Pre-op Tests today and feeling better on pre-op diet

Feb 10, 2010

I went to the Beardwood Hospital today for my pre-op tests.  I was there 2 hours and had an ECG, blood tests, MRSA swabs done and a long chat with the dietician and physio. The physio gave me a breathing in device to take home and practice on, as they will give me this straight after the op.  It's a hand held device with a tube to suck on, you breathe in and a marker rises to a smiley face on the device and that indicates you are breathing in correctly.  Apparenly after surgery you can develop mucus on the chest and this device, helps you to breath deeply without hurting your wounds in the stomach and it helps cough the mucus up!  Bizarre I know, never heard of this contraption before!  I'll give anything a try once though

The nurse explained every part of the surgery in detail and what I would be hooked up to afterwards, so as to prepare me when I come round.  I'll be hooked up to an IV drip, have a PCA for pain, which is morphine at the touch of a button, I'll wake up with an oxygen mask on and a tube down my throat, which they use to put the blue dye down to watch on screen if it goes through my pouch to the instestine correctly.  Once the surgeon is satisfied I'm in working order, they will remove the tube.  This is the scary part for me, as I hate anything plastic in my mouth, let alone a tube doen my throat.  Apparently they also leave it in to drain mucus off the chest if its bad.  Luckily I don't smoke or have chest problems, so they should be able to remove it when I come out of recovery.. thank god!  I won't need a catheter or drains, they are keen to get me moving fairly quickly after recovery, so I can walk to the bathroom with the physio's assitance.

So all in all a good day.  The post op diet sheet looks good.  I thought I'd be on clear liquid only on week 1-2, but I'm allowed milky drinks, slimfast, creamy soup and thin yoghurt, so I'm pleased with that

10 days and counting....


My story

Feb 09, 2010

Hi I'm Jayne. 37yrs old from Lancashire, UK.

I've struggled with my weight from being 6 years old after having my adenoids removed and piling on the pounds!  I weighed 9 stone when I was 9!!  I come from a heavy family, so there is definitely a fat gene lurking around somewhere...

I have tried every diet club, diet pill, diet book going - several times over - spending thousands of pounds over the years.  Each time I drop 3 stone, I put 4 back on, which has gradually stretched my skin on my arms and tummy, which I hate now.

I had a lapband fitted in 2006 and lost 2 stone in 2 months, then the complications started, sickness, pain, port pain, you name it, I had it.  After 4 attempts at deflating and inflating, 5 x-rays, one slippage, several adjustments and constant sickness after everything I ate, I called it a day and after 18 months of perserverance I had the band deflated and within 2 months had put all the weight back on and more

I then met my new husband in 2008 and we were married on October 8th 2009 in St Lucia.  He adores me as I am and loves my curvy figure, but I've beem miserable about my weight since I met him, so he is being very supportive of my decision to have revision surgery . My 10 year old son loves his cuddly mummy, but he always wishes I had more energy to run around and play football with him, which I am ashamed to say I whimp out of, because I'm out of breath after 5 minutes, lugging this huge frame around!

So after months of research into the RNY procedure and also being fortunate enough to be a manager for BMI Healthcare, I have the advantage of knowing my surgeons, dietician and nurses really well, so I have had inside knowledge and fantastic support to go ahead with the surgery.

My surgeons (yes I get 2 great guys working on me!) are removing my lapband free of charge (they didn't do the lapband op, the Hospital Group did before I worked for BMI) and they are performing laprascopic RNY on Feb 20th at 9am in Blackburn. I have got a very generous discount for my private surgery with being an employee, otherwise, I would not have been able to afford this surgery. I feel very luck to be given this second chance

I would love to become friends with people having surgery around the same time, so we can share our experience through this exciting journey!

I'll keep you posted

Jayne x

Struggling With Pre-Op Diet

Feb 08, 2010

Day 2  (Feb 8th) of pre-op diet consisting of milk and yoghurt only.  I have a headache from hell, I'm grouchy as I just want to chew something!  I'm wondering if I should substitue a yoghurt for cottage cheese tomorrow, just so I feel like I've eaten something.  I don't think the nutritional value will be too different to yoghurt?

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