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muala94

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  1. I don't want to go so far as to say that you shouldn't be concerned, just chiming in with my experience that a dozen or so times, I was convinced I'd done something terrible (accidentally picking up something too heavy, bending over too much, twisting the wrong way, etc and then being really sore) and it always ended up OK.
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    Struggling with emotions

    I'm sure the lack of food has a lot to do with it. I'm not sure if you've also had to quit caffeine, etc, as well leading up to surgery but it's a lot of jarring changes in the lead up to surgery day. Journaling was really helpful to me. Good luck with your surgery! You won't regret it!
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    Brand new today!

    Just what the others are saying, the less, the better! I packed a whole duffel bag and had an unusually long stay (5 days), but barely even had the energy to be on my phone. Congratulations and good luck!
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    Surgery in 48hrs!!

    Woohoo!! How exciting. One of the best decisions I've ever made, you won't regret it!
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    Pre op diet

    I didn't have to do it for 6 weeks -- I don't envy you! But, my experience and the experiences of others I've read on this forum indicate that after the first week, it gets a lot better. You just have to take it one day at a time, and think about how terrible it would be to get to surgery day and get opened up, only to be closed up and not be able to get it because your liver didn't shrink enough. That's what helped me push through. The low energy is terrible and unfortunately I don't think there's a way around that one, but I would ask your doctor about the vomiting and what they would recommend for that! Good luck and congrats on your surgery date! ❤️
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    September Surgeries!

    Columbus! Went through OSU. Doing great and hope all is smooth for you as well!
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    September Surgeries!

    Post surgery but saying hi as a fellow Ohio person and I remember vividly doing my own version of staring "at the phone number for my favorite pizza place." The liver shrink was the hardest part IMHO. Congrats on being in the final stretch!
  8. You can do it!! I also started getting really nervous when I was just a few days out. It helped to read hat so many people have no regrets about their surgery on here. I am now one of those people.
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    Daily Calories

    Telling you to stick to 300 calories 2 months out is wild. I was also doing 600-800ish when I was 2 months out.
  10. Yes, that seems strange to me -- I'd probably reach out to my surgeon! The only thing I could think of is that is it because you are eating food that's more solid? Hope all is OK.
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    Surgery

    Woohoo, congrats!
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    May Surgeries - check in!

    How is everyone doing? Happy 3~ months out to us! I've passed 60 pounds down from starting the liver shrink!! Life is def getting a little easier; my body doesn't hurt as much as it did and I was able to baaarrreeeely buckle the airplane seatbelt the other day. The only bad habit I have picked back up is eating chips, so I need to watch that. :S
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    Approved! O frabjous day! Calloo! Callay!

    Awesome! Congratulations!
  14. I'm so sorry you are having to deal with that, it sounds like a stressful situation. Not sure what your hospital's policy is, but mine needed someone to be physically there to release me, so Uber would've been a no-go. You could arrange for medical transport (some kind of paid service), or might have to go the friend route. Good luck. ❤️
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    Lost 50 pounds

    Woohoo!! Congratulations
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    No coffee, seriously

    My doctor gave me the impression that the no caffeine during pre-op was to better prepare you for post-op, when they very specifically want you to avoid caffeine for a couple of months due to risk of dehydration since caffeine dehydrates you. No caffeine was terrible but doing during pre-op helped the already jarring transition post-op!
  17. I split mine in half but it was a pretty small pill to begin with.
  18. Woohoo! Can't wait to be where you are
  19. I'm 27 -- much higher starting BMI than you (57), but also didn't have co-morbidities. That's one of the big reasons I wanted to do it right now, to get this under control before any of that started.
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    Energy problems

    I was 5/20 and have barely been able to handle a desk job because of lack of energy -- I don't know how you're doing it!!
  21. I started working (desk job, remote) 2 weeks after being sleeved and got through it but the exhaustion was terrible. I'm 8 weeks out and have just started noticing having energy again.
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    May Surgeries - check in!

    Hi! I'm enjoying reading where everyone is so I will check in too -- I had surgery on 5/20 so I'm about 7.5 weeks out. The worst part about this for me has been no caffeine. I'm really looking forward to being cleared for step 4 which includes caffeine allowed at my appointment in about a week. I'm also really missing wine but I think I need to stay away from alcohol for as long as possible. I'm 50 lbs down overall (355 to 305ish -- I lost a LOT during the 3 week liver-shrink) and about 25 of that is post-surgery. I'm definitely noticing that it's easier to move around and my clothes are looking different on me, which has been great. In terms of taste, shredded cheese tastes a little weird to me, milk is disgusting, and butter tastes a little... off. I'm really interested to know if I'll dump/if I can ever have sugar again, but I'm not going to mess with trying something until I hit the step 4 diet. I'm REALLY stressed out about the hair loss that people say starts at around 4 months. But the only way out is through..... and it'll be worth it. I'm just worried I'll have bald spots!!!!! 😧
  23. I am having a different kind of abdominal pain in the last day or so near the biggest incision. Everything looks normal, it feels like soreness under the skin, like a dull pain. It's not very strong pain, 2/10, but it's different from what I was experiencing before (tearing/burning feeling around the incision when I made some movements but not this dull feeling). Almost feels like a muscle strain or something and it's freaking me out. I was thinking it could be gas but it's just on the right side of my abdomen. Is that something any of you experienced?
  24. OK, I know I should not have done this, and I'm not going to do it again. I had a small amount of grits that were restaurant-prepared yesterday morning. They had corn in them, which I was conscious of, but I was thinking that if I chewed it really really well, it would be okay. In the two or three bites of this that I had, I maybe had like.... 6 kernels of corn? I've kept everything down since surgery and I haven't had any issues with it since, and now I'm 24 hours out. But, re: having anxiety, now I'm worried I'm going to get a bowel obstruction from this and die. SO... did anyone else do anything they weren't supposed to do in the puree stage and end up fine?

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