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Hi Daisy

I’m sorry to hear that you are struggling as you approach your surgery, but believe me, I do know exactly how you feel. In fact just reading your post brought back those feelings that I had before my surgery and this was just 3 months ago. I think I’ve never been so anxious and uncertain about anything in my life before. But we would not be human if we did not have some of these feeling, we are about to undertake a life changing step. Life changing for the better that is.

I see that you are struggling with the milk diet and this is one part of your post that I don’t identify with, I was able to tolerate that well. I see you mention doing another diet pre-op and I don’t know what that is. I can only recommend being fully honest with your surgeon, if he has all the facts, he’ll be able to do his best for you.

I think it is normal to think of our own mortality too when undergoing surgery, after all the risks are spelled out to us before hand. I also considered the Catch 22 where having a BMI of 45 meant I was not the healthiest person and so not an ideal candidate for general anaesthetic, but then if I wasn’t morbidly obese, I wouldn’t need the surgery. I tried as hard as I could to focus on the fact that I was putting my faith in I very highly skilled team who would take care of me.

Once you get past the surgery, that is the beginning of a happier and healthier you. Please believe me when I tell you my only regret is not having the surgery sooner. Many others who post on this forum will tell you the same thing. All I have done is abide by 2 simple rules, I’ve done exactly what I was told with my food and I took exercise.. If you have time, get a variety of pureed food ready and frozen in small portions now so it is ready for you when you come home.

Within a very short time, I started to get the good stuff out of my surgery. I’ve lost 4 and a half stone in weight, not only can I now walk much better but I can now walk uphill and no longer are all my clothes from a certain high street shop with which we are all familiar. I have managed to eat out and go away for the weekend, these things do take a bit of planning but it is possible and enjoyable

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