Thursday, April 11, 2013

First weight loss post-op entry

2 days out.....I am home and doing fine. Not really in any pain, but not feeling 100% myself either. I still have some gas buildup and it seems to be stuck in my chest and my shoulders. I have not been able to really start walking (which will help with the gas buildup) because it has been storming. It did clear up this afternoon, but I did not want to walk to the bus stop alone, just in case something happened, so I will have to wait.
I am on a liquid diet, which I think is going to be the hardest part for me because I do not like soup. I can eat other stuff, but nothing that is healthy for you. I know, makes no sense. I can eat ice cream, jello, puddings and stuff that is creamy. I am not a big fan of any of that stuff. So, I will do the best that I can with the liquid diet, but I may move on to something like scrambled eggs, before my 2 weeks is up. We shall see.

For those of you wondering what surgery I had, I had the gastric sleeve done. Everybody has asked me why I did not go with the lap band...simple, my husband had it and it did nothing but cause problems. Even with his band empty, he still could not eat right. EVERYTHING would get "hung up" and cause him  to get sick. Who the hell wants to live that way? Not to mention, I did some research of my own and found that the sleeve was the best fit for me. I talked to my husband about it, and he actually even had his lap band removed and got the sleeve. He had his surgery on Feb. 16, 2013 and has lost over 63 pounds and feels better than ever.

No, there is not really some sort of sleeve on my stomach. They actually went in and removed (took it totally out of my body) 85% of my stomach. There was no rerouting anything, so I will digest and process food the same as always. I just can not eat very much. Unlike gastric bypass patients, I will not have to take supplements because I will still absorb all my vitamins and stuff through my food, although for the first couple of weeks you do need to take some sort of vitamins and drink protein shakes. For women, this key if you want to keep your hair looking healthy. Protein shakes are nasty, can mix them with fruit to make them a little better.

Now, I have not told anybody other than my husband what my weight was before surgery, but I am about to tell everyone....everyone that reads this blog anyway.....296 pounds! That is the heaviest I have ever been, or ever will be. Today, 2 days post op, I am proud to say that I weigh 286.4!!

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