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Hi Amanda, fantastic news to have your date..not long to go! I also had my op (bypass) with Shaw and you couldn’t be in better hands. I am 10 weeks post op now and have lost about 3 stone. I am eating normal foods in smaller portions though I’ll always have to avoid high fat and high sugar choices and make sure I am eating enough protein but it is very manageable. I’ve rarely felt better and people keep commenting on how well I look.
My pre-op involved some fairly standard tests on blood, heart, blood pressure etc and a questionnaire about what I expected from the op, what I could expect afterwards and some pre-op dietary advice. It took about an hour and was very straightforward and nothing to worry about.
Like you I worried about the milk diet phase beforehand but it was easy to follow, maybe because I knew it was a means to an end it didn’t trouble me and I know for sure it made the op easier for Shaw to perform. I wouldn’t worry too much about cutting back drastically beforehand in fact eat some things that you really enjoy, without going mad, so that you don’t feel deprived. The milk diet will get things ready for the bypass op in good time.
The one thing I did try to do was to get into the habit of not drinking with my meals since that is a real no no afterwards so the sooner you get into the routine the better.
While you have the time also go and get your vitamins and food supplies for afterwards. A good stock of sugar-free jelly, low-fat custards, yogurts etc will be invaluable in the first few days home. I also made some soup and put it in the freezer for the end of the first week when I wanted something comforting and homely but not too bland. To begin with I bought chewable vitamins by Bassetts because I was unsure how I would cope with swallowing big tablets (I needn’t have worried because I was ok but not everyone is).
I would also suggest you clear your diary for the first week home – I was up and about very quickly but it was good not to have any pressure to socialise if I felt tired.
I would think you could have coffee with sweeteners but they will tell you for sure at the pre-op.

THIS WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE FOR YOURSELF! good luck Amanda and feel free to email me with any questions at any time.

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