So, on one of the most winter-y days of the winter, I had a doctors appointment. I made the long, dangerous trek in the slippery storm, witnessed 3 cars facing improper directions while others tried to move past them, and got myself to the office. I was worried about cancelling the appointment in case I was charged or the doc wouldn’t fill out the paperwork.
There is a LOT of paperwork with this process. After getting 4 handouts at the information session, as well as filling out a 5 page questionnaire, my family doctor also had to fill out a 3 page questionnaire making sure my medical history was all included plus to be sure I understood the procedure and the long-term requirements of the surgery. One stumbling block was the statement required for him to sign saying that he would be responsible for all future issues with my health – not a reasonable request if he is no longer my doctor at some point in the future.
Regarding the long-term commitments, these include taking multi-vitamins for the rest of my life, as well as calcium, as a body can become malnourished from the process. That’s a bit of disconcerting thought….. No carbonated drinks, nothing with high sugar or fat content. I’m a bit sad to think I may never gulp down a big glass of ice cold water. There is also the possibility of hair loss. I went through that after my daughter was born, and did not enjoy that process!
The literature says my stomach will start out holding 2 ounces of food, then eventually settle at 4-6 ounces of food. Wow! What a difference that will be. I always thought a stomach was the size of a fist, however, the info session described it more as the size of a football. I can easily fill a football with food.
For now, I have yet to make any changes to my diet or life. This probably shows badly for my commitment to my health. I guess I better think pretty seriously about doing this. I have never made myself a priority in my life, everything else always came first. After all these years, maybe it’s time to start taking care of me.
So, after Friday’s information session, I some how had it in my head that I am on my way to a life of skinny bliss. It would seem my mental outlook resembled a death row inmate pardoned and released to live free. Meaning, I felt I could eat whatever I wanted!!
Friday evening was Chinese buffet. Saturday chocolate covered raisins, Big Mac and fries, and later at night Smartfood popcorn. Sunday was chips in the afternoon, a big bowl of pasta with garlic, wine and feta over scallops. Then for a snack later in the night, rice crackers with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Wow!!! I don’t even want to figure the calories, fat, salt, etc on this weekend!
But, this is Monday…..every dieter knows that Monday is always the first day of a new chance. So, it was healthy (so far), 1/3 cup of granola and blueberries and a boiled egg. We’ll see how long this lasts.
Those small changes that I told myself, while sitting in the information session, I would start, walking 3 times a week, have not yet materialized. But, hey, it’s cold out there!
I’ll let you know how today goes 🙂
Friday was the day for the first session in the process of having gastric bypass surgery, also know as bariatric surgery. I was to arrive at 8:30 am to fill out the paperwork and be ready to attend the group information session starting at 9:00 am.
I left extra early, because I did not want to be late. It was made expressly clear in the preliminary info package to be on time and to not miss appointments! Given that this is something I would love to have done years ago, you can bet I will not be late or wait a minute longer than needed.
After navigating the parking garage, I found my way to the Bariatric Clinic on Level 1 of the Humber River Regional Health Centre. The hospital was large, bright, open and modern. I checked in with the receptionist and took a seat. Here’s a really nice thing I found – they had double wide seats!! For once, I didn’t have to wedge my butt into a tight seat with metal arms digging into my flesh. Thank you to whomever was thoughtful enough to order those chairs! The waiting room was quite full, I would estimate about 40 people.
At 9:00, those of us there for the information session were guided up to the 3rd floor and instructed on to a conference room. We signed in, gathered up more papers and information packets, and found a seat. The session was lead by a dietitian, with no condescending mannerism towards fat people. The session lasted about 3 hours with a quick 15 minute break for a coffee.
During that time, we learned about the actual procedure, the process of eating before the procedure as well as reintroducing food after the procedure. We touched on ways to prepare ourselves for the change in eating. It was suggested to start making small changes now to be sure that you have those well integrated into your life by surgery time.
Our homework, prior to the next visit/assessment, is to familiarize ourselves with the procedure, know the stages of food after the surgery, and keep a journal of our eating to help recognize our habits and weaknesses. We are also encouraged to commit to a small change and record our progress. I’m thinking I should start walking 3 times a week. I guess it needs to go beyond thinking and just put my damn feet on the pavement and move!
I’ll let you know how it goes!