So I have done it! I had my surgery at 9 AM this morning and now 12 hours later I am in my hospital room chewing carefully chewing on ice cubes ! For those of you about to do the surgery I would highly recommend taking them up on the offer of happy juice a.k.a. Valium in pre-op right before the surgery. I was starting to get a little emotional then took the medicine and it calmed me right down and I was not scared going into surgery. Surgery started at nine and I was out of recovery and in my hospital room by noon. I was still pretty heavily medicated and pretty much just dozed in and out until probably around three. The shoulder pain from the gas is pretty annoying at first but by 6 o'clock it had dissipated so now I only have abdominal pain which the Morphine takes good care of . I have already been up walking twice and to the bathroom with very little issues. I'm not gonna lie, I'm moving pretty slow getting up and down from the bed. I have to be pretty careful but overall this has gone much better than I anticipated , I am able to handle the ice cubes melting in my mouth pretty good and will try some Jell-O and broth in a little while. If I'm able to handle those without getting sick I am hopeful to get to go home tomorrow . When you think of the fact that they've cut out 80% of your stomach you would think this would be a lot more painful but it really has not been that bad at all. I am very excited for what the future holds and so far I really do not have any Hunger pains which is fantastic . I will keep you posted on how the next couple of weeks go. Yay I am on the losers bench now!!!