Hello Friends and Friends to be...
I am almost 6 months post NF (April 1, 2011) and I am here to say that I wish I had known about
this surgery 11 years ago.. I have been a member on this forum since 11 days post op. I had lurked around before surgery and I had so many things going on with my body after the surgery that I just felt did not warrant calling my surgeon for, so, I reached out to the warm wonderful caring people on this site.
Bill. Kitt, Denise and Joy... just to name a few of the Major supporters.. I am so blessed to have found all of you. I know that I would have been a drooling pile of shaky insecurity if it had not been for you all and your unwavering support and true caring that you gave to me, just as you give to others who come to you with their problems of GERD and their fear of the surgeries that will help the problems. I hope I am giving back a portion of that as I talk to others about
I am fortunate that I have had very few problems with my recovery, I only have 2 issues that have not been resolved yet and they are both diet issues. I still cannot eat bread.. and I cannot eat beef unless it is ground.. Physically I feel great. My body will let me know if I try to over do it even at this stage I still have limits. Maybe it is my age (62) and maybe it is just me. I am able to enjoy dinner out with family and I can eat everything I ate before and more (except for the 2 things I mentioned). I can hold my grandchildren and play with them and snuggle them with out any pain or reflux 'souring' the mood. Oh I am so blessed!!!
I have lost about
45 pounds since right before the surgery.. I am still losing verrry slowly.. only because I cannot (don't want to) increase my food intake. I am finally getting to a fairly healthy weight.. I feel better than I have felt in 12-13 years. I only wish that every person who suffers this reflux issue, could be repaired the way I have been..
Well, if the Good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise, I will be here to help others the way everyone here has helped me.
as always Reach for the Sunshine... Rainbows will follow