I have surgery on Monday , I'm honestly getting freaked out! (Maybe I shouldn't do this!)
Any encouragement, tips etc. for me?
My surgery is a week after you. So I know what you are feeling.
But just think of all the prep and research you have put into this. You know you want this. You know all the pros (and even the cons) Its 100% normal to get cold feet.
You got this!!
Humber - Orientation : Sept 2016 - Meet the Surgeon: Nov 2017 - Nurse/Dietitian/SW - Jan 15 2018 - Internalist - Feb 7 2018 - Final Surgeon Appt: Feb 12 2018 - Optifast - Feb 26 2018 - Pre-Op Feb 27 2018 - Surgery: March 12 2018
Yes we ca. Do this!!!
I had both a I'm absolutely doing this mind set as well as a wtf am I doing, maybe I should back out mindset walking in to the pre-op area at the hospital. It's normal. I panicked there a little and got a little teary, I wanted to do it but was also scared. Afterwards it was somewhat surreal and I was like I can't believe I actually did it, this is real. Feeling so much more confident 6 days post op! You can do it...it's so worth it.
HW: 285 SW: 260 CW: 209 Dr. Grantcharov, St. Michael's
Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor/Dietician/SW finished by Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery: February 26, 2018!!
This helps. Thank you!
I had the same feelings! My surgery was just a bit over two weeks ago and I feel great now. Not 100% quite yet but I don't regret doing it at all :) you've worked hard to get here, but nerves are still normal
HW: 340 SW: 329 Goal: 150
Surgeon: Dr. Kalyana Nandipati (Omaha, NE)
Thank you thank you
It is so normal to feel anxious and scared about surgery. For me, I tried to plan and prepare all that I could and then do alot of deep breathing. I also went for alot of walks to work off some of the stress and pass the time. Remind yourself that WLS can change your life and give you so many healthy advantages.
A couple of thoughts from my experience:
Pain varies for each patient. Some people are in agony while others have very little pain. The best pain management option that I had for my bypass and my recent hysterectomy was an On-Q pump that drips local anesthesia directly into the surgery site for the first few days. If that is an option, get one. It helps so that you don't have to take as many other drugs that can make you feel fogged and add to constipation.
Walk, walk, walk, walk as much as possible. For both of my surgeries, I was up the same day as surgery walking slowly around the hospital hallways. It helps with the gas pains, to clear the anesthesia out of your system and to prevent blood clots. You may not be able to go fast or far, but go often. I can't stress it enough.
Sip as many fluids as you can. It will be slow going at first, but start sipping fluids as much as your doctor and your tummy allow. The sooner you can flush the chemicals out of your body and get the bodily functions moving, the faster you will heal. Drinking, walking and resting are your jobs right now. Work hard at them and let the rest go for now.
We're cheering you on for a successful surgery and recovery!
HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122
RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018
Thank you so much