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8 Weeks After Bariatric Surgery

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8 Weeks After Bariatric Surgery

I’m almost eight weeks out from my Gastric Bypass and what can I say,  this has been one of the most difficult times of my life physically. The post op period was really tough for me. I think because I naturally have a low pain threshold, I struggled with the pain from the holes in my tummy and the pain from my insides however I am pleased to say all the operation pain is well and truly over and I’m really pleased about that.

I have had two hospital admissions the first due to sickness and vomiting and being unable to keep my Hydrocortisone medication down and the second due to Adrenal Insufficiency issues again. I managed to get through the first phase of the bariatric post op diet which was hard. You can only have liquids and slop. I stuck mainly to soups and sloppy porridge and pureed foods tried my best to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. I really struggled with medications in the first six weeks as tablets cant be swallowed so I had to crush medication which tasted foul or have liquid meds which were even worse. I’m glad this phase is over and I can at last have whole tablets again.

I went to meetings for a year or two before my operation but not once was I told about the difficulties I’d have drinking after my procedure. Yes of course I knew a new pouch for a stomach would affect how much food I could eat but I was not told how much I’d struggle to drink regular. You cant gulp anymore and for now and maybe the rest of my life I will have to have little sips constantly and I’m finding that really hard. I think before the operation I focussed more on the liver shrinking diet in preparation of my Gastric bypass.

After 5 weeks I moved onto the Soft Foods Stage of eating and that has been tough. Many foods have not gone down well. I’ve vomited some days around 12 times and when something gets stuck I continue to vomit until it’s gone. This has been hard and really makes the tummy sore. After being sick my stomach becomes inflamed and I have to go back to liquids and start over. It has been really hard. The foods I cannot have because they simply cause pain, vomiting and sickness are bread, pasta, red meat like pork or beef and tuna.

When a food irritates my stomach and causes serious sickness that causes my medications to come back up including my life saving steroids “hydrocortisone” and so I have to retake them but then i’m sick again and so I’ve really struggled this week. What makes things worse is once you have been sick almost all foods come back up. It’s not fun and much much harder than pregnancy sickness. I want good nutrition but until my insides are better healed and I find what I can and cant have I will keep being sick over and over and thats not good.

Today is my 8 weeks post op and I can officially move onto solid foods. I am not ready. I think due to the difficulties I have had I need to stay on the soft food diet for some more time. After all the guidelines are guidelines and not everyone will be exactly the same.

My goal is to eat 3 soft meals a day and have 2 healthy protein based snacks. I am trying hard. Over the past few weeks, well since week 3 I had not lost weight. I think because I’ve been having a lot of extra steroids in an out of hospital and because it is normal for a stall every few weeks.

However the good news is this week I have lost weight. Since coming out of hospital eight days ago, when I gained 2 pounds I have re-lost that 2 pounds plus another 5 and so I am officially weighing in at 17 stone.

I cannot believe it. I have officially lost 30 lbs before my operation and 30 lbs after my operation and although I cant see a difference in myself, or in my dress size yet, i’m sure eventually I will. I am really pleased with 60 lbs weight loss. That is amazing but it has been hard and is no easy ride and I’m still unsure whether I would do this again if I had the chance to redo my decision.

At this point in time I am in between the regret and what the heck have I done to myself stage and also the yeah I’m beginning to lose weight stage so I am full of lots of different thoughts. Hopefully in the future my feelings will change and when I’m used to eating differently and not having the sickness issues I’m having I will be much more happier about the decision I made to do this. At the end of the day it’s better for my health and I’m not pre-diabetic anymore.

I just need to see an Endo to make sure I’m now on the correct dose of hydrocortisone but my next NHS appointment is not until August 31st in 4 months which is rubbish so I’m saving to see someone privately as 4 months on the wrong dose of  medication could make me really unwell. If I can I will have my first private Endo appointment on 23rd June in London the day before BritmumsLive. Fingers crossed.

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13 Comments

  1. Wow it is so interesting reading your journey. Have this surgery is quite obviously no easy ride. I had no idea how long you could not eat solid foods for or about the water either. I hope that will improve for you. Also rubbish that your doctor cannot seen you until August when you’re losing weight so dramatically it’s bound to affect your medication! Great weight loss though Angela, which must help with what you’re going through x

    1. It’s been tough but I’m hoping it will get easier. I’m super pleased with my progress and hoping to lose more soon. I agree about the medication. The NHS have a chart and the dosage of steroids changes every 10-20lbs of weight you are so mine needs to change. I’m disappointed with my Endo team. They are letting me down.

  2. Oh Angela it really sounds like you are having a tough time, I hope you’ve turned the corner now with the sickness and you begin to feel much better. It is a fabulous weight loss, so hopefully you will really start to feel the benefits soon. Sending you lots of love x

  3. Awesome!!! Sounds like it has been a tough journey but you’re doing amazing, at my biggest I weighed 16.9 I successfully lost 4 stone of that last year, now it’s creeping back up. Im back on the wagon. It’s so hard…. I love food.

  4. Sounds hellish, glad you are pleased with your progress. Good luck for the future. I wouldn’t be able to do with the drinking issue mostly I think. You have no choice now so, we were wondering why you didn’t just have the gastric band?

    1. I was seen by surgeons at hospital and this was the treatment they recommended. they do not do the gastric band on the nhs in my area anymore. it was between the band and the sleeve and there is 30 years research on the bypass and about 10 years on the band and the band seems to be failing and causing more issues and may are having to go from band to bypass so it’s now no longer an option. I did the right thing ..it’s just hard but i’ll get used to it eventually.

      1. I am sure you will x Good luck to you, you have suffered for it. You are so honest about it and finding out stuff they don’t tell you is shocking. All those I read about seem to lose weight and get better glucose tolerance after this surgery. A friend from a thyroid forum I was on, he did vlog too, had it done privately before they started doing it on NHS much and he lost weight, but unfortunately I lost touch with him about 5 years ago. People often seem to have to take vitamins but no hardship eh if it improves all else? Anyway that might be a different kind of op with loss of intestine. I know exactly what you mean about falling ill, being in bed and on steroids murders any hope of losing weight. I am a very big lady but really too old and sick to have surgery that is why I mentioned the band, I might have considered that. As it is diabetic, AI and AI thyroiditis and deficiencies are my lot and with the breathing difficulties making exercise impossible I am wishing you all the strength you need to get used to your new lifestyle. Youth is on your side. As you heal I am sure things will get much easier 🙂
        I want a pump too but my endo is useless, NEVER sees me, and won”t even give me Plenendren (I believe I mentioned that once before) x
        Waiting for your next update 🙂

  5. Wow this was really interesting!
    My weight constantly Yo Yo’s and as much as I’ve thought about Surgery I really don’t think im brave enough to go through with it.
    From reading this surgery is so not the easy option!

    Good luck for the coming weeks.

  6. Well done you on the weight loss and that’s despite all the additional illness etc you have had to contend with. Surgery is by no means an easy option it’s probably the hardest one!

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