Hi there. My name is Bård. I am 33 years old. And tomorrow I will have my gastric bypass. For those of you who do not know what
a gastric bypass is, it’s an operation which is quite big. They cut away the stomach.. ..so instead of having a stomach
that is about this size, one litre, stomach becomes about this size,
20 centilitre or 20 millilitre. The reason I’m doing this is because
I am 189 centimeters tall. That’s about six foot three. I weigh, on my most, I was almost 190 kilos,
that if you’d multiply that by two you get that in pounds. I have now for four weeks been on a diet
where I was supposed to eat maximum a thousand calories a day because they need
to diet the liver because they need to move it to the side during the operation. It’s gone so and so. So I just created a blog because
I want to document this. Someday I hope to get kids, and I want
them to sort of see my videos and know what I actually went through.
So this, hopefully, is going to be the first video of quite a few. My initial goal is to try and make one
video, maybe not too long, but one video each day, and talk about how I’m feeling
things, how my impressions are, and how I’m coping with the situation.
And the reason I’m saying and making these videos and in English is because I
have a lot of English friends and I don’t want to make everything in the region which
my mother language, mother tongue. I know a lot of people won’t be able
to view them then because they won’t understand like, my mother who
doesn’t speak English. So when I get the time, maybe later, I will try and put a text over on
it, subtitles. That is gonna involve quite a bit of work so I won’t bother with it now. Well, yeah, I’ve started with this program in 2008 and then I have been trying to
diet with something that is similar to weight watchers in the U.S. and everywhere
else where you measure the calories and you try to lose weight that way. It worked very well as long
as I kept my motivation up. The problem was my motivation really jumps
and stuff like that and I always need to have like a carrot to work towards. Hopefully, this operation for me is gonna
be a little bit different because I always felt I had no boundaries and, now, it’s so — this operation will reduce my
stomach to about this size. In addition, they are gonna reduce my small intestine down to the size of about
one meter or 1.5 meters, that’s if I pull the wrong note. I’m a science project as well where I got
blindfolded, select the note, and if I get the, that’s one for a study, they’re gonna
cut down the intestine a little more to see if it has a better effect on my size, because they have in the past had a little
bit of bad results with really, really big people. So how big am I? I am actually gonna show this on video, so don’t be freaking and gonna see me in my
underwear coz I feel it’s the best way to show it. I am one big motherfucker as they say. So this is hopefully gonna be a nice change. I’m gonna hopefully show you more videos
of me in my underwear to show you the progress down.. Hopefully, my videos can help a lot of
people later on to decide if they don’t wanna take the operation or if they
do want to take the operation. I am –when I started this thing in 2008,
I joined, it was a program initialized by the Norwegian government, so
it’s like a hospital thing. . Everything is covered through the health
government — health department, I’m sorry. The option to get this operation has one catch. You have to be in this program for one year,
and this is because they have seen so many times that when people just buy
the operation in a private institution, people do not get this thing
into the process, this head. So they have — there have been stories
about people who have taken the operation privately and reduced the size of the stomach
and reduce the intestines to the same thing and they go home and they
have themselves a hamburger and think it’s gonna be okay.
What happens is that they get a really big problem because in the first two, three
weeks you’re supposed to be only fluids, like soup or maximum up to yogurt thickness.
This is actually a good reason for it because all your intestines need to heal,
need to — that they are actually stapling them together and some places
that they are actually just sewing.. ..using stitches. If you start eating solid food straight
away, you’re gonna rip this apart or you’re gonna get leakages, you’re gonna
get infections, everything like that. So, yeah, it hasn’t really had that good
results with people who have done it privately. For some people, actually, know that
they have to get the brain involved. They do it and they manage to do it quite well.
But what we learned in this program is that we have weekly meetings for a
year or was it once a month — I can’t really remember.
I think it was weekend that everybody is there, I think it was.
And in these meetings we talked about it and everyone there is like, 40 people there,
like king size people, and you have a psychiatrist who have been actually
been through the operation herself, so she knows what is about. You have one person who has not taken
the operation, who has said no to the operation who had dieted himself…dieted
down to what he call happy weight. It’s a weight that he feels he can live with. There is also one person who has taken
the operation but who had a complication. The complication she had was that the stomach is not being used because
they don’t remember the stomach. They just fasten it to the inside of
the belly thing — sorry about that. I don’t know the name for it. “Bukhulen” in Norwegian.
in Norwegian. [ED: abdominal cavity] And she had to have her stomach removed, you know, the big parts that was supposed
to there, because she started having internal bleeding inside that one. And that was kind of dangerous and that was
kind of nasty complication but she survived and she lived to talk about it and she was
one of the people who actually talked to us about complications and how
her life had been after. There is also a big gathering where you
are maybe 400 people, 500 people, and you have — it’s like conference where you
have a lot of information from the government about what kind of food
we should eat, stuff like that, afterwards. And so, yeah, the program is big. It goes over a whole year.
And the main thing with this program is to give you time to actually consider if
you actually really wanna do this because once you do it you can’t go back.
Gastric bypass is a one way trip. The closest they can come is to reattach
your intestines inside again in case you get too little vitamins from your absorption. But as they say, yeah, it does a
different operation, they don’t really wanna do that, so they try to do it in
a reasonable way and shrinks the stomach and everything. So, basically, what they do is they remove
so you don’t get more maybe ten percent intake of what you normally would have.
And because your stomach it’s like this size you can’t really eat that much and
they estimated that in the first half year or so you only eat like 700
calories per day maximum. And the first three — two to three weeks
is fluids then you go over to, like, mashed potatoes type of thing like baby food.
Then you can go over to maybe crisp bread with toppings but you will barely not be
able to eat half of crisp bread at that time. But eventually, your stomach will expand again.
If you do this slowly and gradually, it’s not a problem. But during a gastric bypass, they bypass the gall bladder, so you won’t have
any gall left in your stomach. And it also bypass the thing that makes
you feel — because they cut away so much of the stomach, you won’t really feel
hungry according to what they’ve been telling us. The people in my starting class as we call
it — I was in starting class called 28 like in 2008. I have seen amazing results.
There were some girls that were quite huge.
Some of them are actually beautiful even though they were big, but now, they
just look stunning, and I’m, like, wow. And there was one guy I remember really
well because he was so big that when I was sitting behind him — in
the conference thing we had. I saw him sit down in one of those normal
size chairs and the fat on his back was sort of engulfing the chair, and I was,
like, wow, how can you really become that big. And that guy was about my height and I think
he had maybe 50 more kilos than me. That’s means he would have been maybe 240
kilos, 220,240 kilos, something like that. And I saw him in one of the meetings not
long ago and I didn’t recognize him. He was like — he was so thin and
it was, like, do I know you. I just, like, who are you again. And he said his name and who he
was and I was, like, no way. And he had lost, I think, it was 70 or 80 kilos.
It was just crazy to look at. And at that point I was still in the
denial of taking the operation. And I got jealous.
I got really jealous. Minor reason for it but I really envied
him the new life he had gotten, because he just really looked amazing and you
could just see how happy he was. All the people that was there have had
the operation and they were really happy. And I was sitting there feeling
a little bit misplaced.