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.
Edited by: CINDY-K at: 12/30/2011 (00:19)
Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135
| current weight: 176.0