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About hermit0208

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  • Birthday 02/08/1979

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    Kansas City
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  • Surgeon
    Dr Joseph
  • Hospital
    Centerpoint Medical
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Chicken was the worst for me, still makes me uncomfortable even now. My surgeon doesn't have a "pureed" stage so was cleared to try softer solids about your time, what worked for me were anything made of ground meats, especially anything with sauce or gravy, meatballs, salisbury steak, sausage gravy things like that. Granted I was only able to take 3 bites, but those 3 stayed down vs the 1 bite of chicken that came right up. They like to recommend chicken breast because the protein to calories ratio is high, but if you can't tolerate it find something you can.
  2. I imagine the reason they are doing this is twofold, one it is safer to err on the side of being slightly high since the damage is caused by long term continuous high glucose, careful monitoring can alert them to this before any serious damage is done, where as going low can kill very promptly. Two, which relates to why they want even meds which are unlikely to cause a low condition discontinued, is that they are simply that - unlikely to cause a low condition, which means if you just stay on them, you will NEVER know that you no longer need them, just going along assuming the regiment is what is keeping your sugars stable when you could be avoiding the risks of adverse side effects of multiple medications. Basically since they hit the reset button on your digestive tract, they want to hit reset on the meds and add back gradually as and if truly needed.
  3. Have to say, not just the women on this, frustrates the hell out of this man, too.
  4. Everything you describe is 100% the standard experience. Try your best to keep to your plan, while it is highly unlikely that one last meal will derail you preop, remember that you have the same diet post-op for a while as well, it's easier on the backside, but cheating then can cause serious problems, so isn't it best to know for sure now that you can get through it. Of course I feel like a bit of a hypocrite since I didn't make it all the way through myself saying the above, so will temper it with: If you MUST cheat, probably best to at least keep to the spirit of the diet and have some solid protein.
  5. Color me jealous, I would have sold my soul for something that at least tasted like actual food after a solid month of nothing but protein shakes.
  6. Your surgeon cleared food at one week post op? Standard is liquids only for at least 2 weeks. That said constipation is not uncommon at this stage, I went completely the other direction, but I have never been normal. Given the amount of IV liquids the hospital gives and the swelling from the trauma feeling a bit bloated should be expected as well. Many of us leave the hospital heavier than we went in due to the fluids which could explain why your scale doesn't seem to have moved vs. preop weight
  7. Your instinct to try not to panic is most likely correct, remember from your body's perspective you are starving, your body is trying to store everything, so every little increase in calories may show up on the scale - temporarily, if what you are saying is true you are still operating at a deficit so they will fall back off. Similarly this Monday I was shocked to see that I had gained 5lbs over the weekend! (we have a calibrated scale at work so only weigh on weekdays) Now today, I find that all 5 of them are gone, plus 4 more besides.
  8. hermit0208


    Me too, hardly a day goes by that I am not checking in, but more often than not if I have something to add, someone else said the same thing I would have.
  9. I assume it was from the surgical table I was on which was arched up in the middle, I was so visibly uncomfortable on it that they brought in something to prop me up for the short time I was waiting to be put out, so there is little doubt in my mind that the several hours I spent on that thing are the root cause. Yes, I immediately spoke with the medical team, IMMEDIATELY, since I was having pain I did not expect that the IV pain meds didn't touch, they never offered an explanation, but for the most part it is better now.
  10. I certainly experienced the back pain after surgery, and I do mean after surgery, like as soon as I woke up. That was far worse than any other pains I had following surgery, the gas pains that everyone warned about being so terrible didn't hold a candle to this. Was 3 weeks before I could lie on a flat bed again, and 4 months later, still not all the way back to right, though I do suspect the issue now may be the differing posture due to my new body shape.
  11. I had a similar experience with the eggs, took about 3 months before I could tolerate them.
  12. While avoiding temptation certainly can help lead you toward success, I am concerned we are missing a larger problem in that ensuring a lack of temptation in her house she damaged her support system. They tell us in the planning phases that some relationships may not survive, and perhaps some shouldn't, but mother is a big one. Knowing most of us are emotional eaters, @tracyringo I encourage you to truly consider what is really more likely to cause you to backslide, a christmas cookie in your orbit, or the emotional fallout from potentially destroying your relationship with your mother.
  13. They tell most of us bypass ppl to we need to crush since we don't have a true stomach the pill doesn't stay in our digestive tract long enough to dissolve. I use my splitter to chop them into small pieces, kinda splitting the difference easier for my system to absorb while the gut wrenching-vomit inducing bitter flavor can usually be avoided.
  14. Nothing I am about to say should be construed as saying that you don't have 100% the right to raise your child in whatever way you see fit, but maybe consider that the way you grew up may not be the way to go considering your need for surgery as an adult? I grew up in a "healthy eating home" as you put it, in which everything had to be healthy/sugar free/cholesterol free(it was the 80's when they thought dietary cholesterol meant a lot), then once I was a teen/young adult improper diet became part of my adolescent rebellion, which led me to habits of no less than a 2 liter of MT Dew every day, fast food 4x per week and when I did cook, everything fried which put me in the place to need surgery to correct. I cannot speak for your experience, but I cannot wonder if mine would have been different if my mother had went for a moderation approach rather than an outright ban.