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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss and life after bariatric surgery

3 months ago, in April 2016, I had bariatric weight loss surgery. Specifically, I had a procedure known as an “Omega Loop” or “Mini Bypass”. Or, if you’re of a medical bent, it’s called a Single Anastomosis Gastric Bypass. Terminology aside, the original plan was for me to have a full gastric bypass, but once the surgeon got in there he had to make an on-the-fly decision to alter the op.

Leaving for England soon!

So much is happening right now it’s hard to keep up!

I’m frantically selling up everything on TradeMe, and getting ready to depart for the UK on August 3. I have to say goodbye to my beautiful iMac and “downgrade” to a Windows 10 Gaming PC (17″, so I can edit video…). I don’t think Apple will release their new MacBook Pros before I depart.

I’ve recovered well from my weight loss surgery, down to 140kgs now (from a  start last year of 210kg!). I will vlog about this as well 🙂

 

Recovering from surgery and looking ahead

Well, I survived! The surgery went very well and I’m at home recovering – in fact, I enjoyed the entire time I was in hospital. I decided to see it as an adventure. Most people look at hospitals with dread, I was fascinated by the processes, the other patients, the staff.

Surgery Tomorrow: The End, or a New Beginning?

Tomorrow’s a big day for me, literally and figuratively. It could be a new beginning… or the end of everything. You see, I’m checking into Auckland Hospital for bariatric surgery – a gastric bypass, to be exact. Despite the complexity of the procedure, my surgeon promises me that he’s “never lost anyone,” but had to advise me of the 1-in-1000 risk of complications. There’s a lot for him to do – staple off a section of stomach here, remove a section of intestine there, connect the remaining shorter intestine to a 1cm hole he’s creating in the remaining stomach pouch, and reconnect the original stomach further on down the intestinal tract. And he’s doing this all laparoscopically, via 4 small holes. I should be out by Sunday. Or… I’ll know what’s really on the other side – most likely nothing. But I won’t be around to care.

Friendship

This post comes from a series I wrote as part of a private Tumblr account, way back in 2012. I thought it would be cool to reproduce some of my amateur psychology here 🙂

Over the years I’ve been involved in many friendships and noticed they generally follow a pattern, or life-cycle, that can be separated into “phases”. I expect this is a similar progression to that experienced by couples in romantic relationships. By analysing friendships in terms of these phases it becomes easier to see where things are going and improve your approach and attitude and make the relationship better and more valuable for both parties.

Setting Goals

This post comes from a series I wrote as part of a private Tumblr account, way back in 2012. I thought it would be cool to reproduce some of my amateur psychology here 🙂

Goal setting is interesting, because in a way, it conflicts with the idea that life is about the journey, not the destination. To be honest… the destination is inevitably death. If you’re lucky, this will happen in your sleep or in a way where you’ll never know it happened. For most of us though, it’ll be a fairly unpleasant experience.