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.")