Pretty awesome! Also interesting.
Dr. Jossart usually sees patients at three weeks post-op, but since I am moving in a few weeks it was pushed up a bit. I am 11 days post-op. By his scale, I have lost 20 pounds! He used my weight from my consultation minus my current weight. I lost a bit of weight in between consulation and surgery. For my own records, I am using my pre-op weight taken on my scale day before surgery. By my scale, I have lost 11 pounds. Oh well - it's all good.
He checked out my incisions and said they are healing well. I asked him if I could take a bath and he said yes.
I love me a soak in the tub!
Dr. Jossart is just so very nice, reassuring. He asked how I am feeling and I told him I feel just about back to normal but that I am very hungry. I said I want to eat so much and confessed that I ate a bite of cottage cheese a few days ago, but I chewed, chewed, chewed it (if you can imagine cottage cheese being chewed) before swallowing. He said I could go ahead and start with soft foods like cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc.
I like that he has rules but sees them as guidelines.
He liked my food and weight charting and said patients who log food intake have a 10% greater success rate.
I will do future post-op visits via e-mail, as it is common for him to do that with out of town patients.
During my surgery, Dr. Jossart found a lot of adhesions on my liver. My liver was normal size but the adhesions were from my gallbladder, which was removed. My gallbladder was full of stones and in bad shape. I was advised to have it removed three years ago, but I am just not a surgery person. Dr. Jossart had to remove the adhesions from my liver.
It is weird to read the surgical report he gave me to give to my doctor. Everything is so precise and documented. It is weird to read about me in the report. At one point, Dr. Jossart does a leak test and said on his report "patient positioned head down" -- it is so weird that all of this was going on with my body and I didn't even know it.
That was probably my last visit with Dr. Jossart. I feel sad. Funny along these lines -- and please don't read more into this than what I mean it to be -- but I understand these women who fall in love with their ministers or doctors a bit more. No...no...I'm not in love with Dr. Jossart, but will confess to thinking highly of him for his surgical skills and liking/him loving him platonically the way a person does who is treated with kindness, care and respect. Anyway, I met him during my consultation. Around that time, I was in the LapSF chat with doctors. No doctors were in the rooms but there were about three women who were discussing what a hottie Dr. Jossart is. This actually happened a day before I met Dr. Jossart. When I met him, I thought he was handsome -- certainly not ugly-- but I wasn't swooning over him like these women were. I saw him at the hospital for my surgery and same response. When I saw him today, he suddenly seemed more attractive to me -- yeah, to hottie level. I think my emotions of feeling thankful that this person has helped me to change my life in such a profound way is the real attraction. I hope I explained that like I meant it to be.
You still with me? Sorry...I have to take you with me to Trader Joe's. I went there right after my appt to get some soft foods, protein and other stuff for my family. Can you see where this might be going?
permission for soft food + me very hungry (couldn't stomach my trial protein shake in the morning) + me having not chewed food for almost two weeks + free sample POTATO LATKES = my first understanding of choosing food wisely and eating the right amount
So yes, I took the potato latke, telling myself it was just fried mashed potato. It wasn't the ideal soft food, but I chewed it so much -- there was only liquid in my mouth (sorry, gross) and then swallowed. I did this two more times. Then that feeling hit me. I have never felt it. Weird though, my very full feeling is not that different than my hungry feeling. Does anyone else have a hard time with stomach feelings now? I did ok. I didn't get sick or anything but just knew I had pushed the envelope and felt badly because that is not what Dr. Jossart meant by trying soft foods.
BTW, I met two other WLS patients of Dr. Jossarts -- both had the VG. It was so nice to chat with them and they are doing well with their weight loss. I wish I wasn't moving because it is so nice to make these local connections. I am very glad I have this place, too. You guys ain't chopped liver and are better than over chewed potato latkes.