A record of my experience... from start to finish... rants and all!


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Ok folks; update time... I got my endoscopy done today. Now, not all surgeons require this but mine did and a couple things:

It is no big deal... really. Unless you have issues with anesthesia.

They say this again and again... no jewelry. Not even wedding bands.

And they make absolutely sure you come with someone who can take you home. No waking up and calling an Uber; though in all honesty I totally felt fine enough to do this.

No sore throat, no nothing... you do have to fast as of midnight before.. no eating and no drinking either... that means no Water people. So try to get it done early in the day

I was a little irritable for the rest of the day though.

Now; if you're squeamish don't look but if you're curious here is the photos I got to take home to show my boys.

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First is my small intestine. Second is top of my stomach and third is my stomach. So third photo is what will be partially removed. I'm told I had perfect anatomy for the sleeve. (Hehehehe well at least something is perfect **rolls eyes***)

H 5'6" HW 253, CW 245, TBS 9/19

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Yep, each surgeon is different. Mine only has me do day before.


H 5'6" HW 253, CW 245, TBS 9/19

Oh and update on this... not to rub it in or anything but my surgeons allows me to have breakfast THEN I have to do liquid diet for rest of the day prior to surgery. Man! Do I feel lucky or what !! Phew :)


H 5'6" HW 253, CW 245, TBS 9/19

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I'm so glad that you all are moving along so well with your programs! I don't have a date yet, but am hoping to get one very soon. I've done everything required except my next appt. with the NUT. on 7/26. She said all of my results will be in by then, she will go over the pre-op and post-op diet with me then and if I have lost the 5lbs I gained then she will approve me. The scale said I've lost 4lbs but I never trust the numbers with such small increments. After that, I should just be waiting on insurance and a date. Fingers crossed!

On another note, I'd like to take a moment to celebrate my small victories and I would love to hear a list of yours as well.

1) I cut out diet soda, which was a huge vice of mine. Eeek! Ive replaced it with half a packet of Crystal Light per bottle of Water. A full packet is too sweet for me.

2) I eat a salad atleast once a day, even on my cheat day. Arugula is my new, flavorful BFF. I hate iceberg lettuce and romaine goes bad so quickly so salad hasn't been easy until now. I crave salad now.

3) I've been ordering healthy options when we go out. Also a huge deal because the temptation is so real!

4) We eat chicken, salmon, or shrimp at least 6 days a week. I've also done some black bean and soy burgers. ZERO Pasta, rice, potatoes. I'm limiting breads and pastries too but that love affair needs to de-escalate a bit, I can't go cold turkey.

5) I don't do meal prep, but I have started to snack prep. It has helped SO much! I went to Dollar Tree and bought three 10packs of the tiniest little "tupperware" containers. I divide out perfect portions of cheese cubes for the fridge and a dried berry/nut mix for the pantry. I eat one of each, as per NUT's recommendation. It's a nice little snack that keeps me full and doesn't let me overeat. Also loads cheaper than the premade ones at the market.

Now where I've failed:

1) I stare longingly at Cookies. I haven't found a healthy replacement yet. The good thing is I don't buy them and my husband likes oatmeal raisin, which is a blasphemous cookie imposter IMHO, so I rarely feel tempted...but when I do...[emoji7] it's a work in progress.

2) it's so bloody humid outside (90% humidity) so I haven't been out to exercise. I have an infant to tend to so my old water aerobics routine is out. I'm sucking at exercise lately. I try to do 30 minutes of dance time using my 20lb kid as a dumbbell...I mean dance partner.

3) I still forget to drink and end up chugging water. I've always done it. I get at least 70 oz easily but in large portions. Working on it.

If any of you have tips and tricks to share for pre-op prep, I'd love to hear them!



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I just wanted to say "hi". I am in the same area of NJ as you (I think), similar stats and age. So hi there!! Also, my surgery is scheduled for September 26.

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I just wanted to say "hi". I am in the same area of NJ as you (I think), similar stats and age. So hi there!! Also, my surgery is scheduled for September 26.

Well hello there :) where abouts are you? You're just after mine! Who's doing yours?


H 5'6" HW 253, CW 250, TBS 9/19
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I'm in Morris county! I think I saw something about Morristown in here. I had my babies at Morristown hospital but I am doing Saint Clare's Dover for this one. Dr. Abkin in florham park.

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I'm in Morris county! I think I saw something about Morristown in here. I had my babies at Morristown hospital but I am doing Saint Clare's Dover for this one. Dr. Abkin in florham park.

Yep, my doctor is there, Dr Bertha! I'm in Nutley though so it's a drive :)


H 5'6" HW 253, CW 250, TBS 9/19

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