Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
Knowing I had been gaining weight and unable to lose any of it made me very miserable. Going on a diet, just to fail 3 months later was an even greater hardship. So much in fact that I gave up on dieting. Emotionally it was hard, because I felt that life was passing me by, that I was just existing, trapped in my home. My family had to be so cautious, everywhere we went, they had to find places for me to sit so I could rest between steps. I was out of breath all the time, even going upstairs to bed each night was a chore and inevitably I would fall asleep in my recliner. My husband had to stop enjoying his life too, he felt that it was "no fun" if I did not join him. I felt bad that I was a burden to my family.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
Having to check out a place (restaurant, school, museum) ahead of time to see if there were places (chairs) that I could fit into. I couldn't go visit my neighbors, they all had plastic lawn chairs to sit in outside and I would either get stuck in them or break the legs, so I stopped going. I could not continue my education, as I could not fit into the seats at school and getting somebody (janitor) to help me find chairs that I could fit into was a hassle. It gave me more negative attention than I wanted to handle.
If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?
Breathing is the most enjoyable, followed by sleeping in my own bed. Climbing stairs is a real thrill, so is walking across a parking lot without getting scared I was going to die. Sitting on a chair and getting up on my own is pretty exciting. Being able to paint my own toenails was amazing, seeing my feet for the first time in 30 years when I looked down was a real treat. Walking hand in hand with my husband is exciting again! Participating in life and doing what I want is the best thing that could have happened to me in my older years.
UPDATE 2-9-2012: It has been 10 years since i had the surgery-- I have gained 70 pounds back-- some health issues developed that may or may not be related to the malabsorbtion: neuropathy in both feet, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, had my thyroid removed (precancerous). Minimal activity tolerated, had to cut back on work hours, more tired then usual. Overall feeling of being unwell. So, I have changed my eating the past three weeks- on a whole foods diet, no sweets or carbs, overall trying to purge my body of toxins. I have a call into my surgeon to see about a revision-recently heard she doesn't do them anymore as they may be too risky..So, hoping to get some advice on how to reclaim my life again.