Diagram of Operation

Diagram of Operation
My new tummy arrangement after gastric mini bypass

Thursday, 26 January 2012

"Twenty-seven weeks + a couple of days" weigh in and a breakthrough!

Sorry I didn't post last week, but I was feeling down about other health problems.  My weight hadn't changed much as I had been taken off my blood pressure tablets completely because I had low potassium and my doctor thought I might be peeing too much with the diuretics and losing potassium.  She was right.  A week after I came off the diuretics my potassium was back in the normal range.  Coming off diuretics meant that what should be my normal level of body fluid had to adjust again and as I gained a bit of fluid and lost a bit of weight, my overall weight wasn't moving.

All that has changed now though and I have finally broken through the 100kg barrier.  I weighed yesteray morning as I was going to a meeting in the evening with lots of other of my surgeon's mini gastric bypass patients at a social event held in the hospital, and I wanted to know my weight before that.  I am so happy to say that I am now 99.2kgs/218lbs/15st 8lbs!  I had aimed to be there by the end of February, so it's very good news.

Here's a fat photo and then today's photo - I know which I prefer!

My next breakthrough will be when I've lost 100 lbs.  I'd like very much to break through the 200lbs barrier and I hope to do that by  my birthday, 12 April 2012.  I'm giving myself realistic targets - I had no target initially -  as I don't ever want to say that I failed.  I'm not a failure anymore, I'm a success.  I have so far lost 43.9kgs/97.5lbs/6st 12.5lbs - brilliant!

My other health problems are a very high parathyroid hormone level, twice the normal maximum.  I had one of my four parathyroid glands removed in June 2011 as there was a tumour on it and my consultant can't understand why my hormone level is so high now.  I also have a strange bony growth on my clavicle - collar bone - directly beneath the parathyroidectomy scar, which is really odd and no-one medical seems to know what it is - I just hope it's nothing sinister.   Next week I am having an x-ray on the bone lump and a scintigraphy - radio active injection and three hours later a scan - to ascertain whether there is another tumour on another parathyroid gland.   The worry is taking away a bit from my weight loss and renewed fitness happiness, but fingers crossed for some good results next week. 

The mini gastric by pass patient meeting went well yesterday evening, although the acoustics in the room were not helpful to someone partially deaf and foreign!   There was a talk from the people who run Obesite Sud Bretagne, which is an association to promote information and advice about bariatric surgery.  The suggestion is that a similar organisation is formed in the St Brieuc area and there will be another patient meeting on 29 February to discuss that, with potential patients attending too.  It was good to meet with other bypassees and find that we had similar problems and similar joys.


  1. Well done, you look like a different person. Simply amazing.xxx

  2. Thanks, Sarah. I feel like a different person too. I can't think how I carried around the nearly seven stone I lost, all day every day. x