I say new because this is my first post but I've been following these posts for a few months as research and preparation. I've already met with my surgeon and started the nutrition program as well as the psych eval. I have a nutrition appointment next week then one more at the beginning of March after that it's a waiting game on insurance to do their thing. So, surgery should be late March April. I'll be getting the vsg. I'm very excited for it to hurry up and get here. My highest weight is 294, currently 276 and can't drop below 271 or I get disqualified. Bummer.
Anyway...my husband decided to schedule a cruise, it will be about two months post surgery. Why he booked it for that soon I have no idea but it's happening. Anyone have any suggestions for handling this?
Two months is early-ish for travel in my opinion, but cruises are pretty relaxed. Probably your main issue will be your energy level. After my RNY, it took me a good six weeks or so before I finally felt more like myself. It can take quite a while for anesthesia to completely leave your system after surgery, so don't push yourself too hard.
As for food, I would imagine that you'll be on regular food by the time the cruise rolls around. You'll be surrounded by temptation, so be prepared! The buffet will have a lot of meat choices--don't be surprised if you're satisfied with a few slices of deli meat and some cheese! I'd advise against being too adventurous food-wise. That ice cream, pie or cake may look delicious, but you are far from home and getting sick would be a bad time.
I would advise on embarkation day to go to the main dining room--they'll steer you to the buffet, but don't do it. It will be a madhouse. Usually the aft dining room is open for lunch on embarkation day. Go there and be served like a civilized person. While there, ask if you can talk to the maitre'd and talk to him about your limitations. My husband is allergic to milk, so he'll chat with the maitre'd and make arrangements to order dinner the day before, so the chefs can make any adjustments. He might be able to skip unnecessary carbs (potatoes, rice) on your plate and serve you a smaller portion so you don't get the "didn't you like it??" question.
When I traveled early out, I brought along protein powder and a shaker bottle to make a protein shake in the morning. Quest makes individual packets which is a bit handier than a giant jug of powder! Make sure you have your vitamins with you, take it easy and make the best choices you can and I think you'll be all right! You have to show us pictures when you get back!
Thanks for the input. We don't plan on doing anything particularly strenuous on the trip. It's my husband's first real vacation in 20 years so we plan to relax, take it easy, and enjoy the ride.
Taking my own protein is a good idea.
I traveled to Aruba 2 months after my VSG. I was on regular foods and felt great, though eating very small portions. I had discussed it with my surgeon prior to surgery and we had agreed that though that was the earliest I should travel, it was safe to do so at that point.
Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.
WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350
Welcome! Be vigilant on your pre op diet; take your vitamins prior and after; do the post op as instructed and you'll be able to figure it out. And always remember to eat s-l-o-w-l-y and not much. You can always eat more later if you feel like it!
HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs
1 MO = 167.0
2 MO = 156.4
3 MO = 148.4
4 MO = 140.6
5 MO = 136.0
6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
1 YR = 122.0
Inches: 50.5 lost