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  • #31090
    londonmag
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    Getting more nervous by the nano second

    Very worried

    Very personal issue, but do most people write letters for family in case of “issues” ?

    On the plus side, I do like nice cold, ice cold milk 🙂

    #47480
    Whitey
    Member

    I know this is a question I asked before my bypass. Many people do write letters to their loved ones and even plan their funeral. I intended to do all that but when it came down to it I couldn’t write those letters. On a more practical side I did get all my finances in order and made a will. I think it’s all down to the individual. Good luck with your milk diet & op please keep us posted x.

    #47473
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    I wrote letters to my husband, children, sister and parents. And I wrote a will.

    It all seems so silly now but at the time, it made me feel much ‘easier’ knowing I had ‘put my affairs in order’ should I have not pulled through. Funnily enough, the hardest ones to write were to my parents and sister. I am 10 years older than my sister and it is always presumed I would ‘go’ first! Of course, it goes without saying that no child should die before their parents so that was really, really hard.

    But, pull through I did! And the status quo has been maintained. I now have the same life expectancy as anyone else. What a blessing?

    Doodah x

    #47477
    londonmag
    Member

    all a bit massive at the moment.

    started writing to my 5 year old and just keep crying.

    can get throug a will I think, and was going to do a video message to all, other than I would blub through that too 🙁

    i suspect a few later nights and letters that are not too long will have to be the way forward !

    thanks doodah / whitey
    x

    #47482
    sharlotte
    Member

    Would u do this for a gastric band op?x

    #47481
    ebaa
    Member

    I had a bypass & I did letters ! my kids are 8 & 5 so can totally relate to the tears as you write them ! Fortunately I’m now almost 5 months post op 6 & a half stones lighter & the letters have been burnt !!! Good luck to you – you will be fine x

    #47476
    londonmag
    Member

    Eva’s thank you!

    The fire is a great vision

    K
    X

    #47471
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @sharlotte 25645 wrote:

    Would u do this for a gastric band op?x

    The band is a far less invasive surgery but ANY surgery carries risks – even a dental extraction!

    The problem for us is that many of us have reached a point where we are quite poorly individuals so it’s often a bit risky. My BMI was 64 and I had plenty of co-morbidities so of course it makes for a lot of worrying. Having said that, our surgeons have operated on people 50st+ who have gone on to make outstanding recoveries.

    It’s always prudent to worry a little. However, major fretting could be counter-productive.

    So, in answer to your question, if you feel you would like to, then do it.

    Doodah x

    #47472
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @londonmag 25644 wrote:

    all a bit massive at the moment.

    started writing to my 5 year old and just keep crying.

    can get throug a will I think, and was going to do a video message to all, other than I would blub through that too 🙁

    i suspect a few later nights and letters that are not too long will have to be the way forward !

    thanks doodah / whitey
    x

    I cried buckets and buckets. I kept my letters so that when I read them now, I can see how far I have come. I was in fear for my life back then. Now, I know I have a future and it feels absolutely fantastic! Ironically, what I wrote is still relevant: I told my husband not to be lonely, my daughter to keep singing as I would be listening and my son to carry on being the joker as I would still be laughing. That’s exactly what I would still say….Uh Oh….eyes welling up. Better stop right now hahaha!

    Doodah x

    #47483
    RaeRae
    Member

    Hi Ya
    I to wrote letters for my husband and the kids, I also briefed my sisters on what i wanted for the Children’s futures, I must say talking to them was exceptionally hard as they would not stop crying. But I agree with Doodah do what you feel is right.
    Hope that helps just a tiny bit
    Rae x

    #47478
    londonmag
    Member

    It is hard to know what to do, but think I need to write them somehow. It is thinking if so much to write that makes it harder, but guess that shows how special they are to me, and reminds me of why I am doing this

    Thanks all

    K
    X

    #47474
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @londonmag 25705 wrote:

    It is hard to know what to do, but think I need to write them somehow. It is thinking if so much to write that makes it harder, but guess that shows how special they are to me, and reminds me of why I am doing this

    Thanks all

    K
    X

    That’s exactly how I felt about it. I wanted my loved ones to know that I did it for them just as much as myself. You will come through, take your place on the loser’s bench and know in your heart that you did the right thing. Just write from the heart. You will cry – buckets – but that’s the point: they mean everything to you.

    The first thing I remember after my surgery was my Mum saying ‘Oh Suzie, you are so brave’. It’s only brave if you make a choice with no definite outcome. I was so poorly that I thought I had NO choice at all. Turns out I did, and I made the right one! So now, when I look back, I think I was a little bit brave. I could have left the people I love most in the world behind but, if I hadn’t had wls, I would have pretty soon anyway – that’s why I felt I had no choice.

    Anyway, I’m rambling now haha. You do what is right for YOU. As I always say at seminars: ‘Just for once in your life, put yourself first’. Here is a short video of me actually saying that if you are interested 😉 The other people in the video are totally inspirational and several are now close freinds of mine ;-)) xx

    Hear what weight loss surgery is really like from Streamline Surgical patients – YouTube

    ps I’m the blonde one.

    #47475
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    I’ve just watched it again and am now sat here with tears in my eyes….again! All those wonderful people who are now free to live the lives they have always wanted…gulp xxx

    #47484

    Hi Keith

    I know how you feel, what should you do and you should get your life sorted should the unthinkable happen. I knew I had a short time to sort these sort of things out before my bypass on the 2nd October at Portsmouth with Shaw. But like everything I ran out of time and tried not to let everything get on top of me. I tried to keep busy and as I can’t tolerate milk I did the low carb diet which I actually enjoyed and lost weight too. I briefed my husband as to where, when, if and what, but it wasn’t necessary and fortunately my husband took it all in his stride. He went off to a hotel down the road and awaited Shaw’s phone call to say all was over and went well. I do think it was a very long time for him to wait for that call as he had been asked if he wanted to wait for me to come back from surgery but dear lad couldn’t face the thought of the wait around my things.

    Wish you all the best for next Tuesday it’s a good day I had my op on a Tuesday too.

    Claire

    #47479
    londonmag
    Member

    thanks Claire 🙂

    I do hope Tuesday is a good day !

    all letters – such as they are, are done and with a friend, who will action them if needed, which I know unlikely, but gives me a level of comfort !

    I just want to get out of the other side and get on with it, as milk has just about done me in, however, I stayed just about on it, but threw in some lean ham for a pint of milk every now and then, which has really helped. given it has less of everything nutritionally than the pint of milk, but just abou the same, I figured ok, and really has helped – however milk only from tonight!!

    I think I worry about being a big guy, who has in his time played a load of sport and all the socialising that went with it and worry about the liver being hard to move and the op failing because of that, or all the issues in regards to embolisms you talk of elsewhere.

    however, i will get up and move and will wear the comedy tights adn get on with it – and at the end of the day that means i will get more time and life with my children; what could be a bigger incentive.

    being able to get to mashed food for christmas day is also an incentive; as I can then face the challenge of mainly protein and a selection of 27 differnent vegetables no doubt to fit into my ramekin 🙂

    thank you again Claire,

    K.

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