That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..
LOL... old timers...lol.. Well i.
That I am NOT! I am only 5 weeks post op and all I can say is to be positive. the first 3 weeks are the worst and if you are positive it just makes those hurdles easier to overcome. I also read everything but I also questioned everything as well and this site with it's wonderful members were more informative than my dietician and even my surgeon at times... like you said if you haven't been through it you just won't understand! Best of luck and God Bless....Via..
I think the things that I was most thankful for when I came home from my.
Was the fact that I had gone grocery shopping and stocked my cabinets with broths and creamed soups that I could eat the first couple of weeks. The other thing was that I went out and bought a "body pillow". That really came in handy on those nights when I just couldn't get confortable when my incesions just felt like they were pulling..
Also, remember that it takes a good 6 to 8 weeks to heal after major.
You might feel great in a week or 2, but don't try to do to much to soon...
Liz's simple thing list..
1) Bring chapstick to the hospital. Your lips will be very dry..
2) For your drain, use Press N' Seal instead of adhesive to cover the gauze. It doesn't take your skin off and is very gentle. My hospital recommended it and it works great..
3) Don't overpack for the hospital. You won't need alot of stuff, Just a robe and the before mentioned chapstick...
Expect that you will have a "meltdown" or two where you wonder why you had the.
! Let it out and then move on........
Use a pillow when getting up and down for a day or 2, just to give your surgical site some support.
Have SF popsicles on hand when you go home. That was one of the only things that tasted good to me. (No, I was not on clear liquids when I left).
Also, like everyone else said, you might wonder why you did this. Its hard not being able to eat and socialize that way that we used to... but it's worth it!.
I had a wonderful experience with my operation, and healing. I am 4 months post op, and feel great! I am off all diabetic meds, off my high blood pressure meds, down to 1/2 of my cholesteral meds, I have more stamina and lung capacity when exercising etc. I am really glad I had this operation! think of the improved health you will have, money saved on copays, and the great new shape you will be in! there's a few things to get your brain around! good luck! sandra..
Ok so I guess I can be considered an old timer (lol) I am 9 months post op. What these ladies are saying is so true. Don't worry about packing alot of things because you really do not have time to read or watch TV while you are there. They had me up and.
, be prepared for the gas that comes with the.
, that was the worse pain and the only way to get rid of it is to walk. The first couple of months are tough because you will not feel normal, you will not be able to eat out or eat with friends and family. It takes getting used to and after a couple of months you will feel a little more normal. Eventually you will have more Medifast food choices and Medifast food just will not be that important to you anymore. Be positive and just enjoy your new life...
Everything that was said before is true. Even the chapstick. When you get home you may want to.
In a recliner that was a life saver. Take your pain meds they help you to move around. Walk walk walk, and sip sip sip. You do not want to get dehydrated. SF popsicles are great. If you can have them call your pain meds in so someone can pick them up for you.
You may be weak and tired that was normal for me and it lasted for about 6 weeks or so, but everyone is different. Keep us posted and congrats...
First of all, congrats on your decision! I am only 3 weeks post op(today!) but I can help a little! If you are able to have the.
Laproscopically (sp?)then your heal time should be minimal. Again, at 3 weeks, I'm just now moving around freely and being able to get up from a lying down position unassisted. The incisions didn't hurt, just the muscles that were cut. The Medifast diet for me was easy cause I wasn't hungry AT ALL! I only ate jello cause I knew I was supposed to! By week 2, I was a little bored with that and was able to have chocolate pudding (Sugar free ofcourse!), cream of chicken (which is actually really good!) and again the popsicles. The longer out you are, the more you want to add new foods and for me, that's been the hardest cause I get scared to try new things cause I'm scared to dump! But thankfully, I haven't yet. When you try something new, just sorta taste it then wait, taste again, then wait, lol!.
This helped a little! Good luck! Keep us posted!..
Okay, I admit I have one of those way to complicated brains. As I get closer to my.
(Tue), I find myself getting overwhelmed.
Everything and trying to cover all bases. I find that if I stick to 2 or 3 simple things that I can wrap my brain around, it calms me down and lowers the "freak factor." So, for all you "old-timers" out there, if you could give me (us) 1 or 2 simple things to get us through the next week or 2, what would it be?.
Thanks so much for your help. I've only been here a day, and this board has already helped me more than anything else I've experienced about my.
I have lots of friends who care, but if you haven't been through it, you really can't understand..
I was as cool as a cucumber, the day of my.
I had done two years of.
I had watched my sister-in-law go through it and one of my friends too. I knew that it was this or I was going to have a stroke or heart attack. I am 50 and had my.
Two years ago. I was at peace with myself and my decision and looked forward to having the.
Like I was having a "birth"day. It truly was the first day of the rest of my life. I had a wonderful, very experienced surgeon. I had been over 200 lbs for 20 years. I got up to 325! I have lost 145 lbs. in about the first nine months.
The weight loss is so different from regular dieting. You literally lose it alllllll over. I weigh about 180 lbs., but have been told that I look like about 150 to 160. I went from a size 28 to a size 14. I can tie my shoes without getting winded! I can use a regular stall in the ladies room and not the handicapped one.
It's a new lease on life that you are looking forward to. Enjoy the ride!! And, by the way, my husband had his.
1/24/08 and he lost 40 lbs prior to.
And 67 lbs. since then. Men lose it a lot faster than women...just like with regular dieting. So, you have a great advantage. Good luck to you, my friend. It will be the best decision you ever made for YOU! :-)..
Thank You all so much for your support and love. It helps so much. I am very excited, and I love the idea of looking at this as my "birthday." OK, I'm off to the airport now, and.
Tomorrow. I should be back home the 15th or 16th. I'll post as soon as I am able. God's love, and my prayers to you all..
At 7years post op, I can tell you it was the best thing I did for myself. My quick advice? Don't buy babyfood - it sucks LOL Do follow the "Don't drink before/after eating rule" (It will be one of the first things that will allow you to regain weight), surround yourself with people who support you not those who will tease/taunt you with what they can eat and you can't..
And most of all - THINK POSITIVE!.
P.S. And feel free to write me if you have any other questions - I seem to be a fossil around here...
Wow! I feel like a REAL OLD TIMER! Almost 9 years. I was #72 to have the RNY in US. Starting weight 357. Now 195. I gained 20 lbs in the last couple years after my husband passed away. So now I am at that place where if I don't get back on top, I am going to start getting the weight back.
You newbies (and I say that with love) are very fortunate to have more experienced and more accepting teams nowadays. It was still very hush hush when I chose to do the.
It has changed my life! But after this long I see some of my old habits starting to creep back into my life. And I no longer have the post-op diet. Nor do I remember all the supplements or how much I am suppose to get. I have been able to eat most anything in moderation. There are a few things that I.
Because I know how they make me feel, but now that I am also in menopause, there are new issues with losing weight. My goal is only 45lbs away, but I just can't seem to get off more than 7 and keep going before that 7 finds it's way back. SO....I am thinking I need to go back to square 1! I know I need.
And 90grms protein a day. And lots of water..
, B-12? how much? Anything else? Thanks for all help. Love this site!..