Really, REALLY fat. I’m like a skinny guy carrying a fat guy around all day, which explains why I’m so tired all the time and why I’m winded after doing ANYTHING. I’m so fat that I managed to gain fifty pounds in eight months without noticing it!
So my doctor pulled out the Big Gun, gastric bypass surgery. “You’re only forty-nine. You could have a lot of years left.”
Lordy, I hate surgery more than anything. I don’t fear death as long as it doesn’t involve surgery and dropping dead of a heart attack didn’t seem that bad a way to go as long as nobody noticed until I was dead enough to not care what they did with me. But abdominal surgery? Getting my gall bladder out was a walk in the park compared with this.
“Umm, what are the alternatives? I had good luck with Tenuate [editor’s note: known among the cognoscenti as “Pretend You Ate”] twenty years ago.”
“That’s an archaic drug, related to the amphetamines.”
“But I like amphetamines!”
He raised his eyebrows but understands how things used to be and continued, “Wellbutrin won’t interfere with your Prozac and is another antidepressant that is usually used to help people quit smoking. Let’s try that for a couple of months.”
So I have to work hard at this to get him to shut up about the surgery. Cripes, I thought Osteopaths were like Chiropractors with prescription pads. Who knew I’d find one who isn’t totally against surgery?
Hmmmm, let’s cherry pick the side effects…
“Complete or almost complete loss of movement.” I’ll skip that one since I should get MORE exercise.
“Confusion, irritability, blurred vision, breathing difficulty, suicidal ideation, incoordination and clumsiness.” How would I notice? Let’s find some that would be a change for the better, or at least a change.
“Episodes of over-activity.” Ah, the classic speed freak effect. I can live with that one.
“Elation.” If I’m going to alter my mood I prefer that one.
“Extreme calmness” Hmmm, would people recognize me? Let’s try it anyway.
“Increased libido, painful ejaculation, painful erection” One man’s pain…
“Retarded ejaculation” I’m not touching that one. :eek: