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  1. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Thanks Zaruse I'm quite okay with the egg once it gets to my stomach, it's just the denser proteins like eggs (I make them mushy as curried egg or omelette) and meat (in gravy or sauce) that don't travel through my oesophagus without causing extreme pain most of the time. Then they get stuck at the at the junction before my stomach, which causes more pain and eventual regurgitation. It's gross! The surgeon didn't propose anything, he wasn't really interested (he's a wee bit odd), but the next step will have to be some kind of investigation, I guess, so a dreaded barium swallow or gastroscope to have a look. If it is a stricture, I will need to have some oesophageal stretching procedures done. My surgeon and dietitian sometimes differ in their advice to food consumption. The surgeon says stop as soon as you're full, even if you've only eaten a tiny amount. The dietitian says it's important to get the 72 grams of protein in each day, so stop when you're full but drink your protein in addition to 3 protein based meals each day if you have to. The surgeon said there is no minimum amount of calories per day, the dietitian disagrees and so do I. I can't study or complete assignments without enough brain fuel including a small amount of healthy carbs. He also said it's okay if you only ever fit in half a cup of food, and he was VERY insistent that I lose all my excess weight within the next 5 months, lol (I agree with you about continuing loss, though.) I even bought new scales yesterday in case mine were permanently stuck on 120.1 kgs. The new ones said 120.4 kgs I've started back at the gym, so I'll go do another hour of cardio and go for a swim in the morning. The fat can't stay there forever, right! xx
  2. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hey all! Sorry I've been awol, I have been struggling. @zaruse glad to hear you're doing well! Do you have any idea roughly what size your portions are, e.g., 1/3 cup, half a cup? I am 4 weeks 3 days post op, and have severe oesophageal pain when I eat most soft foods, inc. omelette or slow cooked chicken or beef in sauce, etc. I often regurgitate food because it gets stuck, even though I am still only able to eat a tiny 1cm bite of food at a time. I think I may have an oesophageal stricture, but my surgeon didn't seem to care much, just said to keep an eye on it. I feel painfully full most of the time, it still takes me an hour or more to eat a quarter of a cup of food, and I struggle to get 600mls of water and enough protein in each day. I'm exhausted, antisocial, have zero patience, no energy at all, and have only lost 1.5 kgs in 2 weeks despite struggling to eat 500 calories a day. I've still only lost 8 kgs since surgery, and 6.5 kgs of that happened in the first 2 weeks. I've been 120.something for a week and desperately want to get down into the teens! I wasn't too concerned about the weight stall until it went beyond the one week that the dietitian said is normal, but then the surgeon said I have to lose all my excess weight within the next 5 months, so now I'm really down about it. That's enough whinging from me, I hope everyone else is really well and losing steadily. I've got a lot of catching up to do... will have to go read all the comments I've missed! xx
  3. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Is anyone else not consuming enough protein? I get one protein shake in before lunch (takes me 2 hours to drink), and always mean to have one again in the afternoon but they make me uncomfotably full. I know protein is super important, and I always promise myself I'll get the full 70 grams in the next day... Ah well. Tomorrow I'll definitely do it
  4. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I've been taking small tablets okay, e.g., Somac for reflux, Sennatabs. I'd give your surgeon a call to check first though.
  5. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I'm so glad you like it @LosingKAL I'm having some right now. It's pretty tasty! The chilli and lime make such a nice change from all the sweet stuff. Where did you buy the Rockeby Farms Protein Smoothie from? I might have to go and hunt some down. How are you feeling with the protein? Kidneys? Nausea? Hope it's all going well for you. xx
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    @LosingKAL I hope you are starting to feel a bit better after this morning's op. I did post a message for you last night but it's not here I did notice straight after I posted that the site was down, so I'm assuming that has something to do with it. Didn't want you to think I'd forgotten about your big day! Sending lots of happy healing vibes your way xx Hi @zaruse! Wow, back to work already, that seems fast! I can't imagine it at this point. I am now 4 days post op, am still massively full and bloated in the tummy but getting through 1.5 to 2 litres of fluid okay. Mind you I'm doing literally nothing but sitting on the couch sipping fluids and watching TV. I'm still tired and groggy, and as of this afternoon I've developed a really annoying ache/pain in my back approx level with my stomach. I phoned my surgeon's office this arvy and his assistant said if I dont have a temp or nausea/vomiting then it's likely just gas pain. I hope so! I'm too scared to take painkillers because I want to know if something's going wrong, not mask the pain. I am feeling a bit nauseated tonight, but not too bad. No temp. Just an increasingly sharp pain in my back with a steady ache. I'm about to brush my teeth and go to bed and hope it's gone tomorrow when I wake up. I've been really lucky up til now - no nausea, no issues with drinking the fluids, pain has been bearable. Can't wait til my bloated stomach goes down, though! How did you feel after your first day back at work? I feel exhausted just thinking about it!! @Boganlicious how are you feeling? Has the nausea settled? Night all xx
  13. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I hope you nausea is completely gone soon. Most people seem to feel heaps better after day three post op, so hopefully tomorrow you'll be all good. I wonder why I'm on nourishing liquids so much quicker? I'm not gonna lie, the Sustagen and the soup are pretty good! I also had a cup of decaf coffee to sip on, which was nice. I've been given the all clear to go home. They're just getting my meds ready and and then I have to wait about 2 hours for my hubby to come get me. I can stay in my room til then, though, they're pretty cruisey here.
  14. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Wow, they let you out quick @Boganlicious!! I didn't sleep well last night, so I got up and got dressed at 6am just in case the surgeon swings by, then he can see how ready I am to go home. I am a bit more sore in the tummy today than yesterday when eating. It feels more coated and gassy, which I suspect is the swelling and bruising coming out. My drip wasn't going in my vein yesterday afternoon so they tried again and blew another vein. Tried once more and gave up, so I'm on strict instructions to drink 80 - 100 mls per hour to avoid dehydration. Today's brekky is some kind of soup, vanilla sustagen diabetic, and a tiny bottle of Trim milk. I've been sip sip sipping, then walk walk walking. Everything's going down okay despite the pain. I'm lucky and haven't had any nausea at all after the op, so I'm feeling really good overall. Drowsy and bloated, but good. Only 2 days to go for you @LosingKAL! How are you feeling?!
  15. trillions

    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Hi all, I made it through eventually. Too drugged up to type much, just wanted to let everyone know I'm okay. Surgery ended up being delayed til after 6pm. Overheard 2 nurses say mine was only one with no complications. Surgeon visited this morning and said everything went perfectly, only took an hour, and congratulated me on my small liver Big relief after not losing much weight. Hope to go home tomorrow. Will update later, about to fall asleep again, going crossed eyed trying to read the screen. Congratulations on the weightloss @zaruse, you're a machine! Congratulations on making it through @Boganlicious Goodnight all xx
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