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Hi there :wub:

I stalked around on here for a while as I did my research - now that I have an op date for my gastric sleeve and its all feeling very real, I thought I should come out of lurking. 

I'm halfway through the pre-op phase. I don't love dairy based shakes in general, but its doable and I'm getting by (with the exception of day one and two when I thought the hangry was going to be the end of me .... and all those within a 10k radius!) 

I was originally not having the operation until late Feb, however an opening came up and I took it. It does however mean I'm off overseas for a little trip about three weeks after my surgery. Im open to any and all suggestions for eating while travelling in the week 3 - 6 phase. 

Lots of feelings happening at the moment (none of which I am eating I will add) - excited, scared, nervous, apprehensive, determined... One week and counting - Eek!!

xx

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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/

 

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Welcome KindConfetti and congratulations on making the decision to change your life. I think we all have not so fond memories of the pre op diet and the mood swings associated with going cold turkey on all our favourite snack foods. I travelled not long after surgery and found the experience problematic; especially in relation to being on the mushie phase. Soup became my 'go to' meal while away - I just drank the liquid and avoided the meat and vegetable chunks. Smoothies would have been another option except that I'm lactose intolerant.

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Congratulations on your 'shake-y' start!  Re: the O/S trip- would really depend on how long the flight is.  24-27 hours on a Europe flight I would ask for some anticoagulation to use.  The six weeks post op when you aren't moving as much can be a critical time for clots-regardless of the surgery undertaken.  Anything over about 8 hours flying is common for blood clots. Of course if you are lucky enough to be in the 'pointy' end of the aircraft in 1st class, then you can swing from the rafters and enjoy the experience!!

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