Monday, March 15, 2010

10 days and counting!

I cannot believe that I'll be banded in 10 days! Whoooo Hoooo! It's a crazy feeling, all that anxiety, waiting, and waiting and waiting....(you get the picture) to get an answer and then
voila! It's like magic. I got my letter and got a surgery date. Wow! My Doctor does not require a liquid diet. I wonder why? They said to just eat light and eat healthy. So, I pigged out all weekend and today I'm starting. I did have a slimfast this morning as an act of solidarity for all my band blog sisters and brothers who are on liquids. However, I'm must admit that I was not looking forward to the whole liquid thing. I will have a grilled chicken salad for lunch and hope that all goes well. I have my pre-op appointment on Thursday and have been compiling my list of questions to ask my doctor, here is the list so far:
1. What kind of band will I be getting?
2. Will I have any fluid in the band when it is placed?
3. How long do I have to wait for my first fill?
4. Why was a liquid diet not required?
5. If I have to have liquid pain meds, can I get the prescription early to make sure it's available?
and finally...
6. Will I wake up skinny?

Okay so I know the answer to 6 already. I'm really excited, I'm not nervous. I know this is the right decision for me. I have had a few surgeries before, and have always done well, no problems with anesthesia, especially not for a short surgery. Last year I had major neck surgery and was in surgery for 4.5 hours, so this one I'm not worried about!

I am however having trouble wrapping my head around losing weight and having it stay off! Oh my....I am ready for the change. son got his driver's license this morning. I can't believe that either!


Jenny said...

AH! So excited for you! 1st congrats to you son!

2nd-Lucky duck on the no liquid diet.

Start the countdown!

Bonnie said...

I oopied your list of questions so I remember what I want to ask when my time comes. I'm so excited for you. It must be nice not to have to worry about the surgery itself, since you've been through surgery before. The only surgery I had was when I was 5 and had a lazy eye corrected. Hopefully you'll send some magic my way when it's my turn.

Bianca J said...

That's great Tessie. These 10 days will fly by. It's also good that you've had time to think about this and embrace what being banded will mean. I have no doubt that you'll be very successful.

P.S. You're so lucky that you don't have to do a strict pre-op diet. I found that to be the worst part.

Band Groupie said...

YAY for countdown starting! I didn't have a pre-op diet either (my doc says any doc who can't move a fatty liver can't be very good LOL), but I did a self-imposed one, like you.

If it matters to you, one more for the doc:
Do you have a choice where he places the port?

Nicole said...

I had to be on a 1200 calorie diet 2 weeks before surgery, so no liquids for me either.

so excited for you!

Andrew said...

10 days and counting.... you will soon be on the other side ;-)

Jacquie said...

I feel your excitement Tess! I'm not having to do the liquid diet either and I feel a little guilty about it actually. I am 9 days away and will be eating as healthier this week (I got all of my "last meals" out of the way the past two weeks! We are flying to Mexico on Monday for Surgery on Wednesday so at least I will have the two days before surgery where I am not eating heavy.

I am so happy for you and happy to have others to go through this with us!

LDswims said...

Some more questions for you - because they are on my list so you must want to know...

1) how many incisions? Are you eligible for just 2? Personally, if I can avoid 5, that's my preference!

2) ask about a prescription for "actigall" to help avoid gallstones.

3) will you have to do a barium swallow before you leave the hospital? What are the check-out requirements.

and the last one I had

4) staples or stitches? I've already asked that one - I do not want staples...and my place does stitches, so yay!

I love love love your number 6! That made me laugh! Enough so that the guy that sits across the aisle from me peaked his head out of his cube!

Congratulations to your son!

Band Groupie said...

Just did a blog for you...Don't freak at the last pic, I didn't even know I could make it show that much and I had to really try.

amandakiska said...

I just found your blog. Just 10 more days! That is awesome!

Joey said...

Awww...YAY! Congratulations! Don't get overwhelmed by all the info at the pre-op appointments. It will all go splendidly.

Joey said...

Aww..YAAY! Congratulations! Don't get overwhelmed by all the info from the pre-op appointments, like I did and cry. But you are a surgery veteran. It will all go splendidly!

Joey said...

PS. The internet is testing my patience today. I didn't mean to post twice.

Fat Bastard said...

Tessie, I still remember your first post on my blog when you told me that you were in limbo on a date as well. Congratulations! I feel your nervousness on being able to keep the weight off, I suppose we'll have to remember that this is a whole new life style for us now. Raise your glass of slim fast ladies and gents, here's to Tessierose!!!