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About Kio

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  • Birthday April 9

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    Boston area
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  • Surgeon
    Scott Shikora
  • Hospital
    Brigham & Women's
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Kio

    Meat Loaf

    This one! I make them a little smaller because I can't eat a whole one the size she does - mine are more like meat-balls than meatloaves, but they're still delicious.
  2. @Kim M - you are so not alone. For me, at first it was so bad I occasionally had to resort to, um, manual solutions. The less said about that, the better - though I did talk about it in my blog on this site if you really want to commiserate! I still have random periods of it, and it really does seem like only an oatmeal serving a day solves the problem for me without the stomach ache I get from teas and MoMs and Miralax. It's pretty frustrating. You'll find your "thing" - don't give up!
  3. Kio

    Farewell to Favorite Foods?

    Ooooh yes. Yes, I did. I had set myself a goal to be under 300 by the time of surgery - which was 55 lbs away at the time I decided to HAVE surgery - so I didn't have a lot of room to do it. But there was a vacation the month before, and so for that one week... let's just say, mistakes were made. I'm not saying you should go crazy, but if there's something you need to get out of your system, just get it out. (Though, do it BEFORE any mandatory liver-shrink regimen your doctor orders). I said a permanent goodbye to many things that I'll never have again (mostly worse-than-junk foods - looking at you, doritos and mike & ike!) and I can honestly say I don't miss them!
  4. Kio

    I'm going to change things up - Wish me luck!

    I was basically low-carb, sugar-free, grass-fed-beef-only, gluten-free (essentially "paleo") for two years and lost 100 lbs on it and felt fantastic. That was waaaaay before surgery, and since I didn't have this tool I gained it back over the next three or four years. But it certainly did me no harm, and I can't imagine it will harm you, either. Good luck! And Happy New Year! =D
  5. @Loosing Lucy - do you get any other symptoms while you're eating? I ask because I'm a year and 3 months out right now and I still don't get a sensation of "full." What I do get is: Burping, hiccuping, runny nose/phlegm in throat. The first tiny burp I feel is the last bite I eat, and sometimes that's still one bite too many. At 2 weeks out I was still on mush - protein shakes, ricotta, yogurt, cheese, etc. Scrambled eggs were far in my future, and even now I can't eat a whole one without feeling uncomfortable due to the symptoms I listed above. That said, you're fine! Some people can eat more than others, some can eat different foods than others. It's all very individual, but as long as you're losing weight and not eating a bunch of carbs/trigger foods, you're fine. Also, just to warn you, many people (not all, but many!) have a weight loss stall at somewhere around 3 to 6 weeks. That's just your body sorting itself out - it's super common, and doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong or that your surgery didn't work. The dreaded stall can last a few weeks, so don't get discouraged!!
  6. Kio

    A couple of days ago

    Because of untreated diabetes, yes. He also had sleep apnea, and he wasn't compliant with his CPAP - which led to him having a stroke that left him barely able to speak, emotionally volatile, and unable to really understand why diabetes was a problem. He continued to eat and drink whatever he wanted, and couldn't be trusted to take his medications (and became really angry when anyone tried to manage them for him). He also wouldn't wear shoes or check his feet, and eventually developed sores that led to him having part of one foot amputated. And finally, his kidneys began to fail and he was on dialysis when he passed away at 59. Knee replacement was never on the table for him because he was, by the time it was needed, in no condition to have surgery. I really hope your docs are able to sort out something for your knees - it must be just miserable for you. I'm thinking of you and wishing you the best all the time, and I'm so glad you keep coming back here for friendship and support. We have your back (and your knees, and everything else!!!)
  7. Kio

    A couple of days ago

    LOL - Well, thank goodness! Because if you were old, that would mean I'M old, and I'm not ready!!! Nowhere near it!!! Honestly, I thought maybe you were having a MOMENT. When I had to have back surgery back in 2006 (when I was 30-something), afterwards the pain was so bad for so long, I really did start to feel old - like I had lived all I was going to, and it was just going to be pain and infirmity from then on. I was ready to give you a VERY STERN TALKING TO, in case you didn't notice! It was going to be all about how pain is temporary and it's something you go through, not something you are, and all the stuff I needed a therapist to tell me back then! I can also understand the endlessness of the doctor visit treadmill... when I was getting diagnosed with my autoimmune thing and thereafter, I felt like going to the doctor was my second job. But there is an "other side" and the grass is greener over there... you just have to wade through a LOT of white coats to get to it! *HUG* One thing I CAN tell you is that my brother's knees were in the same shape as yours. He was older than you are, and in far worse shape than you are now, and knee replacement was never on the table. But they did an intermediate thing - an injection of some kind of collagen-like substance into the knee joint, where the cartilage had worn away. It took the place of the cartilage, for a while. I wish I could remember what it was called. He said it hurt worse than anything he'd ever gone through while it was getting injected... but that he had 6 months completely pain free after that. And I'm fairly sure he could have kept getting those injections for the rest of his life, but diabetes got him before we could find out. Maybe injections like that could help you too? At least it would be worth talking to your doctor about. (and yes, the prednisone I get is just to help my veins get ready for the infusion... in case I were to have a reaction. It does have some nice temporary side effect though!)
  8. Kio

    A couple of days ago

    Oh, Trish, that sucks! So sorry you're having so much knee trouble, it's the worst. When I was at my heaviest, it was my knees that kept me from doing anything - I could barely walk around our kitchen island. I had to hold onto counters and furniture to get around the house. It's better now that I'm less a whole person, but I still get those twinges that serve as excellent reminders... My infusions aren't knee related - I have an autoimmune condition called dermatomyositis. If you look that up (I advise against it) it seems pretty scary, lots of stuff about muscle deterioration, etc. But there's a rare variant of it that only affects the skin, and that's what I have. Basically, I get itchy and red from exposure to sun - the kind of itch that drives people legit crazy - unless I'm properly medicated. So I get 4 hours of immunoglobulin infusion two days in a row, every 5 weeks. And I take plaquenil twice a day. Doing that makes life just normal - I get red-faced, but that's equal parts rosacea. If your profile age is still current, you can totally get a knee replacement! You're not old, Trish. You may be a grandma and you may be having some health problems, but you're not OLD. Perish the thought!
  9. Kio

    Coffee - Caf or decaf?

    Like @cinwa I wasn't warned against caffeine. However, I HAVE found that as I get smaller, my usual caffeine intake of half a pot (which lasts me through morning, up till around noon) has a bigger impact on my sleep. I've had to cut back - I'm doing half-caf now, and planning to scale down even further until my sleep improves! (And I agree with @cinwa, Dunkin rules. )
  10. Kio

    What are you eating today?

    We have foodie friends/relatives over for Christmas dinner, so there were MANY pies to be had in our house. And my new housemate gave everybody a ton of christmas candy in our stockings. I'd given myself yesterday as a "free" day starting at 1pm (I didn't eat anything until then) and ending at 8pm, so I wasn't able to do a huge amount of damage. But I did have mashed potatoes, a cookie, some peppermint bark, and two kinds of pie! The real damage was done by lime tostitos. *sigh* I swore to myself before surgery that AFTER surgery, I would never eat another dorito. But my carb-brain has somehow convinced me that lime tostitos don't count! I had a handful before 8...and then another handful. But today I'm back on the wagon. And I went super low carb and calorie in the days leading up to Christmas just to ensure I had a good baseline. Time to motor through to the new year!
  11. Kio

    A couple of days ago

    You do look great, Trish, and Harper is adorable as always! =D I think I see a trend - I also lost a few pounds before the holiday! Mine were a long time coming, after two months of basically no change. I'm working hard to keep them from coming back! How are your knees doing, by the way? Every 5-6 weeks I get an infusion that comes with a dose of prednisone, and the two or three days after are GREAT knee days for me.
  12. Kio

    Dating with loose skin etc

    Well, the good news is, any guy who asks you for a nude picture so he can decide if he wants to take you out has just saved you a lot of time and disappointment - by utterly disqualifying himself as dating material! THAT is what is disgusting. Ugh, gross. Please, don't ever undervalue yourself enough to do that!!!
  13. You are not a failure! And you are definitely not helpless. The best way to start feeling in control again is to take control. While revision surgery is an option, the most important factor is going to be what you put in your body. I would suggest going right back to basics - what you did when you had your surgery four years ago. Do a week of protein shakes and soft foods, low calorie, low carb - and see if that helps you recalibrate your appetite and any cravings. It may also help you get your sense of restriction back. Then re-evaluate your diet. Are you eating too often? Too many carbs? Too many calories? Are you getting enough fluids/water/protein? All of these will have an impact. I am sure regaining at all is scary - I'm still losing, and still afraid of regain! But look at this with some perspective - 13 lbs over your goal is not a lot. You are nipping this thing in the bud! And it's the end of one year and the start of a new one - a perfect time to evaluate your choices and dedicate yourself to making better ones. I would also suggest sticking around here regularly and reading, posting, participating. It's an amazing way to keep your mind in the game. Best of luck!!
  14. Kio

    Merry Christmas 2018

    Merry Christmas, Aussie Bear! And everyone else too! I'm still in "save" mode today, avoiding calories and carbs, keeping it low key - knowing I'll likely "spend" some of my savings tomorrow. But oddly not feeling at all deprived this year, just happy to be alive and well and so much healthier than I was this time last year (which was already two months past my surgery!) I hope everyone is having a lovely time today and tomorrow, and that everyone stays safe and warm!
  15. My favorite, which I still do because it's yummy: A cup of hot chicken broth made with Better than Bouillon, Roasted Chicken flavor. It comes in a jar, sort of like a chicken gel (which sounds gross, I know) but you just pour hot water over it and stir. It helps with the need for savory, and is basically just hydration with protein and fat. When you get to the soft foods stage you can mix it with plain yogurt. Like you, I'm not fond of sweets all the time!