bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve, Uncategorized, VSG

Gastric Sleeve Surgery POD 2 & 3

POD = Post Operative Day =)

Just a quick recap..  I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery done on Monday afternoon Nov 13,2017, came home on Tuesday evening.  And today is Thursday.

Yesterday (Wednesday Nov 15) was my first day on the full bariatric liquid diet.  It wasn’t too bad!! It’s definitely a learning process.  I’m figuring out how much of a sip is too much.  It definitely gives a little twinge of pain if you drink too much in one gulp.  I was however, able to get my 3 protein shakes in. One at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner time.  And I sip over about an hour.  I’ve decided that the Atkins Ready to Drink Shake, Milk Chocolate Delight is my favorite.  I’ve tried a couple of other brands, but this is my favorite flavor post op.  I’ve just picked up a couple other flavors today as well to try out.

I’ve also been drinking a decent amount of fluid.  My goal for each day right now (provided by my surgeon/nutritionist) is 64 ounces of fluid total, which includes your protein shakes, broth, diet jello, sugar free ice pops.. basically anything that goes in your mouth at this point.  My other saver is this water bottle: Camelbak Products Chute Water Bottle, Sage, 1-Liter  So one full one of these Camelbak bottles is already half my daily requirement.  I like that it doesn’t have a straw (reusable straws just gross me out because I feel like they just can’t get clean enough)  and it has the measurements on the side.  They are actually on sale right now in a few colors on amazon for $8.37! Great Deal!  I fill that up in the morning, add a little crystal light flavor to it.. very dilute, but I know I’ll get more in if there is some flavor to it, and sip all day long!   IMG_3212

So yesterday all together, I got my 3 protein shakes in (33 oz total) 1 full water bottle (32 oz) and even had some broth and a sugar free ice pop as well! I’m feeling very accomplished for my first full day on the full liquid diet.

My other great accomplishment, which I don’t know if I should be on the scale or not yet, is I’m down 7 lbs from my hospital admission weight! Of course there’s probably a little scale discrepancy from the hospital scale to my scale at home, but numbers are definitely moving in the right direction! Most people even said not to freak out the morning after surgery because you’ll have gained weight from the IV fluids, but this was not the case for me.  I was down 1/2 lb that morning.

Today (Thursday) I am still in a little discomfort, but definitely went out and over did it this morning.  I went out with my husband and daughter to drop my son at daycare, then to Kohl’s, I had a coupon I wanted to use! And then we went to Petco for my daughter to have a little entertainment, and then to the grocery store to pick up more protein shakes, plus what my husband and kids needed since they’re not on the same diet as I am.  I was already feeling it by the time we started at the grocery store, which made being at the grocery store very hard.  I was cranky from being out too long and here is all this food that my brain still wants to eat.  I haven’t actually felt hungry since surgery, maybe a little acidy at times? It’s hard to differentiate.  But I tried to get through the store as quickly as possible.  As soon as we got home, I had some broth, protein shake and dilaudid and took a well deserved nap.  I feel like a new woman since I’ve woken up!


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bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve, VSG

Gastric Sleeve POD1

IMG_3200It’s been almost 24 hours now since I’ve had my surgery.  I arrived to the hospital yesterday around noon, got checked in and started freaking out.  It was really hard saying goodbye to the kids yesterday morning, even though the rational side of me knew everything would be OK.  And it is.  It’s been a rough and groggy 20ish hours that I can recall.  By the time I got to my hospital room last night, it was about 7pm and my husband was here waiting for me.  He was able to come visit in PACU for a brief bit, but they were having issues with a couple of patients so they asked him to leave.  When I got to my room, they told me I could have clear liquids up until midnight, which I was surprised at.  They brought me a tray or jello, beef broth, iced tea and water.  I sipped slooooowly as instructed, finished the iced tea and some of the water and had a few spoonfuls of the beef broth.  BAD MISTAKE.  Shortly after, it all came back up.    I work in the hospital, but you don’t realize how noisy it is until you’re a patient.  It seems like every 10 minutes someone was coming in to annoy me.  Nurse after Resident after Aid.  And just went I got comfortable and fell asleep, they’d call a code over the loudspeaker. I must admit, I’m a pretty awesome nurse anyway, but this experience just kicked that up a notch 😉

I am definitely feeling more pain than I thought I would.  It’s a combo of gas pain, incisional pain and stomach acid.  Toradol and Dilaudid are good meds though.  I’ve been trying not to take the Dilaudid.

From midnight on, I was NPO (meaning nothing by mouth/nothing to drink) because of the leak test I had to have done.  I didn’t get that done until almost 1pm, so it was a long morning of having a dry mouth.  For the leak test, they took me down to Xray, and I had to drink.. ahem.. “sip” this contrast solution which was awful.  I mean AWFUL.  I got down just enough so they could see that everything looked OK.  They do the test under flouroscopy so you get to see it live.  Basically just making sure the border of your new stomach isn’t leaking.  Mine looked great! Back up to my room I went, and here I am drinking my clear liquid diet which I am finally tolerating well, no more nausea! And awaiting discharge..  I’m excited to see the kiddos! I didn’t get to see them last night because of getting to my room so late.  I did get to Facetime my daughter last night, she was very upset I wasn’t home. So within the next couple of hours, I’ll get to join back with them and I’m sure in 2 hours and 5 minutes I’ll be wishing I was back at the hospital!! =)

bariatric surgery, endoscopy, gastric sleeve, Uncategorized, VSG

Today is the Day – Gastric Sleeve Surgery

I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to blog about my gastric sleeve journey, but the reality is, its going to the center of my universe from today forward.  This post will be fairly long, as its the first one about my journey and what led me here.

I started this process back in June (2017).  Well, to be technical, it was about 3.5 years ago when my daughter was about 6 months old, but I wasn’t far enough post partum (they won’t let you have the surgery until you are 1 year post partum) and we also knew that we wanted to have another baby fairly quickly and didn’t want to wait the 18 months after surgery to start trying.  So, those plans went on hold.  I lost a good amount of weight after having my daughter by just doing the Center for Medical Weight Loss diet, which I had done a couple of times previously.  I liked that diet a lot.  I didn’t have to think, cook or plan, and it tasted like I was eating brownie mix.  The chocolate powder shakes were the best!  Somewhere along the way, the company changed the recipe and the shakes tasted different.. horrible to be quite honest! I even had my doctor order me an entire new box (he didn’t stock the chocolate powder, so he would order me a HUGE box just for myself) thinking there was something wrong with the lot.  But even the second box tasted just as gross.  So that was the end of my CMWL days. I had developed a love for Crossfit as well, which I also started doing when my daughter was about 6 months old.  Between eating those shakes that I loved and feeling stronger and stronger everyday at the gym and getting new PR’s, I lost about 50lbs, and was only 28 lbs away from “wedding weight”.. my goal.

I ended up getting pregnant with my son shortly after anyway, when my daughter was about 18 months old.  Morning sickness was all day sickness, and lasted the entire pregnancy.  It was still much better than being pregnant with my daughter, I was even sicker with her.  But I kept up at the gym, I even went to Crossfit the day before I went into labor.  I was determined to have a VBAC, but we’ll talk about that in another post.  I just had horrible nutrition during both pregnancies.  All I could tolerate was carbs with butter melted on them.  Specifically english muffins… oh they were the best!  So all in all, I gained back about 46 of the 50lbs I had lost by the time my son was born.  And then a couple weeks go by, and you lose all the water weight and baby weight and I was back down almost 25lbs.  I only had 20 lbs to go to get back on track where I was before getting pregnant with him!! Whoop whoop!  But then all the breastfeeding trouble started.  My son had a tongue tie, which we had fixed, but he still never learned to breastfeed well.  It was very painful for me, and we were making trips to the other side of the state to see a chiropractor for him and craniosacral therapist.  It helped some, but by 2 months, I was exclusively pumping for him as it was just too painful, and I was back to work.  Another fun fact, I had a breast reduction in 2001, so that makes establishing a milk supply even more challenging.  Back on track to the weight struggle.. I was stressed out trying to establish a supply and on medication to help with it, so I ended up gaining allll that weight back again.  By the time my son was 6 months old, I had stopped pumping, stopped taking the meds to help with my supply and started working with the trainers at the gym to get my diet back on track.  Which is SUPER HARD when you’re working full time and taking care of a baby and a 2 year old.  Life was crazy (and still is).  We were having meals made for us for a while, and did some food prep on our own.  I still felt hungry a lot, but my husband and I both lost some weight.  I kept giving in to temptations.. I was eating about 1200 calories a day and was just starving.  Eventually I gained some of that weight back.  I also tried the Ketogenic diet as well.  I didn’t lose as much as I thought I’d lose.  People in those weight loss groups seem to shed the pounds like crazy.  I’m also not a HUGE fan of all the keto foods.. cheese on it’s own to me is just sort of.. bleh.. and I was having a hard time making meat taste nice.  I ended up falling off track with that a couple times, but would start back up, fall off again.  etc.  I realized it wasn’t going to be a long term solution.  At this point, my son was about 18 months old and I had had enough spending a fortune on weight loss products.  I contacted the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital in June, and restarted the process.

So here I am today, after months of nutrition appointments  and pre-op appointments, it is the day of my surgery.  I know I will be just fine, but you can’t help thinking all sorts of irrational thoughts.  It’s scary not having control or awareness of what is happening to you.  Fortunately I work at the same hospital I am having the surgery done at (I am an endoscopy nurse) so I already know most of the people involved in my care today, which will help ease the anxiety.   I was even lucky enough to go in and see the surgery performed a few weeks back.  We had to join the surgical team and do endoscopy on a patient during the surgery.   It was really neat actually! I have requested an anesthesia provider that I work with, and even the nurse who called me on friday to tell me what time to be to the hospital today has had this surgery herself, so she will be the one admitting me today when I get there.  It’s going to be hard saying goodbye to the kids today, for no other reason than my irrational anxiety.  I’ll get to see them tonight when I’m in the hospital (I’ll stay overnight 1 night) and I’ve already explained everything to my daughter so she isn’t scared when she gets there.

Well I suppose I should start getting my stuff together! I will try and post tomorrow with an update!! I’m not ready to post stats or pics yet, it’ll be easier as history rather than reality! 😉




circumcision, Uncategorized

Ban Routine Infant Circumcision

Something I’ve become a bit passionate about since having my son is getting rid of routine infant circumcision.  Earlier in life, I thought for sure if I had a son, I would have him circumcised.  Even throughout pregnancy, my husband and I went back and forth on the issue.  I kept saying “well, it’s up to him, he’s the one who has a penis!” But once I held that baby boy in my arms, I knew there was no way I could have a completely unnecessary surgical procedure done to him without his consent.  I will completely support his decision later in life if he chooses to have a circumcision as an adult, but at least its his decision.  To sum it up:

“The foreskin is not a birth defect. Circumcision is a permanent amputation of normal, healthy, sensitive tissue that serves important physiological functions and without which normal sexual performance and sensation can be impaired. During the 19th century, circumcision was promoted as an effective remedy for a host of ailments including but not limited to rheumatism, epilepsy, asthma, skin cancer, insanity, and venereal disease. But it was as a remedy for “masturbatory insanity” which was believed to result from masturbation or “self-abuse” that circumcision was most widely promoted by its supporters during the 19th century. These are the historical and pseudo-scientific roots of routine infant male circumcision as it is practiced in the U.S. today.

Yet this petition is not about banning circumcision. It is about banning forced circumcision. It is about ending the practice of denying men the right to choose for themselves whether to be circumcised.

There is no right more basic nor more important than the right to control one’s own body. Forced infant circumcision violates that right. It is a human-rights violation because it deprives infants, boys and men of the right to determine what is done to their bodies. The campaign to end involuntary circumcision, like its sister campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation, is based on the simple idea that each individual, regardless of sex, has an innate right to control his or her own body. Thus, the effort to ban routine infant male circumcision is part of a greater human-rights struggle in the broadest sense. It is a crucial part of the effort to create a world in which all people’s rights – infants, girls, boys, women, men, and intersex individuals – are respected.”

There is a petition to sign:

amazon, facebook, gift card, macys, raffle, Uncategorized

My First Giveaway!!

So, almost a month ago I started to share affiliate links for products I love and for great sales and deals that I can find.  I share most of these in a Facebook group.  I’m aiming to share deals for baby/children items and clothing, household items, health and beauty items and clothing for men and women.  And a few other odds and ends I think people might like.  These links come from Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, Wal-Mart.. and many more! I’ve got just over 400 people in that group now, and I’m looking to increase that number! So… I’ve decided to do a small giveaway!

If you head to you can join my group. (Link in right column as well) Once you’re there, you can enter the giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card.  This giveaway ends this upcoming Sunday night, November 12th 2017 at 7:00pm EST.  I will do the drawing shortly after.

You have to do a couple small things to enter the raffle.  First, “like” my fan page, and second.. add 5 friends to the GROUP! When you have done both of those things, comment “DONE” on the pinned post (the giveaway post) and you are entered into the giveaway!

This group is MOSTLY geared toward moms! However, not limited to only moms.  Moms will definitely get the most benefit out of it.  But again, I do post household items as well as adult clothing and health and beauty.

disney, elena of avalor, halloween, superman, trick or treat, Uncategorized

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween 2017 has come and gone, and I’m feeling mom guilt in a major way.  For starters, we never carved a pumpkin.  WHO DOES THAT?? We have 2 little kids and couldn’t find the time to carve a pumpkin.  I guess that means next year we’ll be carving 10! Honestly though, it hasn’t felt much like fall until the last couple of days here.  It’s been quite warm this fall season, the foliage has been less than impressive, and the last thing I’ve felt like doing is going apple picking in 80 degree weather.  Even Halloween costumes have lacked enthusiasm.

Chelsea has been saying for months that she wants to be Elena of Avalor, so that’s what she was! She got this Elena dress as a birthday present: Elena Adventure Dress Classic Elena of Avalor Disney Costume, Small/4-6X  I really liked the dress, it was pretty and not itchy at all.  That seems to be a common complaint with the princess dresses.. so glamorous, but OH SO ITCHY!! This one she kept on all night long without a single complaint.  download

Gavin on the other hand, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted him to be.. he loves cars and paw patrol.  I didn’t like any of the paw patrol costumes, I thought they were boring.  And I didn’t think dressing him up as an actual car would go over well either.  But then, we have a friend who got a dragon costume for their child who did not take to it very well, and thought.. Hey! Dragons go with princesses, right? So we ended up buying it off of her with basically the same results.  It’s a really cute costume, so I think we’ll hold onto it for next year.  It actually fit Chelsea.  I just think he was too young for it.  but this is the costume here:

I didn’t pick up this costume until about 4 days before Halloween, so we didn’t realize until last minute that this wasn’t going to work.  I rush ordered 2 costumes on amazon, and we ended up going with Superman Baby Infant Costume – Toddler.  Thankfully Amazon came through and shipped it to us Halloween day.  It worked out perfect.  He still had a mini meltdown, but it didn’t last long, especially once he realized what Halloween was all about! download (1)