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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy holidays

She'd kill me for using the adjective lovely, but the LOVELY Dagny Kight sent me this card


I'm alive and enjoying my real life life.
After the Newton tragedy I just couldn't take any more bad news.
So I just unplugged. I needed to.

But I'm here for you, just as always. In fact, I received a really awesome email that made me smile. You guys give just as much to me.

I am considering the sleeve and stumbled across your blog this morning.  I've been reading like a mad woman and I just wanted to tell you that you're freaking fantastic.  And precious.  And hilarious.  And inspirational.  And hilarious.  And and and...  I want to go get coffee or a , drink, but that would make me a stalker and we don't live anywhere near each other.  ;)  (Details.) Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for putting it all out there and sharing the good, bad and ugly.  It's helpful (to me, at least!).  I'm off to my consult now, but I will be back later for more reading.
I love hearing from you so keep the emails coming and I'll keep up my end of the bargain. And I actually DO meet up for drinks...and coffee...and Ethiopian food...and cupcakes. Let me know if you're in the area ( or would like to fly me to yours). Oh yeah, Keep your eyes peeled for at least TWO fantastic giveaways. One is a book, the other is a super fantastic protein shake.
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BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY OBESITY HELP PEEPS!!!! Two of my recipes are featured in their January newsletter. Woohoo! Merry Christmas to me indeed. Anyway, I'm just checking in with you guys and I will talk to you again really soon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Why did I choose to have the Gastric Sleeve


I'm not going to go into my motivations for having surgery, events and issues that compelled me to make that decision. This is the question that I'm answering.....

Once I made the decision to have surgery, why did I choose the particular surgery that I chose?

The major weight loss surgeries are Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-y or RNY) and the LapBand (or adjustable Gastric Banding) When I was considering surgery, those were the only two options that I was aware of. However as I started researching and looking at ALL available options I found out that there are LOTS of surgeries to choose from.

img source BariatricSurgeryResource.com

RNY
Lap Band/ Realize Band
The Bilopancreatic Diversion,
The Bilopancreactic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, The Duodenal Switch, DS,
Extended Roux-en-y, the ERNY
Gastric Sleeve, Vertical Sleeve Gastectomy, VSG, The Sleeve
Mini Gastric Bypass
Gastric Plication
Ileal Transposition (used to manage diabetes but can be used for weight loss)
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, VBG

Are you confused? I know I was.

I know me and I know that I don't like to do things the right way. I'm a corner cutter, a luck pusher, a habitual line stepper. That is why I chose to not have a malabsorptive procedure.My ass would have ended up passed out somewhere in the middle of street looking ashy and depleted had I gotten one. That's not a good look for ya girl. You can't just take a Flintsone chewable and be done with it. There is a regimented vitamin schedule that you have to adhere to, and I knew that I wouldn't do it. And before anyone gets on here telling me that we need to take vitamins with ALL procedures, the fact is that malabsortive procedures can cause major, life threating deficiencies in a very short period of time. There is a difference.
I know a lot of you think that after the surgery you're going to be a new person with a new agenda and a whole new set of new habits. That may be true for a few things, but the core of you doesn't change. If you're the person who forgets to take pills now, you'll be that same person after surgery. If you ARE on point already, then you may do quite well with the Gastric Bypass or the DS.

RNY
Lap Band/ Realize Band

The Bilopancreatic Diversion,
The Bilopancreactic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, The Duodenal Switch, DS, 
Extended Roux-en-y, the ERNY
Gastric Sleeve, Vertical Sleeve Gastectomy, VSG, The Sleeve
Mini Gastric Bypass
Gastric Plication
Ileal Transposition (used to manage diabetes but can be used for weight loss)
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, VBG

Vertical Banded Gastroplasty is an older procedure and has fallen out of favor with surgeons, but there ARE people who have done well with it. Gastric plication on the other hand is a new procedure, but it was a little too new for me to feel comfortable with it. I X'ed those off of the list.


RNY
Lap Band/ Realize Band

The Bilopancreatic Diversion,
The Bilopancreactic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, The Duodenal Switch, DS, 
Extended Roux-en-y, the ERNY
Gastric Sleeve, Vertical Sleeve Gastectomy, VSG, The Sleeve
Mini Gastric Bypass
Gastric Plication
Ileal Transposition (used to manage diabetes but can be used for weight loss)
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, VBG

So I was left with the Sleeve and Lap Band. As a cash patient there was only 1000 dollars difference between the two surgeries so that wasn't an issue. I had a friend that did EXCEEDINGLY well with the Lap Band, so that is why I initially thought I wanted it. However there is a LOT of tweaking and adjusting with the Lap Band and with no insurance those appointments would have added up to more money on top of the surgical expense. In addition to that fact, having a part of my anatomy cut, pulled out of a hole in my belly and tossed in the biohazard bin actually seemed a little less radical than having something put in. You may decide that having a removable device is less drastic.

There are trade offs with each surgery, but you have to look at yourself and take honest stock of what it is that YOU want and weigh everything out. There are success stories no matter which procedure you look at.

If you're still in the research phase or even if you're post surgery, check out TheBariatricSurgeryResource.com.  It's an easy to navigate website chock full of information and they have a kick ass infographic under the Weight Loss Surgery Comparison tab.

If you're reading this and you've already had surgery, would you still pick the same procedure again?

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