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happilylacey

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    happilylacey got a reaction from LynetteG16 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Got my date of September 10th, going through Dignity Health WLC in Gilbert, AZ.
    I haven't seen a September thread of surgeries yet, but I'd love to hear where you are and your date!
    I start my PreOP diet Aug 27th, and its only 3 Protein Shakes a day...no chewing at all! I've seen some that are 2 Protein shakes a day and then a small amount of chicken and nonstarch veggies for dinner. What's your PreOP diet like and how long do you have to do it?
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    happilylacey got a reaction from summerseeker in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Hey guys I'm back to check in. To those of you still on the preOp diet and those of you worrying about what the future may hold: I had my surgery 9/10, am almost 2 weeks out and while there are some things I am dealing with that I will share, all of this has been so worth it.
    I had the gas pains after surgery and while they seriously made me question what the heck I had gotten my self into, I forced myself to walk and stretch as much as I could and they dissipated pretty quickly (1-2 days). My reaction to the anesthesia was pretty rough, I was tachycardic and had to be put on oxygen for a bit after coming to. It took me at least a full 12 hours to be totally awake and get rid of the weakness in my legs. And lastly, today marks 27 full days where my intake has been liquid (including preOp diet) so I feel a little spacey and weak sometimes.
    BUT, I get better every day, can walk further every day, my clothes get looser every day, and only have 8 more days til I can have my first taste of soft foods - gonna go for an egg with a bit of avocado I think...
    Now for the hard numbers - I weighed myself this morning to get accurate numbers. I weighed 245 at the beginning of LRD and weighed in at 218 today - down 27 pounds. I already see a huge difference in my face and want to cry that I waited even this long to make this decision for myself.
    I am an overthinker and worrier by nature, so if you are doubting or are worried and want to talk, I am willing to talk it through with you.
    This is one of those times when you gotta take the leap of faith and trust that you have the drive to follow the plan and make this happen. The anticipation is killer but being in it and doing it, you're able to focus on the steps to take to be successful and it feels incredible to be doing something so productive for yourself.

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    happilylacey got a reaction from summerseeker in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Hey guys I'm back to check in. To those of you still on the preOp diet and those of you worrying about what the future may hold: I had my surgery 9/10, am almost 2 weeks out and while there are some things I am dealing with that I will share, all of this has been so worth it.
    I had the gas pains after surgery and while they seriously made me question what the heck I had gotten my self into, I forced myself to walk and stretch as much as I could and they dissipated pretty quickly (1-2 days). My reaction to the anesthesia was pretty rough, I was tachycardic and had to be put on oxygen for a bit after coming to. It took me at least a full 12 hours to be totally awake and get rid of the weakness in my legs. And lastly, today marks 27 full days where my intake has been liquid (including preOp diet) so I feel a little spacey and weak sometimes.
    BUT, I get better every day, can walk further every day, my clothes get looser every day, and only have 8 more days til I can have my first taste of soft foods - gonna go for an egg with a bit of avocado I think...
    Now for the hard numbers - I weighed myself this morning to get accurate numbers. I weighed 245 at the beginning of LRD and weighed in at 218 today - down 27 pounds. I already see a huge difference in my face and want to cry that I waited even this long to make this decision for myself.
    I am an overthinker and worrier by nature, so if you are doubting or are worried and want to talk, I am willing to talk it through with you.
    This is one of those times when you gotta take the leap of faith and trust that you have the drive to follow the plan and make this happen. The anticipation is killer but being in it and doing it, you're able to focus on the steps to take to be successful and it feels incredible to be doing something so productive for yourself.

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    happilylacey reacted to deardarkling in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    This, honestly. After surgery I definitely thought "wtf did I do to my body." But I'm on day 5 and today was a pretty good day pain and sensation wise.
    Vikingbeast, congrats on feeling good.
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    happilylacey reacted to vikingbeast in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I had the same feeling, and I'll warn you that while you're working off the effects of anesthesia and the gas and Fluid they float into you, you will probably have a real "what have I done" moment.

    But today (four days out!) I had the most insane levels of energy. I didn't run, because I'm trying to be careful of my innards at least until the surgeon sees me again in a week or so, but I easily could have. It is the most liberating feeling ever.
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    happilylacey reacted to sandief54 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I am scheduled Tues, 9/21. I feel like the pre op diet is a wash. Trying 3 Protein Shakes a day starting today till Monday evening. I'm nervous and excited. Honestly though I get that feeling like I want to back out, even though I don't.
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    happilylacey reacted to NeenersNW in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    wow, sounds like you're doing fantastic!
    I'm 6 days post op and down 11lbs my start weight was 251.4 and today's is 240 on the dot! my weird burps are gone and all body parts are back to working they way they should except the soreness from the incisions, I'm able to keep up with my protein and water and Vitamins. sleep is much better in my recliner (once I find a comfy spot.) I feel like everything is going well now, those first few days are sure rocky but I feel so much better than I did!
    Its a crazy journey but well worth it!
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    happilylacey reacted to NeenersNW in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    congrats thats so awesome! On my surgery date I was 251.5 and I am 6 days out and down to 240 on the dot! I haven't experienced hunger pains yet or maybe I have? I'm not sure what they would feel like now? My gas is much better and I'm getting around much easier now. I found a comfy position to sleep so I feel like I'm into a good groove today 😊
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    happilylacey reacted to hauntedhideaway in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I have lost two pounds in the week and a half since surgery. It’s rather discouraging at this point. I’m trying to follow the diet as best I can, though I have had a few missed meals. My big problem is that I am taking two stool softeners together as directed by the doctor, and I haven’t had a bowl movement since surgery. It doesn’t cause me any discomfort but I’m quite worried. I’m going to call them again on Monday.
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    happilylacey reacted to BlackBeauty734 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    All I'm sorry, just remember mind over matter! The Protein is your food so you have to get it in, and you need the Water so you dont dehydrate. Say a prayer and keep up the fight
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    happilylacey reacted to vickieE in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I had surgery on the 13th. Not getting in Water or Protein. It’s a struggle
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    happilylacey reacted to vikingbeast in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    The gas pains are so annoying but they do get better over time. I’m four days out and definitely still have it sometimes. One thing (sorry if TMI) is that the gas pains get less bad once you have a bowel movement. It took three DAYS for that to happen and I immediately get better and had way less gas.
    The “foamies” I get when I consume too fast. I forgot to sip yesterday and chugged probably 3-4 oz. of Water and was in agony for probably an hour.
    The hunger pangs are the worst, it feels like my stomach is literally twisting itself like a wet washcloth. I made Protein Jello (orange sugar free Gelatin with half a scoop of whey protein isolate dissolved in the cold water used for the gelatin) for when I absolutely can’t hack the “grinding”. The big packet of Jello makes 8 portion cups and I usually eat about half a portion cup, so a whopping 8 cal. It helps a lot.
    I haven’t weighed myself yet today (doing it every day for the first two weeks per doctor’s suggestion—“you’re gonna wanna see the numbers”, then weekly after that) but yesterday morning I was 9.6 down from surgery weight in three days. I know that won’t last but some of these are numbers I haven’t seen in a decade, I already had to size down in my favorite Carhartt shorts, and had to throw out the larger size chonies because they were starting to hang off me.

    My blood pressure the day before surgery on two BP meds was 145/85. My PCP took me off the one with the water pill as of the day after surgery and last night when I checked, my BP was 123/68 on one med!! I am STUNNED how fast that happened. Almost like my body is like “YES let’s get this done, pitter patter!”
    Energy level is coming back, but am still weak. I walk 5k every day at least and once the incisions heal and I feel like I can sweat safely I’ll start running.
    Day after surgery was the absolute worst and then it’s a dramatic improvement. Already the best decision I ever made for my body. It’s really amazing to think, “This is the last time I’m ever gonna see this d**n number on that scale.”
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    happilylacey reacted to BlackBeauty734 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Congrats!!! Everything is going well, I do have hunger pains, but I'm sticking to the script!! Protein & Water an ounce every 15 min! On the bright side already down 12lbs! How awesome is that! Fastest I've ever lost weight in my life 🤣! What about you how much have you lost?
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    happilylacey reacted to NeenersNW in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I did as well! how is everything going for you?
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    happilylacey reacted to Katsprrr in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Today made my 1st week post op. Doing awesome and taking it one day at a time.
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    happilylacey reacted to deardarkling in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I had surgery on the 13th.
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    happilylacey reacted to Elliot in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    The gas pains were horrendous but I'm fine now. The best tip I can give is that the nurses had me walking up and down and rolling my shoulders. Worked a treat to get the burps up.

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    happilylacey reacted to NeenersNW in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Congrats on your surgery, I hope everything went well for you! I'm still struggling with gas pains and weird foamy burps..idk its weird. You have any of these symptoms?
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    happilylacey reacted to Helen H in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Hello my doctor told me to avoid caffeine And carbonated drinks that I was to drink two Proteins shakes one for Breakfast one for lunch and to eat 3 ounces of Protein or the inside size of my palm and the outside fingers to be my vegetables and non-starchy vegetables add to drink 64 ounces of Water and this was one week before my surgery I’m on liquids now and he just moved me to soft foods like A soft egg, Liquidy refried Beans, Milk but it Has to be mootopia,almond milk. But not to drink too much milk as it is considered a carb and still has sugar.And my surgery was on September 7.
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    happilylacey reacted to Elliot in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Hope it's going well. I was September 8th [emoji846]

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    happilylacey reacted to CurvyGirlJourney in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Good afternoon everyone! I am brand new to this site, but would love to join in on the fun! I have my surgery scheduled for September 21st! That's only 5 days away! I've been on the liquid diet for just over a week now, cheated once which I regret now, but I am back on track and ready to do this!
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    happilylacey reacted to John_Boy243 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    9/27 VGS - on the preop diet now. Pending stress test results for final clearance!
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    happilylacey reacted to BlackBeauty734 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    Hello everyone, here is an update....its been a few days since surgery and I'm doing great already down 7lbs....I'm taking in 30mls of shake / Water every 15 min per doctor orders. I make sure I walk and use incentive spirometer to prevent pneumonia. Sometimes I feel hungry but I think it's a head thing! My doctor wants me to get down 64 ounces of water a day and 2 60 gram Protein Shakes a day....I'm no where near able to do that yet, I can get down 1 30 gram Protein Shake and maybe 20 ounces of water. I'll keep trying though. I had my surgery in Monroe Mi for those of you who asked. Also after surgery I had hardly no pain, I slept most of day because of the anesthesia but other than that, I was up walking marathons they were very proud of me. I'm so excited about my journey I do not regret it so far! Good luck to all, keep us posted!
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    happilylacey reacted to Tony B - NJ in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    I am 2 weeks post surgery and I just have not focused on food at all. I don't think about what I cannot have or what I miss. I am laser focused on drinking my required amount of Water, doing my walking of atleast an hour a day even if I have to break it up over 2 sessions and finally, focusing on the good...the weight that is lost. It is motivating to me to see the weight falling off. I am losing about 8 pounds a week since the surgery after I lost almost 20 in the pre surgery diet. I don't want to ruin that so I focus on anything and everything I can except food. Besides, I cannot eat hardly anything without restriction, so it all works out. Focus on the FUTURE and get away from the past food etc.
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    happilylacey reacted to mandytmi44 in September Surgery Buddies!!   
    My surgery is 9/20 only 5 days left
    Of 2 week liquids 4.5 slim fasts a day and sugar free Jello and Water only and slim fasts the high Protein ones strawberry are filling me up. Cleveland clinics hospitals are discussing sitting non essential surgeries down again so I’m
    Praying they wait Till After mine 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼….

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