RYN surgery successfully put my diabetes in remission and changed my eating habits. I continue to remain aware of dietary restrictions and try to exercise and keep active through aging. The last two years have been difficult with the lock down from COVID 19 recommendations. Year 2020, when my husband was seriously ill and in ICU for several months, was stressful and as a result I lost 25 lbs. Since he recovered, life has been less stressful but with limited activities I have gained weight.
All in all my diabetes in under control, my energy is much greater. At age 84, I feel good even though some aging ailments are beginning to creep in and I am anemic, just under the recommended level and kidney failure is stage 3. I can't blame it on the RNY but it does help me keep on a better diet and no desserts or rich food.
Old cravings for ice cream, candy, etc are totally gone. Ice cream actually makes me almost sick. Portion sizes are extremely small and I'm not complaining! The saying, "Stop when your hunger feeling is gone" works, in fact if I start hiccuping I know that is the sign that I have to stop. If I am working hard and really need to eat, I have a hard boiled egg that I keep for energy instead of sweets or carbs.
Would I have the surgery again? Absolutely, but if I was young I would try everything in my power to change my diet first.
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Starting Weight: 299 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 175 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
Weight Lost: 124 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Status: Maintaining Weight
First Dr. Visit: 04/04/2011
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval