although this time is proving tougher for reasons out of my control). The hardest part for me is always stopping the carbs that have crept back into my diet. I've never done the 5DPT, because I know that just would be a misery for me. I have done 5 days on the egg diet though. That I found easy because eggs are an almost daily protien source for me plus the protien was filling and the fat satiating. Mind you I didn't want eggs for a few weeks after! The reality though is that, reverting back to a higher protien, lower carb eating regime is what keeps it off for me.
  9. Welcome @StephBlurton and @DavG. This forum was what got me through my surgery and the lead up to it a few years ago. Unlike others, it's packed full of pretty easy to find, excellent information for both before and after surgery. Pretty much any question you can think of will have helpful answers given by folks who are really experienced in WLS. While not as many members are as active as they were back then, the ones that are (especially the admins) are incredibly helpful, and more importantly unbiased, along with being very successful in both losing all their excess weight, and even more importantly, maintaining it.
  10. My prior surgery wasn't sleeve, but I was revised to bypass. My recovery after revision was much easier, but my first surgery was open abdominal with cholecystectomy. When you've been there done that with post-op recovery, you don't stress so much over it the next time, and the post-op diet is a piece of cake.
  11. The only thing the pouch reset does is help reset your head as you go back to very low carbs. There are lots of different options to that if you feel the need for a reset, that don't involve starving. I honestly believe that it's the thought of starving and huge restriction that makes us so disheartened and disappointed in ourselves. Your head is in the right place, start with gentle exercise like walking, and go back to protien first. It always amazes me how much I can eat if I don't focus on protien, and how little I can when the protien goes in first. I suspect we forget these rules as we gradually change the way we eat the further out from surgery we get. I had an endoscopy about 6 months ago (got an ulcer from short term NSAIDS with PPIS after my doctor decided I needed to come off other pain meds due to stress fractures in my foot), and even over three years after my bypass was surprised when my surgron said my pouch was exactly the same size he'd made it. You might be pleasantly surprised. Good luck with it. I suspect many of us have managed over the past year to gain a few extra pounds (whether that's a few or a lot).
  12. You might want to research Noom. Every review I've seen done by both folks who've tried it, and dieticians.... Well let's just say they haven't been good!!! Seriously, you don't need an expensive diet subscription, you just need to get back to your basic post WLS rules. Track for a week or two if need be, and go from there. If you need the behavioural stuff, then get a referral to a professional. Noom don't use professionals, they don't tailor their programs to individuals as they suggest they do, and any behavioural advice they throw at their clients is readily available for free elsewhere.
  13. I ate both sweet capsicums (that's what papers are called in my neck of the woods), and found low joule pickled onions and cucumbers as well.
  14. Summer here in Australia...haha! Seriously though, can't wait for it to be over as I know from experience we still have a LOT of 100+ degree days left before it starts to cool down again. I admit I look at pictures of snow and think how beautiful, romantic even....but it never snows where I live (I'm in desert territory), so don't even think about how snow would be so restrictive.
  15. Why did you not go back. FYI, in case you don't realise, Ranitidine has been banned in many countries for being carcinogenic (including Australia where I live). In your position, I'd certainly be looking into other options, even if RNY bypass isn't something you want to (or can) do. https://www.ajmc.com/view/fda-recalls-all-ranitidine-products-zantac-citing-increased-risk-of-cancer
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