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    Essentia Health
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    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I wanted to update I am four weeks post complete reversal today and doing great! I continue to eat clean: low to no sugar, very limited carbs, no milk, low fat cheese and 60 to 80 grams of protein each day. I walk at least 5 days a week and started running some today. Eventually I want to transition to more running. Prior to reversal, I had zero energy to exercise, now it is the best part of my day. I also didn't gain an ounce in my first month. So far, so good!!
  2. I wanted to update that surgery went well and today is my second day back at work. I did have to go back to the hospital for three nights for a bowel obstruction. My bowels are very sluggish post op. I am walking outdoors every day and very focused on a protein based diet. I would like to drop 10-15 pounds by the end of the year to give myself incentive to continue to follow a healthy diet. I dont intend to go back to eating filler food junk, consuming and alcohol. I also avoid sugar. I do get some stomach cramps at night. I think I need to get back to no food after 6 pm. It is the hardest rule to follow! I know this surgery saved my life and things can only get better from here. The key is to realize I am an addiction every day and I don't get a day off from that whether food or alcohol. I have a fresh 100 days free of alcohol on Monday
  3. Nine years ago when I had surgery, I had been married just six months. He only knew me as 265 pounds. As the weight came off, he seemed to expect that I would be more physical with him and essentially worship the ground he walked on. I think he expected an emotional metamorphis too. Instead I saw his jealousy over my weight loss grow and rage. He was not overweight, but he was very, very insecure. He re-established relationships with women behind my back. He wasn't terribly good at hiding them, so I figured out what was transpiring and we split in an unkind way. Looking back, I wish I had handled myself with more grace and dignity. I was heartbroken to be divorced, and I really loved him. He married one of his old girlfriends and we went our separate ways. I was single for five years, not by choice, but because of emotional/transfer addiction struggles. I have been remarried 18 months now. We are doing ok. We are best friends first, parents second, and lovers third, I would say. A good marriage should grow in intimacy, it isn't a given, so he and I learn new things about each other every day after over 2 years together.
  4. My gastric bypass takedown/reversal is now scheduled for October 1st. There was just as much anxiety waiting on the prior authorization to go through as there was for gastric bypass. I look forward to documenting my journey and continuing the successful keto/high protein diet I have always followed to not have weight regain be an issue. So many foods are very foreign to me after nine years of eating a healthier way. I am worried about post-op pain, but I have daily pain now, so hopefully it can be managed.
  5. I always appreciate anyone who is honest about alcohol and weight loss surgery. I have had challenges on and off over nine years' post op as well. Blacking out is very easy for those of us who suffer from reactive hypoglycemia; in fact its almost a guarantee! I started issues with addiction transfer about five years ago after a two month hospitalization near-death experience with salmonella poisoning that found its way to my bypassed pouch. I had a hysterectomy less than a month later for anemia related issues. I spent the better part of three months accumulating a whopper of a pity party. I took a job waitressing at a local restaurant/bar and going into the bar for a few drinks after work quickly snowballed into a transfer addiction. I spent the next 18 months denying my problem until I got a DUI when I was blacked out 3.5 years ago. The issues a DUI causes have been a real challenge. It curtailed the drinking and driving for good, obviously, but I have had issues where I have decided I could be a normal drinker again. Every attempt has failed, whether 6, 12 or 18 months pass. For me, the best plan is to abstain from alcohol for life. Yesterday was 10 weeks since my last drink. Thankfully my body is strong and my mind is clear, because I am scheduled for a complete reversal due to my barrage of health issues in 10 days. My intent is to abstain from alcohol for life. Good luck on your journey as well. As I work to get a book started on my experiences, my journey with alcohol will be included!
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