“My energy level is through the roof”
Date: February 2010
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
What was life like before your
Prior to surgery there were a lot of aches and
pains. I was limited in some of the activities I could participate in with my family. Long walks and walks with an incline were a thing
of the past. Enjoying the outdoors was not possible if it was even remotely warm
I had been scheduled for surgery in November of 2007; however 4 weeks prior to surgery
I found out I was pregnant. In June of 2008 we had a son. He was our 4th child and the final addition to our family. At that
point I decided to give it one more shot on my own.
After a year I went back to work where I had three co-workers
who had previously had gastric bypass surgery. Seeing their success made me start to seriously think about surgery again.
The final decision to pursue gastric bypass came the day my husband and 3 1/2 year old daughter went on a hike to the top of a cliff. My husband
had done this hike twice before and had always told me how beautiful it was up there. This was his third time doing it but this time he took our daughter up with him.
I wasn't able to join them because my weight affected my asthma and I knew I would never be able to make it to the top without
having an attack. When they returned a few hours later my daughter came running up to me and excitedly told me, "Mommy, you can
see the whole world from up there!" THAT was IT! I wasn't going to let my weight
stop me from seeing my kids enjoy life. THAT was the final straw. When we returned home from the holidays I made the phone calls and started the
process of getting approved for the Roux en Y gastric bypass.
What led to your decision to have the surgery?
My decision to have surgery was not made lightly. I did a lot of
research and also had the benefit of having three co-workers who had had the surgery already. I was not initially a fan of
the surgery. I soon became more educated about it and started to see the positive effects it had on their lives. It's surprising that
they still speak to me sometimes. I bombarded them with questions about the surgery...the pros, the cons and everything in between. I left
no stone unturned. I wanted to be sure that this was right for me. After many discussions with my husband (because he had just as many questions
as I did) we both decided that this was the right thing for me and the right time to do it. I wanted to teach my kids
better habits than I had but I needed a tool to help me do that. Gastric bypass was my tool.
How was your experience with Barix?
When dealing with Barix
Clinics it was very reassuring to know that these people dealt with this surgery
day in and day out. Everyone was so friendly and willing to answer questions. You never felt like you
were being looked down on for being overweight. They were there to help educate and answer questions so you could make an
Everyone was great.
My pre-op nurse kept me very informed about what was going to happen and how my next couple of days were going to
be. He was very friendly and he kept me calm; this was my first surgery ever, so my nerves were starting to get the better of me. The anesthesiologist
in and was very thorough and friendly as well. The doctor was the last to come see me before we went to surgery. He too went over everything.
He then met with my husband after surgery to give him an update on how well it went. The nurses on the floor were phenomenal during my stay--always
How is your life after surgery?
This year I
was able to join my family on the hikes during our holidays. This was just a mere 6 months after having my surgery. What a great feeling. The aches and pains are gone. My energy level is through the roof. My husband thinks I'm a much happier person now and notices
the positives changes that have happened in such a short time. He's even noticed the simple things I do, like painting my nails, doing my
hair (instead of throwing on a ball cap), and wearing make-up and jewelry. Being able to buy clothes off the regular racks
at regular stores and not being charged more for them has been a really nice feeling too.
What would you tell someone considering Barix?
This surgery is not for
everyone. Do your homework and research, be very informed. This is a great tool but that is all it is...a TOOL! This is a
lifelong commitment. Not a quick fix! I wish I could talk to everyone who is thinking of having this surgery. There is so
much to talk about. While this surgery does help with portion control it is possible to stretch your pouch back out. You always
have to watch how much you put on your plate and listen to your body when you begin to feel full. Lose the mentality 'I have
to clean my plate.' NO YOU DON'T. It's ok to push your plate away with food still on it. Take advantage of the tool and use it
to its full ability. The possibilities are endless.