I'll be having gastric sleeve surgery in April, on the 23rd. My original surgery date was the 19th of March, but I had to postpone it since I had a trip to Indiana scheduled three weeks after that for work. I was concerned that the dates were too close together in case of complication and moved the surgery back a month.
I'm nervous, but I'm spending this entire month carefully focusing on my health, tracking vitamin and supplement intake, and following a carefully designed high protein and low carbohydrate, low calorie diet. I think this will make it far easier for me to get through the week of liquid dieting prior to the surgery
I have insurance coverage, so I have finished six months of nutrition counseling, lots of other tests, and a psych evaluation. I'm feeling ready, but scared!
I'm really looking for a community of support!
Update 26 April, 2013
I had my surgery on Tuesday, and events didn't go as well as I'd hoped.
Before surgery you really try to fill your mind with all the success
stories and how relatively simple the procedure is...when you're a light
weight and in generally good health you don't think you're going to be
the complicated one.
My surgery was delayed for many hours while I had to wait in the preop
area. I had the choice of just rescheduling, and if I could have seen
the future I probably would have. Came out of surgery with crazy pain
and in post op for 4-5 hours while they tried to get my blood pressure
After this just terrible pain in the stomach, and I generally have a
high pain threshold. Barium swallow the next day showed the stomach
swollen shut and nothing can get through. I've now been in the hospital
for 4 days and who knows how much longer while we wait for my stomach to
un swell enough to be able to get enough liquids in on my own to stay
hydrated. Drinking is excruciating painful and I'm only up to 10 ounces a
day so far so I have a way to go. Trying to keep a positive outlook but
it is hard.