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Hello,

I just now found this place. Better late than never I guess. on July 9th 2018 I weighed 508lbs. I am a 38 year old male who is 6'1. At the end of my rope I didn't know where to turn next. It was during one frustrated exchange with the CEO at my work during lunch that he asked why I didn't consider a weight loss surgery. I quickly replied I had, but the companies insurance didn't cover it. He made a promise to me that if I gave it my best shot he would make sure it was covered. I began working with my primary on the referral while he began working with our health insurance. Our plan year rolled on January 1 and the Sleeve and Bypass were included. I started with the local weight and wellness center in November and in May I completed the 6 months of required program required by the insurance. I am scheduled for the Sleeve on Monday June 10th 2019. As of today I am 428 lbs. I have been doing the two weeks of 3 Protein Shakes with a small 300 calorie meal as ordered by my nutritionist and have stuck to it rigidly.

So Monday's the big day. I have been given 4 weeks off paid from my work for recovery and now my nerves are kicking up. In seek of actual stories about what the days after surgery were like I asked my trusted friend google which lead me here. I have been reading everything for the past two days and I kind of wish my program had pointed me in this direction sooner.

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Hello and welcome.

What a wonderful CEO you have. You have gotten off to an excellent start with the weight loss.

My procedure was non-surgical so am not much help with the days following surgery, but there are plenty of posts here and no doubt some will post their stories here for you.

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Welcome and good luck with your WLS on Monday. It sounds like you've done a great job following the program set out by your nutritionist. You're off to a great start.

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3 hours ago, arrivan said:

Hello,

I just now found this place. Better late than never I guess. on July 9th 2018 I weighed 508lbs. I am a 38 year old male who is 6'1. At the end of my rope I didn't know where to turn next. It was during one frustrated exchange with the CEO at my work during lunch that he asked why I didn't consider a weight loss surgery. I quickly replied I had, but the companies insurance didn't cover it. He made a promise to me that if I gave it my best shot he would make sure it was covered. I began working with my primary on the referral while he began working with our health insurance. Our plan year rolled on January 1 and the Sleeve and Bypass were included. I started with the local weight and wellness center in November and in May I completed the 6 months of required program required by the insurance. I am scheduled for the Sleeve on Monday June 10th 2019. As of today I am 428 lbs. I have been doing the two weeks of 3 Protein Shakes with a small 300 calorie meal as ordered by my nutritionist and have stuck to it rigidly.

So Monday's the big day. I have been given 4 weeks off paid from my work for recovery and now my nerves are kicking up. In seek of actual stories about what the days after surgery were like I asked my trusted friend google which lead me here. I have been reading everything for the past two days and I kind of wish my program had pointed me in this direction sooner.

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Congratulations your CEO cared so much about YOU he changed the entire policy. Don't dismiss this at all. You must be really amazing

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What an amazing story. Your CEO just may have actually saved your life, and who knows how many other's as well. Best wished on Monday and throughout the rest of your journey. You've got this!

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I echo what@greentealael said: "Your CEO scared about YOU... You must be really amazing." Put that in your confidence bank@arrivan!

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Hello and welcome! What an awesome CEO!! Best wishes for a smooth surgery on Monday and an event free recovery! You'll probably find that the post surgery discomfort isnt as bad as you imagine. Congratulations on your weight loss so far.

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On 6/8/2019 at 7:03 AM, arrivan said:

Hello,

I just now found this place. Better late than never I guess. on July 9th 2018 I weighed 508lbs. I am a 38 year old male who is 6'1. At the end of my rope I didn't know where to turn next. It was during one frustrated exchange with the CEO at my work during lunch that he asked why I didn't consider a weight loss surgery. I quickly replied I had, but the companies insurance didn't cover it. He made a promise to me that if I gave it my best shot he would make sure it was covered. I began working with my primary on the referral while he began working with our health insurance. Our plan year rolled on January 1 and the Sleeve and Bypass were included. I started with the local weight and wellness center in November and in May I completed the 6 months of required program required by the insurance. I am scheduled for the Sleeve on Monday June 10th 2019. As of today I am 428 lbs. I have been doing the two weeks of 3 Protein Shakes with a small 300 calorie meal as ordered by my nutritionist and have stuck to it rigidly.

So Monday's the big day. I have been given 4 weeks off paid from my work for recovery and now my nerves are kicking up. In seek of actual stories about what the days after surgery were like I asked my trusted friend google which lead me here. I have been reading everything for the past two days and I kind of wish my program had pointed me in this direction sooner.

You are truly blessed to have a friend that is your boss and would change the medical policy for you. I was blessed with and a friend that told me about it also. Proud of you on your commitment for 6 months. First phase is to follow to the tee but this will be easy for you. Walking the day after surgery is the key to get the gas air pockets out.

Wishing you the best! You Got This!!!!!! Keep us updated!

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On 6/8/2019 at 6:03 AM, arrivan said:

Hello,

I just now found this place. Better late than never I guess. on July 9th 2018 I weighed 508lbs. I am a 38 year old male who is 6'1. At the end of my rope I didn't know where to turn next. It was during one frustrated exchange with the CEO at my work during lunch that he asked why I didn't consider a weight loss surgery. I quickly replied I had, but the companies insurance didn't cover it. He made a promise to me that if I gave it my best shot he would make sure it was covered. I began working with my primary on the referral while he began working with our health insurance. Our plan year rolled on January 1 and the Sleeve and Bypass were included. I started with the local weight and wellness center in November and in May I completed the 6 months of required program required by the insurance. I am scheduled for the Sleeve on Monday June 10th 2019. As of today I am 428 lbs. I have been doing the two weeks of 3 Protein Shakes with a small 300 calorie meal as ordered by my nutritionist and have stuck to it rigidly.

So Monday's the big day. I have been given 4 weeks off paid from my work for recovery and now my nerves are kicking up. In seek of actual stories about what the days after surgery were like I asked my trusted friend google which lead me here. I have been reading everything for the past two days and I kind of wish my program had pointed me in this direction sooner.

Hi Arrivan! Sorry I'm seeing this a bit late as today was the big day! Scouring the internet for actual stories is SO FAMILIAR because that was me leading up to my date. (I just had the sleeve done on 5/23)

If you're like me you'll probably be back on line in the next 24 hours or so wondering if everything you're feeling is normal or not. :)

My first 24 hours was wayyy more painful than I thought. But I also went into it not at all concerned about pain. For some reason, I thought I could hack the pain. Not so much, but it was way better in a day or so and barely a thought within a week maybe?

You'll hear varying stories from every source you look at. (YouTube vloggers are helpful too!) My experience has been fairly easy so far. Almost too easy. I've had no issues drinking liquids from pretty much day one. I carefully and slowly sipped while in the hospital. I very carefully and slowly sipped the first few days at home. I'm only 2 weeks out & now I don't even think about it that much. I have 65oz of cold Water in my containers in the fridge each morning and I work my way through them.

I also had no issues when I transitioned to food. I'm easily able to get down ground meats, eggs, yougurt, tuna.

How everyone reacts is so different. If something feels horribly off, contact your doctor. Otherwise, rest assured everyone's experience is just a little different & you can find people here to compare notes with.

Also, enjoy the four weeks! I am self employed and work from home. I had things that needed to get done so I gave myself four days and honestly it was all I needed. I've been fine running errands & tonight did a little LIGHT gardening - 17ISH days post surgery.

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YOUR pain may be TODAY
A JOYOUS FUTURE STARTS TOMORROW!
Congratulations and a quick recovery for YOU!

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Welcome this is a wonderful place to be...Amazing that your CEO has your back... You don't find that today! Congratulations on your decision...it is well worth the pain/discomfort....Good luck!

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Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I am finally back to being able to sit comfortably in front of a computer screen. I had my procedure done at Maine Medical Center, the staff were excellent and I couldn't be happier with my choice in providers. The big day however was still full of unexpected surprises. I was told to arrive at 10:30 for a noon surgery. I arrived at 10:20 and was in the pre-op room at about 11am. Unfortunately there were some hold ups we were not privvy to and I didn't actually go into surgery until about 3pm. I was out by 7 pm, but instead of the 5 holes I was told there would be they made 6. I was brought to my room at around 10pm.

That first night was brutal. I barely slept. I hurt everywhere. They did a great job administering nausea medication and sent me home with a bunch to use as needed. I had quite a bit of gas pains. It wasn't like scream in pain painful more like really uncomfortable nagging that grew old quickly. I walked a lot pretty quickly after waking up. Honestly it was harder to swallow the pills with my throat all inflamed and only being able to sip Water.< br />
I was home on Tuesday by 7pm. It felt good to be home and while I was't at my water goals yet I was close. Wednesday saw me try my beloved Protein Shake, the same one I have been drinking for Breakfast and lunch for nearly a year now. I was worried I wouldn't like the taste, but it was like an old friend waiting for me. I have spent most of the time since then working a larger sips, more water, and gaining on getting to two full servings of Protein shake to meet doctors orders.

The pain is less frequent now, it seems to come and go based on how much I try and push the envelope. So far it seems like the worst of it has passed and I am eager to get back to moving around again.

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Sounds like you're doing very well so early in the game. One piece of advise I'll give is start walking straightaway, if you haven't already. Even if it's short distances a couple of times a day. It helps so much and you'll be able to increase distance a little bit each time.

Glad to meet another newbie ^_^

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2 hours ago, arrivan said:

Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I am finally back to being able to sit comfortably in front of a computer screen. I had my procedure done at Maine Medical Center, the staff were excellent and I couldn't be happier with my choice in providers. The big day however was still full of unexpected surprises. I was told to arrive at 10:30 for a noon surgery. I arrived at 10:20 and was in the pre-op room at about 11am. Unfortunately there were some hold ups we were not privvy to and I didn't actually go into surgery until about 3pm. I was out by 7 pm, but instead of the 5 holes I was told there would be they made 6. I was brought to my room at around 10pm.

That first night was brutal. I barely slept. I hurt everywhere. They did a great job administering nausea medication and sent me home with a bunch to use as needed. I had quite a bit of gas pains. It wasn't like scream in pain painful more like really uncomfortable nagging that grew old quickly. I walked a lot pretty quickly after waking up. Honestly it was harder to swallow the pills with my throat all inflamed and only being able to sip Water.< br />
I was home on Tuesday by 7pm. It felt good to be home and while I was't at my Water goals yet I was close. Wednesday saw me try my beloved Protein Shake, the same one I have been drinking for Breakfast and lunch for nearly a year now. I was worried I wouldn't like the taste, but it was like an old friend waiting for me. I have spent most of the time since then working a larger sips, more water, and gaining on getting to two full servings of Protein shake to meet doctors orders.

The pain is less frequent now, it seems to come and go based on how much I try and push the envelope. So far it seems like the worst of it has passed and I am eager to get back to moving around again.

So Proud of you!!! You are going Great! Stay strong and just keep thinking of where you want to be in one year. All this will be a memory and you can not image life any other way but JOYFUL. Keep up the great work.

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