• Janis Schole

Surgeries are Done!

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Oct. 8, 2018

In spite of the snow (we got 4 inches), I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving, being grateful for all our many blessings, and enjoying the day off work today. I have so, so much to be thankful for!

As you probably know, I had my surgery (gall bladder removal and gastric sleeve) on Wednesday morning. I received great care at the Royal Alex (which, incidentally, is also where I was born), passed the "leak test" of my new stomach, and was discharged Friday at noon. All 3 kids and I went to church on Sunday, followed by me grocery shopping at Costco in order to cook a roast chicken Thanksgiving meal for supper that night. I've felt great all the way through, and, although I did take pain killer while in hospital, it was more of a preventative measure, as my pain was pretty mild and exceedingly brief. I also filled the prescription I was given for Codeine before coming home, just to be safe, but I haven't even come close to needing it (or anything else).

For the first 2 weeks, I'm on the "full fluid bariatric diet," which is a little misleading because, among other things like broth, milk, and fruit juice, I can also have porridge, applesauce, pudding, yogurt, jello and popsicles. On Oct. 18, I can start adding in soft or pureed solid foods for the next 2 weeks. I will need to take 5 vitamin supplements daily for the rest of my life (Vit B1, B12, D, calcium citrate, and a complete multivitamin with iron and folic acid). I was already taking some of them anyway. I have to aim for 8 cups of fluid and 80 grams of protein per day so that I don't get dehydrated or lose fat instead of muscle mass.

So far, the results of this surgery have been exactly as promised. I'm really noticing the changes to my eating experience. I don't feel hungry, but my digestive tract is almost always making gurgling noises, and when I do eat, I feel it moving quickly down through my system (no pain or discomfort). I feel the "restriction" of having a much smaller stomach pouch (50 to 75% has been removed) so I am full with very little food (1/2 to 1 cup). Since I'm not hungry in the first place, the only way I know I'm full is the feeling of tightness I get). I have to eat and drink very slowly, or it can cause discomfort. I'm still journaling all of my food so I can track calories and protein.

When my family was enjoying their Thanksgiving meal last night, I honestly didn't feel like I was missing out. Before they started, I drank a tasty decaf mocha Optifast shake and had 3 tbsp of pumpkin pie filling, leaving no desire for more anything. It was great!

I can't have any caffeine until my stomach is healed, but I'm enjoying the occasional decaf coffee in the meantime.

Life is good! Thanks be to God! Now, I pray it be His will that we could get some dry Fall weather to finish this harvest. 🙏

I thought I'd share a pic of this morning's breakfast with you. It's 3/4 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt with some calorie-free, cherry Kool Aide liquid flavoring mixed in. Also, in the comments (for the squeamish), I'm sharing a pic of my inscision staples. The metal feels pretty neat, but for some reason, I can't get any of the kids to touch them. Kyle says that they make me a robot and he does not like that LOL.

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