Jackie, I don't have anything useful to offer but I just wanted to say I'm sorry you have to go through this. You will do great, though, because you have done your research and are prepared.
Your posts are an inspiration to me and I'll miss you while you are gone!
Thank you so much.
I was hoping to put this off until I was at my goal weight (I still have at least 40-50 lbs. to go), but it's impacting my lifestyle a lot. I feel however that I am in much better shape for the surgery since being on the McDougall Program. So that's a plus.
p.s. I thought I wouldn't have time to get online because I have been going to the doctor a lot and because I thought I would be out of comission with the surgery. However so far that's not been the case and my husband can just put his laptop downstairs so I can get online w/o having to climb the stairs the first week. The only downside I see (barring any complications) is that I won't be able to pick up my little grandbaby for a couple of months, but at least I can hold him if someone puts him in my lap while I am sitting down.