ktallon

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About ktallon

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 10/10/1989

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Ohio
  • Age
    29

Information

  • Surgeon
    Tracy Pitt
  • Hospital
    Jewish Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-03
  • Start Weight
    320
  • Current Weight
    155
  • Goal Weight
    165
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    27.5
  • Surgery Date
    01/29/2018
  • Surgery Type
    Revision

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  1. ktallon

    Good News

    Hi my ttf family just stopping by for an update and some good news for once. I had a j tube placed in December by my new bari surgeon and he also started me on a different med regimen to help my ulcers. I am proud to update that since the surgery i am actually doing quite well. I am eating on my own i haven't needed to use my feeding tube in two weeks. The chronic pain nausea and vomiting that i was experiencing has subsided to zero and i am no longer relying on the meds to get through the day (actually haven't needed my pain pill or nausea meds in a month). All in all everything is on the up and up.
  2. ktallon

    Reaching out

    Hi everyone just wanted to stop in and give an update....so the results of the pH test showed i still have excessive acid production despite the limited size of my pouch. I was admitted to the hospital last week and had a g-tube placed. They are hoping the combination of the g tube and several new meds will heal the ulcers. If no improvement in the next month or so i will be going in to have the rest of my pouch completely removed. Its also been a very busy few weeks. We just recently moved to a bigger space. I am also getting married on June 24th in Gatlinburg to my wonderful love. Let me tell you wedding planning is tough lol. I hope you all are doing well and enjoy your holidays.
  3. ktallon

    Reaching out

    I am reaching out to you my ttf because I could really use some support right now. I have had several appointments at Cleveland clinic and basically it has come down to there is nothing else that can be done for me. I do have to have one more test which is a 24 hour ph test to see if acid is still the culprit of my recurring non healing ulcers. However they dont think it is likely because of how small my pouch is (its so small that it doesn't even show up on xrays or ct scans). I am feeling extremely defeated and depressed. I guess now they are going to try to figure out a permanent feeding solution since its not really ideal to keep a picc line more than 6 months and because of how small my pouch is they cant do a g tube. This is definitely not how i imagined living the rest of my life. I feel like a burden to everyone i am constantly in tear inducing pain constantly nauseated and i can't hold even liquids down. I have lost my job yet again because i am a "liability" and somehow i don't qualify for disability. I also recently got engaged and this is not how i want to start my marriage. I just want to be healthy and a normal 30 year old. Not to mention its really affecting my son he is 7 so he doesn't understand everything. He has been lashing out a lot lately and i don't blame him. Im sorry for babbling on i just don't know what else to do or where else to turn.
  4. ktallon

    Quick update

    So my appointment did not go as planned, the new dr has decided that a completion gastrectomy is the best route to go due to my history of complications. Also disappointed because they can't do the surgery laparoscopically. Will have a 2 to 3 week hospital stay after. Have to go have a feed tube placed because my levels are low again. Still going to go on my trip next weekend and try to enjoy myself the best i can.
  5. ktallon

    Quick update

    Hi my thinner times family just dropping in to give a quick update. Unfortunately to start off with the not so good news. Still not doing well, i have currently been on a month long stretch of not being able to keep anything including liquids down. But on the brighter side tomorrow is finally my appointment at Cleveland clinic. I am hoping they have alternatives other than removing the rest of my stomach. Also hoping this doesn't affect my 30th birthday trip in 11 days because i am super excited. Some much needed r and r in the mountains (and of course some hiking me and my partner will be able to do thanks to our surgeries). Hope all is well and i will let you know how my appointment goes tomorrow.
  6. So little update i had a blood transfusion and i am getting weekly iron infusions to help combat the low blood and iron. The surgeon is going to rescope me on August 20th to see if the new combo of meds is helping the ulcers if not i will then see the other surgeon to see about having the total gastrectomy. @BurgundyBoy i am doing okay just taking everything one day at a time. I recently celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend. He has honestly been my rock and now that we recently made the transition to living together a lot of my stress has honestly been lifted. As a bonus my boyfriend had sleeve surgery back in may so its been nice having someone who gets this lifestyle. son is well also just enjoying his last week of summer before school starts back. I can't believe i have a second grader already (my baby is growing up too fast). I hope you all are well and will try to update again soon.
  7. My ttf family i could use lots of prayers and good vibes my way at this time. My health has went down hill again. I am currently dealing with 2 ulcersand they can not seem to figure out why my blood counts have been chronically low. I have an appointment with the hematologist this week and depending on how that goes will determine my treatment for the ulcers this time. The doctor is considering doing a total gastrectomy (meaning the remaining portion of my stomach will be removed and my intestine will be attached to my esophagus). I am really scared and just hoping for the best right now. I appreciate any and all good thoughts.
  8. ktallon

    Suggestions

    Thank you all for your suggestions as always i appreciate it but unfortunately i suffered a miscarriage early in the week. I am going to be taking some time to myself for a while as i try to work through all the emotions i am feeling right now. I hope you all understand and i will hopefully be back soon in a better headspace than i am now
  9. ktallon

    Suggestions

    Okay ladies and gentlemen i just found out i am pregnant. Happened sooner than planned but a blessing none the less. My son is totally ecstatic to be a big brother. What can i do to help ease the morning sickness (or in this case all day long). Its been 8 years since i was last pregnant so i honestly don't remember much haha. Due around February 3 2020.
  10. ktallon

    Random question

    Im feeling pretty good for the most part these days @Nana Trish other than ups and downs of bipolar i finally have all my other issues under control. Was a long bumpy road but glad i made it.
  11. So random question for anyone else who has to take antipsychotics. I saw my doctor and she started me on Lithium for my bipolar. My question is if any of you have been on this before did you experience a higher sensitivity to the sun? I haven't been on it qiute a week but i feel like i can't handle being in the sun for any amount of time. Yesterday i took my son to the pool and after 20 minutes i felt extremely drowsy and dehydrated. I of course plan on asking about this at my follow up this week but i wanted to see if any of you had any insight perhaps in the mean time.
  12. So i want to discuss something that is not easy for me to talk about. I don't know if I ever mentioned before but i have some mental health issues. I have bipolar borderline personality and anxiety. I have honestly been off meds since my original surgery in 2017. I have still continued my talk therapy. Well since January i have been fighting extreme depression. The symptoms i am experiencing are way different than before surgery. Where as before surgery i used food as comfort to cope. Now i am not eating at all. I have dropped a bunch more weight and now i am down to 110 pounds. I have no energy and no desire to eat. I finally found a psychiatrist that is taking my insurance and have an appointment next week. I am also having body image issues along with the depression. I constantly beat myself up over how i look. I am not happy and really don't know how to come out of this funk i am in. I feel like at 110 pounds i look extremely sickly. I want to gain a few pounds back to be comfortable again. I don't know if you all have any advice if not good vibes are welcome and thanks for letting me rant.
  13. @CheeringCJ where can you find those at? @Cheesehead for the life of me i can not get protein shakes down (i immediately gag them back up which is terrible because i love premier protein) so im trying to find other alternatives until this aversion goes away.
  14. Okay so here is my dilemma i am finally able to eat and drink (knock on wood) with no issues. Despite this not being my first go around i find that i am struggling to maintain my fluid and protein goals. Its like if i get my minimum of 64 oz in then i am not getting in enough protein or vice versa. I have only been off TPN for a few weeks but have already had to go get fluids due to dehydration. Advice on how i can get both in much appreciated. Also i am in maintenance now. Help lol
  15. NSV for me i went shoe shopping yesterday for the first time in about 2 years. I have been maintaining under my goal weight for a few months now. I realized i have lost so much weight that i actually had to shop in the kids section for shoes. Woot woot thats a lot of shoe sizes lost considering just 2 years ago i was wearing a size 10 in womans.