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Bariatric + 6 Months

The changes in him are absolutely astounding.

90-pound weight loss over the last year, and while he doesn’t have “a spring in his step” as another bariatric patient I heard about was described, I am finding myself trying to keep up with him.

His mind is more clear, despite being on the same medications he was on previous to the surgery (except of course for the ibuprofen).  In fact, he was just part of a special Think Tank focus group that discussed the topic of Immigration, to share ideas and recommendations with one of the sub-committees of the United States Congress.  Wow!  🙂

Too bad the arthritis is still very much there.  However the weight-loss is enabling him to be on his feet more and to do more.  And his recovery is faster – though every so often it catches up to him and he has a sleepy day in bed.  Guess his sleep has as hard a time keeping up with him as I do.  🙂

And he is still tethered to the oxygen tube, but he finds new and original ways to deal with that, and with getting things done from his electric wheelchair that would otherwise involve too much walking.

He is now so much more than I had expected he would ever be again.


Bariatric Results

He’s been back to the surgeon for the bariatric follow-up appointment.  Results?

Surgery itself is healing properly and well.  As a matter of fact, it no longer causes pain.  Yea!

Diabetes practically gone (not quite), swelling in feet gone, weight-loss over 20 lbs – these are going well.

Other side of the coin: nausea a bit, tired some, arthritis pain intensified.  😦  Hoping that physical therapy at a multi-disciplinary location will decrease the stiffness in the back, which is locking up a little more (and causing more pain) each day without the benefit of anti-inflammatories.  That is the greatest concern.  It has nothing to do with the surgery, other than having to stop the ibuprofen, and was the thing he was most concerned about before surgery.  Hopefully weight-loss will also help, but it’s not guaranteed.

It’s a drastic step to take, but can be the best choice for some.  It is a lifestyle change.

In this case, we hope it will increase the quality of life.  I think it will.  🙂