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My Mini Gastric-bypass journey

3/26/2005

I'm just an ordinary person, fighting my weight most of my life, like so many of us. I am 57 years old, 5' 7" tall and weighed 249 when I was approved for the MGB. Sometimes, I'd feel like I had my weight under control, but not for long. A few years ago, I made one more all-out effort. I joined a gym, worked with a personal trainer three times a week and followed a pretty strict diet. I lost 35 pounds, firmed up, toned up and felt pretty darned good! I made it down to 200 pounds, and maybe even hit 199 for about 20 minutes. Then I fell very hard on my left knee while learning to ride a motorcycle at the ripe old age of 56. The pain was sickening. I was very light headed. I can't think of a time when I ever felt pain that bad. The knee immediately started to swell. For the next 8 months, I had swelling in that entire leg, all the way to my toes. Only one pair of shoes fit. My leg throbbed. Physical therapy didn't help. I could no longer exercise because of the pain. The skin on my leg was often so stretched and shiny, I was sure the skin would burst open like a ripe melon. Gross! Anti-inflamatory drugs helped a little until they were taken off the market. Unable to exercise, I gained back the weight I had lost plus another 15. I was miserable, depressed, and along with the weight gain came elevated blood sugar levels, approaching Type 2 diabetes readings. My blood pressure spiked to dangerous levels. There seemed to be no way to get back into shape without exercise.
I felt I was doomed to poor health, bad circulation, weight gain and a vegetative life style that was not me at all.

I googled "weight loss surgery" and found several web sites. The idea of a full gastric bypass or RNY didn't appeal to me. The few folks I knew who had that, experienced a lot of vomiting and health issues. I wanted to find a way to have fewer health issues, not more. I found the site for the mini gastric-bypass. I visited that site every night, reading more and more about it. I printed the manual and studied it. I decided it was the operation I wanted. I was very impressed by the "homework" we were required to do before approval. I felt well educated about the aftercare, too. I applied to get things started. It took quite a while to complete my packet of information, mostly because this is a huge step and I wanted to be really sure it was for me. I eventually printed a copy of the book and brought it to my primary physician. He was impressed by the information in it and by how much I knew about the entire operation and after care. Some time in January, I was accepted and the surgical date of March 10, 2005 was selected to fit their schedule and mine.

In the manual, it states that co-morbidities and other lesser problems are resolved with this surgery, but I didn't focus on that. I figured they would get resolved as the weight came down. I was wrong! Lots of things get fixed right away.
This is my story. While everyone's experience will be different, I have had a great adventure so far. I hope anyone reading this who is considering MGB will do as well as I have.

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