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The Good The Bad and The Ugly

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by , 12-26-2011 at 12:23 PM (722 Views)
The Good
Finally losing the weight after years and years of dieting. Looking into a mirror and not being disgusted with myself.

The Bad
Transitioning from regular stomach to abbreviated stomach. Feeling sick a lot of the times because I can't or just don't want to eat. Eating something that makes me sick afterwards. Not a routine sick but a sick like I might want to die sick. Trying to find food that will stick and satisfy me. Sense of smell so enhanced and intense that I want to use a mask to cover my nose 24/7.

The Ugly
When the above does not work and I find that my bathroom has become my friend more than food used to. Whether coming from one end or the other, it can be extremely painful and disgusting.

Ranting today - sorry.

I am glad I made this decision, it is just (at times) a somewhat difficult transition. I am looking forward to attending my first support group in a few weeks. I really love this site and the support I get here, but nothing beats verbally expressing yourself to people that get it. If I typed all that I feel I would be typing all day and you guys might send someone to my house to check on me .
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  1. Msvetrn's Avatar
    Awwww.I'm feeling so bad for you right now! Of course, I can relate to everything you are feeling! I finally attended a real live support group, but guess what? It was not as good as this! Everyone has to "take a turn" and a short turn at that, with their question or comment and then the group may go on and on related to that comment. Here, you can type all you want about how you are feeling. AND, you can read and get involved in the topics that interest you or that you can relate to instead of having to listen to topics that don't relate to you. Does that make sense? Well, anyway, you should still go and check it out. Maybe it will be different for you. The one I went to, there were lots of people there who hadn't had the surgery yet and it was a prerequisite by their insurance company that they attend, so a lot of their questions and comments didn't apply to those of us who were post op. I felt it was a waste of time. I dont mean to discourage you! Like I said, it may be different for you...keep me posted on that.
    In the meantime, hang in there!!!!!! We ALL feel ya!!!!
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  2. Lorikeet's Avatar
    OMG I had the super smell thing too. Everybody smelled awful and stale with few exceptions, even my family. Thankfully that has mostly gone away. I don't know if this will help or not with the feeling sick, but do you chew everything really well? I had a band before so I am used to chewing everything until its liquified in my mouth. Then i swallow. I love GNC whey protein drinks (especially vanilla) and grilled salmon with sauce or some goat cheese spread. Good luck and may those pounds keep dropping off.
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  3. Rainbow's Avatar
    Wow Good job of putting it all into words! Definately been there done that! I am 2 years out and all i can say is i have learned to compromise with the pukeing. I try to only puke up HALF of what i eat! Some things are definately better then they used to be, you will get some tast back for some of the foods you cant stand right now, but not all. The rewards you feel the smaller you get really go along way in makeing your new way of life easier to take! Stay hydrated and take chewable gummie vitamins and keep up the good work!
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  4. tprincess's Avatar
    Hope I don't have my hopes up TOO high for the support group. I might want to just get my own therapist : ) I will keep you posted.

    Yeah - that smell thing can be a killer. I had to do some research to see if it was normal. I still need to ask my dr what that is all about. I had surgery on my stomach not my nose. Yes, I do chew. I chew till I get sick of chewing.

    Well I guess I can look forward to getting some taste buds back for different foods. I can't believe how this surgery has affected me. It is pretty crazy.

    Thank you ladies for the encouragement. I know it will be okay. But sometimes when I am sitting at home late with nothing special to do but focus on how sick it feel right then can be a little overwhelming. I need to find more distractions until this stuff passes.
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  5. TrailNurse's Avatar
    I feel like you do, right down to the smells and when I get to focusing on how bad I feel, I play solitaire on my iphone. It helps get my mind off of things until I do feel better.
    Updated 01-01-2012 at 12:49 AM by TrailNurse
  6. Msvetrn's Avatar
    I even smell the chlorine in my tap water!!! I haven't noticed people smelling bad, though! HA! That's funny!! I have never puked yet, either which is a blessing because I would rather do anything else in the world than puke!!!!!!!
  7. mom2four's Avatar
    I am having the smell issue mainly with my drinks especially water. Msvetrn...we live in the same area and I swear it smells like I have pool water in my cup. I want to throw up just thinking about a protein shake. I get sick now mostly watching my family eat. I am shocked at the volume of food that my husband eats. He got really mad at me when I asked him if he realized the amount of food that he eats. He is big but not huge. It seems like all everyone does is eat. This may be because I am still on my liquid stage but it has made me more aware at what goes in everyone around me.