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One month today I went in for sleeve surgery. One month....really? It feels like aaaages ago. What are the key notes in the past month:
- being scared on the day was very real. My surgeon and anesthetist were fabulous talking me through everything and listening to my concerns.
- It was over before I knew it
- Recovery from the GA was awful...the only time I have ever experienced anything like it. 12 hours later I finally came out of it properly
- Gas pain is awful, but easily remedied by walking
- Walking isn't as scary and painful as I thought, and I didn't get light headed at all
- My water bottle has become my best friend. I bought some new ones, one in particular with Llamas all over it 🙂
- My husband won't let me get a pair of Llamas....dammit
- Following my dietician and surgeons guidelines WORKS! It really does
- Scars on my belly are minimal due to using specific scar gel, helps healing and reduces scarring
- If I have eaten too quickly, the best way to manage the discomfort is to stand up, or sit upright, and wait.....wait wait wait. 20 minutes later the discomfort has gone
- Don't be scared to move to the next phase, just tiny tiny bites and don't drink with your meal
- I have learned to really listen to my body. Eat for satisfaction, not to be full. The best advice I have been given
- Don't forget multivitamins, it really does have an impact on fatigue
- Try not to weigh daily, thought it's tempting
- Scales are not always an indication of body change - TAKE PHOTOS!
- My skin is quite dry, and it's loving the attention I am giving it. Lots of moisturiser and my tan is the best it's ever been. Not sure what the correlation is, but I haven't burned at all, just nicely browned
- I had an initial breakout of rosacea on my face, but that is likely to be from the shock of surgery and much less food than usual. It cleared up after a week or two and now my skin on my face is just lovely!
- NEVER EVER trust a fart. Not in the early days.
- Constipation is real, coloxyl is the solution for me.
- You don't poop anywhere near the volume you consume, I guess most of it is liquid and mushy anyway so no solids formed. TMI I know, does anyone else miss a decent poop? 🙂
One month and I can say I feel 100% IF I STAY WITHIN MY LIMITS. Last night we had Chinese takeaways/takeout for the first time, I had a small wonton soup (I know our local Chinese cook, they are very very healthy with their cooking methods). I sipped away at the liquid and had a wonton. It was so delicious that I had a second one...bad move. Felt bloated, a little uncomfortable and had to stand up for a while. If I had just had the one, all good.
I hope this sort of information helps others. The nearly 13kgs I have lost has had an enormous impact on my life. I don't huff and puff putting on my undies, clothes I haven't worn for years now fit me - just. I can cross my legs comfortably, my back pain has gone completely...and I mean 100% goneski!! I can cross my arms and they sit under my boobs, not on top of my bloated liver and stomach. I bought my first bikini online. It arrived, looks great (to me and hubby) and I feel comfortable in it at home. I have another 17kgs to go, but I'm ok with taking it slowly.
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Us shovelers....I love it 🙂 You've made my Friday!
I'm so happy I haven't been a chucker. I hate the thought of vomiting and it was a bit of a concern of mine regarding the surgery.
I am a three meal a day girl, don't really like snacking. Been told I have to because I'm not eating anywhere near enough....it's either a feast or a famine right...ha get it! That's PUNNY.....
I think I have had one too many coffees....