You Do That Pretty Well for a "Girl of Your Size". - Swedish - Seattle, WA
Hi all! Nice to meet you. I'm 30, no kids, just...
APPROVED AND GOT A SURGERY DATE. SUCK IT INSURANCE.
A lot of low carb protein powder, b-12, multivitamin, vitamin d, calcium chews, and iron pills. This is a 3 month supply. I've also purchased some random things the pb2 I hear is ok and I have the click (pictured) coffee with protein and I also bought biotin to help with skin and hair. If anyone has any other go-tos that they liked post op please share! I'll be getting some broths and I hate jello but if it's all I can eat for a while I suppose I will have to learn to like it. Wooo less than a month! Excited, nervous and still fat! :)
Had my final consent meeting - Signed my life away
7 Days away - HOLY CRAP - and I don't mean I'm constipated (this time)
Here's a recap of my chub stats
Life Heaviest - 315 lbs (Age 19)
Start of sleeve journey (June 2014) - 298 lbs (Age 29)
Today (April 9, 2015) - 1 more week of pre-op diet - 289 lbs (now I'm 30, ew)
I am excited for the surgery. I re-watched the procedure again yesterday on youtube. I know that seems really gross but I like to know exactly what's going to happen. If you can't stomach (no pun intended sleevers) blood and guts DON'T GOOGLE IT! I'm serious, you'll be creeped out.
I, the genius that I am, failed to take my menstrual cycle into this surgery equation and I will probably still have it while I'm at the hospital. I hope they don't sew up the wrong hole due to blood loss! This will be my 3rd surgery that this has happened for. Maybe it's my good luck thing. Sorry for the gross details - thought it was kind of funny.
Anyways, I wanted to thank everyone for the support on here. Who ever made this site - I appreciate you. I think I'm mentally prepped and physically - I just have to lose a few more pounds. (Doc wanted me to lose 10 since my last appointment I was up 5ish). I have purchased everything they recommended and some other stuff suggested on here - I just need to grab unflavored protein powder and popsicles.
I have taken pictures but I don't think I can post them. I am just too ashamed and jiggly but I wanted them for before and afters.
In other news, Nibbler (the dog) does not seem phased by this at all and is happily chewing on a sock at the moment.
Hope all of you are well and enjoy your weekend! I'll check back in the day before just to say hi and to say that I'm nervous. Pre surgery jitters always get me! ahhhh!
WHOA NELLY - I'll be sleeved in 12 hours.
I hit my pre surgery weight goal a few days ago and I expect to clock in a little under especially after this liquidy fasting day. No drinking after midnight so I'm chugging water like a champion until then.
Shout out to "MarilynWA" on real self. She's been a big help to me and she is getting sleeved on Monday. So send her some love too!
I'll post something when I'm feeling up to it . Might be a little while. Be safe - talk soon!
BYE! *waves frantically with both hands* :-)
Rough start - as expected
First off, just wanted to say thanks for the messages of support. I hope some find this helpful or at least slightly entertaining. This is my 2nd day post-op. I feel gross, bloated and crampy. But I'm going to start from the beginning.
I went in (April 16th, 2015) to be sleeved. Everything was fine before I went in - normal slow pace that the hospitals always have. I was there 3 hours early and got taken back 30 minutes late. The Dr. was nice. He stopped in before and after while I was in recovery. He's a man a few words but he's not mean. I guess I would say he's more shy and soft spoken than any other Dr. I've had.
The night in the hospital sucked as much ass as it possibly could. You're bloated and you feel like crap and you just want to sleep but you're uncomfortable, the bed sucks, people keep coming in for vitals, they want you to drink way more than you can. It's not fun. I lucked out with my first nurse being a super nerd. I think he just hung around in my room for fun to talk about comics and video games and cartoons. I was glad to have him there for sure! The rest of the nurses were fine but they were no Sean. :) I got discharged around 2pm the next day (Friday) They sent me home with a swag bag and lots of scripts for meds. I haven't even looked in the swag bag yet but I thought it was kind of funny. "Thanks for having us rip out your guts, here's a book bag with a water bottle and a keychain in it.. but wait there's more!"… very weird. But I do love free stuff!
I opted out of the narcotics in the hospital. I was only on Tylenol the whole time. (And I still am.) I like to be able to gauge my pain and Oxy really messes up my pooping abilities. I don't suggest you skip the pain meds if this is your first surgery rodeo.
I wasn't at all able to keep up with their fluid schedule in the hospital and day 2 out I still can't. 2oz of protein shake every hour and 32oz (min) of hydrating liquids a day. I'm not even hitting half of that right now but I'm trying.
In the hospital, I was having this immediate pressure every time I would swallow anything- It felt heavy like something was stuck in my throat and then it would settle right in-between my boobs and it hurt a lot. after about 5 minutes that pressure would go away and I would sip again and the same thing would happen. When I told the Dr/PAs this they seemed slightly worried but told me to try to sit up more when I sipped. Surprise, surprise they were right. I can swallow things now without that terrible pressure between my ta-tas but ONLY if I stand while sipping. Pretty inconvenient but moving around also helps with the gas pain. I haven't been able to fart yet but that may take a few days. They will probably ask you if you have passed gas yet before you leave the hospital. Water and protein shakes don't usually give me gas. I bet it will be great to fart again. I kind of miss it!
I have 5 incisions and they all hurt and look pretty gnarly. I feel like an overfilled balloon and then trying to add liquids into that balloon is not pleasant. My shoulder hurts (as expected) and my back is killing me. Must have been from the hospital bed. As of midnight last night I could kind of lay on my right side. I really can't sleep laying on my back so the sooner I can lay on my side or stomach the happier I will be!
I guess that's all I can think of for now. If you have any questions or tips for me to start farting or get rid of this gas pain I'd take them. Ive been walking around quite a bit and I'm also taking gas-x thin strips but I haven't noticed them helping at all
Sorry for any typos I'm tired!
Talk soon - Non-tooting but bloated as F
In anyones experience - did you get a hernia after you were sleeved?
I'm feeling great actually. 4 days out I have more energy and I've been awake most of the day. I even took the dog for a walk. I'm off all pain meds and the only pain I'm having is in lower abdomen by my belly button which is radiating to my lower back. I'm worried it a hernia because it hurts a lot when I bend over or cough. Just wondering if anyone encountered this. Otherwise, I feel fine and the rest of me is tip-top.
Happy 4/20 if you're in to that kinda stuff!
9 days out I feel pretty good! I had Thursday-Sunday off from work and then I worked a few hours each day last week (from home).
The pain is minimal. I guess I jumped the gun in assuming I had a hernia. The "pulling" in my lower right abdomen is subsiding but the back pain is still there. My follow up/diet advancement is on thursday (30th) of this upcoming week. I'll ask about the back pain then. It kind of feels how it did when I had appendicitis. An odd pressure/ kind of like if you throw your back out but slightly different.
I've been getting lots of Netflix in - highly recommend the new daredevil series and the unbreakable kimmy schmit -funny stuff! Also, I'm now a mortal kombat X master ;-) BEYAAAAAA whhaaaaa -ninja noises*
I've been weighing myself everyday since the procedure and I'm almost down to a weight where I wouldn't even have qualified for the surgery. Friggin blows my mind! I'm not hungry and I haven't said 'food porn' so many times in my life but it's true. You see an Olive Garden commercial and you're like mmmm I want that but you're not hungry and you couldn't eat it if you tried. It's awesome, not feeling hungry. I was ALWAYS hungry before this surgery. It's pretty freeing! WEEEEE - Mostly I'm missing coffee. I'm going to ask about that at my appointment - I know I can have it but I hate black coffee. I need creamer and I don't think that's allowed yet. At least my sheet says it's not. And no caffeine… :-( I have definitely had some caffeine headaches!
Alright, I'll stop blabbing and go back to saving the moral kombat world. pew pew*
keep it REALSELFERS!
Couple weeks out & feeling fine in the sunshine!
Just wanted to check in! I'm still alive. I feel pretty well. Other than minor pulling in my lower abdomen and still some back pain. (Both nothing compared to what they were a week ago). One of my incisions is infected (gross). Doc says it should just drain on it's own and is nothing to worry about. It was my own fault I am a scab scratcher/picker/poker. I always have been and I always will be!
I had my 2 week check up on Thursday and the Dr. suspects that I threw my back out while I was in the hospital because it's unlikely related to anything from the surgery. Also, my food was advanced and it's awesome! I can't say enough times how great it is to not feel hungry all the time! I can almost eat an egg without feeling too full… For those of you that haven't had surgery yet. You know when you're full because the burps that come up aren't air they are food! SPEAKING OF BURPS… Holy cow I have been the gassiest person ever lately. Farting and burping can now go on my resume as special skills!
Down 30 lbs from the start of all this 300 to 270. I lost almost 2 lbs a day in the very first week after surgery and then I didn't lose anything the second week. I've been at 270 up and down for a week or so. Hopefully just my body rebounding from the first major drop. I just tried on some of my jeans that I bought a while ago (size 20) and they fit now. Nice to expand back into the side of my closet that is the off limits/too small side. Small victory. I know being a 20 is nothing to be proud of but I haven't been this 'small' in a couple years. My smaller shirts still don't fit so I guess I thinned out in my butt cheeks but not my top rolls. I should probably take my measurements… I haven't myself but I know the hospital has them somewhere.
Let's see…what else. I went to see The new Avengers movie last night. It was great, as expected. Sitting for 2.5 hours was a little rough but doable. I bought a slow cooker today to make tender meats and soft vegetables. I'm not much of a cook. Actually I'm straight-up awful. I don't know anything about it. If anyone has any slow cooker ideas. SHARE! But tell me what/how to cook it because you're talking to a chick that usually just eats boxed cereal and frozen meals. I bought a pork tenderloin? No idea - I assume it will cook in there. We'll see.
All for now. Keep it RealSelfers! *toot
Also, lets give it up for Starbucks that just came out with the frap MINI cup! I can't finish it so I just save it in the fridge and have half the next day. I get non fat milk and no whip and then I add my own non flavored protein powder that adds 12g of protein. I'm enjoying the slow cooker. Super easy and it lasts all week!
All for now
Anyways As of this morning my fighting weight just went from SUPER HEAVY WEIGHT to just plain HEAVY WEIGHT. How exciting is that?!
Now I can punch people in a different weight class.. WOOT :-)
People have been asking what my goal weight is and I think my best answer has been somewhere between lightweight and welter weight classes *punch punch*
Time to switch to summer clothes.
Some pics included this time.
Just had my 100 day appointment this week!
Seems like I'm doing pretty okay at this! Here's my updated stats. I am now a size 16 (down from 22). I have some 14s that I can get into but it's not pleasant to look at. I am a woman's XL (down from a plus size 3/4x) and I have lost about 55lbs. Down from 300 that puts me at 245 (math is hard)! 55lbs in 100 days - holy shit. This is working quite fast. I am trying to get in enough protein for the days, though I haven't been tracking. I should probably go back to doing that but it's so annoying. I'm still pretty much living on cheese, eggs, meat and quest bars. My new obsession is popsicles. I make my own with protein powder and milk or lemonade - depending on the flavor. I like the store bought ones too but they don't have protein.
Just incase if you're wondering my work out routine… (I see people post theirs sometimes). I swim 3x a week water aerobics and lap swim. I walk 2x a week for about an hour and I do strength training once a week. None of this exercise was new for me. I did this all pre-op but I overate after I worked out… and before I worked out... and while I worked out... JK! :) I'm thinking I should cut some of the walking in half and do more strength because I'm starting to worry about this jiggly underarm zip lock bag feature that I now have… like bat wings or droopy chicken fat in a sack… awww yeah… sexy. I have seen some ads for these wraps that make your skin tighter… no idea if they are horse crap or legit but I would try them out.
Oh another thing - I have not yet started to see my hair falling out more than normal but I have been taking all the vitamins and also been using a combination of nioxin shampoo/conditioner treatment and a Rogaine for women knock-off foam post shower. Who knows if it's helping. I may be bald if I wasn't using it!
Speaking of vitamins - the chewable multivitamin from "bariatric advantage" made me throw up minutes after taking it (almost always) HOWEVER, their multivitamin capsule with iron doesn't make me hurl - so if you're in doubt or if that is happening to you switch as soon as you can to the capsule (or ask your doctor) it's pretty great!
Now that I am coming back into the real word as a sleeved citizen - eating out is impossible. Anyone have any tips or tricks for ordering out? I've been going on dates and it has made things semi awkward.
What I have learned so far:
Don't tell them you already ate if your whole date plan is only going to dinner (they don't like that)
Get a dark straw and pretend to drink your water with your meal (fake sips)
Tell them you're on a low carb diet and you can't drink alcohol because of the mixers in cocktails and carbs in beer.
Order an app - I can usually get 3 wings down and sometimes they are more than happy to polish them off for me. Plus, the bone pile can look like more than 3 wings if you do it right :)
Don't use sauces - they fill you up faster!
Ask to share something - no one has agreed to this yet.
OR just tell them that you have had surgery (I have not had the lady balls to do this yet - with any dates)
If there's any single ladies or fellas out there with any other suggestions or menu items that are your go-tos. PLEASE SHARE! I'll try to get some pics in here now - Have a good weekend!
HOLY CRAP HAIR LOSS
Feeling buzzed! (buzz cut)
Keepin' it real!
Stall whomp whomp
Current stats (almost 5 months out)
Weight start: 300 Current weight: 235
Down 65 lbs - woot
I'm 5'9 and I now wear somewhere between a 14-18 and XL tops
Keep it real! - no body pics this time - I pretty much look the same
6 MONTH REVIEW
I had my 6 month follow up appointment today. Even though I called to get my blood work faxed over about 10 times… it didn't make it. So there wasn't much to talk about (blood wise). I assume everything is fine. I'll let you know if they find something wrong.
Results: I'm down 70 damn lbs from the start so that puts me at 230! Which is still fat but way less fat than I was! They say I'm on track even though I feel like I've been stalling out like crazy lately. I recently dropped 5 so I suppose just hanging in there is working. I'm still working out 4-6x a week mix of swimming, weights, and cardio machines. I'm planning on joining a mixed martial arts gym in November. Slightly intimidating, we'll see if I actually follow through with that…:)
I ended up getting the IUD for birth control and haven't had any weight related side effects like I had when I was on the depo shot. HOWEVER - I have been bleeding every day since I got it inserted (and since the depo shot in June) which is incredibly annoying... the 4 month period is never ending - if it doesn't stop soon I will probably get it removed - it doesn't hurt - just can't handle the maintenance.
I started seeing someone who doesn't know about the surgery (yet) but he is very supportive of my fitness goals so that's new & nice! He is also very confused about how I am always on my period lol. I will probably have to explain both situations to him soon...
I am flying home to NY (tomorrow) for a week and I'm excited to be able to do up the seatbelt and not have to hide the undone belt under a roll of flub under my shirt haha- JOKES ON YOU IN FLIGHT CREW - I FOOLED YOU IT WAS NEVER BUCKLED MWUAHAHA. Also excited to see the fam and friends of course!
I think that's all I have to update - any newbies have any questions I'm always willing to help or at least offer an opinion.
Oh - found a delicious greek yogurt blue cheese dressing if you like that stuff (bolthouse) something like that in the chilled dressings. ITS AMAZING - mix it with franks and put it on chicken breast OM-NOM-NOM!
I will add pictures this time :)
9 Months down after VSG - if I was press when I started I would have a baby by now... but thank goodness I don't
Hope you're all well.
1 YEAR and 80 POUNDS DOWN and a bunch more to go...
Summer is coming
Vacations are hard
So far, Dr. Sung has been great. He's young and somewhat of a newb at this but seems very knowledgeable and has answered all of my questions. He's did my endoscopy and I had a follow up with him for my final review. Seems like he knows his shit. I'll update this when I've interacted with him more. Update 1: Nothing much to add he was nice during the day of the surgery and he followed up the next morning with his PAs. I guess all I would add to this is he's humble, soft-spoken and I haven't had a bad experience with him yet. Thumbs up, Brian Sung! Update 2: I saw Dr. S at my 100 appointment - He seemed proud of his work - still a nice guy - I think he's warming up to me - we even joked around a little :-)