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My NUT started my 2 wk pre-op liquid diet with 5 shakes a day and Clear liquids (broth, Decaf tea, s/f caffeine free drinks) and Jello.

By the evening of 2nd day I was throwing up, couldn't stand to take a shower and my husband noticed I was pretty confused (more so than normal :blink: ).

I had drank 64 oz of Water each day and didn't have trouble with the flavor/consistency of the shakes but couldn't figure the problem. It was clear to me I couldn't sustain this and still drive, let alone take care of my daughter. So a call in to my surgeon & NUT today, realized I was only taking in about 700 calories a day and am dehydrated....I was supposed to be mixing my shakes with Skim Milk (90 cal=80z) instead of Water (as per the pkg directions). And if I had kept all the information straight, I would have noticed the pre-op water requirements are much more than post-of 64 oz of water. I was supposed to be drinking half my body weight in ounces - let me tell you, I wish was 128 ounces.

They moved me to four shakes (w/skim) a day and a 300 calorie meal with 150 oz of water a day. My sweet kind doctor assured me he will still do my operation even though I've messed this up...he encouraged me to do the best I could once I am back on my feet to try the 4 shakes a day but if I have to add a low fat snack in then do it - he is still willing to help me. I can't tell you how relieved I am because I feel today like I have swine flu and can barely get out of bed. Please if you're reading this, count your calories & double check your water. It feels awful & its slow bouncing back.

My husband made me a scrambled egg and I've got 32 oz of water in me this morning and I'm starting to feel human again.

Back on the horse tomorrow..... :blush:

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Hope you feel better soon. The preop diet is the worst part. I had to do some solid food on mine, just focus on low carb, high Protein.

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Up until the last 3 days pre-op, I had one protein/veggie meal per day. I cant imagine 2 weeks of liquids.... its hard enough POST op.. but probably impossible pre op

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One more day on this liquid diet. Again I was told to have 3 bottles of Ensure and any clear liquid. sugar free Jello and sugar free drinks. It has been hard. I read that someone felt terrific. I have felt weak and really hungry at night. Maybe I shouldn't say this but it really sucked! I can't wait to have this over with. I did it though! No cheating. I didn't know if I could. Surgery is Thursday April 10th. Kind of scared but I've had 4 spine fusions from a ski accident, this shouldn't be any harder.

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Thanks everyone for your supportive posts - I think if I can do this with some slight modifications. I am overwhelmed by 154 oz of Water a day -- I have not been successful there. But I picked up the post op Vitamins & supplements today and I told my first person today (outside of immediate family) about my surgery..kind of nervous but she was very supportive "I wondered what you've been doing..you can tell the difference". Just wait, sister, just wait!!

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Yes the pre op diet is hsrd I am on week 3 of 4. My surgery is April 22nd. Inam down 25lbs so far. All I can say is it does get bett the further along you go. Good luck :-) Vsl

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Why typos or what. Sorry everyone for the messy reply :-)

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