- Name: Danielle S.
- Username: dswingle78
- Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
- Member Since: 9/21/2004
- BMI: 38.8
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (10/25/11)
- Surgeon: Robert O'Rourke
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10 weeks post op on January 2, 2012 3:41 pm
Well, it's been a little while since my last post.
Thanksgiving was not really that bad. I had some mashed potatoes, a little turkey and some steamed carrots. I also made some sugar free, low fat pumpkin fluff for dessert.
Christmas wasnt too bad either. Much easier, but less options for eating, since there wasnt as much of a food spread like there was for Thanksgiving. I did have a bite or two of ham, some turkey breast and some mashed potatoes again. I also snacked on some cheese and crackers, as well as some bean dip.
I was curious to see if I would dump, and I ate a cookie. Nope... no dump. I ate a sugar free chocolate and dumped. Go figure!
I had also set a goal for myself... to lose 100 pounds by Christmas and I did it! I got to -100 on Christmas eve! Although, I ran out of my waterpills right around that time and gained back a couple pounds of water, but they're coming back off now that I've got my water pill again. Infact, I'm now down 104, and only 11 more pounds to go before I'm under 300. I cant believe it! I havent been under 300 in 9 years! It's going to be a great feeling!
Physically, I feel great. I am going to make sure my gym membership is still good and I plan to go back to the gym this week or next. I havent decided which yet, since I've been busy packing for a sudden move. My landlord is increasing my rent and I asked if a unit at another property with lower rent was available. One became available for move in in 3 weeks. so I've got to get everything packed up and ready to move right away. But I digress...
I plan to get back to the gym real soon to boost my energy and weight loss.
I still dont have any physical hunger, but I still have a lot of head hunger. A friend of mine said she doesnt feel hunger either, but she also doesnt feel when she's full. I'm so very glad I can feel when I'm full.
I havent had any down emotions, but I understand that my emotions will get out of whack before long with all the estrogen being released from the fat cells I'm burning. I'm not looking forward to it!
I dont really feel much different than I used to and I still see me, how I always saw me when I look in the mirror. Sometimes I have to stop and look again because it look a little different, but when I take that second look, I see me again. But I am noticing little changes and am finding many little NSV's. One way I do see a difference in how I look is in photos. I added some from our christmas photos in my photos section.
Some of my NSV's that I've had already are:
1 - my towel fits around me completely - not gaped open
2- sat in a booth with room between my belly and the table
3- I can weigh on a regular Dr's scale
4- I moved the seat up in the car
5- I can fasten my seatbelt in the car
6- I can sit "indian style" again
7- I can put my foot on my knee to put my socks and shoes on
8- Sex is better... I can do things I havent been able to do in years! (but I wont go into that here! LOL)
9- I can curl up on the couch next to my guy to watch a movie and be comfortable!
10 - My clothes no longer fit... they're way too big and I'm handing them down to my friends instead of them handing them down to me.
I know this list will get much longer and I cant wait for that!
Until next time!
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almost 3 weeks post op on November 10, 2011 12:51 pm
The last two weeks have been interesting and honestly, kinda easy. Now I'm not going to boast or brag, because I dont want to end up jinxing it. But here's how it's been.
I came home from staying a few nights at my moms. It felt great to be home. I wasnt so worried about being home alone when my daughter was at school or at practice. I knew that many people were just a phone call away, and live very close.
I stuck to my liquid diet. Getting in 64oz of water is more difficult than I thought it'd be. I used to do that all the time. But when you have to sip, it's not so easy. I was also trying to get in the 60-80gms of protein, but that was difficult also.
Everything I "ate" seemed to be tolerated well by my new pouch. So that was good. I looked forward to my vitamin twice a day because it was something i could chew. Although, I did notice something, my sense of smell has gone crazy! It's super sensitive. If I had jello or yogurt and put my cup on the table next to me after finishing it, with in 10 minutes the sweet smell seemed obnoxious! It was very offputting. Same with left over soups... the aftertaste and the smell of it when I am done is just.... ick. Not making me nauseous, just eww.
At about week 2, I started feeling a little pain behind one of my incision sites, kinda like a pulled muscle when I'd lean forward, sideways, or use my stomach muscles for any reason. But then I felt a hard bump behind it. It would hurt to the touch. Kinda like a hot poker type of feeling... it'd burn like crazy! But it wasnt anything a couple tylenol wouldnt take care of. I decided to call the surgeons office to make sure it wasnt something I need to be worried about it. They decided to have me come in and take a peek at it. My worst fear was that it was a hernia. But I was thinking of a pulled muscle. The nurse practitioner said it felt like a hematoma or a blood clot to her, but since it was so painful to the touch, she went and asked the surgeon. He said he'd be more than happy to come in and numb it and open it up a little to see if anything drained from it or we could wait to see if it got better. I opted to wait. I have my official post op appointment on Monday the 14th.
Then I asked the nurse if I could PLEASE be allowed to have more foods, because the soups were getting to be too much. She did say that I could have refried beans and cheese with salsa, canned chicken or tuna with fat free mayo and stuff like that, but that Dr O'Rourke is very strict, that I need to take it slow. Only two or three bites every hour or two. That he doesnt want me to have a "full meal" and get full since my pouch is still healing. Just to try one thing at a time and see how it goes. And to make sure I chew it to smithereens, so much that it feels like it'd go thru a straw before I swallow it. I was so excited, I went straight to the store to get fat free refried beans and light laughing cow cheese. I thinned out the refried beans a little with some chicken broth, added 2 tsp of salsa, 1 wedge of lgiht laughing cow cheese and nuked it for a minute or two. I was in heaven! It was so good! and my pouch didnt complain one bit! I heated and reheated those beans until they were gone. It took me 2 days to do it, but yum!
Yesterday I got a pouch of chunk light albacore tuna and finally found fat free mayo at the 3rd store I went to. I realized it wasnt going to be the tasty tuna salad I am used to. I couldnt find sugar free relish, only sugar free bread and butter pickles. But I havent been released to have those yet, so I didnt buy them. Then I saw the powdered ranch dip mixes. They're fat free and sugar free, and I'd only be using less than a half tsp of it, so I got a couple different flavors of it to add to the mayo to give it some extra flavor. It was quite good. I chewed and chewed and chewed that tuna and had no complaints from my pouch with that either.
I'm working up the nerve to try cottage cheese. I think it'll be just fine.
oh, and last night I made up some sugar free fat free butterscotch pudding. But instead of fat free milk, I used fat free half and half. It gave it a thicker texture, like store bought pudding with out the extra fat. I could have went crazy, but after a few bites, my pouch said "better stop" cause it wasnt flowing thru like the soups and well chewed beans and tuna. So I stopped and wondered how I forgot for so many years how much I love butterscotch pudding ! LOL
I also ordered some Click espresso protein powder on Amazon. It's quite good. Only 14 gms of protein in 2 scoops and you only need to add water to it. But I tried making it with mostly water and adding a little fat free half and half. That made it perfect. And it added 5 more grams of protein, so I'm happy with having my coffee and getting 20gms of protein for breakfast.
I think the worst part of all this is... the head hunger and missing the actual act of eating, like the chewing and the tastes and textures and variety. The tv commercials are bad, but not as bad as smelling the food my daughter makes for herself, like grilled cheese sandwiches... and my mom making the rest of the family homemade mac and cheese. Oh and last night I cooked up some taco seasoned chicken for my daughter so she could have chicken tacos... I was ok until I saw her taking a bite of her taco. Hearing the crunch of the taco shell, seeing the shredded cheese and salsa and the dollop of sour cream on top. I suppose I could puree some chicken, salsa, cheese, beans and sour cream to get the flavors, but it's not the same as eating the taco itself. Makes my mouth water just thinking of it. But I know, I'll be able to eat "normal" again soon. A friend told me that before I know it, this will all seem so insignificant and just a short amount of time, while I heal.
So I'm keeping my frame of mind straight on what I can have and not on what I cant. With Thanksgiving coming up, Thats exactly how I'm thinking of it. I know I will be able to have some moist turkey breast with fat free gravy and a bite or two of mashed potatoes, and we're going to make some sugar free desserts that I know I will be able to have too. I'm not thinking about what I cant have and being excited about what I can... and thats NOT soup! LOL
Well, time to take my vitamins and see about some tuna or cottage cheese for lunch. I'll update after I see the surgeon and nutritionist on Monday.
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Home and post-op on November 1, 2011 11:43 am
I did it!
I checked in and remained calm the whole time. I wasnt nervous one bit. Everything went smooth during the 2 hr waiting period before surgery. I was informed that they were going to use the robot for part of my surgery. WHAT? A Robot? How cool is that. My surgeon came in and confirmed that he would be operating a robot.
I woke up from surgery with a tube in my nose and not feeling much pain. I was in and out of sleep. I remember someone putting something in my hand and told me to push the button for pain medicine. Someone else asked if the tube in my nose was bothering me. It wasnt. I fell back asleep. I woke back up and told someone that the tube was now bothering me. So they removed it. It was the weirdest feeling ever. That tube came from my stomach and out of my nose.
A little while later, they told me they were taking me to my room.
We got to my room, they inflated a "hovermat" thing that was underneath me and slid me onto my bed then rolled me and took it out from underneath me. That was when I had to look at my belly. 1 incision or several little ones? YAY! several little ones! And they looked almost healed. They sewed from the inside and used a glue to close them up. No outer stitches. No tape. No steri-strips.
My nurses were amazing. I had a student nurse. She'd never had a gastric bypass patient before so she was very curious and very attentive. She was the sweetest thing.
They got me up to walk as much as I could handle that night before bed.
I was able to sleep on my side that night. I was SO glad. I dont sleep well on my back. I had minimal pain and I was comfortable. It kinda sucked only having a little sponge, the size of a dum dum lollipop, on a stick in ice water to suck on for water. My oxygen saturation rate was low, so they had to hook my cpap machine up to the oxygen while I slept.
The next day they removed my catheter and let me take a shower. I walked a few more times. But by then I was exhausted. I wasnt able to pee enough to satisfy them, so they ended up giving me a water pill because I had gained 16 lbs of water and I had very little output.
I had some tea and chicken broth and lots of water. I was scared to drink too much. I could feel each sip as it left my pouch. there was lots of air bubbles moving around and I burped a lot.
They decided to release me that night.
I went to my moms and I was exhausted by the time I got there. I went straight to bed. I had a little pain, so I was taking the pain meds they sent me home with but by Friday I wasnt taking any pain meds anymore. I have only taken some tylenol a couple times for a headache.
I think the toughest thing has been a toss up between getting in enough water, figuring out all these medicines, and head hunger. I'm not hungry at all. I dont have the hunger pangs at all. But commercials on tv are going to drive me crazy! I thought halloween candy would be bad, but not like when my neighbors in my apartment are making garlic toast, or browning hamburger... it smells so good.
I came back home on Sunday and it feels good to be home. The family went out to dinner for my nieces birthday at Red Robin... We had an awesome waitress. I ordered french onion soup with out the cheese or bread and she strained out the onions. So basically I had au jus. LOL But it tasted great.
Oh, and I weighed myself this morning and the scale said 344. I am down 16 lbs from surgery and down a total of 70 from my highest weight! Thats just mind boggling! I now weigh less than I did when I got married nearly 5 years ago.
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Almost there on October 25, 2011 4:34 am
I'm on my way out the door now. I cant believe it's here. I'm eerily calm, just a funky tummy from a headache I cant shake. (Damn, cant take an advil!)
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2 days to go. on October 23, 2011 10:57 am
Here we are with 2 full days left before my surgery... cutting it down to the wire.
I wasnt nervous at all until Wed last week when my friend had surgery... I think that was when it hit me.... I'M NEXT!
I had my last indulgent meal on Friday night with my family. It was awesome. We had a great time and it was nice to spend that time with them. I wish my sister, her fiance and my niece and nephew could have been there, but thats ok. My youngest niece was there and she was fun.
Yesterday I spent the day rearranging my living room and dining room. My friend is bringing over her recliner to let me borrow it after my surgery. I had no place to accommodate a recliner, so I had to move things around. I've still got to take a bunch of stuff to goodwill today and move a couple more things, but other than that, I think it looks pretty good. Then I think tonight or tomorrow I will take my "before" pictures.
I dont have to do any other prep before surgery other than shower and was with Hibiclens twice and nothing by mouth after midnight before surgery. I think I will try to stick to mostly liquid tomorrow though.... for my own peace of mind.
I still dont know what time I have to be at the hospital on Tuesday... I'll be waiting for their call tomorrow to find out.
Well, if I dont post again before surgery, I'll post after!
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