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Friday, August 23, 2013

                              Day 4 of Liquid Diet

Wow, this is actually getting really easy.  They told me it would about day 4 but I tend to be a bit of a skeptic.  Yesterday when I was at the surgeon's office I saw, Erica, the dietitian and was picking her brain about this pre-op liquid diet and discovered there was more I could have than just the protein shakes.  She told me I could have low-sodium broth and sugar-free jello and that it would count as part of my fluid intake.  That may not sound like a big deal but I found having something a little salty/savory like chicken broth has made all the difference in the world!  I am someone who loves my sweets/sugar but 3 days of sweet protein shakes was getting old.  So I had some chicken broth as part of my "dinner" last night and as part of my "lunch" today and I have to tell you, grandma is a much happier camper now, lol!

Yesterday as I mentioned, I saw my surgeon for the pre-op visit and we talked about all the possibilities of complications that were at all possible.  The list is actually quite long but I figure it this way.  I am quite literally dying from the complications of obesity anyway.  My health has gone to heck in a hand basket the last few years and I feel I have nothing to lose.  Besides I truly believe what scripture says in Hebrews 9:27, that it is appointed unto men once to die.  I believe this means we each have that appointed time that only God knows and when it is my time, it is my time.  So I am going for it and expecting a good outcome either way!

Another plus of this liquid diet is that I have dropped 2 more pounds.  That means since the day I 1st met Dr. Long (4/29/13) I am down 24 lbs. Now there are people who will be saying, "Well, why do you even need this surgery?  If you can lose weight without it why don't you just keep doing what you're doing?"  If you've read this blog from the beginning then you know that I have lost weight on my own, substantial amounts, several times!  I just believe after all my research that I need this tool (the gastric bypass) to help me to really change once and for all who I am as it relates to food and eating.  I will still be the one who has to do the hard work involved.  The surgery is not a magic button that makes it so I never want to overeat again but it does offer me a better chance to turn around my many health issues (diabetes, oxygen use, bad joints, hypertension, heart issues, etc.) At my age it has become much more about saving my life than looking good.  I had pretty much given up on myself but this surgical option has given me hope and a new outlook that I haven't felt for many years.

That is about all I've got for today.  Only 3 full days left before my surgery.  Woo hoo!


  1. So very interesting, Colleen! I loved following you on your journey. I'm impressed with your resolve and I wish you courage, fortitude, strength and perseverance to go along with some plain old fashioned "good luck" as you forge ahead into the next phase of your life.
    Keep writing!
    Hugs to you!

  2. Thanks, Meri! It is friends like you that help me to keep on keeping on and I will need all of those things to "forge ahead"