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Thursday, September 12, 2013

               Colorado is a desert!

Okay, make sure you realize that is desert not dessert!  We are a state that is considered to be high desert.  We seldom get  much rain and we have been in a drought for a few years but suddenly we are drowning here in Colorado and it is so unusual I'm not sure we know what to do.  Flooding, roads washed out, even a few deaths!  So sad!

On a different note though.  I have been thinking about vitamins.  I started on my regimen of bariatric vitamins a few days ago and it is pretty tough.  I have to get a handle on it because this is something I will have to do for the rest of  my life, and so will you if you have had or are going to have bariatric surgery.  It is not optional, it is part of what is going to keep you healthy.  If you have a bypass like I had it is especially crucial.  Our new, surgically altered systems do not absorb enough nutrients from the foods we eat to keep us healthy.  We have to supplement.  But wow!  Okay, here is what I am taking now.  A chewable multivitamin and the one I chose requires that you chew 4 a day. Chewable calcium citrate (you must have this form, not calcium carbonate)  the brand I bought requires 4 a day to get your 2000mgs in and they are huge!  Vitamin D3, fortunately it is 1 tiny little soft gel..  B-50 Complex - 2 capsules daily, Sublingual B-12, only 1!  Then in addition I am taking a chewable iron because I have been anemic most of my life and I have added Biotin because there is some evidence that it might help slow down the hair loss we can all expect to experience to some degree.  If you weren't counting, that is 14 pills.  And I am still on several medications.  This has to be done every single day, we can't blow it off so I am thinking that as time goes on I am going to try really hard to find good replacements that require less pills. I can't afford to toss these out and buy new ones so for now I am stuck but down the road...hopefully there is a better solution.  Regardless I will do what I need to.  I had this surgery to live longer and maybe get rid of some of the comorbidities that I have been dealing with so I don't want to trade them for diseases caused by lack of vitamins!  Are you with me out there!!??

Today I tried mixing my canned white meat chicken with some cottage cheese and a good shake or two of Mrs. Dash's Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning.  It was actually pretty tasty.  I am still not really hungry but since I need to eat pureed foods and I need to get in 60-80 grams of protein I figure it can't hurt if it has some flavor, right?

That's all I have for today, have mainly been mulling over the whole vitamin issue and thought I would share!