In Just 2 Weeks

Minus100In just 2 weeks, our lives are going to change. Yeah, I know this may seem like an overly dramatic statement but it’s really true. 2 weeks from today, Vic is scheduled to have his gastric bypass surgery. And, that Minus 100, that represents the amount of weight Vic will hopefully lose over the first year or so.

This is not something he decided to undergo lightly. For 7 years (he was diagnosed when Gabe was 3 months old), Vic has fought a vicious case of type 2 diabetes. Vic did everything he was suppose to do. He followed the proper diet. He did the best he could to exercise but his blown out knee (the knee that ended his fire fighting career) interfered. In only 2 years, Vic went from what seemed like a normal case of type 2 diabetes to being completely insulin dependent and, in 3 more years (5 yrs from diagnosis), he started having signs of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It reached the point that Vic became genuinely concerned about living long enough to see our kids grow up, about living long enough so we could grow old together. That was when he started pursuing gastric bypass surgery.

We are hopeful that this surgery will truly be life changing. Sure, the gastric bypass will force Vic to change his eating habits because the size of his stomach will be drastically reduced and his GI tract will be changed enough that food and vitamins will be absorbed differently. In fact, the eating changes have to start before the surgery. But, hopefully, his eating habits and weight loss won’t be the biggest change. What many people don’t realize is that gastric bypass surgery doesn’t just let diabetics lose weight. *For many of the diabetics who undergo this surgery, it is the cure that rids them of diabetes. In fact, up to 85% of diabetics don’t even need insulin as soon as 3 days out from surgery. The doctors hope that if the diabetes is cured by the surgery, Vic’s body might slowly be able to overcome the effects of the peripheral neuropathy. It would be such a relief to have my husband be happy and healthy again.

As I mentioned, the dietary changes begin before the surgery. For the 4 weeks before the surgery, any gastric bypass patient must go on a high protein, low-fat diet. There are a bunch of reasons for the diet and I’d be happy to go into it if anyone is interested. But, for the first 3 weeks, the diet consists of 1 lean meal a day, 2 protein shake meals, and 2 to 3 high protein snacks a day. For the final week before surgery, he will be on 5 protein shakes a day. In an effort to support Vic and to make the diet a bit more palatable, I went on a quest to find some great recipes for homemade low-fat, high protein bars. I found 3 protein bar recipes that are really great. They are super easy to make, they are yummy enough that even the kids like them, and they completely meet the requirements of his pre-surgery diet. We also discovered that you can use the sugar free drink mixes (like Crystal Lite) and mix them in the protein shakes for flavor variety. We are still on a quest for good recipes for post surgery (once solid-ish food is allowed). There is so much to think about and so much to try and plan for. I am both thrilled and can’t believe it is only 2 weeks until his surgery date.

Thanks for your patience with my rambling post. It really helps to talk about what is coming up. If you can spare some good thoughts or maybe a few prayers, please send them this way.

Thanks a million y’all.

* If you want to read more about gastric bypass and how they think it cures diabetes, check out this Discover Magazine article.

11 Responses to In Just 2 Weeks
  1. StacieT
    April 30, 2013 | 2:53 am

    Thinking of you guys and sending lots of love and good vibes your way!
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  2. Christine Seip
    April 30, 2013 | 7:19 am

    Sending you guys much love and prayers. You know I’m here if you need anything.

    • Kristin
      April 30, 2013 | 12:37 pm

      Knowing you are only a short drive away is comforting. You know we love you.

  3. mrs spock
    April 30, 2013 | 9:29 am

    You know Michell had a GB, and I think she got a lot of recipes from a blog called Egg Face:

    • Kristin
      April 30, 2013 | 12:38 pm

      Yeah, I’ve talked to Michell about her surgery. I just kept forgetting to get the link from her. Thanks a million.
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  4. Sandy
    April 30, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Thinking of you! Best wishes to you and Vic!
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    • Kristin
      April 30, 2013 | 12:38 pm

      Thanks, Sandy. Knowing y’all are out there means more than I can say.
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  5. Another Dreamer
    April 30, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Getting so close now! Hoping so much that things go smoothly.
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    • Kristin
      April 30, 2013 | 1:06 pm

      Thanks. I am fighting that underlying fear that a lot of us infertility survivors seem to have. I have trouble believing that we are going to fall on the right side of the medical odds this time.
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  6. Battynurse
    May 2, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    Thinking of you all and hoping surgery and recovery are quick and easy.

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