Instead of posting my past. I am going to write about what I have learned through this just in case it helps someone who is thinking of having the surgery or just had it. I had my RNY surgery on April 29, 2008 and it was the best thing I have EVER done for myself. Here are some things I have learned:
1) If you are thinking about having the surgery, do it! It will be such a positive change in your life.
2) It is not easy in the beginnging and I am not just talking about surgery recovery. Mentally and physically it is very draining on your body. Be prepared to be tired, sluggish, and just not yourself for a few weeks.
3) It is hard to be social in the beginning. I would not plan the surgery just before a major event such as the holidays. At some point I felt like a total outsider when I would hang out with other people who were eating and drinking. Around 3 months out, I started feeling more comfortable in social eating situations and now no one can tell a difference.
4) Don't beat yourself up in the beginning- It is really tough to do everything the doctor wants you to do....vitamins, water, food, exercise, and protein shakes. Just do your best every day to get in everything you need and eventually it will all come together.
5) If you can aford it, join a gym. Even better if the gym has a pool. The pool is the best way to do low impact exercises that are beneficial but are easier on your body. If you can't join a gym, walk as much as you can....Be happy if you can only make it to the mailbox the first day and then the neighbors house the next week....be proud of all your accomplishments.
6) Also, if you can afford it, get a trainer. Makes sure your trainer knows of your surgery and your limitations. Because of your low caloric intake, many of the workouts would be way too exerting for someone who had the surgery.
7) Get lots of support! Make friends on this OH website who have been there and can give you advice. Also, attend local support groups and make friends in the area who are going through it with you. I also decided to tell most of my close friends and family that I had the surgery. I knew I needed all the support I could get and I am very happy I did.
8) Do it! You will thank yourself later!!!