Just an update, I ended up having a wonderful day spent with all the family at lunch....but I still didn't like the "spotlight" on me, if you know what I mean. Had a morning tea for the November birthday's at work today then going out to dinner with my coworkers tomorrow night, which I did not want but I can't exactly say no, can I? Oh well, after tomorrow night, it's all over and done with until my 50th.....then we start all over again. There could possibly be another cake on Monday at my other work, as they found out late this Monday just gone that it was my birthday.
Just gone 5 years sleeved in July. Was doing well but over the past 2 years, according to the scales, I've gained about 10kg. I only know this because at the time of tummy tuck, I was 73kg, today I'm anywhere between 84kg and 87kg. I know I've let myself get out of control and I'm trying to be better, but it's not easy. Plus I'm on a medication that is known to cause weight gain (Lyrica and Amitriptyline)...so basically I'm fucked. I've enrolled in a 66 day challenge at my local gym. First week I lost 800kg, then I somehow gained 200ish gm the week after. I'll weigh myself again on Wednesday prior to my next PT sessions. I'm monitoring my intake (loosely) on My Fitness Pal and average calorie intake is 500-700, which I know isn't enough but I can't do more than that unless I'm eating ALL DAY LONG. I need to see a dietitian that specialises in sleeve (there's one near where I live) but I just need to pull my finger out, make a booking and get some guidance. Plus I've stretched my tummy as I had a gastroscopy in May. The surgeon said IF I wanted to, he'd do a re-sleeve at no cost but "to be honest, you look great the way you are" were his words. I wouldn't go through all that anyway for a few kilos and pointless really because who knows, I could end up in the same place I am now and gain some kgs and then what, re-sleeve again?
Ugh people just don't get it that I DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING! Now it's a family lunch next Sunday (approx 30 people). Then my work colleagues suggested that we catch up for dinner on Thursday night to "celebrate" and then happens to come up in conversation with the rest of the office that it's my birthday and so it's dinner Friday at somewhere not of my choosing. They're all local and know the area more, I'm the out of towner. I'd just prefer to stay at home and do nothing.
Welcome to the sleeved side. Please take care in the post op period. You've had major surgery. You need to let things heal. The laparoscopy scopes passed through muscle, which can result in pain. You may feel OK but doesn't mean you have to be superman/woman and try and do things.
Obviously every surgeon and PHI is different, but I'm with standard cover with Medibank and was covered for both tummy (pre change in "rules" and boobs). My fees: Approx $9000 for everything for tummy and approx $8000 for boobs (surgeon, anaesthetist, excess, garments, pathology).
Congrats! Does your surgeon know you are travelling OS so soon after surgery? You'll also need to declare this with your travel insurance, if you haven't already. During weeks 3-6, you'll be on puree and soft food phase, which may make airline meals a little difficult. Soups, scrambled eggs, porridge are options. You won't be able to consume a lot, 1/4 if you're lucky. If eating out, some restaurants are accommodating, others aren't. Just ask if some foods can be prepared different, ie if minestrone is on the menu, ask if they wouldn't mind pureeing it. It's a learning curve and will be for a while. Weeks 1-2 (Fluid): http://www.livingwithasleeve.com/fluids-after-sleeve-gastrectomy/ Weeks 3-4 (Puree): http://www.livingwithasleeve.com/week-3-4-surgery-eat-puree-phase/ Stage 3 - Soft Food: https://www.southwestsurgery.com.au/sleeve-gastrectomy/phase-iii-soft-diet http://www.livingwithasleeve.com/travelling-after-gastric-sleeve/
Few questions: How far post sleeve are you? Has your weight been stable? Some surgeons recommend min 6-12 months stable to get the best result. What do you want to have done? Tummy? Thighs? Arms? Boobs? Some surgeons will only do two surgeries at once due to the length of time being under anaesthetic and other risks. As the rules have changed with regards to tummy tuck, you'll now have to "qualify". There are many topics on this, just need to Google the info.
My cousin keeps suggesting that I should have a party and that many people don't make it to 40 etc. I know that part is true. I had a friend recently diagnosed with a possible breast cancer (just turned 40) and in my line of work, I come across a lot of things and one that has stuck with me is a 36 year old woman who is now in palliative care due to cancer. She had a baby in February this year. I know shit happens and everything, but I'm not one for celebrating with the focus being on me. Whilst it's technically not a party (at this stage Saturday dinner or Sunday lunch), as it'll just be family, I just feel awkward. I guess I should just suck it up. And the plan was to go somewhere, initially it was Canada but my cousin says shit weather at that time of year (heading into winter) and that puts a limit onto sightseeing etc.