Nobody likes to feel vulnerable, but that’s exactly how I felt immediately after waking up from my surgery. Thank goodness, that changed quickly.
I remembered waking up in recovery, confused and not knowing what had just happened. I saw a nurse’s smiling face looking at me and telling me I did great. My first thought was… what did I do? Then I realized that surgery was complete and I was in recovery. I wish I had the brain power to tell her, “no, you guys did great”.
The nursing team moved me to my room, which was spacious, clean and comfortable. My nurses were there for me every step of the way. I felt well cared for and safe. My overnight stay was wonderful, with a nurse checking on me often.
Next day was discharge day and the post-op diet regime begins! It wasn’t that bad. The first week with liquids was easy, the following week with pureed food was easy too.
The third week on soft foods was a bit difficult for me, though. I was afraid of hurting my stomach. Even though I knew I was doing everything right, I couldn’t help but be a bit scared. It took me some time to get my strength back but soon I felt stronger than I had in years.
What I was most impressed with were the calls and emails from the nursing and dietitian teams I received after my surgery. They were full of great ideas and encouragement, but it also made me feel at ease that I wasn’t doing this on my own. I was truly in great hands.
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.