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I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. I'm at work, because this isn't a holiday in Mexico If you are an OCC patient, I wanted to remind you to participate in the email follow up program. It helps our doctors stay on top of any issues you may be having, it also helps you to stay on track! During the first month after your surgery, you will get an email every week, then they slow down a little bit, each of them also include a seminar link once you've completed the questions (sorry, we have been having an issue with some of these, hopefully that is resolved now). As time goes by it may also ask you to have some blood work done at your primary care doctors and send us the results. When you answer the questions, it also alerts our doctors if you need additional follow up - you will be asked to get in touch with us. Don't ever hesitate to call with any questions or feel embarrassed about calling if you don't feel like you are losing weight fast enough, if you've gotten off track, or need some extra help. The surgery is just the beginning of your journey! On a personal note, I have been having some "bathroom" issues still. I went to my doctor last week after having several conversations with Dr. Martinez, taking me off all of my supplements, avoiding dairy, etc - I go in tomorrow morning for some blood work and "sample collections" (yes, this is a gross as it sounds LOL) but we need to be able to rule out what this is or isn't. It could simply be that my body is taking a little longer to get used to being sleeved (especially on a revision, the stomach is a bit "rigid" for awhile, so things flow through a bit more quickly, as the stomach relaxes a little, this problem tends to go away). I'll keep you posted about how the test results come back, but I think between the stress I'm dealing with right now, plus the changes to my body, and my predisposition towards "bathroom issues" anyway - because of my IBS - it will just turn out to be nothing that some time won't heal Lori's urban blog dictionary: Bathroom issues = diarrhea lol
I was able to start on real solid food and it really seems to be helping my energy levels and my gut issues! I think my body just needed something to "work" with! lol I spoke with another sleeve revision patient yesterday, and she said she had some of the very same issues I was having... you know, making sure there was always a bathroom in sight! So far, as of noon yesterday, I'm doing better. We'll see if that holds up since I had a few bites of pizza tonight. Mostly just the toppings, but I did have part of a very small piece, it tasted really good, and was really nice to eat with my family... but I can't eat much of it, which is good, as pizza has to be near the top of the list (ok maybe THE top) of my favorite food... Still amazed how little I am eating and how satisified I feel! Now... Pizza I realize is not a good weight loss food, I do get that, and I know I didn't get nearly enough protein out of that meal, but again, we were all sitting together, watching a movie, and it was nice, after several weeks on liquids, to just have a few bites of whatever they were eating. So far, no reflux, which was my biggest concern! I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow!!
I have a favorite salad, its chicken, walnuts, apples, cranberries, and light mayo. So tonight, I took some of the roasted chicken breast, some fat free mayo, walnuts, and cranberries (i'm out of apples) put it in the food processor and made a mushy, yummy, pulverized salad meal. Tastes really good! What mushy foods are getting you through the sleeve post op diet? I'd love some suggestions.
LoriBecky posted a blog entry in Lori's BlogThere is a Contemporary Christian Song by Stacie Orrico called "Don't Look at Me". So, that is totally ME!. Here are the lyrics: Don't look at me if you're looking for perfection Don't look at me I will only let you down I'll do my best to point you in the right directon But don't look at me No, no, no Don't look at me, look at Him So last night, I was really craving something sweet, I wasn't hungry mind you - but with overweight people, being hungry isn't always the reason we eat. So anyway... I got one of those little mini hershey chocolate bars (did I make it sound small? I'm trying to make this wee little miniature chocolate sound super small)! Anyway, I wanted it, I melted it in my mouth and made it last and linger and oh my... it was delicious! I tell you this not because i'm encouraging anybody to cheat on their pre-op or post-op diet, but because even when we need a little somethin' somethin'... its OK. We don't have to fall off and dive head first into a chocolate fountain (oh my... I just totally pictured myself doing this!) We can have a wee little tiny minature treat, and move on.... stay within our healthy diets and still have a chocolate moment. Am I following my post op diet very closely... YES! I am very proud of myself. Did I have a little treat yesterday, YES!!! I did! Do I regret it? NOPE... I had a treat, in extreme moderation (really... it was so tiny you could hardly see it)! and I got up today and had my oatmeal, and I'm drinking my Sobe Life Water, and I'm still not hungry! Remember... follow the pre and post op diets as outlined by Dr. Miranda, but don't kick yourself if you stumble a little.... when it comes to perfection... there is only one! And HE has blessed my life in so many ways, and I know he's not going to hold my little wee miniscule chocolate fix against me If you have any questions... you know how to reach me!