bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve, Uncategorized, VSG, weight loss surgery

1 Month Sleevaversary – a VSG update

Today marks 1 month since I went in for my Gastric Sleeve Surgery! I am feeling great and wish I had had this done sooner!

Overall, I’ve lost approx 25 pounds so far.  I am still kicking myself for not weighing myself on my home scale the morning of my surgery.  Anytime I get weighed at the office/hospital, that reading tends to be anywhere from 1-4 lbs higher than my scale at home.  So if I subtract my hospital surgery day weight from my home weight today, its 28 lbs, but I don’t think that is too accurate, so I will go with 25.  I’m still incredibly happy with that!

Some NSV (non scale victories)  – With all my weight gain after having kids, I couldn’t fit my wedding rings on anymore.  I had a ring from my grandmother, just a simple band, that was a little larger than my wedding set.  I wore that in place of my wedding rings when they got too tight.  I eventually grew out of that band as well! I can comfortably get my grandmothers ring back on, and I can even just barely get my own wedding set on as well! I pretty much have been wearing it for “special occasions” the last week or so, it does get a bit uncomfortable and I can only get it off with soap and water.. but hey, its progress!  I still have 50 lbs to go until I hit my goal of “wedding weight”.  (My overall surgery goal is 20 lbs more than that!)

I also have this vest I love for the winter.  Lets face it, I’m fat.. I sweat a lot.. jackets are a bit overkill unless its like minus 10.  I’m quite comfortable in a sweater with this vest over the top.  For the longest time, I couldn’t even get it zipped up.  Then I could only get it zipped if I brought it up around my waist (normally the bottom sits at hip level) and zipped it there and left it.  Now, I can zip it (snugly) at hip level.. Woo hoo!

I started back to work this past Monday as well.. my scrubs are loose on me! I don’t think I’m quite ready to go down a size yet, but it’s coming soon! Just before the surgery, they were uncomfortably tight. It feels good to be able to breathe in them!

A couple things I’m bummed about which I have mentioned in other posts.. I thought I would no longer have cravings after this surgery and that I would no longer feel hungry.  Unfortunately, I am still battling cravings.  I see candy/cake etc and my head WANTS it.  And although my stomach no longer “growls”, I do get an uncomfortable acidy feeling in my stomach when I’m due to eat.  This can occur as soon as 2 hours after I’ve last eaten, or maybe up to 4-5 hours.  I’ve been questioned “are you sure it’s not just head hunger?” but it definitely feels like a physical pain, and I experienced this before the surgery as well.  What bothers me about it is that it sets me off into panic mode like I need to eat THAT SECOND, and that’s when I tend to eat super fast.  I talked to one of the GI docs I work with and I may try a few things to see if I can help calm that feeling.  Right now, I’m trying tums, but that doesn’t seem to do much.  I just end up eating something to get that feeling to go away.  I’m going to try some pepto as well, see if that will help coat my stomach.  If not, he mentioned a prescription medication called Carafate to help coat the stomach as well.

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