Bariatric Post #2
I am settling in to my decision to have bariatric surgery. This has been a process and I believe not one to be taken lightly. At first I was irritated at the 6 month process of getting ready and jumping through hoops
face the indignation over "you must join this gym to be seen by this physician" [as though I have never been to the gym before.....erg.]
reflect on the patients I have cared for in the hospital and the complications I have seen and the memory of the tragedies shown on "news" programs [these are pretty awful and what led gene to say...no I don't want you to do that]
speak to friend who has had the surgery...Tell me the nitty gritty, admit I am considering it [What? her experience is different from what I have heard?...yay!]
facing my weight and allowing someone else to witness it 3 months in a row [....ug.]
Endocrinologist...what do you think?...."You would be an excellent candidate." [Hmmmmm]
travel 3 hours to visit the surgeon [so kind...all staff...of course this can be for you.]
visit a psychologist [am I sane....apparently so.]
refacing the medical nutritionist department that was NO help previously [still fighting to do it my way]
revisit surgeon with 10 specific questions "good you are doing your homework....ask away!" [Thank -you]
3 hours, 2.5 hours 2 hours bariatric nutrition class work [listening listening listening]
Meet with Bariatric Nutritionist [new way of thinking for some reason this gave more hope than any other visit]
FINALLY have the heart change to completely alter the way I currently eat
begin sipping and never with food
begin mini-meals every 4 hours on the clock
begin research on vitamins
taste the protein drink [you would not believe the dread associated with this one]
decide to be outspoken or keep it just to myself........decision to share to have support without worry from friends...to find that everywhere I told other bariatric patients were but I never knew it. Hope to make this a more real experience in case someone else wants to know. If they ask I will tell!
So here I am 2 weeks pre-op. Still working on my thinking process and now having difficulty with my blood sugars...going too low! Might have to reduce my dosage of insulin even pre-op..... That would be a good thing!
It Looks like a Bible Lesson and I am off to find it! ....later gator!