Meeting the surgeon

Yesterday I had my first appointments at the hospital in Beverwijk. I had to be there at 10 am, but since the highway to Amsterdam and Beverwijk is quite busy we had to get up early. The letter they had sent me earlier this month said I would have two appointments that morning. First I was going to meet the bariatric surgeon and later on I would see the anesthesiologist. The people from the obesity clinic had told me that there would be a blood test as well so I was prepared for that.

In reality I was at the hospital all morning. The first stop, after the registration desk, was the surgeon. I was early but he could see me right away. It’s a nice man and I got a good feeling from him. He congratulated me with the fact that I got through the screening and he asked me if I had any questions.  He told me about possible complications and that the nurses take excellent care of you after surgery. There were some things he wanted me to do before the surgery and he actually had a to-do-list for me with everything that needed to be done. There were six steps on his list, such as planning an endoscopy, an appointment with a nurse and fill out some forms for the anesthesiologist. Of course there were several departments involved so it felt more like a quest or a game to me. When I was done it was time to see the anesthesiologist. I thought that would be the last step of the day, but I was wrong about that as well. He wanted me to get an ECG (which I could do right away) and spirometry (for which I had to plan yet another appointment.) Two days before I will have my surgery, I have to come back for more bloodwork.

It sounded to me as if Beverwijk will be my second home for the next couple of weeks, but the good news is that it’s actually happening now. In a couple of weeks I will get my gastric bypass surgery and that is my goal. That is what actually counts!

Welcome

The first blog post on a new blog always feels a bit awkward. Of course I do want to say ‘hello’ and I want to welcome you all to reading my stories, but where do I begin? There’s a short introduction on the ‘about me‘ page that you may like to read and otherwise I’d say you will all get to know me along the way.

Blogging is not really new to me. I’ve been blogging since 2003 on various blogs, but right now I only have a personal blog besides this one. Although I have always written about my life, this blog will be far more detailed about a certain aspect of my life. A part of me that I have never really talked about: My weight. It’s kind of scary, but on the other hand I think writing about it will certainly help me to get through this journey.

In November 2012 I went to my family doctor to talk about my weight and the fact that I thought it was time to do something about it. I have had several screenings, meetings and I have seen a dietitian for six months. All those things were necessary before I was allowed to take the next step. At the moment I am preparing myself for the big moment, my gastric bypass surgery. I don’t have an exact date yet, but it will happen somewhere in April or May 2014. Next week I will meet my surgeon and see the hospital for the first time. In the next weeks I will write about the preparations. Hopefully I will get the exact date soon so I can start counting the days!

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