Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gastric bypass surgery scheduled for Friday

Say goodbye to my hearty recipes. Brazilian BBQs, all-you-can-eat pizza or sushi restaurants, big pousada breakfasts – soon to be just a memory.
On Friday I am scheduled for elective gastric bypass surgery.  By sometime after noon on Friday my stomach will be cut and stitched down to the size of a shot glass.

Just last night I ate three pieces of a fabulous cauliflower, leek, sun dried tomato pie.  The sun is setting on that reality.  In a month or so I will again be able to eat whatever I like, but the portion size will be a fraction of that three-slice indulgence.
It’s time.  I have been on one diet or another for the past 35 years.  I like to say that I was skinny for about 15 minutes in 1999 and met Luiz. Lucky me.  Since then I have been heavier every year (unfortunately).
The decision is made. I’ve spent the past 6 months taking multiple tests, consulting a psychologist, nutritionist and physical therapist. The insurance company has finally signed off (although they have five more days to screw things up). I am preparing for surgery with specific exercises.
Wish me well!
Here is a video that briefly explains the procedure.

21 comments:

Meredith said...

I wish you well! Take care.

Adrienne said...

Good Luck!

Alex said...

Good Luck to you!

Jim said...

Thanks all - it means a lot. I'll keep you posted.

Lindsey said...

Take care Jim!! Good luck - we'll be waiting to hear how it all goes :)

Jana @ Paper plains said...

Best of luck to you! For the surgery and the recovery =)

Ray and Gil said...

Hey JIM!!! We wish you all the best buddy!
A swift recovery, you will be skinny in no time ;)

Ray and Gil

Born Again Brazilian said...

Good luck!

The Reader said...

Best of luck, Jim. Praying that all goes well for the surgery/recovery. Keep us posted.

Rachel said...

Good Luck Jim! Keep us in the loop and let us know if there's anything you need!

How long will you have to stay in the hospital?

Luasol (Jane) said...

Good luck!

Danielle said...

I'd say good luck, but you don't need it, because it'll be fine! I hope it doesn't hurt, and that you have lots of fun with the pain meds! <3

Corinne said...

Good luck Jim

Jim said...

Thanks everyone. It's nice to know I have your support.

Rachel - I go in at 6 a.m. and come home at 5 p.m.

I'll be in the old hospital downtown (Niterói) - I just miss getting a spot at the brand new hospital by about a week... shucks.

Anita said...

Boa sorte e ótima recuperação !

bee and jay said...

Sorry to come late to this conversation- wishing you good fortune, Jim.

John & Bruce

Nancy said...

My best to you, my dear friend Jim!

thetaoofme.com said...

I'll be thinking of you all day, and looking forward to hearing the story. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

SN said...

Sending positive energy and prayers your way!! I used to work with patients after this surgery so I know the long road ahead- Please keep us updated so we can continue to support you!!

Sara

Gina said...

Hi Jim - my first time posting a comment on your blog - but just wanted to say hello and wish you well on your surgery. I live in New York and work in a hospital and several of the surgeons I work for are bariatric specialists so I know also about your road ahead. I think you will do great but will be concentrating on you on Friday and sending good vibes your way! Gina

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