About VSG

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Travelling for work


I spent 3 days in and out of a vehicle driving for hours at a time, in work clothes, listening to my brokers complain about things I have no control over and didn't get a stitch of overtime to show for it.

Eating on the road is really tough post-VSG.  The very first day I experienced dumping and damn near shit myself in the vehicle with my boss and co-worker.  I had what I thought would be a decent meal... 1 over medium egg and a breakfast link.  It's a damn good thing that the towns we were between were only 15 minutes.  I barely made it into the gas station bathroom before I was in trouble.  And to top it all off... no toilet paper. I had to use the paper towels  :(  Not a great way to start off the day or the trip.  From then on, I was nervous the rest of the trip....afraid I'd eat something too rich and I'd crap my pants. I stuck to a single egg and a little bit of yogurt the rest of the breakfasts and there was no other incidents of explosions in my pants thank heavens.

I managed to enjoy calamari appetizer for dinner one night and a lunch with bacon wrapped scallops once too.  Thankfully I didn't have too many questions and was able to simply say "among other things, I had a stricture and I have problems getting food in now because it gets stuck if I don't chew really well and comes back up"... was it a lie?Well technically yes.... afaik there is no narrowing but it is true that I do have to chew really well and not eat too much or it gets stuck and comes back up.  It was enough to satisfy them into not asking too many questions and just looking at me concernedly instead when I grimaced in pain if I swallowed too much at once.


  1. I've noticed post surgery I can't tolerate eggs anymore. I do have them once in a blue moon but I dump every time :( So far milk and eggs are on my no no list.

  2. I've been eating eating eggs straight through since I was on soft mushies with no problems... I am wondering if it was the breakfast link?

  3. I have been trying to ask you a question but obviously I can't. Trying one more time here. How hard was it to go back to work in one week? I work with premature infants so I would not have to do heavy lifting and I would only have to work two nights a week after surgery then another week off for vacation. Is it unbearable...would you do it again?

  4. Hi! It was hard. I won't lie. I do have a desk job though so it made it a little easier. I was literally wiped right out that first full day back. I did 1/2 days for the rest of that week and by the following Monday I was in a lot better shape. Would I do it again? If you mean the surgery? YES. In a heartbeat. If you mean going back so soon? No. I probably would have taken the rest of that first week that I was back, off.

  5. Thanks for answering me so quickly. I do appreciate it. Keep posting on your progress. I am definitely learning through you.