Nov 05, 2013
I'm coming up on 11 months. I've been pretty much stalled for the last 6 weeks. Work has been stressful. I'm 7.4 pounds from my goal weight. Still determined to get there, no matter if it takes me another 11 months! I feel absolutely WONDERFUL. I never guessed I would be in a size 8 pants again. Dr. Teel at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH rocks! He was very proud of himself when he saw my 2 tiny scars on my stomach. They are barely even visable. I couldn't help but laugh at him. He is a great surgeon and I am SO happy I chose him. I don't think I could have done better in this area of our country. If anyone in Ohio or Indiana is looking for a great surgeon, I HIGHLY recommend him.
I know not everyone has had the great experience I've had. I really had no problems at all and really no pain after the recovery room to speak of. I woke up in recovery in pain. They gave me morphine and back out I went, woke up, still in pain and they gave me more morphine and back out I went. Woke up the third time and as they say, third time's a charm. The pain was in my shoulder so I assume it was the gas they fill your stomach cavity with. I was in my room about 4 hours after surgery, lacing up my tennis shoes for a walk down the hallway. I went home the next day in order to attend my father in law's funeral. I took it easy at home for a week and tried to get in my fluids and protein, which was difficult. I walked as much as I could because I read where it helped to get rid of the gas. I was tired for a couple of days but nothing I couldn't handle. I was off the pain medication within a week. Could have gone off almost right away but it helped me sleep so I could heal. All in all, if I had to do it again, I would do it in a heartbeat.
I think everyone deals with pain differently and I think not all surgeons have the same skill levels. My advice to anyone beginning this process is; look for an experienced surgeon. Follow the pre-surgery diet to a T, so you give the surgeon the best view they can get. Do everything they tell you and prepare your home for when it's over. Make sure you have support at home and have your head ready to do exactly what you've been taught to do after surgery. If you are going to go this far to lose the weight, do it right. This is a tool and NOT a permanent fix without work on your part. Go in with your eyes wide open and change your life. If you go back to the way you were before, your body will go back to the way it was before. There is no miracle here, just a great start on the road to success.
I love my new look and the way I feel. I didn't even know how bad I felt before I took this step. Good luck to everyone who takes this step and I pray you find your own happiness on your journey.