Surgery is booked!
Time to get organized. Documents, payments, and bloodwork… Oh my!
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed during this time of preparation but really, this is the easiest part. Just take it step-by-step and follow the instructions from your Patient Coordinator.
Let’s face it, we patients obsess about the surgery all day, every day. Once booked, we think that’s all we need to do.
It’s not though. It’s not like starting a diet. There are steps that need to be taken to make sure all goes well.
I decided to dedicate some time to making sure I was ready for my surgery. I filled out all my documents, had the blood requisition printed and ready for the Lab, ordered the shakes, made arrangements for payments and made an appointment to see my family doctor. I also took the time to read some of the patient and food guides.
Reading through those guides really helped me understand the process and put me at ease. They’re full of great information and I referred back to them often even after my surgery.
I have to say, though, my least favorite part of getting ready for the surgery was doing the pre-op diet. It’s not that easy to drink shakes three times a day for a few weeks, but I did understand how important this requirement was to make the surgery safer for me. If you’re a foodie like me, get creative with them. There are plenty of helpful recipes in the Food Guide the clinic provides you.
Throughout my pre-op stage, one thing I do remember that got me through the nervousness was to keep reminding myself that all of this work is going to pay off in the long run. The end result and where I am today is so worth it.
Read more about Teresa’s weight loss journey in next month’s newsletter issue. “Me and My MGB” is an exclusive 12 part diary series of how a woman living with obesity changed her life when she made the decision to put herself first.