Thursday, July 30, 2009

Skills Class

Tuesday night I attended my skills class. This class focused on what we need to do pre and post up regarding nutrition, medicine, and getting our bodies ready for surgery and also what to expect the day of. This was probably one of the most beneficial of all the classes I have been too, but it also was the most realistic and scared the shit out of me. One thing that I was told that I didn't realize was that I need to stop taking my birth control for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after, apparently it thins your blood. I've been on it for over 10 years, so I'm a little nervous about how my body will react to this, should be interesting. We were also given this soap solution called hexa-cleanse. We need to wash our tummies with this 3 days prior to surgery twice a day. This is supposed to get rid of normal bacteria and germs that we carry on our skin.

During the nutrition portion of the class is when I really got nervous. I knew that the post op diet was going to be tough, but seeing it laid out on paper was really scary. It said for week 1, breakfast- jello or broth, lunch- jello or broth, dinner- jello or broth. Week 2, slowly add in yogurt, pudding, cream based soups and oatmeal into your diet. Week 3, slowly add in cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and apple sauce. Week 4, continue week 3's diet. Then finally week 5 you can start adding soft mushy REAL food into your diet. It just made it all seem so real seeing it all written down like this. I can do it though, and I WILL do it....

Last night Ricky asked me if we could go grocery shopping today, I started laughing and said why, I won't be eating anything for the next 2 months lol. I forget that I will still need to take care of him though, I just don't know how I am going to find the power to cook for him some nights and not nibble on this and that.

Well on a happier note, I am still smiling ear to ear about my engagement! Everytime I get discouraged I just look down at my finger, and that brings a smile to my face. I have been keeping myself busy looking up wedding ideas, and making a wedding website. I know its still far away, but its a great distraction. The website still has a way's to go, but if you want to sneak a peak the address is

Hope everyone is doing well! xxoo


  1. I am having the same dilemma about cooking for others when I'm banded. Right now its me and my two older daughters and the BF comes over 4 nights out of 7. My girls do their own cooking unless I'm making something that i let them know about ahead of time. I'm going to invest in some Hungry Man meals or find something that he can fix on his own. I think I'll need this break from doing the cooking to get my head right and be out of the kitchen. Maybe your man can make the same offer for you! And make sure you have some sugar free popsicles and italian ice for those times you want to 'treat yourself'! HA. Good luck, it is a sobering meeting!

  2. Holy cow, you do a lot to the lead up of getting the band in. I actually think this must be a good thing, makes you think really, really hard about what you're about to undergo. And gives you more information than you probably want to know.
    Don't worry about the post-op diet too much, seriously. I remember thinking the same thing but in the first week, you're just not very hungry - I think week three or four the hunger really kicks in and you know what, you're almost there and you can muddle through those final days till you can eat properly.
    You are doing just brilliantly. :)

  3. an island destination wedding, that will be so perfect with your new body!

    i wish my doctor had more of a lead-up program. they only meet once a month with pre and post-op patients. i'm totally using all you lovely bloggers as my support group!