Weight Loss Surgery

Here are some links to my new blog bariatric.me about having bariatric surgery:

  • It’s now around seven and a half months since my Gastric Bypass surgery, and so far I’ve lost a total of 40.3 kg (6 st 5 lbs). And as of today, I’ve also dropped down into a new BMI category. My BMI this morning is officially 34.9, so I dropped…
  • Obesity has been identified as one of the significant risk factors for people catching the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here in Ireland, the vaccine rollout is being done in groups, which starts with: Group 1 – People ages 65 years and older who live in long-term care facilities Group 2 – Frontline…
  • I came across this Comeragh protein water drink at the checkouts in Aldi a few days ago. I haven’t seen any other protein water drinks for sale in supermarkets, and so I was excited to try it. It says that the 500ml bottle contains 10g of protein, and is just…
  • I don’t know if it’s a side-effect from losing nearly 40 kg in weight, or whether it’s from feeling trapped at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, but I’ve recently been seeking out every opportunity to get outside and exercise. Even at my most heaviest, I did a bit of…
  • I hurt my knee about 10 days ago while out walking. Before I had my bariatric surgery, my first instinct would have been to treat the injury it with an anti-inflammatory painkiller such as ibuprofen. However I was told by my bariatric team that after having a gastric bypass I’m…
  • I met with my bariatric dietician today to check how I’m doing. And thankfully it was mostly good news. My blood tests came back fine, and my diet is good. I’m eating enough protein, and getting enough vitamins and minerals. I’m also pretty much on track with my weight loss.…
  • It’s exactly 26 weeks (or six months) today since I had my gastric bypass. And my progress so far has been fantastic! I’ve lost nearly 37 kg (nearly 6 stones) in weight, and have dropped a couple of clothing sizes – from 4XL to 2XL. But I suppose the most…
  • I was shocked to read today on the Bariatric Banter Facebook group that bariatric patients of some hospitals are being charged up-front fees of €4,000 or more – and that’s for people who are fully covered for the surgery by their health insurance! The fees being charged by hospitals such…
  • I had my first weekly weight gain today since my gastric bypass surgery 6 months ago in August. The gain was only 0.6 kg (just over 1 lb) so it’s not huge. And from experience of losing weight in the past, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. I’ve…
  • The temperature outside is hovering at just above zero, there’s a bitterly cold wind blowing through the trees, and a light dusting of snow on the ground. Inside it’s actually fairly warm. It’s a respectable 21 degrees in my home office (i.e. the box room), which should feel quite comfortable…