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Post Op WLS 4/30/03 Part Two (Re-post)

I decided to share more of “my story” of my weight loss surgery, because I ran into an excellent blog called “melting mama“.

Please mouse-over any terms you may not understand, as there are many links.

My WLS is called Gastric Bypass Surgery – Roux-en-Y (distal). I did not have a laparoscopic procedure. I did not have a choice with my incision, and had a full navel to sturnim incision.

My “pouch” and my stomach are completely transected (detached).

My intestines have been re-routed in a “Y” configuration, so my old stomach and my new pouch, that was created, both empty into my intestine. The distal part means that more of the intestine was bypassed, producing a greater mal-absorption factor for my weight loss.

My “pouch” was originally the size of my thumb (1 oz in capacity) and is vertical.

Since my procedure, I have had two emergencies with food that was unable to pass through my stoma (the connection out of my pouch). The first was rather remarkable and happened on my own 9/11 (2003). I was rushed, by ambulance, from a restaurant, of all places. I had not eaten too much of something. I ate the wrong something and it was stuck. It was a great learning experience for me, and helped me to know when I needed an emergency room, earlier this year, when I was on vacation, in Florida. During my procedure, earlier this year, my stoma was stretched with a balloon, so I’m still not sure if I did anything wrong or how the stoma changed to not allow food to pass.

This latter emergency that I’ve mentioned, has changed me yet again.

I no longer feel like a toddler learning how to eat again. I simply feel like a teenager that needs to eat better, again.

When I came home from Florida, last February, I was very ill. I became so ill that I stopped walking well on my own. I reached a point when I really thought that I may never walk again. I wasn’t sure what I was experiencing with weakness in my legs and a complete inability to balance myself when standing. I had resigned to the idea that I would always feel that my feet were “asleep”.

Slowly, with some great help from good friends, on the internet, I learned how to walk again. I learned to strengthen the muscles in my legs and I’m again capable of doing anything I want to do, on my own, within reason.

I say within reason, because two years ago, I was severely anemic. I did not really know I was so ill, then. I had become unable to hold the telephone or type on my keyboard. I have a blood trait that basically can be explained as “inherited anemia”. This trait keeps my red blood cells very small. I have an insufficient supply of good red blood cells to move oxygen rapidly enough to endure high elevations for long periods of time. With this blood trait and my new mal-absorption properties of my stomach, to absorb iron (as well as other nutritionally needed things), my hematocrit dropped rapidly, and I had to have several iron transfusions.

With all of this behind me now, I’m ready to focus on eating better, adding higher protein items into my diet, and generally moving on to a better me than I feel I’ve already become.

I have already overcome many of my “super obesity” “co-morbidities“, such as: hypertension (high blood pressure), hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, GERD – Acid Reflux Disease, Sinus Tachycardia (rapid regular heart beat), and many other serious complications of being super obese with a BMI (body mass index) of 59.

I will always have Degenerative Disc Disease, Asthmatic symptoms, Osteoarthritis,
Medically Documented/Tested Predisposition to Type II Diabetes (the diabetes gene or trait), and many other non life-threatening, but difficult to live-with conditions related to once being so grossly overweight.

~to be continued~

 

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