My Gastric Sleeve Journey

My Gastric Sleeve Journey

Thoughts, Concerns and Donairs

on January 5, 2015

I decided that humour will be the basis on which I chronicle my journey. A wise woman once said to me ‘If you cannot laugh at life, then the alternative is not worth living’. I am determined to hold onto that thought.

You may wonder why the gastric sleeve surgery is the current surgery of choice. I know I did. I researched and researched. I scared the pudding out of myself some days and gained renewed determination on others. In the end, although I continue to weakly waffle, I know I am ready and will be at the hospital for my appointed date with destiny.

The different surgeries available are as follows:  Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and the Adjustable Gastric Banding.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to each type. Although I am sure I could argue each one, I am happy with the choice the doctors have made. It appears to have just the right amount of stability and complication to make it the best choice.

Don’t get me wrong. I have a closet full of concerns. First and foremost, I live alone with my cat.  Although I have so many friends locally that will provide me with all of the support I need, they cannot be in my house 24/7. They have lives too. But I am a fairly independent person and I am sure that with my friends, I will be fine. I have read other blogs from people who lived alone and did very well. As long as I can suck back some Boost and blended pea and ham soup and get to the toilet in time, I will be golden!

Second, I will be missing work. I know, I KNOW!! That is okay and my team will be alright without me. But that does not soothe the control freak inside. She is screaming at me and really having a hissy fit. I am determined to still be as available to my team and colleagues as much as possible while healing and back to work within 3 weeks. I can work from home if they need me. This makes the control freak a little happier. A VERY little!

Third, I will miss donairs. Not just donairs either! I will also miss pizza, shawarma, Mickey D’s, taco and beer night at The Fickle Frog with my buddies, coffee, the Blue Burger and truffle fries at the Stubborn Goat and my homemade eggs Benedict. I am a fabulous baker, and I love to make everything delish and share it with my colleagues and friends. In fact, I almost backed out of the surgery based on this very concern! Then I had a chat with myself. “Really? That is the reason you are going to go with? Really? Not a leak, or necrosis, or organ failure or death? No. Your reason is not being able to eat the junk that has basically destroyed your health and put you here. Yeah. That makes sense. You should go with that.” With that conversation, the food concern went out the window. Reverse psychology tactic wins every time!

Fourth, and perhaps the most important, I am scared of the changes to my social circle. All my friends and family are massively supporting this.  They have been amazing and I know they will support anything that will change. However, I love eating and drinking and laughing with them! So, I hope they all will like bowling night! Or fun runs! Or going to putting ranges! Or just a quiet night playing Cards Against Humanity (the most offensive and hilarious game ever!). Many of my relationships will be altered, but I know that they are strong enough to weather the change. They may even become stronger and more fulfilling.

Oh, and my boobs! I am definitely gonna miss them!  They are what I got going on right now! 😉

Thanks again for hanging out with me on this journey. The actual surgery date is Jan 13th, so I guess that is when the real stuff begins. But every journey has its preparation stages. And like most prep stages, they seem to take the lion share of the time and energy. If prep is done well, it will all be worth it in the end.


4 responses to “Thoughts, Concerns and Donairs

  1. Heather says:

    Love you sista! You HAVE to let me know step by step how things are going. I am not that far away! H.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. sharonisin says:

    I love your humour and balanced approach, Devona. You are an inspiration! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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