Good morning and welcome to Shrinking Inkdgirl…
This will be a long and wonderful journey for all those who so chose to give a damn about what I may have to say! LOL…Im sarcastic, dont sit on the fence,you will get raw emotions,my in my head voice comes out daily!, and Im not afraid to speak my mind.
First off we need to explore why I chose to blog and make my lil old life public info. I am a WLS vetern.. Yup I am, dont judge me or say I took the easy road out cuz I didnt and you will see why momentarily.
Way back in 1999 I had the old school Vertical Banded Gastroplasty done in Edmonton Ab.. I had massive complications post op and came pretty close to seeing my maker if it wasnt for my insistence on getting help..aka getting cut open in the walk in clinic to relieve the bulging abcess brewing in my belly… Gross, yes! After 3 months of post op nursing , irrigation the wound decided it will now close. Education for WLS peeps pretty much did not exist then. I had no idea about protein, fluid intake or whatever related to this surgery. I ate Lipton soup for a year I think! Plug for you Lipton, it was a love affair!
So , 18 months later , I did lose weight and got to 150 lbs.. BUT… I was not healthy.. I did not eat properly, (SOUP) and I did not take vitamins.
So lets fast forward 10 years… I am now vomitting every meal and dehydrated daily.. what is wrong with me.. I see surgeon in Toronto , cuz I live in Ontario now, and he says he’ll fix me right up.. Umm ok go for it cuz I hate puking! Turns out my stoma has closed off and I have no where for my highly chewed for to go? So said surgeon cuts me all up , never offer up a revision?.. and I am all fixed up.
Fast forward a year …I gained 100lbs.. WTF!! I guess said body which has been malnourished and starved for 10 years likes food and grabs every calorie,fat gram and holds onto it for dear life! BUT, lil Miss Inkdgirl does not like this new lifestyle and begs for her old self back. So I start researching Revision surgery, I go thru the process in On for WLS and very quickly get denied due to all my prior surgeries.. The program here is too new for my old body!
SO, enter the very talented and wonderful doc DR William Graber in Utica NY.. my new BFF! I see him In June 2010 and he agrees to fix me up good! And guess what, HE DID! I got my life back with RNY surgery and like I was used to for 10yrs, I had protion control with me daily.
I had my surgery Aug 2010 and by Aug 2011 I was down 110lbs.. Yes in the beginning it was easy, the weight flew of, but now I am conscious of every single thing that enters my mouth!
No it is not the easy way out, I work my tool ! I am a complete gym rat and love cardio and weights! I will shout out to the great Jamie Eason at bodybuilding.com for motivating me everyday to work my muscles!
I will have to dig deep for those old photos from 1999, but in the mean time I will show you a before and after 2010-2011…