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me again... was posted 02/02/2017 09:50 am by Anonymous
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Curious.... which doctor is telling you now to lose weight?

Recovering after a huge surgery like a whipple is not the time (in my opinion) to be counting calories and worrying about weight loss. I am in favor of eating good food as much as possible, but calories and high protein are helpful for healing. And rapid weight loss worries me that you are also losing lots of muscle due to your longer hospitalization and complications, as well as dehydration. That type of weight loss is not good.

Do you have a very good gastroenterologist helping you now? It is hopeful that the surgeon is following and giving advice, but many on this board would agree that long term the surgeon doesn't like to deal with all of these 'post-surgery' issues and a gastroenterologist + good PCP may be more helpful.

I'm sorry to hear about your sleep. Is that 'typical' for you, even before the surgery, or a newer thing? Definitely agree with talking to your primary care doctor about it. Also, a short nap in the afternoon (early) is reasonable, while you are still in this recover period. A happy light by your breakfast table or near you while you are having your coffee may also be helpful during dark winter. Look online at Costco.

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