Category Archives: Living With Gastric Bypass

How life is different after weight loss surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery and Suicide

Did you know that there is a higher suicide rate about 2-3 years after weight loss surgery? I saw a news story on it recently and really liked what it had to say.

Unfortunately, too many people think that bariatric surgery is going to solve all their problems. If I were only skinny, we think, my entire life would be different. Continue reading

Emergency Day 5: Back To Basics

I feel almost as if I’ve just had my gastric bypass.

Last night I had shrimp and broccoli from my local Chinese restaurant. I ate slowly – mostly just the shrimp. And it wasn’t near as much as I have been able to eat recently.

But my pouch has definitely regained some of it’s post-op tightness. Because just like used to happen, those last couple bites too many came right back up.

So tonight as I ate the grilled chicken out of my salad at the local Mexican restaurant (who has time to cook any more??) I paid better attention and stopped as soon as I got the tight tummy feeling. And again, it was MUCH sooner than it’s been being.

WOW. The 5 Day Pouch Test has worked wonders! And the best news of all? Continue reading

Emergency Day 4: It’s Working

The 5 Day Pouch Test is working. But it still isn’t easy or fun.

Yesterday was day 3. Soft protein like scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, canned tuna or salmon. Pretty much the only thing on that list that I like was the eggs.

I had a quiche at my favorite coffee shop (didn’t eat the crust), then some cottage cheese in the afternoon (ick), snacked on SF pudding cups in between (you can never have too much chocolate) and had a ham, mushroom and cheese omlette for dinner.

It feels like I am definitely regaining control. And the good news is that the scale is still cooperating: 152 this morning. The bad news, however, is that I still feel like crap. Continue reading

Emergency Day 3

Well, on Day 3 of my 5 Day Pouch Test,  it’s getting easier.

Yesterday was still tough. No solid food. By the end of the day I was tired and had a headache. I had drama practice in the evening and I could tell my brain wasn’t really in it.

Today I’m up to scrambled eggs and cottage cheeses and stuff. So I decided to get out of Dodge. My favorite coffee shop has quiches that are really good. I guess that counts as scrambled eggs if I don’t eat the crust right? I hope so cuz that’s what I did.

I hung out there for several hours, sort of working. My brain still isn’t all there I don’t think. I’m back home now and I feel kind of light headed still, tired and woozy. I did have some cottage cheese and a pudding cup when I got here.

I can definitely tell a difference tho in my hunger level and what I can eat. It took very little cottage cheese till I felt somewhat full – of course I don’t really like cottage cheese either. I waited a few before the pudding cup. For dinner I’m going to make an omlette… ham and cheese and mushrooms.

So far the Pouch Test seems to be having the desired effect – I’m not craving carbs and like I said don’t feel as hungry. I remember getting to the place after gastric bypass surgery where hunger just wasnt’ an emergency any more like it had been before. Continue reading

Emergency, Day 2

Wow yesterday was tough.

It was Day 1 of my 5 Day Pouch Test. I was crabby and hungry. I ate a LOT of sugar free pudding and cream of chicken soup. I had 2 protein shakes. I think I definitely got my protein quota in for the day. I drank Fuze’s.. not exactly the water that’s called for. I did drink a couple bottles of that too. Fuze is low carb tho.

But I think I’m having carb withdrawals. My head hurts, I’m dizzy. My stomach is seriously upset… I guess part of that is cleansing my system. Continue reading

Maintaining Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass

Still Lookin GoodWell, I’m closing in on the third anniversary of my gastric bypass surgery. And I have to say I am very proud of myself. As of this morning, I weighed 145 pounds. Which is what I weighed six months ago. Which is what I want to continue to weigh until I can have the plastic surgery I want (cutting off the excess skin should be a good 5-10 pound loss I’m thinking).

I was told originally that between the second and third anniversary is when most people tend to gain a bit of weight back. And that thought petrified me. I  have been through entirely too much (including almost dying) to let that happen to me.

So how have I managed to keep the weight off? Continue reading

New Year, Same New And Improved Me

me-dec-09Well, once again, it’s been a while.

Sorry for that. When I started this blog I was working from home as a freelance writer. That business kinda dried up in the bad economy, and so in July I started a new job. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Surgery: Pros and Cons

wls-pros-and-consI found the following story by a local TV station in Tulsa, OK. I thought it was more balanced than most, so I wanted to share it here.

They mention the incredible benefits of weight loss surgery, and then spend a good bit of the segment with a man who’s had some significant problems as a result.

The man’s name is Micah, and he admits that the problems he has are partially his fault. He forgets to eat, and I am guessing he’s not been super faithful with his vitamins. He’s had spells where he feels drunk and has even passed out a few times. Continue reading

Redefining Yourself After Weight Loss Surgery

Successful female dielWeight loss surgery changes more than just your appearance and your eating habits. No matter where you are in the process, you probably already have a basic knowledge of this fact.

But it’s hard to overstate the mental impact losing so much weight so quickly has on you. Once you get to the other side of the roller coaster ride, and realize that you’ve reached your goal, you still have to process who this new person you see in the mirror really is. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Surgery Complication Pt. 7: The Road To Recovery

It’s now been just over 3 weeks since the intense abdominal pain sent me to the ER in the middle of the night and my gastric bypass surgery complication saga began.

Since then, a case of badly twisted bowels turned into a nasty infection in my incision site. At first I had daily visits from a home health care agency to change what was a “wet to dry” dressing. That basically consisted of gauze stuffed into my open wound with bandages taped over my stomach to hold it all in.

The trauma of seeing my stomach laid open gave me panic attacks every time my dressing was changed. One week ago I was put on a wound vac, which keeps my wound taped up much more securely, drains the fluids that collect in it, and only needs to be changed three times a week. It hurts worse to change this, but it is making my wound heal much faster. Plus I feel much more secure between changes.

All in all, things are getting better. Continue reading