The Final Countdown

And just like that, I am into my final week pre-op.  I think I have done almost everything that I need to do – in the next couple of days I’ll order some of the bariatric meal replacements (rather than relying on Optifast), I need to pack my hospital bag and the day before I need to get a final round of blood tests.

I’m full of nervous excitement.

Last night we went to the movies and as we were walking back to the car, the movie theatre is in a large shopping complex, I walked past a store I have never ever ever been able to shop in.  I caught myself wondering “would I be able to wear that?”.
Whilst the previews were on before the movie, there was something on the screen that made me think of the Tongariro Crossing, an adventure I haven’t even been able to consider doing and I thought to myself “one day I could actually do that”.  So I added it to Blondie’s Goals.

From now on these will be my victories – and my rewards.  Not on the scale wins, but non-scale victories.
I’ve met my goal weight loss for the surgery and in four more sleeps I will be in that operating theatre ready for a whole new chapter in my life.  I can’t believe how fast it has come around.  Or that the pieces have all fallen in to place.

Let’s just have a quick look at private weight loss surgery in New Zealand;

  • Visit your GP and discuss with them whether this is the best option for you.  You need their referral.
  • Check your medical insurance. I’m with Southern Cross on the WellBeing One plan, I’ve been with them for three years so they could cover up to $7500.
  • Get an appointment with the Surgery team – individual meetings with the nurse, surgeon, dietician and psychologist.  The team will meet and discuss your case and decide together whether to schedule your surgery.
  • Costs are approximately $20,000 for the surgeon and the hospital.  This includes 12 most post op care and support.
  • Medical procedure finance is available – Nova Medical Finance is often recommended.  Their process is slow and you must have all the paper work exact else it takes ages and can get very frustrating.
  • Optifast (for the pre-op diet) is available instore at Life Pharmacy or online at Pharmacy Direct.  Alternatively, even though its been out of stock, ams nutrition.co.nz has the Celebrate range which is supposed to be a hundred times nicer.  I’ll let you know when I finally get my hands on it.

Wanna know the biggest issues I have come across to date?
I can’t stop buying water bottles.  Eco friendly, fruit infusion, squeezable.  I think I have a problem.

2 Weeks Pre-Op

Time has absolutely flown by and all of a sudden, here we are.
Less than 2 weeks to my bypass now and I am into the 2 week pre-op diet.  Its actually not too bad – and not too hard.  Sure having 2 shakes a day is pretty boring but I’ve already met the weight loss goal that my surgeon set for me so now I am playing a game of “how low can it go?”

My starting weight was 154.5 kilograms and todays weight is 146.1 kilograms.

One of the questions, or sections of questions, that I was asked on my initial patient profile were around my relationship with food.

  • Do you eat in the car? 
  • Do you choose not to eat in front of others?
  • Do you eat when you are sad?

Oh no I thought, not really in the car.  I’m okay with eating around other people. Sad, not me!!

Woah – how bloody wrong was I?  And I started realising these things even before I entered the two week period.  I ate so much – and much more often than I even realised.  I felt quite deflated after this realisation, and quite scared and sad.  I ended up texting my Mom and laying it all out – even though I had admitted it to myself in my head, I wasn’t quite ready to say it out loud.  And then Mom gave me one of her talking to’s, which is exactly what I needed, and reassured me that I wasn’t making a mistake, this anxiety would pass and that she was proud.

So here we are – my surgery is in 10 days and I think I am organised.  I’ve met my goal weight loss, my final approval has come through from Southern Cross so they will cover the full $7500, I have my hospital pack and a new shiny Nutri Bullet blender.  I think I’m ready to go!  Am I missing anything?