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  1. denzel

    February 2015 Sleevers

    Welcome all February 2015 gastric sleevers! Come and join in for support, discussions, updates and laughs! Looking forward to 'meeting you'!
  2. denzel

    Gut Bacteria

    I am going to do my sister's raw garlic protocol to eliminate bad bacteria in my gut, and have started today (I already use probiotics, just need to increase prebiotics). I am particularly hopeful by doing the raw garlic both pre- and post sleeving that it will have a significant beneficial effect (on my ME/CFS), particularly as sleeving affects the gut biota through induced changes in the gut microbial community via FXE signalling pathways. for interest - changes in but biota following VSG "VSG is known to increase circulation of bile acids. The bile acids bind to farsenoid-X receptor (FXR), a receptor in the nuclei of cells that regulates gene expression." "The surgery also increased circulating bile acids and induced changes in the gut microbial community via FXR signaling pathways." http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/april2014/04072014bariatric.htm So that's how it works! *snigger*! http://www.pathirikai.com/HEalth/Is%20garlic%20the%20best%20medicine.pdf
  3. denzel

    I'm Sleeved!

    I'm back and I'm sleeved! Got done about 1700 on Monday 2nd Feb. I had to wear the TED stockings and had the ankle massagers for the first night. This was my experience note - everyone will be different. It was not a walk in the park, and I am so pleased that I didn't go home the next day. When I woke up in recovery I found the lights too bright - never had that problem before. I just could not get comfortable, feeling like I needed to burp. Once up on the ward, being a "complex" (ie sleeper) I couldn't sleep. Single bed, IV, not able to sleep in my normal position. Big chunk of gauze taped to left wrist from having a failed arterial line, a 'spot' bandaid on right wrist from another arterial line. Second IV bung on left forearm Slightly nauseous. Still photophobic. When I drank even just little sip - it would go down, hurt like a cramp/spasm and then you could hear it trickle/gurgle through. Next day low grade nausea morphing into acute episodes of nausea. Bloods taken for FBP and CRP. SC Clexane. Found it a struggle to get through 'meals' - some apple juice, jelly, consommé. Was up and walking around with a drip pole trying to move some 'wind' Still had nausea last night requiring ondanestron. Both IV ports tissued, and had to have another IV put in. Was having stomach spasming, radiating through to my back, still uncomfortable finding a position to sleep in until about 0600 when I tried lying front down with a big pillow under my stomach. Bloods taken for FBP and CRP. SC Clexane. Also sipping warm water helped. And 'passing wind'. Didn't get served breakfast this am (I wasn't going to remind them!), but I had my own flat diet tonic and decaf ground coffee. The only post op pain relief I needed was paracetamol which I had once for the stomach spasming, and once for my usual ME/CFS low grade fever and malaise. I had some IV anti inflammatories this am, so I assume that I had them the first am as well. The staff were all lovely. I didn't need any take home medication 'cos I had them all anyway from previous (endone, ondanestron, pantaprazazole) I got home, turned the air con on in my bedroom, 'went to the bathroom'!!, put on my CPAP and had a much needed nap. My own bed - bliss, my preferred sleeping position - bliss. Feeling much perkier now.
  4. denzel

    A New Start

    http://articles.lati...cteria-20140328 I have emailed the info to Dr Watson (Perth) (I've just declicked BBCode Mode Icon and that let me paste!) Nothing like having a large Greyhound to hide behind! He looks little next to me Cheers!
  5. My sister in NZ is 150 % supportive of me having VSG not only 'cos of the weight loss and my long struggle, but it may also have a really positive follow-on effect on my gut bacteria. This COULD result in helping recovery from my ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia! Wow! Here are some really interesting links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016120/ http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/808046 http://articles.latimes.com/2014/mar/28/science/la-sci-sn-obesity-surgery-gut-bacteria-20140328 I have emailed the info to Dr Watson (Perth) (I've just declicked BBCode Mode Icon and that let me paste!) Cheers!
  6. Hi folks. I've just come for a bit of reassurance/advice. I was sleeved on Monday, about 1700 so technically only about 3 1/2 days out. My epigastric area (upper middle abdomen) has felt 'bloated' since the op, and I have had varying levels of nausea ranging from low grade to chucking up Also, even when even having tiny sips (5 ml or less), the fluid would go down, then it would feel as though my stomach was spasming associated with increased discomfort and then would eased and I could hear the fluid trickling down/gurgle sound, and often followed by a burp. I had a blissful afternoon yesterday when these symptoms had gone and I managed to get in quite a lot of fluids with no side effects - to the stage that I thought that I was overdoing the amount (250 ml in an hour). I noted after that according to my notes from Diet By D'Zyne that maximum volume of fluids should not exceed 1/2 cup. I was actually concerned that I wasn't having any 'restriction' Over the afternoon I had two cups of chicken stock and a 500 ml can of chilled coconut water (no added sugar) - yummy! And I was a little hungry... I am passing very loose bowel motions (TMI I know). I haven't slept well since the op due to the 'bloated' feeling and with incipient low grade nausea. This am I got up early due to the 'bloated' feeling and with incipient low grade nausea at 0425 and did some gentle tidying around the house, I made a decaf coffee and had a couple of sips then it would feel as though my stomach was spasming associated with increased discomfort and then would eased and I could hear the fluid trickling down, followed by a burp. After a while my nausea increased and I had a small vomit at about 0530. Bugger the tidying up, I went back to bed! It's now just after 9am and I am attempting some warm water. I still have the 'bloated' epigastric feeling and the fluid going down still sets off a 'spasm', this is associated with pain radiating through to my back. I am guessing that this sensation is what sleeved people have when they have too much, but surely 5 ml H2O shouldn't cause it? Is it just due to everything still being swollen? And that the reason that yesterday afternoon was so good was that by me being up for so long the swelling (no longer a dependent part) had gone down? I haven't had any opiods, just liquid paracetamol about 3 doses/day mainly for my usual ME/CFS low grade temps/malaise, but also for stomach discomfort. I have just sent (emailed a copy of this to my surgeon). Looking forward to hearing back from you experienced sleevers! Thank you!
  7. denzel

    The Countdown is On!

    Ooeeeer!!! Today is Jan 1st 2015! My surgery is booked for 2nd Feb 2015, gastric sleeve, Dr Stephen Watson at SJOG Murdoch. I have told my Mum that I have more ovarian cysts that may need to come out... Commitments for this month, January 2015: Working Friday ams in a Pharmacy as a RN/RM doing "Baby" and "Healthwise" Clinics. 4th - Greyhound "Greet and Meet" at Kalamunda Markets 11th - brother and nephew's birthdays 14th - appointment with Dietician "Diet by D'Zyne" northern suburbs 15th - nieces birthday, second anniversary of my Dad's passing away 19th - EEG brain in preparation for seeing specialist Neurologist in March 22nd - Meet friend at SCGH for her appointment immunology 23rd - Appt with Dr Watson at Murdoch 27th - CPAP review and get connector for O2 for recovery post surgery. I 'spose I should do my measurements and photos, my friend is - she is doing a HCG (using homeopathic HCG globuli from Germany) diet, starting today - good luck to her. 1. I don't reckon that she'll stick it out for the 21 days, and 2. Give you a bet that in 6 months she will weigh the same, 1 year - she will weigh more. 32 days until my surgery!!! The countdown is on!
  8. denzel

    MiniMizer Gastric Ring

    Hi folks, For those of you who have been sleeved in the last 12 months did you have the additional "MiniMizer Gastric Ring"? (or similar?) http://bariatricsolutions.com.au/project/gastric-ring/ And for those of you about to be, what are your thoughts and what have you decided? I have said yes, but I am in two minds about it. There was a previous post, in which Kazbo had asked some pretty good questions, so I asked my surgeon some of these questions (thank you Kazbo!). I'm not sleeved until 2nd Feb so still got some time to think it over...
  9. The Doctors surgery (GP) has just rung, not urgent, but GP wants to see me about my blood test results. Bum. I thought that they'd all be normal. (I had requested a copy go to her).
  10. denzel

    Books!

    Woo-hoo! Two books I have ordered over the internet from "The Book Depository" have arrived! "Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies" and "The Complete Weight-Loss Surgery Guide & Diet Program Includes 150 Delicious and Nutritious Recipes" Happy reading!
  11. Some interesting viewing here. "How are the infant feeding practices linked with later obesity ?"
  12. denzel

    I'm Joining the Club!

    Woo-hoo!! I am joining "The Sleevers". I had my appt. today at Murdoch with Dr Max Bowaters on behalf of Dr Stephen Watson, am going to do fasting blood tests tomorrow (can't see a problem with that), then appointment with the dietitian ("Diet by D'Zyne") Jan 14th, followed by a consultation with Mr Watson on Jan 23rd, then surgery Feb 2nd. I have asked to be put on cancellation lists, as I am keen to have it done sooner!.
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