NoT_NoShade

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Hi TT Group,

i finished all my testing and finally got word about my surgery schedule - I’m set for July 3 which is only two weeks from next Tuesday. I’m anxious and nervous at the same time. I pick up my protein shakes and vitamins next week along with going in for pre-op testing. Have been told that the pre-op testing is routine so not too worried on that. Start my liquid diet next week and have been reading y’alls helpful posts and how to handle getting through - so thanks for that. This is my first major surgery and I’m so amped but can’t keep from worrying about what’s going to happen etc.. I’m glad I came across this forum - I’m feeling better about things the more I read on here. I will keep posting in here as I start my journey - I can’t believe I decided to do this at the beginning of May and I’m already at the “almost surgery time” part. As I write this down I can feel my heart pounding lol. Anyway, this is my first post so hope I did ok. Good luck to all my fellow weight loss travelers and hope to hear from everyone - talk at ya on my next page...Tony

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Welcome to Thinner Times - exciting times for sure.

Read all you can, ask question and join in the fun.

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Thanks!! I’m motivated for sure but how do you cope with the uneasiness and trepidation? Luckily my clinic team have all been great. I feel comfortable with my surgeon. Found the Davis Clinic here in Houston...met Dr. Primomo and his staff. But I think I’m letting all the “unknown” about surgery get into my head. I’m reading a lot on the net but still will be glad when it’s over with. I’m trying to just look ahead for what’s in store for me after all is done. Have dealt with weight problems since I was a teen and I’m hoping this is my answer to a new chapter in my life - I’m calling it my rejuvenation :)

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Welcome!  Keep your eye on the prize!  I was so nervous when I got to the OR I told myself it wasn’t too late to get up and run!  Best thing I’ve ever done for myself!  

Edited by Cheesehead

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Thanks for the great words! I went through the endoscopy testing and had my first experience with anesthesia which helped. But like you I keep thinking is it too late to change my mind on this whole thing! But then I keep thinking about what I’ve put myself through so far and keep telling myself I need to see it through. Just have to make myself calm down...that’s the hardest part. 

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So exciting! The good news is, you get to sleep through it and wake up wondering what there was to be nervous about. You're going to get some independence from a lot of pounds ;)

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That’s what I keep focusing on is the weight loss. I know there’s a lot of work involved going forward but I think I’m ready for it. Just need to get over this surgery hurdle!! :wacko:

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I felt like I was 50/50 going to/not going to go through with it as I scheduled my date and did the pre op testing.  My timeline was about the same as yours but last year.  I'd read something that made me nervous, like about possible hair loss for example, and think, that's it, not going to do it, and then I'd read some more and see how people managed to get through that particular aspect and come back up to 50/50.  Then about 10 days before surgery, I had a dream that I woke up after surgery and my dr said that they weren't able to do the procedure for some reason.  I woke up feeling incredibly disappointed even though it was just a dream.  I realized that this was maybe my last chance to get healthy and have the more active lifestyle I was wanting.  From that point on I was 100% going for it.  Best decision ever.  What you're feeling is normal - this is a big step, but the results can be amazing if you are ready to make the necessary changes to go along with the procedure.  You can do this!

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It is totally normal to be a bit nervous prior to surgery - but I can tell you that having a gastric bypass was the best decision of my life (besides marrying my wonderful spouse :D).  

I found it very helpful before surgery to read lots of posts here at TT and to watch helpful youtube videos.  As a lot of the youtube videos on gastric bypass are junk, might I suggest for both information and inspiration the videos from this person (begin either at the beginning or with her first video after the surgery):

https://www.youtube.com/user/Millabee67/videos?flow=grid&view=0&sort=da

Also, this is my favorite inspiration video when I want to remind myself just how life changing the surgery can be:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR5US9XTpxc

We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.  Exciting, thin, healthy and much more active times lie ahead for you.:)

Geoff

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Thanks Res....you made me less nervous! Not 100% nerve free but much less than before. Have my pre-op meeting this Tuesday to go over everything then I have my pre-op testing on Friday...all the while I will be on my pre-op diet from Tues until my surgery on July 3. I think that’s nothing more than drinking their shakes every day right? I’m so anxious for the transformation to start. Going to a nearby gym tomorrow to scope it out, they just opened in my area which is very convenient. Need to start planning my workout routine since all the blogs I’ve read emphasize exercising at least 30 min a day. Does anyone have any hints about doing the protein shakes? I’ve heard that they don’t taste all that good. ....T

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6 hours ago, NoT_NoShade said:

Thanks Res....you made me less nervous! Not 100% nerve free but much less than before. Have my pre-op meeting this Tuesday to go over everything then I have my pre-op testing on Friday...all the while I will be on my pre-op diet from Tues until my surgery on July 3. I think that’s nothing more than drinking their shakes every day right? I’m so anxious for the transformation to start. Going to a nearby gym tomorrow to scope it out, they just opened in my area which is very convenient. Need to start planning my workout routine since all the blogs I’ve read emphasize exercising at least 30 min a day. Does anyone have any hints about doing the protein shakes? I’ve heard that they don’t taste all that good. ....T

Experiment with different shake brands but don’t buy too much of any one thing - your tastes may change after surgery. I like Syntrax chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, but just after surgery the chocolate tasted metallic to me. I like to blend them up with some psyllium (helps keep you regular and also improves the texture by making it a bit thicker). I also make a few and freeze them in individual servings. I let one thaw for a couple of hours so it’s more like a milkshake when I drink it. I actually enjoy mine. 

I’d second Res’s suggestion of watching YouTube videos. Milla K is great. I also like Chemistry Queen and Clusie L. 

Don’t be too hard on yourself about working out after surgery - yes, exercise is great, but you’ll be too tired for much besides walks for a while. Walk and nap. As you lose, exercise will get easier and as time goes by, your energy levels will pick up. By all means check out gyms, though! :) It’s a good step in the right direction for the rest of your life.

 

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Welcome to thinner times! 

If you weren't nervous before surgery, you'd probably need a checkup from the neck up :D Its totally normal! Just keep thinking of why you're doing it, how hard you've worked for it, and read through the success stories here to keep focused. My insurance mandated 6 months of weekly classes prior to having surgery, and I was so tired of it, but coming here, participating, sharing my fears, and getting to see everyone's progress kept me focused through all the tasks to check off prior to surgery! Naturally I was still nervous, but I went in to that OR ready to come out the other side. TT made a huge difference!

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15 hours ago, NoT_NoShade said:

Does anyone have any hints about doing the protein shakes? I’ve heard that they don’t taste all that good. ....T

Premier Protein pre-made shakes - sold at Walgreens, Costco and Amazon - are wonderful.  I particularly like the chocolate flavor.  

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Thanks Res. I stopped by Walgreens today and picked up some of the protein shakes in different flavors...will try them out and see. Thanks for the tip! ...T

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Anyone have ideas about the pre-op diet? Looks like I’m going to be doing the protein shakes and  soup broth for the next two weeks. Any suggestions on how to “spice” that up? I know I can do it but would be great if it wasn’t so bland sounding :( Counting on y’all’s experience on this. Also, what about the liquid diet after surgery? Any tips will help! Getting real anxious at this point so I’m keeping my mind busy with prepping for the days ahead. Btw, just wanted to say thanks for all the help so far! I’m kind of winging this on my own so it’s good to know I can reach out to you guys! Don’t get me wrong, I have friend support and co-worker support but sometimes you can’t be as open as you’d like. So again thanks y’all for being there. ;) ...T

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Well I tried the Premier Shakes as Res suggested and it’s all thumbs up on them! Taste really good with no aftertaste or weird texture. Great tip Res!!! Tomorrow I go in to meet with peeps at the clinic to go over paperwork to sign and of course pay my deductible. Also getting my vitamins and shakes as well but will definitely tell them about the Premier substitute. Then Friday I go in for my pre-op testing - blood work, chest x- ray..according to who I talked to when setting up appt the whole process is pretty simple. Most of the time is taken up by the learning discussion on how to prep for the big day including using anti-bacterial soap - now who doesn’t know how to use soap, I ask you lol. So one step closer to WLS day!! Only two weeks from tomorrow and my ultimate journey starts. Maybe it’s fitting that I’m getting this done on July 3rd...that means I’ll be leaving the hospital on Independence Day (if all goes right). This will definitely by my day for fireworks! Anyway, just wanted to chime in for the night before headed for bed. Plus, I can’t seem to settle down easily these days so talking(typing) helps :) - hope everyone is healthy and doing well tonight! Sweet dreams my TT friends. Stay tuned for my next update! Later y’all...T

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Well got through my pre-op testing today. All went well I think. Guess I will know soon if anything’s wrong. Got the time for me to be at the hospital- 12:30pm on July 3, kind of weird cause I was thinking early morning but they said it could be moved up if things change on the schedule. The lady that did the initial information entry before my testing started had the surgery done two years ago - she did the sleeve instead of the bypass - but she confirmed that it was the best decision she made. She showed me her before picture - was awesome - she had lost 80 lbs in less than a year and has kept it off so far. Reinforces my determination so feeling good right now. Also lost 5 lbs since Tues being on this darn liquid diet that I have to be on until surgery day. I’m already tired of shakes, broth and jello lol. Trying to be imaginative to vary it up a bit. Well anyways, tired from all the hoopla today but wanted to chime in and let everyone know - so far so good...until next time...later y’all  :) 

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12 hours ago, NoT_NoShade said:

........ Got the time for me to be at the hospital- 12:30pm on July 3, kind of weird cause I was thinking early morning but they said it could be moved up if things change on the schedule. ............

I had my surgery in the afternoon - I would have prefered the early morning because by the time I got to my room, everyone was pretty might winding down for the evening and there I was, wide awake after a good sleep.  And they had me up and walking the halls in the dead of night.

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Sounds spooky lol  - I’m hoping they move it up :) 

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Congrats on being so close. My surgeon does 4 surgeries a day. I was on the later side too. He said he does the most complex cases early so there are more specialists at the hospital should complications arise.

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That makes sense G....I was just hoping for morning to get it over with but really looking forward to starting my trek after surgery :) 

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Well guys, it’s getting closer, surgery less than a week away. Mind is thinking all kinds of things but trying to keep focus on the benefits of what I’ve decided to do. Staying true to the two week liquid diet. Actually liking the broth but not sure how much more jello I can take right now lol. Did find variety for the protein shakes at Sams. Found peaches and cream - really good. Tried the banana cream too, really helping me get through this. Just want to chew something lol. Did get some popsicles so that gives me a semi break from the liquids. As you can see I’m up late...can’t seem to relax at night but guess that’s to be expected. I know all will go fine but guess fear of the unknown gets to me sometimes. All the people at the hospital during my pre-op were so helpful and supportive so I know I don’t have anything to worry about. Just want to get over the final hurtle and cross the finish line. I’m going to weigh myself again tomorrow morning and see where I am. I’m doing everything thing they said to do so hopefully my insides have done what their supposed to do lol. Lord just get me there and back home on the road to victory. :rolleyes: 

Well good night my fellow Weight~Less peeps. Stay tuned for another page in my story to a lighter life. Luv y’all....T   

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On 6/23/2018 at 7:24 AM, NoT_NoShade said:

Sounds spooky lol  - I’m hoping they move it up :) 

Actually, I enjoyed the peace and quiet - not to mention that I pretty much had a nurse all to myself - he was fantastic.

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Well guys, it’s getting closer, surgery less than a week away. Mind is thinking all kinds of things but trying to keep focus on the benefits of what I’ve decided to do. Staying true to the two week liquid diet. Actually liking the broth but not sure how much more jello I can take right now lol. Did find variety for the protein shakes at Sams. Found peaches and cream - really good. Tried the banana cream too, really helping me get through this. Just want to chew something lol. Did get some popsicles so that gives me a semi break from the liquids. As you can see I’m up late...can’t seem to relax at night but guess that’s to be expected. I know all will go fine but guess fear of the unknown gets to me sometimes. All the people at the hospital during my pre-op were so helpful and supportive so I know I don’t have anything to worry about. Just want to get over the final hurtle and cross the finish line. I’m going to weigh myself again tomorrow morning and see where I am. I’m doing everything thing they said to do so hopefully my insides have done what their supposed to do lol. Lord just get me there and back home on the road to victory. :rolleyes: 

Well good night my fellow Weight~Less peeps. Stay tuned for another page in my story to a lighter life. Luv y’all....T   

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Well count down is closer today. My BIG day is on Tuesday which is the day after tomorrow. Getting everything done and stuff together today so I’m not rushing around last minute. My RN nurse told me not to bring anything but the bare minimum. Just wear comfortable clothes that’s easy on and off so got my sweats, comfy shirt and Nikes all ready. Have my overnight bag aka gym bag ready. Been taking a lot of deep breaths all day today but still have a good feeling about all this. Lost 12 pounds on the liquid diet as of this morning. So hopefully they will be pleased. Have my pantry and fridge stocked with broth, jello and protein shakes. This should be good for my first week or so after surgery. So now it’s just count down the hours lol. I hope this finds everyone doing well. Catch everyone on the flip side - not sure how many entries I will get to make right after surgery but will definitely give everyone the skinny when it’s over(no pun intended lol). Luv to y’all...Tony

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