Friday, June 18, 2010

Not OBESE anymore...

So yesterday, I was working (like normal) and got a referral to evaluate a patient that is basically bed bound. He's incapacitated because he's super morbidly obese. He had a twisted bowel and had to have surgery and now, two weeks later, he's barely able to get up. He wants to get control over his life, but can't. Anyhow, he's LOST 70lbs while being in the hospital, but most of that is likely lean muscle mass because he hasn't been moving or doing load/weight bearing activities. There's no special story really here to tell, I did my evaluation, made recommendations, basically did my job. But my heart ached for him. Because I understand that helplessness.
I understand that feeling that there is no way to get control over life and weight after being heavy for so long. I chose to get control over my life- because I knew if I didn't do it, then I would have a miserable quality of life. So that's one of the reasons I chose gastric bypass. I had to get control of my life. Gastric bypass saved my life.

So last night, I came home and hopped on the scale. I'm not weighing every single day, I don't want to obsess about the scale like that. Then I decided I should take that new weight and plug it into my handy dandy BMI Calculator app on my iPhone. I about cried.
BMI calc said: 
Your BMI: 

I literally got on my knees and thanked God for my RNY gastric bypass. 

So, it wouldn't be a good post if I didn't give you guys pictures, eh?

From the left of each picture set...
Picture 1: 9/29/10, the night before my surgery. My husband didn't quite understand my need to take these pictures, but now, he gets it.

Picture 2: 3/8/10, down about 85 lbs (or so)
Picture 3: 6/17/10, down 109 lbs.

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