I’m happy I found this site because i feel overwhelmed with the list of effects I keep reading about. First, can any of you good people get me pointed in the right direction as far as all I should be doing to prepare for surgery? It’s August 17, 2017 and my surgery is at least 90 days away.
I do have some other issues I need to talk about:
I have very bad chronic pain due to spinal problems to include spinal stenosis, degenerative disk, ruptured disk and bulging disk. I also suffer arthritis in my hips and other joints. I have COPD, and PTSD with panic attacks that are crippling. I already take on average 40 pills a day, plus a 25mg fentanyl patch. I can’t imagine how I’m going take meds after surgery!
I am dedicated and resolved to go ahead with gastric sleeve. I won’t change my mind. For the last 3 years, I spend 99% of my time in my bed because walking, standing, and even sitting up causes me so much pain. I have even contemplated suicide. The only reason I’m still here is because of my wife, children, grandchildren, and faith.
I’m only 57, but was forced to retire from my career in law enforcement in 2010 due to my not being able to keep up with the physical aspects of the job. At the time I retired, I was 5’8″ 180 lbs and 15% body fat. Now I am 310 lbs and live in one room of my home. I know without drastic change, I won’t be around much longer. I decided that there are too many thing I want to do still to before I die.
Because of issues aside from my weight, exercise is impossible. Please let there be someone out there that reads this and can help advise me! Thank all of you that have read this. If you can’t offer any advice, your prayers are very much welcome!