The first two weeks after Gastric Bypass surgery was an interesting challenge…but a challenge that made me learn a few things and tested my patience. Could I walk? How long did I need pain killers? How did the eating go? Did I throw up? How is my progress?
I was released from the hospital on July 2nd at around 12 pm. I was pacing at 10 am and I tell you…the hospital does not care if you are pacing…they work when they want. My roommate was released at 11 am so I thought I was coming right up. Nope. At 12 they rolled in a fat man wheelchair and rolled me through the entire hospital out to the front. My brother was going to go get the car and pick me up….nope again I am walking. Grunted out of the chair and walked across the parking lot, safely to his car…free at last.
I basically recovered a lot quicker than I expected. I only took pain killers for 2 nights…never during the day. I was back working from my computer in hours. Not the clearest head, but good enough.
Challenge 1: Eating Enough
I have had the hardest time getting my full 100 grams of protein. I now hate almost all protein shakes. I have tried all the pre-made shakes you get from Vitamin Shoppe…I hate them all…or at least the idea of them. I avoid them like the plague. Out of necessity I have been making my own shakes with protein mixes and water or almond milk. I have vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors. I am sick of them all. Towards the end of the 14 days I started blending in blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and peaches for a little relief.
Challenge 2: Craving Food
It is amazing how desperate you get when you have been drinking protein shakes for 2 straight weeks of your life. I was finding my self fantasizing over watching people eat salads, veggies, and fruits. My mind/body was telling me I need cleaner foods…so that is a good sign…but some of my thoughts were very surprising. When is the last time you fantasized about mashed potatoes? One thing I did learn, which will warrant its own post is the glaring difference between, “Wanting Food & Needing Food”…this is huge people.
Challenge 3: Energy
Maybe it is because I had a hard time meeting my 100 grams of protein every day…but I have had pretty low energy every day. There have been a couple days I have slacked and let 4-5 hours go between protein and that has been all bad. One of those days I would almost pass out every time I stood up…this was rough to deal with…it lasted a couple hours but then got better. Don’t let this happen to you.
Challenge 4: High Blood Sugar
This is only a challenge because part of me wanted to see my blood sugar drop within days of surgery. I have read so many success stories of this happening on the ObesityHelp.com RNY Forum and I was really hoping I was achieve the same results. I continue to take 1000 mg of Metformin twice per day, my blood sugar levels have been down to 135, but mostly has been bouncing between the 160-200 ranges. Each time I see my results I have been disappointed. I guess I need patience here.
All in all, everything was pretty good. My only hiccup came when I did something to my stomach muscle near my largest incision. I am not sure if I strained the muscle or did something more serious, but the pain went away in 2 days, so I didn’t really worry about it.
You can go check out my Fitbit dashboard to see my results and see my exact food logs. Basically I lost around 35 pounds in 14 days…which is crazy when you think about it. My clothes are looser, but I don’t really feel any healthier due to the lack of energy. My goal for the next 30 days is to hit my 100 grams of protein per day and get my energy back. I am also going to start doing cardio for the next 2 weeks and am hoping to see my blood sugar normalize.
If you have any questions about this time period then don’t hesitate to ask. I will answer all questions posted below in the comments…don’t be shy.