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Friday, May 9, 2014


THE PRODIGAL BLOGGER RETURNS

Well, friends, I might be back.   That is, I'm back today, and I don't know for how long or how frequently.

I thought an explanation for my absence was due, so here goes:

In keeping with my "Wrestling With" theme, I've tackled a whole new adversary!  Now I'm "Wrestling With Weight."

  In December, my doctor referred me to the Bariatric Surgery Center at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, where weight-loss surgeries are performed.  It was the second time she'd mentioned it in as many months, and I had to take her seriously.  I was constantly short of breath and totally lacking energy.  My weight had ballooned over a period of several years to 317 pounds.  At 5 foot 1, I had to face the fact that I am morbidly obese.



I agreed to pursue the subject and went through a series of tests to see if I am a viable candidate.  These included 2 stress tests--one on a treadmill, and one called a "nuclear stress test" which meant a chemical was injected into my blood stream and my heart was monitored while the chemical induced "stress" on my body; I also underwent a sonogram, an echo-cardiogram, and several others.

 I was thoroughly poked and prodded and the conclusion was that at nearly 70 years of age, I am still healthy enough to undergo the weight loss surgery.If you are not familiar with these procedures, there are three:

Lapband--where a band ties off a portion of the stomach so the patient can no longer eat as much.

Gastric Bypass--where the stomach is divided into two parts; the first is a small pouch (with the same aim as the Lapband) and a section of the intestine is attached to the pouch where food will pass through, and then it is re-attached to the remaining intestine below the remaining portion of the stomach, which continues to produce digestive juices.

Vertical sleeve Gastrectomy--where the larger part of the stomach is completely removed, leaving a tube or sleeve-like structure for food to pass through to the intestines.

I decided to go to the orientation meeting and learn more.

(Stay tuned for the next bout of "Wrestling With Weight.")

EVA



10 comments:

Paula Jones said...

Have been missing you! Hope all goes well and make the decision you're comfortable. Good luck!

Stephen Hayes said...

I've considered the gastric bypass but at $30,000 it's two expensive and my insurance won't cover it.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh Eva it is wonderful to see you on the etherwaves again...albeit with rather scary tales to tell!! This is a courageous move and I pray it all goes well for you; we shall of course be waiting with interest to hear your stories and the humour you will no doubt be able to extract from it!! Welcome back. YAM xx

Jayne Martin said...

Good for you, Eva! 70 is still young these days. You could have another 20 years left. Make them as healthy as you can. We'd like to keep you around. Hugs!

River said...

Welcome back! I've missed you. I hope the orientation meeting goes well and you learn everything you need to know to help with your decision. Good luck.

Eva Gallant said...

Paula: Thanks for the welcome!

Stephen: Medicare covers it if you're 100 lbs. or more overweight.

Yamini: Thanks for the kind words!

Jayne: I don't feel like I'm almost 70, but then, I'm not sure what 70 is supposed to feel like!

River: It's nice to know I've been missed!

rosaria williams said...

You were missed. Put yourself in the hands of specialists and take back your life. I'm sure they know what the best way is; and you deserve a good future waiting for you.

rosaria williams said...

You were missed. Put yourself in the hands of specialists and take back your life. I'm sure they know what the best way is; and you deserve a good future waiting for you.

rosaria williams said...

You were missed. Put yourself in the hands of specialists and take back your life. I'm sure they know what the best way is; and you deserve a good future waiting for you.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Welcome back, and I'm glad to hear that you're really tackling your health! My brother-in-law got lapband surgery and went from over 400 lbs to 200 in about a year. It's incredible. Looking forward to hearing more about this!