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Great news for you!!!!!

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YESS!!!! Thanks for the update! Rest, relax and let the losing begin. Ha!

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Icon23 I hope you are ok. I have been checking forum all day to see how you are doing. My friend said you are probably shopping lol. I hope so. Hope everything is going well for you.

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Icon23 I hope you are ok. I have been checking forum all day to see how you are doing. My friend said you are probably shopping lol. I hope so. Hope everything is going well for you.

I'm fine. I did go shopping for a little while yesterday and I did go to Walmart (close to the hotel) earlier today for some juice and Gatorade, but I spent a good deal of yesterday and today sleeping, actually. The fatigue that I have felt the past 2 days is one of my biggest signs that my body has gone through a trauma. I have also had some pain--feels like you've done 1000s of sit ups, as others have described it--and I do take the pain meds they sent with me (Toradol is the American name) when I need it (about every 10-12 hrs), but overall I feel okay. The fatigue isn't overwhelming and I could probably stay awake if I needed to, but since the body does a great deal of healing while you're asleep, I figure I should allow myself to do it as much as possible while I can.

Thanks again for the well-wishes!

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I'm fine. I did go shopping for a little while yesterday and I did go to Walmart (close to the hotel) earlier today for some juice and Gatorade' date=' but I spent a good deal of yesterday and today sleeping, actually. The fatigue that I have felt the past 2 days is one of my biggest signs that my body has gone through a trauma. I have also had some pain--feels like you've done 1000s of sit ups, as others have described it--and I do take the pain meds they sent with me (Toradol is the American name) when I need it (about every 10-12 hrs), but overall I feel okay. The fatigue isn't overwhelming and I could probably stay awake if I needed to, but since the body does a great deal of healing while you're asleep, I figure I should allow myself to do it as much as possible while I can.

Thanks again for the well-wishes![/quote']

I'm so glad you're doing well and glad you got to go shopping. I did not see your post before I went to bed last night. Today a good friend of mine's brother passed away with cancer. I spent the day with her and her family. My friend who is also being sleeved with me was there also visiting. I just happened to tell her that I am still worried about icon23(She reads the forum every night but does not post) She told me to calm down and that you did answer my post last night. That made me feel much better. LOL I almost feel like you are family. I have never worried about a complete stranger before LOL I hope your flight home today went well. You may have All ready posted in a different spot. I am going to look now.

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I'm so glad you're doing well and glad you got to go shopping. I did not see your post before I went to bed last night. Today a good friend of mine's brother passed away with cancer. I spent the day with her and her family. My friend who is also being sleeved with me was there also visiting. I just happened to tell her that I am still worried about icon23(She reads the forum every night but does not post) She told me to calm down and that you did answer my post last night. That made me feel much better. LOL I almost feel like you are family. I have never worried about a complete stranger before LOL I hope your flight home today went well. You may have All ready posted in a different spot. I am going to look now.

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend's brother. Thank you for your caring and concern. I, too, have grown to care sincerely about many people here on VST and I truly appreciate everyone who has reached out to me as I am going through this life-changing event. I made it home safely a couple of hours ago and I have just been resting. I realized sometime late yesterday that I caught a cold after surgery. At first, I thought my throat was just irritated from the tube that the anesthesiologist put down my throat because the night that I had surgery I wound up coughing up a bunch of phlegm (wasn't too painful) and it just generally felt irritated, but it turned into a cold. I think that's part of the reason I spent so much of the past couple of days sleeping. Other than the cold, though, I feel fine. Today was the first day that I didn't take pain medicine at all and, even with coughing, it doesn't hurt. I also don't know if I have mentioned this yet, but I am having no trouble getting in fluids. I do feel full if I drink a lot, but I don't feel any pain or restriction while I'm drinking and I'm able to drink a 16-20 oz bottle of Water or other Fluid fairly quickly (I guess I should time it, but it seems like I can drink that much on an empty stomach within 30-45 min). It's amazing how much better I feel everyday. I wish for everyone to have such smooth recoveries (and no colds).

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I'm sorry for the loss of your friend's brother. Thank you for your caring and concern. I' date=' too, have grown to care sincerely about many people here on VST and I truly appreciate everyone who has reached out to me as I am going through this life-changing event. I made it home safely a couple of hours ago and I have just been resting. I realized sometime late yesterday that I caught a cold after surgery. At first, I thought my throat was just irritated from the tube that the anesthesiologist put down my throat because the night that I had surgery I wound up coughing up a bunch of phlegm (wasn't too painful) and it just generally felt irritated, but it turned into a cold. I think that's part of the reason I spent so much of the past couple of days sleeping. Other than the cold, though, I feel fine. Today was the first day that I didn't take pain medicine at all and, even with coughing, it doesn't hurt. I also don't know if I have mentioned this yet, but I am having no trouble getting in fluids. I do feel full if I drink a lot, but I don't feel any pain or restriction while I'm drinking and I'm able to drink a 16-20 oz bottle of Water or other Fluid fairly quickly (I guess I should time it, but it seems like I can drink that much on an empty stomach within 30-45 min). It's amazing how much better I feel everyday. I wish for everyone to have such smooth recoveries (and no colds).[/quote']

So sorry to hear about your cold. I hope my surgery and recovery goes as well as yours has. How did the airport go. How did the assistance go at the airpor?. Where they there to help you?

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So sorry to hear about your cold. I hope my surgery and recovery goes as well as yours has. How did the airport go. How did the assistance go at the airpor?. Where they there to help you?

I had already asked for wheelchair assistance for the flight home when I booked my ticket, so when I got to the airport in San Diego, I just told one of the outside check-in people for my airline that I had requested wheelchair service and he sent another person inside to get the wheelchair. It took just a minute. I needed my boarding pass, so he wheeled me up to the ticket counter first and that all went as normal, except she also asked if I was able to walk to my seat on the airplane by myself and I told her I was. Then, I got wheeled to the security check-in and that was kind of nice because I got wheeled past the long line of people up to the line for First Class people which only had 1 person in front of me. They asked me if I was able to stand for long enough to do the body scan, so I did that, but no one reminded me to take the liquids out of my bag, so after my stuff was x-rayed, the TSA people had to open my bag, take the liquids out, then x-ray my bag and the liquids again separately. By the way, in the bag of things that A Lighter Me gives you when you get out of the hospital that includes your antibiotics and pain meds, they also give you a 12 or 16 oz bottle of liquid medicine to settle your stomach (it's basically milk of magnesia), but since you're not allowed to bring a bottle of liquid that large on an airplane (you can if you check your bag, but not in a carry-on), I left it behind in the hotel. I had never opened that medicine because I went to a pharmacy and bought a PPI instead. After I got through the security check-in, I got wheeled to my gate and I tipped the guy that wheeled me through the airport $5. He left me in the wheelchair and I only had to wait less than 5 minutes before a woman who worked for the airline came up to me and asked if I was ready to board the plane--this was before they announced boarding for anybody. She wheeled me along the ramp that led up to the plane, then she asked me if I was okay to walk to my seat by myself, which I did--it was nice being the first passenger on the plane. When my flight arrived in Seattle, I got off the plane like normal, but as soon as I got outside the plane, there was someone waiting on the ramp with a wheelchair with my name on it. He wheeled me from the plane to where I asked him to take me (outside, to arrivals where my friend picked me up). My friend wasn't there when we got outside, so the guy said that he would wait 5-7 minutes with me. I didn't time it, but he waited at least 5 minutes with me in the cold before my friend showed up. I also tipped this wheelchair driver $5. I highly recommend using the wheelchair service.

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I had already asked for wheelchair assistance for the flight home when I booked my ticket' date=' so when I got to the airport in San Diego, I just told one of the outside check-in people for my airline that I had requested wheelchair service and he sent another person inside to get the wheelchair. It took just a minute. I needed my boarding pass, so he wheeled me up to the ticket counter first and that all went as normal, except she also asked if I was able to walk to my seat on the airplane by myself and I told her I was. Then, I got wheeled to the security check-in and that was kind of nice because I got wheeled past the long line of people up to the line for First Class people which only had 1 person in front of me. They asked me if I was able to stand for long enough to do the body scan, so I did that, but no one reminded me to take the liquids out of my bag, so after my stuff was x-rayed, the TSA people had to open my bag, take the liquids out, then x-ray my bag and the liquids again separately. By the way, in the bag of things that A Lighter Me gives you when you get out of the hospital that includes your antibiotics and pain meds, they also give you a 12 or 16 oz bottle of liquid medicine to settle your stomach (it's basically milk of magnesia), but since you're not allowed to bring a bottle of liquid that large on an airplane (you can if you check your bag, but not in a carry-on), I left it behind in the hotel. I had never opened that medicine because I went to a pharmacy and bought a PPI instead. After I got through the security check-in, I got wheeled to my gate and I tipped the guy that wheeled me through the airport 5. He left me in the wheelchair and I only had to wait less than 5 minutes before a woman who worked for the airline came up to me and asked if I was ready to board the plane--this was before they announced boarding for anybody. She wheeled me along the ramp that led up to the plane, then she asked me if I was okay to walk to my seat by myself, which I did--it was nice being the first passenger on the plane. When my flight arrived in Seattle, I got off the plane like normal, but as soon as I got outside the plane, there was someone waiting on the ramp with a wheelchair with my name on it. He wheeled me from the plane to where I asked him to take me (outside, to arrivals where my friend picked me up). My friend wasn't there when we got outside, so the guy said that he would wait 5-7 minutes with me. I didn't time it, but he waited at least 5 minutes with me in the cold before my friend showed up. I also tipped this wheelchair driver 5. I highly recommend using the wheelchair service.[/quote']

I'm definitely going to request this. The San Diego airport is small compared to Vegas. I will for sure use it when we get into Vegas. Glad ur bk home recovering. I'm still at the Marriott which is a beautiful hotel. I woke up this morning with my mouth watering like I was going to throw up. I guess that's the slimming. But other than that I've had minimal pain. Today the drain comes out and I'm having a glow peel done.

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I'm definitely going to request this. The San Diego airport is small compared to Vegas. I will for sure use it when we get into Vegas. Glad ur bk home recovering. I'm still at the Marriott which is a beautiful hotel. I woke up this morning with my mouth watering like I was going to throw up. I guess that's the slimming. But other than that I've had minimal pain. Today the drain comes out and I'm having a glow peel done.

What's a glow peel?

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What's a glow peel?

It's a facial treatment that removed dead skin cells so the face is brighter and looks more even if you have any acne spots or discoloration.

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I had already asked for wheelchair assistance for the flight home when I booked my ticket' date=' so when I got to the airport in San Diego, I just told one of the outside check-in people for my airline that I had requested wheelchair service and he sent another person inside to get the wheelchair. It took just a minute. I needed my boarding pass, so he wheeled me up to the ticket counter first and that all went as normal, except she also asked if I was able to walk to my seat on the airplane by myself and I told her I was. Then, I got wheeled to the security check-in and that was kind of nice because I got wheeled past the long line of people up to the line for First Class people which only had 1 person in front of me. They asked me if I was able to stand for long enough to do the body scan, so I did that, but no one reminded me to take the liquids out of my bag, so after my stuff was x-rayed, the TSA people had to open my bag, take the liquids out, then x-ray my bag and the liquids again separately. By the way, in the bag of things that A Lighter Me gives you when you get out of the hospital that includes your antibiotics and pain meds, they also give you a 12 or 16 oz bottle of liquid medicine to settle your stomach (it's basically milk of magnesia), but since you're not allowed to bring a bottle of liquid that large on an airplane (you can if you check your bag, but not in a carry-on), I left it behind in the hotel. I had never opened that medicine because I went to a pharmacy and bought a PPI instead. After I got through the security check-in, I got wheeled to my gate and I tipped the guy that wheeled me through the airport 5. He left me in the wheelchair and I only had to wait less than 5 minutes before a woman who worked for the airline came up to me and asked if I was ready to board the plane--this was before they announced boarding for anybody. She wheeled me along the ramp that led up to the plane, then she asked me if I was okay to walk to my seat by myself, which I did--it was nice being the first passenger on the plane. When my flight arrived in Seattle, I got off the plane like normal, but as soon as I got outside the plane, there was someone waiting on the ramp with a wheelchair with my name on it. He wheeled me from the plane to where I asked him to take me (outside, to arrivals where my friend picked me up). My friend wasn't there when we got outside, so the guy said that he would wait 5-7 minutes with me. I didn't time it, but he waited at least 5 minutes with me in the cold before my friend showed up. I also tipped this wheelchair driver 5. I highly recommend using the wheelchair service.[/quote']

Wow seems like you have had a great trip from start to finish. I am so very grateful for the great detail you give every time we talk/post. What is a PPI? How's your cold doing?

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