Today I went to Liverpool Hospital to see the Bariatric Surgeon who performed my bariatric surgery 2 months ago. Thankfully, it was a simple appointment with a trip to the reception desk. Here is my stomach surgery journey including my post-bariatric surgery diet at just 8 weeks.
After Gastric Bypass Surgery: 8 Weeks
I was asked to wait in the reception room and then was called into a room to have my height and weight measured. My weight lowered at 16 stone 11 pounds which is AMAZING! My operation day weight was 19 stone 5! And, my highest weight when I started dieting was if I recall correctly 21 stone 7.
My BMI (Body Mass Index) was originally about 54. it is now down to 40 and yes, I’m still obese but not morbidly obese! And, my blood sugar levels are much better now. It’s true, I am no longer pre-diabetic.
So, I went to see the Surgeon, Dr. Magee. Seriously, he is really lovely. He checked the medications I’m taking and reviewing for any issues. I told him that I have been struggling with vomiting. If I eat food that makes me vomit, then my insides become inflamed. I’ll continue to vomit from 6-12 times a day. We also discussed the foods I cannot personally eat, which leads me to my diet after gastric bypass.
Here’s the low down on my post-bariatric surgery diet. I can’t eat certain meats, fish, tuna, eggs, bread, or pasta. My typical bariatric diet 2 months later is soup, beans, mince and mash potatoes. Honestly, it’s been really tough. We agreed that I’m struggling with the new technique of eating. I have to eat small tiny pieces which is easy. But, chewing for 20 seconds and then waiting for 20 seconds, that’s really the hardest part. My bariatric surgeon told me to work on these small bites of food technique a bit more.
He also said that I may have a join which is too small. Seriously, I may have to go back to see him in two weeks. If I’m still being sick at ten weeks, they will do an endoscopy. Plus, they’ll place a camera down into my stomach to check the join, which is between the stomach and intestines.
I continue to discuss how I’m waiting a long time to see my Endocrinologist. And, the fact I’m considering hiring a new private Endocrinologist. My surgeon actually told me that it may not be a good idea. Instead, he suggested rather than going to see someone private, where they will need to see my history and say I’m complex. This means making further appointments, so it may be best to see my current Endo privately.
Truth be told, I had not thought of this. It would get me in sooner than 4 months. And, maybe my Endo would listen more or give me more time if I pay to see him. It’s something to consider. I’m now unsure of what to do. I was planning to go to London and now I’m confused about the next step forward and don’t know what I should do.
I finally went for blood tests and returning in 2 weeks for review. Hopefully, all is okay and the results will be in range. That would be ideal!
I guess the main two things to come out of this review are the need to work on my technique. I need to figure out why I’m throwing up so much and answer how to proceed with my Adrenal issues. Do I stay or go, wait or payout. It’s a fear of wasting money and not getting anywhere! Plus, the thought I should be entitled to fair treatment on the NHS and the fear of the unknown is certainly confusing me.
John (my husband) suggested I think hard about it. I just don’t know what to do. What would you do?
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