I survived my 5 days of drinking only clear liquids!! I have to say the pain from this whole procedure was actually better than I expected. Sure I was sore in my abdominal area for the first 2-3 days but by Sunday I was able to get up and down from a seated position without much trouble. Laying down and sleeping is still not comfortable since I am a side/stomach sleeper. I make it halfway through the night in my bed then have to move to the couch where I am a little more restricted in my movements.
Had my first post-op visit today with my surgeon Dr. Kwon. Things seem to be moving along nicely he said. Since surgery I am down 11.5 lbs and have dropped 3.1 points off my BMI!!! I've also been able to graduate to drinking protein shakes. I have to basically sip the shake at 1 oz every 5 minutes. Never in my life has it taken me so long to drink something. By taking small sips I am not allowing the liquid to build up at my band, which may cause stretching of the esophagus over time.
I can already notice a (slight) difference in my body just from these 11.5 lbs!! I look forward to getting some energy back by drinking these protein shakes :-) Love that I finally made this decision to get on track to a more healthy life :-)