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Hello all,

I am having the Sleeve on Thursday this week and up until now I have been really excited, now not so much. I keep questioning if I should do it on my own. Its just seems really daunting at this point.

I started my pre surgical diet yesterday and pretty much spent the last 2 days dying of hunger and in the bathroom (sorry for the TMI). I am sure that is what is causing the freak out. But well here I am.

Well thanks for listening.

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I have a gastric bypass RNY the following Thursday (22nd) and I've been on the pre-op diet for a week. I'm starving hungry too and also feeling anxious about the surgery. Covid means I have to go to the hospital on my own too and no visitors for the 2 nights I'm there - I agree having to be on my own is very daunting. I'm just trying to hold it together by reminding myself why I'm doing this - steady weight gain, yo yo dieting for years, high bp, arthritis, pre-diabetes. If I postpone it now, all routine ops here might be cancelled till who knows when if covid accelerates more, so I think as my decision is made, it's best to just do it now. Good luck!

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I just had my surgery on the 5th and was also super nervous. Time will fly by so quickly and you’ll most likely look back on this point in a few weeks and be so grateful you made the decision to go through with it. I told my surgeon I was really nervous and he prescribed me some Valium that I could take before I got to the hospital on surgery day. Maybe that might be an option? Either way, knowing what I know now, I feel like I totally could have done it without any sort of anxiety meds. It’s not as bad as we build it up to be!

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I did not have any second thoughts, as I am an expert yo-yo dieter with almost 30 years of experience. I regret not considering surgery sooner, since clearly, I was not able to do it on my own. I spent the two weeks of my pre-op diet trying to focus on the post-op diet and permanent life style changes coming up. The focus really helped calm me down and I was a rock at the hospital by myself. I chatted and joked with my nurse. They took me back to the operating room and I said goodnight to everyone...then woke up in recovery. My only true pain, was in recovery when I first woke up. In retrospect, I understand I was having stomach spasms, but at the time it was just agony. The nurse gave me some pain meds and I was good from there. I took pain meds the first couple of days, mostly to prevent pain rather than because I was in pain. After day three, I took only Tylenol. Spend this time gaining focus and centering yourself. You will do great!

Enjoy the journey!

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It is very normal to have second thoughts as you get close to your surgery date. I sure did! I lost almost 70 pounds before surgery, and I started to think maybe I should try to keep going on my own. But I've spent far too much of my life yo-yo dieting, so I knew that it was unlikely that I'd be able to lose that weight and keep it off without WLS.

I've read that people make poor decisions when they are in a heightened emotional state, so you should always try to make big decisions when you are calm and have time to think through them rationally. Presumably, you've already had a long journey to get to this point, through all of the pre-op requirements you had to meet, so you've had plenty of time to make this decision rationally. We all have our reasons for doing something as drastic as WLS, and I don't know your specific reasons, but I think you should trust that decision that you made and that you were excited about up until this point. The pre-op diet and the first week after surgery are pretty miserable, but once you get through that, it gets much easier from there.

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I wish that my pre-op diet was that short. My surgery is November 3 and I’ve been doing my pre-op diet (badly) since October 3 and it’s miserable. Doing this for any amount of time is awful.

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