Bypass?! To Knife or Not to Knife?

Weight loss surgery is a big step. But if it’s a choice between a Gastric Bypass or a Triple Heart Bypass – I’ll take the first one.

I saw this cartoon and realized there ARE always other options – tee hee hee! Bariatric surgery is far more common today than it was in the 1960’s when I only ever heard of two: Dan Blocker from Bonanza had a gastric bypass (and it killed him) and Elizabeth Taylor had her stomach stapled (and she popped them). Sigh!

I’ve had a sleeve gastrectomy. I only have a banana-shaped part of my stomach left. I’ve lost over 70 pound but have plateaued and still need to lose much more. I get full quickly but I’ve slipped backwards by “evereating” instead of overeating.

I am 58 now and have been heavy all my life, even before puberty. I think I have tried every diet ever invented and have exercised on machines, on my own and with groups but I can’t get right into boot camps, etc. I have had joint issues for the last 20 years and I still walk with a cane due to recent revision of a hip replacement. Yes, I am bionic! And I hate exercise.

I once tried to figure out how much weight I have lost over the course of my life. I’m sure it’s in the thousands of pounds – but that also means I’ve gained thousands of pounds, too. That can’t be good for anyone. I have health issues that include Type 2 diabetes (it’s in my family – nice excuse , eh?). I actually just typed “dianbetes” a definite freudian slip if I ever typed one. Popular health pundits say there is no borderline diabetes any more, you either are or aren’t. But it’s all manageable. Easier said than done.

I have had and still have abdominal hernias. I’ve had horrible surgeries to make sure the plumbing continues to work. But without a solid abdominal wall the insides want to come out. I even have a little Ripley that gets very annoying. Once in a while, food tries to cross the scar line down my middle. My weight has worn down almost all the cartilage in my body so I creak and squeak. I’m a wreck.

My Doctor is wonderful and has never yelled at me but would give me “that” look and help me to stay on track. I eventually asked her for bariatric surgery and she sent me to Dr. Amson, the foremost bariatric surgeon in the Greater Victoria Area. He is a strong advocate for weight-loss surgery as a part of live-saving weight-loss and is vehemently opposed to politicians who call it “cosmetic”. If they saw my scars before the WLS (weight loss surgery) they would never believe that weight loss was just cosmetic.

But I had to earn it. I saw him for a long time before I got the call when someone cancelled. I was tested for diabetes, sleep apnea, heart problems, thyroid issues etc. I got sent for ECGs, EEGs, x-rays, CAT Scans, nutritional counselling and the Diabetes clinic. I got weighed on every kind of scale from the $9.97 one from Walmart in my bathroom to the complicated BMI scale at Amson’s office.

I know I’m obese. I used to be morbidly obese so I am making some progress. I did retrain my eating habits so the surgery would work on me and the surgery DID work. I followed all the rules for almost a whole year then I learned I could cheat. Cheating is the road to backsliding. Maybe I shouldn’t say backsliding, it sounds a lot like exercise. I want to be voluptuous not ponderous.

So, what am I getting at? Nothing comes for free. You have to breathe, to enjoy the air. You have to liv,e to love. You have to care for life, to care for you. There are a lot of things that come to us unconditionally like: love, support, and the ability to make certain choices. And in the long run…you usually get way more back than what you put in. I’m re-examining my need for Christmas baking and candy based on what my life goals are. So, what DO I want? Health, long life so I can enjoy my children and husband. I want to be able to walk on the beach – any beach and breathe in that amazing air. I want to stomp in puddles and watch the moon come up over the ocean and set behind the mountain. I want to want to be healthy and help others as I help myself. If a knife helped me to do that I will make it worth all our whiles!

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane




~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on November 25, 2012.

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