Jackie's Weight Loss Journey
Gastric Bypass |
been hot and uncomfortable since I was 30. At almost 300 pounds, a girl can really
overheat and perspire a lot. I remember thinking, "I am having hot flashes. Maybe
that is just part of being a woman at my age." But really, I was just hot.
I tried at least 2 new programs a year, for 25 or more years, which adds
up to a lot of money, as well as destroyed hopes and dreams. I'm not sure when
I gave up.
In the beginning of 2005, I found it difficult to tie my
shoes or retrieve an object on the floor. At the end of a 12 hour shift at Odessa
Regional Hospital, my feet and legs were so swollen that I couldn't bend my knees.
I had pain in every part of my body. My blood pressure was very high despite taking
daily medication to treat it. My cholesterol was 280. I also had gastric reflux
and urinary stress incontinence. I was so short of breath that I could barely
walk through a parking lot to my car. I was afraid the day when I would no longer
be able to work was coming soon.
The final straw was when my granddaughter
came to visit and I had no lap for her to sit on. As she grew, I had great difficulty
carrying her. I could not prop her on my hip because she just slid down the rolls
of fat. I feared I would not be here to enjoy being a grandmother. I begged God
for help. I remember I was eating with a friend one day and she commented, "I
just need to eat a little bit." I longed for that attitude toward food.
months after |
years of struggling to lose weight, I decided to have gastric bypass surgery on
March 6, 2007. It took a lot of hard work and time to get my insurance company
to approve the procedure. During that time, I talked with God and made many bargains
and promises. I was determined to follow the doctor's orders to improve my success.
Now, my blood pressure is normal, my cholesterol is 130, and I can
walk a mile in 17 minutes! It feels so good to stand up straight, with my shoulders
back, and walk full stride while swinging my arms. I can work my 12 hour shift
and not leave in total pain. My feet and legs no longer swell. I can eat "just
a little bit" and be satisfied. I can now buy clothing off the rack at a regular
store and no longer have to special order my size. I can play with my granddaughter
at the park and go down the slide. She can sit on my lap because I have one, and
I can easily carry her on my hip now that I can find it. I am so thankful that
my prayers were answered and that my cries for help were acknowledged. The staff
at Bridges has been so good to me, validating my fears and now my joy. My family
and friends are genuinely thrilled to see me so healthy and happy. I am blessed
and thank God for answering my prayers and sending me the help I needed. I am
proud to say I have been hot since I was 30, but now it's not because of the temperature.
- Jackie Rodriguez