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About Cadoodle

  • Birthday 10/02/1951

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    Lubbock, Texas
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Travis Eggl
  • Hospital
    Covenant Hospital
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  • Current Weight
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Travis Ells

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  1. Cadoodle

    Sleeve surgery!

    I bet you have nothing to be fearful of. Being with a good team of professionals should calm your fears; so have peace and anticipation on this new starting point in your life!! I had my babies 40ish years ago which is a long time to remember that kind of pain. The pain I recall after this surgery is very vague so I hope you will find this to be your story too! Walk, walk, walk in hospital hallways as soon as you can and as often. Gas trapped inside your body will move around trying to find a way out and that can hurt like bad gas pains do, so you should be prepared. This was my first surgery also. The tiny incisions were mildly tender so I was careful when moving around. My "nest" consisted of protein shakes, bone broth, SF jello, SF popsicles. You will be amazed how much better this turns out for you than you can imagine. (at least that is the way it was for me) I did not push myself so I never had issues having upset stomach. Best wishes for you !!
  2. Cadoodle

    ~ Goal! ~

    You must feel so proud of yourself! Congrats to your success. I am almost seven months since surgery and practically "half way to goal" so I am encouraged by you.
  3. This is funny!! This is my first read since November. I am back to the group knowing I will be better off for it! Now, back to my forum browse Bye for now. Cadoodle from Texas
  4. Tracy, you have done so good. Congratulations!! We had surgery during the same week. I am down 47pounds overall but my past month loss has been embarrasing. I am to blame and I HAVE GOT TO do better!! I am happy for you!!
  5. Thank you to everyone of you. I agree with your advise and will take it!
  6. Talking to self mostly today. I have to wonder if there is a safety net around me. I have been over 200 pounds for so many years. The closer I get to that number I know I will start getting more attention from others and that is making me anxious. There will be questions about my weight loss and I have not practiced my answers. I feel like a kid thinking up a lie to keep the full story private. I am hosting Thanksgiving and will see some family for the first time since May when I began to lose weight "this time". By that time I will have lost 50 pounds. I am not wanting to let these family members know I have had surgery. I think they have the attitude that losing weight and keeping it off should be easy for anyone who cares about themself. Therefore they will think that weight loss surgery is too drastic. They have no understanding of the viscious circle many people have with their weight. I am thinking an easy answer to the questions I may get is to say something like "maybe I can keep it off this time". Knowing that these people have seen me lose before and regain it I hope this response will avoid any other questions or comments. I am not extremely close to anyone in this group so I don't want to tell them the whole story. Has anyone else had this experience and, if so, how have you handled it?
  7. Thank you ALL for the positive support!!! I mean it! You are the greatest !!
  8. @NikRKin I hope you are at home by now and that you are doing better than you thought you would! I had my surgery one month ago today and my best advise for the coming days is to sip on bone broth (richer flavor than broth) and nice and warm to the tummy. I was not able to drink cold liquids during the first days but room temp or warm was comforting. Move around as much as you can. I asked my husband to hold me and pat me on the back like you would burp a baby!! It made me feel better too! I slept with 2 pillows and moved in bed VERY slowly. My doctor sent me home with medication for pain and I kept up with those scheduled doses for several days with no harm. Slow sipping will probably help you avoid tummy pains. Welcome to our group!!
  9. I think you have come to the best place for help with the many questions you will have during this time in your health changes. That is what I have learned to help me the most. Welcome from one Texas to another!
  10. How quickly one month has passed! I checked into the hospital a month ago today and have been on my way along this new way of life learning as I go. Overall, I have had nothing but smooth sailing. The usual aches and pains of the surgery are a vague memory. I have only experienced tummy aches on 2 occasions and I could figure out both times that I had made the mistake of eating or drinking a little too fast. Thank goodness for zero upchucks!! I hate those as much as the next person or more! I am still struggeling with weekly constipation though and I have begun to take vitamins with no iron on 4 days and vitamins with iron the other days to see if that helps. Probiotics should help too. My family says I am glowing!! I am over joyed that I am feeling so great. Some afternoons I get really tired so I am being very careful to drink enough fluids and get my protein. My BIGGEST lifestyle change has got to be more exercise! I have not been online very much in the past month and I am wondering if it may be because I have not been sitting around as much as before! It is very likely because I feel so much better now that I sleep so good each night. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea before the surgery and now that I sleep with the CPAP I get a wonderful nights sleep and feel so much more alert daily. Another God sent discovery was that my doctor did many tests including an ECHO cardiogram before my surgery and at my 2 week checkup he told me that all of my test reports were wonderful except one. The echo showed an aortic root aneurysm. I say it is a God sent discovery because it is usually unknown about until an emergency situation or a rupture resulting in sudden death. So YES I am grateful to have learned about it and I will see a cardiothoracic surgeon Monday Sept 11th. Elective surgery is absolutely safer than emergency!! I will learn more about my condition then, but I have to say that God had a plan for me to find out now instead of later. Meanwhile I am anxiously waiting and sticking to my plan to get healthy!! Since the pre op days I have lost 32 pounds and since the surgery one month ago I have lost 11 pounds. That is not as much as I thought it might be, but HEY, at least I am still around for the rest of the party to go on!!! Bye for now and thanks for being here to lead the way. Suzanne
  11. what a success on the weight loss! My surgery was also August 7th for the sleeve. I wish you the best!!!
  12. I had my surgery on Monday and came home on Wednesday. Yesterday I felt very good, much better than I expected. I measured my water of(32 oz for the morning) and took my morning meds slowly. One half decaf coffee and a about 1/4 cup of vanilla premier was my yummy morning drink. I could not finish it easily so I switched to the pure vanilla shake. I guess that waiting 30-60 min. before having more water is going to be a big learning curve for me. I did not have any trouble sipping water as long as it was not too cold. I actually dropped into the office for a little paperwork. I was so happy. The rest of the day and evening I just relaxed. Here I GO on the way with you wonderful but obvious LOSERS!!! lol Thanks so much for your prayers!!
  13. Cadoodle


    I know how excited you are!! I hope time flies by.
  14. The broth I was served in the hospital was SO salty I really did not enjoy it. I like the plan of having broth as the main part of my liquid needs for the day because I can stir in some powder and therefore I get protein as I am getting in my liquid. I had my surgery done the same day as you did. Happy Travels to you as we go forward.
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