Julie's Journey

Friday, March 11, 2011


Well, the pain I mentioned in my last post (that I thought was from exercise) has gotten MUCH worse. Now it seems that eating is causing it. Up to 6 hours after I eat, especially if I get stuck (which is happening a lot, my restriction seems to be even more than when I had my band) I start getting this pain. It runs across my left shoulder blade and all the way down my left arm to my fingers. Then for a little added "fun" it also hurts down the left side of my neck!!!

This pain is excruciating. All I can do is take something for the pain and go in and lay down. I just lay there and whimper like an injured dog.

I just don't know what is causing this pain. I don't know if it's pain from the surgery, or the gastroparesis causing it. It does seem to be worse after I eat, so it's possible that this is all being caused by an over filled stomach.

I have not been to the doctor for this yet, since I know what they will say. "It could be caused by the surgery, and you have to give your stomach time to heal still" I am going to make an appointment with my PCP soon, since the surgeon told me to go to her in about a month for a blood test to make sure I still don't have any sort of infection.

I'm just tired of being miserable...

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Still feeling rather challenged food wise. I am only able to eat 1 time a day (I might be able to sneak a second small amount in if lucky) I am having quite a bit of pain and restriction. I am so full all the time, I am not getting any where near the water I need. Here in Colorado it is really dry so I should be getting minimmum 4 bottles of water. I rarely have room for 1, let alone 4!!!!

So..... why is my weight up?????

Started exercising more, mainly upper body, due to the bad knee problems. Now, on top of the fact that I feel like I could be sick any moment from the over filled stomach I am in a lot of pain in my back and left arm.

What's a girl gotta do around here to lose a few pounds???????

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Got rid of the drain

... And is that a relief ;)

I am still on soups and such, though I have started on a bit more solid foods. Had some pizza on Sunday and a deli sandwich yesterday. I seem to have some restriction, though it is hard to tell completely at his point.

I am still not able to lift anything more than 20 pounds. I am very excited about being able to exercise more. I am starting on working my upper body. My left knee is so bad, I am seeing a surgeon in a month to see about a replacement. Not sure if they will be willing to do it or not. I am a bit too young at this point, also not at an optimal size. Kind if in that catch 22 of "Too big for surgery, but not able to lose weight due to pain and mobility issues with this knee"

I am still planning on putting in an application for a bypass. My weight is just a bit too low still. Today my BMI was 39.9. It needs to be at least a 40. I will be weighed again next week. Hopefully......

What kind of bizarre crazy world am I in now that I have to gain weight just to apply for a surgery???? Unbelievable.

Hanging in and hoping for restriciton.....