Went to both the 6 months + post op group and the pre-op/immediate post-op group. I fit in both categories.
The first group was mostly about sleep and sleeping disorders. We did a Dr. Oz quiz about it that had a lot of interesting information.
The group was pretty quiet in general. One girl made a comment about how she liked it when it was just open forum. Nobody was talking, so you can't have it be open forum without that. I prefer it that way too, but I really didn't have anything to ask about tonight.
The second group was all about questions having surgery. There are a lot of preops so there are a lot more vocal people who want to know what it's like.
Even though I have the sleeve now, I really can't answer questions yet about what life is like with the sleeve. I can only speak to the immediate surgery/recovery.
I did end up answering some lapband questions though as I do know what that's like. I spoke about how I am part of the percentage that the band just didn't work with. I made it clear though that I don't blame the band and I still think it's a good surgery.
That is something that I have trouble with. I know band successes so I don't want someone to decide against it because of my personal experience.
There was a lot of discussion about why you have to give up caffeine and how hard it is. It does suck. I won't deny it. I miss my coffee. There was a woman who admitted that the day she was 6 months post op, she went back to decaf. That will probably be me.
After the meeting, I met one of my readers (if you are reading this now, Hi!). It was really cool to know that someone (not on livejournal) has actually read this. It was a surreal experience meeting him because it was someone I was meeting for the first time who has read and knows all of my ups and downs. Very cool though and I was thrilled.
I see my surgeon tomorrow and I'm definitely going to ask him if I can go back to work on Thursday. I was out all day today and out tonight and I'm fine. I think I'm ready and I would rather save my time for an actually vacation.