In last weeks Wellness Wednesday brought to you by Medical Center Hospital, I had my sleeve surgery. Who knew a shot glass and a baby spoon would become my best friend!

I stayed in the hospital three days to make sure there were no complications and I had no nausea. As you know, I felt great! I never had any complications and never even felt like I had, had surgery. But eating and drinking was completely different.

After surgery, I could only have broth, jello, and water. It was weird to not feel hungry. I had to relearn how to drink and eat. One major goal is to make sure you get plenty of water, but drinking is not like it used to be. I had to learn how to make myself sip not drink. I was given a shot glass to learn to sip from. My goal was to drink one shot glass every 15 minutes.

To a normal person that doesn't sound like anything, but its a lot harder than one might think. The size of my bites had to drastically change. I have learn to eat with a baby spoon. Taking a bit that is too big or a drink that is too big is painful, especially at first it was!

At first, if my bite of jello was too big, I could feel it get stuck and work it's way down. That was weird to me. Before I would be eating so fast I would just chew and swallow and no big deal, no matter the size of the bite.  Everything is much slower and smaller these days.

I still feel like this is the best thing I have ever done! It has been the most amazing gift I have been given. I will never be able to say thank you enough to Dr. Davenport, his staff, and Medical Center Hospital.

At my first post-op appointment I was down a total of 30lbs since I had begun seeing Dr. Davenport!

Gwen