When I started this blog, I promised to tell the good, the bad and the ugly: everything from gastric bypass surgery complications and misery to “wow” moments. What has happened to me over the last two weeks has been both bad and ugly.
It began on Tuesday, October 14th. I had some abdominal cramping, like perhaps I had a bad case of diarrhea. It came and went through the day. But around 11:00 PM, it intensified and stopped going away.
It felt similar to labor – and hurt about as bad. The pain came in waves, crested and receded just like contractions. At around 11:30 I called in to the surgeon’s office and paged the doctor on call. I was told to go to clear liquids and get an appointment to come in first thing in the morning.
But the pain got worse, and around 4:00 AM I started throwing up, too. I called the doctor again and was told to go immediately to the ER. Continue reading
I’m just getting over a major dump.
Today started great. I went to a meeting, then went to the park to walk. 2.4 miles in 30 minutes, worked up a nice sweat. I had eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast, and have already had 2 of my 4 daily propels. Had a yogurt for mid-morning snack. So I’m at about 27 grams of protein so far for the day. Really doing well. Oh, and I took my morning calcium and silica supplements.
I’ve been a really good girl this morning!
So for lunch, I go with broiled scallops and a salad. I add cheese crumbles and some sunflower seeds to the salad to up the protein count.
10 minutes after the salad is gone, it hits me. Continue reading
I saw my PCP this week, and we were discussing life after both gastric bypass and gall bladder removal.
Gallstones are one of the most common gastric bypass surgery complications. It seems that up to one third of all gastric bypass patients will develop gallstones in the months following surgery. Wow. The rapid weight loss, combined with the drastically lower amount of fat and calories in our diet seem to be to blame.
A few things are different now that my gall bladder is history. I’ve noticed that I dump easier, and on more foods. I even dump on protein shakes. I’m tolerating fewer foods.
Then again, I’m tolerating other foods that I wasn’t before. For example, my 7 year old has been sick, and a friend from church baked him some cookies. My favorite kind – homemade chocolate chip. So I just had to have one, figuring a few minutes of bilss was worth the misery that would follow. Continue reading
Today I had my one-year follow-up appointment with my gastric bypass doctor. It was combined with my first follow-up visit after the gall bladder surgery, which is why it’s a whole month early.
I got very upset immediately after the gall bladder surgery, as I was given no dietary restrictions other than “nothing greasy.” 2 days after surgery I ate a Michelina’s cheese tortellini meal (16 grams of protein!) and my stomach had a fit. Continue reading
I really thought I would be over it by now.
But here I am, 10 days out from having my gall bladder removed, and I’m still hurting and woozy. I can’t do the things I want to do.
What, you might ask, does having my gall bladder out have to do with gastric bypass surgery? Continue reading