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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


    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


    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. 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.
  16. I am sorry ahead of time but I need to vent for a minute. Let me first start off by saying I don't regret losing weight. I have been below goal for a few weeks now. What I do regret is that i did not get here in a healthy way. I have now been battling health issues related to surgery for 2 years. I'm currently once again on TPN due to malnutrition from constant nausea and vomiting. Go figure I am dealing with a stricture where they had to redo my anastomosis opening. I'm constantly tired. I have lost yet another job because of missing to much work (hard to go to work when your constantly hospitalized having procedures and appointments). I'm also having issues with my picc line so now I'm looking at possible more permanent solution like a g tube (if they can successfully place it). I really don't know what to say or do I'm so lost. I feel like no one tells you the downright ugly side that could happen as your preparing for surgery. I'm sorry for such a long post but I feel like I have no one to talk to my family and friends don't truly understand what I am going through.
  17. ktallon

    Life updates

    So I know its been some time since I have been on with the holidays and everything life got crazy. I was doing well then in November things started to take a turn for the worst. The ulcer in my anastomosis was back the constant nausea and vomiting along with the God awful pain was back. My doctor did a 5th over stitch procedure at the beginning of December to try to fix the ulcer however it did not take at all this time. I was put back on tpn as my nutritional status was becoming compromised. On January 8th I had a revisional surgery they cut the front and back part of my pouch and approximately a little over a foot of my small intestine and remade my anastomosis and connected the new part of the intestine. This surgery is really taking a toll on me I am not healing and I've been pretty miserable. For the last few days I have been running a low grade fever along with cold chills and severe pain that wont go away. Tonight my fever spiked surgeon told me to go through er immediately. I am now being admitted to the hospital because there is a pocket of fluid around my anastomosis. I'm not sure if this will mean more surgery or what. But if you could all send some good vibes and prayers I would really appreciate it. I hope my 2019 will soon start to get better because as strong as I have been for so long I am definitely starting to crumble.
  18. @athenarose no I have not I will have to look into that. @Aussie Bear and @cinwa you are lucky ladies I am so over this lol
  19. I'm on the pill, I tried nuvaring but it wasn't for me I suffered from frequent yeast infections when I was on it and I had nexplanon (arm implant) and I was that 0.01% that ended up with the weird side effects lol (seems I always end up in that category). @Kio I am right there with you my cramps and stomach discomfort have been so bad these last few periods I generally can't get out of bed the first day or two. Its terrible honestly. Also maybe I need to make an appointment with my obgyn because I would generally think since I am on the pill it wouldn't be as bad.
  20. Okay ladies question for those of you that still get to experience that time of the month. Has your PMS got worse since surgery and also how do you combat the mental cravings? My PMS has honestly been worse of course this could just be my experience since I really hadn't had a period in years prior to losing weight. Also holy macaroni do the mental cravings really rear their ugly head. I have tried eating fruit to curb the sweet tooth I have during this time but if just doesn't do it. Any tips? I don't want to go down the slippery slope and undo my hard work
  21. ktallon


    Hello my name is Mr.grumpy pouch today I have decided to give my human nothing but trouble. Oh you want to eat your favorite chicken with cheese well that's a no I don't like it today. Oh now you want to feed me greek yogurt yuck let's go throw that up. The only thing I will agree on is Luke warm tea. Enjoy my grumpiness. Love your grumpy pouch. Okay in all seriousness does anyone's pouch give them fits like this? Literally my staples have been a big fat no go today. Ate the same thing yesterday and was fine. I'm going to need him to go on with his grumpy self. Here is to a better tomorrow.
  22. About two to three days ago i woke up feeling like utter crud. I have body aches cold chills runny nose migraine that won't go away sore throat and god afwul drainage in the back of my throat. My 6 year old just got over bronchitis and im pretty sure he coughed a few germs my way. I know with bypass we are limited on what we can take. So first question is there anything over the counter we can safely take to ease these kind of symptoms? Second question if not what are some effective home remedies i can use? I currently have my vicks warm steam vaporizer going but not much relief from that. I have also been having trouble keeping solid food down because of the drainage. I need some relief im feeling pretty miserable
  23. So for a little update first all has been going well since i had my hernia repair and ulcer overstitch in August. I am able to eat pain free finally. Since then i have rediscovered my passion for cooking. Honestly before i found it a daunting task because well i could not enjoy what i made. I am also realizing my like for a lot of foods i never would have ate in my "unhealthy" days. My current obsession has been cauliflower i never realized how delicious it can be. That and chicken. Also i hit my doctors goal of 170 last week but im not ready to be in maintenance just yet. I would like to get to my personal goal of 150 first.
  24. I like dannon light and fit greek i prefer the plain or vanilla most of the time then i can add what i want. I also like the cherry and strawberry cheesecake if i want something with a "sweet" flavor.
  25. So if anyone could help me out lol. I am having trouble figuring out how to add and calculate the nutrition for a meal i had yesterday. I made a batch of turkey chili. I used 1 pound of jennie o ground turkey 93/7. 1 pack McCormick mild low sodium chili seasoning. 1 can of dark red kidney beans. 1 can of meijer brand tomatoes with onion and 1 can of aldi brand corn. I had a 4 oz bowl.
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