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Hi, my name as you well know is Ana. I'm from Caracas, Venezuela. I'm 26 years old and here is my story.
Ever since I was a kid, I can remember myself being chubby (even though there were some periods were I was even slim...) It was very hard going through high school, all my friends were not chubby, so I was always left behind in many things...
As from college, I got slim for a while like for three years.... and I considered myself very pretty. But after 2003 I started gaining weight again... I became bigger and bigger, until recently when I reached my highest (231lbs)
So, all along those years my family (and even my self) became really worried about myself, I couldn't do things the way I used to... and even got extremely tired walking short distances. So my dad recommended a surgeon (who happens to be an excollegue's husband, so he was very close to him). I decided to go, since I thought I had nothing to lose...
On October 9Th I had my first appointment. It went great... I really like what he had to say, and of course the procedure he was recommending... I started convincing my parents (who paid for the operation) and so I got a second appointment to let them talk to him and familiarize with the topic.
I got a date for November 13Th, which was rescheduled two times, one for November 11Th, and then back again to the 13Th. That was really annoying since I had to start earlier my liquid diet.... well anyway... Along came November 13Th and I went to the hospital.
The administrative processes I had to do as soon as I arrived we, strangely, very fast and diligent... So I went up to the O.R. at 7.45 a.m (just 15 min after surgery was scheduled)... I fell asleep very fast... and the next thing I remember was waking up to this horrible, excruciating pain.... I've never felt anything like it before... It was actually the first time in my life were I started screaming really loud.... almost crying 'cause I couldn't even breath 'cause of the pain...Well, after a while I realized they were moving from the operating table to the gurney.... that was pretty awful... and then after like 4 hours in recovery they took me to my room, where I could finally see my family... But then again, they had to move me from the gurney to the bed..... so the pain started again. I screamed so loud the my family (who were outside) thought that the medical staff was seriously hurting me on purpose. That night I didn´t even move... I was half awake, but I decided it was best to stay in the same position, not to feel that pain again....
The morning came and I spent most of the day not doing anything... They made me stood up... but I hated it... I hat a terrible stab of pain from my stomach all the way up to my left shoulder... so I moved as little as possible... When it was bed time, the most unexpected horrible thing happened... I started vomiting.... but a lot... I spent from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m at it.... The worse part it was that the ting I was throwing up was dark, kind of reddish... So I started remembering all the things I had watch on t.v. about what happened in those situations.... I panicked (along with my dad who was staying with me that night)....
Two hours later the doctor came.... he said it was kind of normal for that to happen... it was digested blood... so I could rest my mind.... but it didn't stop until next morning when i woke up and threw up a couple more times....
Well, let me tell you I really wasn´t prepared for that.... If it weren't for those two days I would say it was the most normal, and peaceful procedure I've seen. But I'll keep you updated later when I have some results...
In case you are wondering the procedure is called Digestive adaptation and you can learn about it here: http://www.einstein.br/biblioteca/artigos/digestive%20adaptation%20original.pdf or here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/238g4555574m3157/fulltext.pdf and here: http://www.scielo.br/pdf/spmj/v124n4/32067.pdf