What is your why for having surgery?
- I have a blood clotting disorder and being over weight increases my chances of getting a blood clot.
- To look down and see my toes, not a huge gut when standing.
- Be comfortable looking in a full length mirror.
- Eat new foods and get away from "comfort" food.
1) My health. No, my life. I was carrying 1/4 ton extra, so I could see a near future that was right around the corner where I would not be able to move and things would start going wrong until one of them got me;
2) I also have a blood clotting issue. My blood clots and the clots continue sucking blood out. This has killed me once and almost killed me once; I didn't know about it when I had the RNY. If I had, I would have probably done it anyhow.
3) I wanted to do stuff. People looked at me crazy when I said I wanted to run a marathon. Post-op I ended up running 5;
4) I wanted to give my wife a more active husband;
5) I wanted to do "stuff" better with my wife;
The thing is that it turned out I didn't have a great grasp on what I wanted after I lost weight. The things I thought I wanted pale compared to the things I got.
One activity I did pre-op was a 50 things I wanted to do after surgery. I accomplished weight goals I never even believed possible, did many of my 50 things and skipped a couple others.
I'm surprised how self assured I've become, and I was no shrinking violet before. Part of me is still fat, but not a big part any more.
on 10/16/20 4:30 pm
It is simple for me. I want to LIVE.
The director of my surgical center always asks this question of a new patient. She always tells about one guy who said he wanted to look down and see his dick. He said he was so fat that he had not been able to do that in years.
Real life begins where your comfort zone ends