It has been so long since I posted! First off I am sorry for neglecting my blogging responsibilities. Life was crazy busy for a while. Why do you ask? Well….I got a puppy! A beautiful little female Papillon that I named Izzy. Here is a picture of her when I brought her home in November and here she is now.
So much cuteness!!!!
I had my first appointment with DHMC, December 9, 2016. If you don’t remember what that entails, it was a one hour appointment with a dietitian and a one hour appointment with the nurse practitioner. Lab work was done (I think 7 vials of blood!) and a short physical exam.
During the one hour with the dietitian we discussed every diet I have ever tried in my entire life, how long I was on it, how much I lost, why it didn’t work, etc. We talked about my relationship with food. We talked about healthier eating habits and the need to learn the difference between physical hunger and head hunger.
My appointment with the nurse practitioner was much of the same but even more in depth. Did you ever starve yourself? Binge? Eat in private? There are lots of things I have come clean about to myself, my husband and my medical care team throughout this journey. It has been truly cathartic.
When we left we were scheduling the next appointment. I could come back in 2 weeks or I could wait until I could see the surgeon at the same time. The surgeon wouldn’t be available until the end of January so I decided to make my next appointment for when I could see the surgeon as well, instead of making 2 trips to DHMC and missing more time from work.
At this appointment I was given a 100 page workbook. My job was to read it before the next appointment, which was scheduled for January 24, 2017. This would be the 2 hour shared medical appointment. I would see the same dietitian and nurse practitioner, but I would be in a class with 6-8 others. At the end of the class we would meet with the surgeon.
I read every single page….twice. I also had to decide which surgery I wanted (gastric bypass or gastric sleeve) before the next appointment. For some people this is cut and dry. If you have metabolic changes (diabetes, GERD, high cholesterol, acid reflux) you would get the bypass, otherwise you basically have your choice.