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Gastric sleeve surgery

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I'm trying to think of the best way to tell my nurse manager and my co workers at the hospital about my surgery. My nurse manager knows I'm having surgery but she doesn't know what I'm having done. I don't really want to deal with negative reactions but I think it would be impossible to keep this a secret. I have worked at the hospital for 23 years and almost everyone knows me. The bariatric surgery department just started at Mercy and I will be the first one done there. My hospital stay will be in a different unit but on the same floor where I work. I feel good about my decision to pursue better health but I just don't know how to tell them. Some of them are my size or bigger and may think I'm not big enough. I did start out with a BMI of 40 its 38 now and I have several health problems. I have CHF-congestive heart failure, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and arthritis. I get back injections twice a year to deaden nerves in my back so I can be comfortable enough to work. I'm looking forward to this chance to be healthy. I told my family that this surgery will add years to my life and life to my years. Any advice about telling the people I work with? I'm not as worried about telling the people at my 2nd job, because they are not as important to me and what they think wont bother me as much.
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    I hope no one is negative.You are doing the right thing. I understand your apprehension,. I'll be thinking of you.
    2035 days ago
    I would tell them exactly what you told us if they seem to doubt your decision. Besides, it really is none of their business and they should not be judgmental. I don't think they will be. Maybe some of them are thinking about having it done! As far as them finding out, info about your stay is not supposed to go beyond those directly caring for you, so they'd better be careful. And always remember - it doesn't matter what they think! YOU know what you need more than anyone else, and that's what matters. Here's to a good recovery!

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    2073 days ago
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    I would have no fear of telling them that you are taking your health issues seriously. This is a personal decision, and where I worked last, they had even wrote me up in the health newsletter about the success I had. If they are healthcare professionals, they should understand and be supportive. If not, they aren't the kind of people I would want taking care of me. There is nothing to be ashamed of having this surgery. The benefitswill be self evident in short time.
    2074 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Your own words sunned it up best the surgery will add years to your life and life to your years! This is your decision, if you are happy the people that matter will be happy for you.

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    2074 days ago
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    2074 days ago
    I understand so well! Before the surgery, I told a couple of colleagues I felt could understand. I didn't say anything to the other ones because I didn't want to have to cope with negative reactions before the surgery. I decided to tell them afterwards, when I come back from my sick leave, feeling happy with the weight loss and so much stronger that way!!! Would it be possible for you to do the same? Or would you need to tell everyone you work with before the surgery? I understand the fact that you are having the operation in the same hospital makes things a bit more complicated.

    Also, I said that I understand it may seem like a drastic solution, but I am very worried for my health and quality of life and this is why I did it. There are very few obese people where I work, so it is a different situation. Remember Karen also that you are doing it for yourself, not to please anybody... I think when the weight will start to disappear and they see you so much healthier, they might change their mind anyway and think about having the surgery themselves!!!
    2074 days ago
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