My Weight Loss Journey

Health, Surgery, and Waiting…

It has been one week since I went into the ER with what I thought was a blockage of my ileostomy. It has happened a couple of times over the years and I thought it was no big deal. I was wrong. Very wrong.

A Parastomal hernia has developed under my stoma and the bowel has been caught in it. That is what caused the blockage. So, I went in and they had to insert an NG tube to remove everything and then was transferred to another hospital in El Paso.

I thought I was getting surgery which is the only reason I agreed to be moved. But that surgeon did not want to operate. He wanted me to see my surgeon who performed my ileostomy. She, however, does not do hernia surgery. My surgical team is at UNM in Albuquerque but they don’t operate on anyone with a BMI over 35. Which is definitely me.

So, after a lot of phone calls here is what is happening.

I’m going to get weight loss surgery first. That is my only option. I was put on a liquid diet. The first appointment I could get into the bariatric surgeon isn’t until July 2. So, this is going to be a loooooooooooooong road ahead.

I’m hoping they can repair the hernia at the same time when they do the weight loss surgery. That would be ideal. If not, I’m looking at two surgeries.

I was on the keto diet and was totally committed but I wasn’t really losing much weight. Now, I’m on a liquid/soft food diet. I am trying to avoid sugar as much as possible. My doctor has taken me off my medication for now.

This is all a waiting game at this point. If you know or you’ve been through it, you know that getting weight loss surgery takes a really long time. There are a lot of hoops you have to jump through in order to qualify and in order for them to perform the surgery.

I’m not sure how I’m going to handle being on this diet for so long, but I did it once before when I was really sick with Crohn’s. I thought I was moving forward, but it seems I’m moving backwards.

I’m trying to keep positive but when you’re hungry, in pain, and irritated, it can be quite hard.

I’ll keep you updated with any changes. For now, if you have any advice for liquid/soft foods that are more filling, let me know.

Ruth Anne

4 thoughts on “Health, Surgery, and Waiting…”

  1. Oh no! I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I hope they fix your hernia at the same time as the weight loss surgery. Sending love and prayers 🙏🏻❤️

    1. Thanks, Iseult. It seems that my health journey just evolves. I wish it were different but I’m struggling to come to terms with it. I think in time, I’ll be okay. Right now, I’m not going to lie, I’m a little stressed.

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