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.