Nine days. Can you believe it? I cannot. I have been planning for this surgery for nearly a year now. It feels unreal that it will actually be occurring in nine days. By this time, nine days from now, the surgery will be over.
Tomorrow I have my stress test. This is the very last test that I need. And it is the only one left that could delay my surgery again. I had the scan of my abdomen and that went well. No gallstones or any other problem that would prevent or delay my surgery. I still have not received the results from the doctor who did my colonoscopy and endoscopy. I am going to call their office tomorrow.
I have to say, I am feeling pretty good about the surgery. Yes, I am anxious and nervous, but I am actually starting to get excited. I am a little freaked out about the changes in food, but I know it will be good. I look at the food I have in my refrigerator and I know that a lot of the food I have in there now I will not be eating for quite some time. I have a small steak, some ground turkey, and a whole chicken. I also have spinach, broccoli, lemons, apples, limes, cilantro, eggs, etc. Not a lot of food, but I think just enough to get me through until Tuesday. I also have a bunch of chicken broth.
I will be able to have chicken, eggs, vegetables, and fruit, all of it pureed of course. That will be my diet for the next eight weeks. After that, I will be able to start working on more solid foods. I will be eating four tablespoons of food at each meal. Two protein and two vegetable or fruit. In between I have to drink two protein drinks and take chewable vitamins. And I have to sip water all day long.
I have to avoid fruits and vegetables with seeds and skins for six months. I can have avocado, squash, green beans, asparagus, zucchini, all of them pureed. I can have most fruits except berries, dates, figs, and raisins. I have to remove the skin of peaches, nectarines, apples, for six months, but for the first eight weeks they also must be pureed.
I have a lot of ideas on the different meals I will be able to make, but boy will they be very different from what I am used to.
That is a huge change over what I eat now.