Hello everyone! I have been off the site for about six weeks due to the fact that I had surgery. More specifically, I had weight loss surgery.
Bariatric surgery is not just done on morbidly obese (the people you see on television that weigh more than 500 pounds). I came to find out that being obese and what they show you on tv is truly distorted. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some that are well over 350 pounds or more. I chose to do something before I got to that point. I got tired of going into the doctor for a check up and the first thing they come out with is that your BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 40 and you are considered morbidly obese. No matter what I tried on my own it was good at first but then it was either too expensive to keep it up or I just did not have the time to keep running back and forth to the gym. At my age, I really had to consider what I wanted for the rest of my life. I could not see myself walking with a cane and huffing and puffing just climbing a small set of stairs. I really wanted to get back to dancing, the one thing in my life I truly missed. I really wanted to be able to run around with my kids and future grandchildren.
It was a year’s worth of work (classes, tests, sleep study and nutrition)to get to the point of being approved for surgery. Every doctor is different but you become really good friends with the nutritionist along the way. So many things that you must go thru and pass and have done before you event go forward for surgery approval. You get used to vitamins daily and eventually you are preparing for a straight liquid diet leading up to surgery. This is where you must do everything that the doctor and the team tells you or the surgery is for nothing. Getting the surgery done was easy, it was what happens afterward that is where the real work begins. I had no complications until after my discharge on day 3. I could not keep anything down. I was back in the hospital for the next week and ended up with a picc line and getting fed thru a tube for the next few weeks.
I truly have a different outlook on food now. My taste buds are completely different and I do not miss sugar at all! I am being reintroduced to food a little at a time and and able to make better decisions. Even if I have to look at the carbs an sugar content on everything that I buy now! I get full so fast that I have to really watch what I eat. I really am glad that I made this decision. My body has changed drastically and I am looking forward to reaching my goal. This may not be for everyone but if you choose to do it, make sure it is for you. Do your research and follow the guidelines and it will work for you.
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