Well I have made the decision to have a gastric bypass. The surgeon recommended this procedure because of my type 2 diabetes. It was getting uncontrollable and I didn't really fancy injecting insulin daily...so here I am! The operation is scheduled for the 19th June, and the butterflies are starting to set in.
I am now on my 4th day of the Optifast diet...yuk. I must say I did have my last hurrah the night before I started the diet. My husband and I had a KFC, but now I am down to optifast shakes, soups, bars and desserts none of which are particularly appetising. I have found I like the banana and vanilla shakes, berry crunch bars and the chicken soup the most. All the rest that I have got will end up in the bin because I really don't like them! The Strawberry shake, chocolate bar, lemon and chocolate dessert were a real waste of money. I have also tried the diet jelly...which to me is a bit of nothing as it doesn't taste nice or fill me up. I have taken to snacking on raw carrots and cherry tomatoes as these are within my vegetable daily allowance and fortunately I love carrots and tomatoes! I just wish I could have a few nuts as well.
The one benefit of the diet is that I have now lost 7lb (down from 18st 3lb to 17st 10lb) in just 3 days. (I think that is about 3.5 kgs) so well on the way to losing the goal of 5-10% pre-op. However the really good news is my blood sugar has dropped to 5.9 (I had been getting readings of 13-15). As advised I will have to come off my diabetes medication if my blood sugars go below 3 but a non diabetic blood sugar is normally around 4-5.9 so I am very pleased as mine has now reached the "normal" range.
The other thing I have had to think about is feeding my husband. He is not a good cook and I don't want him living on takeaways so have been cooking lots of different meals, portioning them up and freezing them. I now have 21 meals for him in the freezer and am aiming to cooking a few more, so I don't have to worry about cooking when I get out of hospital. (And I will be on a liquid then a purÃ©e diet for the first few weeks.)
I have been told that I will be in hospital for a week and while they hope to be able to do it laparoscopally there is no guarantee as I have had a number of operations and may have considerable scar tissue, which means it may have to be open surgery. That is really a wait and see. I won't know until I come around after the general anaesthetic!
Here's hoping, as the latter will have a longer recovery time and I need to be able to get back to work and earn money! This is already costing a lot as medicare and private health only pay a very small portion of the surgeons, anaesthetist and pathology fees, although it will cover all the hospital fees apart from my excess. I think I am going to be out of pocket of around $7000 all up so it had better work!