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I am looking at my schedule for work to see when the best time would be for me to have my surgery. I work with the school system and we will be out for 2 weeks during Christmas. I only have 2 weeks sick time saved. So my dilemma is, Should I use my time to stay home while doing the pre op diet and then recover from surgery during our 2 week Christmas break? I am worried about the pre op diet but I know I can get through it. Any suggestions from anyone that has been through the pre op diet and what was your experience?

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1 hour ago, Sharon Colyer said:

I am looking at my schedule for work to see when the best time would be for me to have my surgery. I work with the school system and we will be out for 2 weeks during Christmas. I only have 2 weeks sick time saved. So my dilemma is, Should I use my time to stay home while doing the pre op diet and then recover from surgery during our 2 week Christmas break? I am worried about the pre op diet but I know I can get through it. Any suggestions from anyone that has been through the pre op diet and what was your experience?

Noooo definitely save that for post op instead you may have complication even minor ones like incisions reopening that will take more days

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I think most people do the pre-op diet while working.

as for time off work, I took three weeks off (post-surgery), but i could have gone back after two. I had a desk job, though (librarian).

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13 hours ago, catwoman7 said:

I think most people do the pre-op diet while working.

as for time off work, I took three weeks off (post-surgery), but i could have gone back after two. I had a desk job, though (librarian).

cat the librarian 👩🏼‍💼 i guess catwoman is from a story

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3 hours ago, tarotcardreader said:

cat the librarian 👩🏼‍💼 i guess catwoman is from a story

LOL! Not from a story - although I do remember this story! But I'm a (retired) librarian - and a cat fanatic!

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20 hours ago, tarotcardreader said:

Noooo definitely save that for post op instead you may have complication even minor ones like incisions reopening that will take more days

That makes sense. I had thought about that too. Just didn't know how bad I would feel during the pre op diet. I am not looking forward to that at all.....lol

7 hours ago, tarotcardreader said:

cat the librarian 👩🏼‍💼 i guess catwoman is from a story

Okay...so maybe I will try to work during the pre op. How did you feel during the pre op diet? Were you irritable or sick feeling? I work with EC children but for the most part it's very laid back.

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1 hour ago, Sharon Colyer said:

That makes sense. I had thought about that too. Just didn't know how bad I would feel during the pre op diet. I am not looking forward to that at all.....lol

Okay...so maybe I will try to work during the pre op. How did you feel during the pre op diet? Were you irritable or sick feeling? I work with EC children but for the most part it's very laid back.

The first 3-4 days of the pre-op diet are the worst ones. Your body and mind will rebel against you for the sudden drastic change. You may feel much more tired...you might have a very short temper...you may think that you've made a huge mistake. It's all your body trying to get you to break the diet. It's essentially a form of withdrawal. Once you get past the first few days, your body adjusts to the change and those "symptoms" will diminish greatly and it will be smoother sailing. It definitely won't be sunshine and unicorn farts for the rest of it, but it will be very manageable and you'll breeze through the rest of the pre-op diet.

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Working during the pre-op diet will help keep your mind off of food! I think being home all day would be a lot harder!! Save the sick time for post-op!!

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3 minutes ago, Pandemonium said:

The first 3-4 days of the pre-op diet are the worst ones. Your body and mind will rebel against you for the sudden drastic change. You may feel much more tired...you might have a very short temper...you may think that you've made a huge mistake. It's all your body trying to get you to break the diet. It's essentially a form of withdrawal. Once you get past the first few days, your body adjusts to the change and those "symptoms" will diminish greatly and it will be smoother sailing. It definitely won't be sunshine and unicorn farts for the rest of it, but it will be very manageable and you'll breeze through the rest of the pre-op diet.

Thank you so much for sharing. I know it will not be easy but knowing that the worst part will only last a couple of days makes me feel a little better. Hopefully my next appointment with the NP we will be scheduling to meet with the surgeon. I am ready to move on with the process! Thanks again! So glad I found group. It helps a lot!

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6 minutes ago, ChubRub said:

Working during the pre-op diet will help keep your mind off of food! I think being home all day would be a lot harder!! Save the sick time for post-op!!

That's what I told my husband. You guys are awesome for sharing with me. I think I have made up my mind to give it a try at work.

And WOW! Look at your weight loss! Congratulations! You have done great!

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1 hour ago, Sharon Colyer said:

Thank you so much for sharing. I know it will not be easy but knowing that the worst part will only last a couple of days makes me feel a little better. Hopefully my next appointment with the NP we will be scheduling to meet with the surgeon. I am ready to move on with the process! Thanks again! So glad I found group. It helps a lot!

There is also a LOT of pre-op diets out there that vary from surgeon to surgeon. When I had my lapband done in 2011, my diet was Protein Shakes for Breakfast and lunch and then for dinner I could have broth with veggies and a very small amount of noodles (I used buckwheat soba noodles). I did that for 2 weeks and it wasn't the worst thing in the world. Dinner almost felt like a normal meal!

For my revision to sleeve in July, it was all liquids for 1 week. It was a bit rough, but again, after the first few days, it got easier and the time breezed by.

Some people here didn't even have to do a pre-op diet! So, depending on your surgeon, you might end up with a less strenuous pre-op diet! Fingers crossed for you!

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34 minutes ago, Pandemonium said:

There is also a LOT of pre-op diets out there that vary from surgeon to surgeon. When I had my lapband done in 2011, my diet was Protein Shakes for Breakfast and lunch and then for dinner I could have broth with veggies and a very small amount of noodles (I used buckwheat soba noodles). I did that for 2 weeks and it wasn't the worst thing in the world. dinner almost felt like a normal meal!

For my revision to sleeve in July, it was all liquids for 1 week. It was a bit rough, but again, after the first few days, it got easier and the time breezed by.

Some people here didn't even have to do a pre-op diet! So, depending on your surgeon, you might end up with a less strenuous pre-op diet! Fingers crossed for you!

I think my surgeon will require 2 weeks but not sure. I have already started trying to do Protein Shakes for at least one meal a day so that I will be used to them. Trying different kinds also. I have slowly cut out caffeine and carbonated drinks....almost there. Having a hard time with food choice though. There is so much I don't like. So trying to at least cut down on portions....not easy since I have not had surgery yet. Just trying different things to get prepared.

Any suggestions on what I will need the first 2 weeks post op? Getting ready!

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3 hours ago, Sharon Colyer said:

That makes sense. I had thought about that too. Just didn't know how bad I would feel during the pre op diet. I am not looking forward to that at all.....lol

Okay...so maybe I will try to work during the pre op. How did you feel during the pre op diet? Were you irritable or sick feeling? I work with EC children but for the most part it's very laid back.

I felt fine during preop i had some food funerals that were delicious 😋

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3 minutes ago, tarotcardreader said:

I felt fine during preop i had some food funerals that were delicious 😋

LOL....so did you loose any weight during that time?

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7 hours ago, catwoman7 said:

LOL! Not from a story - although I do remember this story! But I'm a (retired) librarian - and a cat fanatic!

When i went to get my masters i considered it because it seemed like such a chill job lol

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