Gastric Bypass Update

Good morning!  Today I will be updating you on my Gastric Bypass and weight, etc.  To remind you where I came from, I was referred to the Bariatric Clinic weighing in at 320 lbs.  I was about 32 years old and had just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  I could barely walk, my mood/depression was scary low, I was sleeping 16 hours per day and in general being a really shitty person and mother.

I decided to do something.  I decided I didn’t want to wait around to die.  So I asked for the referral.  It takes about 2 years from initial referral to surgery and I was almost smack dab on that timeline.  May 21, 2014 was my special day.  I went in and had the Roux-en-Y procedure.

Pre-Surgery Stats:

Highest weight – 320 lbs

Bust measurement – 58 inches

Waist measurement – 59 inches

Surgery weight – 277 lbs

It has been one year and 9 (ish) months since surgery.  My whole life has changed.  My personality is different, my energy levels are up really high and my desire to do things actually came back.  I enjoy life for the most part now.  My doctor actually said I’m starting to feel “normal” on these meds that I’m on paired with the confidence of looking like a “real person” and not a morbidly obese oddity.  I said to her at a follow-up the other day that for the most part I feel happy and satisfied with my life but sometimes when I’m stressed I get down but I don’t stay down.  Apparently that’s normal and that’s what most people feel like!  Cool! I’m almost normal!! LOL

Anyway, current stats:

Weight: 148 lbs (I tend to bounce between 143 lbs – 148 lbs for the last 3 months)

Bust measurement – 36 inches

Waist measurement – 39 inches

So I would consider myself to be stabilized, weight wise, and I have an appointment with the plastic surgeon to see about having my “bump” removed (procedure called a panniculectomy).  It should be covered by my provincial health care plan as it is quite large and problematic.  In general, that’s the only thing I’m still self-conscious about.  I’m quite certain once my panniculectomy is done I won’t need boobs or my arms/legs done.  As much as I’d love a nice pair of boobs (as opposed to these deflated pancake ones) I think I’ll be happy just looking like I have a normal stomach and won’t need anything else.

So, I’m adding a couple pictures to show what a loss of 172 lbs looks like.  It’s not pretty, but I’m hopeful my appointment in April with the surgeon will go well and soon I’ll be showing you my awesome flat tummy with no “bumps”!

 

After:

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

So a lot has been happening these past few weeks.  I came into a bit of money which, of course, meant I had to spend it.  There were only a couple things I bought that people would shake their heads at (and Sean does, repeatedly) but mostly I bought functional or needed things.  I paid off a bunch of debt – payday loans, mostly – and bought things for Sean, Zoey and the house.  I also was able to lend my sister and her husband a bit to buy a bigger car (they have a 4-seater and with their third child set to arrive in a few months they definitely need a van) which will be returned when their old one sells.

All in all I’m happy with my purchases.  My bathroom was tops on my list of things to do and it is now painted a nice off-white (called Maple Sap) with white trim and chrome/white accent pieces.  Unfortunately I learned how to install a new toilet after breaking mine (I was putting the tank back on and tightened the screws too much; apparently toilets explode – just a heads up) and it was gross and scary because I didn’t want to break the new one but eventually it was installed properly.  We had a scare with some water leakage but turns out it was the water line going in so the toilet was able to remain in place and I just tightened it and no more leaks.  My bathroom is almost complete.  Just need to install the new mirror and the new light switch/plug plates.  Oooh… the best part… I got a new shower curtain, white with cherry blossoms (I love cherry blossoms) and couldn’t leave the brown and blue carpets, no… I got bright pink carpets to match and with the new paint (it’s not a yellow brown anymore!!!!) and the beautifully bright new light fixture the room looks so sunny and inviting.  I love it.  Currently it is 4:37 AM and Sean is painting his bathroom.  I think he was jealous how awesome mine looks 🙂

Today I go get the new stereo installed in the new car.  The stereo that is currently in there is pretty decent, but broken.  It’s a six disc changer but only 2 slots work… which I guess is more than I had before but still – I want to be able to do hands free so I can be safe and this will afford me that luxury plus I want to be able to listen to music from my phone or whatnot as nowadays who even buys CD’s?  While the car is in having the stereo added Sean and I will be going for dinner at a local restaurant which is in the same plaza.  We plan on beer (for him, I don’t like beer) and possibly wings and nachos.  We need to kill a couple hours during installation and this will be fun.

Yesterday I had my top right wisdom tooth removed.  Thankfully the dentist and his assistant understood my anxiety (which was really bad for some stupid reason) and they were able to talk me through the procedure.  I’m the kind of person if I don’t know what’s happening or why or can’t see what’s being done to me I get really upset and panicky.  So they talked me through the whole thing, telling me when they were cutting gums and scraping and removing the tooth.  At least I’m not squeamish.  But today I’m in a lot of discomfort.  I won’t call it pain because it’s more sore than painful if that makes sense.  My jaw is just aching and talking, smiling or just opening my mouth is not fun.  I bet dinner tonight will be fun.  NOT.

Oh well, I guess I’ll go for now.  Will post later about personal/physical changes as my weight loss has pretty much stabilized.

Ciao!