6 Week Update

Jan 19, 2010

Today has been 6 weeks since my weight loss surgery.  I have now lost 39 lbs since surgery, but I have lost a total of 50 lbs from my start of this journey.  50 lbs wow, I am finally starting to feel good about the lost weight. 

Saw my surgeon for my 6 week check up yesterday.  I swear he has a 30 second timer he sets before he walks in the room to look at your chart, ask what's up and sign a paper and breeze out.  He acts like I am bugging him if I ask a question.  I actually have been having this nausea issue for the last 2 weeks.  It starts the minute I wake up and take a sip of water and lasts until the last sip of water before bed.  He said this was normal, it will last 2-3 months. I asked for some type of anti-nausea medication, he said NO!  I also finished my prevacid (on only for one month)- I asked for a refill, he said NO! "my patients are on it for one month after surgery" he said.  WTF?  What is his deal?  I am obviously having some type of gastrointestinal distress and he could care less, suffer through it he says.  Ummmm, no, I don't think so.  I  called PCP today and hopefully she will take care of me.  

I am very grateful that my surgeon took my insurance, not many do.  But I should not be treated like an assembly line toy in return.  I can't ask questions, he makes no comments, there is really no follow up or advice being given.  He says less than 10 words when he comes into the room.  I drive 3 hours to see him and all I get is 10 words.  I am not kidding-he is in and out in under 60 seconds.  Lots of people say,"oh but he is such a great surgeon, he really gets the job done, I'd rather have a competent surgeon, than a talking BSer,".  Ok I get it, but come on.  A good surgeon is just not a skilled surgeon, a good surgeon also cares about his patients and at least takes the time to ask and answer questions. Ok ranting done!

I am doing fairly well besides the nausea.  It is so bad sometimes I do not want to drink or eat anything.  But I know that is not an option.  I am still trying to get all of my protein in.  I finally have been advanced to stage 1 of solid foods now.  I can have cold cereal with milk, diced peaches, cheese, peanut butter, crackers, melba toast and lunch meat.  

Do I regret having the surgery? Not really.  I am thrilled with the surgery? Not exactly yet.  It was a hard struggle the first 5 weeks.  Let me clarify, the surgery itself was not all that painful-the physical recovery got better every single day.  It take 3-4 weeks before I really felt ok physically.  The worst part of this process, the food.  Not being able to eat, eating to fast or not chewing enough, the nausea, the change in my taste buds and the pouch over mind battle....lol  I know everything will be much better a month from now and even better 3 months from now.  It just takes time and patience. 

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