After 18 months of research and following my chosen program I received the Vertical Gastric Sleeve surgery last week. It actually seems hard to believe it's only been 1 week ago.
The surgery in itself was pretty easy. There was minimal pain. Unfortunately, there was significant post operative vomiting which is a real hoot when you have had nothing but water for days. I also had a mild infection that's being treated and causing a bit of a slow down in healing.
There are many ways to get to this surgery. My program is one of the stricter and most tightly structured. While I was going through it I thought it was irritating and a lot of it unnecessary. Now I can see the benefit of a lot of their rules. I've talked to people who went to Mexico as self pays who really struggle with the change in life and life style after. (Although this is not to say there is any negative issue with Mexico -- do your research and you can find surgeons as or more experienced than many in the U.S. and with excellent reputations). So far that transition has been pretty painless for me. I am mostly bored. For a total of 6 weeks you are on various stages of a liquid diet (before, during and after) and it gets very dull. I have 3 more weeks before I can begin to transition back to soft foods and I'm looking forward to that day. You don't realize how much freedom is attached to being able to take your nutrition from actual food, not having to mix drinks and count how many ounces of this and that you are able to take. But I keep reminding myself this is just a stage of the process and it will be over soon. Within 3 or 4 months I will be at my new Normal and this is a small price to pay.
If anyone has any specific questions regarding this procedure, I'd be happy to answer if I can. Right now my "mood" is set to cheerful when a more appropriate word would be hopeful. I've always been able to lose weight but I've never been able to keep it off. The older I get, the more mobility is an issue. I feel like this is the key to being able to maintain the weight I want...which, btw, has nothing to do with the BMI chart. My weight desire is MINE, not one assigned by some random statistic. I'll know when I get there. And for the first time in years, I know it's only months away and will be mine to keep.