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Saturday, February 15, 2020

So, pre-surgery class was yesterday. I also met my surgeon. Found out a couple of things that kind of surprised me. Apparently, the hormonal effect of RNY is to ALL your hormones. I could come out of menopause! I really did not mind passing that milestone, and I am NOT looking forward to dealing with all that hassle again. The other is that they have us go on a very low carb/low fat/high protein diet for two weeks before surgery. It is to make sure the liver is in good condition and not "fatty". I told Dr. Lorenzo (my surgeon) that I was planning to have one last, nice restaurant meal, with a rich desert before surgery, especially since my birthday is 3 days post-op. I did state that I wasn't planning on going overboard, but I want a piece of cheese cake, since I won’t even be able to have a taste for a while without making myself pretty sick. He didn’t tell me no, but did say I should do it as soon as possible. That made me feel like he understood I wasn’t being stubborn, just wanted a normal celebration.

They gave us a little cooler bag full of "Goodies". There were sample vitamins from the two brands that they prefer us to use, some protein powder mixes, a shaker bottle, and a 4 oz. portion cup. There were also two wallet cards. One is a type of medical alert card, letting medical providers know that I have had surgery, and my digestive tract has been altered. The one I really like is a card that has a statement that tells restaurants I have had by-pass surgery, and my stomach capacity is greatly reduced, could I please order off the children's or senior's menu. I know I could always take left overs home, but given the portion sizes, I could be eating the food for days! I know it will be months before I will even be able to go to a restaurant, but it is great knowing they have thought of that.

Also found out that I am going to have to be off 5 weeks post-op, not four, like they told me at the informational session. Not too happy about that, I will be dipping into my vacation hours to cover. I will have to cut back on the hours I was planning on taking while my sister and her family are here visiting this summer.

Not regretting my choice, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little apprehensive.
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    Sounds like they have covered everything with you. emoticon
    535 days ago
    Surgery - no matter how small - is enough to make ANYONE apprehensive, and this certainly is not small! You're going into it with a lot of information and a pretty good understanding of what your recovery will be like. I like that they've provided some alert cards (I never thought about that!) and gave direction on how to handle nutrition the two weeks before surgery. You'll have to keep us posted as the surgery grows closer!
    536 days ago
    I hope that everything continues to go well.
    536 days ago
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