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  2. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hi all, sorry I've been AWOL, had a bad day with severe back pain behind my stomach yesterday. Spent three hours in the local A&E - they wanted to do a CT scan to check for pulmonary embolism but the Dr couldn't get the canula in my arm, despite 4 attempts using the ultrasound the whole time. They ended up doing an xray and giving me another Clexane shot just in case. I don't think it's a PE, just referred tummy pain. All good today. So I haven't had any change in food taste as far as no longer liking things, but I'm the same with really wanting savoury. The sickly sweet opti did me in. My 3 go-to savoury meals are: Heinz Soup of the Day Thai Chicken Chilli & Lime Soup. This comes in a pouch, I add 100mls of Massel Salt Reduced Chicken Style Liquid Stock (this is handy for everything - get some. Seriously!) and whack it in the Nutribullet for a minute. Completely smooth and liquidy and so freakin delicious!! (I have 150 ml as a serve). My version of a kind of super tasty asian broth: 150ml Massel Salt Reduced Chicken Style Liquid Stock (I use this in everything so from now on I'll call it Awesome Stock), couple of drops of sesame oil, tiny sprinkle of chilli powder, teaspoon of Changs Noodle Salad Dressing - heat and enjoy! Campbells Country Ladle Potato and Leek Soup - add some Awesome Stock and put in Nutribullet for a minute to make it totally smooth and runny. Heat and enjoy! I buy the 2 litre UHT boxes of the Awesome Stock, and I bought a nice big ice cube tray from Woolies that has red silicon bottoms on each cube so they're easy to push out. I fill the tray with Awesome Stock and keep a freezer bag of cubes in the freezer and top the tray up. I find 4 cubes make approx 100 mls if you fill them right up. They are very handy to have to make soups a bit thinner and so tasty. I used to sip just the stock on its own when I was on opti and needed savoury, and it's easy enough to add a bit more salt (I dont need it but others might) and some flavorings if you want to use it as a base for a nice broth. I find it really handy if I need to get more fluid in but am sick of water or wanting something warm and savoury but not heavy like soup. Other things I've been enjoying are: Pauls Milky Max Chocolate Custard - comes in a little 70g pouch, and is 60ml liquid measure. It is really chocolatey so when I thin it out with Trim milk to about 130ml it is still nice and chocolatey. Yoplait Forme Zero Fat Vanilla Yoghurt mixed with cacao powder (dissolved with hot water) and Trim milk to thin it out. Yes - I still love chocolate! 150ml Trim milk with half a spoon of instant coffee dissolved in a bit of hot water. I dont add sugar as I dont like sweetened coffee, and I find Trim milk to be quite sweet. Makes a nice iced coffee. You could sweeten with Stevia if you wanted to I guess. I also make an unsweetened iced chocolate by using organic cacao powder dissolved in hot water added to the 150ml of Trim Milk. @LosingKAL - I have finally noticed a change in the swelling, bloating, etc, today on day 7 post op. Everything seems to have eased and I can suddenly swallow more than half a teaspoon of fluid without it hurting. I'd say the swelling in my esophagus and inside my tummy must be settling down as well as the gas from the op finally dissipating. TMI Alert: I was constipated until yesterday (day 6!!), so maybe that helped me feel less bloated, lol! Now If I could just get my damn period I'd be a happy girl! FYI -the surgeon told me to have Osmolax laxative but I got really sick with each of the 3 doses I had over days 1 & 2 so I stopped using it. @back2normal I hope your tummy wounds are healing nicely. One of mine is not closed over yet. The others seem to be okay. I keep bandaids on them as I hate the thought of clothes rubbing or germs getting in. Hope everyone is well, comfortable, and healing nicely. Do we have any other members up for surgery soon? I'll have to go check the list.. Yikes, it's after 2am! Night all xx
  3. I was banded in 2009 was the biggest mistake of my life.. I was told the very rare risks that were briefly assessed to me as i was told they rarely happened. Was told that erosion rarely happened.. well it happened to me and it nearly killed me and gave me problems still till today. My surgeon told me that I was just so unlucky that this never happens to anyone only to find that it dod and as years went by i heard of more and more cases wether it was constant vomiting, slipping, port flipping erosion and so on and so on. My band was in for only a year and it eroded my stomach to the point where i had a hole in my stomach and food was falling throigh and caused a large infection. Had emergency surgery to have band removed needed my stomach repaired. Later o had two collapsed lungs. Then recieved a hematoma on my liver which was close to my heart so they couldn't surgically do anything. Was in and out of hospital for 6 months with infections from hematoma so missed out on my child going through all this it nearly took my life. I now have a fistula on my osephagus that needs to be repaired soon. The band gave me nothing but trouble for those that have there bands still are very lucky but i have heard of very little that have had no problems what so ever. Even.the constant vomitong.is ridiculas and causes problems eventually. I paid 18000 of my own money for my band lost all my.weight then had it removed nearly took my life put all the weight back on and now not even offers an alternative.. wish I had done the sleeve from the start or they should have eventually done just that instead just left stranded with no care at all. Really ridiculas.
  4. Boganlicious

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hey @back2normal I hope your incision closes over quickly. Hi @LosingKAL nothing tastes good to me unless it's savoury. I just tried a few sips of homemade banana, cinnamon and almond milk smoothie. Yuck. Will try Greek yoghurt tomorrow but maybe skip the honey I usually use for a bit of sweetness. This is so crazy with my tastebuds.
  5. LosingKAL

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    How long until the gas clears out of your chest? I have shooting gas pain in my chest and left shoulder. I am walking walking walking and trying to sip, sip, sip. I think once the gas is all gone, I should feel more human again. I am not loving the Opti on milk at all now, @trillions what other nourishing liquids do you sip on? I cant handle the opti any more. Still 3 kgs heavier than pre surgery and am only drinking 600mls per day! Must still be carrying water!
  6. back2normal

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Normally 1 month post op, we can go swimming, per advice from my surgeon. The bad thing for me is one of scars on keyholes was peeled off last night, it was bleeding a little bit and wound was still opening with a small gap, I can still feel a little bit sore when I pressed the wound. I put a bandit on the bleeding and it shall be stopped. Called clinic this morning, I was told it should be ok. I can make an appointment to see my Dr if still bleeding...
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  8. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Yes @LosingKAL I think you can expect to feel rubbish for a little while :o( you might feel a bit down at the week 1/2 mark- seems like most people get a bit emotional at that stage. I guess it is just our bodies adjusting? i thought Opti might be my go-to in a food emergency, but it just goes straight through. Dont forget that in the ‘clear liquid’ phase you can have anything without bits that will fit through a straw. So strained cup of soups offers lots of variety!
  9. Boganlicious

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Agree on things not tasting the same @LosingKAL apple juice tastes rubbish, I tried the higher protein up n go today and while a change from clear fluids was great it tasted like cardboard to me. I managed maybe 1/4. I did buy 2 x breakfast smoothies which I might try tomorrow. I wonder if I will still like custard. Right now I've been told don't worry too much about sugar content while on liquids only but as I progress to purée, soft foods, solids this will be important. I did love my unsweetened lycée and grape juice blend.
  10. LosingKAL

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hi @trillions my surgeon says 2-4 weeks for pool walking and only once incisions are healed. Its 3.50am. I’m awake. The gas pains keep me up and this is my first night at home so first night without strong pain meds. Panadol just doesn’t cut it! I weighed myself for fun and am 5kgs heavier than when I went into surgery everything is swollen I’m sure it will go away in time I mainly feel tired and windy. Did everyone feel that way first day home? I got in 600ml fluid yesterday which was the goal my dietician set for me when I was in the hospital. I’m allowed free fluids now and thought that Opti with milk would be great because I love milkshakes and anything creamy but I couldn’t stomach it. Too sweet! Never thought those words would come from me! For now I’m sticking to diluted V8 juice, chicken broth and diet cordial. Water does not go down well at all. I’ll try the opti on water again soon. Hoping to feel back to myself very soon.
  11. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I don’t know about exercise- but i’d definately avoid any pools until your wounds are 100% sealed! Ive not spoken to the surgeon, but I’m avoiding stretching and lifting heavy things as well... not taking any risks. Plus I still don’t have enough energy to do any sustained activity. have been thinking I need to start doing some stuff with my arms though- they are going to be floppy before I know it!
  12. Misshissyfit

    Tassie Bandits - Is Stephen Wilkinson your surgeon?

    I'm with Dr Wilkinson, he is a amazing talented surgeon he is the absolutely best surgeon in Hobart. I have been over filled twice. If you can't drink simply just go back in and get fluid removed. It's at no fault from the Dr as he can't feel the restriction nor know the size of my esophagus. I am the one that knows my body and I'm the one that knows my band and I'm the one that knows my limitations. Being overfilled is your responsibility and this all should be discussed with Steve before the fill is done. I'm at 95% weight loss and I owe my life to this man.
  13. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Can anyone tell me how long after surgery can I start exercising? I know I can walk now, but I'm talking more swimming, aqua aerobics, gym cardio, and weights. I'm not up to any of it just yet, I'm just curious. I had my first outing today (met friends for coffee) and I really don't think I was ready for it. It took it out of me and I felt quite ill and soooooo cranky!! (I didn't eat or drink, just water). I'm currently day 6, might need a couple more days. It's taking a while to clear the cotton wool from my brain!
  14. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hey @zaruse - sorry for the delayed response, congratulations on the new 10!!! We are nearly the same, you started 1 kg exactly ahead of me, and I can't wait to get into the teens. I'm currently 125.6 kg and desperately want to be in double figures for my birthday in July, but I know there's no way I'm going to lose 26 kgs in 7.5 weeks, lol.
  15. denzel

    Accountability

    I have weighed in today, but I had had about 1 litre of coffee = 1 kg. So on the scales I was a kg up from last week. Body fat and hydration %s about the same. I might weigh myself again tomorrow am before coffee and after using the toilet!
  16. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I have weighed in today, but I had had about 1 litre of coffee = 1 kg. So on the scales I was a kg up from last week. Body fat and hydration %s about the same. I might weigh myself again tomorrow am before coffee and after using the toilet!
  17. Mandy

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Long time, no report. But i’m Back now. My scales decided they had had enough the other month and I have been super slack about replacing the batteries. Partly because I was testing myself not to be reliant on the number on the scales and partly because I kept forgetting to get them when I was down the street. But i am happy to report. New batteries and no change in my weight. Have decided to up my exercise program and will now be adding strength and resistance training to my program. Looking forward to seeing what changed this brings Well Done to everyone on your amazing progress. Keep up the great work.
  18. Millymollymandy

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Boganlicious, congratulations on your successful post surgery progress. You are doing everything as you should to ensure that you will be successful.. My weight this morning is exactly 80kg which means I am back to my goal weight. I will be celebrating my 2 year sleeve surgery in just 6 days. I can't believe how quickly that has come around or how different my life is now. I do not have a single regret about my decision to have WLS. Molly
  19. Boganlicious

    Weigh In Wednesday

    It's Wednesday! 110.7kgs with a total loss of 7.4kgs. I couldn't be happier. Getting under 100kgs is my first big goal. I had a bit of a tough day yesterday. I was struggling with broth I think the ham, veggie, split pea broth may have Been slightly thicker than I'm used to. Tomorrow I transition to nourishing fluids and I'm hoping they give me more energy. Mentally I'm wide awake and can't nap during the day but physically I'm tired. I'm walking a lot and doing 8000 steps per day. Yesterday I got so close to my goal of 10 000. Hope everyone else is going well.
  20. zaruse

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Two weeks post surgery @trillions and I promise just a couple of days after I got home from hospital I was sure I’d never work again! It is amazing how quickly our bodies recover. glad to hear you are out and everything went well @LosingKAL! Dont stress about the weight loss- it WILL happen! Slow and steady wins the race. I’m still struggling with energy by the end of the day. I aim to tackle it with lots of protein including a powder supp and protein water. I’ve also bought some hydralyte sachets as I don’t think I’m drinking enough. (I get so full and sloshy). Any other suggestions?!
  21. kathh74

    Howdy

    Nope 3 opti a day. I think I'll be spending a lot of time sleeping so I'm not awake to be hungry. I'm not sure why he's being so tough. Maybe with the type 2 diabetes and I also have hemochromatosis that he's looking to get the liver in the best condition he can.
  22. back2normal

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thanks @Boganlicious, I feel better now. I had appointment with Dr Moore this afternoon. He said I did a good job, no need to worry about weight, it is on the right track! The average weight loss is 4kg per month, can last 9 months. He asked me not to weight myself everyday
  23. Boganlicious

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Aww @back2normal I'm sorry you're having a tough time. I didn't lose much on Opti and I did it for 3 weeks. 4.5kgs I lost. Don't stress any loss is good.
  24. back2normal

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thank you so much @trillions, you are always so helpful and comforting. I feel much much better after reading your reply. I know everyone is different, slow loss might be helpful for excess skin and other unknown problems. OK, take a deep breath and keep going. Will have an appointment with Dr Moore this afternoon, will see.
  25. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    @LosingKAL congratulations on making it through!! Very well done, I hope you breeze through the next few days and continue to feel better and better xx
  26. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Wow @Boganlicious, sounds like you are doing incredibly well. Good on you! I'm still tired and woozy, just walking around the house.
  27. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hi @back2normal, you are doing so well, don't feel bad, feel proud of what you've done for your health and your future. The weight comes off quickly for some and more slowly for others. I think there must be some benefits to losing more slowly, e.g. gives skin a chance to shrink a little. I think at 14 days a loss of 4.7kg is amazing! I weighed myself for the first time this morning and at 5 days post surgery I've only lost 1.5 kgs. Be gentle with yourself, feeling a bit low is probably also a natural response to the surgery. Surgery and general anesthetic can affect more than just your physical health. It can take a toll on us mentally as well, no matter how well the surgery goes. It sucks when you dont lose as quickly as you'd hoped - but - I dont know about you, but I wouldn't have lost a damn thing if I hadn't had the op so I'm loving every teeny tiny kilo loss You're awesome, you're losing weight, your future is bright... happy days! xxx
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