I have not posted on here in years. I miss the boards because I always found great support and information on here. So, let's get straight to the point. I am a 35 year old RN on a neuro clinical care unit at a very prestigious hospital in NE Ohio. I am 5'9" and weigh 365 pounds. I have weighed over 300 pounds for the last 10 years. The last time that I weighed in the 100's was 25 years ago. In other words... I have been morbidly obese my whole life. Over time I have developed HTN, Insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, difficulty sleeping, hypothyroidism, metabolic disorder and a borderline diabetic. My knees and back hurt me every single day. I feel like I have very little quality of life. I am still able to perform my job functions but I get more and more sore each day, oh and I also work 40-60 hours each week. I have always been against gastric bypass surgery because of all the complications. I used to see it as the easy way out. I was always on a diet. I would lose 50-60 lbs only to gain it all back again in half the time. I feel like I have been on a diet for the last 25 years. I can lose weight but then I always plateau and then eventually gain it back. It's a vicious cycle .... and I am done with it. After much soul searching and research, I have decided to have WLS. My doctors all explained to me that with my current conditions, it makes it very difficult to lose the weight and keep it off. My hormones such as the insulin and testosterone are all jacked up and do not work as they should. Losing weight is doable.....its keeping it off that seems to be the problem.
When I hear people say.. "Its simple to lose weight. It's calories in vs. calories burned." It enrages me. That is not always the case. Healthcare is an ever changing science. New things are being discovered everyday. Nobody really truly knows exactly how the human body works. We've done experiments and research that helps us to better understand all of the possibilities but there is still alot of uncharted possibilities out there.
I have decided that I am going to have gastric bypass surgery. I was one of the biggest anti-surgery people out there. It's hard to judge somebody on what they should do when you yourself have never been in their shoes. I was guilty of that but now I see and I understand.
I just recently got married to the love of my life. Her and I are both morbidly obese. We have known each other for 6 years and we have been together for 5 of those years. We want to live a long and healthy life together. We have done alot of soul searching and we have decided that we are going to both have the surgery. We want to be healthier and enjoy life. We started the process with the bariatric institute at the hospital that I work at. My insurance will cover both of us at 100%. Many people keep warning me about all the complications. I am a nurse. I am completely aware of all the complications that can occur because of surgery. But I also know that if we stay how we are we will be threatened with our current health getting worse along with many new disorders that can occur because of obesity. To me, I have had enough. We have made the decision and we are sticking to it. I am ready for my life to change.
We just started the process so we still have to go to see the surgeon and set our dates now that we have been declared candidates for the surgery. I have chosen to go with the RNY. I feel that is the surgery that would suit me best. I would love to hear some encouraging stories of everyones experiences. You reach a moment where you just can't deal with it anymore. For me that moment came when I saw the picture of my self at my birthday dinner with my friends. I couldn't believe how big I looked. No more dieting. I want to lose this weight for good and keep it off. :)
I am the one in the purple shirt. My wife is the puerto rican woman in the middle picture on the left. I know that I can do it. Anyone out there with any experiences they would like to share?