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Jun 07, 2017

There are three little girls, ages 5, 3 and 1, who I babysit and have a very special relationship with. Every year the 3 and 5 year old have a ballet recital of which I am always invited to. Their mom asked me back in May if I would be able to attend and when I received my surgery date it turned out that I would. Mom knows that I am on the 3 week Optifast diet. So I bused over to the auditorium (it is quite a distance from where I live) and the deal is that they would drive me home.

The three girls show up and they are all sick. Runny eyes and noses, coughing and sneezing, I'm sure you know the drill. Anyways the recital was wonderful and the girls were so cute in their costumes. After the recital I was headed for their van and was told that we were all going to grab something to eat. I told her that I was on the Optifast diet so I couldn't eat and she went on about how the girls really wanted to spend time with me and "what one night of cheating going to do anyways". I explained that I was on the Optifast diet to shrink my liver so that the surgery would be safer and she responded with "well then just have a drink with us, that won't make a difference". I told her that I would not eat or have a drink but that I would go in (considering I needed the ride) and spend some time with the girls, at this point all three of them were crying because she told them I didn't want to go in.

I went into the restaurant and everyone was enjoying their meals while I had my glass of ice water. In order to keep my mind off the food, I played with the youngest one, who was quite fussy because she wasn't feel well. We finally left about 90 minutes later.

This was on Saturday night. On Monday morning I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. I am writing thing because I do need some advice as I am sure I am not the only one with these questions:

  1. During Optifast but also after the surgery, how do you handle it when everyone is going to the restaurant and you are waiting for a ride?
  2. During the Optifast weeks, how do you take care of a stuffy nose and sore throat?

I'm interested in hearing your comments on #1 since my family bases all of our gatherings around meals and I know this is going to be a challenge for me.

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