Have a sense of humor will ya?

Okay, so you’re fat.  So am I.  I’m working on it and have been for a while.  So, what is so wrong about being lighthearted about one’s fatness?

I have found that my viewpoint on my largess is not held my many people in a similar situation.  For example, two months ago I attended one of my surgeon’s support meetings.  We were asked to share something with the rest of the group.  That week I had bought my first item of clothing off the rack in more than four years.  I said, “For the first time in four years, I was able to buy something off the rack, it was still in the plus size section, but I’m happy to no longer be restricted to the online ‘Tents and Awnings’ catalog.”  The silence (except for one person) was deafening as well as the dirty looks that were being thrown at me.  For goodness sakes people, LIGHTEN UP.  Start feeling secure about yourself NOW.  Not when you are at 150 pounds…NOW.  Being secure and happy in your body no matter what size you are is a key to happiness.

If you constantly are ashamed of yourself and can’t take a silly little joke, you might want to examine why you would be offended by it.  Are you ashamed of your body?  Do you hate yourself for what you have done to it?  Being gentle with yourself and forgiving yourself is one of the first stops on the road to happiness and recovery.  Love yourself for who you are now, but don’t let that stop you from getting healthy.

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The Poop Heard ‘Round the World- Constipation, Impaction, and RNY

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Yesterday was BAD…very bad.  The day before I was feeling a bit constipated and so that evening I took some Miralax.  By morning, the poop fairy hadn’t visited, so I took some more along with a Dulcolax.  I just had to get things moving again.  Little did I know that I was about to give birth out of my ass.

It started with an, “OMG, I’ve got to go NOW!”  It was that moment in the bathroom where I began to realize how bad my morning was going to be.  Intense pain followed by the non-exit of said poo.  I was not only constipated, but Mr. Hankey was impacted.  I knew then that it was going to be a bumpy ride.

A couple of non eventful trips to the loo later, it happened.  My contractions were coming hard and fast and were ridiculously painful.  Unfortunately with posterior birth, there is no dilation.  This baby was coming and I was just going to have to hold on, grit my teeth, and push this shite brick out.

And then…it happened.  I was literally half-screaming in pain remembering the time I gave birth to my son.  This time, there was no bundle of joy reward at the end of the pain.  Apparently my boyfriend could hear me in the living room (I was in the master bathroom with the bathroom and bedroom doors closed).  The only reward I was getting was the end of pain, which I accepted.  In one hard push, I was free from the nearly 2 pound log (seriously, I weighed myself that morning and for kicks after the pooh incident and I’d lost almost 2 pounds).  Apparently, I was not only constipated, but was working on an impaction as well.  This thing was so massive, I couldn’t get it to go down the toilet in three flushes.  I had to literally cut down the big Sequoia just to get it to go to poo heaven.   It was a labor of monumental proportions with tears, blood, and sadly no doula or midwife to help me through it.

I have NEVER experienced anything like it nor do I plan to again.  Prior to surgery, I had read up on the poo issues those who have Weight Loss Surgery could experience.  I made sure I took my fiber and magnesium supplements daily, but sometimes your body is going to do what it’s going to do and no amount of prevention is going to help.

They don’t always cover this in those “bibles” our surgeons hand out, but they SHOULD.  Getting to the point in the poo cycle where I was is not only painful, but dangerous.  Had I not grit my teeth and birthed this baby, I could have ended up with a bowel or intestinal obstruction that could have lead to surgery and even the loss of part of my bowel or intestine.  From now on, I’m taking a stool softener every other day along with my fiber and magnesium.  Hopefully, adding this will ensure that I don’t end up in poo hell again.  I do know that you do not want to take laxatives on a regular basis as your body will become dependent on them and you will end up even more constipated when you can’t get things moving.

I know that this isn’t exactly a sexy sort of post, but sometimes you just have to face the harsh reality of life after Weight Loss Surgery.  Our innards move differently now and the high protein diet we are on can cause some serious poo issues.  I can’t tell you how much I DO NOT want to go through that again.  I hurt for the rest of the day and still hurt a bit today.  So, you’ve heard my poo horror story and I hope that you won’t ever have to go through anything like this in your Weight Loss Surgery or high protein diet journey…ever.

Hello, energy? You there? Where did you go?

One of the major issues I have had since my RNY on September 1st is the complete lack of energy.  I used to be up and active all day.  I look at those little scars on my stomach and think that my surgery wasn’t so big a deal and that I shouldn’t be feeling like I’m going to fall over from being so damn tired.  Guess what?  Just because your surgery is laproscopic, doesn’t mean that your surgery is any easier to recover from.  They still cut your stomach and intestines apart and rerouted your innards.  On top of the recovery from the cutting and rerouting, you are essentially starving your body.  That makes for a significant energy issue.  This is why keeping up on your vitamins, liquid intake, protein intake, and sleep are so important.  Don’t push yourself too hard or you could end up with extreme exhaustion, dehydration, or significant deficiencies.  Think of your vitamins, liquid, and protein as medicine.  Don’t be afraid to tell your family and friends that you need to rest and rest often.  I will admit to being hard headed about pushing myself too far and not getting enough sleep or rest.  I am only 1 1/2 months post surgery and my energy still hasn’t returned.  On top of surgery recovery, I have arthritis and sleep problems.  It’s vital to my health to rest and I often don’t get a chance to do so.  My goal is to stop feeling guilty about needing a nap or going to bed early.  My body NEEDS this to recover and in a month or so, I should be back to “normal.”

Calcet Creamy Bites

Creamy Bite-Lemon Resized

Calcet Creamy Bites are by far the BEST calcium citrate chewables out there and are available through http://www.celebratevitamins.com/link_index.php?option=com_freeway&openfile=index.php&cPath=7_65.  There is no grit, they are full of flavor, and pack in 500 mg of Calcium Citrate and 400 IU of Vitamin D per chew- the average WLS patient would eat 2 1/2 chews per day .  Its competitor has only 250 mg of Calcium Citrate and only 125 IU of Vitamin E per chew- the average Weight Loss Surgery Patient would have to eat 5 chews a day .  Remember for those who have had WLS and even for those who haven’t, Calcium Citrate is more readily absorbed than Calcium Carbonate (found in products like Tums and Viactiv).  The only drawback to the Calcet bites is that each chew is 40 calories and has 3 grams of sugar making the average daily dose equal 100 calories.  However, it’s competitor has 15 calories per chew and 3 grams of sugar alcohol (be careful if you are sensitive to sugar alcohols) and 75 calories for the average daily dose.

For me, the extra 25 calories are well worth it.  I simply don’t like the grit present in its competitor.  I plan to use the Calcet Creamy bites as a supplement to my Bariatric Advantage Crystals (I’ll review those soon).  Since I am taking Depo Provera, I need 2000 mg of Calcium Citrate per day (if you are on Depo, you will need more than the average 1200 mg…talk to your dietitian/nutritionist about your daily dosage).

Getting your daily calcium dosage is nothing to joke about.  Your doctor may think that TUMS or Calcium Carbonate are okay to take, but they are wrong.  Check out the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s guidelines for daily vitamin intake:  http://www.asmbs.org/Newsite07/resources/bgs_final.pdf.  Skipping your calcium and/or taking the wrong kind of calcium can seriously increase your risk for Osteoporosis.  For more detailed info, look here:

http://www.nof.org/cmexam/Issue12Bariatric/BariatricIssue-forweb.pdf

Don’t risk it, especially when there are tasty products out there that can make taking your calcium a treat rather than a chore.