Tag Archive: gastric bypass

Jan 24

Weight-Loss Surgery Victories – Best When Shared

I savored many victories as I lost weight and my body shrank after surgery.  Victories such as fitting into the back seat of a car, flying comfortably in a center airplane seat, or shopping at a regular store rather than the big-and-tall outlet.  Most who have faced the battle of being a large person in …

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Dec 04

Facts About Weight Loss Surgery – Safety and Risks

There are risks with any surgery. You’ve heard doctors say that time and time again. But, how safe or risky is weight loss surgery? We researched the facts for you. We turned to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS). The sources ADMBS used for this fact sheet are available through ASMBS. Review the references/sources for this fact …

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Nov 18

Fear of Flying: Traveling After Weight-Loss Surgery

I’m eight weeks post weight-loss surgery. I still struggle during my regular daily routine to get my vitamins, protein and water (VPW) down, on time and in the correct amounts. So, this trip (yes, I’m stuck at the airport right now, as we speak), caused me some consternation. Lots of restaurant meals, airplanes, getting stuck …

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Oct 19

Know the Facts About Obesity in America

  Learning the facts about obesity in America, helps us to understand what obesity is and means to each of us. The following fact sheet, “Obesity in America,” is provided by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS). The red numbers listed in chronological order are the references to the sources of the …

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Oct 14

Don’t Get Sucker Punched by Weight Loss Surgery – Research & Ask Questions

Don’t Get Blindsided by Gastric Bypass Surgery

“You’ll be out of the hospital in two days.”
“You can do this.”
“You’ll be so happy with you decision.”

I was out in a week.
I’m not sure I can. I’ve had such a tough time.
I’ve said this was the worst decision I’ve ever made more times than anyone wants to know.

I wasn’t misled by my medical team. I didn’t do enough research or ask enough questions. And, for a person who researches and asks questions for a living, I have to wonder what others might go through.

I thought I was totally prepared for this surgery and this journey.

I was not. I’m not sure I am now.

The cliche misery loves company, needs to be altered in the case of weight loss surgery. Misery needs affirmation.

Yesterday, I was overwhelmed. Keeping up my liquid and protein was impossible. Nothing was working for me. I didn’t know what I needed to do — stay hydrated or focus on liquids.

I went to Google for exactly the same reason I started this blog. I needed to hear from others.

I landed on a story of a woman who was explaining my struggles as if she were me. I was so relieved. The stress I was feeling thinking I was failing, when others were succeeding melted away. My deep concern that I could not do this was eliminated when I read the responses to the gal’s post from others who cheered her on and told her she would make it.

But, the nagging issue with me was, I was unprepared for what I’m experiencing. I wish my team would have better prepared me for the struggle.

However, I wonder if they had painted the picture of what might be if I would have decided to go forward with the surgery.

I’m still now wholly convinced I made the right decision, but there’s no turning back now. This is my reality, so I will focus on the encouragement of those others living this reality.

Hang tough. We’ll make it through.

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