Getting Ready to Go Under the Knife

I went to the seminar for my pending surgery, and am getting ready for my pre-op appointment on Feb. 25, at which point I’ll learn exactly when my surgery will take place. In this forum, I learned about all different types of bariatric surgeries. And most importantly, I learned how important it is for me to make this change in my life. I heard the risks that come with having weight loss surgery and, of course, saw how the changes that occur as a result can affect different people’s lives both positively and negatively.

In the end, I realized this step should be a person’s last resort. That’s how I feel about my situation. I’ve exhausted every avenue and this is my last try—my last whim. I have faith in God and I know with your support, along with prayer, I will come out just fine.

One change is that I will be having the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, versus the gastric bypass. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. In other words, after all the years of expanding my stomach and eating like there was no tomorrow, with this surgery I will be eating modified portions. I will be eating 50-100 milliliters of food at every meal, enough to make me feel full and satisfied. The difference between the bypass and the sleeve is I will not be suffering from anemia, intestinal obstruction, ulcers, mal-absorptions, or vitamin and protein deficiencies. I’m not saying this happens to everyone, but if you do not take care of yourself as you should, these are just some risks that can occur.

Right now I am just getting myself mentally, physically and emotionally ready for the surgery and my upcoming new lifestyle. I can’t lie—I’m a little scared about what this journey may have in store for me. Then I remember of all the support systems I have in place at home with my family, at work and, thankfully, with my readers. Then my fears disappear. Thank you to all of you for joining me on this hectic ride.