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delilas

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Holy crap. Surgery is in two days. 

 
In 12 days on the liver shrink, I've lost 6 pounds so far - also, I'm pretty sure this is the only Thanksgiving I've ever lost weight :D I didn't even feel deprived. I had delicious turkey and someone brought an awesome salad. Our hotel had a hot breakfast every morning that involved some sort of eggs and some sort of meat, so even though I didn't travel with protein drinks, I was able to meet goals and feel pretty good about being mostly on liquids. The second Thanksgiving was even easier, as my SOs mom is a big creole cooker (her family is from Mississippi), so that "thanksgiving" is mostly crab dip and prawns and meat, so it wasn't at all difficult to avoid carbs.
 
We got back from our travel Saturday. I hit up the fabric store to stock up on yarn and thread to help keep me busy for the next month. I spent Sunday stocking up on broth and liquids and soups, and doing chores like laundry and bathrooms that I'm not going to get to during that first week after surgery. A few final things to do tonight, and then (besides working) I'm just coasting until surgery! Planning a very light but still semi-celebratory meal of scallops for tomorrow night. 
 
I'm so looking forward to being off work. I think when my time away is up, it's time to look for a new place to go. I love most of my coworkers, but I'm bored senseless and I can see that being worse as my energy returns with weight loss. Im ready to return to something challenging again in the nursing world and I can't wait to see how much better I can move on the floor without all the weight!


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@delilas You are so ready for this. 

Congrats on both the surgery, and on handling Thanksgiving, so well. You know the drill... what to  bring... the requests to post and let us know how you are doing! ... stuff to have in the house ... so lots of positive thoughts going your way now ...

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Almost time! Your creole Thanksgiving food sounds amazing! You've been so patient leading up to this surgery. Your great attitude and wealth of knowledge will make you a success for sure! Hugs for the big day!

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Great choices! And I am glad you are ready and looking forward to the time off.  I am enjoying time off too....and tonight I am up late applying for another job too!  I don't hate my job, I just hate that I don't get PTO anymore since I got outsourced.  

Anyway, stocking up on post surgery foods is a great way to ensure success when you get home!  Good for you!

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15 hours ago, NerdyLady said:

@delilas I’m sorry I missed your big day!! How are you feeling? Is your fluid intake any better?

Welcome to the losers bench!!!!!!!!!

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They let me go home late last night! It was 60% my body does not ever agree with anesthesia, and 40% my idiot esophagus is too cool for school and wasnt letting liquids down without some serious pain. They loaded me on steroids and it got better, and I think getting _real_ sleep last night and not being interrupted with all the hospital things every 30 minutes to an hour totally helped also. 

I'm so excited to be on the loser's bench :D

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56 minutes ago, delilas said:

They let me go home late last night! It was 60% my body does not ever agree with anesthesia, and 40% my idiot esophagus is too cool for school and wasnt letting liquids down without some serious pain. They loaded me on steroids and it got better, and I think getting _real_ sleep last night and not being interrupted with all the hospital things every 30 minutes to an hour totally helped also. 

I'm so excited to be on the loser's bench :D

It is great to have you on the losers bench!!

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2 hours ago, delilas said:

I think getting _real_ sleep last night and not being interrupted with all the hospital things every 30 minutes to an hour totally helped also.

Truth!!! I got discharged around 5pm, and we went back to the hotel and I was in bed by 830 or so. I slept for 6 hours straight and it felt SO good. No one gets any rest at all in the hospital, I have no idea how they expect you to truly heal.

I'm so glad you're on the other side now!!

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2 hours ago, Michael_A said:

... No one gets any rest at all in the hospital, I have no idea how they expect you to truly heal.

I'm so glad you're on the other side now!!

@delilas Delighted you escaped the hospital. Hoping you are having a good weekend! and able to get enough fluids and protein in...

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@delilas You’ve been waiting patiently for so long and have provided all of us with excellent advice. You are a true angel. 

I had a different sleeping experience than most folks on the forum. The night after my surgery, I checked into a hotel and could not fall asleep. I wandered around the hotel corridors for hours. I was bored but couldn’t stay in bed. I slept comfortably at the hospital. 

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10 hours ago, NerdyLady said:

@delilas You’ve been waiting patiently for so long and have provided all of us with excellent advice. You are a true angel. 

I had a different sleeping experience than most folks on the forum. The night after my surgery, I checked into a hotel and could not fall asleep. I wandered around the hotel corridors for hours. I was bored but couldn’t stay in bed. I slept comfortably at the hospital. 

I'd bet if I'd been in a hotel, I'd have similar troubles! Last night was the first time I slept longer than 5 hours in a go, and man did it feel good! 

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