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Hoping to start my journey

Parsnip

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My husband's working past midnight for the past couple of weeks so I have a lot of spare time on my hands and this is all I seem to be thinking about! My thought today is considering trying the liver shrinking diet for a week or so - but is that a dumb thing to do before I've even had my first appointment?!
It's not dumb, most people trial it as part of their tier 3 but I would possibly wait until you get the all clear to try it from your team (just because I don't know your medical history and I'm don't have a PhD), this said, it's your call, just be responsible and if you do decide to trial it, make sure you a) keep hydrated, b) take multivitamins and c) make sure you let your team know you've had a go.
The waiting is definitely the hardest part of this journey as after you've finally bit he bullet to make the change, it's all you think about. Just know that the time flies by and before you know it, you'll be anxious about your imminent surgery. If you have free time I would use it for research. I highly recommend the book Living with Bariatric Surgery by Denise Ratcliffe. I read it pre op and my trust have even started recommending it to people considering surgery x
 

deedee_

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It's not dumb, most people trial it as part of their tier 3 but I would possibly wait until you get the all clear to try it from your team (just because I don't know your medical history and I'm don't have a PhD), this said, it's your call, just be responsible and if you do decide to trial it, make sure you a) keep hydrated, b) take multivitamins and c) make sure you let your team know you've had a go.
The waiting is definitely the hardest part of this journey as after you've finally bit he bullet to make the change, it's all you think about. Just know that the time flies by and before you know it, you'll be anxious about your imminent surgery. If you have free time I would use it for research. I highly recommend the book Living with Bariatric Surgery by Denise Ratcliffe. I read it pre op and my trust have even started recommending it to people considering surgery x
There isn't a tier 3 in my area but I guess I'll have a load of time to do my research! I've already started on the vitamins to get used to taking more pills every day :) - thanks for the advice, I don't have any medical problems so sure I'd be fine to do it.. I think I'll wait until after my appointment though and use it as an opportunity to lose towards the goal they'll set me. Going to go look for the book on Amazon right now! Thank you! x
 

Bling Babe

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My husband's working past midnight for the past couple of weeks so I have a lot of spare time on my hands and this is all I seem to be thinking about! My thought today is considering trying the liver shrinking diet for a week or so - but is that a dumb thing to do before I've even had my first appointment?!
I don’t think it’s a dumb idea, it’ll be good for you to know what to expect x
 

deedee_

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Still here and waiting for my first appointment! About a month to go now but I’ve lost all my determination with dieting this week. Think it’s a mix of the dark nights and feeling a bit down. Also found out one of my husbands friends is going private in January and I feel weirdly jealous and annoyed even though I know it’s absolutely not justified. Can’t seem to help it though.

Been thinking about my other options with self funding but feel very anxious about going abroad in case something was to go wrong. Would have to get finance to stay in the UK which I could do and pay back monthly. But then I’m also about to start a new job so I just don’t know what to do!

Ah well I feel better for getting it off my chest anyway!
 

Bling Babe

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Tough times for you, I think it’s only natural to feel a bit envi in these situation, how did you get n trailing the milk diet ? Xx
 

deedee_

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Tough times for you, I think it’s only natural to feel a bit envi in these situation, how did you get n trailing the milk diet ? Xx
Haven’t tried it yet. Fell a bit off the wagon and put a few lbs back on - annoying as I was doing well but not surprising! Took a bit of a step back because I was getting too obsessed and it was overwhelming.

First appointment is now only a week away though so I know I’ll definitely find my motivation after that because it’ll make it feel more real.

Question - I know it’s probs different everywhere but when do you find out what other appointments you’re going to be put forward for? like physio, psychology etc. will I find out at my first appointment?
 

Bling Babe

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Haven’t tried it yet. Fell a bit off the wagon and put a few lbs back on - annoying as I was doing well but not surprising! Took a bit of a step back because I was getting too obsessed and it was overwhelming.

First appointment is now only a week away though so I know I’ll definitely find my motivation after that because it’ll make it feel more real.

Question - I know it’s probs different everywhere but when do you find out what other appointments you’re going to be put forward for? like physio, psychology etc. will I find out at my first appointment?
Your right all hospital’s are differen, you just have to be patient x
 

deedee_

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Had my first appointment today! Started with height, weight and blood pressure being taken and then met a lovely dietician. We talked through my form I filled out, eating habits, what I’ve tried before etc. She gave me a 5% target, but said it can go off my referral weight so I only have to lose about 7lbs because I’d already been losing - which is amazing!!

Then went for bloods and ECG which were fine. Suppose I’ll have to get used to being vulnerable and half naked!

Then had the group session which was good - didn’t learn much new since I‘ve been researching myself so much but was still good to hear it all from a professional. After that I met my surgeon who asked me the same questions as the dietician really and asked if I had a preference between bypass or sleeve which I’m not sure about yet. Shes referred me for an endoscopy because I have had a hernia in the past so she wants to see what’s going on there but other than that she doesn’t think I need any further assessments or treatments at the moment.

So my next steps are to wait for the endoscopy appointment, lose 7lbs and then my case goes to MDT which all seems like a very smooth journey... Fingers crossed anyway. (!)
 

Parsnip

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Had my first appointment today! Started with height, weight and blood pressure being taken and then met a lovely dietician. We talked through my form I filled out, eating habits, what I’ve tried before etc. She gave me a 5% target, but said it can go off my referral weight so I only have to lose about 7lbs because I’d already been losing - which is amazing!!

Then went for bloods and ECG which were fine. Suppose I’ll have to get used to being vulnerable and half naked!

Then had the group session which was good - didn’t learn much new since I‘ve been researching myself so much but was still good to hear it all from a professional. After that I met my surgeon who asked me the same questions as the dietician really and asked if I had a preference between bypass or sleeve which I’m not sure about yet. Shes referred me for an endoscopy because I have had a hernia in the past so she wants to see what’s going on there but other than that she doesn’t think I need any further assessments or treatments at the moment.

So my next steps are to wait for the endoscopy appointment, lose 7lbs and then my case goes to MDT which all seems like a very smooth journey... Fingers crossed anyway. (!)
All sounding very positive xx
 

Bling Babe

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Sounds like a great positive appointment xx
 
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