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After reading just how difficult the liquid pre op diet is, I don't think I could function at work on so little food and calories! Thinking of taking that week off from work (my surgeon does not require 2 weeks). Anyone start their medical leave early and stay home from work during pre op diet? Or am I just a wimp?

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I worked right through my (almost)3 week long liquid pre-op diet. It sucks... but, it's going to suck either way, at least at work you've got something to take your mind off of things some.

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I preferred being at work. Even though I had ridiculous headaches and hunger pangs, I did have enough work and coworkers to keep me distracted. If I was at home...I can imagine I would have been tempted to cheat. But I didn’t! Worked through it all.

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I worked right through my (almost)3 week long liquid pre-op diet. It sucks... but, it's going to suck either way, at least at work you've got something to take your mind off of things some.


Thanks for the perspective Matt. I guess it is better to be distracted!

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I preferred being at work. Even though I had ridiculous headaches and hunger pangs, I did have enough work and coworkers to keep me distracted. If I was at home...I can imagine I would have been tempted to cheat. But I didn’t! Worked through it all.
Thanks for your reply! I just can't imagine working while feeling weak and hungry...but not being able to cheat is a good reason to be at work!

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7 minutes ago, Briswife15 said:

Thanks for your reply! I just can't imagine working while feeling weak and hungry...but not being able to cheat is a good reason to be at work!

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Oh it sucked... and sucked hard! But, being away from easy temptations made it that much easier to work on exactly WHAT I was feeling. After focusing on the "pain" of being hungry for long enough, I realized it wasn't "hunger" exactly, I was getting the nutrition I needed, I just wasn't filling my stomach up. After a while it was easier to identify what type of hunger sensation I was having and I could work on ignoring it. It's funny what we can get used to, what sensations we can learn to ignore with time and focus.

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