I'm glad you pointed out the vitamins/supplements. I do them religiously because before surgery, I read all the worst that could happen if you don't take your vitamins. Prior to surgery, I attended some OH support groups in my area. Most had the RNY, so they really stressed the important of vitamins. I got on vitamins before surgery, so that I could form a habit of taking them. After surgery, it was a major adjustment trying to get them all in but after awhile I figured out a way.
This is my vitamin/supplement regiment:
Chewable Iron 29mg 2x a day First thing in the morning (Bariatric Advantage Passion Fruit) - I switch out when I get bored and do the Iron Chewable bite 30mg w/vitamin C (Bariatric Advantage Chocolate Raspberry)
Chewable Multi-Vitamin 2x a day with Vitamin 3, Complete B Complex
- I've never looked up what the Vitamin D3 was for but now that you have mentioned I’m going to go learn more about it. (Bariatric Advantage Vanilla)
- I take it with a breakfast meal replacement shake because it also has a lot of vitamins. 24G Protein (Advocare Meal Replacement Vanilla. It was the shakes the bariatric doctor had me on before surgery and after surgery) I don't tolerate milk well so I do it with water and it works for me. Sometimes I change the flavor a little with syrups/flavorings or fruit
Chewable Multi Formula High in Vitamin A, D, E & K 1x a day
- This is a recently added vitamin I take once a day. I’m waiting to confirm with my doctor that this isn’t an overkill (Bariatric Advantage Tropical which I’m not crazy about the taste Chewable Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D 500mg tab 3x a day so yes 1500mg (Bariatric Advantage Mint) - I had been taking Citracal Calcium Citrate w/Vit D 3x a day (1500mg) but I moved to Chewable after the blood transfusion, so I was on this for 2 years and 7 months
B12 Sublingual (GNC Cherry Flavor) 1x a day
- Before transfusion, I was told to take it 2x a week Prescribed Vitamin D 2x a week (not chewable)
Prescribed Lovaza (Omega-3) 2 x a day (not chewable)
- Before Lovaza being prescribed, I took "Omegabrite" which doesn't have the fishy after taste, but can get expensive. Lovaza being presribed I can get them through insurance
Prescribed Folic Acid 1mg 1x a day
Sometimes, I'm just don't feel like eating or messing with making something, so drink a protein shot. If I'm missing something, please do share.
I do need to learn more about blood work because obviously I was missing something or else I wouldn't have ended up with a blood transfusion.
I was doing blood work every 6 months.
I was told the blood work looked fine.
I had not been told I was anemic.
Blood work always came back fine.
Can you tell me more about blood tests or point me to a resource where I can read up on it?
The blood loss has not been found.
I was told it was either a very slow leak or it was nutrition related.
I'm not sure of what the unit of measurement is but the anemia scale the point range is 8-10 they recommend a blood transfusion.
As a female I should be at 12-14, but when I went into the ER I was 7.8.
Pathology didn't find blood in my stool
Educated Guess of the Physcian attending to me was that it was nutritional deficiencies.
I'm waiting for an appointment with gastroenterologist to check for other issues. (In the middle of switching insurances so there was a hold up in that area)
Hospital GI Tract was fine. Sonogram of Kidneys and other organs looked fine
I saw a gynecologist to rule out bleeding, but everything came back normal there (sonograms & blood work) My menstrual is so much better after the surgery. It's on a normal schedule where as before I had either problems starting or it stopping.
I saw a neurologist to make sure it wasn't a tumor, clot or signs of a stroke.
I'm waiting for insurance approval to see a cardiologist.
Lupus or leukemia ruled out
Waiting on xrays I've had of my back throughout the years to check against the scoliosis xrays.
Thank you for taking the time to support me and verify I'm taking all the right supplements. I do appreciate it.
And to anyone who is looking at my vitamin regiment, it might seem like an advertisement for Bariatric Advantage or Advocare but that's just what I've found that I like and or can tolerate. I am not a spokesman, sales person nor do I make money off of those products.