Montecarlono1

Surgery date 10-22-2018 pre-op sleeve :)

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Hello all!

My name is Christina, and I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband and my two for babies. My son lives with us for right now that's another story will get into later. I wanted to introduce myself on a venue that would understand where I'm coming from with pre-op during and post-op. I thought about putting my Journey on YouTube but there are so many of those videos out there and every one of us is different not to mention I don't think I want my family accidentally finding my face on YouTube LOL.

My surgery is scheduled for October 22nd 2018. I am on day 6 of the pre-op liver shrinking diet per my doctor. We all know that the liver shrinking diet can be anything from three days clear liquids before the surgery I've heard people having to be on 2 weeks clear liquid, there's just so many conflicting stories out there I guess it's all up to your surgeon.

I am scared and excited at the same time. I and one of those people who gets organized with everything I organized trips I organized work and I am trying to limit my need for organization because I know that I'm dealing with my body and let's face it if we didn't have a problems with our bodies listening to us or being on a schedule we wouldn't be here in the first place. LOL. I have tried everything from Nutrisystem, low carb, Keto, CrossFit, nutrition, blah blah blah, and I would lose weight but it would come back on because I would get complacent and comfortable and etcetera.

Around 2013 I started having issues, not your normal issues with health like someone expect for somebody that's obese like diabetes or high blood pressure in fact my blood pressure is low and I've been tested several times for diabetes because I didn't understand why I couldn't lose weight and keep it off, and why it was continuing to accumulate. What I didn't see was an underlying condition that would cause my body to be fatigued, stiff, and have all kinds of reactions to different things for no reason at all. I have UCTD. Undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Labs and clinical presentation are close to lupus, fibromyalgia, Scleroderma, and Sjogren's. I have been blessed to have all of these presentations in one. So, on the days when I'm not working my full-time job I am pretty much laid up at home in pain and I find the energy somewhere to get up and be motivated and be active but here's the thing about being inactive you eat the same. And dipose tissue causes hormones and cytokines. From my research cytokines actually causes stiffness and build up in your joints when you have a disease like I do which causes even more buildup which is causes you to be even more stagnant which causes more fat to build up thus it's a circular thing. I didn't have any problems with approval from my primary care, my rheumatologist, or the bariatric surgeon. I wanted to make sure that I was being proactive before I got older and things really build up and I couldn't be active anymore. I work in a hospital and I see people with certain diseases like mine which causes inflammation and they have limited Mobility and it's the most pitiful thing you've seen I don't want to be like that I want to say that I tried and made an attempt to better my life before I throw in the towel. They do not know what causes it, and there is no cure.

I am overweight my BMI was over 40. So I am in this for the Long Haul.

I will be having my sleeve gastrectomy on Monday October 22nd. I have the support of my husband and my son and of course my two fur babies. I am 43 years old. I work in a hospital and am a Registered Respiratory therapist. I am looking forward to reading more of your stories and I appreciate any advice and information that you can share. Thank you so much. Christina

 

 

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Welcome to Thinner Times Christina and congratulations on your up and coming VSG surgery. 

I confess, I had never heard of UCTD so had to look it up.  Kudos to you for being proactive about your weight - I know there is no cure for that horrible disease but as with most illnesses, losing weight and being in as better physical condition as you can get can only help - both physically and mentally.

 

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Thank you for the welcome!

I felt it necessary to reach out this morning because I went to bed hungry tired and grumpy yesterday LOL. In a way it just feels nice to know that there are others out there who have to deal with their own issues but with the same goal in mind. I know everybody in one way or another has been through a liver shrinking day or week or two weeks. It's just a bit of comfort without completely putting yourself out there. I appreciate any support. Today somehow I will find the energy 2 go shopping and to a movie with my husband this evening. I'm getting to the point where I can tell that protein makes a difference in energy level I was feeling really blah, and weak and crappy and I went and ate my yogurt that I'm allowed to have for snack only 6 oz low carb and about a half an hour later I could feel the blah feeling lifting and my energy level increase it was a noticeable difference and I've never felt that before but I'll keep on cruising. Positive thoughts, positive outcome!

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Welcome, Christina! The pre-op diet is a pain, for sure, but you'll get through it. I hope your losses will lead to increased comfort and mobility for you. UTCD sounds really hard, and I congratulate you on taking positive steps to lose weight in the hopes of helping you enjoy your life more. 

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@Montecarlono1

You may find that you have more energy with a ketogenic (high protein/fat, little or no carbs) diet - many do. Good luck with your sleeve - best thing I ever did for myself. 

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@BurgundyBoy that makes a lot of sense because what they have me on now is a low-carb I did the calculation and I'm taking in less than 20 carbs a day which is almost certainly going to put you in a state of ketosis. I do have a question though. Because I don't have a gallbladder I think my form of fat would be limited to coconut oil or do you have any suggestions on this? I've never had problems with fatty foods before but I don't tend to eat a lot of bacon or red meats. I know that that's not the only thing that you can eat to get your forms of fats such as avocados, coconut oil, flaxseed. I think that way of eating for life would be doable. Thanks for the suggestion!

@Jen581791 uctd is hard. What was hardest was trying to figure out what it was. It's very unpredictable, and I never know what my energy levels going to be like from day to day. Most of the time I try to save my energy for work I do work 12-hour shifts at a hospital and a pretty active job. I'm on a medication called Plaquenil which helps with fatigue and the joint stiffness and achiness. I noticed that I feel better as far as my body aching is goes since I started the two week liver reduction. There's a lot of things that affect you when you have a crazy immune system LOL. ☺

I am going to start a journal with pictures as I am heading into my final countdown 7 days to go I am scared and nervous but excited. I have lots of support.

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1 hour ago, Montecarlono1 said:

@BurgundyBoy that makes a lot of sense because what they have me on now is a low-carb I did the calculation and I'm taking in less than 20 carbs a day which is almost certainly going to put you in a state of ketosis. I do have a question though. Because I don't have a gallbladder I think my form of fat would be limited to coconut oil or do you have any suggestions on this? I've never had problems with fatty foods before but I don't tend to eat a lot of bacon or red meats. I know that that's not the only thing that you can eat to get your forms of fats such as avocados, coconut oil, flaxseed. I think that way of eating for life would be doable. Thanks for the suggestion!

@Jen581791 uctd is hard. What was hardest was trying to figure out what it was. It's very unpredictable, and I never know what my energy levels going to be like from day to day. Most of the time I try to save my energy for work I do work 12-hour shifts at a hospital and a pretty active job. I'm on a medication called Plaquenil which helps with fatigue and the joint stiffness and achiness. I noticed that I feel better as far as my body aching is goes since I started the two week liver reduction. There's a lot of things that affect you when you have a crazy immune system LOL. ☺

I am going to start a journal with pictures as I am heading into my final countdown 7 days to go I am scared and nervous but excited. I have lots of support.

Ok - for the Lurkers out there, here is another reason to consider weight loss surgery - obesity is an inflammatory condition. Montecarlono1 may get some relief from less inflammation, as well as less weight on her joints.

@Montecarlono1 I don't know of any scientific studies that suggest one has to limit your intake of fats to vegetable fats alone ... Clearly some people (about 10%) have some diarrhea right after surgery as the bile that is released continuously at a low level rather than as-needed from your gall bladder can lead to loose stools. 

Some of the internet advice is pretty over-the-top with suggestions that high fat foods will "wreak havoc" on your digestive system, that you have to limit caffeine after your gallbladder is removed ...

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3 hours ago, Montecarlono1 said:

@BurgundyBoy that makes a lot of sense because what they have me on now is a low-carb I did the calculation and I'm taking in less than 20 carbs a day which is almost certainly going to put you in a state of ketosis. I do have a question though. Because I don't have a gallbladder I think my form of fat would be limited to coconut oil or do you have any suggestions on this? I've never had problems with fatty foods before but I don't tend to eat a lot of bacon or red meats. I know that that's not the only thing that you can eat to get your forms of fats such as avocados, coconut oil, flaxseed. I think that way of eating for life would be doable. Thanks for the suggestion!

@Jen581791 uctd is hard. What was hardest was trying to figure out what it was. It's very unpredictable, and I never know what my energy levels going to be like from day to day. Most of the time I try to save my energy for work I do work 12-hour shifts at a hospital and a pretty active job. I'm on a medication called Plaquenil which helps with fatigue and the joint stiffness and achiness. I noticed that I feel better as far as my body aching is goes since I started the two week liver reduction. There's a lot of things that affect you when you have a crazy immune system LOL. ☺

I am going to start a journal with pictures as I am heading into my final countdown 7 days to go I am scared and nervous but excited. I have lots of support.

It sounds like you've got a system worked out for yourself - that's great! I'm glad to hear your body is feeling better on the pre-op diet. Hopefully that continues for you :) 

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