When I attended the 6 hour orientation for surgery, Wanda (the nurse who presented) said surgery would be about three months out from then, so I’ve been thinking in terms of end of July or so. However, I asked on the yahoo group support list for Henry Ford Bariatric patients if that meant three months from orientation, or three months from the date of the surgical consult, and am being told it’ll be way longer, like eight months or so! I hope that doesn’t turn out to be the case for me….. Once I’ve committed to something I really need to just move along and do it. The waiting is not good. I’m anxious about the time between now and then. I am committed to doing what the doctor wants me to do, but fearful of having to do it for too long. That’s how we get to this point in the weight issues, we can lose weight for sure but keeping it off for a long time, or even continuing a weight loss diet long term, is where we become failures. If my wait time for surgery is a long time away, am I just setting myself up to fail again bfore the surgery even happens? I hope not. I need the help that surgery will bring, the tool to help me stick to a new way of eatimg. It’s already been proven I can’t do it on my own for any extended length of time.
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I have a friend who had lap band surgery… she cannot eat sugar, at ALL. And she cannot eat large meals. And she still can have weeks where she doesn’t lose (although she’s lost a lot so far!).
The best thing you can do in the intervening months (however many) is to start weaning yourself off of sugar (if you haven’t already) and start eating slower and slower, and smaller and smaller meals. Because once you’ve had that sugery, you will only be able to have frequent, small meals. (At least, that’s my understanding.)
You might as well start practicing so it’s not such a shock to your system when the time comes, right? And besides… any weight you do happen to lose between now and then will make your surgery safer and easier!
Sorry I haven’t posted sooner – but I have only been checking my e-mail periodically…I just want you to know how much I have always looked up to you!. As my “older” cousin, I always thought you were the “coolest” and I wanted to be just like you! I still feel that way…you have made such strong amazing decisions with your life!!! This is just your next chapter…I will be praying for you and hoping the best 😉