Here's to the new you!
DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats
WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs
I edit often for clarity/typos.
The one from a month ago is doing fantastic so far!
I understand about trying everything possible. I'm sure this wasn't an easy decision to make but I know you are making the best decision for YOU!
Here's to a speedy recovery and a brand new life!
Take care of yourself and take your vitamins!
Don't keep dancing with the Devil and wonder why you are still in Hell.
It's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."
Good luck tomorrow!
[This message edited by IrishGirlVA at 9:13 AM, July 22nd (Tuesday)]
"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate." - Asimov
"Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you." - Ovid
I know it's scary, as you approach your surgery; bariatric surgeons these days are so well-practiced and skilled that it will be a breeze. You will be sore, but get up and walking as soon as they will let you, then do it as much as you can tolerate. It will make a huge difference in terms of the abdominal discomfort (gas, in particular).
It will make you panic, but it is temporary, and it reverses. DO make sure to get enough protein, even if that means supplementing. A biotin supplement can help, too. Nioxin shampoo/treatment post-op seems to help.
Do be sure to take the vitamins and other supplements your doctor recommends. Consider adding Co-Q10 if it's not among them; it makes a difference.
If your doctor is among the, "This will allow you to eat what you want, just in smaller portions" camp, it is well worth talking to others (online or in person) whose doctors have a different dietary approach. A diet that focuses on lean protein and veggies, legumes, and high-quality, heart-healthy fat, with a bit of fruit is associated with better long-term results, both in terms of weight loss (and maintenance of the loss) and meeting the body's nutritional needs--with minimal risk of dumping.
Bypass affects both stomach capacity and absorption--this is why loss is rapid at first; with time, the body fairly efficiently reverses the absorption aspect. (It re-develops the ability to absorb things that it could not in the first year or so post-op.) Because of this, developing really good habits the first year post-op will serve you very well over the rest of your life.
Good luck! You will do great--and be so glad you've done this.