Holy cow! Today is almost over… That means the day after tomorrow is surgery day!! 🙂 We are supposed to get a “big” snow storm. When I say “big”, for Maryland it’s big. I think I heard someone say something like 5 inches. Most places you would still have to work or go to school for that. But if there is even a threat of snow, schools tend to close around here. I’m just hoping we don’t get enough to postpone my surgery. Or I wish it would come the night after my surgery. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Day 3: Health
Today’s thing I’m excited for post-op is my health. I’ve been overweight my whole life and obese the last 5-6 years of my life. I’ve always had some kind of health issue along the way. Some were not tired directly into my weight but instead my weight aggravated them. Such as my hay-fever induced asthma. When I was a child, my grandmother had made me a necklace out of my inhaler so I would always have it with me when I needed it. As I got older I didn’t need it as much because during allergy season I would stay inside. But the asthma started bothering me when I exercised at all. The heavier I got, the longer it would take me to feel like I could breathe normally again.
As I grew even older I have found a few other health issues that are caused by weight or at least being overweight is associated with them. Such as PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome) which is one of the leading causes of infertility in obese women. Or insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. I have all of these issues. The last time I went to the doctor they even told me to watch my “bad”‘ cholesterol.
I should have known that I was susceptible to getting all of these things. Many of them are genetic or at least commonly found within the same family whether it be genetic or habitual. My grandmother (on my mom’s side) was diabetic, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. Same with my dad. I remember my grandmother giving herself shots of insulin and my dad has to all the time too. My grandmother passed away from a brain aneurysm which I discovered is caused by high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The only way to cure these things is to lose the weight and keep it off. Through the many different diet programs I have gone through I have never been able to keep the weight off. Many of you may reading this may be the same way. These programs help for short periods of time but often are not sustainable. Only a life-long commitment to eating right and exercise can allow you to achieve this. This surgery will be my tool to get me started then it is all me for the rest of the journey. It is something I’m going to have to fight with everyday for the rest of my life. But I truly believe that with this tool and my great support system (nurses, doctors, family, friends, and the entire WLS (weight loss surgery) community) I can achieve these goals and live a much healthier and happier life.