PATIENT OF THE WEEK CARRIE and TERRY FLETCHER
Many patients want to hear from other patients. One way of achieving this is to highlight patients in our new ‘Patient of the Week’ blog. Time allowing we will ask many of you to share with fellow patients some of your keys to success.
Club New You (CNY) Are you happy that you had bariatric surgery?
Terry (TF)) “Yes, very happy.”
CNY Would you recommend this to your friends and family?
TF “I would and I have.”
CNY Have you told your friends that you have had surgery and what do they think about it?
TF “I have told them and they have all been very supportive.”
CNY Which procedure did you choose to have and why?
I choose the Lap Band because it was the least invasive procedure.”
CNY What is the hardest lifestyle change that you have had to deal with?
TF “It is still hard at times to remember that I only need a small amount of food.”
CNY Are there any foods that you have trouble eating?
TF “Sandwiches and dry meats. I can eat some bread, I can eat most sandwich fillings, but I can’t eat a sandwich.”
CNY What foods, if any, do you miss eating?
TF “Every now and then I’ll crave an ice cold beer, particularly after working hard in the yard in the summer heat. An iced, sugar-free Arabian chai tea makes an excellent substitute though.”
CNY What types of activities do you do for your exercise?
TF “Mountain biking, sport cycling, walking and light weight training.”
CNY Any words of wisdom for our present patients or for people thinking about surgery?
TF “My wife had the surgery 3 years before I did. The night before she had the procedure I begged her not to do it because I was scared she would not wake up from surgery (silly me). Once I saw her results, I started thinking about doing it myself. I hemmed and hawed about it and finally made up my mind to have the surgery. Now, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. I’ve gone from feeling that death was around the corner due to my unhealthiness to feeling nearly invincible again, like when I was a teenager.
If you are considering having the surgery, I would tell you to be sure before you do it. When I say sure, I mean to be sure that you want your health, your appearance (I’m not supposed to say that but it’s true), your confidence, and your life in general to be better. If you want those things, do it. You’ll be happy you did.”
CNY Thanks Carrie and Terry! Keep up the good work!