Surgery was on a Monday morning. I only needed a liquid pre-op diet the day before surgery. It was clear liquids only. Oh my god.... PURE. HELL.
My mom stayed with me the night before surgery. I didn't sleep at all. So by the time I arrived at the hospital, I was ready for the anesthesia so I could get some sleep! I felt like it didn't take long at all for them to take me back to a room. Thankfully they took me back immediately because it took over an hour to start the IV. They finally got it on stick #4. Human freaking pin cushion here. By the time my IV was started, I was behind schedule and they took me back immediately. I never saw my surgeon on the day of surgery, but I did see his PA briefly. I remember wondering if they cath you during surgery, and I woke up to find they do not...as I was peeing all over myself upon waking. Ugh! How embarrassing!
After surgery I was coughing from the intibation....most painful coughs of my life! I swear...you never realize how many things you use your stomach muscles for until a doctor slices through them....coughing, laughing, sneezing, hiccuping, bending, getting up, laying down, turning, etc.
I felt that they kicked me out of the hospital before I was even awake! I could not stay awake in the car to even help my mom navigate. Thankful for GPS! I stayed at a friends' house after surgery and her pre-teen daughter took great care of me. Honestly my band felt TIGHT from the swelling! It was hard to get enough liquids or protein.
After 2 days at my friends' home, I had cabin fever and I was ready to go back to work. She brought me home and I attempted to return to work that Thursday. Fail! I stayed for probably only 3 hours before sitting up was just unbearably painful and I needed to go home. I was back at work on my regular schedule at one week post-op.
The two week liquid diet post surgery diet really was terrible. Especially at my work....my coworkers do a few things non-work related REALLY well...eat and have babies!!! ((Hmmmm....I sense a correlation?!?!)) We had a team lunch during that time where I got soup. I was so thankful for real food by two weeks out. Every time I get an adjustment and they remind me to only have liquid for 24 hours after, I cringe thinking about those two weeks!
Well, that's enough for tonight! Hope to get caught up more soon. Here are a few post surgery photos to close with: