I’ve always been a yoyo dieter – I went from 19 stone 1/2 lb to 11 stone 2lb through weightwatchers, but over the years it gradually crept back on. In May 2017 I collapsed at work and ended up in hospital for a fortnight on high alert stroke ward. I was very poorly with CVST (a rare type of stroke – extensive thrombosis all through my brain). I was also diagnosed with chronic fatigue pre dating that. As a result of CVST I’m on warfarin for life, as they don’t know the cause. After the initial relief of surviving, I grew more and more frustrated and unhappy with how forgetful I am, so I did what I’ve always done – turn to food as a comfort, which made me more unhappy as I piled the pounds on. I then read that a known cause of thrombosis and blood clots is obesity.
I was tired and lethargic all the time, plus unhappy with myself – finding clothes that fitted and looked nice was a nightmare. It was a bit of a vicious circle.
My Tonic Experience
The Tonic team are like family! A lot of companies will do the procedure but the after care is minimal. What happens afterwards is just as important for long term success and Tonic recognise this and work with you. They are there from pre-op, working with the dietician (who was great support during the liver reduction diet pre-op!), the psychologist looking at triggers and changing eating habits, to physical fitness instructor supporting getting into more physical activity. It’s lovely how the team phone and just check on you every month.
My surgeon, Dr Sutton, was fantastic! He put me at ease and went through explaining the procedure that he thought was best for me (sleeve) and the reasons why, plus contacted my neurologist and worked out detailed instructions on managing the warfarin and my INR in the weeks around surgery. Also my nurse, Emma was amazing – she was there whenever I needed and nothing was too much trouble or too silly a question!
Life after Surgery
I feel like I’m claiming some of my life back, I love feeling good about myself again. I still have slow days where I struggle but I definitely have more energy than before. Now i can get back in my bike leathers!
I’ve lost 6 stone 3 lb so far since August 2018.
My advice to others considering surgery would be to do your research! Find out what (if any) aftercare is offered – it really does make a difference having that support network there.