Welcome to te forum! Glad you've joined us. I'll also join the 60 Club in June. I had my surgery in February 2009, and can tell you that I was prepared for a much more difficult recovery. Still, from my experience, it's better to expect the worst and find it is easier, than (as some do) think that it's an easy recovery (many if not most surgeons underestimate the recovery difficulty and time).
Here's a link to my recovery journal from the first 19 days post-op. If you haven't seen it, it might give you some insight into what you can expect.
Recovery from this surgery is much easier for those who can relax into it and go with the flow. If you can surrender to it and follow it where it takes you, you'll find things much easier. Those who struggle against it and try to rush things, find it very frustrating.
That's my only fear about having a 3 month deadline. A cruise is all about great food and eating. I really fear that the 3 month mark might be pretty tight. Sandi has been through the surgery more recently, and can probably remember better what eating was like for her at the three month mark.
I had a 4 month goal because that's when we took a vacation. I do remember that I was able to eat pretty much anything at that point.
I would hate to see you spend your first three months of recovery stressing over your progress and worrying that you might not be ready for your cruise. It really depends on how flexible you are regarding what you want to feel like on your vacation. As they say, on those weight loss commercials, "individual results vary".
I don't want you feeling that we misled you!
It's a decision only you can make. We'll be here for you, though. If you'd like any further information before you make that decision, ask away!
Again, glad you've joined us!
Post Edited (dencha) : 1/17/2012 7:51:49 PM (GMT-7)