1958 F.W.D. Posted June 4, 2013 Share Posted June 4, 2013 I have been heavy for most of my life- since the age of 12-13 or so. In recent years my weight caught up with me creating all kinds of headaches and nightmares. I tried every diet and gimmick out there. I could lose weight, but keeping it off was the big trick. When I was a paid firefighter and had to go to the gym every shift, it was a little easier to do, but re-occurring back problems (which my obesity contributed to.....) forced me to resign as a career firefighter, albeit among other reasons. My heath was in rapid decline. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, back problems, high cholesterol, and the worst one of all- type II diabetes. However my family Doctor sat me down and had a heart-to-heart with me in the late summer of 2011. He looked me straight in the face and said "By Christmas of 2012, you WILL be an insulin-dependent diabetic giving yourself shots every day if you don't clean up your act. He suggested weight loss surgery.So the wife (who is a cancer nurse) and I discussed things and in November of 2011 I attended the first of many, many office visits and tests and evaluations to see if I was fit for the surgery. This is just not something that you go to the surgeon and say "Lets do this." No it doesn't work that way- it's more of a "Lets test you and prod you and evaluate you and make sure you wont fuck up after we work so hard to rebuild you" kind of a thing. There is even a mental evaluation (which surprisingly I passed....go figure.....) We discussed the options- the gastric sleeve, the gastric band, or a full-blown gastric bypass. I originally had wanted to do the gastric sleeve, however the Doctor studied things and recommended the RNY Gastric Bypass because he felt it would be the best option with the greatest chance of success for me.And finally in early May of 2012 I was placed on the schedule for Wednesday May 30, 2012 at St. Lukes Hospital (Allentown Pa.) The surgery was a complete success- went off without a hitch from the Doctor's standpoint. Me on the other hand, it was the first major surgery I ever went through and I had quite a hard time coming out of the anesthesia. what should have been an overnight stay and home by noon the next day turned into a two and a half day stay. Everything else went fine however. In October of 2010 (see the pic below) I was at my heaviest, about 385lbs. The day of the surgery (5/30/12) I was 327. And on 5/30/2013 I weighed in at 197.6lbs. See the pic below of me at a recent retirement dinner at my old firehouse, the gentleman on my left was working his last shift- was the senior man who cut my teeth as a rookie firefighter when I first got on the job. I will be 40 this November and I am in the greatest shape of my life. My diabetes is in COMPLETE REMISSION. High blood pressure- GONE. Sleep Apnea- GONE. Back problems- GONE.So anyways, you guys may have to look twice at me next week. Tell your wives and girlfriends no drooling on me, either. Just kidding. What I did want to say though was that life is just so much better and easier when you are somewhat physically fit. I am still by no stretch close to the definition of the term "physically fit" but I am of course MUCH better off than I was a year ago. For those of you who are morbidly obese, take it from someone who has been there- the grass IS green on this side, but you have to work to get here, and you have to work to stay here. Any schmuck can undergo weight loss surgery, but it takes someone of strong will to stay here. 2 Quote TWO STROKES ARE FOR GARDEN TOOLS Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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