October 5th, 2010
Hey Everybody! You are reading my first ever post in my diary.
On October 18th, 2010…I will undergo bariatric surgery! I put an exclamation point at the end of that sentence to punctuate my excitement and terror. I have decided to document every step of the way. Since I have almost no idea what to expect, I guessed there might be some of you that would be feeling the same way. So, you can learn and discover and experience my progress, my emotions, my successes, and yes, my failures too.
I will be posting pictures and videos along the way. I plan on posting my first pictures and videos within the next couple of days.
Here’s what we have so far…on Monday, October 4th, I began a liquid diet that I will be on for the next 6 weeks. 2 weeks before surgery, and then 4 more after!! Trust me, I’m freaking out. When I first learned this was the process, I nearly backed out. But I know my health is finally failing, and if I don’t take drastic measures…my days are numbered. That’s the cold hard reality.
Now let me tell you where I’m starting, and what procedure I’ve chosen. 360. Yep, can’t believe it, but when I weighed on day one of my liquid diet..I tipped the scales at 360 pounds. Many people that know me will be floored at the number. A few people in my family questioned me about such a drastic weight loss course…until I told them my actual weight. Most people would guess me in the high 200′s…so when I lay that number on them…jaws drop. Even my own wife had no idea how high my weight had gotten. They all finally understand how much I’ve let my weight get away from me.
I have chosen the bariatric sleeve. There are the 2 biggies…gastric bypass, and the lap band. Gastric bypass is pretty drastic and seemed too much. I have a relative that had troubles with getting the lap band adjusted right, and kind of soured me on that…although much of it was due to an inexperienced doctor….so don’t count that procedure out. I don’t know everything about the sleeve, so just check online for some more information about it. (Embarrassing, I know…I should know everything, shouldn’t I?)
Have to run..More tomorrow…Day 2 of my liquid diet…..have to find someone to kill.