Sunday, September 17, 2006

A brief explanation

This probably needs to be dealt with. Since his gastric bypass surgery last fall, 49erDweet has lost a lot of weight! Many of his friends first noticed a change at one of his annual special events this past February. And as time goes by, that change has become much, much more radical. As of this month the total weight loss has exceeded 110 pounds, and by next February should be even more!

At a recent special event where he works each year quite a few volunteers walked right past in the entrance to the hospitality tent without recognizing him! Which for him was fun, but for them quite surprising when they suddenly heard his voice and turned around - only to gawk.

So if you run into him don't be overly concerned about his 'gaunt appearance'. He has not been "ill", and is feeling great! 49er's overall health has dramatically improved, and for an old geezer he gets around much better than before - mainly because he isn't carrying around the body of another person all the time. If you're truly curious, feel free to ask him about the experience when you find time. For him the subject is not taboo!

Cheers

9 comments:

Stephen (aka Q) said...

Well done, 49er! Judging by the photo, you look great for all that weight loss!

Do you feel healthier / more energetic, too?

49erDweet said...

Thanks, Q, and 'absolutely yes' to answer your query. Enjoying lot's more stamina, get-up-and-go (whatever that is) and my knee joints and hip sockets have really appreciated the respite.

I've always enjoyed excellent blood pressure and heart/pulse readings, but was fast approaching serious apnea, diabetes, further joint deterioration and a couple of other age-related infirmities. The results of my routine medical screenings now are more typical of 40 year olds, and I was recently able to again pass the DMV physical exam qualifying as a commercial vehicle driver - even as far as carrying passengers.

So its truly been a great blessing. Of course I have no idea how much longer I'll "tarry", but am doing the best I can to stretch it out until I'm able to hear the 'sound of the trumpet', or whatever else it is He has for me.

Cheers

gastricman said...

I have nothing but admiration for anyone who faces up to gastric bypass surgery and even more admirations for those that are willing to share their experience with others.

Well done 49er - A great inspiration - many thanks.

49erDweet said...

Thanks for the kind words, gastricman, and thanks, too, for the informative link. Best wishes on your own quest. Feel free to use this post if it would help others.

Cheers

Stephen (aka Q) said...

Wonderful news! I'm so glad for you!

Bill said...

49rd - I have to admit to some cybersnoooping. When I first ran across your comments on Q's blog, later mine as well and several others I frequent, I thought I would google to find out just who you were. I am pretty good at finding cyberfolks and I won't say how and where I found it but I actually came across a picture of you at a volunteer function.

Now seeing this current picture and comparing it to your last one it is hard to believe this is the same man. The white hair and mustache have not changed but over half the man is missing. I won't say you look better because my first impression was you looked like a nice fellow, but now you look like a nice and much healthier fellow.

May God keep you healthy, and ever Minding the Gap.

49erDweet said...

Q, thanks. bill, you probably found at least one photo on the website of some of my Chinese-American friends - who by-the-way are the best 'special event lunch providers' in the universe in my book - but there could be more pics out there, true.

I guess to be fair I should go through my 'before' photos and post a couple of them here, too. Something else to work on. Just what I need. (sigh)

Thanks for the kindness and nice words. Its reassuring to an old man to be able to fool folk as wise as you. (grin) I've used "Google Alerts" for quite a while to keep track of my media mentions, just to know what's being said about me (smile). Of course it doesn't help when they misspell my name (frown).

I really am enjoying your state-of-mind, too. Would love to be able to retrace some of your steps in that area next summer. First of all the natives seem to be mostly friendly, most of them probably speak our language and thirdly we could carry along our own O² supplies for Mrs. Dweet. I only hope Newfoundland isn't so close to New Hampshire that they emulate those sturdy Yankee's practice of eschewing public eateries - or else hiding them in obscure locations, far from tourists' eyes.

Cheers

Bill said...

I know what you mean about NH

See latest installment at A State of Mind.

49erDweet said...

bill, see my comments to your posting back on your blog. It really tickled me that things havn't changed very much in NH over the past twelve years. Thanks for the h/t.

Cheers