Somehow this blog post got deleted a few months ago… so briefly…
In November 2014 I had gastric bypass surgery. From almost the moment after surgery I experienced major complications. I was diagnosed with an ulcer at one of my new connection sites. I was put on medication for the ulcer and repeatedly went back to Dr Dumbass (my surgeon) and every time he would just dismiss me with more meds and out the door I’d go. I ended up in the ICU 3 different times… I had extremely low electrolytes and my heart rate was all over the place. I had many EGD’s done (endoscopy) and each time the ulcer was detected but nothing ever seemed to get rid of it.
This went on for 3 years until Dr Dumbass made the comment for me to go to Mayo… so I did!
During this 3 years before going to Mayo, I was in constant pain… I had a feeding tube at one point…. what was supposed to be life changing and super exciting quickly became a nightmare!
All the preparation we have to go thru before surgery, no one prepares us for the things that can go terribly wrong.
Why did I decide to have gastric after the lap band was such a fail?
Because my weight was out of control! I had an awful addiction to food, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t beat it. I was literally hungry ALL the time! No matter how much I ate, it was never enough. I was in a very bad place. In November of 2013 I went to see my ortho dr for my knees. My knees were killing me! I could barely walk! After x rays it showed that both of my knees were bone to bone with bone spurs! The Dr looked at me and as nice as he could put it said, “you have to lose weight, there is nothing I can do for you now” I thought to myself, “well no shit I need to lose weight, your not telling me anything I don’t know”! I felt a huge lump in my throat and I fought back the tears. All I wanted to do was run (or in my case waddle) out of there as fast as I could! I got to my car and cried. I knew he was right as mad and humiliated as I was right then and there I knew I had to do something.
So I came home and called my insurance company, I was advised as of Jan 2014 if you worked for the state they would pay a portion of bariatric surgery. There would also just like with the lap band be all the same hurdles to jump through. But I was so excited, I didn’t care!
Come Jan I had to have a letter from my primary dr stating that he thought I was a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery. Then I had to meet with him for 6 months, I had a mandatory seminar to attend, plus many other hurdles.
Nov 21 2014 I had the surgery! My whole family went with me to support me and was there waiting for me after I got out of surgery. The first night was a rough one. I ended up stop breathing and sounding all the alarms off! The next day I had to have a blood transfusion as I lost a lot of blood during surgery. The complications followed me after I was released. Not the outcome I was wishing for.
One big thing I didn’t research after surgery was how I would feel… I weighed 489 going in and coming out I weighed just a little less… but one thing I was expecting was carrying all that weight around after. I was completely depleted on nutrients and food. So I was very weak. Even taking a shower or walking to the bathroom was extremely tasking. My mom even had to buy me a shower chair and a walker. I thought I’d be off work only 2 weeks and it ended up being 8 weeks plus many more missed days due to being in the hospital afterwards for 3 years.
I am asked quiet frequently if I would recommend surgery and my answer is NO! If I had known then what I know now and how high some risks are I never would of done it period! Yes, I’ve lost a lot of weight but I have paid the price for it… literally! I wish I would of got more education on the surgery and how to live a healthier lifestyle before I went through all this! Food addiction is a disease just like any other addiction… and just because I’ve had the surgery doesn’t mean I’m not hungry or make the “right” choices in food. Knowledge is power!! There is NO such thing as willpower nor is it just as easy as pushing yourself away from the food. It’s about choices and learning how to control those impulses and cravings. Nothing about weight loss or weight loss surgery is easy and if you think it is… walk in those shoes!
Now this takes us to the surgery #3…. not a surgery I wanted but had to have to save my life! Read that blog post…