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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Since I posted the Horror Stories entry, I figured I'd post the responses (with their permission) I received from the online forum I visit.  

I just read your blog and let me assure you about a few things. Having the surgery "open" is already more dangerous, than laproscopic, or so I've been told. It depends on the patients starting weight, starting co-morbitites and many other factors. One person's health CANNOT be compared to another. I have a step-daughter, who was just 100lbs overweight. No diabetes, no co-morbitities, just 100lbs overweight. She had the RNY, like myself. She CHOSE NOT to take care of herself. She still to this day, does NOT take any vitamins or follow any of the other rules, we must live by. She has ended up with several complications. Crohn's disease, has had 2 more surgeries to correct bowel problems because of her bodies reaction to NO nutrients.She's a mess and it is her own creation. I'm not saying your friend was in any way at fault for her complications, not at all. The point is, we CANNOT and MUST NOT compare our journey with someone else's. We are all different and so are our bodies reaction to the surgery and the how we take care of ourselves afterward.  I did a lot of praying (still do) for no complications and have God guide me in my journey. To this day, all is still well.  No worries! You'll be fine! I just ignore the nay-sayers and concentrate on my OWN journey.
You'll find that EVERYONE has a horror story about someone who has had this surgery. It's just the way it is. I choose NOT to listen. I am 8 years out. I never did have any complications (knock on wood, no guarantees, even this far out). Even though I've had some "transfer addiction" (different subject entirely) I STILL do NOT regret for one second, that I have had this surgery.   There are dangers with EVERY surgery. A person can go in to get their tonsils taken out and end up with complications!  Sometimes, I wonder if people bring up conversations out of jealousy, fear of having the surgery themselves or some other hidden agenda. I am 8 years out and it was the same way back then. I just ignore it.
Just my two cents! Yes, you can post this on your blog.
Lyn (surgery 6/8/2004)

I still hear horror stories even at this stage of the game....."so and so died", "so and so gained all their weight back", "so and so has been in and out of the hospital dozens of times", etc. etc. etc........
To date I've had 2 episodes of reactive hypoglycemia due to too many carbs in one sitting, but other than that, I have NO ISSUES....no complications at all! I feel great, I'm at a normal BMI, my labs are perfect, and I'm off all my meds except for my vitamins/supplements!
I wish I had done this 20 years ago, but better late than never!
Nancy  (surgery 8/25/2010)
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14

1 comment:

  1. Yes! It's YOUR journey! Embrace your journey, friend. (I'm now off to take my own advice...)