Today is surgery day (I actually wrote this last Friday!), so I figured I’d share with you a couple of books that I have purchased to read post op. Granted I skimmed through each of them last week, but I’ll be looking forward to going more thoroughly through them this coming week to two weeks.
I’ve read through this one the most (and by read, I still mean skimmed…reading has yet to be done!) I might have been a bit late on the wagon for picking up this book, since it starts with information on how to choose both a surgeon and a surgery, but that is also only the first 1/4-1/3 of the book!) I would highly recommend this to anyone still in the contemplation side of WLS. It also offers information about why choosing a program with good aftercare is important! Past the first stage of picking your surgery, it goes on about how to prepare for surgery, what to expect, what to pack, what to have on hand when you get home, etc. As the Amazon write up says “Your authoritative guide to weight loss surgery — before, during, and after”
This one I’ve skimmed through the least. It does have information for all stages of post op living, including clear liquids, soft/mushies, and solid foods. It has meal planning tips, portioning tips, tons of recipes, and appears to have lots of useful random tips in it as well!
The recipes in here look fantabulous. They are all fairly small portions, and the book even recommends how to serve them and in what quantities based on what surgery you’ve had. Granted it doesn’t account for the Sleeve specifically, but it does include Lap Band, DS, and Gastric Bypass. My doctor said to lean somewhere between Gastric Bypass and Lap Band, so that is my plan. Many of the recipes in here are even Hubs friendly, so I can eat one WLS patient portion and he can have the rest for dinner and lunch the next day (or all for dinner knowing his 6’5 appetite!)
My check-in time today is 11:30AM EST, and surgery is set to begin at 1PM EST. Hopefully I’m doing well right now!