Category Archives: Post-Op: Staying on Track

A Long Overdue Update: Life After Gastric Bypass

Wow – has it really been nearly 10 months since my last update?  Guess so.  Sorry about that folks.  Been crazy around here.

In March 2012, my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma.  He underwent 3 surgeries and is now undergoing a year of treatment.

In May 2012, we decided to downsize and move.  My hubby could no longer maintain the 3 acres we had, and I couldn’t keep up with cleaning the 4,000 sq foot house!  So we put the house on the market and in August we moved into a brand new 4 bedroom duplex.  Brand new – as in, newly built, no one has ever lived in it before new. :)  It’s only 1,600 sq ft, with a garage and basement storage area.  It’s on two levels and perfect for us and the 3 kiddos still at home. Continue reading

Weight Loss Surgery Complications: A new year – a new me?

Happy New Year!

I know I’ve been remiss about posting here regularly; but do get comments on my older posts – so I know folks are finding this site and still benefiting from previous posts.

Today, I want to give you an update on where I’m at in my post-op journey….

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Gastric Bypass Complications

July 27, 2011 will mark my 7 year RNY gastric bypass post-op anniversary. I will not be celebrating.

Like most, I sailed through the actual surgical procedure without complications. I had no major issues or problems.  I ignored my surgeon’s supplemental advice of 2 Flintstones chewables and Carnation Instant Breakfast as his recommended ‘supplemental’ advice; and began taking bariatric specific supplements as soon as I got home from the hospital.

Imagine my shock when 3 years later I had a mild heart attack due to severally low ferritin and iron levels.  The form of iron I was taking, was not what  I needed.  I also learned that the portion of our small intestines that does the best job absorbing iron – I had removed as part of my bypass surgery.

Then, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and severally low vitamin D and zinc.  How could this be?  I was taking my supplements.

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