One month post-op

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Hello again.

It’s been a while since I posted anything of consequence. If you’re subscribed to my RSS feed, you may have noticed a few new short posts were added. In my absence here, I published a few entries on a wordpress.com site. From now on, I plan to keep everything in one central location.

So where have I been? Tomorrow marks exactly one month since I had gastric bypass surgery. I’m happy I went through with it, but I’ve got a very long road ahead of me.

I started my journey at my highest weight ever: 532 lbs. Over the course of six months I attended support group meetings, met with a nutritionist, and met with my primary care physician as I participated in a medically supervised diet. After six months, I lost around 20 pounds. Truth be told, I probably lost the same 20 pounds several times.

On March 11th, I weighed in at 519 lbs. My BMI was at exactly 60% putting me into high risk territory for blood clots in my legs. My surgeon advised me to try to lose more, and I did.

By 3/11 I was down to 511 lbs. Since then I’ve lost 42 pounds. Overall I’ve lost 57 pounds, but this is just the beginning. With gastric bypass, patients can expect to lose 60-80% of their excess weight. For me, this could potentially put me around 250-300lbs after the first year.

Getting smaller, getting healthier means the world to me. I’ve struggled with every diet I’ve ever been on. This is the first time I can honestly say I don’t feel hungry. I don’t feel like a slave to food anymore. I want to be around for my wife and for my son. I want to be around for Emily, the daughter Kim and I are expecting in the next couple of weeks. I want to be around for my friends and family. Some may view the decision to have this type of surgery as taking the easy way out. That couldn’t further from the truth.

I can only eat a fraction of what I used to. I have to thoroughly chew my food to a mush-like consistency so my body can absorb it better. If I eat too much or too fast, I can make myself sick. If I eat or drink something with too much sugar in it, I can trigger something called “dumping”. I have to take quite a few vitamins daily to make up for my malabsorption. I must have at least 60g of protein daily.

It’s not easy. Slacking on any of these things could get me incredibly sick. Sticking with the plan is worth it. I’m worth it.

4 thoughts on “One month post-op

  1. Way to go on making the decision to save your life. It gets on my nerves a bit when I’m told that wls is the easy way out. I call shenanigans on that (where’s my broom?)! Over on the OH forum someone said that her response is, “It wasn’t the easy way out, it was the only way out.”

    • I was scared too. Hell, it wouldn’t be normal unless there was some fear in pursuing this kind of surgery. It’s a fairly common procedure but they’re still putting you under and altering your insides. It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself. I’m now 150lbs lighter and my quality of life is significantly better than it was a year ago. I won’t lie, some people have issues with the surgery… Nutrition is important, but if eating is tied to emotional issues, therapy might be a good idea too. I’ll keep your FIL in my thoughts. You may also suggest he check out http://obesityhelp.com. They have folks from New Zealand (assuming that’s where he lives), that could speak more directly to what he might expect from local surgeons who perform the procedure.

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