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  1. ktallon

    Did your immune system change?

    So im not the only one then lol. I thought i was just crazy. I have been like a walking antibiotic for a slew of infections not even related to surgery. The big one for me has been recurring utis and bronchitis. I don't know perhaps one of our medical friends will tell us we are both crazy lol.
  2. ktallon

    Need some ideas

    Okay so the good news i am getting off tpn my levels are where they need to be. My doctor has advanced my diet again and i am back on regular food and tolerating it well. So now for my question i am having a serious aversion to meats they dont smell good they dont taste good and they just will not go down now. So other than the obvious yogurt cheese eggs protein shakes what are some other non meat protein options or recipes? Also i cant do any type of shellfish due to an allergy and i don't care for fish honestly. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
  3. ktallon

    Wish me luck

    So i started tpn again earlier this week. Good news i am down another 5 pounds putting me at 188 and officialy only 23 pounds from goal. Also i hope on monday you all will keep me in your thoughts. I am having a diagnostic laparoscopy. It was discovered that i have a pocket of fluid in my abdomen as well as an abdominal wall hernia. They are going to go in and try to find the cause of the fluid as well as hopefully repair the hernia. They are holding off doing my stomal revision due to my numbers being to low (dr wants to wait until albumin and all that are high enough so i have the best chance at healing properly). Also they are going to do an upper scope at the same time to see how things are looking with the ulcer. So wish me luck and in the mean time i hope you are all doing amazing.
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    Wish me luck

    @NerdyToothpick i am doing a little better still having some pain and pretty sore and of course having to lug around my lovely tpn 24 hours a day. Hopefully this is my last surgery and im on the road to recovery.
  5. ktallon

    Wish me luck

    I probably won't be on much the next few days the nerve blocks the anesthesiologists gave me are wearing off and im in quite a bit of pain like i can hardly walk. Unfortunately they sent me home with tramadol for pain but its not helping. So i will be putting a call in to my surgeon here shortly.
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    Wish me luck

    Sorry im just now updating so on Monday an emergency surgery came up so i did not end up having mine spent the night in the hospital and on Tuesday they finally took me down around 2:30 for my surgery. The surgeon ended up fixing a hernia on my left abdominal wall as well as another overstitch on a small portion of my ulcer in my stoma that was not completely healed. I am discharged and waiting on my ride home. I am hoping that with all he did i will now feel better and be in the right direction again. I will still have to continue my tpn as my levels are still low and clear liquids for a few weeks in order to give that ulcer the best chance at healing. I will also say as these epidural like shots they gave me are wearing im quite sore and was told it could take 6 weeks to fully feel 100% so wish me luck on that note.
  7. ktallon

    Wish me luck

    Thank you all for your kind words as always. I am getting ready to head to tge hospital so i will update once i am able to
  8. ktallon

    Hair Loss

    My personal experience has been not so great. Around month 3 i started losing my hair. i have baby fine thin hair to begin with. I am now going on 7 months out and still losing hair. Its slowed down a little bit since getting it cut short. My case is probably a bit more on the extreme side but i have also dealt with malnutrition and complications so i think that has played a role in my hair loss
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    So this past weekend i took my son to kings island for one last summer adventure before i had my picc line placed for tpn. I was amazed that i was able to fit on all the rides with ease. It was an awesome feeling because i still struggle everday to not see myself as 325 pounds anymore.
  10. ktallon

    Why hello old friends

    I know it has been some time since i have been on so i thought i would stop by and check in. So unfortunately since the last time i was on the marginal ulcer i have did not heal properly even with the overstitch procedure i had. I recently had to go back on a feeding tube as i have become extremely malnourished again probably due to constantly vomiting and not being able to eat because of the pain. The doctor says that i am out of options at this point. The next step would be doing a revision to where i basically would not be using my stomach at all they would connect my small intestine directly to the esophagus. I am not giving up hope yet i am awaiting another opinion from Cleveland clinic but unfortunately my appt is not until October. At least work and being a single mom keeps ne busy enough that i haven't had much time to dwaddle over all that is going on with me. So that is what has been going on with me. I hope all my ttf friends are doing well. Also forgot to mention i am below 195 now (have not had a chance to update stats) so that in itself is an accomplishment. I will try to check in again soon.
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    Any ideas

    So i am awaiting an appointment with my surgeon because well i am just feeling really out of sorts lately. I am 6 months out and have zero i mean absolutely zero energy. I feel like i sleep more now than when i did at 325 pounds. I have no desire nor the energy to do things with my son. Not to mention i don't know if this is surgery related or not but here lately my emotions have been all over the place. I have been in some pretty crappy moods lately where i am eitger angry or crying. I know i have i have been through a lot but i really just don't know what is going on with me. Am i alone? Have any of you experienced anything similar.
  12. ktallon

    Struggling to find balance

    Okay so here lately i am struggling to find balance when cooking. So i am now cooking for not only myself and my son but my boyfriend and his son as well. They typically request a lot of carb heavy foods (all 3 are skinny twigs and love pasta and fried foods) i try to encourage them to remember i can't eat these things. So i am wondering how i can make meals that will be on plan for me but satisfy those 3 as well. Any ideas are definitely appreciated. Because honestly i don't want to have to cook a separate meal i am tired enough after work.
  13. ktallon

    Struggling to find balance

    Thank you all definitely some great ideas here. Before it was just my son and i and was definitely easier but with a growing family its been an adjustment thats for sure
  14. ktallon

    Need a little tough love

    So i need to have a confession and receive a little tough love from my tt family. I have really fallen off the wagon the last few weeks. Since my overstitch procedure to fix my ulcer i have been terrified to eat. I admit i have been mostly drinking my calories in the form of apple and orange juice. And although i am continuing to lose weight i know i can not keep this up forever. I need to get back in the groove but what do you do when the reason i am terrified to eat is because solid food makes me extremely nauseous.
  15. ktallon

    Need a little tough love

    Thanks everyone i tried some refried beans yesterday and still felt sick so im taking it back to the very basics for a few days clear liquids and protein shakes so far i am doing okay no nausea hopefully in a few days i can try some purees again. Dr wants me to keep an eye on this for another week or two if it doesn't improve he wants me to come back in and go from there.
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    Could use a hug

    ASo as some of you remember i have been dealing with this pain in my upper left abdomen for a couple of weeks. Doctor thought it could possibly be an ulcer and started me on meds and scheduled me for an endoscopy. Originally i wasn't scheduled until July 10th then it got bumped up to June 14th. Rewind Wednesday i got up got ready for work and was feeling pretty bad extremely nauseous and so much pain i couldn't really stand it. Went to work anyways because i am still in my 90 days. Well about two hours in to my day i was doubled over my desk in tears. Call the surgeon he says go to er now and he will meet me there. Fast forward a few hours later im having an emergency procedure to fix a perforated ulcer in my stoma. I had a 24 hour hospital stay after. I am no longer having the pain just a little nausea. I tried to go back to work today (sometimes i would like to think im superwoman) only made it through half day and boss sent me home she said she could tell i was miserable. Hopefully this long weekend will have me feeling better because right now i feel like i have this black cloud of doom hanging over me. I thought everything was going well then bam another complication. I really hope this is not how i am going to have to live for the rest of my life. Anways if you could all send some healing thoughts my way it would be greatly appreciated especially since i am supposed to be moving next week.
  17. ktallon

    Could use a hug

    Thank you for the continued support all. I spent most of my weekend in bed recouping. I am feeling much better and made it through the whole day at work today. Although i still have very little energy but i think that is mainly from being on clear liquids. I can start trying purees on Friday so hoping that will help me feel more human. I also move into my new place this weekend (i am looking forward to this) all in all im back on the up and up
  18. ktallon

    Checking in and questions

    Hello all it's been a little while since I've been on. Just wanted to check in and update. Its been slightly crazy my way. With going back to work and finally my son and i will be moving back into our own place the first weekend in june. Super excited to finally have a place to call home again. My son is getting ready to graduate kindergarten (yes proud mommy moment) and gets to move onto 1st grade. I have not weighed myself lately but the inches are definitely coming off. Now on to the questions. So is it normal at almost 5 months out to still only be able to eat 2oz of food? I feel like if i dont do at least 2 protein shakes a day i would not even come halfway close to hitting my protein goals. I figured by now i would be able to only do one shake and rely more on protein from foods. Also for the last week i have been getting this intense pain in my back and under my ribcage. Sometimes its so intense i get nauseous/throw up. I have an appointment with my pcp Friday but wanted to see what your thoughts were in the mean time or if anyone else has experienced this. I have been reading dr google to much and everything i read says ulcer. Hoping that is not the case as i have been doing so well. Got my blood work back everything was perfect except my iron was almost non existent and my vitamin d was low. So they upped both of those. I hope you all are doing well and i also hope to be able to be around more soon once things settle down after my move.
  19. ktallon

    Could use a hug

    Thank you everyone as always i appreciate all your kind words. I do have help to move next weekend thank goodness since i am on a lift restriction of nothing over 10 pounds until my check up on june 5th with the surgeon.
  20. ktallon

    Checking in and questions

    Hi @Nana Trish i am doing well thank you just been preparing for my move next week. I went and seen my surgeon he started me back on carafate and protonix and i have an endoscopy scheduled in two weeks to see if i have an ulcer they will also do an overstitch to fix it if there is one. My pain has improved since being back on acid reflux meds. Other than that little minor issue i am doing well. I will be glad when my move is over as it has been consuming time unfortunately.
  21. ktallon

    Checking in and questions

    @Jen581791 i eat at least 3 small meals and then usually my 2 shakes i am reaching my protein goals so i have continued with that pattern i just figured by now i would be relying more on food although i have no interest so that could play a part too
  22. ktallon

    Checking in and questions

    @Readytobeme no i don't have a gallbladder mine was taken years ago. Thats why im not sure what it could be.
  23. ktallon

    Hiding the scale

    So i am officially hiding my scale. For the last month i have been thinking i was in a stall because of the number on my scale. Went to see my surgeon for a check up and in all actuality i am down 12 pounds since my visit last month. Definitely doing a happy dance right now. It's also a big relief to know that the number really is moving down.
  24. ktallon

    Talk sense into me

    I swear the weight loss gods must hate me. I have been in a serious stall for almost a month now. I have tried upping my fluids my protein is consistently around 80g a day. I don't know what else to do. I also thought for sure that since i had to be on a liquid diet the last few days for a colonoscopy i am having done today that would get the scale moving nope no such luck in fact according to my scale i am up 4 pounds since Saturday. I am seriously down about this. I have a check up with the surgeon this week and i know i am going to get lectured because i havent lost any weight since the last check up. What can i do to get the scale moving again.
  25. ktallon

    Month long period

    So sorry in advance but i need to truely vent for a moment. I had my revision 1/29. I proceeded to start my period on 2/6 and thus far i have had no signs of stopping. I get that my body is going through a lot but man mother nature can take a hike any day now. I have endometriosis so needless to say the cramps are agonizing (tylenol does not touch the pain). I went to see my obgyn and she switched me to a different birth control pill but alas no relief still. I go for a follow up in a few days hopefully she can fix me or at least give me something for the cramps. Also i don't think being on a blood thinner (post op blood clot) is helping matters either. Did i mention this is my least favorite part of being a woman. Im on the verge of begging for a complete hysterectomy if this doesn't stop soon. Besides how healthy is it to be bleeding this long. Okay im done ranting im going back to my corner with my heating pad and no chocolate or ice cream (at least im still making rational decisions lol)