Approaching 70 Yrs Old and Tired of the 40+ Year Battle with my Weight! - Birmingham, AL
Had a consult in mid-September with a weight loss...
and the walk to better health continues
All pre-op requirements almost done...
Pre-op is done!!!
Another step forward....
Halfway through the pre-op diet......
If you're reading this, are over 65 and on Medicare, and considering a VSG - go for it!
The last day before the first day of the rest of my life!!
Photos - start of pre-op diet, and end of pre-op diet
Used Atkins Protein Shakes & EAS Protein Shakes primarily, with a Premier Protein thrown in if I didn't make my protein goal for the day. By the end of the first week, I'd lost 10 lbs, weighing in a 318; and on the last evening when I ceased all intake in preparation for arriving at the hospital at 9:00 AM the following morning, I had lost another 10 lbs, with my final pre-op weight at 308. Attached are the pre-op beginning and ending photos. The "before" photos are in the yellow shirt.
What a roller coaster ride I had!!
We arrived home close to 3:00 PM, and within a short period of time I was asleep in my own bed! I nursed an 8 oz bottle of water through the night, and woke around 9:00 AM this morning (the 25th) still somewhat sore, but much more rested. I've had yogurt, vegetable broth, water w/Mio in it, and Premier Protein shakes, all at the recommended doses. I've started a new journal using EXCEL for Phase 2, and will continue it when I move to Phase 3 next month.
IMPORTANT NOTE for those planning surgery: Speak with your surgeon and health care team about your fluid intake right before surgery; and what they're going to do after surgery! Bariatric surgery is not like other procedures, where there's a large cup full of ice & water on your tray table next to your bed! If you can have fluids up until a few hours before surgery - by all means, drink as much as you're allowed to avoid any possible dehydration problems after surgery until you can start on Phase 1 diet.
Do I have any regrets? NO!! Would I do it again ? YES! The life long benefits far outweigh anything else! I am now looking to being a healthier husband and grandfather for my wife and two young grandchildren!!!
Moving forward again..
OK.....here's the bruising!!!
Weight dropping....Glucose dropping......
Initial visit was very positive. Dr. Stahl is very personable, and took all the time needed to answer any and all questions and concerns. He explained the procedure very clearly, and I felt very comfortable moving forward under his care.