Gastric Bypass Surgery Journey- The Psychiatric Evaluation
So today was a bit of a crazy person day for me and wouldn’t you know it I had my psychiatric evaluation portion of this strange journey I’m on. The kids woke up late and couldn’t seem to function to save their lives. They couldn’t find their clothing, their socks, the toothpaste, their hairbrush, etc. Newton’s Law- Anything that can go wrong will go wrong and then some. They were late for school and we were going to be late leaving for the hour-long drive in rush hour traffic to an unfamiliar area of the valley here.
All this and yet I was living with this fear that I can’t share with anyone except of course my husband who’s also having the surgery.
I have been struggling with the fear that I’m never going to eat cake or cookies ever again :o) so of course here I was thinking that with how the day was going so far I’d be in the middle of my evaluation with the doctor and yell out, “You mean I’m never going to have cake again- not even a Twinkie?
Twinkies came back just for me! Twinkies are part of my health routine. I pop them like vitamins. I figure that they have a 60-year shelf life- so- so do I times every Twinkie I eat and here I have proof. I have no wrinkles yet-not even one- it’s working. I’m preserved against the signs of aging and ill health. Whoops! Did I really just say that?” :o)
No, I’m just kidding you. I really don’t eat Twinkies- cakes and cookies yes, but not Twinkies.
You’re supposed to be so well put together and self-possessed about how prepared you are for the surgery. Don’t get me wrong. I’m really ready for the surgery and being Diabetes free, living longer for my family, looking great, feeling great, being way more active and in the game of life again instead of on the sideline, and all the other myriad of reasons that we are both doing this but how anybody could be facing such life-altering changes as these without being a little scared I have no idea.
Well, in all reality I passed my psych eval with flying colors and I left without the white jacket and two orderlies that always seem to accompany that crazy white jacket I’m always running from- go figure!:o) About the cake and cookies thing- well I’ll just keep screaming out in quiet desperation dreaming about Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookies and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing until this whole ordeal is at least past the surgery part and then they tell me I won’t want sugar ever again anyways so we’ll just have to wait and see.
I know! I know! I’m Diabetic so I’m supposed to be staying away from cake and cookies as it is. They just taste so good and they’re my go-to food when all else is wrong in the world.
After surgery, there’s a 90% probability that I will no longer be Diabetic and therefore I won’t be craving the carbs anymore so voila we will have a major problem solved. And you thought I didn’t know you were thinking, “Boy oh boy does this poor woman ever have a problem!” :o)
In case you are wondering my darling husband passed his evaluation with flying colors too-but, of course, he would because he manages to keep his crazy very well hidden unlike me :o)! I’m the resident crazy person in our family lately.:o)
I think everybody thinks that with the weight loss surgery a person will just go on eating everything they eat normally just in much smaller portions. Maybe after the surgery, they will have toddler size portions- a bite or two of all that’s offered on the plate and it could be any kind of food as long as you’re getting proper nutrition too of course. That’s what I thought as well. That apparently is not the case. Life is going to be very different.
What I know right now is that for eight weeks (two weeks before and six weeks after surgery) my husband and I are going to be on a liquid diet. And then we’ve been told to get a toddler plate and baby spoons as well as a scale and measuring cups to have on hand for when we start to eat again. When we do begin to eat we must get 70 grams of protein via lean meats such as chicken, fish, eggs, and turkey. We’ve also been told that we need to be prepared to drink 64 ounces of only water- no caffeine because it is very dehydrating.
As far as the scoop on sugar goes- it is off-limits period. If we eat or drink anything with sugar in it we will wish we hadn’t. There is this thing called Dumping syndrome.
Web MD explains it as this- Dumping syndrome is common after gastric surgery. It is a group of symptoms that may result from having part of your stomach removed or from other surgery involving the stomach. The symptoms range from mild to severe and often subside with time. Although you may find dumping syndrome alarming at first, it is not life-threatening. You can control it by making changes in what and how you eat. By controlling dumping syndrome, you will also be avoiding the foods that tend to make you gain weight.
Dumping Syndrome: Symptoms of the Early Phase
An early dumping phase may happen about 30 to 60 minutes after you eat. Symptoms can last about an hour and may include:
- A feeling of fullness, even after eating just a small amount
- Abdominal cramping or pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe diarrhea
- Sweating, flushing, or light-headedness
- Rapid heartbeat
Dumping Syndrome: Symptoms of the Late Phase
A late dumping phase may happen about 1 to 3 hours after eating. Symptoms may include:
- Fatigue or weakness
- Flushing or sweating
- Shakiness, dizziness, fainting, or passing out
- Loss of concentration or mental confusion
- Feelings of hunger
- Rapid heartbeat
So see- maybe the cake and cookies have really just got to go after all. They certainly aren’t going to fit in with my new lifestyle do you think.:o)
This will just be a great way to get it out of the house period before the kids face health consequences and a lifetime of being overweight. Thank God they are healthy and not overweight yet. So see- yet another positive to going through with this surgery.
These are the details that I’ve recently learned about in my Gastric Bypass surgery journey and believe me this is just the very beginning. There’s so much to learn yet and to wrap my head around.
All I do know is that I’m in a very unique position that not very many people get to experience. I have my best friend in the whole world beside me going through the surgery also so I’m so very lucky. We’re going through all of this together and we have the best support system in each other and in our family.
Stay tuned for further adventures in Bariatric Surgery. Do any of you know of someone who has gone through this surgery and maybe what life is like for that person now? I’d love to hear about it. Just leave your comments below and I’ll get to them as is as humanly possible these days with all of these hoops we’re having to jump through for our insurance company to support our weight loss surgeries. We seem to be doing nothing but going to appointment after appointment and class after class!
I can’t complain though because we’re really blessed that we have the insurance we do that’s willing to pay for all of the preparations and the surgery.
Take care until next time,