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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Well damn - The diarrhoea is back.... despite a no/low lactose diet today. I also took lacteese tablets with my WPI supplement despite it only having 0.5g carbs (google says approx half that should be lactose) - I don't know enough about it - the internet said the effects of lactose should be 1-3 hours after eating, I just am constant all day and night. Maybe it is something else, but I will continue cutting out the lactose just in case. I tried calling my surgeons office, but no answer, must not work fri - will have to wait till monday :-(
  2. Thanks - I've just bought some lactase capsules. and I'll keep going with the lower dairy diet and see how that goes. Hopefully the gas reduces, as I can't go out in public like this!
  3. Soooooo, I'm feeling a little dense right now. (This will be possibly be TMI). In a previous post I mentioned I was having diarrhoea issues which had started in hospital when they had given me laxatives. This continued very frequently till today (day 9 post op) - going at least 15 times a day. I am also extremely gassy - with a "everytime something goes in, gas must come out" situation, and plenty of gas at other times as well. I spoke to the surgeon about the diarrhoea and gas, prior to leaving hospital and he didn't seem concerned, and also his nurse on getting home. They thought it was just the liquid diet/lack of fibre. I emailed the dietician and she approved the addition of a fibre supplement which i started yesterday with no effect - yes I know i didn't give it very long. I have read in several places about potential lactose intolerence, and initially I had dismissed this as in hospital when it started I wasn't having any dairy - however when I got home - I added a lot - smoothies, milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese, custard, whey protein powder. This was helping me meet my protein goal - but after drinking a large hot chocolate (high protein milk) and being in the bathroom 6 times over the course of this - I reached breaking point - I decided to try cutting out/down on the lactose and see how that went. Well miracle - Today I still had my protein water with whey protein isolate, but it should be low lactose, but other than meds, nothing else that should contain lactose. And no diarrhoea!!! So I think I will continue this experiment, though it is hard to meet my protein without the dairy - might have to go out and look for non-dairy protein powder. However - my issue is I am still extremely gassy. My surgeon has previously said this is normal and will reduce in time. How long were you extremely gassy for? Or do you think I should try to reduce the lactose further/ try the lacteese tablets when taking meds/until I can get an alternative protein source??? Thanks
  4. Jade35

    The post where I finally show my true colors.

    Happy Birthday! And nope not an oversight - I kept trying to tell them that all the very thick purees, set custards, icecream was not on the approved list by my dietician - and they insisted it was - In the end I basically lived on tea, and juice for the 4 days I was in hospital. My dieticans plan included broth, shakes etc for this time, and they had an option on the menu for this, they just wouldn't give it to me. Glad to be home now, and perhaps the fact that I am getting some nutrition now is contributing to me feeling much better
  5. Jade35

    The post where I finally show my true colors.

    ha - icecream at 2 months - I was given icecream on my lunchtime hospital trays post-op.....
  6. Jade35

    New Sleeve

    Thanks for the support everyone - definitely making me feel more normal :-) I haven't really had any dairy, so might just be the all liquid diet, and a holdover from the couple doses of laxatives they gave in hospital. They tried to send me home with some, and I handed them back and said nope, no way am I taking that stuff ever again! I hope things settle down before I am due to head back to work in just over a week otherwise things might get interesting...
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    New Sleeve

    Thanks Aussie Bear! Even my dieticians recommendations are quick compared to a lot I have heard - 4 days liquids, rest of the first 2 weeks purees, 1 week soft food - then everything is on the table. so theoretically in about three weeks, I too can be chowing down on a steak :-) seems crazy with how my stomach feels at the moment, but I'm sure by then my brain at least will be hanging to try some real food (I'm not feeling any real hunger yet I think - but I am so screwed up, I'm not sure I can tell when my body really feels hungry).
  8. Well I'm finally home... I had the sleeve on Tuesday. I can't believe how many on here are home after one night. My surgeons standard is two nights in hospital (first in ICU, second in std surgical ward). I felt so bad I stayed a third night. I initially had a lot of pain, and struggled massively to get any liquid in. I also couldn't sleep which I'm sure didn't help at all - luckily I didn't have much nausea. I was up and walking the night of surgery, but it didn't obviously help the pain or gas, but it did settle down by day 3 - so maybe it did. This is probably tmi - but I also got explosive diarrhoea which I am still having issues with despite stopping the laxatives they gave me a couple doses of. The gas and gurgling is also annoying, and sometimes painful. I'm off the opiates - just on panadol and nexium, and I'm finally getting a bit more fluid in. I had issues with the hospital feeding me thick purees, and insisting they were doctor approved, even though the info I showed them clearly said for the first 4 days, it was thin liquids only, then purees (but still thin enough to go through a straw) for the next two weeks. I got served thick yoghurt, thick fruit puree, icecream, thick custard, pureed porridge. I could only have the juice and occasionaly a bit of the thinner soups. Thanks everyone
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    How long till drive after surgery

    Hi All - Thanks for your replies! I was (and am) planning to get a lift home from the hospital - just wanted to find out if people were a bit better off than I was expecting. I have previously driven myself home from the hospital from minorish surgeries when I have been in overnight or longer so not potentially under anesthetic. Unfortunately due to my rural location (though not so bad as Aussie Bear) it is about 1.5 hours each way to the closest regional centre (where i will be having the surgery - for less common things, I have to go to the state capital 4 hours away which is even more challenging). With no partner or family here it is difficult to get a lift to the hospital and home - all my friends work and have families so it is a big deal for them to organise time to do this for me, especially when you don't find out times till the day of, or the night prior. My experience here in Aus, is that hospitals don't really check if you have a lift home or not - For day surgery they ask, but as long as I say yes - they let me wander down to the lobby on my own to meet my lift. If I was to take a taxi, or even drive myself they wouldn't have known. The same for multi-day stays - they have just asked that I have a way to get home, and let me leave on my own - sometimes I had a lift in the lobby, sometimes a taxi to a local hotel, sometimes I drove my own car home. I've never been handed over to my pickup person in a wheelchair as such. I'm also hoping to take two weeks of leave prior to returning to work, interesting that my surgeon said one work is usually ok for a desk job but most disagree. I should be able to work from home, if I'm not up to actually going in. Thanks :-)
  10. Hi all, I was just wondering how long it took till you were able to drive after surgery. I'm currently planning a sleeve, and have been told I will be in hospital for 3 days. And that I should be discharged on over the counter type pain meds, but with a prescription for stronger meds if necessary. Were you able to drive immediately after going home? Did anyone drive themselves home from the hospital? Or were you required to avoid driving for a period/while on meds etc? I will need to drive to my post up appointments at 2 weeks (2 hr round trip), and will need to drive (short trip) if I want to return to work, (rural so no public transport, and its challenging to get lifts) which I was told should be fine for desk duty from 1 wk. Thanks
  11. Jade35

    left side pain

    Is it a new pain or has it been ongoing for a while. Pain just on one side could be a kidney stone? Any symptoms on urination - blood, urgency, frequency? If you think it's a possibility - def get checked out - when they get stuck the pressure damages your kidneys. I had a couple of surgeries for my last one - and the initial stone pain wasn't as bad as you would think (despite having completely blocked urine output on that side). Although - pretty much any worrisome pain should be checked out even if this isn't a likely cause :-)
  12. Jade35


    Thank you so much everyone!!!! I feel so reassured by all of your replys. I'm glad my pre-op diet will only be for 2 weeks - the surgeon/dietician does seem very set on optifast - you are right that it's like they have shares in the company :-). The post op diet is much less specific with protein powder and several brands of commercially available drinks on the lists. However, I'm sure if I swapped out the optifast for another brand with similar nutritional values (not one of the sugary ones) then it would be fine. Glad to hear lots of people were back to work quickly - If I can even manage working from home at least I won't be burning through my leave. I'm just conscious that my boss has been really good about covering my projects in the lab while I have been unable to several times in the last couple of years. I guess by going through with the surgery I'm going to hopefully reduce the need for this in the future.
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    Hi All, I'm Jade from Aus -I've just had my first consult with my surgeon and surgery dietician (I had been seeing another dietician for a while). I'm currently feeling pretty overwhelmed, and have heaps of questions that I have thought of since my appointment. I'm hoping losing weight will help my chronic migraines. I also have PCOS and a number of other health issues. I'm scared I will either fail to lose weight, put it all back on, or lose it, still be sick, and be even more unhappy with the loose skin.... so many doubts at this stage. I'm booked in for my gastroscopy next week, and when I get the results on the 24th, I will know the surgery can go ahead. I was originally planning September for the sleeve, but now I am thinking July. How long do people usually take off work? I have a somewhat active job (chemistry lab), I can go back on modified duties, but want to go back as soon as possible. My surgeon said 2 weeks at home, then another 2 at a desk, then prob more till I can do any heavy lifting, but I have previously found that surgeons estimates pre-surgery can be optimistic (i.e. for my shoulder surgery the estimate was 3 months, but it took a year for me to be back on full duties) so I am worried. I'm also somewhat terrified of the pre-surgery diet. I have to do 2 weeks of optifast. 3 meals a day with 2 cups non starchy veg. I have failed shake diets previously before - and couldnt keep going for more than a couple of days, and that wasn't all the meals. I'm hoping that with a definite end date this will be different! Thanks everyone