Ran into some technical problems. The last post I wrote disappeared into the air. So we’ll try this again. Its been a busy few weeks. I did well for about a week or so after my last endoscopy and then problems returned. I was still having issues with vomiting and now add chest pain. I ended up going into urgent care for fluids. I was two liters low. I kept in contact with my doctor’s office during the week. Finally we decided that yes, I needed to do another endoscopy. This was be the third one since May. I really didn’t want to keep doing endoscopy after endoscopy. Even though I know that sometimes it takes multiple attempts at stretching to resolve the strictures. The good news is that no more strictures, however I did develop more ulcers. They are mild but they are what is causing me to vomit and have chest pain. These are ulcers on the surgical suture area on my new stomach pouch, not the big bad bleeding ulcers that are common in normal stomachs. Although they can get worse if not treated aggressively so back on meds and a bland diet. My endoscopy was on Monday and already I am feeling sooooo much better. I am still unable to tolerate most meat proteins. So I am still trying to listen to my body. Concentrating on eating slowly, getting in my protein, and my water. I will try something new only once a day and see how it goes. Just going slow. I see my surgeon again next week for a follow up.
So update on my stats….
Highest weight 270 pounds
Surgery weight 262 pounds
Current weight 192.5 Pounds
I am very quickly needing to buy new clothes. I continue to hit the resale stores as I am still transitioning down sizes. I have put some of my clothes up for sale online. Going to need new hunting clothing but unsure what size I will be in November. As you can see I got a bit sun-burnt today walking on this warm day. I am starting to loose some hair. I knew this was coming but its still hard to see all the hair going down the drain and in my comb. Good thing I have some curl to hide the bald spots. They do warn you about it at the pre- surgery classes. It will eventually grow back. It is such a shock for your body dropping all this weight so quickly.
I’ve been keeping busy physically with lots of activity. I continue to kayak with my new pup. Of course walking is a must with a young dog. I recently found a dog trailer at the resale shop so now I have a doggy co-pilot for biking.
My younger pup loves it the older pup not so much. Tonight I did a 4 mile ride. Although not super long there are two large hills and this is really my first time back biking in two years. So I am happy with that. Also I did a lot of walking today while volunteering at a prison. Even though I am keeping busy with physical activity I am really trying to listen to my body. We had a decent drive home after volunteering and I was able to nap in the car. I am pushing fluids as I type to keep well hydrated. It was very warm here today.
I took the younger pup out to a local state park yesterday for a short walk. We had lots of fun splashing through really warm standing water. She found some crane friends she wanted to run and bark at. Best of all no ticks!! They have a dog beach but she didn’t want to swim at all.
This week is all about working on foods. I continue to love the Orgain protein shakes premade with organic milk. I did not like the vegan powder version…. yuck!!! My other go to items right now are oatmeal, re-fried beans with cheese, greek yogurt, and soup. I did try some of my homemade pickles the other day. I just chewed them really really well. Early summer is typically when I start my canning season. I skipped strawberry season, I didn’t want to tempt myself with all the yummy strawberries. Plus I really don’t need any jelly or jam at this point I am not eating toast or bread. And lets talk about sugar content. I am not able to tolerate anything beyond a 8-10 gram sugar content in a serving. Anything more than that I get dumping syndrome.
You may be asking well what is dumping syndrome? It is a group of symptoms that may result from having part of your stomach removed or from other surgery involving the stomach. The symptoms range from mild to severe and often subside with time.
After gastric surgery, it can be more difficult to regulate movement of food, which dumps too quickly into the small intestine. Eating certain foods makes dumping syndrome more likely. For example, refined sugars rapidly absorb water from the body, causing symptoms. Symptoms may also happen after eating dairy products and certain fats or fried foods. I even have to be careful of certain sugar alcohols that are used in sugar free options. Sucrose is a big trigger for me.
An early dumping phase may happen about 30 to 60 minutes after you eat. Symptoms can last about an hour and may include:
- A feeling of fullness, even after eating just a small amount
- Abdominal cramping or pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe diarrhea
- Sweating, flushing, or light-headedness
- Rapid heartbeat
A late dumping phase may happen about 1 to 3 hours after eating. Symptoms may include:
- Fatigue or weakness
- Flushing or sweating
- Shakiness, dizziness, fainting, or passing out
- Loss of concentration or mental confusion
- Feelings of hunger
- Rapid heartbeat
These symptoms are not life threatening but neither are they pleasant. But paying more attention to my body has allowed me to avoid dumping syndrome.
I’m excited for canning season. I did put up a bunch of garlic dill pickles. Tried a new recipe and I got crunchy dill pickles…… yeah!!! I also pressure canned some beets. Soon it will tomato time and apples. I usually make a bunch of salsa and tomato sauce for gifts. This year I will be making some low sugar applesauce for myself. I really enjoy the canning and then I know what is actually added to the fruit and veggies. I also give them away as gifts.
With lower calorie counts I am still having some fatigue. Especially after work multiple twelve hour shifts in a row. I think this will get better as I am able to eat more calorie dense foods.
I was told that my surgeon would consider fixing my hernias in three months. As this was the whole point of gastric bypass this makes me happy. Yet, I can’t take off work again this year for surgery. This next one will be a twelve week recovery as it can’t be done laparoscopic. The hernias are stable and although large and uncomfortable they don’t pose an immediate threat to my health. I am also hoping to travel abroad next year in early summer so I think I will hold off until after that trip. That way I don’t have the added pressure of trying to recover fast enough to travel and take the time off work. It also makes me think about possible future surgeries. As I lose weight the skin is starting to hang in places. Skin surgery is a common topic in many of the message boards and support groups that I attend. I want to wait to see what will retract on its own. However, I am considering breast surgery. Yet this will wait for at least a year or two. I am not sure that I would want surgery on my arms or legs. When my hernias are fixed, we may and try to get plastics involved to help remove the excess skin on my abdomen. For now it will remain do I want skin surgery or do I not…..time will tell what I decide.
I’ll leave you with these thoughts…..