clear liquids...and starving.

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  • ereck44
    ereck44 Posts: 1,170 Member
    Hi,

    I can tell that you are really scared, and I plan to say a prayer for you.

    I too recommend broth, black coffee or tea. The warmth will help you feel more full--you can strain the onions out and drink the onion soup/

    Try to concentrate on getting well. It may take a few days--start slow afterward--ice chips, then jello, crackers, etc. If it's a local, you can probably eat a regular diet pretty quickly. Sometimes weight loss needs to take a back seat to healing.

    good luck!
  • MSeel1984
    MSeel1984 Posts: 2,297 Member
    Hi,

    I can tell that you are really scared, and I plan to say a prayer for you.

    I too recommend broth, black coffee or tea. The warmth will help you feel more full--you can strain the onions out and drink the onion soup/

    Try to concentrate on getting well. It may take a few days--start slow afterward--ice chips, then jello, crackers, etc. If it's a local, you can probably eat a regular diet pretty quickly. Sometimes weight loss needs to take a back seat to healing.

    good luck!

    Thank you so much for that advice...I won't be cut open so that's a relief...it's an internal issue. I'm more afraid of what they are going to find than of the procedure itself. I'm praying they find nothing, but my family has a history of these kinds of problems so I'm a little bit scared.
    The bouillon has been my saving grace. It's hot...it's flavorful and it's NOT SWEET. Which is a great break from all the jell-o and crystal light. Plus it's hot which, as you said, does help a lot with feeling full. I may go for some coffee here in a bit-but I'm someone who needs cream in my coffee-which I can't have :( SO I may go for tea instead.
  • spookiefox
    spookiefox Posts: 215 Member
    So...I have a surgery tomorrow morning and I am FAMISHED. I was allowed a very light breakfast and now nothing but clear liquids.

    I know I'll be under by a minimum of 700 calories today and that tomorrow I will be starving.

    I'm wondering to myself-is it ok to go over tomorrow, given that I'll have such a big deficit today?

    Not saying I'm going to buy a pack of Oreos and a jar of peanut butter and go to town, but....use tomorrow as kind of a refueling day.

    There is nothing magic about days. In any given week I have days over and days under. At the end of the week my days average out. For instance, on Thursday I was under by 500 cal. On Friday I was over by ~450.

    What's the surgery for? Yes, I'd treat myself tomorrow. I had to have my left hand repaired after a motorcycle accident last winter and eating some comfort foods was all that got me through. Well, that and oxycodone. LOL
  • spookiefox
    spookiefox Posts: 215 Member
    Are you having full anesthesia and being cut open? Or something like Versed, for a 'twilight sleep' for something like a colonoscopy?

    If it's the Versed, you won't feel any lingering effects afterward. Not at all like with actual anesthesia.

    This is a "twilight sleep" situation.
    And that's a relief because when I was actually under for my wisdom teeth I was SO sick afterward. They gave me something to help with nausea when I had my appendix out and I wasn't sick the following day.
    Glad I'm not being cut open-can't afford to miss work :(

    This stuff is amazing. You won't even feel groggy afterward. You'll actually feel sort of refreshed. They put it in intravenously, and it goes to work almost immediately. You might sleep for real, you might just be completely disconnected but slightly aware. And then, they remove the drip and you're instantly awake and alert. There is no in-between, coming-out-of-it stage. It's wonderful.

    Good luck and good health!

    You do want to be careful, though. Technically "Twilight Sleep" is usually midazolam (Versed) and fentanyl, and fentanyl is a narcotic 80X more potent than morphine (and 40X more potent than even heroin) with all the effects narcotics can have. And midazolam is an benzodiazepine like Valium--which is why you feel so relaxed and good after. Just be careful. And remember that nausea after an opioid is normal.
  • MSeel1984
    MSeel1984 Posts: 2,297 Member
    Are you having full anesthesia and being cut open? Or something like Versed, for a 'twilight sleep' for something like a colonoscopy?

    If it's the Versed, you won't feel any lingering effects afterward. Not at all like with actual anesthesia.

    This is a "twilight sleep" situation.
    And that's a relief because when I was actually under for my wisdom teeth I was SO sick afterward. They gave me something to help with nausea when I had my appendix out and I wasn't sick the following day.
    Glad I'm not being cut open-can't afford to miss work :(

    This stuff is amazing. You won't even feel groggy afterward. You'll actually feel sort of refreshed. They put it in intravenously, and it goes to work almost immediately. You might sleep for real, you might just be completely disconnected but slightly aware. And then, they remove the drip and you're instantly awake and alert. There is no in-between, coming-out-of-it stage. It's wonderful.

    Good luck and good health!

    You do want to be careful, though. Technically "Twilight Sleep" is usually midazolam (Versed) and fentanyl, and fentanyl is a narcotic 80X more potent than morphine (and 40X more potent than even heroin) with all the effects narcotics can have. And midazolam is an benzodiazepine like Valium--which is why you feel so relaxed and good after. Just be careful. And remember that nausea after an opioid is normal.

    Well and the other thing that makes me nervous is that I'm not allowed to keep my insulin pump on. I have to take it off. I have the basal rate turned down until tomorrow morning to only 80% of my usual dose...but I HATE being off my pump and the only thing I hate more than that is having high blood sugars...it feels awful. At least my husband will be there to give me a ride to and from and he'll make sure I get my pump back on asap.
  • NonnyMary
    NonnyMary Posts: 982 Member
    do what the nurses tell you to eat. anesthesia can have a bad effect on the kind of food you eat.
  • bridgie101
    bridgie101 Posts: 817 Member
    editing - should have read the whole thread before posting.

    Um. you're a type 1 diabetic - don't you have to keep a certain sugar level in your system or you go into a coma?

    Is that doable on a liquid fast? Are you going okay with that?
  • whierd
    whierd Posts: 14,026 Member
    You will be fine if you overdo it a bit tomorrow.

    Best wishes on your surgery. I hope it goes well.
  • Martucha123
    Martucha123 Posts: 1,093 Member
    I would probably buy a pack of Oreos and a jar of PB...

    If you feel like oreos after surgery - go for it.
    Good luck with your surgery.

    Oh and eating for a while on maintenance will help with recovery
  • MSeel1984
    MSeel1984 Posts: 2,297 Member
    editing - should have read the whole thread before posting.

    Um. you're a type 1 diabetic - don't you have to keep a certain sugar level in your system or you go into a coma?

    Is that doable on a liquid fast? Are you going okay with that?

    Yeah-I actually had some pretty great blood sugars yesterday. I did have regular jell-o in the house. I mostly had crystal light, diet snapple, bouillon, chicken broth...if my sugar started to get low, I had a regular jell-o. If it was running normal-high I had diet jell-o. My breakfast was a yogurt and a small pack of lower fiber oatmeal. So I did alright...but today I'm starving.
  • MSeel1984
    MSeel1984 Posts: 2,297 Member
    Thank you all for your compassion and good advice.

    Procedure went well. I'm at home recovering/resting. I was able to eat a good breakfast and I'm enjoying some coffee. Working from home today.

    If I feel better later today I may go for a walk or something, but the doctor said no strenuous activity (running, hiking) So I will probably keep it light today.

    They didn't find anything scary...a couple abnormalities but nothing earth-shaking, which is a huge relief. They were going in looking for signs of cancer so words can't express how relieved I am.
  • NaomiJFoster
    NaomiJFoster Posts: 1,450 Member
    Thank you all for your compassion and good advice.

    Procedure went well. I'm at home recovering/resting. I was able to eat a good breakfast and I'm enjoying some coffee. Working from home today.

    If I feel better later today I may go for a walk or something, but the doctor said no strenuous activity (running, hiking) So I will probably keep it light today.

    They didn't find anything scary...a couple abnormalities but nothing earth-shaking, which is a huge relief. They were going in looking for signs of cancer so words can't express how relieved I am.


    I'm so happy for you!

    Happy that you survived a day of liquid diet, lol.
    But really happy that your tests didn't show the worst things. That must feel good.
    Take it easy today, relax and treat yourself well, and bask in your good health. Fitness can wait until tomorrow.

    And if you ever want to talk about the specifics, or about your worries, I'm a great listener!
  • MSeel1984
    MSeel1984 Posts: 2,297 Member
    Thank you all for your compassion and good advice.

    Procedure went well. I'm at home recovering/resting. I was able to eat a good breakfast and I'm enjoying some coffee. Working from home today.

    If I feel better later today I may go for a walk or something, but the doctor said no strenuous activity (running, hiking) So I will probably keep it light today.

    They didn't find anything scary...a couple abnormalities but nothing earth-shaking, which is a huge relief. They were going in looking for signs of cancer so words can't express how relieved I am.


    I'm so happy for you!

    Happy that you survived a day of liquid diet, lol.
    But really happy that your tests didn't show the worst things. That must feel good.
    Take it easy today, relax and treat yourself well, and bask in your good health. Fitness can wait until tomorrow.

    And if you ever want to talk about the specifics, or about your worries, I'm a great listener!

    Thanks so much, Naomi.

    It was rough. It was GI procedure so yesterday was pretty sucky. My stomach is torn up right now and on top of that I'm still in a lot of pain from boot camp on Saturday. Not handling food well either :(
  • NonnyMary
    NonnyMary Posts: 982 Member
    You will get a meal plan from the hospital or wherever you had the operation. Just follow that.
  • NonnyMary
    NonnyMary Posts: 982 Member
    Hey i just thought of something - did you have that stuff you drink to clear yourself out? I bet anything is better than that :)

    I think when you are recovering from a procedure, well at least with me, I didn't worry about calories or any kind of weight loss, I just tried to get the food down that they suggested, then when i got hungrier, they changed up from liquids to other foods, and sometimes I wanted more than what they allowed, but due to the anesthesia, they said no. so you will be ok, just follow what they tell you.
  • MSeel1984
    MSeel1984 Posts: 2,297 Member
    Hey i just thought of something - did you have that stuff you drink to clear yourself out? I bet anything is better than that :)

    I think when you are recovering from a procedure, well at least with me, I didn't worry about calories or any kind of weight loss, I just tried to get the food down that they suggested, then when i got hungrier, they changed up from liquids to other foods, and sometimes I wanted more than what they allowed, but due to the anesthesia, they said no. so you will be ok, just follow what they tell you.

    Nonny, yes...I had to drink this "solution" they told me to drink. 1 Liter in the morning, 1 in the afternoon/evening. It was horrible and my tummy is STILL suffering today. I'm feeling a little better now than I was earlier today but...still not great.
  • MelissaPhippsFeagins
    MelissaPhippsFeagins Posts: 8,063 Member
    Glad your procedure went well and came back clean. Cancer is a scary word. Take care!
  • NaomiJFoster
    NaomiJFoster Posts: 1,450 Member
    Hey i just thought of something - did you have that stuff you drink to clear yourself out? I bet anything is better than that :)

    I think when you are recovering from a procedure, well at least with me, I didn't worry about calories or any kind of weight loss, I just tried to get the food down that they suggested, then when i got hungrier, they changed up from liquids to other foods, and sometimes I wanted more than what they allowed, but due to the anesthesia, they said no. so you will be ok, just follow what they tell you.

    Nonny, yes...I had to drink this "solution" they told me to drink. 1 Liter in the morning, 1 in the afternoon/evening. It was horrible and my tummy is STILL suffering today. I'm feeling a little better now than I was earlier today but...still not great.

    There is nothing worse than that whole preparation business. The good news is, there really is nothing in the entire world worse than that, so from here on out it will all be so much better!
  • ndj1979
    ndj1979 Posts: 29,139 Member
    last time I had surgery I annihilated waffle house afterwards..I think I scared the server....
  • ndj1979
    ndj1979 Posts: 29,139 Member
    Hey i just thought of something - did you have that stuff you drink to clear yourself out? I bet anything is better than that :)

    I think when you are recovering from a procedure, well at least with me, I didn't worry about calories or any kind of weight loss, I just tried to get the food down that they suggested, then when i got hungrier, they changed up from liquids to other foods, and sometimes I wanted more than what they allowed, but due to the anesthesia, they said no. so you will be ok, just follow what they tell you.

    Nonny, yes...I had to drink this "solution" they told me to drink. 1 Liter in the morning, 1 in the afternoon/evening. It was horrible and my tummy is STILL suffering today. I'm feeling a little better now than I was earlier today but...still not great.

    There is nothing worse than that whole preparation business. The good news is, there really is nothing in the entire world worse than that, so from here on out it will all be so much better!

    agree and sucks even more when they schedule for 9am then have an "emergency" and do not get to it until like three in the afternoon...talk about starving...