Well, this is it – my surgery is in less than 48 hours. Here is my experience during the pre-op diet:
Overall, it wasn’t too difficult. Some patients are put on a diet that allows them to eat a small amount of lean meats and vegetables. However, my surgeon gave me Bariatric Advantage protein powder and instructed me to drink 4-5 shakes per day. Doing the pre-op diet this way took a lot of the guess work out of the equation, allowing me to put food completely out of my mind while preparing for the surgery. In fact, the protein shakes actually kept me feeling satisfied – I only felt hungry if I went more than four hours without one.
Still, I suffered through some food cravings (You really don’t think about how good food smells until you can’t eat it). I went to an end-of-the-year/graduation party with pizza, chips, and every kind of dessert you can imagine, and the same weekend, my sister brought some of her friends with us to our family cabin – they got to enjoy chips, wings, muffins, and pancakes while I stuck to my 10 million grams of protein per day diet (Thank God for chocolate Bariatric Advantage!). In those situations, ignorance is bliss. As long as I was out of the kitchen while food was being prepared, it was no big deal.
I’ve been a binge-eater for over a year now, so I expected major sugar and caffeine withdrawals over the past two weeks. Surprisingly, I felt almost nothing! I was a little lethargic for the first few days, but that was really it. The few times I felt a headache coming on, I just took a couple Tylenol, drank some water, and was good. I even made it through my 8:00 am AP test on pre-op day three with no problem! One of my biggest challenges now is just waiting. I’m so ready for my sleeve that all I’ve been doing today is reading blogs and browsing BariatricPal to learn more about what to expect. I really hope I can maintain this mental high throughout my recovery (It would be nice to feel good about myself again!).
Tomorrow, I’m on nothing but clear liquids, and Monday, I get sleeved. See you all on the other side.