On yesterday’s “Dr. Oz Show,” he interviewed Rosie O’Donnell and asked her the questions that have been on the minds of fans who were happy to see her back on “The View,” and now are sad that she has left. Dr. Oz wasted no time getting her on his show, which was the last day she will appear on “The View.”
She explained about her weight that increased every year. She paid little attention to her weight until she had a heart attack; a heart attack that came very close to killing her. She had 100% blockage of her left anterior descending artery, known as the LAD in cardiology and also known as the widow-maker. She had subsequently appeared on Dr. Oz’s show when she was at her heaviest, and he explained why she should lose weight. Anyone who has dieted in the past and failed knows how difficult it can be. She was no exception and finally chose surgical weight loss and now wishes she did this many years ago.
Dr. Oz then asked about her decision to leave “The View.” Rosie said that her doctor is an amazing woman who has been following her health intently. Around Christmas, Rosie had all the tests again. Her numbers showed that something was going on, and she asked Rosie if she was undergoing stress. At that time, her marriage was complicated, she had four teenagers and a baby at home, plus she was having a lot of stress at work. The result was the only thing she could possibly change was the work stress. She went to the Disney folks who were very kind and understanding and let her go. For someone who had a near-fatal heart attack, it was the only way, especially when she found out that heart attacks kill more women than all cancers combined.
Dr. Oz admired her for her bravery at making such a tough decision. She knows that making a choice like she did is a privilege that most women cannot afford to do. She also stated that Michelle was diagnosed with a rare cancer before they got married. They spent a lot of time focusing on her health, and just as she got well, Rosie had a heart attack, which turned the focus to her. Now she states, the two are living apart, and each wants the other to be happy.
The then focused on the weight loss. The doctors could not explain how she lived, as most LADs are fatal. She then realized that she had to take care of the one thing that nearly caused her death; morbid obesity. She had to address her weight, by trying to lose weight on her own. For a year after heart surgery, one cannot have any elective surgeries. So she was told to try to lose weight and in a year lost about fourteen pounds. She considered the new vertical gastric sleeve procedure, but was terrified of the side effects called dumping syndrome. She found out that the vertical gastric sleeve did not produce such symptoms and was very successful for her and the majority of people who have this procedure.
Dr. Oz then proceeded to a video of exactly what the procedure looks like from a medical standpoint, where the stomach is cut into the size of a banana, and the rest is removed. Dr. Trivedi who performed the procedure was there. Rosie could not say enough about how compassionate he was and how she felt perfectly comfortable in his care. He explained how she was at the heaviest she had been when she had her heart attack, and it was a sign from her body that something must be done. She tried different diets, but nothing worked for her; she even tried vegan, but that was not for her either. Dr. Trivedi explained that by removing eight percent of the stomach, eighty percent of the hunger hormones are also removed, therefore, eliminating most of the cravings. Rosie explained how she never felt hungry or full because she was at no time in touch with her own body. She took advantage of all the counseling Dr. Trivedi’s office offered.
She then gave Dr. Oz the scoop of the good and bad things that happen once you lose the weight. She said one of the bad things is not seeing it. She said unless she saw a photo of her before and after, she did not notice it in the mirror. It works in the opposite way too, because one can look in the mirror and not notice how big they are getting. Recently on “The View,” she wore a blue dress for Kathy Griffin’s mother, who requested she dressed up. When she received several compliments, it was disconcerting to her, and she did not like the attention. She survived sexual abuse as a child and found that many overweight women have also gone through sexual abuse as a child. She furthermore stated that all the things you carried with you as a heavy person will still be there when the weight is gone.
Dr. Oz asked her if she thought she was a beautiful woman and she replied in the negative. She said she always used comedy as a method of communication. She wanted to warn women that the common warning signs of a heart attack are much different in women than in men. She stated that pain was in her biceps, but it can be anywhere in the body, so she composed a rap and Dr. Oz sang along with her. The initials are H.E.P.P.P., which stands for Hot, Exhausted, Pain, Pale, and Puke. She said the hot is hotter than any hot flash in menopause, and the rest kind of speak for themselves.