My life now consists of (mostly) liquids

As my surgery is less than two weeks away, my doctor has put me on a special pre-op diet to shrink the size of my liver. Since the liver sits near the stomach, and this will be a laparoscopic procedure, making the liver as small as possible makes it easier for the surgeon to perform the operation. You don’t want an errant organ in the way when you’re chopping into someone’s innards.

The diet is very simple. I have to drink four protein shakes a day, using a special medical-grade protein from a company called Unjury (Footnote 1). Each scoop of protein is mixed into 8 ounces of 1 percent milk, which means I’m now drinking 32 ounces of milk each day. My stomach didn’t respond well to this at first.

In addition to this, I can have six items from the following list:

  • Dannon Light & Fit yogurt or a similar kind of yogurt
  • One serving of sugar-free Jell-o
  • One serving of sugar-free Jell-o Pudding
  • A half a cup of oatmeal, made without sugar
  • A serving of unsweetened applesauce
  • A cup of raw vegetables, such as carrots and celery

Fruit is not allowed on the diet, which is sad because I have recently gotten into the habit of eating an apple a day. I had slowly become accustomed to the texture of Greek yogurt, but that’s not on the diet. And my favorite kind of yogurt, Icelandic-style Skyr, is not allowed even though it’s incredibly healthy for you.

The dieting has been very challenging, and I’d be lying if I told you I’m not craving a hamburger. Still, this is what I need to make sure the operation goes smoothly, and it’s good practice for the kinds of foods I’ll be eating for several weeks after the surgery.

I’m happy to have raw vegetables on the list, as at least it’s something crunchy. Once the operation is complete, I won’t be having anything but soft foods for quite a long time.

1. I’m not sure it’s wise for a company in the medical field to have a name that is one letter off from “injury.”

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