I’ve decided to share Beth’s WLS story with you. I’ve followed Beth’s blog for quite some time and since I’ve been posting some of my more negative health problems, post weight loss surgery.. I thought I should answer this question, for you, my reader’s, too.
This is the first of two videos in this brutally honest post. Please click and listen to her own reply to some of the trouble it seemed to stir.
I firmly believe in “YMMV”, Your Mileage May Vary, when it comes to any type of procedure, diet plan, or health change..
I appreciate Beth’s brutal honesty. I stopped going to local support groups, after my surgery, because the upcoming candidates for surgery scared the crap out of me.
This is the hardest thing that I’ve ever done.
I can’t understand anyone under 300 pounds having this surgery.
I can’t understand anyone who does not have weight related co-morbidities jumping on the wls wagon.
I just can’t support that. “Being Fat” is simply not enough reason to have surgery.
If you psychologically can’t handle being fat, you psychologically can’t handle this surgery.
My advise to anyone asking me if they should have gastric bypass surgery, is that they have to be willing to die. They have to be so ill, so disabled, so incapable of normal everyday life, that they are willing to die to take this option… to walk this road.
This surgery is not the road well taken.
This surgery is not the easy way out.
This surgery is not the cure-all pill.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is a long hellish road to recovery, if you are too ill to continue living. It is a tool to help you change who you are and what you have become.
It is the hardest thing I will ever do on this planet.
It is harder than childbirth.
To share a little more of my personal battle, I had many co-morbidities related to my 350 pounds.
I had high blood pressure. I was taking more than one prescription for hypertension because one worked out the side-effects of the other.
I had GERD – Acid Reflux Disease. I would wake up vomiting.
I had Medically diagnosed predisposition to Type II diabetes. I tested positive for the diabetes gene.
I had high cholesterol, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and many more health problems that were only getting worse.
I took hundreds of prescription pills each week. HUNDREDS.
I was completely disabled. I had disabled handicapped parking permits. I could barely walk and was told by my podiatrist to NOT walk for exercise. I was bedridden.
and I was 34 years old.
All of this is a far cry from the fact that today I have anemia. I have always been anemic. I have a blood trait that is essentially inherited anemia.
I have to look at me, today, and say I’m living again. I can get out of bed. I can walk from any parking space into any store.
My only prescription medications are for allergies and antibiotics.
My hair has stopped falling out.
I can handle some tooth decay from major narcotics that I used to live on and nutritional deficiencies that I have now, because of my weight loss surgery.
I can accept that I’ve had to have two units of stranger’s blood and that I will have IV iron infusions, regularly, for the rest of my life.
I’m paying a much smaller price than Beth is for decisions that we’ve made in this life.
The point is, though.. Your Mileage May Vary.. and it will.
My hell of today is much better than my hell of yesterday.
So, with all of this said.. YES, I’d have Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass again. It has given me back my life.
Thank you, so much, Beth, for your honesty. It is all the fake that is making it so scary for those that really need to know all of the truths.. to make critical life altering decisions, for themselves.
My road could have been very different. I wasn’t okay for many years following my wls surgery. I never thought my hair would stop falling out. I never thought the pain would stop. I never thought the sinus tachycardia would stop. But it did.
I am humbly thankful.