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Excited about new job but weight gain has me considering bariatric surgery

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I learned even more about dementia and I am looking forward to using my new knowledge on the job. We learned that verbal is the least effective way to communicate with dementia patients. We should greet them with a smile, shake their hand or hold their hand before we talk to them. As dementia progresses and they lose their words they will communicate with their behavior. We need to look for unmet needs when we see wandering, restlessness, angry outbursts, or yelling out in dementia. I like this approach. if they wander are they looking for the bathroom? If they yell out are they in pain? If they resist bathing are they cold? are they embarrassed about privacy? Is the water too hot or cold? We also talked about giving the residents more joy by taking them outside to enjoy the courtyard in good weather. Make bathing more pleasant by playing music they like during bath time. I brought home a folder of ideas from the class. I'm also pleased that my son Kyle has completed his high school education. He can get his diploma now but I confess I nagged a lot to get him to finish. I'm exercising but my weight is not getting any better. One of my friends thinks I should have a gastric bypass to lose weight. The hospital I work at has a new DR who specializes in bariatric surgery. I'm 5 foot 6 and weigh 240. 6 months ago I got down to 219 which was still too much and now I'm almost back to the 242 I started from 2 years ago. Any advice about surgery pro or con?
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    I cannot tell you how much what you said about dementia moved me. All you said I can see with my mother. Now that she isn't attached onto a chair, she isn't agitated anymore. If she tries to stand up (she cannot walk anymore), a member of staff tells her she cannot do that, and she smiles and all is OK. What a difference! Also, when she becomes agitated, they know it is time to take her to the bathroom. Her life has changed now that she is in a caring nursing home. It is good to read that where you work is good too!
    2156 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2014 4:48:13 AM
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    I considered bariatric a few years back. I decided against it because of the cost and it wasn't insured. I was also not convinced I could live with the restrictions post surgery.I am a binge eater. I realized that if I continued that after the surgery I would spend my days sick as a dog.In the end I am glad I did not have it as since then I have found better control of my eating and have lost around 50 pounds.

    The hospital I looked at had a meeting and invited some people that had the surgery. After listening to their stories, the good and the bad I made my choice. My recommendation is do research because it is surgery and fairly major surgery. Determine if you can live with the restrictions you will have post surgery. It is a good option for some. It wasn't for me but I know it can be.

    2171 days ago
    I worked on a dementia unit a couple of years. It will change your life forever! I don't know about gastric bypass. I worked with a lady who had it done about ten years ago and she had to be very careful about what she ate afterwards. Good luck.

    Congrats on your son finishing up his High School Education. Hey, you did not give up on him and he did not give up on himself. That is a great thing.

    2172 days ago
    emoticon for telling us about the things you learned about people with dementia. I have some very good Spark friends who have husbands who have dementia and the more I can understand about dementia, the better I can give them useful support, as a friend.

    Glad your son got his diploma. He won't regret it. I have a cousin who had some type of bariatric surgery. In her case, she was required to attend a support group for a year before she had the surgery, to prepare her for all that was involved with the surgery and with living with it afterwards and she still attends the group now that she's had the surgery. I think this approach has been very instrumental towards her having success with the surgery.

    2172 days ago
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