Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Entry 8 Special Guest

Hey there...One step forward and a few steps back. Glad that it is happening now so I can face the adversity and become stronger for it. I have spent over a year doing all the tests and checkups needed for the op. (I got a 95 average). I now have all the data I need and all this was done at the Tel Hashomer hospital. This hospital doesn't belong to the Kupat Hulim Clalit and one needed a whole set of authorizations to be able to do the operation there. All the time that I had the check-ups at the hospital, I was under the impression that all was OK. I was told today that it seems that I do not have permission to do the op at this hospital. I could use some four letter words but I have more decency. I have rolled up my sleeves and I have a meeting with the doctor tomorrow to clean up this mess up. No need for extra stress now.
I am sure everything will be OK.
I am so excited because more friends and family are reading this blog. This means that I have been getting the nicest comments from friends and family that really mean a lot to me and the encouragement is great.
Thank you
Well I promised you a famous guest. Here he is...

Log Entry 7

Well today was a lot easier. I think I am coming to terms with the fact that I am about to embark on a major journey that is not going to be easy but it will be enjoyable as I am inaugurated with new benefits, health and essentially life.
I received a letter today from a family doctor friend who maintains that the sleeve is definitely a better option and less complicated. Ok I have made up my mind and that is the way I am going. I will try not to bother any of you with further decisions about the route I am taking. I am Libra, born in October. Libra or scales tend to search for balance, yet often have periods of imbalance as they search for answers. Hehe, that is me.
I really do feel that I have made a decision now.
The doctor friend went on to say that my whole meal will be the size of a cup. I look forward to the challenge. I also look forward to dealing with real life issues like health and good food as opposed to other things which I am sure you can work out what they are.
Tomorrow I have a surprise guest coming along, so look out

Monday, 27 February 2012

Entry 6

I think I should rank the pages by entry and not by day. Otherwise, when I skip a day I get all veribbled. That is Yiddish for uppity.
So this is the next entry, entry number 6. Mind you, Captain Kirk kept his log going on for a very long time. So I am sure I can keep mine going as well. Who knows, it will be great rereading this again in a few weeks time.
I always thought that Captain's Log was something he wrote about after he had been to the loo.
So from today I have officially let the cat out of the bag. Tomorrow I will be airing this blog to a few people and hope that this blog idea takes off.
A lot of people ask me if this is really necessary. I mean it is rather drastic.
Hey guys...I know. I want to do this. I am sure. I am not managing to keep my weight and sugar levels down like I should. I need a physical change. I need incentive.
Life is the incentive, but when it is taken for granted, it is dangerous. That is what I have been doing until now.
I want to get back and track. I want to "knock" back a few years of my life, become young again (physically). This is how I intend to do it.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Day 5

A friend of mine posted my question on one the support sites at
Here is the question:

Is the sleeve good for me if i have diabetes or must i have the bypass?

Here are the results below.
All type of WLS claim to help with diabetes. Personally I had the VSG (sleeve) and my diabetes is gone. I believe these "miracles" happen due to the weight loss and the bariatric diet (low-carb)
It's your body. The ultimate decision about which type is YOURS, NOT THE SURGEONS! They're both good for diabetes. It boils down which is best for you.
I personally believe its ur opinion with the help of ur dr n ur nut.. But i was diabetic for 2 yrs, n i had the sleeve procedure in August 2011, and now im considered non-diabetic.
Both surgeries work well for diabetes, I was a type 2 for 10 years or more and walked out of the hospital with my new sleeve and no diabetes. Yes, just that fast. You need to choose which surgery you feel will work best for you.
I got the sleeve a little over 2 years ago. I was well over 400 pounds at the time, and I was consistently running over 300 points in blood sugar even with insulin and metformin. I lost about 5 pounds a week for the first 6 months after surgery, and I had to regularly decrease my insulin and metformin doses until I was completely off. I am now at about 260 pounds and no longer need medication for my diabetes. It is completely under control without insulin or any other medication.
With the sleeve you'll have less compilcations.
If your diabetic the bypass will help better than the sleeve will.
 So it seems that the Gastric Sleeve is still the option of my choice to cure diabetes and I will check this with my doctorr. I am not into all the complications that could arise from a Gastric Bypass. There seem to be more possible complications with a Gastric Bypass. Well I am setting a final date to decide.
This week before I start the pre-op diet, I am going to decide for sure which road to take.

Day 4

Friday night and we had a lovely shabbat dinner at my brother in Raanana. A large family gathering and obviously a lot of the time there was around food. I do not see this as a bad thing. What is a bad thing is how much people NEED to eat, and how much people ACTUALLY eat. I obviously concerned myself with the latter. Hey I didn't eat too much, but I did not look after my sugar levels. That is the real killer. A lot of people say to me that I am not really fat, overweight, chubby, big boned, obese and I really do not need the operation. Then I explain to them that I am not really doing it to control my weight, I am doing it to control my sugar. Who am I kidding. I am doing this operation to reinvent eating habits for me. I should not and I cannot carry on eating the wrong foods. I need to be eating the right foods at the right time and that are good for me.
So the "other" people are saying why don't you just diet and do all this now. Well it is easier said than done. It is like telling a person who is afraid of flying, that everything will be OK when you are 3 km up in the air. I know I used to be one of those.
So to the "others" I say that I have haven't managed until now, why would I suddenly succeed. I have been on and tried several eating plans and exercise regimes. I have lost over a ton...(put a lot back on over the years.)
I need this operation to help me be a different person. Sure it is a physical change. I am slowly and surely working on the mental (not crazy) side of things.

For those of you celebrating, have a Shabbat Shalom

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Day 3

Hey there
It is quite a weird feeling. I went out for dinner tonight and as I sat glaring at the menu a few thoughts popped into my head.

  • Wow, theses prices are high.
  • I am gonna order a large meal because it may be one of the last big meals
  • These large meals are exactly what got me in this mess in the first place. I need to start changing my attitude.
  • So I sit at home with supper coming back every so often to say hey Howie, we are still here. You have left the restaurant but we are still her. All four of us - In (Ingrid) Di (Dianne) (Jess) T In (Inez). For those who do not understand my cryptic writing, I am talking about indigestion. 
So you may say that indigestion is something that I am going to have to deal with in the future as apparently it comes a lot after the op. But that is healthy indigestion. It is health indigestion because I will be getting healthier and healthier on a daily basis.

Last night I sat up until 2:00 updating the blog and reading relevant information about the op. 
That is what I am going to do now for a bit.
See you soon.

Day 2 of my blog

I am amazed how people want to help, offer and share their experiences. I am talking about people that have done the operation form all walks of life.
I have met so many people that have had a gastric sleeve or a similar operation and it is great to hear their point of view as they point me in the right direction.
I told Jen tonight that I am blessed with so many people around me that care. This I am sure will make my healing process easier.
I have joined a support forum and I hope to get information from these virtual friends as well.
I love my family and hope that as the day draws near and I sway on my mood swings from apprehension, to down right nervousness to the feeling of success, they will understand what I am going through.
Ha Need I even ask. When it comes to support, nothing like your family to lean on.
I keep telling myself that this operation will change me physically, but it is up to me to change my habits and lifestyles.
Well I am now putting it out there and know that there is a new man in town. Let's say goodbye to the ol' physical Howie with the shocking eating habits.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Day 1 of the Blog

Have you heard?
Howie is going to an "interior designer"
He is going to have a gastric sleeve operation.

I am new to blogging and I am not sure how to do this or what needs to be done. I know how to type and I know about computers yet I am new to blogging.
The reason for starting a blog is that Howie Gordon that we know and love is going to be adapted.
HUH - what are you talking about... Well as the good book tells us...
When things are wrong, they need to be changed. That is what I am about to do.
The change is going to be physical yet the implications are certainly going to go beyond the physical and enter into the mental as well.
This is where the blog comes in and perhaps you guys that feel that you want to share a note or good wish.
You may be asking what I am on about, well I am choosing to do a gastric bypass procedure.
I am due to "Go under the knife" on the 28th March.
This is a conscious decision and I am very content with the decision and will hopefully be far more happier with the intended outcome.
I know that the road is long and I know that I am not the first person to be doing such a drastic change.
I also know that I am not the first person to blog such an event and certainly not the last.
However, this is me and all that know me over the last few decades will know all about me and what I am made of.
This the first entry and I will leave it there.
Looking forward to a great journey on the road to change and adaptation