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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.
The Voice of Obesity
Think back to when you were first deciding to have weight loss
surgery. Or if you haven't had surgery yet, what is one of your main
motivations? I would bet that a large part of your decision has to do
with health. Sure we all want to look better, have that gorgeous body
we always dreamed of. But having our health and a better quality of life
is important to all of us. That's why following surgery we really need
to take care of ourselves and check with our doctor to be sure that
everything is going as it should. I have often been asked what tests we
should have done post-op. I have included a comprehensive list in this
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* Special Bonus: Articles by Barbara Thompson
* A Guide to Post-Op Testing
* Blog Feature
* Recipe: Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta
Story: Jennifer Sawyer
* Spreading the Word in Salem, OR
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Articles by Barbara Thompson
|I have written many articles, especially
for the magazine
WLS Lifestyles. Here is a link to
the articles that I have written.
The articles include:
Walter Lindstrom: An Attorney with a Heart
The Heartache of Transfer Addiction
Centers of Excellence
Dating Following Weight Loss Surgery
The Obese in Hospitals
You Can Make a Difference – Patient Advocacy
Working Your Way through Change
Does This Make Me Look...
A Guide to Post-Op Testing
I am in a situation like many of you. My surgeon
is no longer practicing where I had my surgery. He has moved from
Pittsburgh, PA to Cleveland, OH, much too far for me to conveniently go
for a check up. So I rely on my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Barrett,
for my medical needs.
Dr. Barrett is a wonderful physician, but he is not
a surgeon, nor is he a bariatrician. He is very open however to the
information that I share with him regarding weight loss surgery. And he
has read both of my books!
But do you know what tests you should have
quarterly if you are less than one year post-op or annually if you are 1
year or more post-op? Here is a list of blood tests
you that you can take to your PCP:
*ALT, albumin, ALP, AST, BUN, calcium, cholesterol,
creatinine, glucose, phosphorous, total protein, triglycerides
Vitamin B12, folate
Vitamin D25 total, fractionated D2 and D3
Iron, TIBC, ferritin, transferring
Thiamine (vitamin B1)
Have your follow-ups done by your surgeon if at all
possible. You will get the best care from someone who is informed of
the most current information about weight loss surgery. But if you are
in a situation like I am, make sure that your doctor is well informed
and that you can guide him or her by alerting them to what you know
about your surgery. By having these tests completed, you can ensure that
you will stay as healthy as possible long-term. And we all want that!
Liz, “Nutritional Deficiencies Following Bariatric Surgery,”
Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, Dec. 2007, p. 9-15.
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Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta
We tend to think that all carbohydrates are bad for
us, but they aren’t. The trick is to eat the “good” carbs such as those
found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains like the whole wheat pasta
found in this recipe:
Turkey Sausage and Arugula Pasta
12 ounces whole-wheat short pasta, such as shells
8 ounces hot Italian turkey sausage links, removed from casings
3 cloves garlic, chopped
8 cups arugula or baby spinach
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta
until just tender. Cook sausage in a large non-stick skillet breaking it
up into small pieces until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the
garlic, arugula (or spinach) and tomatoes. Cook stirring often until
the greens wilt and the tomatoes begin to break down; about 3 minutes.
Remove from heat. Cover and keep warm.
Combine ½ cup cheese, pepper and salt in a large
bowl. Drain the pasta, measuring out ½ cup of the cooking liquid. Whisk
the cooking liquid and oil into the cheese mixture. Add the pasta and
toss to combine. Serve the pasta topped with the sausage mixture.
Makes 6 servings, a generous 1 ½ cups each.
Nutritional information per serving:
352 calories; 20 g protein; 45 g carbohydrate
If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of
this newsletter, please send it to me at
I want to offer a special thanks to a very good
friend of mine, Jennifer Sawyer. Here is her story:
I had yo-yoed all my conscious life, from the
grapefruit diet when I was 12 to the Metracal I drank in college to
Weight Watchers at various spells after my children were born to Atkins
(loved that butter on that steak---wished for a biscuit or a banana) to
being a vegetarian and walking 4 miles a day for two years.
I had grown weary of the up’s and down’s. Somebody
said we should love ourselves as we are. So, I tried. I really tried.
But, I grew weary of wearing black stretch pants
with seams sewn down the front with an over blouse, socks, and sandals.
I didn’t like the way I felt. I felt embarrassed, less than other women
in their cutesy outfits.
So, I made up for it by being funny. And smart.
And nice. There wasn’t anything I wouldn’t try to excel in. I smiled
at everyone. I never complained. I think I hid my feelings well. Who
knew that I was hurting inside?
The doctor said, “You are depressed.” I said,
“That can’t be! I’m a positive thinker! I’m religious! I have a
wonderful husband (at that time, I did not know that he was cheating on
me)!” The doctor said, “OK,” and sent me
home. I came back the next week and said, “I’m depressed.” He said, “I
But what I didn’t know is that there was a way out
of life-as-I knew-it. I didn’t know that surgery could transform me and
give me mobility and self-respect, and hope that was long lost.
Ironically, my sister told me about the surgery.
My sister, the skinny one, had met some women who had lost 100 pounds or
more by having gastric bypass surgery. Dare I hope to do the same?
I found a surgeon. I wrote my letter, filled out
my packet, submitted it, saw the doctor, got approved by insurance, and
waa laa! Before I knew it, I was on that gurney
going down to the operating room. I remember thinking, “I could
die from this.” And I remember answering myself, “Yes, but I don’t want
to live like this.”
And so, my life began again. Before you can say
“Do you want fries with that?” I had lost 110 pounds. There was nothing
in my closet that fit! I was giddy with myself. To be quite honest, I
made some mistakes.
But, as sure as the pendulum swings, my life came
back into balance. Now I help others discover
the hope that they can wear cutesy outfits and have self respect and,
yes, even make a few mistakes along the way.
This is my story. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Southeast Bariatrics, Charlotte, NC
Spreading the Word In Salem, OR
evening February 8th I will be speaking for Salem Hospital
at a gala event they will be having. If you would like to attend,
contact Catherine Quinn, 503-561-3727,
firstname.lastname@example.org. I have not been to Oregon for a
long time and I'm really looking forward to this!
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