Day 9

15 Jan

I can’t believe how fast things are happening. Down 15.5 pounds as of this morning and can visually see a difference… I myself see the changes as does my husband.

I tried on a pair of 22 jeans just now that were too tight to get on before surgery (a week ago) and I can get them on and buttoned. Amazing. Finally found a quick, easy meal that I like… Ricotta Bake. Got the recipe from the VSG websites and it is wonderful. I can only eat about 2 oz. of it and I’m full. I also picked up some greek yogurt (with fruit.) It’s a bit tangier and thicker than regular yogurt, but I think I like that about it.

My boobs have shrunk 😦 I knew it would happen. The weight always goes from my boobs and waist first. Why not my fat ass? LOL I remember losing weight years ago and my waist lost it so fast that I thought my ass would never catch up.

I know the weight loss will slow and I won’t be losing 15 pounds a week EVERY week… that’s ridiculous. But I’d be happy with 4-5 pounds loss each week. That would put me at goal in about  5 months. My hardest thing right now is knowing how fast I’m losing and not being able to combat it with weight training like I have in the past. I feel like I’m losing strength (logically, I know this is because I’m recovering) but I’m  not allowed to lift anything for 4 more weeks. I want to get right back to lifting as soon as I can to start building muscle as quickly as I’m losing fat. I don’t want to lose strength and I don’t want tons of flabby skin. (It’s inevitable there’s going to be some.)

I feel a lot better today – in fact, I think I’ll try for a venture out of the house and go to Wal Mart. I need to get a mouse and mouse pad for my lap top and I need paper, folders, notebooks etc. for school which starts next Monday the 24th. (Can’t wait/Scared to death!)

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Day 6

12 Jan

Well, I’ve been home since Monday and things are getting better (thank goodness.) I am still feeling a bit weak, though.
I think this is to be expected seeing as how I’m definitely not getting as much nutrition as my body is used to, and once I’m healed, this will all catch up with itself.

I did wake up today with some bathroom issues (ugggh) but at least I finally went. What would I expect after not eating anything solid for two weeks? I did call the surgeon’s office just to ensure everything was okay and they seemed unaffected by it. I sent the husband for some Gatorade just to make sure I am staying hydrated. The pain has gotten much better. I was actually able to eat some refried beans this afternoon (yay!) they were super yummy; all 1/4 c. of them (hahaha.)

The hardest part for me right now is getting enough protein in. I’m drinking my protein shakes and trying to add mushies in, but it just seems I’m not getting it all in. There’s no way I’m getting 64 ounces of fluid in yet either. So I’m trying to get real serious and created a spreadsheet for what and how much I’m taking in and seriously monitoring everything else as well, vitamins, vital signs, intake, etc.

I just feel like all I’m doing is sipping. Constantly sipping. I’m sure it will get better.

I am Sleeved

11 Jan

Well, I’m sleeved.
Today is day 6 and I’m beginning to feel a little better. Still a bit sore in one spot, but otherwise able to get around pretty well.

Last Thursday, 1/6/11 I was sleeved, otherwise known as having the Vertical Gastric Sleeve operation, a weight loss surgery.
My doctor was Dr. Michael Hill (aka Dr. McDreamy) at Adirondack Medical Center. I researched weight loss surgery options for approximately two years before deciding on the sleeve. There were three other options made available to me, the Roux-en-Y, or gastric bypass, the Lap Band and the Duodenal Switch.

Each of these surgeries have their advantages and all surgeries have their disadvantages (including mine.) My goal was to select the right surgery for ME and MY body. To me, the least invasive procedure was most important. I did not want anything foreign in my body. I didn’t want my ‘plumbing’ rerouted. I simply wanted a method of restriction with the path of least resistance: VGS.

For those of you not familiar with the sleeve (as I’ll refer to it from here on out,) the surgeon removes a good portion of your actual stomach organ, approximately 75%. He takes the remaining stomach left and shapes into a long, narrow pouch or “sleeve.” The surgeon then staples and double stitches around the edge to make the pouch secure so there are no leaks. The size of my stomach now is supposed to be approximately 4-5 oz.

The surgery is perfomed via laproscopic surgery, i.e. not “open” where one would have a long, six inch scar with which to heal. Rather, I have 6 tiny incisions, approximately 1″ across in different areas of my stomach that were “ports” for instruments to be put inside my abdominals in order for the doctor to do what he needed to do inside. A camera, a scope, other instruments inserted so that the doctor may see what he’s doing and manipulate the other organs out of his way during the procedure.

I was in the hospital for 5 days and 4 nights. I went in on a Thursday and got out the following Monday. It IS a major surgery and although some doctors may only keep their patients one or two nights, mine likes to ensure there are no issues before sending a patient home. I did have a couple of complications, NOT with the surgery just my own body turning against me, which probably kept me there an extra day.

I found out I am allergic to Morphine during this procedure. I had never had Morphine before, so I had no idea. The first night in recovery I developed hives all over, especially my torso and stomach and back and face. Dry, raised, red welts that itched like you wouldn’t believe. I was also very nauseous.  The nurse noticed it during the night and called the doctor with concern. They decided to take me off of the Morphine and try another drug for pain. I then had to go through 3 Benadryl treatments and it took approximately 3 days for the Morphine to work its way out.

My second set back was a brief blood pressure issue. My third night in, my blood pressure skyrocketed on one of my readings and alarmed the doctor. So I was kept another day and given a blood pressure medication to combat it.

My third set back was a little dehydration. After the nurses removed my IVs I wasn’t getting in enough liquids on my own, so they had to put them back in.

All is well now. Since getting out of the hospital and resting in my own bed, I feel a lot better already. So everyone always wants to know how much you’ve lost? The first week is a farce because the hospital pumps you full of so much liquid that you’re holding water. They say to give it a week and let things work their way out before you try to get a true weight reading.

Well, that’s all for now. Feel free to post questions as you please. 🙂

Brandy

aka “Sleevie”