There is only 7 days left… and counting down quickly. I’ll be on the operating table having my gastric-bypass surgery.
Ultimately, I don’t know if I’m excited, scared or nervous. This is the “real” step towards the countdown…And, I still have so much to do! What do I bring to the hospital? Get a scale that works! What do I wear home? What do I need to have when I get home (Food/drinks)? Fill my prescriptions! Fill out short-term disability forms (will they approve?)…. My heads swirling!
Anyway… my liquid diet starts! So, far it actually hasn’t been that bad. However, I’m trying not to think about it, trying to take each day one at a time. ha ha
I guess overall, I’m pretty lucky since my surgeon recommends that the “liquid diet” is for only 7 days; which includes drinking 3 – 4 protein shakes each day. I’ve heard other patients with 14 to 21 days of a liquid diet!!! YIKES!
Additionally, if I’m hungry his office allows “up to” 1 cup of steamed fresh vegetables (a day) AND either 2 hard-boiled eggs OR 3 oz of white meat chicken OR a 6 oz lite yogurt. (I’ll be boiling eggs tonight!!)
As for protein shakes… I purchased a few different brands and flavors to make sure I’ll be able to stick to the liquid diet. I’m so glad that the surgeon’s office provided me with a list of protein shakes that are recommended for any “gastric” bariatric patient. These shakes are at least 55 – 80% protein. (I will eventually post a link to the this list, for anyone’s reference. It’s quite good!)
I’d love to hear about your protein intake after surgery, how you got through your 7 days, the type of protein shakes you recommend, and any suggestions!!