Weight loss and life after bariatric surgery

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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.

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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.

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Finding the Spark

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 🙂

The new year is almost upon us. 2012. The year where many foresee at the very least a change, at most, a cataclysm. Perhaps the very force of that belief will bring about the things it predicts. Who knows.

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Empathy

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 🙂

I believe the key to self development is empathy. You can’t improve yourself if you don’t care about yourself, and you can’t care about yourself until you learn to care about people in general. And you can’t care about people, unless you can put yourself in their shoes and live their lives for a little while.

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Communication.

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 🙂

I talked about empathy in my last post, and now I want to talk about something that sits hand-in-hand with empathy to form the basis of any successful relationship – be that friendship, romance, or the relationship between members of a family.

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Gratitude

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 🙂

I wanted to say a few words about gratitude – not in the religious or spiritual sense, but a more practical one.

As humans, we all want to be recognised. We want people to notice us, to take our thoughts and feelings seriously, and we want to be appreciated when we make an effort.

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Fear

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 🙂

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Dune (Frank Herbert).

Fear is probably the greatest burden, the biggest obstacle and the most powerful force stopping someone reaching their goals and full potential. It can permeate almost everything we attempt, and cripple development. We’re challenged by the “big” fears – death, poverty, illness, loneliness, as well as the smaller, more insidious fears – what do people think of me? Do they talk about me behind my back? Do they laugh at me? Am I any good?

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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.

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