Getting started and managing this process can seem very overwhelming. I have created a checklist to help you get started. Feel free to grab your own copy.
6 month Waiting Period
- Download and install a food tracking application: Baritastic, MyFitnessPal, Fitbit, etc.
- Get a food scale
- Review your surgeon’s program outline. I have a copy of my surgeons if you want a copy to review or compare.
- Target getting 64 ounces of fluid each day. This includes water, coffee, tea, soup, protein shakes. Everything counts – 64 ounces.
- Start cutting off soda.
- Pack your bag: loose and comfortable clothing, slip on shoes, socks. Hair brush, face wipes and chapstick.
- Pillow for the car ride home – this will keep the seatbelt was irritating your stictched.
- Cell phone and charger.
- Leave all other electronics at home.
Time in the Hospital
- Hydrate – the goal is 1 oz of fluid every 10 minutes. Once you reach this goal – you can go home.
- Walk. Walk. Walk. This will help with the gas in your system from the surgery.
- Find a buddy who had surgery with your. This can be a GREAT resource after you are home.
- Use your pain meds. If you have pain, do not be afraid to ask for meds or help. Do not try to be brave.
First 2 Weeks after Surgery
- Sip your water slowly. If you drink too fast – pain will result. This is not a race.
- Log protein shakes, food, vitamin and pain meds. Each time. Start now and it will become a habit.
- No straws – let your new tummy heal.
- Get up and walk every hour. This will help with pain management and your gas.
- If you step on the scale – do not panic. You may weigh more thanks to your fluids IV from the hospital.
- If you get dizzy, it may be dehydration. Talk to your surgeon.