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Don's Freakout Palace

Discussion in 'Sharing My Journey' started by DonRobbie, Oct 26, 2018.

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    JackieOnLine

    JackieOnLine Moderator Staff Member

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    going low-carb pre-op might not be easy but really necessary and totally worth it. if you are used to a lot of carbs (and who isn't?) you'll find at some point, you don't want them as much. not sure how long it will take but it's only the beginning that's hard, in my experience. I also have no experience with a liquid diet. :frown:

    think of the greek yogurt as healthy mayo and use it that way, not as a dessert the way it is usually marketed (well, breakfast or snack but enough sugar for dessert).

    the time is going to go fast!! :thumbsup:
     
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    RainCity

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    :ROFLMAO:Decaffeinated coffee still contains caffeine. The average 12-ounce cup of decaf coffee usually contains between 3 and 18 milligrams of caffeine.

    And chocolate contains caffeine in varying amounts.

    So you may want to consume a different beverage if your plan is to go 100% caffeine-free.
     
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    JackieOnLine

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    true enough, since I switched to decaf I find if I have about three cups I can catch a little buzz....:whistling:
     
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    Settledownnow

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    DonRobbie I must have missed this, but what day are you scheduled?
     
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    DonRobbie

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    Surgery is December 18th (I check in to the hospital Dec 17th and am scheduled to check out Dec 22nd).
     
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    LorettaLynn

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    Let’s be friends! I am having the DS with Dr Wilhelmy on Dec 17th.
     
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    DonRobbie

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    Looking forward to seeing you there.
     
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    LizJ

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    Good luck to both of you! It will be nice to have a DS buddy! Please keep us updated!! :)
     
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    DonRobbie

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    Called in sick last night, first time in a year or two. Had horrible gas pain, was worried it was my appendix, fortunately after about 12 hours of misery and one doctor visit it relented. Doc assumes it was just a stomach ache related to my diet changes.
    In perhaps related news I started the low carb diet, moderate misery so far. I had already downshifted my carb intake a fair bit last week (Waved farewell to my last sugared beverages and my tuna salad sandwiches. Since I was home Thursday night anyhow, once the pain let up and I felt up to getting anything down I figured I may as well move up my start time for going full low carb from Friday morning. Big change is cutting out my morning and evening bowls of cereal/tree bark (Mini-Wheats spiked with All-Bran buds with whole milk). Moderately concerned that the loss of fiber will lead to bathroom issues (I have Metamucil but that blows over a third of my daily carbs which I'm loathe to do barring a proven need).
    Because I'm an idiot, eggs had never occured to me as a low carb food. Saw the wife making one for her breakfast and that inspired me to check into them (had to look it up online because the egg carton didn't have any nutrition info). Had some scrambled eggs tonight (with some Pork sausage bits mixed in), which were quite good.
    Had a strange craving for a Butterscotch Protein shake, which I thought was a thing. After trying to procure one, I can confirm it is not a thing. I will carry on. (I don't even especially like butterscotch, which made the whole episode even odder).
    Have all my vitamin$ on the way from Amazon. They should all be here before I'm ready to go on them (last arrival will be the DHC Iron which will take 2-3 weeks), Also bought some cheap blue underwear, PJs and slippers for the hospital.
    Bought some greek yogurt, mainly for the pre-op liquid diet (which I'm starting Friday morning). Proof that I can put on my big boy pants when needed.
     
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    JackieOnLine

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    I'm glad your stomach is feeling better. dunno about metamucil, but don't they sell some kind of low carb fiber supplement?
     
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    galaxygrrl

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    OK, I should not write this, but I will. I ignored almost all of what mexicali suggested until I got to Mexico. I don't drink caffeine, but i did not take weight off. I tried, but it did not work.
     
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    JackieOnLine

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    regardless of what the scale says, it's important to go low carb to make your liver less "slippery" as your surgeon has to operate around it and you want this to be as safe as possible.

    I'm not the best at science* on this forum but that's my understanding of pre-op diets.


    * southernlady Larra DianaCox
     
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    Larra

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    The pre-op diet is intended to shrink the liver, making it easier for the surgeon to get to the areas involved with the surgery. It also may help firm the liver (if there is a lot of fat in the liver, it has the consistency of, well, pate. and sorry about no accent over the pate).
     
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    DonRobbie

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    Well, the liquid diet sucks every but as much as I had been lead to believe. Didn't do too bad the first day, but the last couple have totally kicked my butt. I'm up right now because I woke up hungry and was unable to get back to sleep. I've had three bites or so of greek yogurt and the stomach is saying 'no more'. So I'm working on getting some water down in hopes that will help the nausea.
    It seemed like the Surgery would never come, and now that I'm here on the precipice before stepping off (sorry, watched Spider Man last night so that's the metaphor that comes to mind) it feels like it has all happened so fast. I'm scared (freaking terrified actually) about not knowing what's on the other side of the door, but there's nothing to do now but press forward. You can watch all the videos and read all the forum posts, and common threads emerge, but the upshot is everyone's journey is unique.
    My wife is feeling some fear too, I'm not sure how much of it is my cowardice making me give off scared and stressed vibes and affecting her and how much is normal. We grew up together really, married at 21, been together 27 years. So it's got to be scary for her. I wish I was a stronger support for her. She told me last night she thought I was brave. I don't feel brave in the slightest.
    Anyhow, whimpering aside, I'm fairly ready. I need to pack today and also would like to clean up my side of the bedroom since picking stuff up off the floor isn't going to be in the cards for a while. I have a small shopping list today (a 120v to USB adapter, gas x strips) but mostly I have everything I need.
     
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    southernlady

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    One other thing, give her access here so she can report for you so we know all is well.

    Being hungry during the liquids is absolutely normal but we do have to go thru this a few times in our lives. Colonoscopy time comes to mind but not nearly as long.

    Swinging chickens for you.
     

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