The week Before
Two words: Liquid. Diet.
I started the full liquid diet on Monday September 21, 2015. I was able to eat creamy soups, drink my protein drinks, plenty of water, and sugar-free, organic applesauce. Monday and Tuesday were SO HARD! After that, it wasn't bad. I was very surprised.
That Saturday was the biggest challenge because I went to a friend's little girl's birthday and had to say no to all the food. Then I had "lunch" with my family and had to say no to creamy spaghetti, garlic bread, and sweet tea. Ugh. My consolation prize was a short shopping spree at CostCo for my Premier Protein drinks, buying a robe and slippers for the hospital, and then getting Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden for dinner that night. (I only had the broth.)
On Sunday, after church, I went up to school to get everything ready to be out for 4 days. Yikes!
The Day Of Surgery
I learned that the doctor had found a possible hernia at the end of my esophagus, so they would correct that during the procedure. News to me. That bothered me, but I was ok.
8:00am I was ready to go back.
8:22am I looked at the clock after I moved over to the operating table and then I was out.
Dr. Chan came in and placed a filter to catch any blood clots that might form since I am predisposed to them.
Dr. Brewer came in and did the gastric bypass procedure and repaired the hernia.
I'm not sure what time they finished or when exactly they brought me up to my room.
The rest of that day is very fuzzy.A jumble of family, pressing the pain medicine button, getting up to walk in the hall, and worrying about my IV. It kept kinking and then he machine would beep incessantly.
I made my husband and mom go home during the night to get some sleep. I flipped channels, had the nurse help me up, go to the restroom, walk the halls, then get back in bed. I would doze in between.