lip balm is the only thing i'd add to the list. for reading materials, something light and fluffy, maybe even just magazines. i could not focus long enough to read myself, i mostly roamed the halls with my IV cart and slept. there was some internet access but it was difficult to use, and tv was a joke, but again i was really too tired to even focus on that stuff. the minute i was feeling better i was like, LEMME OUTA HERE!!!!
my surgeon told me nobody he's ever done the surgery on has ever had any regrets. i kept repeating that to myself. and reminding myself of why i was doing it, and how i was feeling about myself and my life before WLS became an option. i truly would have given a limb to lose 80 pounds. i would have traded ten years of my life for a trim, fit body in a heartbeat. WLS has its risks but not like obesity which is pretty much a guarantee, for me anyway, of a life like hell on earth.
deep breaths, prayer if you are the praying sort - i prayed right up until they took me in. i said if this is not what i'm meant to be doing, please help me to know it and do something about it. but the truth is aside from the jitters i was so excited. i was the happiest person in the operation prep room. there were like six other people in there who looked absolutely miserable. i was reading people magazine and chatting with the nurses and just on top of the world (and trying not to be too obnoxious about it!).
RNY 6/16/09 - Last weighed 10/27/2011 weighed 151 lost 52 pounds 66% toward personal goal of 125, six pounds from unofficial unpretentious goal of 145lbs......basically very happy. boo-rah, RNY!