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Hello, My name is Sarah and my surgery date is set for April 13th 2015, my pre op appointment is tomorrow..im so nervous.. but am also very excited to start a new healthier chapter in my life, and would love to have some friends to talk to that are going through the same journey I am about to.. Thank you :)

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Good luck Sarah! I'm nervous too as my surgery is tomorrow! I'll let you know how things are coming along....

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Good luck on your journey Sarah and congrats on your date. My date is the 31st and I am just as nervous. We will be ok and on the losers bench real soon.

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virgo66 How exciting!! Im sure everything will go just fine cant wait to hear on how things are going for you and mstee83 I hear you on that cant wait to get things moving good luck and congrats to you both!! ☺

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Good luck to all of you. I had my surgery on March 13, and already know it was the best decision I ever made! Just know that the first day is the worst, because of the terrible gas pains - they feel like someone is squeezing your insides. But, then they gradually go away, and you start to feel better. Let the nurses help you get up to walk. That helps the gas go away some.

Once you are home, drink as much Water as possible, but slow. I tried to get up and walk around the house, or at least to another room once an hour or so. It really helped! Luckily, incisions are not a problem, so once your pain subsides, you will be getting use to the new diet, and way of eating. Again, best of luck!!

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