9 Year Surgiversary

Discussion in 'Duodenal Switch' started by kirmy, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. kirmy

    kirmy Well-Known Member

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    It’s been nine years since I was woke up in intensive care in London Kings College Hospital under the lovely by care of Prof Patel.

    My life has taken a wild 360 degree shift since this life choice and I now work offshore, have financial stability, am undertaking my Mastees and killing it. I’m happy I’m alive but missing a boob and my uterus, ovaries and cancer.

    My hysterectomy has caused weight gain and my size 6 (uk 10) skinny jeans are now too tight. I need to change my diet to take in my slowing metabolism and this presents its own challenges but I’ll do it gratefully.

    I have had my first iron infusions in 2018. I developed extremely low Iron levels after a lifetime of very high Iron levels boardering on haemachromatosis. I have also been living with granuloma annularare ( discus rash) which is autoimmune related. This kicked into high gear the year after my DS. I assume the inflammatory response in my shrinking body creates the perfect storm. I have very intense treatment for triple negative breast cancer and that has truly terraformed me down to a cellular level. I live daily with the side effects.

    At any rate I’d do it all again...all of it! I hope I can get some plastics this year. I may be over on your side of the planet for this.

    I love and loathe my DS but without it I truly wouldn’t be here. Thank you to my beloved community who have supported and loved me through it.

    Here’s to many more years of fabulousness!
     

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  2. southernlady

    southernlady Administrator Staff Member

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    Happy surgiversary kirmy

    Watching your journey has been a blessing. You’ve had so much thrown at you and still come up smelling like roses!
     
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  3. DianaCox

    DianaCox Bad Cop

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    Love from one of your biggest fans!
     
  4. kirmy

    kirmy Well-Known Member

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    If roses smell like farts then yes...today I’m full of roses.
     
  5. kirmy

    kirmy Well-Known Member

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    Right back at ya honey.
     
  6. Larra

    Larra Well-Known Member

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    So glad to see you here and as feisty as ever!
     
  7. kirmy

    kirmy Well-Known Member

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    Hi lovely!
     
  8. Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    And you SHALL camp out here.

    If your plastics doc is in Tijuana, it's a two-hour drive. (Getting back, under current conditions, might just be impossible.)

    But...here. Disneyland first, then the ocean, maybe the mountains depending on time of year, then plastics. While you recover, David is all mine. We will go to candy places!

    Should I call you? The first time we spoke, you were pre-op, wandering around London, just about nine years ago, eh?
     
  9. kirmy

    kirmy Well-Known Member

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    Honestly I’m a wanker when I’m recovering from shit. I adore you and don’t want to ruin our sarcastic friendship with my post op misery! Still researching however there is a fab chap in Costa Rica and a magic woman in Mexico. Both do fantastic work. David will just be busy basking in your presence. He would never turn down an E-number thiugh
     
  10. Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    Yes, on both.

    I almost went to CR. We have one or more vets from there on this board. Mexico also has a great reputation. Just don't assume a simultaneous US visit without factoring in the border mess.

    Also, when AREN'T you a wanker? (Asking for, you know, the population of New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.)
     
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  11. kirmy

    kirmy Well-Known Member

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    I’m always a wanker but the severity varies. CR is leading...also boarder....will this be an issue flying in and out?
     
  12. Munchkin

    Munchkin Full of Fairy Dust

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    Delighted to see you here today and happy surgiversary. Keep on! And best to David as well!
     
  13. Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think you’re brown enough...unless...you don’t wear burqas do you? That could be iffy.

    Mr Sue says you might have to fly via Canada. But he’s just being an arse. We really don’t know. Besides, the power base changes in DC this week...so the situation MIGHT resolve in a bit.
     
  14. harrietvane

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    You'll just need an ESTA to transit through the US. You can do all that online and it's good for two years.
     
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  15. Spiky Bugger

    Spiky Bugger Well-Known Member

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    Aha! Someone with actual information!
     

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