Thursday, March 31, 2011
Hi Everyone. Been such a long time since I blogged... and things have changed so much!
I had a sleeve gastrectomy done on 3/24/2011 and am just starting to feel like myself. Yes, I know some people feel weight loss surgery is extreme, but it was the right choice for me.
I am often asked what prompted me to make this decision. I sort of liken it to the "Would you rather game" we played as kids.
-Would I rather go through surgery now to get healthy now or be injecting myself with insulin every day for the rest of my life?
-Would I rather be taking multiple medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol or just be taking my vitamins, iron, and calcium supplements?
-Would I rather have to sleep with a CPAP machine the rest of my life or have the possibility of getting rid of it?
-Would I rather spend the rest of my life overweight and having my weight limit what I can do or would I rather be out living my life?
Anyways, I am a week out from surgery now and everything is just starting to sink in. My process going through to get surgery went much quicker than most. My husband also had a sleeve gastrectomy so I sort of knew what to expect. I began exploring the idea of weight loss surgery in August 2010 when my husband started his process. I spoke with my PCP who started me on weight loss medication before referring me just so he could say we tried that. I would have to be on that for 6 months before he would refer me. I was also having some problems with sleep and fatigue and my doctor ordered a sleep study (which is a prerequisite for most people for surgery) and it was found by October (had to go for a two part sleep study) that I had sleep apnea. I continued meeting with my PCP monthly and by November, I had lost 1 pound with the medication and found it actually made me hungrier. Then, they took me off of it and gave me a referral to the bariatric surgery program I wanted. In November, my husband was accepted into the weight loss surgery program and I had to attend a seminar with him. Little did I know at the time that my attendance with him would count for me too. I was accepted into the surgery program at the end of December, had my first appointment in January and when I returned to the surgeon on March 1, after getting my psych eval, an EGD, lots of lab work, meeting with the nutritionist twice and PT once, I was scheduled for surgery. He had a cancellation for 3/24/2011... so I took it... and the rest is history. So, essentially from start of referral to finish, it was only about 5 months. I realize for most people this takes much longer. It took my husband 9 months for the same thing.
And, just a word to anybody who thinks this is the easy way out, it is not. Most bariatric surgery programs have lots of criteria to meet and strict diets to follow before and after. It is quite a commitment. My husband was at an appointment where he could hear someone being yelled at for not reading the diet book that was required prior to the appointment... and he believes that the person was discharged from the program that day.
Anyways, I send the best to you all! Have a great day!