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100 lbs & counting [Apr. 18th, 2009|09:28 pm]
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I've been on TPN IV nutrition for about 5 weeks - & I've managed to
reach the elusive 100 lb mark. I wonder how I'll ever maintain the weight once I get off of TPN. I went to the Weight Control Center & perhaps one of the few patients that have wanted to gain weight. The dietitian was supportive of my vegetarian diet & in fact, it seems that my veggie/whole food diet is quite beneficial. I hope that a diet schedule helps with the pain - I'm advised to not drink any beverages while eating & to avoid sugary foods.

I have a visiting nurse over once a week who does bloodwork & the most recent labs showed a low hemoglobin rate of 8.5 - my general doc wanted me to go to the ER & get 2 units of blood, but I politely declined - my bariatric surgeon thinks the hemoglobin can be managed through alterations in my TPN.
Tests also showed that I have a staph infection & today I've started on vancomycin. =p Other than the possible side effects of permanent hearing loss & kidney failure, I shouldn't worry about taking vanco *snort*

I told Leigh that I really appreciate the fact that I get the feeling that we are a team when it comes to my complicated health issues - he's never made me feel like I was a burden or that it was too gross.









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[User Picture]From: hydeist_wannabe
2009-04-19 05:10 am (UTC)
well i guess hearing loss would give you an excuse to play l'arc/hyde really loud? i hope the medication works without those horrible effects *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2009-04-19 04:40 pm (UTC)
haha! Yes that's true - It's also a good thing I studied Sign Lang at Univ ^_^
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[User Picture]From: endless_aoi
2009-04-19 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank God for supportive people. Here's to hoping the medications are effective and the side effects are nonexistent.
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2009-04-19 04:39 pm (UTC)
^-^ Thank you for your good wishes
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[User Picture]From: 314159
2009-04-19 05:56 am (UTC)
Congrats on gaining back some weight. You can do it ♥!
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2009-04-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
*chu* Your icon is too cute!
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2009-04-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
I believe there are several reasons - one being that it will push the food through too quickly which can lead to pain/nausea/dumping syndrome/malabsorption. Fortunately, I never drank much water while eating - I still remember my macrobiotic classes where drinking water while eating was a no-no - the emphasis was on chewing your food completely, people tend to wash down food with water/milk etc without chewing properly.

Check out my macro biotic instructor's website Lenore's Natural Cuisine
*hugs* back
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[User Picture]From: faded_poetry
2009-04-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
its good that you're putting weight back on! and aw, its also lovely to have extremely supportive family. =)
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2009-04-22 01:56 pm (UTC)
It's not strange at all - I am able to drink tea 1/2 hour before or after eating - As far as I know black tea is OK - do you know anything about it being a problem? (Normally I drink genmaicha or jasmine tea)

What tea is your favorite?


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