Follow along in the adventure of my Lap-Band journey. It's bound to be a good ride!
Take a deep breath. Relax. It's going to be OK!!! I was a basket-case. It was my first surgery ever, drove 2 hours to get to the hospital, checked in at 7am and due to scheduling errors my surgery wasn't until after 2pm!!! You are about to start an amazing journey!!!!
Melissa, my surgery won't be until October and I'm already nervous...so I'm asking a favor from you in advance...You are going to get through this with flying colors and when you're losing weight and getting in shape, you'll send me some words of encouragement down the road, okay? We Melissas have to stick together. You can do this!! Good luck girl!
Don't worry! Everyone has doubts before the surgery. I really questioned myself about whether I was doing the right thing, but on the day of surgery I was calm and it all went really well. I was on the treadmill the next day, and recovered really fast. And... it's really worth it. You'll do great!
Melissa,I almost backed out of the surgery when my approval came in. I used a broken ankle as the excuse. I was afraid of being in pain and I was afraid of failing. Within 2 weeks I was saying it was the best thing I have ever done for myself. It will be a wonderful thing for you and your health. Take a deep breath and get ready for a healthier new life.
The worst part for me was going to the hospital ~ I was so nervous but after a 10 minute wait they gave me some good drugs and I was ALL GOOD. My advice for right after surgery is to ask for pain meds right away ~ eat ice chips ~ and get up and walking as soon as possible!!! I was walking the halls (with help ~ I was high as kite) about every hour. Its so worth it!!! I wish I had been banded years ago. Welcome to your new life!
You are going to be fine dahlink!! I promise! It was my first ever surgery and I wasn't nervous for some reason. I was excited that my life was about to change! Do not question any pain you have. Take a pill. You will be able to. The band will be very loose. Don't worry if you aren't hungry. Because you won't be! The surgery is a cinch and the only thing that was bothersome to me was the gas in my shoulder!! You'll be great!!
Don't worry about it...you'll do great! :) Remember to sip, sip, sip your water and walk, walk, and then walk some more. You'll be glad you did. HUGS!
Just keep reminding yourself of why you want to do this. Make a list of everything you want to do as you lose weight and let that be your motivation for keeping the positives in your head.
Thank you all SO much for your words! You all are such a great support system and I seriously don't know how I would have gotten this far without you! Melissa Wolf........I tried pulling you up but it won't let me follow you. Do you have blog? I can't wait to be a support system to all of you once I have crossed over!!!!
You'll do great! Honestly, my entire support system was more nervous than I was. My dad almost cried. He's cute lol. Anyway, they'll just poke and prod you a little bit (you know, after they make you sit there for 3 hours), then they'll take you back to the OR and get you drugged up, then they'll wake you up and at that point, all you have to do is just listen to whatever the nurse/other important people tell you to do. The worst part (in my opinion) was the catheter. Ugh. But, aside from that, it's not that bad. I'm 4 days out, and while I'm still having pain, it's not horrible. Still working on getting all that gas out of my system though. That's annoying. But really, you'll be fine :)
You will do fine....(breath deep...), repeat! Like others have said, sip, sip, sip, walk, walk, walk, and from me....don't be afraid to let out the gas!! Trust me, I had no gas pains, because I let it all out!!
It's really not that bad and you will be so glad you did it! It was the best decision I ever made!!!
Good luck tomorrow! You'll do great :) I'll be thinking about ya!