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One Week After Gastric Bypass

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One Week After Gastric Bypass

It’s been 11 days since I had my Gastric Bypass and boy has it been an experience. At this point I have to be honest, I feel like what the heck have I done and I’m torn between feeling absolutely dreadful and wishing this was all a dream and wanting to rewind time and between saying “it will be worth it in the end”.

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I guess it’s like when your pregnant, you want the baby out but when your pushing, your like, “I cant do this anymore” when your in the highest levels of pain and wishing it could have been delayed a little longer. The reality is that for me my Surgery was the most painful thing I have ever done in my life, even worse than my daughter’s traumatic birth and that’s saying something.

I want to write details about the whole experience and share a lot more but I really am not well enough to do so at the minute. I think having ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY has not helped.

When I have pain or extra stress or an infection etc I use up more CORTISOL and as a result I need to replace the body with more steroids.

I’ve felt myself getting low and dizzy and having adrenal symptoms on top of the pain of the operation and so my body has been in agony but it is getting easier and i’m just doubling up while I start to feel normal again and will then have to drop back down to my daily dose.

Gastric Bypass Operation

Well that was a scary moment, I was told when I arrived at hospital that my Operation may be cancelled a fourth time and to be prepared and so I was placed on the list as third operation of the day, I met the anaesthetist, who told me due to having Adrenal Insufficiency there was a small risk of death or ending up in Intensive care and he suggested moving me up to first operation of the day.

There is always risk with every surgery and I was given the statistics which were very low about 1 in 300 don’t make it but then the stats at Liverpool were much better than this.

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I wanted my operation and although I did not want to be in pain or anything but I did not want to be sent home a fourth time and put Sylvia my daughter though any further anxiety.

It’s bad enough that her mummy is unwell but being away from mum for a long time is a hard thing for any little girl. So thankfully but scarily everything was suddenly a mad rush. I was told to get changed, put pressure stockings on and get into my theatre robes. I was given a blood thinning injection, put a net on my head, took a quick photo of myself and suddenly that was it, I was told to walk through to theatre.

I quickly rang John my husband, who was not allowed to wait with me and was waiting in a hospital cafe (Hospital rules). Told him I was going in. I walked into the theatre which was quite frightening.

I laid on the bed and lots of people were sitting around and waiting. Two women put attached something to my legs as the anaesthetist put a cannula in my hand. I was then given a mask over my face and told not to worry everything would be okay.

The next thing I knew, I was in a room with people standing there. I just felt surreal. I knew they were there but I didn’t really want to wake up. They were trying but I was in too much pain and wanted to sleep.

I could feel some tube down my throat which was really painful and making it difficult to breath and I remember someone saying, the operation is finished your in recovery now.

I think I slept for several hours and then around 1pm, I heard people saying, they have a bed for you.

I was conscious but in too much pain. I was taken to the Sefton Suite in Liverpool Aintree Hospital and moved onto a bed in my own room, where I remained for several days. I could not have been in a better place. the staff were amazing and my room had everything I needed to recover.

It’s been a long recovery so far as I’ve had a lot of pain and some issues with absorbing my Hydrocortisone medication and I have so much to write about.

My operation was performed by Connor Magee a surgeon who works for Phoenix Health and his operation was flawless.

He did an amazing job with no complications to the procedure. My main issues have been coping with pain and my Adrenal Health issues making me unwell but apart from that I am slowly progressing in the right direction.

I will write a lot more in the coming weeks. I want to write about the food I’m eating, the changes mentally and physically and the emotional side of things. Until then, Bye!

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Gastric Bypass Journey One

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Gastric Bypass Journey One

Physical

Well I have 6 days to go until my Gastric Bypass and it’s day 8 of the Liver Shrinking Diet. Sticking to this diet has not been easy as I’ve felt really hungry and wanted to eat. I’m not wanting Junk food, I don’t usually eat junk anyway, I just want to eat something other than milk or eggs and a slice of ham or chicken etc. It’s not easy and I’m battling through and proud to say I have stuck to the Liver Shrinking Diet 100% so far and I am hoping for some awesome results at the end of the two weeks.

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So as I started my diet, I did get some judgemental comments and unsupportive comments from certain people, who in my opinion are just jealous that I am living my life and doing something about my heath issues. However the majority of people have been super super supportive and I’m really pleased and grateful. So thanks to everyone who has sent me kind and supportive messages.

My Husband has been really supportive. He has not eaten anything really nice in front of me to tempt me, except on Saturday night when he stopped by McDonalds on his way home and brought with him a Double Cheeseburger. I was not impressed. He could have eaten it before he came in but hey, it was just another obstacle I had to overcome.

I have been eating rather healthy for the past 18 months anyway, but when your food intake is restricted and limited it’s not easy seeing other people eat nice things in front of you.

Emotional

My biggest difficulty during the first week has been feeling hungry and accomplishing something major. I achieved a 2016 blogging goal and immediately thought “man, I’m so pleased, I need to treat myself”. Then I thought, “Oh I cant. I’ll have to give myself an hour of TV instead”. I’m trying to change my thought patterns.

It’s so so easy to reward yourself or comfort yourself with food whether it be good healthy or unhealthy. It’s a mindset we are taught from a young age. In my daughter’s class those who stayed on Green all week for good behaviour were given a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.

I think focussing on good behaviour and praising is much better than focussing and giving attention to those who don’t behave at school. However at the same time, food rewards reinforce the thought pattern to eat for celebration. Maybe it would be better to give the kids a prize, like a pencil or a cute rubber or pencil sharpener. It’s just a thought.

My point is that in life I’ve always had the thought, to celebrate a win, an achievement or good thing with food. It’s part of the culture I grew up in but now I am going to have to change this mind set as I start to build a whole new relationship with food.

I am super super pleased with my self as i have stuck to my diet 100% and I hope to lose a small chunk of weight before the big day next week.

I am nervous but I’m not over worried. I know everything will be okay. It’s just going to be hard, and a life changer. I’m doing it for the right reasons, for my reasons. I hope to be slimmer, healthier, happier, more confident, to look good, to be able to have more energy, to reduce my steroids and increase my chances of being well enough to have a second child in 2 or 3 years time.

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Low Carb Diet After Gastric Bypass

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It’s almost been 11 months since I had my Gastric Bypass and it’s been one heck of a journey. I guess I never knew what it would be like and I didn’t know what to expect. I could only go by what I had read and heard about the procedure and so in a way I went in knowing some things but the experience is so much greater than what you’re told.

I guess the only way to explain Gastric Bypass is to say it’s like giving birth. You hear stories and learn about it but until you actually go through the labour you can’t truly know what it’s like. Likewise for Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery, until you’re actually on the losers bench, it’s just all theory and that can only get you so far.

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Eating Low Carb Foods

So one of the subjects I’d like to focus on today is the issue of ditching the Carbs after Gastric Bypass. Immediately after bariatric surgery you go onto a liquid diet, followed by the pureed diet and then the soft food diet.

A bariatric diet allows for carbs however I’ve always been told it’s the last thing to eat. Whether your on pureed or soft foods or are now able to eat solid foods once more the advice is the same. Firstly you eat the protein, followed by vegetables and then if you have room in your pouch you can have carbs.

Switch Carbs For High Protein Foods

Eating protein after Gastric bypass is super important. It’s needed for the body to repair and to maintain muscle and strength as you lose weight. Filling up on protein can really help the body to feel fuller for longer and is a really important focus for bariatric patients.

I’ve always been told by my dietician, if I can fill up on protein and veg then I won’t need the carbs and the less carbs the better for weight loss. However, for me carbs are often my favourite part of the meal. I love potatoes, rice, pasta and bread so not having any at all is not going to work for me. Instead I have a very small amount of carbs which I do save for last and enjoy.

If I’m having a casserole, I’ll eat the meat, then veg and then a small potato. Likewise, with spaghetti bolognese or a pasta dish, I will now serve much more protein onto my plate and have a very small serving of pasta. Some people after gastric bypass won’t be able to tolerate pasta. I can, however I cannot eat noodles. It’s different for everyone!

We now add beans and lentils to our meals to increase the protein and add few if little carbs.

Cutting down on carbs is not easy for me. I really do like potato and rice and so I guess like with any food, moderation is the key.

Can I ditch the carbs completely?

No, I can’t!

I think if I quit carbs completely I’d end up feeling like I’m missing out and then want them even more. If I just have a small amount per meal, it satisfies and I feel better about it.

The key for me is moderation.

I still love sandwiches,  however I don’t eat certain bread anymore. I don’t eat wrap or tortilla bread and avoid white bread. If I really want a sandwich I will get a thin or brown bread and cut off the crusts which I now see as extra calories I don’t need.

I’ll put plenty of protein, lean meats or low-fat cheese into the sandwich and lots of salad items. I can then enjoy a sandwich which has a higher portion of protein and veg to carbs.

After gastric bypass you avoid fried and fatty foods. I don’t eat anything like chips or fries anymore. If I really fancy something special I might have half a jacket potato or a few wedges. I guess it’s not about ditching the carbs altogether but rather about ditching certain carbs which are cooked in certain ways.

I’ll still have a few spoons of rice with a meal but I’m not going to go and eat a huge risotto. I no longer really have a desire for pasta based meals too. I don’t fancy ever having lasagna again, but if I were to have it, I’d make my own sauces which were low in sugar and make it a protein, bean and veg lasagna instead.

I guess having a Gastric bypass is a tool. It helps me to eat less carbs but I have to make the choices of which carbs to eat if I do have them. Carbohydrates are now a little extra added to a meal, rather than a carb based meal. It’s not easy getting used to these changes but it’s important and will help me to hopefully lose more weight.

I’ll continue to try and focus on the protein and veg and hopefully find some lovely low carb or no carb recipes to try out in the coming months.

Low Carb Recipes

Do you have a favourite no carb meal? Have you ditched the carbs or do you need a few to keep you going like me? Here are a few low carb recipes that you may find super useful!

(Since spending two almost two weeks in hospital over the Christmas/New Year period I have regained 10 pounds. I’m back to 16 Stone which I’m not pleased about but am working towards losing it all over again)

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Bariatric Meal 14 Weeks After Gastric Bypass

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Well, since having my Gastric bypass 14 weeks tomorrow, I wanted to share a photo of the food I am now having. I tried this meal. I managed the chicken and potato and one tomato. However, I tried lettuce but it could not stay down. Really, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to tolerate salad/lettuce again. Here are my results after a gastric bypass – 14 weeks check-in.

Eating After a Gastric Bypass

They say if you can’t eat a certain food then try again in a few months. I shall try the lettuce again. I really do want to be able to eat salad! This part has been extremely frustrating.

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It’s still very tough, but, I’m only sick about once or twice a week now . A few weeks ago, it would be 12-14 times a day. Yet, I’m learning how to eat slow and chew chew chew. It’s a slooowww process. Plus, I’m eating 6 small meals a day and the reality is — I won’t ever finish the plate. Honestly, I have to leave food — I can’t eat everything on my plate.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Side Effects: Eating Out

I think going out to eat is hard. I can’t enjoy a lovely, delicious meal yet. I’ve heard other bariatric patients say they manage a child-size meal — but mentally and psychologically it’s difficult to accomplish. It’s tough not being able to eat the same foods as my family or the same size meals. In addition, I can’t even eat certain healthy meals. My gastric bypass diet is not enjoyable or pleasurable right now at 14 weeks.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

However, this was my choice and I did it to improve 3 things: my health, my weight and by cutting down my weight. Plus, I cut down the steroid dose which helps prevent diabetes, bone issues and other conditions. So, as hard as it is, I’ll get used to it. One day, I will enjoy the success as a bariatric patient after a gastric bypass.

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