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Dealing with Acid Reflux after weight loss surgery

Good afternoon beautiful people! I know I have been missing in action lately. Especially since my last child had graduate and just started his first year in college. It has been hard but I got to let my little man grown into the man I raised him to be. I do miss him and I daily dances in the kitchen while the food is cooking. He complains every time I grab his hands…but I know he loves it.

I also I wanted to do a update on my weight loss and how I am doing. I am still the same current weight of 215 and I still have a goal of 175. I fluctuate between 215 to 220 and I hate that. I am working on that big time. Especially after the last couple of months I have had. In previous posts I discussed having issues with Acid Reflux and having to take medication to help manage it. Well recently it seems to have gotten worse and I had to follow up with my gastric bypass doctor. To make a long story short. My doctor thought I had a fissure but turns out it was a small hital hernia. He prescibed some medication for it and told me that no surgery would be needed at this time. I currently take 1 pill twice daily and one other acid reflux pill before bed. This does help to control it but nevertheless I am really disappointed that I still have acid reflux. I did think the weight loss would cure it which it didn’t.

I have consider not drinking just my one cup of coffee to help manage it more successfully. Because this is the only caffeine I have on a daily basis. Nevertheless this is something I have to learn how to cope and learn to live with it nevertheless.

Love, peace and Happiness everyone!

Tracy

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Using Motivation Keys to lose weight

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Good morning beautiful people! I have a two years old granddaughter that is my world.  Every time she comes over and we go in my bedroom she runs directly to my scale and step on it and look down at it and look at me.  I laugh at her because this means she is copying somebody at her home who is weighing all the time.  Even though this is funny why do we have to focus on that scale so much that a child emulate us doing it?

Nevertheless I recently did a post about motivation and what my keys are to continue to lose my weight and stay healthy.   I listed shopping as one of my keys however there are several more. Therefore I wanted to discuss my other motivations keys in this post.

The dictionary defines Motivation as: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

motivation2Here is a list of my motivation keys:

  1.  Remain healthy and live a long fruitful life……. when one is carrying a large amount of weight.  It causes problems with your health.  For instant because of my previous overweight self, I suffered with Hypertension, GERD, High cholesterol, Orthopedic issues, Disc Degenerative Disorder, Sleep Apena Low stamina and endurance, low self esteem.  Man I was on several medications for each one of these diagnoses and I refuse to go back on that many medications.
  2. I like being able to walk long distance without feeling like I am going to pass out.  Walking was also another thing that cause problems.  I hated to go to grocery shopping and even try to shop because I got tired out so easily.
  3. The heat don’t bother me no more during the summer.  I swear when I was heavier…I thought I was going to pass out if I even peeped out the door during the spring and summer.
  4. Self esteem improved…Man on man.  There is nothing like being able to look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.  Weight loss can do that for you.  Just make your confidence improve drastically.
  5. Shopping and more shopping and more shopping… shopping cheaper, shopping is easily, shopping is fun, shopping is great.   Shopping make me feel better.  T
  6. Being able to fit in booths and seats in restaurants and other places.  Oh boy, I have posted about this before…Fat chair check…even though I don’t have to do this anymore.   I still do it.  I check every chair I sit in, just to make sure that I can fit or the chair will not fall when I sit in it.  Sorry old habits diet hard.

One thing I am learning to do is to focus on my day to day eating habits and not the scale. Because what I put in my mouth and exercise is the more important than anything. This is were I am able to keep the weight off and down.

Love, Peace, and Happiness

Be Blessed Tracy!

 

Fluid retention 

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Good beautiful people! Recently I started to noticed that my feet and hands were swelling and I was retaining a lot of fluid.  I also noticed that even though I was walking I was still gaining weight.  It wasn’t a lot but it was slowly inches toward a weight that gave me the hivvies jevvies. SO I amped  up my exercise regime and I started walking.  I am averaging around 2 to 3 miles about 3 days a week. I even started using that  funky sweat suit that they sell at Wal-Mart that makes you sweat more.  Shoot I walking and draining sweat everywhere trying to stop those pounds when the whole time it was fluid. Now here is the kicker I knew my feet had swollen up but never in a million year did I think my thighs had.  But sure enough they had extra fluid also. Because my pants were tighter in the thighs but now they are loose again.  I did call my doctor about getting something for swelling but it was never called in. So when I had my next 3 month checkup I let it slip my mind the last time I saw him because I was concerned about my acid reflux.  Well fast forward to now both feet was extremely swollen with fluid and I know I am retaining fluid. To make a long story short I saw my doctor Wednesday and he did give me a prescription for lanix.  My blood pressure was 175/ 115 and  this was causing concerns for the doctor.  He order blood work and EKG and is referring me to a cardiologist.  Well to break it all down…I started the fluid pills Thursday morning and fast forward to today and I have dropped 13 pounds.   My feet are sliding in my shoes and my clothes are lose all over.  Evidently I was retaining fluid all over.  I have been feeling bad for a good minute but I just blamed everything on my Acid reflux.  Now I know different.  Nevertheless I do have to admit one thing.  I have never really did well with my water intake as I have previously posted about.  I knew I could get more in and this could be the cause, so it is my own fault.  As weight loss patients we got to follow the doctor orders to ensure that we remain healthy.

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My primary doctor had me to also start keeping a record of my blood pressure.  He did a EKG and took blood work and is referring me to the heart doctor.  I am required to check my blood pressure every morning and every night before I go to sleep and drop the log off once a week at the doctor office.

Even though I have had the weight loss surgery you can still have medical problems with blood pressure, acid reflux, fluid retention and other things. Do not for one minute believe that this surgery prevents other things from happening because this is not true.  The weight loss surgery is just a tool to help you get the weight down and under control and the rest is up to you.  I will follow up with my visit to the cardiology.

Peace, Love and Happiness!

Blessing from Tracy

How I found out what a Barium Edema is??  Proceed with caution!

Good afternoon beautiful people!! I wanted to touch base about my tests I had a few weeks back.  As I had previously blogged in previous posts…I am having issues with Acid Reflux and I had to have a colonscopy because cancer runs in my family.  Anyway I had Endoscopy and then I had a colonscopy that the doctor was unable to complete because I was full of shit.   Now here the thing…. They were trying to schedule another colonscopy.   The insurance wouldn’t approve that.  So here comes the doctor letting me know they had scheduled a X-Ray. 

 Now Lets stop right there and let’s  think about this for a dang minute.  The procedures was anything but a normal X-Ray.   You know I thought I would go in there after refraining from eating and drinking only fluids except for any juice that was the color red and purple and just lay on the table and they would x-ray my lower body parts.   Man was my butt wrong!!! 

Let me explain what a Barium Enema is …. first it is an x-ray examination of the colon. This examination evaluates every part of the colon and the rectum. The appendix and a portion of the distal small intestine may also be included.  Second they made me lay on the examination table and an starter x-ray is taken to ensure the bowel is clear of any fecus.  Then the radiologist and her partner insert a small balloon tube into a part of my bottom that I only used to release waste from.   Oh my goodness….. the radiologist was saying “relax and breath you are tightening up.”  I told her in my high pitch squeaky voice….. “don’t nothing usually enter that place…. what do you expect.” The Muscle was protecting me really well… she finally got it position after I said every cuss words in the book and begin to fill my colon with a mixture of barium and water. Air was also injected through the tube to help the barium thoroughly coat the lining of the colon.  Next, a series of x-ray images is taken while I was moved around into all kinds of positions.  Man. When they finally got finished and I got to go to the restroom… It was a on.   One thing I learned was when I have my next examination for colon next time I will make sure that I do the colonscopy … That Barium Enema was awful.  

Nevertheless everything came back clear.  The endoscopy didn’t see anything that could be causing the Acid reflux and the Barium Anema was also clear.   I don’t have to have another one for five years.  Wooo… Wiping my forehead.   That’s was something else.  I hope that wasn’t to much information folks.    Lmbo… If you learned anything from my experience always choose the colonscopy.  What’s a little IV and needle compared to being ballooned from one of your most private area.  

Side note:  Please  let the radiologist know you have had weight loss surgery because they was having trouble seeing all of my colon.  Until I reminded them that I had weight loss surgery.

Love, peace and Happiness!

Blessing to you and yours

Tracy

Just taking it one day at a time

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Good morning beautiful people!  I know I have fell off on my blogging but I am going through a really rough time right now mentally.  I am just taking it one day at a time and anything extra just takes a lot out of me..  However even though I am struggling mentally.  My weight always stays at the forefront of my mind.  I refuse to let this mental stuff make me gain weight.  I am focusing on my weight more than anything and I am trying to maintain and make sure I am keeping those pounds away.  I am still walking and I am in the process of adding more miles.

Now I could never really air what is going on in my personal life but it really life changing and it is causing problems big time. I just stay prayed up and try to keep GOD first however it is still hard.  I think we all have our lows and highs that we all struggle with everyday.  I just feel that at this time my mental bags are extra heavy.  Those suckers are really dragging me down and putting a damper on my spirits.

 

Now that is enough about my mental struggles and lets talk ABOUT my results from the Endoscopy and colonoscopy. The endoscopy came out great and they did not find anything wrong however I am still fighting acid reflux and I am taking 3 medications for it.  Also my colonoscopy was failed…after going to the bathroom over 100 times in a 8 hour period. I was informed that I was still full of shit and he could not complete the procedure, however he did get one poly out and it was tested and was negative. But because they did find one poly I was schedule for a colon X-ray this upcoming week.   Now that a sucker.  I drunk 2 full bottles of that nasty junk and was still full of shit.  Now I got to do a barium enema x-ray. I hate doing these sucker.  However maybe I will lose about 5 pounds.  Heck a girl can hope and dream right!!

Peace, Love and Happiness

Tracy

Colonoscopy and Endoscopy preparation after WLS

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Good evening beautiful people.  As you all know I am currently having major issues with my Acid Re-flux.  I am currently taking three medications Famotidine 40 mg, Ranitidine 300 mg, Pantoprazole 40 mg. One in the morning and two at night. I am scheduled for a endoscopy and colonoscopy tomorrow and the preparation is something else.

Man first let me say this…I am hungry , I mean really hungry as I drink this apple juice. Every commercials on TV is showing restaurant ads and they looks so dang good.  I caught myself licking my flat screen TV when they showed a Kristy Kreme commercial featuring their new pumpkin spice glaze donuts. Then they had the nerve to only offer those bad boys for one day. I know, I know I don’t suppose to be eating those bad boys anyway.  But when you are hungry you will imagine yourself eating any and everything and I am starving. As soon as I finish this blog post I am going to bed so I can dream of chicken wings covered in all kinds of sauce.

The preparation for a colonoscopy is awfulllllll.  Let me say that one more time it is dreadful, disgusting, atrocious, ghastly, unpleasant and I could go on with other words that mean the same thing as awful.  But it will all mean the same…… the preparation for the procedure is something else.  Because I have had the gastric bypass I could not do the usual prep and the doctor  recommended that I buy two to three bottle of magnesium citrate, and drink those starting at 12:00 today.  I went to the local Dollar General store and purchase 3 bottles and started drinking the first one.  To say I want to throw up is a understatement.  That crap is disgusting. I was burping and gagging all at the same time.  It was so bad that my supervisor told me to go home.  She was scared I was going to have a accident in the office.  The doctor recommended that I try and drink one every hour until I was done.  Man it took me two hours to get that crap down.  The second one was faster however but the burping was out of the world. I could have burp a song I was burping so much.  I also purchase several bottle of clear liquid to drink such as apple juice, white grape juice and for whatever reason I though I could eat apple sauce. I was wrong and the paperwork confirmed that. The doctor also said that it was important that I not consume anything red or purple because it could look like blood in my intestines when they doing the procedure so V8’s was out of the question which would have made me full.

Fast forward to now.  (Warning this could be a TMI moment)  I went to sleep because I was wanting to eat so badly and woke up to Shelly the Belly and my colon contracting, grunting and moaning like crazy.  I stayed in the bathroom for about 30 minutes emptying my colon and I am still going.   This is crazy, how can one person have this much crap.  If I have to go one more time I will scream.  I know I have flushed away at least 3 pounds.

Nevertheless I am scared, nervous and afraid because I want to know what is causing the excessive acid re-flux and I am nervous about the colonoscopy because of the history of cancer in my family.  I got to quit googling my acid re-flux problems for gastric bypass patients because they give so many different reasons that this could be happening and my mind be in over drive worrying about it. However GOD got me and he always keeps me in the palm of his hands.  I just can’t let my insecurity slide in. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers ladies and gents that the results will be good.

Peace, Love and Happiness

Blessing from Tracy

Dealing with acid reflux after Gastric Bypass surgery

Good afternoon beautiful people.  I have recently started having really bad acid reflux.  It seems to be sitting right at the back of my throat causing nausea. I take my medication everyday and dodged anything that could make it start burning.  However I have notice that something as simple as water makes it start up.  One thing about Gastric bypass surgery is that acid reflux shouldn’t be a problem anymore because of how the stomach is rearranged.  Well that’s not the case with me.  Mine was bad before my surgery and still is!

Here is the kicker RNY Gastric Bypass procedure is considered the gold standard treatment for GERD in obese patients. The creation of our new small pouch is suppose to diverts most of the acid produced by the stomach away from the esophagus.  I wished someone would tell my body that.  Shoot I had to call my doctor to prescribed something stronger.  I take two different pills a day one in the morning and one at night to alleviate the acid reflux.  I am having a endoscopy and colonscopy  next month at the same time to look at my pouch and I am having the colonscopy  because colon cancer runs in my family.  My mother had stage one colon cancer about two years ago and my Grandmother  passed away from stage four colon cancer.  Because of this I have to start having colonscopy at the age of 44 years old to prevent colon cancer.  

I have to tell you something else I learned while looking up information about acid reflux after gastric bypass surgery.  It was stated in one of the articles that I read that when you eat fatty foods this can also cause acid reflux because my little pouch is trying to break that illegal fat down.  Thus causing extreme acid reflux.  If this is the case it is nobody fault but my own.  I know how I am suppose to eat and I deserve it by eating fatty foods  and not following my nutrition  guidelines.  Shoot I tell you what this heifer right here has learned and I am ignoring all fatty foods…. don’t nobody got time for 24 hours, 7 days a week heartburn.  Plus I am considering cutting out my one cup of caffeine filled coffee in the morning…. All I want is …..to be heartburn free.  I do know when I see my gastric bypass doctor I would never tell him I googled my symptoms because doctors hate to hear that when they are examining you.  

Nevertheless keep me in your thoughts and prayers as we figure out what is going on.  

Love, peace and happiness!

Blessing from Tracy