- Username: zzroged
- Location: Du, United Arab Emirates
- Member Since: 2/11/2010
- BMI: 25.1
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: VSG (03/09/10)
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3 weeks post op on March 31, 2010 8:16 am
Saw my surgeon today for my 3 week post-op appointment - all is fine and progressing well.
From his scales I'm down 12 kgs in 3 weeks which is awesome. I also lost 6 kgs the month before surgery when my gall bladder was playing up so in total am 18 kgs down.
My surgeon has cleared me for cardio exercise - (which is good as I went to the gym yesterday !) - spent 30 minutes on the bike then 10 on the X Trainer. No weights for another 3 weeks. Guess then I can get my new roller blades out and give them a try.
This is my last appointment with the surgeon, here in Dubai that's the end of the follow up. However I am planning to find a nutritionist who can help me plan out the next stage of my journey and will continue to use this board for inspiration and encouragement.
Am on pureed food now - loving the taste of things much more than I did before.
So here's a typical day at the moment :
7.30 am - 4 oz LF milk
9.00 am 1/2 egg scrambled with some milk and some shredded cheese
11.00 am - 4oz LF Milk or a probiotic drink or some LF plain yogurt with honey
2.00 pm - 4 oz pureed soup (protein & veg)
5.00 pm - 5 oz Protein Shake with some fruit blended in (1/2 of a portion)
8.00 pm - 3 oz pureed mince beef/turkey & Veg & Gravy - plus 1 oz mash potato and cheese
10.30 pm - 5 oz Protein Shake wth some fruit blended in (1/2 of a portion)
Plus 1 1/2 litres - 2 litres of water/sugar free squash - sipped over the day
Think this takes me to about 40-50 g's of protein each day - but will need to add this up properly sometime.
Still not feeling hungry which is great - can also drink plenty of water which is good as it was one of my worries particularly as it gets so hot here.
Have bought some little pots which hold 1 scoop of protein powder - plan to leave some in the car with some drinking cups so that I always have a protein drink with me when I am out.
Had my hair coloured today, I went prepared with some protein powder, a small bottle of LF milk and my shaker - so was able to make my drink in the salon and make sure that I got some good protein even though my appointment was over lunch. Must make sure I keep prepared and always have some portable snacks in the fridge.
Am feeling that I have more energy - though still need a nap in the afternoon.
That's it for now.
VSG & Gall Bladder Removal 9th March 2010
12 KG's Down in 3 weeks
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Surgery Experience - VSG & Gall Bladder Removal on March 27, 2010 11:02 am
I just found this in an email I sent and thought that I would post it here it gives information about my surgery experience:
I arrived at hospital at 6 am - spent 30 mins doing paperwork another 30 checking into my room then another 30 minutes changing into my gown and getting my bloods taken - before I knew it I was on a bed in the pre surgical area chatting to a work colleague who was also there for surgery unbeknown to me (very surreal) !
My surgery was at 8 am on the dot. My husband came with me to the hospital but I sent him away as I went down for surgery and then he came back at about 3.30pm which was when I was taken back to my room from the recovery room.
I was given a relaxing tablet about 7.30 am but honestly don't think this had time to kick in before they took me into the surgery room. I had to move onto the bed in the OR and apart from a warm blanket being put over me, that's all i remember of theatre ! I seem to remember someone telling me it was all over in the recovery room but that's about it.
I had a long surgery - the gall bladder removal was quick - but then the sleeve was long as my stomach was stuck to my spleen and it took them a long time to separate things. In total my surgery was 6 hours and it then took a further 2 hours to get me from recovery and back into my room. As the surgery was difficult I had some additional incisions to help the surgeon with access. As my surgery took so long the surgeon decided to close me up with staples, he would normally use stiches. I have 4 staples per incision plus a small incision closed with steri strips which was for the drain.
The hospital was good, I got a VIP room (free upgrade) which gave me a bedroom and also a private lounge area - not that I got to use the lounge but my husband did !
The nurses were great - I was up walking (albeit slowly and painfully) within 3 hours of surgery - nothing too much as I had a catheter and drain in and also they don't like giving out pain meds here in Dubai - compared to the UK where they keep on top of the pain. Here I had to keep asking for them and I felt that I shouldn't have to do this. Had to wear the funny inflatable leg things to keep pumping my legs, but have to say they are heaps better than surgical stockings so no complaints there.
Was attached to a drip, which gave me IV fluid, IV pain meds (very weak), IV anti nausea relief and something to stop acid in my stomach. This was in my hand and blew once making my hand swell massively so they had to go in through the other hand (I have tiny veins so I always have to have IV's etc in my hand).
Struggled to get my oxygen levels high enough so spent 2 days on oxygen - even needing a portable source when I went for my leak test and walked around.
Had a fitful first night - the nurses were in most of the evening doing observations and the leg things were inflating plus the BP machine so between all of that I didn't get too much rest.
I was woken at 6 am the next morning and my catheter removed before changes of nurses - thankfully I had it for the night as I would have struggled to get in and out of bed otherwise.
I was covered in bruises - not from the incisions - they are fine, but from a clumsy anaesthetist - so have bruises inside both wrists, elbows and on both hands - plus a massive bruise on my arm where the BP cuff was during the op. I also had a really sore throat as he had managed to lacerate my throat too.
My surgeon was good - but got quiet annoyed with me as I was in bed too much - he seemed to have a knack of only coming in after I had done my walking and hence I was often asleep !!
I had a leak test at 10 am the morning after surgery - had to drink this horrible fluid whilst standing in front of an upright X-Ray machine, I was wheeled down in a wheelchair so not too bad. An hour after the initial leak test I had to go down for a second X-Ray this time lying down which was very painful as my weak pain meds were wearing out - all was ok - and the liquid seemed to drain out very quickly. I was able to see this all on the XRay machine which was interesting.
Had a terrible claggy mouth on the day of surgery and first day so the lipsalve was a godsend. Drank nothing but small sips of water late on the first day after surgery, and then thin chicken broth on the second day.
I was discharged after 2 nights which at the time felt too early, but now seems ok.
The journey home was ok, was discharged with no pain meds at all or any real guidance about post op recovery, so have relied on this website heavily.
Since being home I have sleeping lots, sipping water and milk and juice and Bovril - struggling with thick fluids such as cup a soup so will leave that for a few more days or so. I'm not feeling hungry at all - a bit weak but think that's through lack of nutrition and the anaesethic rather than anything else. This is a breeze compared to my hysterectomy - as that was an open incision and not done laprascopically - I was in hospital 4 nights for that - but with tons of pain meds whilst I was in and at home.
Sleeping at home has been a challenge, spent 2 nights on the sofa propped up, but did spend my third night in bed which was good - I can just about sleep on my side if I am very careful. Showering is ok as I have waterproof dressings on - I needed some help the first time, but have been ok after that - just have to take it slowly and carefully. Am still covered in iodine and sticky plaster residue - it doesn't want to come off !!!
Have to go back 1 week after surgery to get the staples removed (hurray) and for a follow up appointment.
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Recipes on March 27, 2010 4:50 am
I'm going to keep adding to these as time goes by to remind myself of the types of good I am enjoying, all home-made :
Savoury Mince & Veg Puree
I small portion of pre-prepared savoury mince (I always have this in the freezer) add cooked veggies and some raw onion and some gravy, simmer until the veggies are cooked and blend. Add seasoning eg chilli, horseradish, mustard to pep it up a bit.
Corned Beef & Spinach Puree
Take 1 small can of corned beef, and put it in a pan with 3 lumps of frozen spinach and some raw onion, bring to boil and simmer until the spinach is cooked - add in some beef Bovril/horseradish for flavour - then blitz in the blender until it reaches the consistency you want.
Ovaltine & Vanilla Protein Shake
Take 1 vanilla protein shake and make up as usual, add 1 teaspoon of ovaltine powder and blend. This works well with chocolate shake too.
Brocolli & Cheese Soup
Simmer Brocolli (fresh or frozen) in chicken Bovril, add some cheese sauce (homemade or powder) to thicken and then blend.
Spicy Tomato Soup
Simmer fresh Tomatoes in Chicken Bovril until cooked, blend and then sieve out the skin - add chilli powder or sauce to taste
Spicy Tomato and French Onion Soup
Make up 1 packet of french onion soup, mix with a tin of canned tomatoes, add chilli sauce to taste and blend and sieve as appropriate.
Chicken & Vegetable Soup
Take some cooked chicken (I bought a whole roast chicken and used some of the meat), blend with chicken or vegetable stock - add chilli sauce and black pepper to taste
Mixed Veg/Mint & Gravy Soup
Simmer mixed frozen veg (or fresh if you have it), add some gravy and mint sauce - blend to the consistency you want and sieve if needed
Take a portion of tomato juice, add worcester sauce, chilli sauce and ice-cubes to taste
Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Shake
Take 1 serving of chocolate protein powder and make up as usual, blend in 1 teaspoon peanut butter and 1/4 - 1/2 banana depending on how thick you want it - blitz with your blender and serve over ice.
Chocolate Coffee Latte Protein Shake
Take 1 serving of chocolate protein powder and add to hot skimmed milk with half a shot of coffee - blend and serve over ice. (This works well if you have some latte left over from a trip to the coffee shop - just add protein powder and blend !).
Add 1 teaspoon of Bovril or Marmite to hot water for a quick tasty savoury drink. Beef is best - but you can have chicken Bovril if you prefer.
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2 weeks and 2 days since surgery on March 26, 2010 9:24 am
Doesn't time fly !
Feeling good, but still very tired, I'm trying to increase my protein and up my nutrition to try and help with this. Still on a full liquid diet but so far not having anything that is too thick as my stomach doesn't like it.
I don't feel at all hungry, more thirsty than anything so am constantly sipping, sipping and sipping some more !
I've noticed that my taste buds have changed, I can taste sugar and salt in things that I wouldn't have done prior to surgery.
Am still measuring out my 15 pots of liquids each day which I'm finding good - I'm changing whats in the pots each day so that I get variety.
Have taken to making my own soups, they are delicious - so far I've made brocolli and cheese, spicy tomato and spicy tomato and french onion. All made with fresh ingredients, added milk powder for protein and then blitzed - lovely. I'm making enough so I can freeze some for later too which makes it easier.
Have started to increase the nutrition in my protein shakes by adding a bit of banana and smooth peanut butter and then blitzing. (I know PB is high in cals, but I don't put in much at all)
My incisions are healing up great on the outside but I can still feel it pulling on the inside - which is to be expected as I am only 2 weeks and 2 days post surgery.
It's my 3 week follow up appointment next Tuesday so think I will stay on full liquids until then and then perhaps move onto thicker liquids.
Have decided not to weigh more than once a week from now onwards so will next weigh on Tuesday (surgery + 3 weeks)
That's it for now - Onwards and Downwards
VSG and Gall Bladder Removal 9th March 2010
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Drinks !! on March 22, 2010 1:15 am
So, I've been finding my way through how to feed and nourish my body and to take in enough water to keep hydrated.
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I'm still on a full liquid diet and have another week or so to go on this so want to make the best of it particularly as I'm not feeling at all hungry.
I read an article a while back where the dietician had planned out 15 small drinks during the day to get in the protein and to ensure a balanced diet.
I'm going to try this today as follows :
5 x 4oz Protein Shake Drinks
2 x 4oz Fruit Juice - NAS
2 x 4oz Veg Juice
4 x 4oz Regular Beverage - I'm having water with some NAS squash
2 x 4ox LF Milk
Basically you have one of these every hour whilst you are awake and should increase the Regular Beverage to the point where you can drink up to 8 oz's per hour.
This sounds a lot compared to what I have been managing but have put everything in pots and am going to try and get through this today.
I've prepped everything and it's all measured out and sitting in my fridge in small portions, so I can visually see how I am doing and there's no fuss.
I've done quick calculation and it comes out at about 70grams of protein and 550 cals so not too bad.
Will let you know how I get on.