I am now 7 months post-op RNY and my weight is starting to stabilize. I had my 6-month follow-up a few weeks back and my surgical team continues to be absolutely floored by my progress. They told me at that appointment that I had officially lost 90% of my excess weight. Typical weight loss patients are at that percentage lost by their 1 years anniversary, if not later.
In other words… I’m killing it.
I’m also officially only 10lbs from my goal weight. My personal and official goal weight post-op is 180lbs. Why 180lbs given that I am 5’6″? It’s both personal preference and structural. I am a large person, in frame and musculature. I would have to lose muscle mass to hit the ideal BMI range for my height, and that just isn’t something I am interested in. At 190lbs I am already well within my comfort range for where I feel my best.
Last week I did have my first post-op freakout though. I’d had some intermittent abdominal pain for a few days, but when I woke up the morning after the Weezer/Pixies concert it had intensified. I ended up leaving work and going to the ER to get checked out. The ER is claiming it’s GERD (they’re wrong, RNY patients don’t get GERD), but I have to follow-up with my surgeon. I’ve already scheduled a followup with my surgeon for a couple weeks from now, but the pain has subsided for the most part.
The most likely option is that its nerve pain from stomach nerves waking back up. I’d been pushing myself around the house and the concert probably just made things more inflamed resulting in some serious pain. The ER gave me liquid lidocaine with Maalox and that was likely all my poor pouch needed to calm itself down and bring the inflammation back under control.
Otherwise, things have been peachy. The single biggest thing I need to work on is getting my booty to the gym. Hoping to start working that back in in the coming month or so, especially now that we’ve moved, the house is more unpacked, and we moved much closer to our gym.