Sorry, I disappeared for a while. There was so much to do before surgery and I didn’t feel up to updating about my journey until now. I have so much to update you on.
First, we left off after I had my MRI done. The results showed that there was nothing of worry for the doctor to look at. I had to get ready for surgery including a modified diet, mostly liquid and puree. It wasn’t all that terrible and I ended up losing about 20 pounds before surgery.
My surgery was on September 14. There were no complications and I was able to get up and walk the night of surgery. My hospital stay ended up being fairly short. I went home after lunch the next day after I was able to eat breakfast and lunch. I stayed the night with family because I wasn’t allowed to be alone for 24 hours after I was discharged.
The pain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did take Tramadol for a day after surgery. I took Tylenol the day after that. By Sep 16, I was off all pain meds and I wasn’t in a ton of pain. I was able to handle the small amount that I was in.
It was hard to get food in for the first two weeks after surgery. I got full pretty quickly and it was tough getting my protein shake in. My taste buds changed after surgery and I hate sweet stuff. The shakes have 1g of sugar and yet it was pretty sweet and made me nauseous. So, I got very little of them in.
I did mix my shakes in with decaf coffee and that helped some. I have since switched to Isopure unflavored and add it to my drinks and food. It helps me get my protein in.
My goals right now, almost 5 weeks post-op, are to get in 50-60g of protein and drink around 48oz of water in. I’m also at about 400 calories a day. It was really easy to do this on the soft foods diet. I’ve been on soft foods for 2 weeks. I e-mailed my dietitian and will be finding out if I can advance to a regular diet. I’ll find out next week.
I have lost a total of 56 pounds since May. I do fluctuate a pound or two a day based on water weight. I’ve lost 28 pounds since surgery and that is pretty awesome.
I have a 6 week post-op appointment on October 29. Then, I won’t see my surgeon again for 6 months.
My activity level is pretty good. I’ve been doing tons of walking and I have a ton more energy than I did before the weight loss. I’m waiting on clearance to start working out. I’m still only allowed to do walking as I’m still healing.
I’ll try and update soon about what is going on and I’ll be adding more about my journey post vsg. You can follow me on TikTok where I have started posting videos of my experience.
Until next time,