If you are considering the process for weight loss surgery, then there are a few things to consider before hand. I underwent the sleeve on April 16, 2018. There were a few things that no site or doctor told me before hand. Now down 55 pounds, I look back on the process and wish I’d of known….
1. If you are not mentally strong its very difficult. Some doctors require a two weeks clear liquid pre-op diet. About the 3rd day in you feel like hell. Then you run to the bathroom so much, your anus feels like a war zone. Not even kidding with ya. So the best advice I can give is stock up on wipes. You will need them from becoming like sand paper back there.
During this time you are hungry. Eating sugar free Popsicle’s are like treats. I lived off of them. I had so much Jello that my fat belly became a pool of it. Invest in some egg drop soup from a local Asian restaurant. After about a week it tasted like pure honey going down. I never craved meat more then I did during these two weeks. However, this process was to flush fat off your liver. It worked, because I was down 25 pounds the day I went into surgery.
2. I pray you have an amazing support system. During the first few weeks before and right after you will need it. You go through withdrawal from food like an addict would from a drug. After all if you are having this, then you must have some addiction to food. I mean 99% of everyone I know, thin or big, loves food. I still love food. That hasn’t gone away at all. However, now I don’t over it for fear of pain.
My support system was my family. My amazing boyfriend, our mothers, and his family. Now looking back I wasn’t always the easiest patient. I sure gave them a run at times. Not only was I hangry, but my hormones were already changing about the third day in. One moment I was crying cause you looked at me wrong. I finally came to the conclusion that its just as mental on you as it is your loved ones. Thank God I’m loved unconditionally.
3. You will not sleep the night before surgery.
4. You will get a sudden, Oh No, fly into your head just moments before surgery. I was perfectly fine up until it was time to head back to the OR. Yeah I flipped and started crying wanting my momma. I had great nurses who got her and started giving me stuff to calm me down.
5. Be sure you know the process. Ask for vomiting medicine before you go into surgery and pain medicine. Counter act everything early. My surgeon did this and it worked great.
6. You will wake up with so much air pain that you think you made a mistake. My thought, what did I do to myself? Walk ASAP, the faster you start a tooting the better you will feel.
7. You will pee a lot after surgery.
8. Oh your new tummy will be angry with you. The new sounds it will make will be impressive.
9. You will not loose weight like someone you know who had the surgery. You can be a part of as many Facebook groups or follow Suzie on Instagram, but your journey will be different from others. You still have work to do and its not leaving without some work.
10. Don’t be stupid and try to move from the meal plan your doctor has set. Understand you just had major surgery and had part of a vital organ removed. You didn’t go through all this to have a set back or kill yourself.
11. You will hate yourself for two weeks after surgery. You will have mood swings and become depressed. You will want to cry when you can’t eat. Just know at this point there is no place else to go, but up. This to shall pass. Soon when you can start in taking some foods you will be happy again.
12. Drink water a lot. Sip sip sip sip and then sip some more. You will have weight loss stalls early on. Its going to drive you nuts. Up your water intake and activity level. Also eat as much protein as possible. It will start moving again. You have to give your body time to catch up.
13. You still have your wipes. Yeah you will still need them. You will go days without pooping and then when you do its like playdo. Just invest in some good flushable ones.
14. Three bites you are full. My advice cut everything up the size you would feed a baby. Then eat slow. You will feel like you have eaten a lot.
15. You will be hungry. Now that stomach digest faster then before. Remember you will eat every two hours or so. I’m hungry now myself. So eat three bites and relax. Its okay, you will take several months to get to three meals a day.