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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Fri 27 Feb 2015, 4:49 am

I know what it feels like to be under the 'have a drink' peer pressure. I'm 45 and still come under attack from my friends when I make the decision not to drink. I don't think you are really fazed about drinking (your've managed without it for 4 months) but more about what your friends will say/think. 

My very sneaky suggetion is to get an empty bottle/can of alcohol and fill it with water. They will think youre having a drink and the pressure will be off. Not sure how you will get away with it if you have to use cups but lime cordial looks very much like wine/vodka.

Now I know some will say that you shouldn't have to be deceitful with your friends but sometimes its just not worth the hassle.

I do think the antibiotic story is good too.

If you can get thru this event alcohol free then I'm sure there will be plenty more that you can take part in once your tummy is back in action.

Anyway whatever you decide its your decision and wish you a fab day out!
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Thu 26 Feb 2015, 5:20 am

Thank you ladies! :) so lovely to be on this forum it's really getting me through it all! :) yes avoiding the bubbles for sure!
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Thu 26 Feb 2015, 2:22 am

Hey Youngin,

I'd definitely second that, beware the bubbles!!  I started out on vodka and orange juice - while the juice is high in sugar, no bubbles :)
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Thu 26 Feb 2015, 2:15 am

Youngin


Ahhhh now I'm with ya.

You should  fine with one or 2 drinks over the day.  BEWARE of bubbles !! Fizzy anything is prolly a bad idea at this point.

Have fun,
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Thu 26 Feb 2015, 12:59 am

thanks everybody.

i didn't mean testing my limits as in getting blind wasted and being stupid, i just meant should i try have one drink this weekend just to see how i go so i don't get to the festival and spew if i choose to have a drink. 

I was never talking about being absolutely wasted just a drink or two over the whole day

I'm not taking this opportunity for granted i know how lucky i am to have done this at a young age but it's also quite hard at a young age, people are so judgemental and i know people will say there not your real friends if they're going to judge you or whatever but they are my friends, and I'm use to living a sort of life that i can't now and i know everyone has to make changes thats the whole point, i just want a little bit of my old life back, i use to drink every weekend and since i started putting more and more weight on and went into hiding i haven't had a drink in 4 months so id just like one day where i can have one drink.

but thank you all for your messages i really appreciate it, and i do agree i think its too soon. was just unsure hence the post. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Thu 26 Feb 2015, 12:28 am

I'm with Shell - tell them you are on strong antibiotics for an infection and can't drink alcohol as it will make you sick.
If they query which antibiotic say Flagyl  and Augmentin Forte.
"woman's infection" - that'll shut them up!

Can I recommend trialling chilled coconut water - no added sugar.
The ones in the cans tend to be nicer than the carton ones.
They'll also keep you hydrated as they have electrolytes as well, better for you for hydration than sports drinks.

Also, 'testing your limits' is so wrong when you, at the age of 20, have been given this tool to turn your life around to be a more healthier, happier, fulfilled you.
I'm 51 and have been fighting my weight since age 13, but particularly since about age 24.  And only had a sleeve done 3 weeks ago.  So you are very fortunate.
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Thu 26 Feb 2015, 12:13 am

Hiya Youngin,

I agree with every else.

But do bear in mind you'll get heaps drunker, heaps quicker, so pace yourself cos nobody wants to be the hot mess throwing up and making at least one friend be the one holding your hair back and missing the festival.

I reckon lots of water to keep you hydrated (you are still soooo early out & we don't you passing out from dehydration) maybe even a Powerade or something to replenish lost minerals and then throw in a bourbon/rum/vodka or two in over the day.
I reckon all that fluid so early out your are going to be full.

Have a great time at the festival.
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 10:02 pm

I agree with the others and I used to drink a fair bit, especially with friends. Your stomach is still recovering so don't jeopardise the hard work you've put in so far. I think I had my first drink a few months post-op and I drank about half a glass and that was enough. I was well and truly on normal food by that time and wouldn't have attempted it before I was sure I was handling normal food okay and got to understand my new stomach a bit better.

As Bumbles and Dayle said, people can react differently to alcohol after the surgery. Remember, you've had this surgery to change your life and changing drinking habits should be one of those changes. I'm kind of lecturing myself here as well because I want to give it up all together but struggle to do that at the moment. Alcohol is sugary, full of calories we don't need and doesn't do your body any good.

Even though it's something our mothers say to us (lol) Bumbles is right, you don't need alcohol to have a good time. You don't have to tell them about surgery if you don't want to, just say that you are changing your life, your attitude and becoming healthier so please don't put on any pressure to drink because you don't want to right now. Otherwise, tell them you are on strong antibiotics for a virus and are strictly forbidden to drink as alcohol reacts very badly with the meds.

Enjoy the festival - go in with a positive attitude and you'll be right!
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 9:33 pm

Im with Dayle, at 6 weeks out why would you want to test your limits? Your tummy is still healing at this stage.

You dont need to drink to have a good time with your friends, what if you're one of the ones who cant tolerate alcohol post surgery and spend the weekend puking your guts up lol You dont want to be testing your alcohol tolerance in a public space!

You have been given a gift, a tool to help you move forward in your life and live a longer, healthier and happier one. Continuing on with old habits wont help this. 

Sorry if I sound harsh, but you need to look after yourself. Be thankful that at 6 weeks out you are well enough to contemplate going to a music festival :) I was fainting and in and out of emergency at around that time.

And its not all doom and gloom on the 'fun' stuff. Im almost 4 months out and I still have a drink here and there (I may have even had one last night just because it was hot and I was sick of the taste of water! lol), but 1, maybe 2 drinks (vodka and diet coke) and Ive had enough.
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol?   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 8:33 pm

I definitely wouldn't 'test your limits'...your new tum is still very, very new and healing, treat it gently.

From what I've read on here people react very differently when they reintroduce alcohol.  Some can't drink and then eat or they vomit, others can handle a fairly good amount.  I can get tipsy now on 2 small glasses of wine.

I'd recommend giving you tum some time to adjust and heal more before adding in alcohol, just my personal opinion though.

Cheers, DayleD
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PostSubject: Alcohol?   Wed 25 Feb 2015, 1:56 pm

I am going to be 6 weeks post op in 2 weeks, and on that Saturday i am going to a music festival with all my friends. I am 20 years old and use to be quite a big drinker. I haven't told any of my friends about the surgery and also i want to drink and have a good time with my friends! But is it too soon? should i test my limits this weekend as a practice? (sounds dumb i know) I'm nervous but really want to enjoy this time with my friends, will be the first time seeing them in nearly 4 months as i was too embarrassed about my weight and hid from the public eye.
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