Sunday, March 18, 2012

Holy Butt Breath, Batman!!

Last week was Spring Break and it was wonderful!!! We went home to Oklahoma to look for a house and visit with friends. I can't wait until we move back in June!! But I won't bore you with all the details of what we did and who we saw. I will just update you on things from my post-surgery perspective.

I went to my 2 week post op visit the morning we left town. And much to my delight I was cleared for soft foods!! Spring break would have sucked if I'd been on liquids!! So, that was a great start to the trip. Made my time much more enjoyable, and I felt so much more HUMAN!! I didn't dump at all, but I did end up having to throw up twice. The first time I think I ate too fast. I was having lunch with an old friend and paying more attention to the conversation that how quickly I was putting food in my mouth. Not a good idea!! The second time I don't know what happened. I was eating slow. The food was very soft. The only thing I was eating that time that I had not had yet was Velveeta. It was mixed into the chicken spaghetti sauce I was nibbling on. I didn't have pasta with it, and the chicken was moist and tender from a rotisserie chicken. The only new ingredient for me was the cheese in the sauce. My stomach did NOT like it. I was only able to eat a couple of bites and they came right back up. :( Other than that, I had no problems. Some days I was able to eat a little more, other days my stomach wasn't in the mood for much of anything but water. I made myself eat some, but never forced it beyond my comfort level.

And then there was the news I had been dreading. It is official...I have butt breath. Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but it's not good! This was one of those little post-op nuggets of info that is kept on the down low. Most people don't talk about it at all. But I have some lovely ladies in my online support group that will talk about ANYTHING!! And they were discussing this very issue last week. It seems that when we are on a high protein, low carb diet and our body starts burning through fat we go into a state known as ketosis where our bodies produce ketones. In fact one of the ketones we produce is actually acetone. Our body does not need this and has to get rid of it somehow. Guess how it does that? We BREATHE it out!!! That's right ladies and gents! As long as we are losing all this weight, burning through fat and eating low carb, high protein we can expect to have butt breath, dragon breath, breath of death...whatever you want to call it...I call it gross!! And while brushing and maintaining good oral hygiene helps cut down on the bad breath a little, it does not get rid of it. So what do we do? We stock up on toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, sugar free breath mints, and sugar free gum (BUT DO NOT SWALLOW THE GUM!!!!) Even now I sit here sucking on a Breath Saver and wonder if my dear husband will ever want to kiss me again. BTW, he's the one that confirmed that I do in fact have bad breath. When I asked him about it, he said he had noticed it since the surgery, but didn't want to say anything and hurt my feelings. Makes me want to go buy some of that breath spray so I can do the cheesy "squirt, squirt" thing before I kiss him! LOL

Anyway, overall, things are going great! I lost 4.8 lbs this week!!! That's a total of 18.8 lbs since surgery and a grand total of 37 since January!! I'm a happy girl!! I'll be reaching my first goal of 50 lbs in no time!


Holly from 300 Pounds Down said...

Too funny!! You are doing awesome !

Over-Protective Hubby said...

I love you!

tz said...

oh no...I hadn't heard anything about bad breath.....glad I read this here because I might have thought something was wrong with me if that happened to me. I like reading about your experiences post op! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Jackson said...

Thanks, Holly!

I love you too, Ryan!

Tz, I'm happy to share! The whole reason I share it all is in hopes of making someone else's experience a little easier. :)

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