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No Smoking For Awhile Due To Surgery

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  • Started 2 months ago by shanez
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  1. shanez

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    Had 85% of my stomach removed on Friday. No pipe for at least 3 months. I'll post updates on how things go in the future and probably post a gross stitch/opening pic too!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. olkofri

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    Ouch!

    Prayers for speedy recovery.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Wow! Wishing you a quick recovery. Take care Shane.

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    Wishing you a speedy, healthy, recovery.

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    Get well soon, sir.

    Javan
    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Get Well soon,and time will show if may be able to get back to smoking a bit earlier than 3 months,

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    Get well soon!

    Remember, there is no law saying that you need to smoke 6 bowls a day to engage on the forum.

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    That's a heck of a deal. Hope your recovery goes smoothly.

    Tim
    Posted 2 months ago #
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    God bless for a speedy recovery.

    Faugh a Ballagh
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    God Speed!

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  11. carolinachurchwarden

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    I hope you heal quickly and painlessly. I can only imagine that one could be rough.

    Oh, and by the way, you should probably send me your tobacco so that it doesn't go bad while you're down... I mean, shelf life dude, gotta think about those kinds of things...

    But seriously, get well soon....and I'll be expecting tobacco in the mail...

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    When I saw the title, I thought " psh, surgery? I would never quit my pipe just for a little surgery...." But then reading your post... yes do whatever you need to, to get better. Take care of yourself and get better soon!

    I refuse to eat vegetables, but I'll smoke out of one.
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    Ouch!! Take care and get well soon!

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    Shitfordaniels.

    God speed and fair winds, sir.

    Home is the sailor, home from sea,
    And the hunter home from the hill.
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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Like mikethompson said, stay with us.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
    Posted 2 months ago #
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    shanez, for a guy who's just been through abdominal surgery, you sound pretty good. Please take it easy. Exert when they ask you to, but don't push too much in your own activities, to avoid set-backs. I hope recovery is as comfortable and soon as possible. Keep us posted. I think your no-pipe schedule is good. Don't fiddle with your health, and you'll be back to a good bowl of blend in due time.

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  17. redglow

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    Best wishes for a quick recovery!

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  18. shanez

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    Thank you guys for all of the well wishes.

    To make a short story long, here's my story:

    My weight has bounced around all of my life. I have pictures of me as a kid, both skinny and fat.

    I'm now 44 years old with my first child on her way. I need to do everything I can to give me as much time on this earth as possible with her and I have been unsuccessful at getting below even 240 lbs for awhile.

    I don't have diabetic or high blood pressure issues. Yet. This surgery will go a long way in preventing these types of issues.

    My heart has permanent damage from a bi-lateral pulmonary embolism I had a few years back. Blood clots blocked my heart from both lungs almost 100%. Not sure how I survived but this surgery will help with this issue as well.

    My mother died at age 62 from complications related to MS. My father died at age 65 from complications related to cancer. Mid-sixties is now part of my genetic make-up. Hopefully this surgery will help with that. Dad's weight near the end added complications that I don't want am not going to deal with.

    I would be lying if I said there isn't a vanity component because there is. I want to look better as well as feel better. We'll call that one improved mental health. A win-win all around. That being said, anyone who would consider this surgery just for looks needs their head examined. It was not a pleasant experience.

    I was out of pain after a couple of days. I might have been sooner but the anesthesia made me nauseous.

    Some final thoughts:

    Doing well now.

    Tired of broth.

    Mexican pedialyte rocks!

    American pedialyte sucks.

    Popsicles are friggin amazing.

    Sooooo looking forward to a good protein shake next week (that's when I can start having them again).

    Thank you all again.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    All the best on your recovery. Enjoy every day to its fullest.

    "He was loosely dressed, but tightly wound". Louise Penny.
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    DO WHAT THE DOCTORS TELL YOU TO DO!God Bless, nuff said...

    "The weez..."
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    I just checked in to see if there was an update and there it is! Good luck on your recovery, and a congrats for the upcoming arrival of your daughter. I am blest with one myself, and can understand wanting to be around for as long as you can.

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    Hope you are healing well!

    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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    Ow, day-um, Shane. Geez, hate hearing that but if it gets you better.... Poz vibes, thoughts, wishes, everything else, bro'! We want you with us for th' long haul!

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Good luck with your recovery, and kudos to you for turning over a new leaf!

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    Best wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery

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    shanez, that is quite a journey in life. You have a newborn to look forward to, and that will be a bright spot for sure ... if tiring. I hope pleasing solid food is possible soon. Best wishes for your continued recovery.

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    End of week 2 update:

    The procedure was what is commonly known as "gastric sleeve" surgery.

    Week 1 resulted in 10 lbs lost. Week 2 is an additional 7 lbs lost.

    I no longer have to give myself blood thinner shots (a byproduct of my previous blood clots) and I finished my entire course of antibiotics. All have my stitches have been removed as well. I appear to be healing nicely.

    So far I have stuck to the diet they gave me. In fact this has been easier than I expected since I have been a little afraid to eat. The lack of calories, while good for weight loss, has made me feel weak and just a bit strange. However, it is getting better with each dietary phase as I add more variety/calories to my diet.

    We fortunately have a variety of places, such as Thai & Chinese restaurants, in town where I can get a variety of flavors to help with the diet. It's been weird. I haven't craved anything specifically, just better/more flavor. We also have a place in town called "Bahama Buck's" which is a sno-cone place that has been a real treat through this and helped keep me sane. (A 50/50 root beer float/sour patch kid small sno-cone is a wonderful thing.)

    I'm starting to crave a little texture now but I'm a bit nervous about the next dietary phase. I'm told I can have cottage cheese and pudding, which I'm looking forward to, but will definitely ease into it to ensure things go as hoped.

    I feel good and my mobility is good. My wife and I are even taking a short road trip this weekend.

    More updates to come in the future. Thanks again for all of the well wishes.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    That is awesome Shane. Keep up the good work.

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    Glad you're on the mend and all appears moving in the right direction.

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    Keep us posted.

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    End of week 7 update:

    I've lost 47 lbs since the start of this ordeal but have slowed to about 2 lbs/week. 30 more lbs to reach my goal. After that I want any weight I lose to be from exercise and not diet.

    My diet is much more free now too. In fact, I simply avoid certain things and will continue for some time. I am introducing new foods slowly to test how if goes. Had ground beef for the first time since surgery and it went well. Absolutely amazing to be full and content from half of a Wendy's jr cheeseburger and nothing else. Also had a half glass of Riesling the other night. It felt weird but didn't hurt. Slow and in moderation is the real key. Slightly overeating hurts less than eating too fast.

    Weekdays I eat more strict and leave things like cheeseburgers and wine for weekend treats. I simply don't have any cravings like I did prior to surgery. Still going to wait a bit longer before tackling something like steak though. I have to avoid vegetables with stems. I'm also avoiding sugar and processed carbohydrates as well. Things like pasta, bread, etc.

    I've noticed if I eat proteins first I fill up easy but I seem to be able to over eat carbohydrates both calorie and quantity wise without feeling as full or hurting. No wonder I was fat considering I more or less had the carbs/protein reversed prior to the surgery.

    Still a month and a half away from enjoying my pipe again. I've decided, when I can smoke, my first bowl will be SPC Plum Pudding SR but haven't settled on which pipe yet.

    It's weird though. Even if I feel like I've overeaten throughout the week I still lose weight. As I go towards to my goal weight I'll have to constantly adjust my diet to make sure I don't lose too much and find that happy weight my body wants to naturally be at. Think I'll pick up some other brands of protein shakes this weekend with that in mind.

    BTW, Danon makes a "Light 'N Fit" mixed berry yogurt smoothie that is fantastic and 40 calories less than competing brands. Also it has no added sugar. I highly recommend them.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  32. scloyd

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    Well done Shane. Sounds like you have everything under control. Keep up the good work.

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    Great progress! Nicely done. Keep up the good work.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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