When I elected to have my gastric bypass in 2010, I was around 286 give or take. The surgery seemed like my last hope, and I was still slightly skeptical of the surgery to begin with. However, other methods of weight-loss hadn't worked for me and my health was not getting any better. I have just recently became comfortable with telling others about my choice. It seems that such a stigma is placed on people that decide to have weight-loss surgery. To my surprise more people are supportive of my choice and I have been able to help others who have had the surgery or are thinking about having the surgery.
Let me wrap it up in just a few quick sentences. First, off I do NOT regret my surgery. My surgery set me on this path of health and longevity and restored confidence in myself. For that, I am eternally happy that I made the decision that I made.
I have been so busy these past months. School and working two jobs. Not to mention my RNY status. Let me catch you up. I started off at 256 lbs, I now weigh 175 lbs! Everyone says I look so thin and it feels good. I have gotten over the guilt of having the surgery instead of doing it the old fashion way. I just wish that I could buy new clothes, I have ones that I have saved for years and I do mean years! But I am currently losing about 2-3 pounds a week and we won't even talk about the inches. So needless to say, I need a new wardrobe. I also wish I had taken more photos of the before me so that I could really see the transformation. At any rate, I am back on teh wagon and will post more often.
So, just when I think everything is going well I get an infection in one of my incisions. Iwoke up one day and it was all red and it was leaking some weird pale yellow stuff. Not to mention it was tender to the touch. I called my surgeons nurse but didn't get an answer soon enough so I called my primary doctor and made an appointment. My doctor took a look at my incision and prescribed an oral antibiotic for me. you know the kind they give you when your children are sick, it is supposed to taste good but it doesn't. This is one time I wish I could just take a pill and get it over with.
I went to my two week appointment last Friday and my doctor's nurse gave me a Medical Alert card to carry with me. It says: Roshuni Samuel has had a roux-ex Y Gastric Bypass, insert N.G. Tube with caution. With that being said, the card was not laminated and since I don't always carry my wallet with me I have decided to get a Medical Alert bracelet. Here is teh website if anyone else is interested. http://www.laurenshope.com/category/87/medical-alert-jewelry-medical-id-bracelets-for-women. There is a very large selection and the prices are reasonable.
For those of you that don't know I am currently a fulltime Culinary Arts Student. With taht being said, I have been faced with a delimia. In order to make sure that the food is seasoned properly I have to taste it, that is the easy part. The hard part was how to spit it out discretly without offending the other students or the chef. So, I sought out one of the other chefs that is a vegetarian and asked him how he approached the subject and he simply said, "Swallow or spit). He hadn't let his lifestyle choice effect his profession. That made me feel a lot better. So, now I have to walk around the lab like one of those guys that chew and carry around a spit bottlenot attractive! Of course I am going to find a way to do it discreetly and since most of my class knows my situation after todays class it should be eaiser.