Monday, October 8, 2012

Almost 2 months post-op

This Thursday will mark the 2-month anniversary of my sleeve surgery. I'm still struggling to adjust to eating and living with my sleeve. My surgeon & dietitian, my internist's NP/diabetes educator, and a nurse at Anthem BC/BS all seem to feel that if I could eat more than 1/4 cup of food at a time, I wouldn't be so hungry only an hour after eating. Since eating more than 1/4 cup makes me sick, I'm not able to test that theory right now. I'm getting a lot better at knowing when to stop eating and at avoiding dumping, but having to eat every 1 to 1-1/2 hours (which is what the NP/diabetes educator recommends) is a pain in the butt, especially when I'm at work, where I'm not allowed to eat or drink except during my one 15-minute break. And this isn't a nagging hunger. It's a screaming hunger, because my blood sugar has nose-dived and my body thinks I'm about to starve to death and cranks up the production of grehlin and other hormones to motivate me to eat again.

The other problem is my fatigue and low energy. I've been tested for anemia, dehydration, and various vitamin/mineral deficiencies and hope to get the test results today.

The good news is that I've lost 17.4 lbs so far and I'm fitting into smaller clothes again. I'd forgotten that it can be fun to go closet-shopping. I still can't fit into last winter's clothes but today I'm taking a bag of fat clothes to Goodwill.


A.J. said...

Hi Jean,

I am a new follower. I have been banded for 2.5yrs, and I live in West TN also. I am a dog lover with a tendency toward rescue basset hounds.

I hate to see you have had complications with your band but am keeping my fingers crossed for continued success with your sleeve revision.

Dana Adams said...

Hey, Jean! Girl! You will always be a bandster at heart! Why? Because it gave you a NEW LIFE! Now, you are just finding a NEW direction in that life. I am praying to regain your strength and energy level...I didn't realize until right now that you had the sleeve now. I am praying for you! And no matter whether you have a band or a sleeve, YOU are a GREAT inspiration to all!

I am getting my band this Thursday, and I am praying for a good experience. I have been learning to take the advice you have given in the Bandwagon books...and applying them to my everyday life for the last six months. I have already lost 40 lbs without surgery...but I need a tool to help me keep it off! Thank you for your encouragement and support and I pray that I can be even a portion of encouragement and support to you as you have been to me! Love you!

Lap Band Gal said...

Good to hear from you....hope you feel better soon! :)