2 years ago I waddled into the Manukau Surgery Centre to meet Kate, the nurse in charge of bariatric (weightloss) surgery. I was about 190KG, having lost about 20kg. I was approved at this time to have the surgery on June 30 2009. I had to lose about another 10kg.
I could hardly walk, I had sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and was in constant fear of bruising or scratching my legs and getting cellulitis.
I got the surgery, had some complications, and today, 18 months or so later, I am going back for my final post surgery check up.
The difference today is instead of having sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and being in constant fear of bruising or scratching my legs and getting cellulitis, I am healthy, and fit. Instead of being hardly able to walk, permanently out of breath and having a resting heart rate of 80-90, today I am going to cycle to the clinic (about 10km 1 way), and I have a resting heart rate of 50bpm. Today I am about 110kg. I can run, jump, swim, cycle, and THEN do the housework 😛
Sure, i still have a few issues, my knees are a bit dodgy, and so is my back, but they no longer “bother me”.
The biggest issue for people having this surgery is the mental one. I’ll write another post on it in a day or so. I’ll also let you know what Kate says today 😛