When I started to look into bariatric surgery, it was really difficult to find anything describing the whole journey. I saw many posts on message boards and WLS pages but I couldn’t really find a step-by-step description . I wanted to know where to start, how to start, which steps I have to take and what is unnecessary.
Luckily I am not in the process myself and I can now make it much easier for other people in my situation. Of course, everyone has their own journey and procedures are different depending on your issues, your insurance coverage, where you are and what your background is.
I am pretty sure someone with serious obesity comorbidities (Wiki: the presence of one or more disorders (or diseases) in addition to a primary disease or disorder, or the effect of such additional disorders or diseases) has a very different approach than me who has more or less nothing. I am luckily healthy as a clam aside from being fat, and my most recent blood pressure was 104/72 but maybe I can still help someone get on the right path. And if not, this will be a very nice place to come back to and look back over my journey.
I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing this!
Here is another picture, which was taken last weekend. We attended the wedding of my niece Sara in Pentwater. It was a beautiful ceremony, and Chuck took this picture of me. The weather was fairly cold and gray – but it perked up for the wedding.
It was the first time that I really got to parade my new body around, wearing a dress and being so comfortable. The reception was held in a fairly small room in a restaurant – I am sure you all remember what that feels like, trying to squeeze your morbidly obese butt through rows of people. Excuse me – I’m sorry — Pardon me — May I just… and all the while going bump, boink, ding, dang, squish with every chair, every table, every person in the room. There are few things more uncomfortable than being morbidly obese in a tightly packed room — I am so very glad this is over and I am able to enjoy myself without being the fattest person in the room that always seems to be in the way of everyone and everything!
Looking at the pictures, the change in my face is not all that much, but the change in my body between the 3 month and the 7 month is just amazing!