Advice from post-op patients
It seems so long ago! First, comfy clothes are a must. I had a few casual knit dresses I wore for the first week or so. I didn’t want anything binding on my stomach.
I wish I had followed through with my plan to organize all the paperwork in a binder. I was constantly referring back to those sheets, and I could never find the sheet I was looking for. Also, keep reading those sheets daily, because you forget things, especially the first week.
They are not kidding about the protein and water. As much as you don’t feel like drinking at first, force yourself. If you are lactose intolerant, as I am, Premier Protein shakes are going to do a number on your system. Once I got to the soft food stage, I stopped with the shakes. It took me until just recently to find Inspire whey protein from BariatricEating.com. My gut has never been happier. I wish I had found them sooner, because not getting enough protein contributed to my 3 week stall.
Someone told me that the first few days home she was consumed by food fantasies. I had the same thing. Every smell of food set off all kind of cravings. Just know after a few days it goes away. I found an immersion blender worked great for purring foods, better than my Ninja blender. Get an inexpensive one, because once you get out of the puréed stage you won’t use it much. Search Pinterest for different food ideas for each stage. That’s all I can think of for now.
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