Last summer my dad decided to have the Lateral Gastric Sleeve surgery. A lateral sleeve gastrectomy removes over 60% of the stomach leaving a narrow tube as the stomach pouch.
I have to admit, my mom and I were a little skeptical. Don’t get me wrong, we wanted to see him succeed, but this was a man used to eating wings, hamburgers, and banana pudding in massive amounts. How could he survive (mentally) on pureed pork chops? We couldn’t even get him to eat our healthy meal plans, and the thought of chewed up meat even made me nauseas.
Plus, he always seemed confident at his weight. Did he want to be healthy that badly? I firmly believe, it’s a choice. He posted this picture of his Birthday homemade banana pudding he enjoyed, and I wasn’t sure he could give it up.
He wore Levi’s and henley tops daily even owning his own business. His number one priority is to always make everyone comfortable, but the truth was he was not physically comfortable anymore. So he attended every support and informational group in the area for months, discussed the procedure with his doctors, and decided to take the plunge.
His determination was there, and we supported him….even though we were a little scared. He was home in a couple of days, and he did pretty well on the pre- and post- diet. I say pretty well because he did up going back to normal foods too early and having stomach aches, but he had no serious side effects.
He has went from 262 lbs to 170 lbs and 21 pills to none in 10 months. Isn’t that nuts? Since I was about 5 years old, my dad has always been in a XXXL so his energy and personality now still keep me guessing. Nearly a year later, my mom and I are still learning new things about him. The same guy that ate banana pudding like it was going out of style now sends us pictures like ….
And “Guess where I am” text messages…
I’m so proud of him, and I look at the lateral sleeve gastrectomy surgery in a whole new way now. It is a wonderful opportunity for people that are unable to workout and diet (or just won’t). The puree pork chops are still gross, but luckily they don’t last long. ;)