I have so much to say about life after recovery that I could write a book about it.
There were so many changes. So many things I expected and so many things I didn’t expect at all.
One of the things I didn’t expect was how different the Mini Gastric Bypass is from the Lap Band.
After surgery, I was eating my food as I did with the Lap Band, but I still felt afraid to eat certain foods for fear of them getting stuck. I reached out to my nursing team for help and they said to me, “Remember, you don’t have a Lap Band anymore!”
That was an eye opener… I didn’t realize I was eating a particular way. That was the first step in life after recovery: changing the way that I thought and felt about eating my food.
Then came the portion part of the recovery process. One of my favorite foods is coconut shrimp. I used to be able to eat at least five with the Lap Band, but after having the MGB, two would be enough to fill me up.
It’s funny, because I imagine someone else wanting to lose weight would first look at that statement and feel bad for me. I know because that’s how I felt when I couldn’t eat larger quantities anymore. But then came the joy of knowing that two shrimp were enough! That is the part of living with the MGB that takes a lot of getting used to.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve become accustomed thinking about my quantity of food in a certain way. When my ability to eat larger quantities of food diminished, I felt like I was losing something. It took a while to change my thought process.
The other big eye opener, the one you are all most curious about… dumping syndrome! UGH! Yes, it happens. It’s not an easy subject to talk about, so let’s just get it over with.
The only way to get through it is trial and error. The Dietitian team can give you some great advice of what may or may not trigger it. The basic high sugar and high fat foods are the regular culprits, according to them. For me, there are more foods that can trigger it. Everyone is different, though, so what affects me may not affect you in the same way.
My final statement on this topic may get me in trouble with my aftercare team… But I’ll tell you anyway: I thought I didn’t need to take the vitamins suggested to me after surgery. I was never big on taking them before so I thought I could do without now.
Do yourself a favour and just take the vitamins, though. You will find your body will be much stronger and you will be healthier. They suggest them for a reason. Trust them to know what’s best when it comes to weight loss surgery. They are the experts!
Read more about Teresa’s weight loss journey in next month’s newsletter issue. “Me and My MGB” is an exclusive 12 part diary series of how a woman living with obesity changed her life when she made the decision to put herself first.