Big Fat Queer

June 20, 2011

Surgery Update

June 9, 2011

Inside My Stomach


If you click the picture above it enlarges.

I had an upper endoscopy today to rule out abnormalities in the stomach in preparation for surgery. Other than some minor gastritis all was good. The gastroenterologist lit up when he saw who my surgeon is and said he is one of the best in the country. That is encouraging. When I left he said that I had made a “wise and courageous decision”. I do hope he is right.

I had what was referred to as general anesthesia today, but I was never completely unconscious. I do have some anxieties about anasthesia and sleep apnea. For the surgery I will need to be completely under, so I need to lose about 30 pounds before then. It will make me feel a little less anxious. The anxiety is probably not completely rational. This is a major hospital on the vanguard of this kind of surgery and I am sure their anesthesiologists know how to deal with apnea since they operate on obese people, but I still don’t like the idea of being in an induced coma. Perhaps it has to do with control issues.

I got out of the doctor’s office around 4 pm and could not get a cab so I started walking home. I never got a cab so I walked about a mile in 100 degree heat. Probably not the smartest thing to do after anesthesia, but it is the most continuous walking I’ve done in a while.

June 7, 2011

Shrunk and Pureed

June 6, 2011

Surgery!

As per the video above I am in the preparatory stages anticipating vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery later this summer. Here is a video sketching out what this surgery entails.

Below is a video featuring the surgeon who will perform the surgery, Dr. Gregory Dakin at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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