After watching my wife go through the Journey of a sleeve and watching her amazing transformation I was amazed, When my wife told me she was pregnant with our first son it was the best day of my life and in that instant, I knew I needed to change my ways if I wanted to see my kids grown up. We both wanted to provide a healthy environment for our kids and I wanted to be able to get involved in all the activities they do, I wanted to be able to kick a soccer ball and bawl them a cricket ball and I knew if I didn't do something not only would I be too exhausted to do that but I might not even be around long enough to enjoy watching them. My blood pressure was constantly increasing and my GP thought it was about time I went on medication, I knew I was too young for this type of medication so I made the call to the NEWLS team and I had my first meeting. 1 year on and I am the absolute healthiest I have ever been. I now have 2 amazing boys who I love to roll around on the floor or chase up and down the hallways and take to watch the local footy. My biggest flex is that I can now fit on the play equipment with my son and have no issue going down the slides or jumping on the swings.
I chose the NEWLS team as my wife had previously had her surgery through them and I saw how she was treated like family, and although I was not yet a patient when I went in with my wife for her appointments I also got the best treatment, I knew I was in great hands and felt comfortable.
Coming from a European household, our family gatherings were always a feast of the yummiest foods which I loved to gorge on. After seeing the amount my wife could eat I could not fathom how she could be satisfied with the smallest amount of pasta or chicken schnitzel or how she would only stop at an entree course. Even though it was explained many times to me how you don't feel like you're missing out, it didn't look appealing. I was wrong!
My biggest tip would be to make sure you follow your post-op directions from Merril, especially on how to get more protein in your diet. If Merril suggests a particular vitamin then take it as this will help you immensely. Also, celebrate the non-scale victories.. after about 4 months I hit a low period where the scale wouldn't change but I dropped a clothing size, I learned to put away the scales and celebrate everything that was happening even at work if I could climb a stairway without stopping for breath I celebrated.
I could not recommend the surgery enough but to also have it done in the NEWLS family, you will be in the best hands.
If you have concerns please talk to the team, they will guide you.