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12/30/11 4:01 P

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That was probably me as I always advice stocking up on gas-x!. I was not told about gas-x and I had to call the surgeon and then send someone to the pharmacy to get some! I lived on the stuff for the first month and still occassionally use it.

I forgot to say if you have not found a local support group start calling to find a couple of them and try them out. At 15 months out I still go to my support group every month and it really does keep me on track! I have visited a couple of support group member in the hospital and even visited 2muchruthie from our team in the hospital. I would visit StephHayes but her hospital is about a 4 hour drive and that is a little too far for me to go!

If you need help remember to drink I use a special timer that goes off and vibrates for 3 seconds every fifteen minutes (you set how many minutes) to remind me to drink a little bit. It automatically resets itself not turning it on and off during the day. It is called MotivAider. It cost $50 online but was worth every penny as I hated getting my phone out and turning off the alarm and resetting the timer.

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12/30/11 11:58 A

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Where I am from we do not have a supervised diet. I had to get a referral from my GP, pass lab work, see a psychiatrist once, a dietitian once, and do a two week liquid Optifast diet. I signed up for the program in August, had surgery in November, and that was that.

For me, the two week 900 calorie (4 shakes a day) liquid diet was by far the hardest part of my journey thus far.

As well it seems to me that there is more support for those who pay for services even via insurance. Here you are covered by provincial health. You qualify, or you do not. My experience has been... once you are discharged the support ends abruptly.

This is a wonderful group. You can ask anything and someone will have a answer for you. By far this group (and groups such as this) have been the most informative resource for me.

Someone from here told be to get GasX in advance ~ bless their soul! Gas is common and can be painful.

I still use a timer (on my blackberry) that tells me when my next meal or water is due. It is too easy for me to get distracted fall behind schedule.

If you have not yet, cut out anything carbonated.

I didn't toss out my whole pantry, but as I ran out of "white items". I started replacing them with whole grain products. Quinoa instead of rice or pasta, organics vegan crackers instead of ritz, stuff like that.

Once again welcome, it is great to have you with us!

Edited by: DEVIDIVA at: 12/30/2011 (12:07)
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12/30/11 10:05 A

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Cindy- Thank you so much for taking that time to post such wonderful information for me. It is so very helpful and helps to know what to expect and prepare for it a little. Thanks Again,
Vicki

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12/30/11 9:58 A

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One other item for the hospital, a pillow. I had read that somewhere before my surgery, and the best thing is to have that for the ride home. I placed it in front of me and then buckled in. Because I was sore, I felt that this did help as I didn't have the seat belt so tight on me.



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12/30/11 9:34 A

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Not on the liquid diet yet... I have been on a supervised diet since starting the process.

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12/30/11 8:24 A

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Are you on the liquid diet? Or have you had a supervised pre diet for some period?

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12/30/11 12:13 A

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VSnyder, Here are some recommendations for this weekend and for the hospital.First if you do not have a copy of the Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies book then go out and buy one and read the section on the hospital experience. Be sure to wear soft loose clothes to the hospital. Nothing tight across the stomach as you will have stitches and be very bloated. Bring good slippers for your walks in the hospital. Bring plenty of chapstick! You will need it. As it is winter a warm robe could be useful but I think a soft warm wrap/shawl/ruana would be better as you will have an IV. Bring a magazine and the WLS Dummies book. A novel is not a good idea as you will not be able to focus very well. Short magazine articles work better. Set a walking goal for yourself in the hospital. Remember the more you walk the less pain and the less gas/bloating! Slip on shoes for the trip home are a good idea!

For the next couple of days you can do the following to make your return home after surgery easier!
1) Clean out your kitchen and make sure you have small utinsils, 4-6 inch plates, small ramkins or custard cups for soups and purees, and a 24 oz water bottle (3 of those and you have your liquids for the day!). Get rid of all food that may tempt you after surgery. If there is tempting food that the rest of your family likes find somewhere they can store the items where you will not see them. You want your kitchen to be a safe place for you. Also be sure to have protein powders in the kitchen ready for the recovery stages. I also stocked up on herbal teas as I prefer hot liquids to cold ones. Also buy some plain protein powder from Trader Joes or your local health food or vitamin/supplement store. It can be used in other foods to boost protein intake.

2) Prepare some pureed items and freeze them in small containers 1 or 2 oz. You can also use an ice cube tray and when frozen put them in a ziplock bag and label it. Make a variety of items as you never know which items will agree with you after surgery. In this way you can easily prepare a small amount of food for your meals. Make some frozen meals for the rest of the family. I made some blended soups and add some protein powder to beef up the protein intake. Just be careful when you reheat it or it will curdle. You may want to add the protein powder just before you eat it. I made pumpkin custard and added vanilla protein powder to it. I ate that for a few months. I used real eggs (most nutrients are in the yolk) and fatfree evaporated milk and splenda but go easy on it as you can dump if you get too much artificial sugar. Blended chili usually tastes good too so you may want to make a little for the family and then puree one or two servings to no lumps stage for yourself. Before eating add a little protein powder. I lived on my prepared foods for the first month and a half. I started cooking again when I reached the final food stage.

3) Clean your house and on the 2nd change the bedding so that you have a nice clean home and fresh linens when you come home from the hospital!

4) Check out the hours at local stores so that if the weather is bad you can go to a large store, grab a cart and walk up and down the aisles. I liked target or walmart stores. I did not have a mall close by to walk in. Walk three times a day. Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. You will feel much meter and it works the gas out of your body! I used to hold a small 12-inch square pillow against my stomach when I walked. I even brought it to the hospital and used it there when I walked. Day 3 I walked three miles 1 mile in the morning, 1 mile in the afternoon, and 1 mile in the evening. I did 2 miles on day 2. I was not allowed to walk until 5pm the first day as my surgery was late morning so I only did about 1 mile that day.

5) Make sure you have your supplements and multi-vitamins in the home. Get instructions for when to take them and how to take them (chew or crush or put in liquid). Make sure you have lots of miralax and chewable gas-x on hand to help with the gas and bloating.

Put all your surgery information in a zippered three ring binder or 3-ring binder in a tote bag. bring this with you and add your take home instructions with you. If you have questions you want to ask write them down now and put them in the binder so that you can get it out at the hospital and ask the surgeon the questions. That way you will not forget to ask an important question.

Enjoy the weekend. It will be an emotional rollercoaster weekend so keep yourself busy.

cindy

Edited by: CINDY-K at: 12/30/2011 (00:19)
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12/29/11 8:20 P

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emoticon , Glad your here. Welcome to the group. One suggestion wear lose close going in, less to hang on to. Easy wear home.
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emoticon Glad you're here!

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12/29/11 5:03 P

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I am in NY. Why is it different in Canada?

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12/29/11 4:54 P

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emoticon Welcome! emoticon

I am 6 weeks out!

Are you in Canada? I find the path/experience is somewhat different if you are in Canada say the US.

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12/29/11 4:51 P

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Welcome, I will try to write something tonight. Now my lunch is over so I must log off but I did want to welcome you to the team.

cindy

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12/29/11 4:18 P

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Hi all. I am new to this group and am having the bypass surgery on 1/3/12. I have read some of the message boards and found it very helpful. My friend suggested this group. If anyone has any tips for me for next week please let me know. I'm nervous and excited all at once.
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