2 years post surgery. Life's good! on January 31, 2010 3:03 pm
Well, here I sit, 2 years after going through one Hell of a surgical procedure that changed my life so much for the better.
Don't fool yourself, weight loss surgery certainly won't cure all of your problems, but it can remove so much negativity and disability from your life. One of the biggest changes for me is that before my surgery, I thought about my weight every second of every day. No exaggeration. That was remarkably draining. I would wake in the middle of the night thinking about it. Now I NEVER think about it....EVER. It has been such a load off not only my body, but even more so off of my mind. Like everyone, I still have worries and troubles, but I don't ever have to worry about my weight. Like Forrest Gump said, "One less thing!" Not having to worry about my weight and my health makes every other worry that life may bring my way that much easier to deal with.
I'm pretty busy with this new life! I went back to school and have just started a new career. I have energy to burn! I have no issues with eating or pain or any of the so-called "bathroom issues" that are rumoured to plague people who have the the duodenal switch. No problems at all! I take all of my vitamins religiously, and it is no inconvenience and no great expense to do so. I don't always get all the the protein that I should, but I do fairly well in that department the majority of the time, and all of my blood work comes back great, so I have no worries there. I get protein first, and then I eat literally WHAT EVER I WANT!
I share clothes with my teenage daughters, which delights me to no end! Much to my surprise, they seem to get a pretty big kick out of that as well! I never expected, wanted, or planned to be this thin, but it's all good! My doctor says my weight is just fine where it is, and I feel pretty darn fantastic, so I'll just enjoy it!
To any newbies who may be reading this, WLS is no ride in the park. It's a huge, life changing, and frequently frightening decision. For me, it was very much worth it.
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