I can’t believe it’s finally the day I’ve been waiting for. It’s the day I will have my Sleeve Gastrectomy operation and as I suspected, I hardly slept at all last night. What a journey it’s been. Right through from the years of yo-yo dieting to the realisation that I need help and support to beat this problem. So here I am, I’ve had my consultation, stuck to the pre-op diet (amazingly), fasted on liquids only for twenty-four hours and gone nil by mouth today. Who would have believed it?
I arrived at the hospital this morning and my heart was beating so fast it felt like bongo drums in my chest! I was shown up to my room and introduced to the nurse who will be looking after me when I return from theatre. She has made me feel really at ease. The anaesthetist has just been to see me and I am feeling very positive about everything. Mr Ackroyd, the surgeon came to see me too. He was very up beat and positive about the benefits of having the sleeve and has left me now to put on the fashion faux pas theatre gown and then the nurse is going to give me a lesson in how to put on and remove the surgical stockings. Feeling rather surreal.
Right now, I’m sitting on my bed in my private room. It’s almost like being in a hotel apart from the fact that I’m wearing the aforementioned hospital gown and paper knickers! Seriously though, I’m feeling quite pampered and really well cared for which is very reassuring. They carried out a few more checks this morning and now I’m just waiting to go down to theatre. I have also gone from being very calm to being a complete nervous wreck and back to calm again! I guess this is a normal reaction to any procedure. When I left my house this morning I was thinking “Well, when I come home I will be the new improved me, watch out world… the new Roberta is on her way!
So all that is left to say now is ……….I will see you on the other side 😄😄😄!!