39yrs Old Mom Tired of Being Fat - Chicago, IL

Hello to anyone who might be reading this, thank...

Hello to anyone who might be reading this, thank you for taking the time to check out my thoughts and feelings about the Vsg process. I am 5ft 8in and weigh 293 pds today. I will be having my surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois with Dr . Bonomo. I started the process back last summer with an information session. I had to do 6 months of doctors visits, nutrition classes, psych evaluation, upper GI test, sleep study, and pregnancy and cardiac test. Whooo, after all that I am finally scheduled to have my surgery on March 13 2015. It has taken me alot longer actually because I was constantly trying to schedule doctors visits around my work schedule. I just started my preoperative liquid diet this past Friday. It's a struggle when I see my family eating yummy food and I want to join in too but I want this surgery to work so I will not give in to the temptation. I was slim in my teens but in my 20's when I started having children like many other women I couldn't lose the weight and my weight has been steadily climbing now for the past 15 years and I am just ready to take my life back. Since I started gaining weight I have been become a much more introverted person. I hate to have to socialize with people be cause I am not comfortable in my skin and I feel like everyone is noticing how fat I am. It's slightly easier meeting people I never met before because they just see me how I am now. But when I meet people who I haven't seen in a few years, I always see the shock on their face when they realize who I am and how fat I have become. I am truly blessed that I have a strong support system with my family. My husband has my back and he wants me to be happy he likes the thought of having a trophy wife, lol. And my Mom is now looking into getting weight loss surgery done herself. I want to lose at least 100pds with this surgery. I am so scared that if I don't lose the weight that I went through a such a scary surgery for nothing. I was bought up with the beliefs that you only have surgery if it's something wrong with you and it's the very last alternative. So opting to go under the knife and not have the results I want would be a big no no. If you have any questions I will try my best to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Thank you for checking me out.

Complications

Well Realself family I had surgery this past Friday. I was wheeled into the operating room about 11 : 30am and I recall waking looking at the clock in recovery and it was just turning onto 2pm. I woke up and I had a lot of pain. But as long as my drugs didn't wear off it was tolerable. I had my upper GI test early Saturday morning so they can check for any leaks in my sleeve. Unfortunately the results were inconclusive meaning that one doctor thought they saw some type of blockage but another doctor thought it looked okay. So to be safe I am having a 2nd upper GI done tomorrow Sunday morning. Worst case scenario is if the blockage is there again then I am going to have to go under again and have the surgeon go back inside me and fix it. Well until they are for sure what's going on I can't eat or drink so if you all are still with me it is now Saturday evening and the last time I had a drink of water was Thursday. I have a love hate relationship going with my IV right now. Right before surgery I weighed in at 276. I am very weak in bed so I have know idea what my weight is since surgery. I am praying everything works out tomorrow.

Feeling pretty good

Hello Realself family. I just wanted to update my review really quick. Friday will be 3 weeks since surgery, and I start back working on this Monday coming up. I have had my follow up appointment and Dr. Bonomo says I am healing fine. I love the fact that on my incisions he did not use staples and he only used skin glue which has now flaked off but my incisions are barely visible. After surgery when I went home I would have a pain in my tummy whenever I would eat or drink anything and the pain would last for 5-10 seconds than stop. The pain lasted my first couple of weeks home but has now stopped, thank goodness. My current weight is 263 and I am still on the soft food diet. I am so tired of soups and jello but I am just trying to deal with it. I have started this week getting on the treadmill for a half hour. I am trying to do this at least 3 days out the week. I am not seeing much difference with my weight but I am feeling the inches come off. I was wearing a size 20 jeans before surgery and I am now in a size 16 jeans and they fit perfect. I have not worn anything under a size 18 in years. I am working really hard to remember to drink enough water and my protein drinks. I try to eat a lot of small meals through the day. But my stomach sometimes wakes me up in the middle of the night grumbling because I am hungry. But the good news 4-5 bites of anything and I am full again. So far so good I am happy with my decision to have surgery. If you have any questions I will try my best to answer.
Dr. Steven Bonomo

He seemed to be in a rush when I met him but he did answer all my questions. He was nice and he cracked a joke here and there. He told me has done over 200 surgeries and he helped me make my decision because I was undecided between the sleeve and the bypass. All in all he seems like a nice guy. I will let you know if any of that changes.

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