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    Vertical Sleeve
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    Duff Bruce

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  1. I'm here...I'm togged up in gowns and stockings...I'm ready to go!!
  2. I am so glad to have found this today as I sit here driving myself demented with morbid worry. My op is in 4 days and this just echoes everything I have going on in my head. I am so worried about leaving my kids motherless and have also made apocalypse worthy preparations. I don't think anything will take that worry away and I'm glad that I am seeing the kids off to school then heading down to the hospital on the train myself. The thought of the ceremony of getting wheeled away from them is just too much for me...I think I'd flamboyantly call the whole think off at that point Also glad to have clicked on your profile and seen that it all went well :o)
  3. No pre-pre-op here, just 2 weeks pre-op of under 30g carbs, over 70g protien and between 800-1000 cals daily.
  4. At 3am GMT, my partner leaves to go to work in Nigeria for a month. In 6 days I have my VSG. It is the oddest goodbye ever as, when he comes home mid-October, I will literally physically be a different person. I'm not sure why I'm posting this, just need a brain dump I guess and am worried about the potential impact of changes longer term. It's all very real, very close and very daunting right now.
  5. I started my pre-op diet today which, in Scotland, means 70g of protein, 30g of carbs and between 800-1000 calories a day for 10 days. I was told that there was nothing in place that would support a vegan lifestyle as all current plans are very meat heavy. My dietician was happy to let me try and make a vegan menu that fitted the bill and then trial it for a few days before embarking on it properly so she could check that it was nutritionally good...it took me hours of research and planning, but I did it and I submitted my full eating diary to her. I got this back today... "You have done extremely well here in making a vegan diet low in carbohydrates. On the face of it, this seems very good. I will put through the computer to analyse a couple of days if that's OK to just be certain, but this is terrific. Are you about this evening to have a quick chat. This gives me the chance to put it into the nutritional analysis programme for assurance. On the face of it, it looks excellent, well done" Just off the phone and she has given me a big fat 2 thumbs up and was so positive and full of thanks for having 'taught her a huge amount'...she will be telling my surgeon and advising to him that patients who are vegetarian or vegan are put in touch with me for support!! I came in at an average of 28g carbs, 74g protein and 850 calories daily. It may not seem like much, but for me...having this drive and focus about the positive eating is making me feel so confident in my stamina for after-op eating and not resorting to lazy processed foods. Also...who doesn't love getting a 'well done'?!
  6. AlbaGuBrath

    I am so excited!!!

    Hey date twin...I'm the 20th too
  7. I definitely enjoy time alone too, funny how much value it holds when it's a rarity! I think it's possibly more that someone else has decided for me that there won't be visitors, so the possibility isn't even there now (my Mum is right, she and my Dad are near 70 and will be shattered after a day of sorting kids). At least there is Internet at the hospital, so I can be in some touch with them...I've never had cyber bosies before, but I'm sure they will be fine until hometime.
  8. I'm meant to be in for 3 nights because I live very rurally and 100 miles from the hospital, but I have a history of recovering quickly, general anaesthetic is like the worlds best sleep for me, so I'm hoping to get home after 2.
  9. September 20th...time is running in!
  10. Thank you..I really appreciate you commenting. When is your operation?
  11. My partner is away month about in Nigeria and will have only just left when I go in for the sleeve. My parents are coming up to look after the kids while I am in for the op, but the hospital is just over an hour away and the kids are at school and busy with extra curriculars while I'm in. The top and bottom is that I'll park at the station, arrive on a train an hour later, jump in a cab and head in for the op and likely not see anyone until I am home again, 3 days later. I was okay with it before as I assumed that I'd get a visit on the second evening from my folks and the kids, but I have been given a 'no go' for it from my Mum (she suggested the op, so total support there otherwise) due to timings...I'm a bit wibbly. I think I'd quite like to physically see someone between going in and coming home...facetime is all well and good, but nothing beats a good bosie when you have been worried/scared/operated on. I'd appreciate any advice that people have. *bosie* (pronounced 'bow [as in fiddle] see' is the Aberdonian colloquial language (Doric) word for the best, tightest, life healing hug ever...the kind where you swap souls and can feel it.
  12. A fortnight today and I'll be needing everyone to shove up on the losers bench to make room for me I followed my pre-pre op diet for 3 days and sent what I had eaten through to the dietician...got the thumbs up that my vegan plan was spot on, so I'll stick with similar and maybe make some seitan for a different texture if I feel I need it. I'm so relieved as I was anticipating a bit of a battle to stick to my eating choices with low carb so readily found in meat, but she seems genuinely interested and excited in learning about different ways which is great! Pre assessment was today and I met with the anaesthetist, nurses and physiotherapist. Apparently I am super low risk which is a relief to hear...I feel a bit sorry for my poor old body that it is working so hard to be healthy in spite of my hideously bad eating habits and weight...ah well, in a fortnight it will get its apology and its life will become so much easier! Bloods done (what a mess my arm is after...i've never had that before!), ECG done, a million questions answered, MRSA tests done, weight done (I've been the same for about 2 months now...why am I great at maintaining but exclusively when overweight), physiotherapy common sense information given, but most of all a good confidence boost has been delivered. I went in an anxiety fuelled mess ready to tell them to forget it...and came out laughing, positive and confident in the team looking after me. I have officially progressed from dread to scared excited...that is a very important thing to have happened. Going in on my own on the day of the operation...train from home at 1007, admitted 1145, operation 1330 chuffed to be first in line!!
  13. Thank you for replying and great points. I found it hard to accept initially that I 'needed' this surgery as I have no fundamental health issues as the moment and really had to project ahead 10 years and look at my family history for where I would end up, your statistics are really helpful with that. My surgeon said the surgery was an inevitability for me and that having it now was not only staving off all manner of problems as I grew older, but giving myself the best opportunity for success with the operation. I hadn't thought about individual surgeons complication rates, was only looking at the overall percentages, but know mine has only had one in 22 years and that was someone who had lied pre-op about their lifestyle habits and was actually a very heavy smoker. I know this is right and for the best. Thank goodness for this forum and the invaluable advice and support available.
  14. The past few days, I have mostly been obsessively looking at operation mortality rates (yes, low...but 1:1000 for an elective surgery) and flipping out about why I am even doing this. Just stop eating crap forever without an operation...if it were only that simple. Not aided by finding a post here from a grieving mother whose daughter died during surgery...I just have to keep digging to the pit of my soul and finding the logical statictitian in me that says...even with the risks associated, I am likely one of the lower risk people having the surgery and focus as hard as I can on the projected benefits. Making plans for the next year when I get thinner and healthier...having a skin bin list of things I want to do which weight has stopped me from thus far in life and really trying to switch off the naggy niggly voice inside my head that is making me wobble. I am categorically having the surgery, I will make my next 3 weeks far more bearable if I can just accept that my decision is made and stop trying to overthink everything!
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