Starting Weight: 460 lbs
Current Weight: 250 lbs
Weight Loss: 210 lbs (so far)
My weight has been my worst demon throughout my life.
In April 2020 I got the call that would change my life.
It was from my family doctor.
He was calling to tell me the results of my blood test and…
that I had Type II Diabetes.
I always knew that eventually that call would come…it exists in my family line.
I still struggled with the new reality.
TIME STOOD STILL
I watched diabetes kill my father over the course of 30 years. I watched it affect my mother who also had it. I watched then, and still watch some of my other relatives with their health problems…and now, I was one of them.
My highest recorded weight was 460 lbs.
The only reason I know that number is that I was forced to weigh myself when I was at a doctors office having to prep for bariatric sleeve surgery in April 2020.
I had to get the meter machine and poke my finger to test my blood sugar. The Doctor would have also prescribed medication for me, but said that given I was going for the weight loss surgery, that he would see if I could skip the medication altogether if I lost 10% of my body weight (about 50 lbs)
So I began to work on my health.
It was a struggle!
I started that April. Now the pain of staying the same was WORSE than the pain associated with change. I lost a little weight leading up to November (very little; about 12 pounds). 12 pounds in 8 months. I was not making the progress needed.
I also resolved that I would not let a lack of money push off the surgery. This time I was willing to go into debt, borrow money, make discount deals to make sure we had enough money to keep the family taken care of. And so, I did.
In November 2020 I got the call that I would have my surgery in early December and began the pre-op diet.
Most patients are given a week of the pre-op diet to prep for surgery. The goal is to lose as much weight as possible in a short time span, not just to lose weight but to also shrink the liver. Large liver makes the surgery more complicated. And I was terrified of having any complications during this surgery.
However, the surgeon told me that because of how obese I was, AND that I had diabetes, he wanted me to do the pre-op diet for an entire MONTH…4 weeks, to lose as much as I can and shrink my liver.
Lost a good chunk of weight with that (given how obese I am, the weight loss did not show. But I did not care. Too worried about the surgery.)
So I started at 460;
lost 12 lbs from April to November 2020;
and lost 30 lbs in the month of November on the pre op diet.
The pre-op diet was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do…
and I have re-invented myself a few times already..
but this one…oh boy…was painful.
On the day of my surgery I was down to 418 lbs.
It was as good as I was going to get it.
The surgeon was thrilled. He told me that most patients never lose more than 10-15 pounds…the fact I lost 30 was fantastic!
when I woke up from the surgery, the surgeon told me that it went well, there were no complications, but he did make it a point to tell me that even with the sudden weight loss, my liver was still larger than expected.
Not a good thing, but nonetheless, I had survived the surgery and now I just had to survive the recovery.
Had the surgery and have been trying to adjust to the new normal of tiny meals, and physical distress that comes with this sort of recovery.
April 2021: One year later…