Another medical week

Weight lost: 26,2 kilo (58 lbs)

This week I had a couple of medical appointments again. On Wednesday I saw my family doctor to talk about my hemoglobin levels. She did not receive the lab work from the hospital and I had to go and get some bloodwork done. Again. I wonder at what point I will start feeling like a junk, with all those needles that are put in my arm all the time. Anyway, my hemoglobin was back at 6.8 and my doctor didn’t think that was bad at all considering the blood I have lost after my surgery. For now she will not give me extra supplements and she says we just have to make sure then number keeps going up and then it will be alright. In her opinion my body should be able to heal itself. We shall see.

Today I had to come back at the Nederlandse Obesitas Kliniek for the 3 month check-up with my support group. We had to stand on the scale and were measured. So far I have lost 13 cm of fat around my abdomen, that’s 5 inches. Not bad, I guess.  We all had an individual meeting with the doctor as well. She wasn’t too happy about my results though. I have lost 25% of my excess weight and in her opinion the average person would have lost 30% by now. I reminded her kindly that the average person would not have experienced any of the complications I had which set me back a couple of weeks, because I wasn’t allowed to go out and exercise until I was feeling better. Otherwise I am in a good shape. My blood pressure was fine and so was everything else. That was at least something.

It was really nice to see a couple of people from my group again. We hung around for a while with some coffee and tea to catch up. I guess they’re not used to that at the clinic, but we’ve got a wonderful group and I would like to see them all more often. Our next appointment is in September, so we took our time today. They also did a good job in cheering me up again after the doctor told me I didn’t lose enough weight. I am really glad I am not in this alone!

Healthy lungs & nasty shakes

On Friday I had my spirometry in the hospital in Beverwijk. My lungs are 100% okay, which is a good thing. This was the last medical examination for now, which means they will actually plan my surgery. I really hope that I will hear the date soon. Usually they call you two to three weeks before the actual date, but I think I have made it very clear that I just want to know it as soon as possible. Fingers crossed that I will get the news next week!

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The day didn’t end after my trip to Beverwijk. In the afternoon I have met my support group for the first time. We spent the afternoon at the Nederlandse Obesitas Kliniek, which is situated inside the St. Lukas Andreas hospital in Amsterdam. It was the second time that the group came together, but that wasn’t really a problem. The people I met were friendly so I’ll be fine there. I did come home with a headache. We got so much information at once from a dietitian, a doctor and a psychologist. It was all quite useful, but there’s so much that I need to learn before the actual surgery. I am not looking forward to the diet I will be on in the last two weeks before the surgery, but I have a goal. I need to keep in my mind that this is what I want to do. Even if that means that I have to live on nasty shakes for two weeks.

An unexpected phone call

This morning I received a phone call from the ‘Nederlandse Obesitas Kliniek‘ (Dutch Obesity Clinic) in Amsterdam. I didn’t really expect that as I have always had contact with the location in Hilversum until now. Before and after my weight loss surgery I will be part of a ‘support group’. We will all have the same surgical operation, so we will be able to support each other while we are changing our lifestyle. So the woman on the phone told me that if I would switch to their location in Amsterdam, I would be able to start with the support group on Friday.

I have said ‘yes’ on condition that I can start next week instead of Friday. On Friday I will have two appointments at the hospital in Beverwijk that I don’t want to reschedule. That is something she could understand, so it was fine. Things are really starting to happen now. It means that I will be preparing for surgery until April 11 and since there’s hardly a waiting list in Beverwijk it means that it will happen in April or May for sure! I am both excited and terrified, but at least I have something to look forward to!

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