Having gastric bypass surgery wasn’t the worst thing. In fact, as to my stomach, abdomen, pain (or lack thereof), it’s hard to tell I even had surgery (aside from the little pieces of tape still on my belly.
As far as eating and everything, learning what foods I can and can’t eat has gone pretty well. In fact, I tried some Wendy’s chili today as a quick lunch, and first of all it was delicious. Second of all, it went down really well. (and it has very few calories). There hasn’t been much so far that hasn’t gone well, which is an absolute blessing.
The pinched nerve, however continues to bother me, sometimes horribly. Going to see a specialist on Monday, cross your fingers for me. The best news of all though, is I have lost 39.4 pounds since the beginning of this process just a little over a month ago. That’s pretty awesome.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. On my 14th day after gastric bypass surgery, I will be able to eat some solid food. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not in a rush aside from the fact that I like to chew on my food. During the last few days, I’ve been learning more about my pouch and the way it ‘swallows.’
Okay, sounds crazy? Well, imagine this, when I swallow, the food goes down and deposits in the pouch. The pouch squeezes and eventually forces the food out through the opening in the bottom to my small intestine. The latter part of that process, the food moving into the intestine, can make me feel quite odd. It’s a totally new sensation in my belly, so it takes a little getting used to.
First thing I’ve learned, when they said puree, they meant puree. I tried to puree some turkey and didn’t’ add anything wet, and it was very dry and fine mushy meat. So I ate it. It ‘goes down’ fine, but then, when my pouch swallowed, it wasn’t quite as pleasant. It feels like something is being forced through an opening. Which it is. But if I eat too much too fast, it tries to push out what is in there — and it nearly takes my breath away sometimes. So, slower eating.
Ultra Music Festival is underway in downtown Miami and it was amazing last night. Duran Duran performed before Tiesto came on, and it was great. Duran Duran really killed the mood of the bouncy dance music with some of their musical choices, but hearing some of the classics was cool. You can check out a brief video of it over on YouTube. Today is day 2 of 3 for the event, so the thumping continues throughout the day.
As I entered my puree phase of the program, scrambled eggs was on the menu. As I was afraid of any entrapment in my pouch, I blended some green pepper and onion with “Better Eggs.” It wasn’t any good. After a few bites I tossed it out. No real eggs, hmmm.
Today, I sprang to action. I ran to the store to get some real eggs — today I chose Cage Free brown eggs. I also got some corn which I am going to attempt to cream later and I think if I take some turkey, along with a little chicken broth, I can make a “pureed” turkey to have with my cream corn for dinner. Gotta try!
Well, the scrambled eggs were delicious. 1 egg plus a bit of finely chopped onion and green pepper, plus a dash of pepper and a touch of LoFat CoJack shredded cheese. Yum. ‘Normal food’ is so delicious and full of flavor!
Things progress well, slept well last night and working from home today.
Today marks 8 days post-op from my gastric bypass surgery. While I wish I could tell you I’ve already lost 100 pounds, that is not the case. In fact, I’ve heard of many other gastric bypass patients who wake up and feel for their belly to see if it is still there! If only it was so easyâ€¦
The smushy/liquid food thing has been upgraded to PUREE! So cottage cheese is now on the menu as well as pureed foods. They suggest 2 oz of pureed protein (ie turkey) and 2 oz of vegetables for a regular meal. Okay, seems okay. I’ve been having some pureed chicken vegetable soup the last two days that my mom made during her visit. It is truly delicious — esp. with the other foods I’m eating.
Pudding — who doesn’t love pudding. ME. I’m tired of pudding already. Sure, it sounded great that one of the few foods I could have was pudding, which I love. Well, let me tell you, there are some sugar free puddings on the market that shouldn’t be. CrÃ¨me Brulee? I don’t think so. It’s just nasty goop. The vanilla and chocolate have an interesting consistency compared to the usual creamy and wonderful Snack Pack, but this is a little more dry, less creamy. It does taste pretty good, but enough already, bring on the steak!
I haven’t updated you on my gastric bypass surgery night prior to my surgery, and so I know it is due time for an update. First, the surgery went extremely well. My care team lead by Dr. Nelson de la Cruz-Munoz at the University of Miami were just incredible. I got to the hospital at 6am, 4 hours prior to the procedure, and was checked in quickly, then taken to pre-op and had all the necessary injections and tubes attached, then laid around waiting for things to begin.
I was given a physical screening, all vitals checked, consulted with the anesthesiologist, and was then given a dose of some wonder drug that cut me off mid-sentence.
Okay, some may already be offended at the title, but please, it’s me I’m talking about here, and I can call myself anythingâ€¦ So.. Tonight is the last night before the rest of my life. The first half of my life, as the FatAss, is officially over. All of the luggage, regret, shame and so many other things we just can’t even get into, are gone.
Waking up, going to the hospital and starting a new life — all before noon tomorrow, is truly what is happening. Less than 12 hours from now, it’s a whole new life.
I’d like to thank all of those who have been so supportive over the past few weeks, and esp. since I started posted onto Facebook. I will be posting updates to FB and my blog on a regular basis moving forward.
Thanks again. Cheers — to an all new me!
Well, while I generally don’t blog about day-in-day-0ut life, but I’ve decided that as a therapeutic exercise, I’m going to write about my upcoming gastric bypass surgery.
Yep, the ‘big guy’ will be big no more. While there are plenty of blogs which allow readers to take the journey through this life changing process of Weight Loss Surgery (WLS), most of them are written by women. No offense to the ladies, but there aren’t enough which help describe a man’s perspective on the process, and since I really don’t foresee talking about this with close friends on an intimate basis, I feel the distance between me and the internet is far enough that I can be candid, coy and even funny sometimes.