I’ve begun working on the questionnaires I have to fill out and have with me next Wednesday when I see the surgeon and the cardio exercise specialist for the first time, and have been considering what I want to put into my “letter of intent” that I also have to have written before my appointment. I’m thinking that a lot of things I’ve written here in this blog will be good for the letter. I have read the book the surgeon required (“Weight Loss Surgery, finding the thin person hiding inside you” by Barbara Thompson), and have read (and re-read!) the huge binder full of information given to me at the orientation. I have given up drinking pop (as of March 31). I feel so ready to move on with this, but realize that they have their timeline and steps for a reason. I do hope that when I see the surgeon the goal he gives me for pre-surgical weight loss is an amount I’ll be able to do quickly, because they won’t schedule the surgery until I meet it, and I am really hoping to have it sometime this summer. I want to get on with the business of living a healthier, longer life. I am totally at peace with the decision I’ve made to have gastric bypass. I’ve received no negative feedback from anyone in my life, only positive and supportive, which shows me that my friends and famly are much more open minded than I realized.
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7 responses to “Paperwork, paperwork!”
Of course we’re open minded! 😉
What does that book say?
It says basically that anyone who says this is taking the easy way out is not someone I need in my life. 🙂
Hang in there – paperwork :O – Yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve never been called open-minded! I’m pretty sure for a conservative like me that’s blasphemy! (But I’m still honored to be considered your friend….I am your friend, right?….)
LOL! The best one I have, Charlene! 🙂
Don’t let the paperwork getcha down, Lori. I had it, too. Seems like everybody wanted a questionaire filled out, and they all wanted documentation of the diets I’d tried, etc. Like I was going to spend a lot of money on Weight Watcher’s, Jenny Craig, Medical Weightloss Clinic, et al. And, I still believe Atkins was an idiot. But, even though my answers to questions like that were vague, because I just tried on my own to reduce my caloric intake, and that’s about it, they still took me.
But, as you might imagine, with my vision problems, paperwork is a pain in the neck…and lower. 🙂 Thank God for my dear friend Veronica, who helped me out with most of it, and consequently now knows way more about me than she wanted to know. 🙂
Weight loss surgery is by NO means an easy way out, it’s a complete and total lifestyle change. The surgery is a tool – patients can either use that tool or not. I had GBS in Dec 04 and have had great success with both weight loss and weight management. Please trust me when I tell you that the long, slow route to surgery will be so much better for you in the long run. Those who get the surgery quickly end up with far more complications and a higher fail fate than those who have to go through the long, psychological route. Good luck to you! 😀