My Journey – Part Nine

Supplementing my diet with protein shakes was a great solution for my 60 gram daily goal. It did however, cause problems in other areas.

Anyone who has tried a high protein diet, like the Atkin’s diet, knows what happens when you eat a lot of protein and no fiber…constipation. I have always had a high tolerance for pain, and I’ve never been what some would call whiny, or one who unnecessarily complains, but the discomfort I was in was pure Hell.

I spoke with the nutritionist about it, but she just said that I needed to keep trying to get fiber in along with the protein. What a great idea! Why hadn’t I thought of that? Duh! Obviously it was the lack of fiber and the high protein diet that was causing the problem. I knew what the problem was. I needed a solution to the problem, and a quick one at that!

My primary care doctor was much more understanding of my plight and suggested Miralax, morning and night, until the problem corrected itself. Miralax became my best friend! It has absolutely no taste to it, and you can put it into anything! Even your coffee, or decaf in my case. It took a little while for things to straighten out, and I don’t believe that my system will ever be completely back to “normal” again. I still have some issues occasionally in this area, but not to the severity it was then!

Introducing new foods was interesting. Foods that I had loved before didn’t always sit well with me, and some foods that I hadn’t really cared for before, I now liked. Onions. Never a big fan of onions. I didn’t mind a little onion flavoring in my food, but never did I want to bite into a big ole’ piece of onion. If I ordered a burger I would get it with onions, and then scrape them off before eating the burger. That way I got just the flavor. Now I put onions in and on everything I eat. Broccoli is just the opposite. I used to love broccoli. Was my veggie of choice with most any meal. Now I’m like “Eh”. I can take it or leave it. Mushrooms didn’t change though. They were gross before the surgery, and they’re still gross now.

You had to be careful whenever introducing a new food. You never knew how your body was going to react to it. I have been very lucky in that I haven’t found a food that I can’t eat because of how I react to it. I have heard of many people who have had the surgery having issues with certain foods. For some it’s an intolerance to fried foods. For others it’s sugary foods. Any food can set you off and either make you feel terrible, or cause what they call “Dumping Syndrome.” Also called rapid gastric emptying, dumping syndrome occurs when food, especially sugar, moves from your stomach into your small bowel too quickly.

Dumping Syndrome can cause uncontrollable and lengthy vomiting and diarrhea. Thank my lucky stars, I haven’t had Dumping Syndrome, but I have heard of many who have. One lady got pregnant after having gastric bypass and her obstetrician had her take the test for gestational diabetes where you have to drink the liquid sugar. She said that she then spent the next 3 hours in the bathroom. Fingers crossed, I don’t ever have to experience Dumping Syndrome.

Although there isn’t a food I’ve found that I can’t ever eat, occasionally one that I eat all the time just doesn’t sit right. About an hour after eating, I will start to feel discomfort in my pouch area, and my mouth will get watery. I can usually ignore it for awhile, and sometimes it will just subside. The symptoms are worse if I’m lying down, and I have found that the only way to relieve the discomfort is to vomit. Unlike Dumping Syndrome where the vomiting is uncontrollable, I have to make myself vomit. It’s pretty easy to do as whatever is bothering me seems to be just sitting on top of the pouch. Also unlike Dumping Syndrome which can go on for hours, once I vomit and get rid of whatever is bothering me, it’s over, and I feel fine. And just because that particular food bothered me yesterday, doesn’t mean it will today. There really seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

To be continued…

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