45 Yr Old RN, Blended Family, Ready to Change

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Hi everyone! My name is Laura Mae and I'm a...

Hi everyone! My name is Laura Mae and I'm a cardiothoracic nurse (heart, lungs and chest surgeries). I've always struggled with my weight - only skinny when I was a little kid, always the "chubby but funny" friend. Managed to stay Ok until I hit 30, had a baby, hubby did a few tours in Iraq, lost my job, went to nursing school, got a divorce. Fast forward to now and I've gained a few pounds every year, with it always harder and harder to get off. I exercise and watch what I eat under normal conditions, but I'm a stress eater. I have a teenage daughter that I want to be a better health role model for.
Decided to have surgery for a few reasons:
* Diagnosed with hypertension, and know that diabetes is probably not far behind
* So discouraged with my weight
* Feel hypocritical telling patients to watch what they eat and exercise.
* Tired of being the fat friend.
I decided to have the sleeve because of my experience in caring for patients that had complications from other surgeries. Almost all were because the patients not follow the after surgery regime.
Surgery is scheduled for December 21. I have 2 more of my 6 monthly PCP visits. All my other preop appts are done except labs, EKG and final surgical appointment that will be done in November.
I've been drinking protein shakes as a meal replacement one to two meals daily and already lost 25 lbs.
Excited, scared, and determined to meet my goals!

Now post op.... 12/21/16

Had my surgery last week. When they did my sleeve they found a large hiatal hernia, so the MD repaired it during surgery.
Recovery has been Ok. Having pains up into my neck and shoulder which looks like it's related to the hernia repair. Pain has been tolerable. I can definitely tell when overdoing it. I'm down only a few pounds but I expect this will change when I'm permitted to walk more.
Looking forward to what the future.e will look like!

2 week post-op

It's been 2 weeks since my gastric sleeve surgery. I've lost 14 lbs since then.
My follow-up appointments with my PCP and the surgeon are tomorrow. I'm eagerly awaiting approval to step up my exercise game. It's too cold to walk outside, and too boring to go slow on the treadmill at the gym.
One of my biggest issues has been that I want something savory, not sweet. Broth isn't cutting it. I put broth, baby food spinach, and a teaspoon of cooked hamburger in the nutribullet today with some spices. It tasted like a filet! Haha.
Any suggestions you can share?

3 months post op

Feeling wonderful! I'm down to 200. While I wanted my weight to be less, I'm definitely smaller and getting more toned. Ready to purchase another set of work scrubs in the next size down because I can't tie them any tighter.
Can definitely see where my emotional eating was out of control. I've been doing yoga (which I still say is a 4 letter word!) or Leslie Sansone's Walking Away the Pounds when I feel compelled to eat. Water is my friend but it has been challenging to not gulp it. I count to 2 and that's it for my sip.
Looking forward to nicer weather to walk outside more and spend less time at the gym.
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Dr. Tunc Aksehirli

Love my surgeon and his staff. The nurse, tech, and dietician have been encouraging, helpful and understanding.

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