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deedee_

Member
Thought I'd do an update :) I'm one week post op!!

I somehow ended up super lucky and my surgery took place in a private hospital instead of homerton. I was so grateful for the private room, air con and en-suite! The care was fantastic, though I suspect it would have been at homerton too. I stayed in hospital one night, and not gonna lie the first day/night was rough. I don't remember a lot, but the anaesthetic hit me hard!

I tried getting out of bed and ended up almost asleep in the chair but managed to wee and move around the room a little. I was sick a few times in the night, which I was told was the anaesthetic - it was gross and black. Pain the first night was uncomfortable and not very nice but I think it was mainly just me taking a while to pull round.

Next morning I felt mostly fine! Walked around loads, did stairs with the physio's no problem. Didn't have any gas pain, just uncomfortableness and like there were stones in my belly. Was sick once or twice more but nothing more since then. :)

This week has been fine, I'm managing to drink everything - milk, coffee, water, juice, soup. It's all going down surprisingly well, I can manage most of the amount my plan dictates. But, I can easily forget. Bit worried how easy it goes down, more than anything tbh but the nurse seems pleased that I'm doing well.

I stupidly weighed myself 3 days post op and GAINED 8lbs!! that was a kicker. Weighed myself today though (week out) and I lost those 8lbs and an additional 7lbs which I'm happy with. Total loss since LRD is 1 stone 13lbs.

That's me on liquids for another 2 weeks, but looking forward to puree already!

Can't believe I'm actually writing this update to be honest. My first appointment was only 8 months ago, and here I am! So grateful for the NHS and being given this chance.
 

Kev_h

Well-Known Member
So good to read your update and I am over the moon for you. I didn’t suffer from sickness at all apart from a reaction to some tablets I had on an empty stomach but it sounds gross!
Liquids will go down quite easily and you may not feel full for a while but stick to the amounts prescribed and you’ll be fine. The full feeling will come later when you are on the solid foods. Trust me on that one...

Weight gain just after the op is also normal, it’s mainly to do with swelling I believe. As you found out though, it soon goes down again. Time will fly and you’ll soon be experimenting with different tastes and textures of food. Things will have changed so take it slowly and don’t forget to sip that water.
Btw, what op did you have in the end?
Welcome to the losers bench, I hope you enjoy your time here! Take it easy, follow the plan and sip that water. You’ll soon settle in to your new routine. ;-)
 

deedee_

Member
So good to read your update and I am over the moon for you. I didn’t suffer from sickness at all apart from a reaction to some tablets I had on an empty stomach but it sounds gross!
Liquids will go down quite easily and you may not feel full for a while but stick to the amounts prescribed and you’ll be fine. The full feeling will come later when you are on the solid foods. Trust me on that one...

Weight gain just after the op is also normal, it’s mainly to do with swelling I believe. As you found out though, it soon goes down again. Time will fly and you’ll soon be experimenting with different tastes and textures of food. Things will have changed so take it slowly and don’t forget to sip that water.
Btw, what op did you have in the end?
Welcome to the losers bench, I hope you enjoy your time here! Take it easy, follow the plan and sip that water. You’ll soon settle in to your new routine. ;-)
Thanks so much! Yeah I’ve heard the restriction comes with food, so not too worried yet. I don’t feel full or hungry at the moment - very weird! I’m managing a milky coffee for breakfast then some yoghurt / custard and 200ml soup for lunch and dinner per day. Along with water / squash throughout the day.

I could probably have more if I tried, as in it doesn’t feel like I’m super full but sticking to the 200ml measures for soup etc.

Do you think I need to be worrying about protein at this stage? I bought some shakes but they’re so sweet Im not enjoying them at all! Ordered some protein water to try though.

Oh missed that vital part of info out, oops! Went for a sleeve in the end, just felt safer and right for me. I think my willpower is pretty good, wasn’t much of a snacked - it’s just my portions that were too big and being well, greedy! So sleeve felt right. :)

x
 

Kev_h

Well-Known Member
I’d say protein is very important at every stage as it helps your body to heal but don’t force anything down you that you are not enjoying. You don’t want to put yourself off anything by making yourself ill. If I remember correctly, I used milk powder quite a lot to increase my protein. I think I just added a few spoonfuls of marvel to my milk and whisked/ blended it up a bit. And then sieved it back into the bottle to remove any lumps. Then use that milk to make any drinks I had or to water down the soups a bit. A few people used protein water, I never did, but I did use a bit of whey protein in milk a few times. As you’ve discovered, your tastes will change so don’t order in too much of anything until you know you like it. It’s all about experimenting for the next few months, try a bit and see how you go.

Saying that, I’m almost a year post op and I’m still experimenting. I tried kippers for breakfast for the first time this week and they didn’t sit well in my belly. No unpleasantness but they made it gurgle quite a bit so I won’t be trying that again for a while.

Time will fly by and you’ll soon move through the stages. You’ll soon be giving us your one month update and telling us you are pain free or trying a boiled egg or a bit of mashed potato with gravy! Some of those foods will have never tasted so good! If you find that you are not tolerating a stage, then step back a stage for a few more days then try again. If a particular food doesn’t feel right, then leave it for a week or two and then try again. You’ll discover that your new stomach is very much in control now, listen to it and you’ll be fine.

I love my sleeve. Speaking with hindsight, I do believe it was the best choice for me. You do need a bit more will power at times as you are less prone to dumping syndrome if you eat rich foods but on the upside, you can eat ‘a bit of’ rich food. Hence the will power!...

That is for the future though, for now, just follow the plan and you’ll be fine.
 

Bling Babe

Well-Known Member
Thought I'd do an update :) I'm one week post op!!

I somehow ended up super lucky and my surgery took place in a private hospital instead of homerton. I was so grateful for the private room, air con and en-suite! The care was fantastic, though I suspect it would have been at homerton too. I stayed in hospital one night, and not gonna lie the first day/night was rough. I don't remember a lot, but the anaesthetic hit me hard!

I tried getting out of bed and ended up almost asleep in the chair but managed to wee and move around the room a little. I was sick a few times in the night, which I was told was the anaesthetic - it was gross and black. Pain the first night was uncomfortable and not very nice but I think it was mainly just me taking a while to pull round.

Next morning I felt mostly fine! Walked around loads, did stairs with the physio's no problem. Didn't have any gas pain, just uncomfortableness and like there were stones in my belly. Was sick once or twice more but nothing more since then. :)

This week has been fine, I'm managing to drink everything - milk, coffee, water, juice, soup. It's all going down surprisingly well, I can manage most of the amount my plan dictates. But, I can easily forget. Bit worried how easy it goes down, more than anything tbh but the nurse seems pleased that I'm doing well.

I stupidly weighed myself 3 days post op and GAINED 8lbs!! that was a kicker. Weighed myself today though (week out) and I lost those 8lbs and an additional 7lbs which I'm happy with. Total loss since LRD is 1 stone 13lbs.

That's me on liquids for another 2 weeks, but looking forward to puree already!

Can't believe I'm actually writing this update to be honest. My first appointment was only 8 months ago, and here I am! So grateful for the NHS and being given this chance.
Hey that’s great, welcome to the losers bench, look forward to seeing your continued journey x
 

Bling Babe

Well-Known Member
Thanks so much! Yeah I’ve heard the restriction comes with food, so not too worried yet. I don’t feel full or hungry at the moment - very weird! I’m managing a milky coffee for breakfast then some yoghurt / custard and 200ml soup for lunch and dinner per day. Along with water / squash throughout the day.

I could probably have more if I tried, as in it doesn’t feel like I’m super full but sticking to the 200ml measures for soup etc.

Do you think I need to be worrying about protein at this stage? I bought some shakes but they’re so sweet Im not enjoying them at all! Ordered some protein water to try though.

Oh missed that vital part of info out, oops! Went for a sleeve in the end, just felt safer and right for me. I think my willpower is pretty good, wasn’t much of a snacked - it’s just my portions that were too big and being well, greedy! So sleeve felt right. :)

x
Hiya, since my bypass I’ve been unable to tolerate hot drinks and tbh hot meals don’t sit too well but what I was going to say was yes protein is really importan, I have unflavoured protein powder in my cold brew coffee and it’s delicious and creamy x
 

Mazza

Administrator
Staff member
@deedee_ hello and welcome to the losers bench. Glad to hear the op went well.

Which protein drinks/powders did you go for, some of them can be sweet, artificially and others have a lot of sugar in them too. I found the ready made ufit ones ideal and they're usually on offer in one of the supermarkets. Obviously we're all different but I tried so many and almost all didnt agree with me.

I'm four years out from my sleeve now and my restriction is still really good but I'm also still sensitive to sugar.

Good luck on this part of your journey, looking forward to hearing how you progress 🍀
 

Bling Babe

Well-Known Member
@deedee_ hello and welcome to the losers bench. Glad to hear the op went well.

Which protein drinks/powders did you go for, some of them can be sweet, artificially and others have a lot of sugar in them too. I found the ready made ufit ones ideal and they're usually on offer in one of the supermarkets. Obviously we're all different but I tried so many and almost all didnt agree with me.

I'm four years out from my sleeve now and my restriction is still really good but I'm also still sensitive to sugar.

Good luck on this part of your journey, looking forward to hearing how you progress 🍀
Always good to hear from you @Mazza x
 

Lalapo

Member
Welcome. Did you have the sleeve?
im 10 months out from sleeve and lost 6stones. Not bad with all my co-mobidities! Take it easy and follow the plan, don’t be like me and try to run before you walk. Hope you loads of success x
 
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