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My surgery is next week Thursday and I am trying to be super prepared. Please help me in making sure that I have everything that I need. So far I just had my ice maker hooked up to provide ice chips. What else do I need? If you list really good Protein Drinks or specialty Soups make sure you tell me where to get it. I will be having my nutritionist visit the day before surgery (the winter storm stinks) and will have just hours to go to store and relax. Thanks for all the help!

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Thanks. I have a blender like that, but I need to get the frozen berries/fruit. Thanks so much.

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-heating pad

-liquid Tylenol

-snap in front bra with no underwire

- something for nausea (my dr didn't prescribe anything)

I normally buy bras from Lane Bryant. Do they have snap front bras? I hate wearing bras with wire anyway, they always leave marks on my skin.

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I guess it all depends on what kind of diet your doctor has you on post-op. For me I am on shakes and Clear Liquids (jell-o, sugar free hard candies, and under 10 calorie drink like crystal lite or propel are keeping me alive :P !!). Make sure you have a heating pad when you come home (really helps with the gas pains). For the hospital I packed my contact case, contact solution, hair tie, lip balm, slippers, and cell phone. I totality forgot to bring a pillow (helps with the bumps on the way home) but my husband convinced the nurse to let us take their's lol. Don't forget to walk - it helps so much with the pain!!! Good luck:)!!

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JBLady,

Congratulations on making this life-changing decision. A few must haves I would recommend:

  • Bean with bacon Soup. (Blended) I think it might be Campbells. It's really good.
  • Gas-X dissolve strips - Helps a lot with the after surgery gas pains.
  • sugar free popsicles and fudgesicles (for different stages)
  • Greek yogurt - It's low fat and very high Protein. Oiko brand has a caramel version that's hard to find, but tastes amazing.

These are some of the things that helped me. Good luck!

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The list so far is...

  • Gas X strips
  • Heating pad
  • Lip balm
  • liquid Tylenol
  • slippers
  • pillow
  • contacts/glasses
  • hair scarf/comb
  • frozen fruit
  • snap front bra
  • sugar free pudding/jell-o
  • broth
  • soups (please recommend some for each stage)
  • nausea medication
  • sugar free popscicles/fudge bars

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I brought a nightgown to go home in. I figured a wait band would be uncomfortable. Loose pants like sweats would probably work as well. Congrats on your impending surgery.

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What is Phenergan? For pain or nausea?

I thank all of you so much. I had my preop appts this morning and they are so impressed with how much I know and the level of questioning asked. This is all possible because of all of you guys here. I don't post much, but I sure read your comments and they HELP me.

I will say that I don't remember anyone stating how miserable I would be during the Upper GI. They made me do crystals and barium. I was sure I was going to gag (and they were too), but I held it together. Now I feel sorry for my students because of all my burping and passing gas. I guess I'll just have to stand next to one of them and twirl my nose or blame it on the chair or floors. Teachers you know what I'm talking about :) I'm just kidding...there is one boy in my class everytime I DO pass gas say, "Mrs. B was that you?" I politely reply honey that must be the chair squeaking. When he gets older he'll probably think there was always an odor after the chair squeaked...

I am rolling over laughing at myself. I don't know what has gotten in to me. Maybe they took too much blood.

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You are not going to need much at all. I was banded two weeks ago. You will feel groggy and just sleep a lot for the first 5 days or so. After that, my appetite returned to normal. I can eat everything and a lot. Not happy with results at all at this point, but have not been "filled" yet. I hope this was not a waste of time and money :( you will only need Water, Jello, and broth.< /p>

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-heating pad

-liquid Tylenol

-snap in front bra with no underwire

- something for nausea (my dr didn't prescribe anything)

I so wish I'd thought to ask this before surgery last week! I would have killed for a heating pad, and I'm wearing a baggy old nursing bra because I have an incision right where the bandssits- I've been wearing a clean baby sock between the band and my skin. :) Good luck!

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